Friday, January 29, 2016

A Fabulous Playhouse Renovation

As our moving process began I started on lots, I mean LOTS of projects! Refinishing tables, chairs, coffee tables, reupholstering and spray painting everything. Our new house will have a completely different look than the eclectic shabby chic country style we had before. And naturally with a new house you want new everything! Well, maybe not all new pieces, but at least a new look on my existing pieces.

My desire for new extended into my daughters toys as well. We have a hand-me-down Step 2 playhouse that was passed on from my Aunt and Uncle. It had been given to them from a friend who no longer needed it's been around for some time. That being said it was faded, dirty and looking pretty tired. So I started searching Pinterest for ideas and there were so many people that had painted their plastic playhouses.

I did some research on which paint to use since there were mixed reviews on the plastic specific paints. I settled on the Rust-oleum paint from Home Depot in a Semi-gloss. Not only did it have good reviews for outdoor applications, they also have a wide variety of colors!

So I settled on White, Graphite, Red and Teal. A fun combination of colors that will go well in our new backyard.

First step was taking it apart...easier said than done. Since this wasn't our house originally we weren't sure how to take it all apart. This while process would have been so much easier if we could have taken each piece apart to paint it. Instead we took apart what we could and taped and painted where we needed to.

I started with painting 2 coats of white on the side pieces, it seemed to cover ok, but it was taking a lot of paint! Dreading how much paint it would take on the 2 larger pieces we decided to take a different route.  We found a plastic primer that was clear and easy to apply. It was a thin primer and took just minutes to lather it on with a brush.  After drying, which didn't take long at all, we were able to spray on the paint and it seemed to cover much better. I would suggest doing the primer from the beginning. I think it might have saved several cans of paint.

The trickiest part of the whole project were the items I couldn't figure out how to take apart, the shutters, door etc. We had to paint the white first, and then tape it off and paint the other color...then touch up where things ran. We did quite a bit of touch up throughout the process.

In the end I'm glad we did it, but it was a very long and tedious project. Lots of layers, lots of cans of spray paint and lots of patience.

Little S was so happy to get her playhouse back!!! She's been in it for hours today and probably won't want to come out tonight!

Final steps are to relocate it to our new house, plant some flowers around it and give it some great curb appeal.

It's final home in our new backyard!


Thursday, January 14, 2016

4th Down and 40 Yards to Go

2015 was a big year for us. We sold a house, bought a house, moved and tried to get settled into our new place as quick as possible. Why so quick? So we could have a party!

This year was S's 4th Birthday and J's 40th Birthday. Plus our friends and family hadn't been to our new place so it was a birthday and housewarming all wrapped into one! I could only manage one party this year with all that we had going on.

At the end of last year's party, literally while we were still in the parking lot packing up from the princess party, my mom had a brilliant idea for the next party. Since we are sports loving, football fanatics she threw out the idea of a Football party, 4th & 40, as in 4th Down and 40 Yards to Go. At the time I wasn't ready to even start thinking of the next party...but it was a perfect idea!

And here is how it turned out...

Full of sweets from cake and cupcakes to peanut butter & chocolate Rice Krispie treats, caramel apple covered marshmallows, chocolate covered Oreos, chocolate covered pretzels, suckers...and so much more!
THE END ZONE aka The Dessert Table
Cake by A Piece of Cake
J&S are from Hobby Lobby, they come plain and you can add glitter or use the template provided to add paper to the face of the letters. I added the stripped paper and glittered the outsides of them. It comes with the lights and the little bulbs. So fun.

Chocolate covered Oreos by Bubba's Sweets

Chocolate Cheer dresses and megaphones by Bubba's Sweets

Chocolate covered pretzels by Bubba's Sweets

Football Suckers from Oriental Trading

Chocolate covered Oreos on sticks by Bubba's Sweets

The most amazing Peanut Butter & Chocolate Rice Krispie treat made by Nana.

I found the most amazing Caramel Apple melting chocolate and dipped marshmallows in it, topped with sprinkles and put them on wooden skewers. These are so simple and always a big hit at every party or BBQ,


Mason jars painted like footballs lined the Dessert Table. Full of yellow and white roses, white stock, million star babies breath, mums and green coffee berries, the were the perfect touch of color for our football party.  

The Locker Room was loaded with treats for the kids! Football necklaces, stickers, mini foam fingers, small footballs and of course pom poms. Fun stuff for the kids to play with and enjoy! All of the kids items were ordered from Oriental Trading. 

Swag for the kids.



Since we had quote a long guest list we decided to make lunch simple. Hot dogs, condiments, fruit salad and a green salad. We roasted the hot dogs in the oven the day before, let them cool and then put them in the buns and wrapped them individually in foil. Refrigerated them overnight and just before the party we popped them in the oven at a low temp for about 20 minutes. We weren't sure if this would work, but it was perfect. They were delicious and we did 150 hot dogs in no time. No hovering over a BBQ or having guests wait for more hot dogs to be cooked.  Yellow penalty flag napkins and black and white referee plates made for easy eating for our guests.

Individually wrapped hot dogs were super easy and done ahead and time.
Yellow penalty flag napkins.

All the condiments you could ever want for a hot dog, put in foil lined metal buckets, labeled with chalk pens and put on a small riser. The riser was a kids step stool painted in gold spray paint. Great for displays.

Between the Concession Stand and the Hydration Station stood a 8ft yellow goal post made from PVC pipe. Between the posts I hung tissue paper garland in the party colors, yellow pom pom stands and a wooden 04 & 40 banner from wooden pendants found at my local Hobby Lobby.  

Tables were set with Kelly green linens, black chalkboard paper with a few plays drawn out, football vases filled with flower and topped with a few football balloons.


Beer, wine, Linebacker Lemonade and Tight End Tea were a few of the drink options. We also had juice, water and sodas.
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Football cups from Oriental Trading  and the juice pitcher is part of the new Pioneer Women collection sold at Wal-Mart. Super cute and comes with the chalkboard signs and a chalk pencil. It also comes with colored lids for a more festive look.

My Birthday Babes. Love them to pieces and was so happy to plan a fun party for them. They are my world!

Here is a list of vendors used for this party:

1. Photographer - Jenner Rose Photography
2. Cake - A Piece of Cake
3. Party Favors (footballs, stickers, suckers, pom poms, necklaces, balloons) - Oriental Trading Company
4. Chocolates (suckers, chocolate covered Oreos, chocolate covered pretzels) - Bubba's Sweets
5. Signs & Invitations (The End Zone signs) - Max & Mae Invites
6. S's Birthday dress - Crafting Ballerina Mom
7. Tissue Paper Garland - Shoppe 3130
8. Papers, J&S Letters, Ribbons, fabric etc. - Hobby Lobby

Hope you enjoyed this one.

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My mom, referred to as Mama L, and I have been talking about starting a blog for quite some time now. We are always trying new recipes and making new crafts - always being told by friends and family that we need to sell our creations. Instead of selling them we've decided to share our crafty ideas, yummy recipes along with our funny adventures here on our blog. Please follow us and enjoy. We are always trying to find new places to explore, new recipes to cook for our families and most of all we're just having fun!