Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Batman party

Hello friends, and happy Tuesday to ya!
I wanted to have this posted yesterday morning, but I may have stayed up until the wee hours watching the Oscars and live tweeting the Oscars w/ my friends and watching post-Oscars coverage, because...
I heart the Oscars.

If you watched, who was your pick for best dressed?
I'd have to go with Michelle Williams and Viola Davis.
And Angie's leg, because let's face facts- it kinda stole the show there for a sec.

Moving on.

My little man turned 7 on Friday and we had a Batman shindig on Saturday. Lots of family and friends celebrating our sweet Oliver. It was a gorgeous day which was an answer to prayer since the Bat Cave and Joker's Hideout were both outside. Here's a few party pics followed by details on what I made/crafted/designed.

 Gotham City food table y'all.

Bat sandwiches (used a Batman cookie cutter found on eBay), Poison Ivy's Veggies, Robin's Pizza Rolls, Two-Face Pretzels, Riddler's Chips, and Penguin's Cake Poppers

Fab cake made by my Aunt C

Joker Juice, or....green Hawaiian Punch

 Found these Batman masks on eBay

and the Batman activity books came from the dollah spot at Target.
I also heart Target, but you knew that... 

 Found the Batman candy mold on, yup...you guessed it....eBay. It was my first time attempting a two-colored design and it's a bit tricky. Gotta let that first color harden a bit before pouring the second color on top, just FYI.

The hubs has mad chalk skillz

I had a plan to completely cover the trampoline in black tarps/streamers/paper to make it a bit more cave-like, but I don't think the kids cared one bit that it lacked decor. I also wanted every square inch of our playhouse/swingset covered in green to be the Joker's hideout, or getaway, or whatever it is the Joker's place is called...

So happy that Oliver's friends were able to come and celebrate the day with us, because when you're 7 and you're a boy, you really just wanna run around doing boy stuff with people your age. Oliver was really into the decorations this year for the first time, as in 2 weeks before the party he started asking me why Batman stuff wasn't everywhere yet. Don't get me wrong- I love that he wants the decorations, but the fact that he was asking where they were before I'd even made a game plan was putting a little pressure on this momma. Thank goodness Gotham City came to me at 9:00 pm the night before his party. I swear to you that the best ideas come late at night.

For the Gotham City background on the food table, I used 5 pieces of black poster board, some tri-folded and some folded in half, and cut 'windows' into the buildings with an exact-o knife.

Here's a pic of the candy mold I found on eBay-
I used it to make toppers for the cupcakes we took to school as well as chocolate suckers for the partay. Word to the wise- If you're planning to make a gazillion of these as I did, you might want to pick up 2 or even 4 of the candy molds if it only holds 3 or you could be up all night melting, pouring, and freezing. Just a thought...

The invites, as well as the favor tags and food signs were all created with an image I found and saved from a google search and edited in picnik.

I found the table cover & napkins the day before the party at Wal-wart, and ordered the striped straws from THIS etsy seller. I had a few things planned that didn't quite get finished (like making green question mark stickers for the chips bags so it would make sense that they were 'Riddler's Chips'), but O seemed to have a smashing good time despite the fact that the chip bags had no question marks, and after all- that was really who mattered.

I'm also pumped that the house is still semi-clean since there's another shindig here on Friday. Remember, if you're local I'd love for you to join me this Friday from 4-6 for a Matilda Jane trunk show & open house of my etsy shop from 4-6 right here at my hizzy. There will be lots of good eats and pretty things to look at. (For more details, see THIS post) I'll also have some live music provided by my 1 & 2 year-olds. No doubt they will treat us with a few ditty's from Mary Poppins or VeggieTales....

Until then, I'll be cleaning and sewing and cleaning and sewing...
Happy Tuesday!

p.s.- I've linked this post with

Friday, February 24, 2012

seven years old

My sweet boy is 7 today.
can't believe it

Happy birthday to my
Star Wars lovin'
lego building,
teeth loosing,
ice cream eating,
playstation playing,
trampoline jumping,
nerf gun toting,
book reading,
track club running,
transformer playing,
whiz at adding,
always filming,
lego sneaking,
sister loving,
bear hugging,
t-shirt wearing

I love you.

such a sweet big brother

working on his Valentines. He wrote each of his classmates names himself this year.

3 teeth lost in the last 8 weeks

doing ninja kicks off the back of the buggy

 excellent speller

 playing with photo props

 on a field trip to Buffalo Rock
(thanks Kelly)

 legos that were snuck to school in a pocket

 watching Star Wars 3D with his Daddy

 with his buddy Hayden at school

ran 35 miles (so far) this school year & made track club on Wednesday

and filming with his video camera, one of his latest obsessions.

And, because it's his birthday, I thought I'd share one of his latest videos.
It's super short and super silly.
Just the workings of a 7 year-old brain...

p.s. - here's last year's post when he was six

Happy Friday everyone!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

kitchen update number eleventy-billion

What, you thought we were done already?

No. No we're not...
But we do have some new stuff to share that's kind of a big deal, especially when it really makes the room seem 'done'.
Even when it's not, quite.

Check out the crown y'all-

and those base boards.
Never thought I'd be so excited over....base boards.

As you can see, we still need to paint the entire ceiling since we have a few spots like this-

But the way that trim just hugs the cabinets...
I mean it.
I'm in love.
Here's what we've been looking at since the cabinets were installed last September-

Poor, trim-less room.
But now...


And that's not the only change.
We've been using my great-grandmother's table + chairs since we were married because, well...it's fabulous and I love it-

but it really isn't suited for the banquette I've built in my head (and on Pinterest). I searched high and low for several months, and then I found it via Craigslist, via a blog...

Still on the hunt for chairs, but isn't the table a beaut?

A pedestal table, just like I had in mind. Already painted white at the bottom and distressed.

Just look at those lovely claws...

The top is au natural and smooth as a baby's bootay I kid you not.

I must thank the lovely couple who sold it to me, not only for the crazy low price of $50, but also for not looking at me like a crazy person while I stood in their house and rubbed my hands across the table, semi-hugged it, and acted like a giddy school girl who's just touched the Bieber. They also set up furniture around it to make a stand-in banquette so that I could be sure the table was the size I needed.

It was.

Our other table + chairs is now happily living in the man cave, by the way. Hubs and his friends eat in there all the time, so it all works out rather nicely.

And while we're on the subject of new furniture, we welcomed another piece into our house yesterday, even though this one won't be staying in the kitchen.

I've always wanted an Eames rocker and the Foundary had a crazy good deal on these about a month ago.
So I pounced.
The Foundary is another of those deal-a-day sites, showcasing several different brands of home decor/household goods every day. You can check them out HERE.

We introduced the chair to MM last night and she was smitten.
Can't wait to take it outside for a photo shoot with the kiddos.

Then we introduced it to the new table and I'm not gonna lie,
there was an attraction between the two.

And that's all the news that is the news on the kitchen front. The next order of business will be to make the banquette out of the cabinets I found last week at Surplus Warehouse. Can't wait. We also have to finish painting the trim/windows/doors, figure out what to do with the mudroom nook, paint the ceiling, have a lot of electrical work done, make curtains & cushions for the banquette, and then we might just be done.

Hopefully I'll be back soon with kitchen update, eleventy-billion and one entitled 'The banquette has landed'.

Until then,
Happy Wednesday!

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