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This is just one more thing to put on my never ending to-do list.

Covered Book Center Pieces

Another homemade aspect of the bridal shower I hosted was covered book center pieces that I placed under the flower arrangements to give them some height.

I gathered a bunch of hardcover books that were roughly the same size.  I used three for each table and this is what they looked like:

I used a roll of brown postage paper, lace, three different fabrics, and a pink grossgrain ribbon.

A little hint I figured out while thrifting that I am reluctant to share but I will so feel lucky…Lace curtains=tons of yardage of lace fabric for only a dollar at Goodwill.  You can also buy lace curtains at biglots for super cheap.

You’re welcome.

A few more pictures of the process:

❤ Moriah

Hospital Life

I feel like I have been spending a significant amount of time in hospitals lately. Fortunately, my trips have been pretty happy. My dad just got his hip replaced, and there have been a few baby girls who came into the world. Hopefully, my dad will be a dancing fool again once he recovers and can cabbage patch all over town, and obviously the little girls are just the bees knees. During the course of my visits I have learned quite a few things that I thought I would share. The first thing I learned is that being a nurse could be one of the hardest jobs ever, but also one of the most rewarding. My dad is not very nice when he is in pain and was screaming every curse word known to man at the top of his lungs for hours after his surgery. It was a nurse who dealt with his shit. I felt so bad that I brought them all doughnuts from my favorite place and didn’t eat a single one (sheer willpower my friends). After all of these beautiful baby girls were born, guess who made sure the mothers, babies, and families were okay and reassured them and comforted them….nurses. I did not see a single doctor during my visits. I am pretty much convinced that nurses make the world go round. The second thing I learned is that it really sucks watching your parents get old. It really, really, really sucks. Did I say how much it sucks? Because it effing sucks. But, I suppose it is better than the alternative, and I am thankful that I am around to just be there and help where I can. The final thing I realized is pretty obvious but deserves mentioning, family and friends are the ONLY things that matter. One of the babies I visited was born to the family I volunteer with. Even though the mother is not my favorite person in the world, it broke my heart to see her by herself in her hospital room. No friends, no family, no flowers or balloons. So sad. But, when I visited another one of these baby girls, there were people in and out constantly. There were flowers, and cards, and balloons galore. It was so striking how the mother and father are loved by so many people that I almost forgot they have a new baby! I hope that when I start popping kiddos out I have as much love and support as they do, and I hope I don’t screw said kiddos up too much so that when they watch me grow old they will be there to apologize for my verbal assaults. I think that is a reasonable wish.

❤ Moriah

Tea Party Favors DIY

My bestie just recently had her bridal shower at the O’Neil House in Akron.  It is an old tudor style mansion that was converted into a bed and breakfast.  The theme for the shower was a high tea and I was responsible for the favors and decorations.  This is what I came up with for the favors:

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The first step in creating this favor was to take an antiquing trip to Highland Square at Satgecoach Antiques where I purchased 40 mis-matched teacups.

Here are a few:

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The 2nd step was to find small spoons that would fit inside the teacups nicely.  I choose mini dessert spoons that I purchased from Bed Bath & Beyond.

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I thought they were way too plain and decided they needed some bedazzling.  I’m totally obsessed with the dipped paint look that is so hot right now on Pinterest so I decided to give it a go on these spoons

I used painters tape and heart stickers to cover the spots of the spoons I did not want painted:

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Then I choose a spray paint color (I chose baby pink) and laid the spoons out on newspaper in a well-ventilated area:

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Because I didn’t tape the whole bottom of the spoon I had to add a piece of newspaper to the center:

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The center strip of newspaper didn’t totally protect the spoons from over-spraying.  I would suggest taping the whole part of the spoon that you don’t want painted, but in case you are lazy like me (and just LOVE making things much harder than they need to be) nail polish remover worked wonders in removing the extra spray paint from the spoons.

