Posts Tagged ‘martha stewart’

Weekend Recap in Pictures

June 21, 2010

This past weekend was full of so many fun and creative adventures, I didn’t want it to end!

Thursday and Friday, we celebrated Alex’s brother’s birthday.  Thursday night we went to Houston’s.  It is an amazing eatery with American style food.  Amber and I shared a veggie burger and it was the best veggie burger I have ever had in my life.  You must try this restaurant out!

Alex and I got Chris a gift card, but we wanted to make it a little special.  I printed out the template for the bow tie gift boxes from Paper Crave, and put his gift card inside.  It was extremely easy and really fun to make.

{paper crave gift box}

Friday night, we went out to Memphis — another great restaurant.  Then we went to see Toy Story 3.  It was fantastic and I loved it!

Saturday morning, I was hating life.  I woke up sooooo early!  But I was like a little jumping bean when I arrived at the flower market.  So many flowers! Creswell, Caitlyn and I went crazy buying tons and tons of flowers.

{photo by alex creswell}

Then I went straight from the flower market to a craft day with some of the girls from my church.  Tiffany, one of the sweet women I work with, invited me to do a craft for their Women of the Well bible study.  I had done this particular craft back in February for the Virtue blog at Harvest — it should be posted in the next month or so, and Tiffany wanted me to do it again for their girls.

{women of the well craft/cooking day}

Sunday was Father’s Day — you all knew that though, right?

We went to my Dad’s church, The Well in Oak Valley.  It was a great service and a good time of worship with close family and friends.  We then got to hang out with Alex’s parents for the evening and enjoyed long conversations and good food.

I also enjoyed making cards using some Martha Stewart clip art to make cards for both my dad and Alex’s dad.

{father’s day cards}

So, that was my fun, creative, crafting weekend!  I hope you had just as much fun as I did!

Happy Monday!


How to: Fold a Picnic Blanket

June 16, 2010

Next week our bible study group is planning on having a summer picnic.  Naturally, the event planner in my head is swarming with ideas for fun summer picnic ideas from games, to food, to decor.

I went for a gander at good ‘ol Martha Stewart and found a really unqiue project that totally had me swooning…

This is just your ordinary picnic blanket folded into a picnic basket!  How perfect is that?!

Come to the park with your picnic blanket and basket all in one.  Set aside the food and un ravel your basket to reveal a picnic blanket.

The unfortunate down side?

I found Martha Stewart‘s tutorial to be rather confusing, so I looked up a video on how to fold a box out of paper and it was pretty much dead on.


Don’t forget to check out Martha’s amazing 60 Days of Summer ideas.

Oh, and happy summer!!

DIY: Getaway Car Decorations

November 12, 2009

Happy Thursday, All!

I’m back with my final DIY from Chris and Amber’s wedding, the car decorations. First off, I have to tell you a little bit about my inspiration for the getaway car:

This particular car has been in the Lopez family for quite a few years. It belonged to Chris’ Abuelito and was given to Wil (Chris’ Dad) shortly before Abuelito passed away. This car has been “driven away in” by every one of the Lopez kids from Wil’s family, including Alex and Me and now Chris and Amber.

I wanted to create something for the car that reflected the projects I’d already done and some of the history of the car.  I found out from Alex’s Grandmother that they decorated her getaway car with tissue flowers, so my mind went to the multi-colored poms I had made for Amber’s Bridal Shower.  I gathered some inspiration from Martha Stewart and came up with this:

car decor

So, do you remember the multi-colored poms?  Let’s review.



1 Package of tissue paper (if they have 25 sheets, you will get 15 poms per package)

Plastic coated paper clips

Coordinating Yarn

Scotch Tape

Poster Board

Black Sharpie


Now that you’ve reviewed the steps make the following changes:

Instead of using just the large pieces, cut up the large pieces into three sections.  You should have a total of 75 sheets now (if you have a packet of 25 sheets). 

Using 5 at a time, being the accordion fold and follow the rest of the directions except, instead of floral wire use large plastic coated paper clips.  In doing so, you ensure the safety of the car’s paint.  Then follow the rest of the directions.

I made about 50 of these poms.  I probably should have made about 25 more, but I was dead tired! 

Next, I gave the guys the coordinating yarn and tape.  They made circles of tape and stuck them straight to the car with the yarn.  About every 12-15 inches (let’s face it, they are guys so they probably didn’t measure it) they placed a pom.  They went all the way down to the back of the car and onto the ground.

car decor 2

In the middle, they placed the sign I made using the poster board and sharpie markers.

car decor 3

I’d say that Chris and Amber were pretty pleased with the result, wouldn’t you?

car decor 4

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Moving on Up

August 31, 2009


Alex and I are heading out after work to sign loan docs!  It’s been such a crazy, exciting ride and it’s about to get even crazier.  There is a good possibility that Alex and I could be getting the keys to our first home THIS FRIDAY!  If that’s the case, then we’re going to be moving this next weekend!

Sorry for all the “!”  There’s just too much excitement to contain.

In the spirit of excitement, packing and moving, I thought I’d share a little treat (for me anyway – all you other OCDers will enjoy it as well) from the master of moving, Martha Stewart.  Thanks to MagChunk for the tip-off.

I’m drooling over these checklists:

Moving Time-line

Tips for Successful Packing

Essential Packing Supplies

Thank you, Martha.

For more checklists by Martha, click here.

Economic Survival

May 20, 2009

Let’s talk economics.  And no, I’m not going to talk about the housing market or what to invest in.  I’m going to talk to you about some small changes you can make to your lifestyle or spending habits that will truly save you time, money, and stress (let’s hope). 

While perusing Martha Stewart this morning, I came across some of her money saving tips which inspired my post for today.  Here we go:

  • Make your clothes last longer, by closing up zippers, fastening hooks, washing with like colors.  The tendency is to throw the whole load in and maybe separate out the whites (don’t do it!). Wash darks in cold water and hang them dry.  You’ll save on the cost of running the dryer and your darks won’t fade as quickly.
  • Have a San Pelligrino bottle lying around? or a Trader Joe’s limeaide glass bottle?  Don’t throw them away!  Spruce them up with enamel paint and create a new vase for flowers.
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  • Do you have a party this weekend but no money for the wrapping? Use that scrap fabric left over from the table runner you made or some old newspapers and make some new fun wrapping papers.
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  • A little known trick is to stick to the outer edges of the supermarket.  The food there is less processed, healthier, and less expensive.
  • Set up automatic withdrawls from your checking to a savings or retirement fund.  It’s a no hassle way to think about saving.
  • Need a place to organize your magazines or books, but can’t afford the fancy organizers?  Use an old cereal box!
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    • You don’t have to buy fresh! Sometimes the frozen ingredients are just as good as the fresh one.  Buy veggies and fruits that are in season.
    • See all your movies?  Organize a movie swap.  Don’t pay $9.00 a person to see a movie when you can call up a friend to switch movies with.
    • Getting tired of the same look, but can’t afford a new couch?  Recover the pillows with scrap fabric, old hankies, or sheets.
    • I love this one!!!! – transform your old (or hit up a local thrift store)pillow cases  into a fun summer tote! 
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    I think I made need to dedicate a whole post to this last one!  Get inspired!

    more paper flowers

    February 23, 2009

    Good Monday Morning! And a gloomy one it is; how fabulous.  What a perfect day to stay inside, drink hot chocolate, watch “Singing in the Rain” and make these little beauties:


    Make a bright bouquet for your home or simply throw them into a bowl!


    Template from Martha Stewart, Photos from Jen Elizabeth and Dozi.

    Have a blessed Monday!