Baby Boy {mustache & bow ties} Shower

I ain’t gonna lie — I had so much FUN getting to help put together a baby shower for one of my friends!
You see given that I don’t have any sisters 🙁 and my one sister-in-law has many sisters) I was feeling like my chances of getting to help put together a baby shower was pretty slim- {you know how it goes- mom and grandma and sisters and sister-in-laws all have first dibs- I mean who doesn’t love to throw a party?! 🙂 }
But I got lucky- due to circumstances us friends got to throw her shower– okay okay I’ll come clean here really Kaytee who is amazing at putting parties together was gonna throw her shower- but I jumped all over that bandwagon and squirmed myself in and jumped up and down and said “pick me, pick me, Let me help! Let me help!” and so Kaytee (who I’m sure was frightened of my enthusiasm for this) let me join in on the fun.
We split up tasks and I was in charge of the invitations and decorating for the party, while Kaytee was gonna handle games and food {she’s amazing at food!}
The invites-
I was in a hurry- I kinda got late on board on this so I just printed them off at Sams and once again I have to say I hate how they slaughter the colors- the original of this was a pretty light grey- they printed it practically black.  Ya. just ya.  anyhow for them I cut out some little mustaches from felt and hot glued them on and Dave carved out of an eraser a mustache stamp for me {sounds long and time consuming but it seriously was easy and fast}
 Tried to have a fun ice breaker with guests writing funny sayings for mom and dad on babies diaper.
 I had bought a pack of onesizes to give as part of my gift and use as decor- and than just made some iron on of the mustache and tie and than made a snap button bowtie for the other one– I loved how cute they were– And I have to admit getting to do all the fun boy stuff was fun since I’m gonna be having a girl and haven’t had a baby boy for a long time.

Drinks station-

I had a fun time making a newspaper garland and just decorating away 🙂
Little mustaches on the cups- Kaytee had found these and they were so cute!
Designed a quick art print to sit on my typewriter

The Table-

Kaytee of course made the yummiest snacks/food for it– the cupcakes we’re orange creamsicle- and so heavenly! Blueberry parfaits {yum!} and so soft and chewy 3 chip cookies! Makes my mouth water typing this.
I made some fun little bowties out of napkins for it
and I used some scrap fabric for the fun little bowtie flags
And a simple diaper cake for momma to take home– cuz we all know how many diapers those little one’s go through!
It was so fun to get to be involved and get to do fun little boy stuff for a change! I felt it turned out good , Jen got cute gifts and I got to help with a shower- “Squeal!” Fun day!
*** Here’s a big disclaimer– I am gonna get a little opinionated here***
So I try not to get my itty bitty feelings hurt but sometimes I do- and this has happened more than once to me so I want to get it off my chest.  So to understand you have to understand that I live in a small town with pretty practical people that are down to earth and work hard and are pretty dang thrifty, and I love it here! But what I don’t love and what ruffles my feathers is when “people judge” and say silly things like- “They spent a fortune I’m sure”- with the added tone of what a waste clipped on, “Or I’m sure they could have done without that.” clearly the thoughts of wasted money on their minds.
Drives me nuts! Really it does!
 I mean really anyone who’s been on pinterest or blogs knows how extravagant of parties you could throw- and ours would look like a shabby piece of cloth held up to some of them- but why do they feel it is such a waste to make things pretty and let alone why do they feel the need to say negative things?
Hurts feelings ya know. 🙂
 I guess really why it really hurts my feelings the most is I work very hard to be thrifty and I get creative to save money- I understand their mindsets, I have goals and priorities and really treasure being a stay at home mom, so I work to keep costs low and to not put to much added pressure on my husband with supporting our family, but I also know that you can be cheap and still make things pretty.
So to prove this to those- here is my cost breakdown of Jenni’s babyshower–
Invites- $8
    I designed myself on my computer was .35 a card w/free envelope I ordered 20   $7.60 +.25 for the one sheet of black felt
Bow tie Flags- Free
    I used scrap fabric that I had and hot glue I also had the small dowels that I just broke in half- but I know the dowels at the porters are $1 or so for about 60 of them, and who doesn’t have scrap fabric? For the flag I cut up one piece of Cardstock {I buy my white cardstock at walmart and get a ream for about $5}
*Bow tie napkins-$3 {but you would have to buy this no matter what kind of party you threw} so I guess it doesn’t count.
   I bought a set of 25 black napkins at walmart $1 and a box of clear silverware $2 for the wraps
 
