Projects and Parties

How was your weekend?

Ours was a blissful blur of family and friends..
Managed to take a few pics in between brunch and dinner on Sunday
to show you some of the bits I made this week.
So inspired by this palette right now...

I added glitter to some eggs we had decoupaged last Easter, a la Eddie Ross.
Love how they turned out, but let me just say,
If you plan to break out the spray adhesive spray adhesive and glitter at the same time
 be prepared to have a sparkly home :)

The ric rak trimmed linen napkins turned out really well, 
they were a lot of effort but now we have a huge set
 that will work whenever we have everyone over together, which we do quite a lot!

Fell in love with some napkins rings at Pier One inspired by vintage brooches, 
but at five dollars each, buying 34 wasn't going to happen!
Instead, I bought some silk flowers, separated the leaves, 
added a pearl to the centre of each petal (on fishing line) and strung them on some gold ribbon.

We got a similar feel for $3.00, 
and all the girls collected them later and wove them into their hair :)

D. brought home a few dozen roses
(he is such a sweetie)
and so they were all throughout the house - 
it smelled amazing!

Natasha enlisted her cousin to help her decorate cupcakes with sprinkles and peeps -
and since we had all gathered here, we celebrated her upcoming twelfth birthday as well.

Did I just say twelfth? One more year til there is a teenager living here :)
This has been a big year of change for Tash,
I am beginning to see the woman she will become and couldn't be more proud of her.

Had planned to take some pictures of the buffet we set up because there was massive amounts
 of delectable goodies (for dinner and dessert) but it was a bit mad!

Can show you pics of the new dining room curtains I sewed up..

Isn't that fabric to die for?
A major splurge, 
but this window is the first thing you see entering the room and it needed some love!
This room is next on the list to be finished.

The chairs got new cushions - I was going to custom make some but went to Wal-Mart 
(yes, you read that correctly - WALMART!!!)
to buy the pillow forms and found these - 
perfect size, durable cotton linen-look fabric, tufted, piped box cushions for $10 dollars each!! Score!
 Scouting out art for a gallery wall in the next couple of weeks 
but since we had cleared out the previous display, and needed something up here for Easter,
 I framed a really beautiful bit of silk that I fell in love with recently.
(couldn't leave the store without a metre, although I had no idea where it was going to end up!)
The frame came from the thrift store - 
bought it for the original figural pastel inside, which is going to be re-framed and hung somewhere...
 The frame was in good shape, so a lick of black paint and it works for now.

What would we ever do without black and white paint?!!

Speaking of white paint,
I've been reading about a fellow bloggers struggle to find the right white paint this week.
Since it is such a common struggle,
thinking that perhaps a post about how to get white right might be helpful.
I'll try to get it up this week :) 

Looking forward to hearing (and reading) about how all of you spent your weekend...

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