Projects on My Plate

  • Veda's Birthday Party
  • Sienna's Birthday Party
  • Sienna's Pencil Skirt
  • Pencil Skirt
  • Wardrobe re-do
  • Floral Skirt for Mommy
  • Breck's Bedding
  • Sienna and Veda's Bedding
  • Apron

Monday, July 30, 2012

Party How-to: Polyhedrons

Today is my husband's birthday! He's turning the big 3-0!! Happy Birthday Jos! In honor of birthdays, I am posting today on some party how-to.

I feel like every party needs something hanging from the ceiling. Pom poms, lanterns, punching balls, balloons, etc. are all great and look nice. When planning Breck's party this last year, I saw a picture of the cutest polyhedrons hanging from the ceiling at a party. Perfect for what I had in mind for his party, and the best part...they use solely those cheap paper plates!!! I only used one pack to get three (and I could have made more), which brought me to a grand total of 1.50!

Some extra costs are staples (if you don't have any at home), and spray paint (if you want them another color. I got spray paint from Wal Mart for another whoppin' $1.23. I wanted a blotchy, somewhat camouflaged look, so I didn't need a nice paint. However if you want the paint to be more solid looking, go with Krylon.

Here's the comprehensive list of what you need: 

1 pack (100) white paper plates
Spray Paint (if using)

Here's what to do:

1. You'll need 20 plates for each polyhedron. Fold each plate three ways, so there's a triangle in the middle. Try to make the triangle close to centered as you can.

2. Separate your stacks. You'll put this together in three pieces, the top, the bottom, then the middle. 5 for the top and bottom, and 10 for the middle.

3. Start attaching your top piece. Hold two pieces together as shown and staple together in several places along the arch.

4. Continue attaching until you have a pentagon. Repeat for bottom piece.

5. Forgot to get a picture of this, but attach the middle 10 in a row as illustrated below. 

 6. Attach the top to the top of the middle section with staples on each arch, and then the bottom in the same manner. Spray paint, if desired.

DONE! And you got yourself some cute decorations for super duper cheap!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Feed Me Friday Meets "Pinned it, Did it"

Remember me talking about a new series I was going to do called "Pinned it Did it"? Well, if not, it's basically my review of popular pins from Pinterest, that I have tried. Today the pin I tried happened to be edible AND summery, so it also fit the mold for "Feed Me Friday"!

These are called the "40 Minute Hamburger Buns" (click title to take you to the recipe)

40-Minute Hamburger Buns Recipe

My review? ......AWESOME!!!

These are actually as quick and easy as the recipe makes them sound. Yes, it takes more effort that grabbing buns off of a shelf at the store, but they are SERIOUSLY so much better! They are more rich and dense, but not gross dense. They are perfect texture, flavor, and for making homemade yeast bread items, it was surprising quick.

Make them NOW!!!!!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Rose Decorations from Veda's Party

If you're looking for a good way to fluff up a little girl's party easily and cheaply, this post is for you. This is a how-to for the rose decorations I used at Veda's party. They were all handmade, and though it took some time (I made 50), they were super easy, and SUPER cheap!

What you Need:
1 pack (8 sheets) Tissue paper ($.97)
Paper (free if you have enough, can be any sort of paper, I used regular printer paper)
Elmer's glue

1. Use a cup to trace circles onto your paper. Cut out as many circle as you want flowers. The circles should be around 2-3 inches in diameter.

2. Open up tissue paper pack, unfold, and lay flat on the ground.

3. Cut a strip (through all 8 sheets) about an inch or more long off of the end of the tissue paper.

4. Take 2 strips from the 8 you now have. You will use 2 strips per flower.

5. Glue a swirl on a circle as shown below with the Elmer's glue (I ran out of glue, so I have drawn how the Elmer's glue will be on your paper).

6. Starting on the outside, feed the first piece of tissue paper around the circle, overlapping a little as you go so it creates a little ruffle. Once your first piece runs out, finish the circle with the second strip of tissue paper. If you have a lot left once you get to the middle, just cram it all in there, and glue. Trust, me, it looks cute. Just make sure you're cramming the length of the strip in, not cramming it from the top into a crumpled mess!

Done! I made 50 of these and still did not use the whole pack of tissue paper!!! So as I said, these are VERY cheap!

Happy Rosing!

Monday, July 23, 2012

DIY Maxi Skirt from Bridesmaids Dress

Do you have a ton of Bridesmaids dresses? I do. And oddly enough, I only started the rapid accumulation of these dresses after I had been a bride! Bridesmaids' dresses are notorious for being ugly, but I never thought any of the ones I wore were. The only problem is that I really never came upon the occasion to wear them again. So they just kind of sit and sit and sit in my closet, hoping one day I might just pull them out and wear them.

Feeling bad that such nice dresses were going to waste, I decided to put them to good use. This is one of my "revive the bridesmaids' dress" projects. 

