Rainbow Art Party

Well, the birthdays just keep coming! This one was really fun, and fairly easy.

Theme: Rainbow Art Party
Age: 10

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We opted to have it in an art studio where an artist instructed the girls on painting a picture. Each participant painted their own so they came out unique but “the same”.


Invitations: I designed these and had them printed up and we mailed them out about two weeks ahead of time. They didn’t say “NUM.1” on them, obviously. Who names their kids such things?


Activities: We started with some food and chatting while we waited for everyone to arrive. Then we began the painting. The teacher instructed them on the background and while they waited for that to dry they took a break for dinner. After dinner and snacks, they finished their masterpieces.

Food: We had pizza delivered for our main course and with it we had rainbow fruit and veggie platters. As a treat I let the girls have some soda with straws and “clouds”. they came out so cute! Then while they returned to painting we had some rainbow candy to snack on.






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Cake: Since I didn’t have time to make my own double decker rainbow dot cake, I made a run to the grocery.  They said they usually needed 24 hours notice, but since I am a “special customer” they would make an exception. So sweet! But since I don’t know them, and because this is a big chain grocery, I’m sure that’s what they call all their customers. But it didn’t matter, I needed a cake and they were happy to help me out in a pinch.

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Decorations: I made rainbow puffs and stuck them on sticks in jars. The food was as much decoration as anything. Then I added a pennant, personal poster and the glasses with straws and clouds topped it off.

The girls had a lot of fun, and it wasn’t too difficult for me either. Fall is busy 🙂

Before and After – Half Bath

Untitled-8When we bought this house there wasn’t much to do to it. The previous owners had done a beautiful job renovating and keeping it up. But there were a few things I wanted to change to fit our style better. The first was the half bath on the first floor. It’s the bathroom our guests use plus it is just off the entry way. Nothing like – hello bathroom!


This bathroom is TINY. I mean T-insy. It can’t be more than 4 feet by 5 feet. It is just big enough for you to turn around in. The only bathroom smaller than this one is the one on an airplane. But this one is big enough for a full size sink and potty. So it’s good.

The room had good bones. The tile is nice, the sink and potty were newer. The hardware was good – for now. The problem was it was dark and claustrophobic. The walls and ceiling were painted a dark, maroon red color. There was an old rod  iron mirror and a antique-ish, yellow light fixture that, no matter what kind of bulb you put in, cast a very yellow light.

Since there are no windows, and because of the size, I wanted to focus on making it feel larger and brighter.


We used Sherwin Williams “linen” for the walls and ceiling.


I found this mirror at TJ Maxx that I love. It fits perfectly – not overbearing, or so small you can barely see your face.


Then I searched my home for artwork. I have to admit accessorizing is hard for me. For some reason I have a really hard time finding art for the walls that I like. Nothing ever looks good to me. But I found this piece still in a box from our move.

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Finally, the show stopper had to be the light fixture. I purchased this from Overstock.com. It gives a beautiful sparkle and shine to the room.

And that’s it, there wasn’t room for anything else.



Wooden Monogram Room Decor


I’m so excited these things are finally done! It took me WEEKS to: get the paint, find the time to paint them, realize I didn’t have the right kind of paint, get back to the store, find more time to paint, fend off little fingers that wanted to touch them while I was working, retouch them and finally get them on the wall.

Weeks I tell you.

When I was younger, without children, I would have had this done in a morning. ONE morning. But if I was younger, and without children, I wouldn’t need to make these, would I?

When you look at it that way – I will take the weeks-long-project any day.


I am accessory-challenged which means I’m not good at putting the finishing touches on a room. So I have to look long and hard for artwork and the detail-y things that make a room look designed. But when I saw something like this somewhere (which I couldn’t remember) I thought it would work really nice in the big girl’s room. So I went in search of them and found these on Etsy from Monogramsy Letters.  I bought the large ones for $30 each, unpainted. When they arrived, I was really pleased with the quality. They are about 1/2 inch thick and the workmanship is excellent.


I talked with the big girls about how they wanted to paint them and after we got past the tie-dye and unicorn-type ideas we settled on black with white poke dots. I have to admit, I felt like this idea was stretching my crafting abilities a bit. I wasn’t sure how I was going to get the polkadots to looks good. But my friend, Donna, told me about a special round sponge brush you can get at the craft store that helps make your dots look excellent. She is always right!