Easter Baskets

I have been having a hard time deciding what kind of Easter baskets to get. I thought I wanted traditional Easter Baskets, but I couldn’t find anything I loved in Hobby Lobby or Michaels. I thought about ordering at Pottery Barn Kids, but even though that’s kind of the look I want, it wasn’t exactly what I envisioned. I just hate to spend that much on a basket and liner if I don’t love them. Then I went on Etsy.com, and found lots of adorable ideas, from baskets to buckets, but nothing that was perfect. Then, when I was shopping for something else at Hobby Lobby, inspiration struck. On one of the shelves I was passing by, I spotted these adorable yellow wire baskets. Are they traditional Easter baskets? Well, no. But… we have been working on Abby’s lemonade stand (which will probably have it’s grand opening this weekend!), and a yellow basket would be a great little accessory for her product line. HA! I’m kidding… no products. But, she’s an over-packer like I am, so I’m sure she’ll find a use for it. The other thing I really liked about these particular baskets is that they are stack-able for storage. (I’ve found our other Easter baskets are hard to store.)  So, we can either find a use for them around the house after Easter, or we can easily store them away for next year.

Because they are wire and have pretty wide gaps that would allow precious Easter candy to fall through, they definitely need a liner.  {wink}  They need a liner.  (But, let’s not get into my husband’s and my disagreement about our needs.  lol.)   Anyway… off to the fabric section I went!

They had so many cute, springy fabrics that would have made adorable liners. But, I wanted something that would coordinate for my 9 year old girl and my 1 year old boy. Then I spotted this Moroccan print in blues, greens and a touch of yellow.  Nearby, was a coordinating plaid in blues and greens.  I’m not sure you can tell in these pictures, but these fabrics look so cute together!  (You’ll see when you view the finished product!!!)

www.ourinspiredhome.com  *  Moroccan Print

www.ourinspiredhome.com  *  Plaid Print Fabric

After I estimated the yardage I’d need for the baskets, and checked out, I immediately took them to my embroiderer to have their names put on the raw fabric. That’s a little odd, you say? Why, yes, yes it is. But, I know me. If I didn’t take it right then, I would have meant to take it and procrastinated for several days, and would have run out of time for them to get it done. So, I explained what I was making and the lady helped me place the marking tape so that there would be enough for their embroidery ring, as well as for the eventual hem. See, I figure that even if I have to stay up to midnight on the night before Easter to finish them, I at least have a chance. But, there’s nothing I can do if I didn’t get the names on in time. Well, unless they offer rush, with a rush fee… and I don’t want to go there. ;-)

I chose a turquoise for the plaid since that print will allow the name to be read easy enough. The Moroccan print might make it a little hard to see the embroidery, so we chose a dark gray to coordinate with the light gray in the print. I got the same font for both, which was called “Jack and Jill”! It’s not too feminine or masculine, so I thought it would unify them even though they are different fabrics with different colored monogramming.

They should be ready next Wednesday, and I can’t wait to see the monogram finished! (Even though that’s when my work begins!) Oh, and don’t shake your head at me, but I think I might spray paint the 2nd basket a lime green or blue, to coordinate more with that fabric. I know, I’m weird. We’ll see what I end up doing…

Lemonade Stand

My daughter has been bugging me to have a lemonade stand.  But, she doesn’t want just a table set up on the corner.  She spotted this a while back in the Lowe’s Creative Ideas magazine and will settle for nothing less.  Yep, that’s my girl!

Lowes Creative Ideas Lemonade Stand

Lowes Creative Ideas Lemonade Stand

Since she’s off for spring break, we decided to finally tackle this project.  My husband keeps all his wood scraps, so we have decided to build it with only the stuff we have on hand.  For the most part we’ll be following the plans, but depending on what we have on hand, we may make a few modifications.  We don’t have wheels though, so we will have to purchase those.

If you decide to tackle this project yourself, you can find the full plans and a tutorial here:  http://www.lowescreativeideas.com/idea-library/projects/Do-It-Yourself_Lemonade_Stand.aspx

 

Custom Concert t-shirt

My 9 year old was invited by her best friend (and parents) to go to the rodeo, carnival and concert (Kenny Chesney!). So, she and I decided to make the two girls customized t-shirts and surprise her friend.

From the Silhouette software, we went to the online store using the little mouse icon on the left menu bar. We searched for palm trees (since so many of Kenny’s songs are about the beach and he uses palms in his own brand). We ended up choosing the “beach palm tree & sun” graphic. We also needed a heart and chose one called “‘love you’ heart”. Please note that when we browse for graphics, we look for the overall shape, since we rarely use something exactly as shown. This is the perfect example, since our final graphic looks nothing like either of the graphics looked originally.  My 9 year old helped me decide on the graphics and the fonts we used. (We used “GoudyOlSt BT” for the ‘I’ and ‘KC’, and “MA Sexy” for the name on the sleeve.  We ungrouped the graphics, and did a little cleanup getting the palm trees and tilted heart to merge.  Then, we went for the cut!  We used the smooth heat transfer material in white from the SilhouetteAmerica.com store: http://www.silhouetteamerica.com/?page=shop&cat=6  This was the first time I’ve ever used this product, and I was nervous.  But, the whole project was easy from start to finish!  It cut so nicely, and was easy to remove and place on the shirt.  A quick iron and I was done.  We were both so pleased with the final project!

concert t-shirt

www.ourinspiredhome.com * concert t-shirt

 

 

 

Happy 1st Birthday to my Zanergator!

I can’t believe my little Zanergator is ONE!

