Thursday, June 30, 2011

Good Friends, Good Times

I had the opportunity to spend some quality time with a few of my favorite girls last weekend on a mini vacation. When I say “mini”, I really mean “mini”. My very dear friend
Stacy was in town visiting family so four of us girlies decided last minute to go away for an overnight stay at a quaint little town nearby called Granbury. We didn’t arrive at the hotel until about 1 a.m. even though we were only 45 minutes away. You may be thinking, “Why did y’all even bother going?” Well, I guess you could say we had the desperate housewives syndrome at the time and we really needed to get away even if just for a few hours. Lol. Actually the main reason is Stacy is very dear to us and she doesn’t plan on visiting again this year so we we wanted to take advantage of our time together.
Back to the trip details. There was an indoor pool at the hotel and the front desk clerk was kind enough to open it back up so we could jump in for a short while. We went up to our room & decided to go all out and stay up all night as if we were teenagers again. We put on a chic-flick, one straightened another's’ hair, while I opted for giving myself a pedi. We caught a few zzzs and woke up just in time for a delicious complimentary hot breakfast.
Granbury is known for it’s cute little bed and breakfast inns and the many antique shops they have. We spent the afternoon going antiquing and had a delicious , hearty late lunch before heading back home.
Here we are enjoying the summer breeze after eating a hefty country style lunch at Babe's.
  From left: Lisa (my sis-in-law), Belky, Stacy, and myself.
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Here are some random shots from a few of the different shops we visited.

Granbury's version of a boardwalk. It was cute and had plenty of bench seating with a lakeside view but just not what comes to mind when I hear the word 'boardwalk'. We had fun nonetheless snapping photos and getting our feet wet in the nearby man-made beach.

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Just when I was having fun shooting, my battery died. :( On the upside, I enjoyed the place so much I plan to go back soon with the hubby.
Thinking of the trip and the time spent with the girls, the sweet song from Toy Story comes to mind:
You've got a friend in me
You've got a friend in me
When the road looks rough ahead
And you're miles and miles
From your nice warm bed
Just remember what your old pal said
Boy, Girl, you've got a friend in me
You've got a friend in me
You've got a friend in me
You've got a friend in me
You've got troubles, well I've got 'em too
There isn't anything I wouldn't do for you
We stick together and we see it through
You've got a friend in me
You've got a friend in me
Some other folks might be
A little bit smarter than I am
Bigger and stronger too
But none of them will ever love you the way I do
It's me and you
And as the years go by
Boys, Girls, our friendship will never die
You're gonna see
It's our destiny
You've got a friend in me
You've got a friend in me
You've got a friend in me

Good friends are hard to come by and I’ve been fortunate to have not just one but three amazing and inspiring girls to call friends. I’m so blessed to have these wonderful girls in my life!

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Western Themed Shower

I just shared the cute invites for my sister-in-law's shower, now I'm sharing the highlights of the decor.  This theme is a timeless classic and I don't think it will ever go out of 'style'.  I can't take all the credit, my sister-in-law helped a lot even though she was the guest of honor--she couldn't resist :), along with our dear friend Stacy, and a few others who helped with the food.

Boots are ceramic and we just added some fresh flowers. The little red bandana printed cups have peanuts in them.
As you can see, we used mason jars for the drinks and we added straws with homemade tags that read, "HOWDY" on them. For the tags we printed "HOWDY!" in two columns and cut in strips (each strip has howdy twice). Then we just fold it in half and glued it together, leaving a small opening at the center for the straw to slide through. Cuteness!

This was a "mommy advice" book we made at the last minute. We used chipboard for the front and back covers and wrapped them in card stock. We included several sheets of white card stock inside for the guests to write their advice and tips for the new mommy.

Very simple but yummy cupcakes made by the other sister-in-law. The boot toppers were from Hobby Lobby.

This was above the cupcakes. We printed out each letter and cut the paper down to size to fit on the printed card stock background. Simple but very cute.

We had a traditional western themed menu: Brisket, chili with biscuits (baked muffin size for individual serving size), bread, beans, potato salad, broccoli rice casserole, sweet tea, and punch. My mouth is getting watery as I write this. :)

So there you have it folks! This could easily be used for any kind of party. I would have loved to have bales of hay for the seating but it was winter and indoors so we couldn't get too messy. We still loved it as it was. :)

Western Invites

Howdy y'all! Just wanted to share this cute baby shower invite that I made sometime ago for my dear sister-in-law when she was preggo with her first baby. 

To make these, I had some help from my hubby who happens to be a graphics pro. I found some western invites that I really liked and he recreated the hat, boots and blocks design for me. I did all the text. For the text, I found western fonts for free and downloaded them. Once that part was done, I printed these out and was ready to move on to the fun stuff.

I used this craft hole punch to create the little circles.
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Next, I rolled the edges along the ink pad to give it a little color so it would pop. You can angle it a less or more for thin or thick effect.

I wanted it to be subtle but enough to see the color and this is what I ended up with.

 To size my brown card stock, I measured the printed sheet and added enough extra to allow for the folded flap. I had to use the little circle cut-outs to measure the flap. Once I folded the card stock, using the circle, I made a hole punch above and below the circle to run my ribbon through.

I wrapped the longer side from the top of the card stock around the back and back over to the front.

This is how it looks right before I tied my knot to finish off the ribbon.

Lastly, I added the cute little circle and with a glue dot, I added these cute little boots which I found at Hobby Lobby. It was night time when I took these and the lighting was really bad. The colors are a little more vibrant in person but you get the overall idea of the invite. My sister-in-law loved them! She's my partner in crime when it comes to creating invites so I'm glad I was able to impress her with these.

Thanks for visiting. Y'all come back now, Ya Hear! :)

...check out pics from the shower here