Hubby’s 50th Birthday

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Hubby’s 50th Birthday

We celebrated my hubby’s birthday a week after we got home from our annual spring break beach vacation. FYI it is crazy to plan and execute on a party for 45 people a week after you get home from vacation. It is madness!

In any case, as always I had both moms and my cousin to help. We have thrown many parties together if the years. They are awesome support.

Hubby had a fabulous 50th celebration. It started Mid-week with a Bo Saam dinner. Then Friday, his actual birthday we had an impromptu brunch at Trois Familia with his sisters, the moms and us. It was a fun way to start his actual bday. Then we had dinner for 17 at a favorite Mexican restaurant.  But really this was a lead up to his party. Saturday afternoon pool party which lead to a very late and celebratory night.

Over the next week I will share pictures of his cake, party favors, decorations, wall art, and menu. It was a great time. Happy Birthday (again) honey!

Plungers Make The Perfect Cast Gifts

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Plungers Make The Perfect Cast Gifts

Plungers make for great cast gifts. What? A plunger as a gift? Why would someone do such a thing? We did! 

My older boy was in his school production of Urinetown. He gave each of his cast mates plungers at the cast party. The plungers were a huge hit. 

We went to three dollar stores to purchase a total of 32 plungers. Check out the back of the car after the first stop. 

Check out the check out clerk. She smiled but said nothing about what has got to be the oddest sale of her career. 


We used a black sharpie to hand write on the each plungers handle.  We alternated sayings: 

“See you when Urinetown”

“It’s been a privilege to pee with you”

Easy, inexpensive, uniquely themed, fun to create, thrilling to give and awesome and odd to receive.  The perfect cast gift. 

Beach Banner

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Beach Banner

How about a starfish beach banner to get in the summer beach going mood? I think that’s a salty good idea! 

I created this banner by altering a plain starfish banner.  The starfish on twine was great by itself, and even more fun now. I glittered letters, attached seashells  with twine, and added mini images of bathing beauties to those little plastic bubble dealt bobs that were so popular a few years ago.  

I was inspired to use chunky glitter as it reminded me of beach sand. 

Rose Bowl Flea Market

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Rose Bowl Flea Market

I went to the Rose Bowl Flea Market a couple of weeks back.  The Flea Market is held every second Sunday of the month rain or shine.  It’s in Pasadena, California so it’s mostly shine.  In fact, even in winter I wear sunscreen and bring a big bottle of water. At the flea I was inspired and managed to purchase almost more than I can carry. Below are some photos proving I’m no photographer–but fun stuff anyway! 

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Underpaper Starring in My Journal

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Underpaper Starring in My Journal

Hi. Under what? Underpaper…paper you put under your journal page that you’re working on to protect your desk and the pages under the page you were working on. I am currently using 12×12 deli paper as it works as a nice size protector. Once it has been used a bunch it can be pretty interesting. Admittedly, sometimes it’s a muddy, crumpled mess, but sometimes, the ink sprays, acrylic paint, watercolor and modeling paste create some striking underpaper.  

All of the circles on the two page spread below are hand cut from underpaper. You may not be able to see the texture but all the white on the circles is modeling paste. There is also an awesome shimmer. I glued the colorful pink and orange circles down with a glue stick.  Then I proceeded to stamp, spray and flick black paint all over the pages. A true mixed media collage.    

 

My Great Moms 

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My Great Moms 

Happy Morher’s Day!  I want to take a few of your moments to show you some pictures from this year of my mom and my hubby’s mom. 

They are both great moms. And they are great women.  I am lucky to have such supportive, helpful, inspirational, loving, fun moms in my life. I hope that anyone reading this blog also has the blessing of a great mother or two. 

Art Journal: Crisp, Clean Color

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Art Journal: Crisp, Clean Color

When I art journal, anything goes. Sometimes, I move quickly and sometimes I am methodical.  My art journal is heavily inspired by what I see around the time of creating. The page is rarely a long term planned project. 

This page was created in about 45 minutes–lickety split. I came home from a meeting than ran late into the night…I needed to unwind. 

I sprayed some Dylusions ink sprays and some acrylic paint onto my journal and blended a little. Then hit it with a heat gun.  Once dry I used a gate stencil upside down with watermark ink and gold embossing powder. 

Added my girl with Stabilo black “pencil.”  She is part traced, part sketched. Yes, I just admitted that. It works for me. I don’t create to be a great drawer. I create for joy. Then I added embellishments. She has lovely flowers in her hair and a piece of pretty paper on the left page to coordinate. Some more sprays including Dylusions White Liben spray. Stamped an adventurous quote.  

I tend to create with darker more grungy colors or by “tamping” down colors but I really enjoyed stepping out of my regular color treatment for a clean, crisp look. I also like the negative, white space. Intentionally trying to leave more white space in my journals these days. 

Enjoy! 

  

  

Water Color Bubble Fun in my Art Journal

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Water Color Bubble Fun in my Art Journal

Was totally inspired by Donna Downey’s Artist Gang Tuesday a while back. Love the stencil the artist was using. I used water colors to add color to the music page background. Added some Prima text stamps that were circular, some embossed butterflies and a fun Dylusions stamp. Then to add a little interest I added a coordinating tag and some 80’s style black paint splatters.