Nautical Accessories for Bachelorette Party {At the Lake}

I love summertime Bachelorette parties.

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Last summer, when my girlfriends and I hit South Lake Tahoe for our best bud’s Bachelorette weekend, we brought along some fun anchor themed accessories.

Here’s what we used to complete our Nautical Themed Party Weekend:

Anchor Bride & ‘Mate’s Tanks:

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been to so many parties with custom tanks that are specific to the event, and I never wear them again.

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So for our Tahoe weekend, I created a “Bride” anchor tank for the bride, but plain anchor tanks for the rest of the party crew.

I still enjoy wearing my blue and glitter silver anchor tank at the lake.

Customized Nautical Beach Cups:

I got these fun party tumblers on Etsy, and they were a hit. I love how they matched our cute party tanks.

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Custom Vodka Bottle for the Bride:

I dressed up this bottle of alcohol by adding an anchor, the Bride’s name, and some scattered vinyl polka dots to a giant Skyy Vodka bottle.

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Beachy Framed Weekend Itinerary:

The plans for the weekend were all a surprise for the Bride, so this framed party weekend itinerary was another fun touch.

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I’ll share more of our themed Bachelorette weekends later. But for now, what are some of the best destinations you’ve been to for a weekend with the girls?

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Scrapbook Paper & Mod Podge Frame Craft

Create customized party accessories when you use paper and Mod Podge to craft a custom picture frame.

I just love Mod Podge. It makes it so simple to create your own custom wall decor and coordinate the look of your party decorations.

Recently, I was in charge of the party supplies for my MIL’s 60th birthday. I really enjoyed creating this decorative frame with polka dot scrapbook paper that matched the pennant banner and other decorations I crafted.

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The 4×6″ chipboard frame was only $3.50 (half price) at Hobby Lobby. And the single piece of scrapbook paper was $.59. I already had the Mod Podge and foam brush on -hand.

Step-by-Step Guide for Scrapbook Paper Picture Frame with Mod Podge

Supplies:

  • Scrapbook Paper
  • Chipboard Frame
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Foam Brush
  • Mod Podge

Steps:

1. Remove the back of the frame and lay face down on the back side of your scrapbook paper.

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2. Trace the frame (both inside and outside).

3. Cut along lines to create scrapbook paper overlay for frame.

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4. Use the foam brush to apply a medium coat of Mod Podge to the front of your chipboard frame & position paper over frame, using a firm flat surface (such as a credit card) to smooth out any bubbles or wrinkles.

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5. After 15 minutes, apply a coat of Mod Podge to the front of the frame (over the scrapbook paper) to seal it and create a protective coating.

That’s it! So simple!

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Yarn Nail Art Pallet Sign Arrow

My husband and I throw an annual party called the Jean Short Jamboree.

Basically, we have all our friends over and require that they wear jean shorts. We encourage silly outfits and give out a prize for our best dressed party goer.

We created a giant pallet sign that we set out front:

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Making a pallet sign is so simple. The toughest part is ripping the pallet apart and removing any pesky nails sticking out of the pieces.

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My husband uses a saw to cut through the nails, which makes the process go a lot faster.

Next, just lay out the pieces the way you want, piece together a frame, then nail it all together.

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Our sign says “Jean Short Jamboree” with a combination of metal and denim letters that I found a Michaels. I also attached some clothespins so we can hang a pair of denim shorts on the sign.

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Everyone’s favorite part of the sign is the string and nail arrow pointing the way to the party.

Here’s how to add a yarn nail arrow to a pallet sign:

Before you get started – be sure to use nails with large nail heads so your yarn (or string) doesn’t slip off.

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Print or draw an arrow (or another shape) on paper to be your guide. I had to patch a few pieces of paper together to get the size I wanted.

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Tape your paper arrow guide to the wooden sign.

 

 

Add nails about an inch apart all along the lines on the paper.

 

 

Remove the paper (just rip if off).

 

 

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Next, string your yarn around the perimeter to create an outline.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Be sure to pull the string super tight between the top of each nail.

 

 

After that, start stringing your yarn all across and wrapping around random nails until you get the look you want.

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Another fun party accessory I made is this foam board photo prop frame.

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DIY Glinda Crown – Wizard of Oz

My best friend’s favorite movie of all time is Wizard of Oz.

