Levi's First Birthday!

How is it possible that Levi is already one year old!! Boy did the year fly by! We threw a cowboy themed party for him and it was loads of fun!!

I found these adorable vintage cowboy party invitations on Ebay.

You've heard of a tablecloth right? Well I made a counter cloth for the party. I took bandana printed fabric and hot glued on some fringe and laid it out on our kitchen counter for decoration. I added some farm toys and cowboy hats too.

Some cowboy rubber duckies and red, white, and blue stars were more decoration.

Mini corn bread muffins. Cowboy cute food!

We had a proper BBQ for lunch. Homemade pulled pork I slow roasted for 9 hours the day before. Served on Sweet Hawaiian rolls. Homemade coleslaw, bbq chips, cornbread muffins and some yummy baked beans we picked up from Famous dave's BBQ restaurant. Yummo!

I tried to find "cowboy" soda's. This is what I came up with: litttle mini bottles of Coke, Cactus Cooler soda (I bought because the can looks cool, but it turns out it's really tasty) and Cream Soda because the can had a vintage look to it. (the kids drank juice)

Cute bandana plates and napkins.

Instead of getting matching cake plates I went with these red, white, and blue cherry plates.

I had a bucket of vintage looking candy out for decoration.

I went to all the bakeries around and NO ONE made a cowboy cake. So I had the bakery make me this cake with grass and water on it and added my own horses to the top. Turns out if you buy a cake without a kit used it cost less too.

The kids were all to little to play pin the tail on the donkey so we just used it for decoration. It also made a cute background for photos.

The cowboy party favors were placed in bandana bags I found on Ebay and tied with raffia.

"Happy Bithday to You"

Do you think he liked the cake????

Here I am with my little buckeroo.

Grant and Levi.

Daddy and Levi.

My little cowboy had a great day!


Earth Day Vases

Today is Earth day so I decided a fitting project to celebrate would be making vases out of garbage.

Well not really garbage, but stuff that gets tossed in the recycle bin, of course. When I tire of the vases right back into the bin they'll go.

I made the first set of vases out of tomato sauce and paste cans. First step; remove all the labels.

For this vase I used Mod Podge to attach pieces of an old book to the can. I then tied on a simple homemade label.

This can was sprayed with Rust-Oleum Heirloom White spray paint (is spray paint enviromentally friendly?) Next I wrapped the middle with a scrapbook paper scrap and placed a sticker in the middle. I finished it off by wraping the bottom of the can with twine.

This can was the easiest. I used a rubber stamp to place the image of a tree onto butcher paper. Wrapped the paper around the can and taped it in the back. I then used distress ink on the top and bottom edges of the paper.

For my next set of vases I used empty jelly jars and a chilli sauce jar. Soak them in really hot water to get the labels off. Then I used a sponge with that scratchy stuff on one side (don't know what it's called) to scrub the rest of the glue off.

Cute little deer vase and.....

Cute little bunny vase!

The jelly jars had a raised detail on them. I took some craft paint and just rubbed it on with my finger.

I then used a rubber stamp right on the jar. I drew in the grass with a sharpie.

Romantic birdie vase.

I found both of these sets of tags at Walmart. The round tags are with the office supplies. The oval tags were with all the scrapbooking stuff.

I got these beauties from Amazon. LOVE!

I think this is so pretty!

I got the tray at Goodwill, so it is reused too!

Spray Painting Ceramics Tutorial

Back in Febuary I did a post on my blog where I showed you some ceramic pieces I had spray painted. Chelsea left me a comment asking me what products I used. I told her I would post a tutorial "next week". Oops, two months have gone by! How did that happen? Hopefully she believes better late than never!

For this tutorial I started with these ceramic candlesticks I picked up from the Goodwill.  I really liked the size and the raised detail on them, but the dark blue color would not work in my house.

First I primed them using this. I like to use gray primer because if I'm painting the object white, I can be sure I haven't missed any spots. Krylon is great because the can says "drys in 10 minutes or less" and It's true!

Here are the candlesticks all primed. ugly

For this project I used Krylon White Flat spray paint. Spray lightly and do many light coats, letting each coat dry completly. This way you will get a nice, even, finish; without ugly drip marks.

Here is how the candlesticks look pure white.

I found that using the flat spray paint on ceramics can leave these crackle marks. They don't bother me, but if you want a smooth finish I have an alternative.

Remember when I spray painted these four ceramic objects?

I used Rust-Oleum Heirloom White in a Satin finish. It has been my experience that the satin finish doesn't crackle.

After spray painting I used Ralph Lauren Faux Technique Glaze.

You can choose a color to have mixed into the glaze and mine is Smoke. I, like so many people, learned all about painting things white and glazing them from the wonderful sisters at Shanty2Chic.

The candlestick on the left has the glaze on it and the one on the right doesn't. When you glaze an object you just brush some glaze on, then wipe the excess off with a rag. Avoid overlapping of glazed areas.

I like things to look even more rustic than the glaze provides so I dry brush on some craft paint after the glaze has dried. In the past I've used brown, tan, charcoal and black paint. It all depends what look you're going for.
To dry brush: Squirt some paint onto a paper plate and place some paint on one side of the brush, then wipe most of the paint off. Lightly brush the raised areas of the object you are painting with the paint side of the brush. Then use the dry side of the brush to soften it. If your brush starts getting too "gooped up" with paint, squeeze the excess paint off into some paper towels.

The candlestick on the left has the glaze and craft paint on it and the one on the right only has the glaze.

Finally if you want to, you can spray the whole thing with some poly, but make sure you buy poly with a matte finish. You don't want your object to be too shiny and glossy. I recently tried this Krylon Clear spray paint and it worked really well and was waaay cheaper than spray poly usually is. I found it at Walmart.

Here are the completed candlesticks!

Here's the "before" again.

And the "after". Happy painting!