This dress was from Cameron and Shawnte's wedding (Josten's sister, and her husband), and the first wedding I was ever I bridesmaid in. Here is the only "before" I have of the dress...
*And no, I was not placing my hand inappropriately as it may look...I promise my hand was just around Shawnte's arm

Well, I decided that with the rich tone, the cut, and the delicate fabric, that this dress would look great as a maxi skirt. Making these dresses into skirts is such a great idea because it is so simple, and a lot of times the simple cuts of bridesmaids dresses work perfectly for that.
Though regretfully, I did not take pictures of my process of refashioning this dress, I promise I will try to be as thorough in my explanation so you can try this as well.
1. Figure out where you want your dress to hit your waist. Make a cut a little over an inch above that on the dress, and cut the entire top off. You may have to cut through the zipper (unless you spend the time to rip it out before, which I didn't), so use scissors you don't care as much about when you get to the zipper.

2. Remove the remaining part of the zipper (unless you already removed it).

3. Measure around your waist, and measure around the top of the skirt. If the skirt is too big to sit where you want it to, you'll either need to gather it a little, or take it in a little until it's the right size. I took mine in, because I wanted the straight lines.

4. Fold down the top of the skirt, facing outward, two times about a half inch in height. Pin them down. My dress had two layers of fabric, and I just folded them both together when I folded them down and pinned them.

5. Sew along the bottom of the fold. Here is a picture of what mine looks like. You can see it's folded outward, then sewn along the bottom.

6. Add a new (shorter) zipper. I purposely added one that was off in color, because I like that look. Mismatched zippers give things a funky edge. My zipper is the same color as the belt in the picture below. I also added a hook/eye combo to the very top above the zipper, but it's not completely necessary.

Then all you need to do is cut strings, and you're good to go! Woo Hoo!!


And I love that I wear it so much more now! I was even able to wear it for another temple sealing 6 years after the first time I wore the dress!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Feed Me Friday: Potato Salad

There are lots of ways to make potato salad. Almost everyone has a different variation, and it's usually suited to their taste. Mine is no different.

I love this potato salad. If you don't like pickles in your potato salad (Mom) this recipe isn't for you. I happen to LOVE them, so hopefully you do too.

Sarah's Potato Salad:

5 unpeeled baking potatoes
5 hard-boiled eggs, roughly chopped
3/4 cup sour cream
3/4 cup mayo
1 Tbsp Yellow Mustard
1 Tbsp Apple cider vinegar
1/2 white onion chopped into tiny pieces
1 cup dill pickles, chopped
1 Tbsp dried dill weed
Salt and Pepper to taste

1. Cover the potatoes with water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to med-low, and let simmer about 20 min. or until tender. Drain water, and cut potatoes into chunks. I just like to whip a knife through the pot to get it all chopped up. Refrigerate and add the eggs. Set aside.

2. Mix the remaining ingredients together in a sauce, in order, and pour over potato/egg mixture. Lightly mix it together, and refrigerate. It is best if it can be refrigerated overnight, but can also be served immediately as long as the potatoes are cooled.

* Because sizes of baking potatoes vary, if there doesn't seem to be enough sauce for the salad, just add a little more mayo and sour cream until it is as moist as you would like.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Sienna's Cinderella Party

Sienna turned 4 this last fourth of July. Her Golden Birthday. She tells everyone that she just had her "golden Cinderella party", which I think confuses people, because when they see pictures they expect to see some sort of gold gilded party, with a Cinderella theme in there somewhere. But no, no gold really to be found here!

Anyway, it was a "Dream come true" for our little Cinderella wannabe. She was so excited when she saw everything that she squealed the highest pitch squeal you could ever imagine. It was pretty darn cute. 

Well, without further ado, here are the pictures from our "Royal Ball!"

The invites, rolled up, tied with a bow.

The Mantle: Pictures of Cinderella, iridescent fluff, and pink streamers lined throughout

The Castle: I just googled an image of the Cinderella castle, printed it, and copied it by hand onto poster board. Then I painted the tops blue, and lightly sprayed over with silver spray paint.

 The entryway

Our little Cinderella. Thank goodness her Halloween costume still fits!

The table

I wanted food that was simple, but sophisticated, that either tied in with Cinderella, or was "palace-like"

Magic Wands

The Favors

 The Activities: #1 Ballroom Dancing - a very basic beginners course on how to dance politely at a ball. This was our ballroom. Though you can't see it, the purple drape (tablecloth) had yellow fringe (Crepe paper cut into fringe) all the way down the side

Activity #2 - "If the Show Fits" - a game where everyone had to (blindfolded) find the right shoe for Sienna, out of many shoes of different styles and sizes.

It fits!

Activity #3 - "At the Stroke of Midnight, the Spell will be Broken" - a card game where everyone had to turn over a card to make sure they were still horses, and not turned back into mice. If they got a horse, they were safe. If they got a mice, they were out, and so it continued until there was only one left!