Which is why it’s pretty unbelievable that it took us 19 years to do a Wizard of Oz Halloween costume theme.

But, it finally came to fruition.

She was Dorothy, her husband the Scarecrow, my husband was the Lion and I was Glinda the Good Witch.

We were even finalists in a Halloween Costume Contest!

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(If you’ve poked around my blog, you may recognize my husband’s bulked up lion costume from the year before when we dressed up in a circus theme with our dog.)

How amazing is this crown?

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And guess what, I made it myself!

It’s funny because my husband tends to refuse to wear store-bought costumes because they don’t look authentic. This leads to day-of frantic searches in which Tad enlists my help – even though I’ve pestered him for weeks that Halloween is approaching. *Sigh*

(Not this year though!)

I love store-bought costumes, and I got this Glinda costume from HalloweenCostumes.com. Oh my goodness it was super huge on me (better than too tight!).

I ended up taking it in, but the crown itself was so flimsy and warped I couldn’t use it. Total garbage.

So, I decided to create my own and made it fabulous.

I headed off to Hobby Lobby and found the perfect materials to make my own Glinda the Good Witch crown.

Whether you need a good witch costume for a Halloween party or costume contest or for a character in a Wizard of Oz play…

Here’s How to Make Your DIY Adjustable Glinda the Good Witch Crown:

Materials (the findings/embellishments can vary – this is just the unique way I put mine together – be creative with yours!):

  • 2 Sheets of Glitter Foam Paper – like this
  • Rhinstone/crystal embellishments with flat backs
  • Front jewel
  • Blank Ear Studs – like these
  • Hot Glue
  • Velcro

I got all my supplies at Hobby Lobby, but they don’t sponsor me in any way and I’m sure you can find similar items at any craft store.

Steps:

Create Your Crown Shape & Cut Out Crown:

Draw out your crown shape to trace on the back of the glitter foam paper if you don’t have a Cricut.

Here is the file I created to cut out the crown shape on my Circut:

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Unfortunately, it didn’t cut the foam paper as well as I’d like, so I had to go back over the semi cut-out crown and finish cutting it with scissors. (I’ve since upgraded to a new Cricut).

Since 1 piece of foam (11″) wouldn’t reach all the way around my head, I had to use 2 pieces of foam. So I divided the graphic between the front and back sides.

Attach The Front & Back Pieces:

I wanted the crown to be flexible, so I could tighten it to fit my head exactly.

So, Piece 1 used for the front section, and Piece 2 I cut in half to attach to each side of the front, then velcro together in the back:

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I used hot glue to adhere them together, then used 4 of the plain earring studs to reinforce each of the seems.

Embellish Your Crown:

I wasn’t sure the rhinestones would stick well when glued to the glitter foam paper, so I did the same thing to embellish the front as I did to reinforce the seems in the last step.

I pushed the plain earring studs through the foam in the shape of the design I wanted for the front. This method worked great because it was easy to reposition any suds that I didn’t initially place well.

Note: I placed all the earring studs high enough that they wouldn’t poke into my forehead or anywhere else!

Then, I hot glued the rhinestones to the flat fronts of the plain earring studs.

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Here was the outcome of the front rhinestones:

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Add Additional Embellishments:

I glued additional embellishments to each of the top spokes of the crown:

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As well as the signature piece to the front that hangs down on the forehead:

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Attach Velcro to Make Crown Adjustable:

To make the crown adjustable in size I chose to add velcro to the back.

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Here were are all decked out on Halloween:

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Sparkle Football Tee for Game Day – Simple Iron-On

So, football really isn’t my thing.

In general, sports really aren’t my thing. Shhh! Don’t tell my husband!

But, for the rest of America, the Super Bowl is a pretty big deal. So, every year, I attend a Super Bowl party and pretend to enjoy myself while mingling, eating too much and huddling around a giant TV screen.

This year, I figured I might as well look cute while I did all of the above.

So, yesterday I picked up this cute top at Target:

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I actually had a really fun graphic designed that said “Today’s forecast: Drinking with a Chance of Football.”

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But, I forgot to see how much iron-on material I had before I left the house. Whoops!

