Shower Favors Under $1

I found bride-gown shaped favor boxes at the dollar store.

Since our party is a fiesta these white bridal favors needed some color.

They came in packs of ten for $1.

Highlighter allows the grey printed details of the dress to show through.

We colored them with highlighters.

The tabs were easy to fit together to form a box shape.

The boxes were formed with interior tabs.

Charlie agreed to taste test a ring pop.

Each box held one ring pop.

There was only room in the box for one ring pop.

One staple held together the box together and then it was decoratively tied with gossamer ribbon that accompanied the boxes.

We’ll mix-up the colors on a display shelf and hand them out as ladies exit the party.

Cute, huh?

Do you have an inexpensive, go-to party favor?

Having a Fiesta

In four weeks we’re having a fiesta here at The Glade, a South of the Border themed bridal party.

In July the hydrangeas are in bloom. I hope we find some colorful flowers in early May.

The last time I tried to have a South of the Border themed party it was a fiasco.

These paper plates are festive and feminine.

Recently I bought some paper goods for the party for which I did an Amazon search and actually found the exact plates for half the price at a local Party City.

The sombrero piñata will be filled with candy then the guests will whack at it with a bat.

Keeping with the theme I also purchased a sombrero piñata.

I think I have enough bright fabrics to make table coverings for lots of tables.

Then I searched through my fabric bin for festive yard goods that might be used as table cloths for the party.

So the party colors are: yellow, orange, red, pink, blue, and green. Oh, and pink.

Finally I pulled out all the festive yet disposable dinnerware we have left over from other get-togethers.

I bought some bridal favor bags which we’ll color to go with the party colors.

A multi-color party is a good way to use up colorful odds and ends.

I have not been perked nor paid to mention any stores.

What’s your favorite party?

Out of the Box

Recently I was telling Charlie a story about my day at work and he said, “You really think out of the box.  I would never have thought of that.”

The new tiles are a little peachier and lighter than the vintage tile on the wall.

Playing on that idea I started thinking about my pink tile dilemma. The tiles arrived yesterday and are not a great match.

To remove the tiles we’ll have to scrape the grout away.

I decided to try and pry tiles off the wall without breaking them.

We’ll carefully remove nine bullnose tiles in the shower and replace them with the new tiles.

My idea is to reuse them in a different place in the bathroom; putting almost matching tiles in inconspicuous places.

The first task is to remove the clear caulk between the top of the tile and the bottom of the wallpaper which runs around the room.

Seems like a lot of work but I think we’re up to it.

Anthropologie wallpaper.

Once the tiling is finished then I’ll repaper the walls with something really cheery.

Have you successfully removed wall tiles before? And reused them?

Looking for Pink Tile

I am searching for some vintage pink tile to replace the broken pieces in our original bathroom.

Crack in the pink bathroom tile.

Aside from asking at The Tile Shop I haven’t really started my search until yesterday.

Community Forklift is easy to find following the directions on its website.

After work I drove to a suburb of Washington DC to a salvage yard called Community Forklift.

Building salvage

They house a supply of building salvage like radiators, doors, windows, furniture, mantel pieces, plumbing fixtures, etc.

Boxes of tile are marked on top with a sample piece of what’s inside.

Since I was specifically searching for tile I sifted carefully through the surplus tile aisle.

If I were looking for white I might have found some.

There was a good supply of vintage white tile including sanitary base and bullnose tiles.

This style of tile came in blue, red, and aqua.

Among the boxes were some interesting mosaics.

This tile would make an interesting project — a bench maybe.

I liked this textured yellow tile.

You don’t see tile like this much — ever.

I was intrigued by the wheat stalk listello. Not my cup of tea but interesting.

Light pink tile — too light.

Finally I spotted just one box of pink tile. I really need bullnoses.

My tiles (left and right) just don’t match.

Unfortunately the tile was neither bullnose nor a good match to the tile in the bathroom. so I passed on the $17.50 box of tile.

Thankfully I don’t need a stove.

I’m sure if I had more time I could find something I can’t live without at Community Forklift.

