Category Archives: Create

Movie Night Themed Birthday Party

My step-daughter was about to turn 11.  We were in the middle of selling our home, moving to a new neighborhood and I had just succumbed to the fact, I was now in my 40’s.  It was a bit of….well, a “busy” time in my life.  When asked what she wanted to do this year, she replied(with the shriek of a lottery winner), “A sleepover!”.  This is where as a step-mother, proceed with caution.  Refrain from answering, “Are you ** crazy?!!”.  So, I decided I better not battle this one and looked to it as a bonding experience.  She decided on a Movie Night Theme after spotting some adorable invites at Hallmark that looked like movie tickets.  We put together the invitations, picked out the paper goods and decided on a  menu.  I created an inspiration board on Pinterest.  I added pictures daily and we would spend our afternoons, swooning over all the creative ideas.  For the menu, we served crap.  Hotdogs, popcorn, candy and more crap.

And though it wasn’t as elaborate as my creative side would’ve liked, it turned out sweet.  My biggest accomplishment was the cake.

I baked a box cake in a 9×13 pan.  Frosted it entirely in white and then used red Fruit By The Foot for the stripes and “label”.  For the popcorn, I used marshmallows.  I kept some whole and tore the others in half.  I have a lot to learn about cake decorating, but the giggling girls didn’t seem to mind as they consumed and then later threw it all over each other and our new backyard.


His Day~

Breakfast in bed.

A BBQ full of beef and seafood.

Homemade desserts

These top our list of what we are planning for dad and Papa on Sunday.  I also like the kids to hand-make a gift, as well.  There are so many cute ideas out there and here are a few that we may try today(click link for craft details):

Book Mark Magnets~ Though we may change the shape to a surf board.

Luggage Tags~Again, personalize them to fit dad’s hobbies.

All About Dad Poster~Kids can gather info and pictures on dad and either hand make on a poster board or go to a site like to make a poster there.

Happy Father’s Day!

Getting Creative with Mason Jars

Sunday was spent at our niece’s baby shower. She is having a little girl next month. The night before, I came up with a creative way of wrapping the gift.  I had just read a blog post on Tori Spelling‘s website about the many uses of Mason Jars. So, I decided to “wrap” the gifts inside a jar.  I put each piece of clothing inside with some colorful tissue and left the tag(if cute) outside the jar.  Then I tied a bow around it.  I added another piece of tissue in the bottom of a recycled basket(i.e. one I had laying around the house), added the jars and tied a bow around the handle. Voila!  You can read about some other great ideas here.

The Office~

{I love the bright colors against the stark white}

Since I will be working from home more, I’ve decided to redo my “office alcove”.  Presently, we have an old oak roll top desk that sits in a recessed-area of our master bedroom.  Though, I won’t be replacing it~I do want to add a more feminine and inviting look to the space.  I came across See Jane Work a year or so ago, on my hunt for some “extras” to carry at Bludress.  With their girly office accessories they seem like the perfect go-to site to make my work area more lady-like.  I can’t wait to keep you updated on my progress(which means, I will actually have to finish it!).

{This is my favorite~because of the modern look}

{This is purely feminine to me}


{I would have those wall cubes filled in no time}


**photos courtesy of:,,, simplehuman ,, spain720.

Hand~Made Valentines With My Boy

{friendship blossoms}

Friendship Blossoms

What could be better than flowers and candy for VDay?


One thing I have longed to do, since becoming a mother  is to create hand-made Valentine’s with my children.  Since this is my “Do It” year~Roman and I will be spending our Friday night with hole punches, colored paper and lollipops.


*scrapbook paper or cardstock





1.) For each, cut 3 heart-shaped petals, two leaves and two flower centers from paper/cardstock

2.) Poke a small hole in each, crease the petals and slide the pieces into a lollipop stem. Tape bottom to secure

Message Ideas~

You’re a sweet heart

Our friendship is blooming

Be my bud-dy

**Courtesy of Family Fun Crafts

Frosted Fruit

(naked pears)

Maybe it’s just me, but I’ve always thought that things taste infinitely better when they are covered in sugar. Turns out, they are prettier, as well.  I saw a how-to in Sandra Lee‘s Semi Homemade Magazine for frosted fruit and I thought, what a gorgeous centerpiece to adorn our holiday table with.  Unfortunately, because I chose to use egg whites in lieu of spray adhesive to secure the sugar, these were consumed by the kids shortly after I snapped the photos. 

(white from one egg)

Just mix egg white and dip the fruit into it until covered. Then roll in sugar.  Use your imagination for a delectable, edible arrangement.

(pear covered in sugar)


Homemade Holiday Gift Tags

(gift tag software, cardstock, decorative paper, scissors, glue stick)

Each year as the holidays approach, I plan on baking, creating ornaments and maybe even a gift or two.  And every year, the 25th creeps up on me faster than I can say, “Martha Stewart’s Christmas Issue“.  Thank heaven I stumbled upon these Gift Tags.  They are simple, yet will add a charming touch to our gifts.     

(make stencils from decorative paper)

Materials needed:

*white cardstock

*decorative scrapbook paper

*glue stick

*hole punch



I found a gift tag program on Word. I printed them out on blank cardstock.  Then, I cut out the tags and glued them to the backing I made out of decorative paper.  Next, I punched a hole and finished with tying ribbon through.  Please note~ I used scallop shaped scissors to cut out the tags in order to hide my inability to cut in a straight line.

(finished gift tags, vintage santa ornament)