If you remember from when I was expecting, my daughter was addicted to the magic 8 ball app on my phone, and she asked it if the baby was a girl. It said “My sources say no”. Then she asked if the baby was a boy, and the magic 8 ball said “My reply is no”. So, out of the blue, she said “Is the baby an alligator?” and magic 8 ball said “It is decidedly so.” LOL

So, we went with it, and that’s how we got our nursery idea and now our 1st birthday theme! :)

This party took a lot of planning, but it was so fun to put together! I know he won’t remember it, but WE will! It turned out to be a great party, and a unique theme!

Alligator / Crocodile Party

www.ourinspiredhome.com * Happy 1st Birthday Zanergator

My Little Loves

What inspires me most? My little loves, of course!

my little loves

www.ourinspiredhome.com * My Little Loves

The Best Soap Scum Cleaner

I saw a recipe for a soap scum cleaner on Pinterest. I have to admit, I was skeptical. The image posted on Pinterest showed a pretty distinct line, but then a less distinct line was pointed out by a red arrow. The other line was just a shadow created by the flash. So, it was kind of hard to see the real results, and what was just darker because of the shadow. But, after reading the rave reviews, I figured I’d give it a shot, because I haven’t found any cleaner in any store that really works. But, to prove to myself (and you) that it does in deed produce results, I decided to tape off the shower door with green painters tape. Then I created my concoction, using the recipe shown here.

After I had my spray bottle ready to go, I started spraying just one side of the tape. I left it to do it’s thing, and when I came back and rinsed, I was amazed! But… then the door dried and I could still see plenty of nasty soap scum. So, I did two more times, and I let it dry.  Then I was really amazed! It really did work. Just see for yourself!  I really can’t believe it myself, because I’ve spent countless dollars on products that don’t work, and this was so easy to make and apply.  I will definitely be using it in the future!

www.ourinspiredhome.com  *  shower cleaner

www.ourinspiredhome.com * shower cleaner

 

 

 

The Pantry Project

I was inspired by all the neat and organized pantries that I keep seeing on Pinterest. So, I decided to tackle our own Pantry Project. Here are is a BEFORE pic. Yikes! It definitely needs some work. Keep watching for the final reveal, but for now, I’ve included a Sneak Peek!

pantry project

www.ourinspiredhome.com * The Pantry Project {Before}

Another Successful Waterslide Party

My daughter decided to have a waterslide party for the third year in a row!  It’s a fun way to keep the little ones cool on a hot September day, so it works well.

Her dad even got in on the action, as shown here.

More pics of the party to come!

 

waterslide party

www.ourinspiredhome.com * Another Successful Waterslide Party

 

 

Baby Shower

Don’t you just love babies?  I know I do.  That’s why I was so excited when I found out a friend of mine was having a sweet baby boy, just 6 months after the arrival of my bundle of joy.  Now, this particular friend and her husband and my husband and I (along with one other couple) have season tickets to the Texans.  (Since we’re big fans, just don’t mention to me if you’re thinking to yourself “what are the Texans?”)

{Okay, okay.  If you’re not a fan, I guess I should tell you that they are Houston’s NFL football team.}

We’ve known this particular couple for years. (No need to know exactly how many… but suffice it to say that we’ve known them since before my daughter was born and she’s 8.)  No, that can’t be right. Crap.  It is right.  Man am I getting old.  Anyhoo… we all get together early on Sunday mornings in the fall for worship at a little place called the Reliant Center.  Yes, we are truly big fans.  My friend even decided to do her baby boy’s room in a Texans theme.  (It is super cute, btw!)  So, the shower theme came to us pretty easily.  HA!

Unfortunately, while there is a lot of NFL merchandise out there, there really isn’t a line of baby shower products.  (Hey NFL peeps… I think you’re missing out in this area, because I’ve talked to numerous other ladies who have also done showers with an NFL theme.)  You can find paper plates and party supplies, but while they are great for a superbowl party, we were trying to keep the shower from getting too cheesy, and keeping it tasteful for us girly girls.

So, we chose the team colors (red, blue and white) for the color scheme.  But, to simplify it a bit, I chose to go mostly navy and white with hints of red.  (I considered going red and white with hints of navy, but I had recently done my own baby’s room and happened to have some navy and white polka dot fabric left over.  So, that made that decision easy.  Showers can really add up, so any time you can use what you have, go for it!

www.ourinspiredhome.com * Houston Texans Baby Shower

I had made a trip to Goodwill to donate some household items, and then stopped into the store. I was excited to find a good selection of glass punch bowls and cups. I found one set that had just the cups and no bowl, but it had 16 (yes, sixteen!) cups. Score! (Ha ha… had to say that since we’ve been talking football.) Anyway, I have a punch server that I had gotten at a Southern Living / Willow House party years ago, so all I needed was the cups. I was excited because I felt like the glass cups added a little class to a shower that could have easily gone cheesy in a heartbeat.

I created the “poofs” hung above the table after seeing inspiration on pinterest.  (Gosh I ♥ pinterest!!!)

I ordered customized M&M’s with the Houston Texans logo and in the team colors.  They can be a bit expensive, especially with shipping, so I just used them in small containers to try to stretch them.  But they were super cute!  Who knew they had M&Ms for sports teams?

I found the arrow chalkboard yard sign at a little boutique and I love it.  I use it all the time… for holidays in the pot up by our front door, or any time we have a get-together so people know where the party’s at.  Don’t look too closely at my “artwork” on there.  Hey… I tried.  hee hee

I created my own invitations, address labels and shower games using various digital scrapbooking supplies I found online or created myself.  I’ll try to do some tutorials for you soon, for those of you new to photoshop.  ;-)

 

Big Reveal! My latest project is complete!

My project is complete. Here is the big reveal! Welcome baby Z!

New Addition

www.ourinspiredhome.com * My Little Loves

New Addition

www.ourinspiredhome.com * My Little Loves