Things got really simplified and I decided to just do a giant gold sparkly football on the front:

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Can’t wait to wear it this afternoon! I’ll post pics later! Happy Game Day everyone!

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UPDATE:

Here I am sporting my tee at my parent’s party:

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Sadly I got more compliments on my teal ombre Bellami hair extensions, haha. But that’s OK. All in all a good day.

Behind the Door Kitchen Command Center for a Small Space

I have to admit, I don’t have children so I’m not exactly juggling a whole lot around here. But, I used to work full time while my husband coached baseball for a living and since he was home most of the time, he took on the role of what we call “House Manager”.

Eventually, he retired from coaching and entered the corporate world. California Bay Area commute and all. (Boo for him!)

So, since I worked closest to home, “House Manager” duties defaulted back to me. *Sigh*

As I’ve shared before, our house is not big. That’s why I was always intrigued by all the kitchen command centers I saw on Pinterest. Often times, it’s just a small wall converted into useful space.

My garage door into the house opens right into my kitchen – it’s the  black door (shown below – you can see more in my kitchen board and batten wall post). That means every time we walk in the house, everything ends up piled on the kitchen table – keys, shopping bags, mail, half-empty fast food cups.

A few years back I hung a mail organizer/key holder behind the door in an effort to stop losing my keys, but let’s face it – it was an eye sore:

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I really wanted to eliminate the kitchen table clutter and improve this sad wall, so I designed a command center to hold keys, mail, sunglasses and magazines. (Side note: the baby gate is what we use to keep our dog from going upstairs when we’re not home – like I admitted above, we’re a child-free home).

We decided to frame it to match the door:

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Then, we added wood inside the frame:

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Next, we added some framing to the bottom third to match the board and batten wall on the other side of the door:

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The ledge was an important part of the design since it can hold sunglasses and other small accessories:

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The bottom section was designed to hold magazines and some file folders to organize coupons. We painted the top black (it’s not chalkboard paint) and the bottom white:

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Amazing what a coat of paint can do, huh?

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Here it is with the framed calendar, mail and key organizer and some magazines/coupon file holders in the rack below:

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The best compliment was the other day when my girlfriend came over to bring me lunch after I had sinus surgery. She was enamored with it so much she hired someone to build one at her house!

Here’s her version – a simple framed out command center that’s magnetic so she can get the clutter off the fridge – she has 3 kids!

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Again – here’s my before and after. We just love it!

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DIY Vegas Party Accessories for 40th Birthday

As I mentioned in my previous post, my whole family spent a weekend in Vegas for my brother’s 50th birthday recently.

On his actual birthday, we dined at Ruth’s Chris (his favorite restaurant) right on the strip.

Below, I detail some of the custom creations that made his celebration all the more special.

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Custom Card Suit Themed Party Glass

Everyone needs a light-up glass if they’re celebrating their birthday in Vegas (or even if they just with they were).

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This was super simple to made using my vinyl cutter (I use the Cricut).

See how I made this custom Vegas themed birthday glass here.

Keepsake Card Deck with Birthday Pictures

I printed out pictures from each of his first 10 birthdays and attached them to their coordinating numbers on a deck of cards.

It was a fun way to walk down memory lane over appetizers.

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Custom Photo Coasters

How cool are these coasters from Zazzle?

I added a current picture inside the zero and they printed his age and name on them.

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Confetti Numbered Poker Chips

I also added these little round confetti pieces with the number 40 from Party City to some cheap poker chips and spread them around the table (so much cheaper than custom poker chips!):

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Card Suit Casino Party Hat

The birthday boy also got a giant casino party hat to which I added a vinyl #40 (which didn’t stick all too well, but worked for dinner).

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Casino Themed Centerpiece

I found this awesome hat at party city and hat to get it for the centerpiece.

I propped it up on a candle holder with some scapbook paper and poker chips, then added some floralytes.

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Custom Photo Birthday Card

Funny story, I was at a family dinner earlier in the year at a restaurant that takes keepsake photos. The photographer mistakenly thought I was my brother’s wife and said “Put your arm around your girl!”

We cracked up over the picture that resulted. I used it to create a custom birthday card for him:

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Personalized Las Vegas Luggage Tags

Everyone who went to Vegas got a personalized luggage tag from Shutterfly – so fun!

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All in all, our Vegas party weekend was a success.

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