Scrapbook Paper-$1
    I bought 5 scrapbook papers that were on clearance at Porters for 5 for $1– I used these all around, for the bowties, on the cake, on the onesie garland.
Bag of oranges- $3
   Found them for .38 a lb on sale
Bunting- Free
 newspaper- free, one piece of orange paper- stole from my kids stash- and twine-had- I have a big roll I bought from Walmart that I use for everything- I think it was $4 seriously had it for years now
Print- Pretty much Free
    I made on my computer and just printed at home on a piece of my white card stock  I used ink from my printer which who knows how to calculate that and I’m not even gonna try cuz I don’t care.
Mustaches on sticks- Free
 I had from a previous photoshoot but could have made more I mean we already have the sticks and black felt at this point.
Balloons- $1
   I bought a bag of balloons that I hung from the ceiling and put mustaches on that I didn’t take a picture of– bag of balloons $1 and the mustaches I traced and cut out about 10 mustaches from my roll of vinyl that I have {you can buy a roll at walmart that has lasted me forever- I don’t know the exact price but I know under $10} I used probably 3″ of the vinyl, and I put them all around- on the bowl, on the drink stand ect.
The other things I bought just as much for decorating as for a gift that I could give her.
Letter O- $2.50
 I got at porters for $2.50 using a 50% off coupon, was going to finish it for her but ran out of time- {the other thing on the mantle that was orange was something of Kaytee’s for Jenni}
The onesie’s -$5
I bought a three pack for $5 and used scrap fabric and scrap fusible iron stuff I had to make them
Diaper Cake $6
I bought a $1 bandanna and a pack of newborn diapers which we also used to write on $5
Misc.- Free
On the table I rolled out some of my craft paper that I have– ya know the stuff you buy in the mailing section at Walmart that’s cheap– Ya I have one of those and after we were done I rolled it back up and will probably use it on some other project. I also used some sheets out of my old book that I bought for my book wreath that I made a while back {the book was $3 at D.I} and than I cut some circles out of the newspaper that I got to tie it in with the banner.
Everything else I used was stuff that was around my house- crates that I had and Kaytee had- my thrifted blue typewriter that I found that I use to decorate with, cake stands that I made with thrifted plates and candlestands, square plates I had found at D.I for $1 a plate forever ago.
{And most stuff that I used any crafter would have- they’re most of the basics and stuff you use over and over}

So I spent $13 on invites and Decor for the party and $12.50 for my gift to her

 
I really shouldn’t care right 🙂 I know I know– and for the most part I don’t but occasionally I want to speak my mind and say  “Hello- you can make things pretty and not spend outrageous amounts of money it just takes a bit of time and creativity”  and things get made pretty – and pretty things make me happy! 🙂

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Grass!

So something that has taken us forever and really we lost most if not all motivation on was our yard 🙂
We were able to get lucky and with our loan not have to finish it to move in and be able to just get the money out so we could do it later– but ya I’ll be the first to admit- we’ve been lazy- burned out and every time we’d walk out and try to do anything with it we’d end up overwhelmed and very frustrated!
There were so many ROCKS– so many– I’m not kidding when I say I’ve probably picked up a thousand or more rocks!  and putting in 35+ sprinklers was a job in itself- and leveling it and spreading a bit more dirt– ya it just went on and on and on
Thankfully we had some help and motivation come along 🙂 and I’m so happy to say that we have grass seed spread– And the kids actually enjoyed the process– I love that they are learning to love to help and work 🙂
but in all honesty what kid who didn’t get the chance to drive the four wheeler wouldn’t like to work too? 🙂
  We decided that even though it was pretty late in the season we’d try and spread some grass seed and see if it grew or not– either way we know we’ll probably be spreading some more in the spring 🙂
And even though I am never in these pictures I swear I was there spreading that crap too 🙂 and picking up Rocks– always forever picking up rocks–
But I will admit it looks so much better– You can Hardly see anymore Rocks!
and guess what I spotted this morning…….
Itty bitty little grass 🙂 It’s growing!!– I’m just hoping it can survive the coming up storms 🙁

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House update #who cares I wish we were done :)

