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Sweet Silhouette

Silhouettes are sweet and nostalgic, not to mention expensive! There’s no need to pay someone else to make one when it’s this easy!

Silhouette Materials

You’ll Need: origami or scrapbook decorative paper, scissors or craft knife, acid-free black or colored paper (try something fun and bright!), blown up photo and frame. Tip:  After many failed attempts at trying to get her to sit still, I got my squirmy worm to sit still long enough for me to take a picture of her profile while she watched TV.
How to Make: Blow up a photo to the size you want. Cut out the photo and use as a stencil to cut out the black paper. Tape the silhouette to the decorative paper (I used origami paper sheets taped together). Use patterned or bright paper as the silhouette on a solid background. Mix it up!

Finished Product

Sweet Silhouette!

More of my sweetheart’s room to come!

 

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Anna’s Princess Tea Party

My little girl wanted nothing more than a princess party for her 5th birthday. Your wish is my command, m’lady!

Pink Princess PomPom

The focal point of the house was the table scape and with height, scale and loads of volume, detail and color, it was magical!

Adornable Dishes

A great way to make your party more festive is to adorn the edges of your dishes and platters with ribbon or pompoms. Height and color always make the table more beautiful.

Table Scape

I’m finally using my gorgeous china! Cloth napkins are tied with tea party ribbon. Little girls like chocolate milk more than tea so we skip the formalities.

Cupcake for a 5 year old

Anna’s cupcakes sits atop a vintage dish and gets a glitter 5.

Oreo Wands

I took apart an Oreo and pressed a skewer with a dab of white chocolate and sandwiched the cookie back together. Dipped it in chocolate and, of course, sprinkles!

Milk Bottles

I took frapuccino bottles and covered them in doilies and glitter stickers. You cannot get more girly than this! Fruit skewers and vegi/cheese skewers for the “healthy platter.”

Color!

Doilies, flowers, garlands, a tea pot, ribbons and sprinkles make for a very girly table!

Welcome, Ladies!

The front door and entry announce that a princess resides here.

The Kingdom

The girls come straight in and get fancified in dress up central (a.k.a.the couch) and the moms move to the kitchen nomnom area.

Mommy Yums

Queen Mums get pampered too! Snacks and sangria keep us happy.

Dress up Central

The girls dressed up in vintage hats and scarves, costume jewelry and plenty of princess pretty!

Photo Booth

I love photo booths like nothing else in life. Dressing up and acting like a kid are prerequisite for adults and if you add cute 5 year old princesses? Oh yeah. Adorbs.

Queen Booth

Moms got adorned with vintage hats and stoles at the dress up area, too!

The Princess

Three generations of fancy! Me, the princess herself, and the original Queen Mum.

Come for Tea

The pretty princesses enjoy their tea party!

Muah!

Hot pink frosting makes the BEST lip gloss.

Make a Wish

Make a wish, sweet girl.

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Portman Chandelier

“I have been blessed, or cursed, with a love of life and a passion of insatiable curiosity seeking insights and knowledge.” – John Portman.

John Portman is an Atlanta icon – architect, painter, sculptor and designer. I happened to be in his office the other day (he was in China, sadly) and came across this incredible chandelier that he designed in 1970 hanging over his conference table. In person, it is breathtaking. A real photographer shows of it’s beautiful detail here.

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Entry Wall Redo

The entry way of a home tells guests what the rest of your home and the tone of your home life is like. The homeowners were no longer happy with what their entry was saying about them. It was dated, bland and a little unwelcoming. The homeowners are quite the opposite – warm, generous, hospitable and modern. Time for a redo!

Before:

BEFORE

With a simple paint job, a zebra rug and pictures of cathedrals (copied in sepia from an old calendar of cathedrals from a collection of the homeowners) framed in barn wood, this little nook is fresh, simple and inviting!

Ahhhh, After.

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The Knick-Knack Nancys and our Fancy Hair Stuffs

Some fellow Pinterest fan friends and I decided to get together and actually make some of the things we were pinning. We call ourselves the “Knick-Knack Nancys.” The concept is this:  Everyone in the group has an opportunity to host. As host, you pick the project (an easy one!) and gather the supplies. Non-hosts bring a drink or snack to share and everyone has a great time, we leave learning something new and we have a gift for someone else or a decoration in hand. With the holidays upon us, we’ve got some crafting to do! First up…

With beads and buttons, plain hair ties become boho-chic accessories in 10 seconds flat! As long as the hole in the bead or button is large enough, you won’t have to cut. If you have to cut the elastic, be sure to knot it well!

Adding color to bobby pins could not be easier with nail polish. Present on nice card stock. Use as a gift or punch a hole in the corner and use as a gift tag!

The Nancys and the bobby pins. We slid the pins on printer paper so we could paint without precision and simply slid them off when they were dry and on to pretty card stock. We found that bright colors and metallic gold were our favorites.

We decided to package our creations together. A chevron stamp and “Made with Love From,” made our project gift giving ready. That said, we were sure to make enough for ourselves. (I’m wearing my bead tie as I type). Fun & easy project. Give it a try!

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