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DIY Moss Covered Balls

Good Morning and happy Monday, if that’s such a thing.  In hopes that today’s post will bring back spring like weather and melt the ridiculous amount of snow we got in Denver over the weekend, I’m sharing a DIY spring craft with you.  I’ve always wanted some moss covered balls, but at almost $10 a piece I just never felt right paying for them.  So, I finally DIYed some for myself.  I’ll show you how below and I’ll apologize ahead of time for using the word balls so many times.

DIY MossHere’s what you’ll need to make your own:

  • Glue Gun
  • Glue Sticks
  • Moss (I used this kind from Hobby Lobby)
  • Foam balls, or anything round that you don’t mind covering.  I put our mountain of packing paper to work and just balled that up into a round shape.

DIY Moss BallsFirst, you’ll want to heat up your glue gun, and then begin covering your form with glue.

DIY Moss BallsThen, grab a small amount of moss and stick it right on top of the glue.

DIY Moss BallsContinue doing that until the entire form is covered with moss.  Then, look for bald spots that need to be covered up and repeat the glue and stick method.  I found that using the smaller pieces of moss that fell off worked best when covering the bald spots because they really filled in the gaps.

DIY Moss BallsLastly, you’ll want to trim off any excess moss that’s sticking out if you don’t like that kind of look.  I was going more for a flat moss look so I trimmed the excess off of mine.  No one wants #hairyballs.  Sorry, I couldn’t help myself, forgive me.

I was able to make three moss balls in a couple hours, but I took a ton of breaks because I have a needy toddler.  I only used about half the bag of moss I bought, so I’m sure you could easily make 5-7 of these with one bag of moss depending on how big your balls are.  I’m not even going to touch that last ball joke.

Here’s the finished product!  I think it adds a little spring flair to my dining table.  These would also be great for any woodland themed parties or showers.  I plan to use them again next year around Easter with Easter eggs tucked in around them.  Or you could use the moss to make a table runner by gluing and sticking it to a long piece of kraft paper.  You could also stack them to make a moss ball topiary, which would look great on a mantle to add some height.

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DIY Moss BallsI am pretty happy with how they turned out and even happier that I was able to make three moss covered balls for less than $3 instead of paying $7 for just one.  And it didn’t take me very long at all.  What do you think?  Is this something you would have a use for?  I’m pretty sure anyone could make these as long as you can glue and stick, which you can.

I’ll be back Wednesday with Week 3 of the One Room Challenge, oh geez we’re already halfway through, yikes!

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Going Away Party: A Hodge Podge Theme

As you all know, we’re moving, really soon, like next week soon!  Agghhhh!  Cue the freaking out!  Before we leave, we wanted to celebrate one last time with all the friends we’ve made over the past five years.  Moving is also a great excuse to clean out your refrigerator, liquor cabinet, and party supplies while partying with your friends.  Because we were trying to get rid of a lot of stuff, there wasn’t a particular theme to this party other than hodge podge, with a little Dr. Seuss thrown in, you’ll see what I mean shortly.

To plan for this party, I could have used this little tool, or this one, but it was pretty easy to know what we wanted to do.  After talking to my husband we decided to cater most of our food so we didn’t have to worry about cooking anything and could use the time to enjoy with our friends.

Going Away PartyIf you’re ever in San Diego, you must go to basically any Chinese restaurant and get salt and pepper wings, their also known as “crack wings” because you literally can’t stop eating them.  They aren’t healthy at all, but they are so delicious!  Our buffet was a mix of Asian food, fried rice and lumpia, and also toddler friendly food like chicken nuggets and animal crackers.  My how parties change after having kids.

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I did make an Asian Slaw using this recipe that turned out really good, and it added some much needed color to our table.  You can see that we were cleaning out party supplies because there is a slew of random napkins and plates being used.  Baseball, Christmas, and a multitude of other colors.

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When you’re using a large buffet table be sure to places napkins and plates at both ends of the table so people can get to everything and there isn’t a back up of people waiting to get a plate.

Candy Cookie CupsThese candy cookie cups were a huge hit!  There weren’t any left at the end of the party.  I used this recipe to make them, but didn’t add the frosting because I just didn’t feel like putting that much effort into them, but they were still really tasty.  Two rolls of cookie dough made a ton of them, around 60.  They are also the perfect size, about two bites, which was a great little treat after all of the salty wings we were eating.

Going Away Party BarWe are lucky enough to have a moving company do all of our packing for us, but they won’t pack opened liquids, which makes sense because who wants soy sauce spilled on everything and leaking through a box?  Anyway, in order to get rid of a bunch of opened liquids we cleaned out our bar and asked our friends to make as many drinks as possible.  We were able to clean out quite a few things that way! I also made a pitcher of margaritas to use up some tequila we had.

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It helps to have a couple easy cocktail recipes memorized or even displayed so your guests aren’t intimidated to mix up their own cocktail. I had this French Kiss cocktail at the ready, and was able to clean out a couple bottles of champagne with it!

