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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Long Time, No Blog

I know it's been a while since I've done an update. I feel bad for abandoning my blog. However, I have started a new blog called Fa'Shun Groupie. It is a blog about the latest fashion accessories and trends. I am just getting started and I am super excited about this blog. I will be updating it regularly. Please come check me out at I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Fit For a Princess

I did these for a one year old's upcoming Princess themed party. The colors are pink and purple.

Instead of using them to pass out as favors, the mother is going to pass them out with the invitations "My Super Sweet 16" style. She is hand delivering all the invites and these will add a special touch to it.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Say It With Chocolate!

When throwing a big event, you should always "thank" your guests for sharing your special day with you. One way to show your token of appreciation is by handing out favors. Often times, not a lot of thought is put into the actual favors and guests will leave them on the tables or throw them away once they get home. Favors can end up being a very costly part of your budget, and if your guests fail to take them home, you feel like your money was wasted. For this reason alone, you want to be unique and give your guests something they will appreciate and not leave on the tables at the end of the night.

What better way to do this, than with chocolate? Everybody loves chocolate, right? Handing out "edible" favors (as in something your greedy guests can eat, lol!) will ensure that there won't be any left over. Chocolate sucker favors are unique and a "sweet" way to thank your guests. They can be made to match any theme and color scheme. For the past couple of nights, I have been making some chocolate sucker baby shower favors for one of my co-workers. Her son and his girlfriend are expecting a baby boy. I used to make these cute little edible favors on the side for a little extra "mula". Notice I said "used to" because it has truly been a while since I have made these. I believe the last time was a few years ago for this same co-worker. Anywho, here are the ones I recently made:

Pictured above are Diapers, Bottles, Pacifiers, and of course "It's A Boy" birth announcement. These can be made for any themed party or event: Weddings, Bridal Showers, Bachelorette/Bachelor Parties, Birthdays, Graduations, etc, etc. Hopefully she likes them.

Friday, February 27, 2009

The Edible Cocktail

So, I was watching the end of Whose Wedding Is It Anyway? and one of the Event Planner's surprised his couple with Chocolate Champagne Glasses for their reception. It was pretty much Champagne Flutes lined with chocolate and filled with champagne. It looked SO delicious. Check it out:

I thought this was a very unique idea, as I had never seen this before. I immediately got on the computer and started doing my research. I was able to find the company that creates these "yummy" masterpieces.

The company is called Bar Candy and they have this idea patented, so no one else can attempt to recreate it themselves. Therefore, if you want these chocolate babies at your wedding, the only place you can order these from is Bar Candy. These would also be a huge hit at not only weddings, but birthday parties, baby showers, bridal showers, spa parties, or any kind of event. Bar Candy can also customize the edible chocolate molds for you with great selections to choose from like chocolate, white chocolate, peanut butter cup, and colored white chocolate to match your color scheme. They can also do edible martini glasses if martinis are your drink of choice for your guests. Not a drinker? Bar Candy also offers non-alcoholic "Mocktini's".

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Sunday, February 22, 2009

Manzanita Trees

Manzanita Trees make beautiful centerpieces at weddings and other events. You can really get creative with Manzanita Trees by adding your own special touch to them. You can string crystals along the branches to give the impression that the tree is dripping with crystals. These types of Manzanita Trees are also often referred to as Crystal Trees and are perfect for the bride who wants a lot of "Bling" incorporated into her centerpieces.

Manzanita Trees can also serve as placecard holders at weddings:

The one above was created by Style Me Pretty and she includes DIY instructions on how to recreate it. As you can see, the guests' names are hung from the branches of the tree. When they arrive to the reception, they pull their name off of the tree and their table number will be printed on it to indicate where they will be seated.

Here is another Mazanita Tree placecard holder designed by Michelle Rago. In Michelle's version, the Manzanita Tree is used as a striking centerpiece on the placecard table. Instead of hanging from the actual tree, the placecards can be found in clear glass trays in front of the tree.

This is another one of Michelle Rago's creations. Looks like this one is being used as the focal point in the center of a room.

This version of a Manzanita Tree is being used as a centerpiece on a table.

This Manzanita Tree from Pacific Weddings is one of my newest personal faves. This was created for a "Red, White, and Butterfly" themed wedding. Look at all the pretty red butterflies hanging from it.

As you can see, you can get very creative with Manzanita Trees. You can spray paint the branches any color to go with your color scheme. A lot of companies, like Etherealdecor, sell the crystal tree versions already assembled. You can also buy all the materials and create them yourself. This may prove to be a little more cost effective, too. You can buy the Manzanita branches at your local craft store or at Save-On-Crafts. If you want to incorporate flowers into your tree, any professional florist should be able attach flowers to the tree(s) for you.

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I was nominated for a Blog Award by Kuga Designs. Thanks for the LOVE!

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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Total Room Make-Over

Yesterday, my niece celebrated her 13th birthday. We (my sister and I) couldn't figure out what to do for her. She wanted to throw a big party but we just didn't have the funds for that. So, my sister came up with the bright idea to redecorate her room as a surprise to her. The catch was how were we going to get my niece out of the house to even start on the room. The best time to do it would've been while she was at school, but before we could even get started on the decorating part, her room had to be cleaned. I'm talking, "throw stuff out" kind of clean.