Well I know I’ve been quite the slacker on our house updates– I won’t lie our house is a stinkin mess right now!!!– We have so many projects going on the house and absolutely none of them are totally finished– {which is my biggest pet peeve and frustration! I hate leaving just a little bit left to be done– ugh}
One thing that is done though is our Cabinets!
We had Merrills with Merrill woodworking do them and I absolutely LOVE them! They did an amazing job and were great to work with {and I’ll admit it I had some kinda out there ideas and designs 🙂 } As far as recommendations go– these guys get five thumbs up from me 🙂
We did build the back of the bar wood wainscoting and so I’m still working on finishing that up— and we have lights that still need to get done– and appliances to put in– Like I said never ending little things.
 As part of our cabinets I had this file cabinet built and I’ve never been so excited to file some stuff 🙂
Master bath Cabinets– we still have to cut out the bottom shelves for the plumbing 🙂
I love the kids bathroom cabinets– {there’s also a huge linen closet in here that I forgot to take a pic of }
and the kitchen desk {ya a huge mess right now}
And our Study Desk– Merrills did the cabinets and we put on the wood top {I wanted kinda an old wood bench top look 🙂 }
Other stuff we’ve been doing.
trying forever to finish the electrical
and building many much built ins
 Our Mudbench {still needs paint and a wood top for the bench
Shelves and cubbies in our Mud closet
 Master Bedroom Closet Organizers
Organizers in the kids closets
Pantry Shelves
Our Living room Bookcases and Columns {ya still a lot of paint and stuff left to do}
I finally finished our powder room table {that is until Dave builds a shelf for it 🙂 }
and we are trying to finish up on the trim stuff
 The Mantle is 99.8% done 🙂
 and the Carpet is 100% done- {yippee ki yay!}
And the stairs railings from that firey burney place is pretty darn close to being finished {thanks to our nephew Reily helping all day yesterday! Thank you thank you thank you Reily!}
 So yes we’re close but oh so far– {I see a massive amount of painting and caulking and just “stuff” that takes time to get done left still  *sigh}
But really we’re getting closer to attacking the outside–
 which will definitely be a war that I hope we can win. {I can guarantee I’ll be getting me some sun 🙂 }
{*and just a side note cuz I know you’ll wonder………..  Why in the heck are we doing the outside right now before we move in?! Well it’s because at the beginning of this whole project on my list was Sod {cuz our kids haven’t had a backyard to really play in for close to 5yrs now!?} So in order to close on our loan and move in we have to put down the sod– which ya opens a whole can of beans for us to do on the outside– *sigh* yes I am tired and burned out and trying my best not to take another trip to breakdown city…. but we’re getting there right?! 🙂

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House Progress {slow} +I hate doing tile

So we’ve been working….. just slowly
 I’ve never been a huge fan of tile– and while it’s not really that hard to lay– I just don’t like doing it {and neither does Dave}
So over Memorial weekend that was what we were up to…. laying the tile in our house
It was a miserable weekend…… raining and cold and Dave was a sick sick sickee boy…. so work was slow and torturous {we later found out he had pneumonia– ugh!}
Thankfully our Brother-in-Law Keri came over and helped us cut the tile otherwise I’m pretty sure we never would have finished it!
 I tried to make the best of it { Checking out my hubby’s butt while he works….. always a plus!  🙂 }
{Master Bath tile}
On Saturday and Monday we cut all the tile and laid it out,
{Kids Bath}
Than on Wednesday we thin set them in,
{Laundry room}
Than on Thursday and Friday I sealed the wood floor
 We were gonna try to put the last coat of poly on this weekend and grout the floor but…
We decided to take a break and went Camping up at Birch Creek instead! 🙂
{Now though vacation time is over and I gotta get to work again— another coat of poly here I come!}

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House Status Update { Wood Floor}

So here’s the weekly house update 🙂
We’ve been working on the Wood Floor
 Isn’t it pretty! I love it! {yes I know we still need to sand it and finish it– but even unfinished I still love it!}
 I love all the characteristics in the wood, the darker one’s and the grain and the worm holes and ya just pretty much everything 🙂
 While installing the floor my main job was to cut boards and get them lined up and out in the pattern I wanted…. I loved looking through the stacks for my favorite boards and putting them in the floor in a spot that I knew I’d get to see them a lot 🙂
This one with the wavy curve is I’m pretty sure my fav. Favorite! So pretty!
We had most the floor done on the weekend { after a very long 14hr. Saturday}– but on Wednesday we finished off the Steps which had a bit of a chicken before egg thing going on with the Newel post– Let’s not talk about Wednesday it was a frustrating day and Thursday too—- We’ve just been a bit burned out on working on the house… ya just a little bit.
BTW though I Love the stairs– another one of  my favorite things in the house!
Anyhow Tomorrow we’re gonna be tackling all this in our house {the dreaded Tile}
 Here’s to another stinkin long Saturday– {bleh} I’m hoping Dave at least get’s feeling better {he’s a sickee tonight} Otherwise it is Really! gonna be a long day tomorrow.
Only 5 weeks left and hopefully this project will be over!

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