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We had Missy Moo’s birthday last week.

She wanted to have a party with all of her friends, and although I was hoping to not really do a whole birthday party – I couldn’t resist her. So, we kept it simple and invited just a few of her little 3 year old friends.  We had it at home with a tea party theme.  She was so excited, and they were so cute!

For the decorations I used anything pretty I owned.  My cousin and I had put together a tea party baby shower not long ago, so I had several cup and saucer sets that I felt comfortable letting the girls use.  I pulled out the silver serving set that NEVER gets used, my glass plates, and anythings else pretty I could find. Then I put out fresh flowers.

Of course I made this cute banner.

The girls looked so sweet as they showed up all dressed for Tea.  They played outside and then upstairs playing dress up. Then we came down and had a tea party. I had gloves for the girls to wear and made each girl a cute little apron to take home.

I had a few “activities” just in case we needed them, but the girls just wanted to play and they were so cute doing it.

Happy Birthday Missy Moo!!


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frugal finds

“There is no such thing as absolute value in this world. You can only estimate what a thing is worth to you.” – Charles Dudley Warner, Novelist

I’ve really taken to shopping our local Goodwill. It is like going to a yard sale anytime I want. The selection is always changing, the prices are usually VERY good, and I can go ANYTIME I want. I wish I could haggle over prices though. That would make it perfect. Here are some of my finds from recent trips.

I just love these blue mason jars. Their lids are all old and cute! I’m not sure what I’ll do with them yet – but I’m always drawn to containers and jars for storage or gifts.

I found these pictures in great chunk frames the other day too. The pictures themselves are not my style, but I loved the frames. I think I will paint them and distress them a bit. I’ll have to give some thought as to what I want to put in them though. I was thinking silhouettes of the kids faces, but I like all 4 frames and I only have 3 kids. I’m still working on that part. (having more kids is not an option by the way!) I’ll post the after pictures when I get around to finishing this project.

I can’t keep myself away from the book aisle. Do I need more books? Absolutely not But they are $1.49 and I always think, maybe I’ll have time over summer to read it. So I have a supply of books to be read, and a pile of books that need to be passed on. I almost never reread a book. I don’t feel terribly guilty about my book addiction when I get them so cheap though, and it makes me happy to look at books.

Now everything on this shelf is Goodwill. The silver tray was one of the first trays I painted with chalkboard paint and kept it for myself. (needs to be polished again) The yellow and brown plate just spoke to me and I had to have it. The bird, well it started out hideous. I wish I had thought to take a before picture. It was covered in weird watercolors of brown, yellow and blue, so I gave it a couple of coats of white spray paint and now I LOVE it. I think it is so cute!

The key to the Goodwill is to go often. You never know what you will come across. Can’t wait to see what I find next time!

ps – I’m linking to the Shabby Nest, Finding Fabulous and Tales from Blogeritaville this week. 🙂

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Love is in the air

We have been dong some major celebrating of Valentine’s day around here.  With two kids in school, you really can’t help it.  I offered to make cookies for J’s class to decorate during their party today, so J and I whipped up several dozen last night.  We sent 30 in to his class and had a few left over to decorate for our selves.  So glad I’m not off sugar yet!

And of course we made our valentine cards (okay – I pretty much made them, but you know what I mean).

I saw this idea on several blogs, but I can’t remember a single specific one now.  I think it may have been in Family Fun as well.

A few weeks ago I found two pillow cases at the Goodwill for a dollar each and they screamed, “make me into a cute Valentine skirt for your girls!”  So I did.  I really pretty proud of them.  Then I used extra fabric to “applique” a heart onto a white shirt the girls already had.  I say “applique” because the stitching turned out horrible.  I’m a little embarrassed, but it was my first time.  The girls got tons of compliments on their matching outfits.

Our weekend shouldn’t be too busy.  The hubby is doing some side projects (yeah).  There is  a basketball game for J on Saturday, and my sewing machine is calling my name to come craft.  No school or work on Monday either.  If the sun stays out, it should be a fantastic Valentine’s weekend.  Sending love to all of you!

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