We were trying to get her out of the house Friday night to no avail. Then we tried Saturday night and almost succeeded until at the last minute, her little girlfriend flaked on her. They were supposed to go skating. The only thing left to do was to take her and drop her off at my house to spend the night. I left to go back to my sister's to help her finish cleaning the room and eventually get started on the decorating. I told my niece I was going to drop a vacuum cleaner off to her mom and would be right back (yeah right, lol!) She called to the house a few times to see if I was still over there because I had been gone for so long. We were hoping she wouldn't get suspicious because she knew that her mom had started cleaning out her room and throwing stuff out before we headed to my house. My sister told her "You are about to be a teenager now, and you need to start keeping your room clean."

It took us SEVERAL hours just to clean her room and throw stuff out. She had all kinds of stuff in there from when she was much younger and just papers and other junk that needed to be thrown away. We had to put a lot of stuff in boxes and store in the garage. We had to sweep, vacuum, clean off furniture (I'm talking warm soap and water kind of clean). My sister had gotten started on it around 6pm while I took my niece to the mall to spend her birthday money. When I got back over there to drop the vacuum off around 10pm, she was STILL cleaning up. I started helping and I don't think we got done with that until after midnight. Trust me, If I had've known that we had to go through all of this, I definitely would not have signed up for this, lol!

Now on to the good stuff. Our inspiration came from these lime green "ball shaped" stools that my sister got for "FREE" (yes free) at a Thrift Store she frequents a lot. She also found a lime green colored lamp from the same Thrift Store. My niece already had a little lamp in the shape of the letter "C" (for her first name, Chiara) that was lime green and blue. With just those 3 pieces, the color scheme became Lime Green and Blue. My sister also found a comforter set that had several different colors like blue, green, red, purple, orange, etc, etc. We decided to pull the green and blue out of the comforter and accessorize the rest of the room with those colors.

Now mind you, I hadn't seen any of this stuff. My sister pretty much described the comforter set to me and told me about the Lime Green ball stools. I went to the store and picked out some stuff to add to the decor. I happened to be in Hobby Lobby (LOVE that store!) and saw some cute flowers and butterflies that could be used to hang from the ceiling or hang up on the wall. Hobby Lobby had so many accessories to go with these and they came in lime green, blue, hot pink, purple and orange. So, I picked up a few flowers, butterflies, and paper lanterns amongst some other things. My sister had already told me that she also found these little "Retro" circles that you stick on the wall in lime green and blue. When we finished cleaning, we put all of our stuff together and this is what we came up with:

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Those are the "ball shaped" stools and the hanging lanterns. I have one more large green lantern to add to it. Unfortunately, the other green one I bought had the wrong sized metal wire that you stick inside of it. I have to take it back and get another one. So that will serve as a little area that she can sit down and read a book or her favorite "Seventeen Magazine" at. Prior to this, her bed filled this area.

That's my niece and nephew enjoying the new reading/study nook.

Those are the hanging flowers I found. Aren't they adorable?

We moved her bed to the middle of the room where her dresser used to be. My sister left the mirror there (because she said it was really heavy, lol!) and put her bed under it. I adorned the sides of the mirrors with the cute butterflies I found at HL. I love the image of my niece in the mirror with her hand on her hips, lol! The curtains were also a new addition. My sister bought those. Before, she just had miniblinds on the window.

Here is a close-up of the butterflies. Cute.

Here are the "Retro" circles. Wish I had more circles to cover more of the wall. The good thing about them is that you can peel and stick them as many times as you want.

This is a frame that I made (well I didn't make the actual frame, but the pictures inside of it). I found the butterfly pictures online, printed them and cut them out and placed them in the windows of the frame. I also printed that picture of my niece and cut it out and put it in the frame. I also found that "All About Me" phrase online and cut it out and stuck it in the frame as well.

I am SO upset that I didn't think to take a before and after pic of the room. Nobody will ever believe the condition it was in before and how we did this transformation. We were up until after 2 in the morning working on this room. I had the hardest time hanging those lanterns. Almost fell clear on my face a few times. I was also struggling with those darn butterflies. While I was hanging the butterflies, my sister was hanging the curtains. She was having a hard time with that as well, lol! Then, she did all of that to find out that she had bought 2 different lengths. One was waaaay shorter. At first she had some solid lime green curtains that hung down in between the white ones. The store didn't have any more left them when she went back to exchange them, so she had to get those, which are "lacy" and look better than the first ones she had in my opinion.

We still have a few things to add to the room. She needs a rug, another lamp shade, and if you notice that weird looking metal thing next to the bed in the 4th pic down, that goes to a butterfly chair my niece already had. The chair is yellow, so my sister has to find another one to match the room.

My niece was surprised, to say the least, when she walked into the room. She had no idea what we were up to. She just thought that her mother was cleaning out her room and that I stayed late last night to help her. The look on her face was priceless when she walked in. My sister even had the song "Butterflies" by Floetry playing in the background when she walked in. It was too cute! Now, the real challenge is whether or not she be able to keep her room tidy and clean. I still wish I had a picture of the clutter in that room before the transformation. It doesn't even look like the same room.