Here is what the final spoons looked like:

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Initially I wanted to remove the little heart sticker from the top but the lines were not very clean and the stickers left a lot of residue that I couldn’t clean off.  I think they looked better with the stickers anyways.  I would suggest getting stickers that cost more than 50 cents for the pack if you try this and want to remove the sticker.  Also, use a bigger sticker

The 3rd step in creating these favors was to make thank you tags to cover the tea bag tags.  I wrapped tea bags around the spoons and had the tags hanging on the outside of the cup.

I cut out hearts on the cricut (well my mom did) and bought a stamp that said “thank you” from Wal-Mart for a dollar and bought a gold stamp pad from archivers for fourteen dollars.  Then I had a mini stroke because the stamp pad cost $14.  

I stamped “thank you” on one heart and flowers on another.  Then I glued them back to back over the existing tea bag tag:

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The 4th and final step for this project was to put a bag of cookies inside the teacup.  

I used 2 Lorna Doones and 1 Milano in each bag.  I bought the bags at Wal-Mart in the party supply section and the ribbon for the bows was also from Wal-Mart.  I had to trim the top a little bit but I think they worked out really well.

I would suggest hand making cookies that are in a pretty shape but I was short on time and I’m not even 50% confident in my baking skills sooo store bought it was:

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And voila Adorable teacup favors for about $12-$15 a piece:

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This could be the coolest thing I have ever seen.

Light Years

Flying cars are not just the stuff of sci-fi movies anymore. Massachusetts-based Terrafugia Inc. announced this week that its street-legal prototype, the Transition, completed its first flight last month, bringing the company closer to its goal of selling the flying car within the next year.

An announcement on the company’s website said the Transition reached an altitude of 1,400 feet during an eight-minute flight around the Plattsburgh International Airport on March 23.

The company says the two-seater Light Sport Aircraft can drive on roads and highways, park in a single-car garage and take to the skies using unleaded gasoline.

Click on the video to hear Terrafugia’s co-founder, Anna Mracek Deitrich, explain more about how the Transition works.

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California Dreaming

It is sort of gloomy out today and I’m really itching to go on vacation.  I thought I would torture myself a little more and post some pictures of my favorite place (so far): California.

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Mimosa at The Montage in Laguna Beach

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My sister looks really happy and I look fat.  It’s okay though becuase we were on the beach

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Shopping and weird guy in REALLY tight, probably Affliction brand t-shirt

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Old Town Hotel

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Until we meet again

 

❤ Moriah

Engagment Dinner

My best friend is getting married this May and I hosted an engagement dinner for her last summer. It was at a local vineyard (which shall not be named) and I had loads of fun DIYing the decorations. Most things were from big lots or the craft store and I think it turned out lovely for doing everything on short notice, and on a tight budget.Image

Laying everything out beforehand becuase I am neurotic

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Table

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Set up shot

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And finally my momma and my main man

❤ Moriah

Starfishing?

The Starfish Story by Loren Eisley inspired the name of this blog and the purpose behind many of the posts.  I first heard this story when I became a Court Appointed Special Advocate for the juvenile court and I refer to it often when the job becomes overwhelming.  It goes like this:

“One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed
a boy picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean. Approaching the boy, he asked, What are you doing? The youth replied, throwing starfish back into the ocean. The surf is up and the tide is going out.  If I don’t throw them back, they’ll die. Son, the man said, don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish? You can’t make a difference! After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish, and threw it back into the surf.  Then, smiling at the man, he said, I made a difference for that one.”

By: Loren Eisley

As a CASA, I work with a family who has had their child removed from their care and help in determining whether that child can come back home.  Needless to say, it is very rewarding but more often than not it is incredibly difficult, both emotionally and mentally.  Although I can’t share specific details of the work I do, I can share the things I learn from my experience.  I started this blog to do just that.  In order to keep my sanity, I will also use this blog to post the happenings of my life and about pretty things like fashion, interior design, and crafting.  I am doing this blog for me, and hope it serves as a sort of therapy.  I will not post everyday, or even every week, but I will post when I need to.  I am not a perfect writer, and will try to keep my grammar in check, but I’m not making any promises.  So peace out boy scouts and until my next post stay classy folks.

❤ Moriah