Do you shop salvage stores?

Pillow Shopping

I visited our local model home clearance center (I try to visit at least once a month to check out the inventory) and found some good deals on throw pillows.

The watercolor paisley gives a pop of color to the rattan bench.
The watercolor paisley gives a pop of color to the rattan bench.

The pillows are only $5 each. The first one I spotted was this oblong paisley pillow. The back is blue velvet.

A navy velvet pillow in the conservatory.
A navy velvet pillow in the conservatory.

A soft, beautiful, blue velvet pillow which would work in any room in the house was also available.

I keep tweaking.
I keep tweaking.

Since I’m planning to keep the loveseats in the conservatory I’ll use it there to start.

I like a substantial pillow in the 1950s vintage Bergere chairs in the living room because the seat is very roomy.
I like a substantial pillow in the 1950s vintage Bergere chairs in the living room because the seat is very roomy.

I bought grey cut-velvet pillow.

A very elegant embroidered grey velvet pillow.
A very elegant embroidered grey faux suede pillow.

Just as I was getting ready to stand in the checkout line I saw a smaller pale grey pillow embroidered with over-size pussy willows.

Soft and cute.
Soft and cute.

I’m using this one in the bedroom with my new pale pink sheets that I received as a birthday present.

What have you had fun purchasing?

February, 2017: Keep Stairing

Although it seems like we accomplished little last month when I checked back some things did get done.

Our security lights are now well-positioned.
Our security lights are now well-positioned.

The first item checked off the list was to reset the security light that shines on the driveway.  Now when anything or anybody moves in the area to the west of the house 2 bright lights come on for 5 minutes.  It has made a wonderful difference to coming home after dark.

The little shelf is meant to be decorative as opposed to functional.
The little shelf is meant to be decorative as opposed to functional.

I also hung a glass shelf on the wall behind the toilet in the master bathroom.  I’m not sure if it is as solidly hung as it should be but it hasn’t fallen yet.

The usually pink blossoms are white.
Blossoming quince.

I forced some quince branches to blossom early to give us some spring color in the living room.

Rattan bench for the conservatory.
Rattan bench for the conservatory.

There was also some rearranging of furniture when I bought a rattan bench for the conservatory and sold my drafting table on Craigslist.

This chair is sturdy and comfortable.
Grey wicker chair.

And I bought a new chair, some pillows, and a tray at my favorite model home furniture resale store.

At last the runner is finished.
At last the runner is finished.

The most time consuming project in February was sewing and installing a runner for the steps that go from the first to the second floor.

Charlie posed with the statue of George M. Cohan in Times Square, aka Father Duffy Square.
Charlie posed with the statue of George M. Cohan in Times Square, aka Father Duffy Square.

At the end of the month we hurried up with a 3-day road trip to New York City and a quick paint project.

The exterior stairs and porch to the conservatory have been cleaned and painted.
The exterior stairs and porch to the conservatory have been cleaned and painted.

That’s at least 9 items that kept us busy.  Looking back over the list it seems our focus was on staircases.

Looking back what have you accomplished?

Forcing Quince Branches

Our flowering quince bush has grown very large over the past 10 years.

The quince is trying to bloom during the few warm days in the middle of winter in Maryland.
In spring the quince is covered with pink flowers, in summer it’s covered with green leaves.

Before that I transplanted it a lot and it stayed relatively small.

It takes about a week for the blossoms to start blooming on a forced branch.
It takes about a week for the blossoms to start blooming on a forced branch.

I noticed that the unseasonably warm weather was causing a few flowers to open on the bush.

Quince branches are both sculptural and delicate.
Quince branches are both sculptural and delicate.

I decided to cut some branches to take in the house because they are interesting and sculptural.

The sticks blossom more each day.
The sticks blossom more each day.

After about a week the buds began to bloom.

The usually pink blossoms are white.
The usually pink blossoms seem to be whiter than normal.

So springlike.

Do you force flower bushes in the house? (Works with forsythia, pussy willow, etc.)