This was a fun party, and I was glad that Sienna enjoyed herself. She is seriously such a girly girl, and I was happy to see that I lived up to her "expectations". She's sweet, and we're excited for another fun year with our little Princess!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Some Links for Veda's party How-To's

With the explosion of Pinterest, it not only made my planning for Veda's party more organized, but also a lot more detailed that I would have probably planned on my own. I just kept finding more ideas that I like, and I didn't even end up using all of the ideas I found!

Here are some of the links I found via Pinterest (and others) for some of the decorations for Veda's party:

Tissue Paper Pom Poms: Martha Stewart: I had posted the link several years ago when I used them for Sienna's first birthday party, but thought I should probably post it again, since not everyone will want to surf all the way back to 2009 in the blog.

For these, I cut the tips of the folded tissue paper in a quarter circle, so when opened up, it was a much larger scalloped edge.

*I also used these instructions for the backs of the chairs, except I only used half the tissue paper, since I needed it flat on one side.

Hanging Rose Balls: This link takes you to the site that originally featured the balls, but I couldn't find instructions on their site. They're pretty straight forward though, dollar store wiffle balls, dollar store rose bunches (about 4 per ball), hot glue around each hole, and stick the heads of the roses in them! Hang with ribbon.

Crepe Paper Rose Balls: Follow instructions as posted on blog. I used the twist method for mine. She'll explain two different methods.

Friday, July 13, 2012

The Return of Feed Me Friday: Watermelon Salsa

I just love the summertime. I always have. I grew up in North Idaho most of my life, after spending my major formative years in Southern California. Though my time spent up North WAY exceeds the time spent in sunny California, I think I always carried that need for warmth with me, no matter how many harsh, four-feet-of-snow, ice-crusted-windshields, and power outaged winters I endured. Though strikingly beautiful, the downfall of North Idaho is definitely the lack of tolerable seasons. You get a nice Fall for the first part of September, (though nights are promptly returning to below-freezing temperatures), by October, snow is fair game. Though there can be some beautiful Autumn days, they are short lived, and very cold, even if you have little to no snow fall. There's almost always snow in November, and by the time the holidays are past, you're sick of it, and you still have 2-5 months left! Now, fast forward to April. Spring, right? Not necessarily. My birthday is April 30th, and I had snow the day before my birthday a couple of years ago. Think that's crazy? We had a snow storm in June in 2008. BUT - once the summer weather DOES kick in, it is SO beautiful, and really I always long to be there, when it's warm.

But you can see my desperation for that blessed season of summer in Idaho. You really try to live and soak up every minute of it, knowing it will be taken from you so quickly!

One of the ways I learned to enjoy summer to the fullest is by cooking like it's summer! Tons of fresh foods, produce, and lots of grilling! Though I live in the South now, and my seasons are generally warm year-round, (LOVE it!!) I still enjoy treating the entire summer like a holiday, even though it's much hotter, and much longer lived!

One recipe I came across (while living in Idaho), was this great Watermelon Salsa. I've played with it, and come up with the way I like it best, though it's still pretty straight forward. I originally used it for Sienna's Watermelon Party, which not only fit the theme, but impressed all who partook! ;) I loved it, and hopefully you'll love it too, because it's what's on the menu today for Feed me Friday!

Watermelon Salsa

2-3 cups seeded and coarsely chopped watermelon
3 tablespoons chopped onion
4 tablespoons seeded and chopped Anaheim Chiles
3 tablespoons Balsamic vinegar
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
1/4 teaspoon creole seasoning

In a mixing bowl, combine the watermelon, the chopped onion, and the chile. Evenly coat the mixture with the balsamic vinegar, then the garlic salt, then the creole seasoning. Put into the refrigerator, and let sit at least one hour so the flavors blend. Serve with chips, or whatever your heart desires!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Party for our Little Rose

Well, my baby turned a year old...

Not too sure how I feel about that. On one hand, the stage she's in right now is so cute, and her personality is blossoming everyday. On the other had. I really don't like how quickly all the time is going. 

We decided to celebrate her party this year with a dessert party. No games or activities, because, well...she's one. So we kept it to eating and entertaining each other! 

We celebrated with a rose theme, using rose decorations and (attempting) rose-flavored food. Among my food casualties were these really neat looking rose water meringues. I'd never worked with meringue before, and it just didn't work for me. Something to set as a goal!

Here are the invites. They were printed out as pictures, mounted on cream parchment paper, with a bow in the upper left hand corner. They were also scented like roses!

Our mantle...Pictures of Veda each month 

The entryway

The backs of the chairs

The table

The cake

The labels

Rose Lassi, and Indian yogurt drink

Rose petal jam

The Verdict? Well, she sure enjoyed her cake!

I will also be posting different tutorials and references on how to do some of the things I did for this party. Stay tuned!
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