Oh the Places You'll GoRemember how I said there was a little Dr. Seuss thrown in?  Well, I made this little backdrop for us to take pictures with all of our friends.  I thought it was an appropriate saying for a going away party.  It could also work for a retirement party, graduation, or even a baby shower.  I whipped it up using some white butcher paper, a few colored tissue paper poms, and free handed the letters.  It’s not fancy, but it allowed us to get people together in one spot and get some good photos.  Who knows when we’ll see our friends again, so I’m glad we have so many pictures with them.

partycollage2Thanks to all of our friends that came to say goodbye and send us off in style!  We are going to miss them dearly, and can’t wait for them to come visit us in Colorado!

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Oscars Party Inspiration

This Sunday is the 88th Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars.  A night for Hollywood to dress up and get together to honor each other.  Let’s not leave all the fun to them, throw an Oscars party for yourself and your friends!  Although watching the Oscars can sometimes be a bit of a pain due to the length of the show, bad jokes from the host, or ridiculous thank-you speeches, it’s still fun to see who wins, even if you haven’t watched any of the movies yourself.

I’ve put together a few great ideas for Oscars parties thanks to some others around blog-land, check them out below.

Pizzazzerie’s post on Oscar party decor and activities will definitely get your party started in the right direction with sources for decorations and printables for ballots and bingo!

Hostess with the Mostess featured this PJs and Pearls Oscars Party which is such a cute theme.  It’s great for all of you east coasters that have to stay up late just to see who wins.  Because you’re already in your pjs just head to bed once the show is over.  I really love the black and white color scheme, it’s very chic, and why not wear fancy jewelry, all the stars do.

Here’s another Oscars bingo game from Julie Blanner.  I like this one because it gets you looking for all those subtle things that usually happen throughout the night like photo bombs and possible wardrobe malfunctions.

If you don’t feel like putting an entire party together, but still want to celebrate, try making your own candy and popcorn bar on your coffee table similar to this set up from Kara’s Party Ideas.  I love the idea of movie theater candy at home, and the movies aren’t complete without popcorn.

So will you be watching the Oscars this weekend?  Don’t you think eating candy would make watching them so much better?  This weekend we’re hosting a going away party so I’ll be sure to take lots of pictures and post about it soon.  Our move is quickly approaching and I’m dreading saying good bye to all of the great friends we’ve made over the last five years.  There may be tears, yikes!

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What Caught My Eye Vol. II

What Caught My EyeWelcome back after the long Valentine’s Day/President’s Day weekend.  It has taken me a little bit to get back into the swing of things, but today I’m back with Vol. II of What Caught My Eye.  It’s a series where I share cool and interesting things I’ve seen lately.  Today involves a lot from Hobby Lobby because it’s one of my favorite stores where I could literally spend an entire day and buy everything if money were no issue.

Gift BasketFirst, is this really thoughtful welcome basket from our realtor after we closed on our house.  And bonus, you get a close up of our fun back splash and pretty counters in our new house!  Baskets like this are so versatile, they can be used to store clothes in your closet, kids toys in the living room, or extra kitchen gadgets above your cabinets in the kitchen.

Gift BasketInside there were so many great things, delicious bread and jam, a couple home decor items, and I’m most excited to uncork that bottle of wine!  It’s put together so well, with pretty tissue paper and really quality fabric ribbons.

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Hobby Lobby Confetti paperNext, is some really on trend scrapbook paper from Hobby Lobby.  The first picture of the hot pink gingham reminds me so much of these button down shirts from JCrew.  The metallic confetti dot paper reminds me of champagne bubbles rising, but that’s probably because I love champagne.  Scrapbook paper has so many uses other than for scrapbooking.  Try using it as a matte for a picture frame, cut it up to make a banner, make Valentine’s, or print inspirational quotes on it and hang it around your house.

watercolor fabricAnother thing that caught my eye at Hobby Lobby was this fantastic watercolor fabric.  I could totally see this as a throw pillow in my future office or on a teenage girls bed.

Football DecorRecently for the Super Bowl, we went to a friend’s house to watch the big game and the decor was so cute.  My friend made a faux football field on the table, and made it all from the dollar store!

Football-3The faux football field was made from dollar store green door mats and some masking tape lines.  So smart and so inexpensive to dress up your table for a theme.

Football DecorEven the utensil holders were dressed up too using some recycled aluminum cans wrapped in brown construction paper with white football laces. You could use chalk, a white marker, or even white out for the laces if you’re in a pinch.

That’s it for this round of What Caught My Eye, like I said Hobby Lobby was a main focus.  I’m glad to be getting back into the normal routine after a little break for the weekend, just in time to start winding this week down for the upcoming weekend!

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Hosting a Giveaway

Happy Monday everyone!  Did you see the surprise that I posted on Friday?  I’m still so excited about our new house!  Today is also pretty exciting because I’m hosting my very first giveaway!

All you have to do to win is enter below by visiting my facebook page, subscribing to the blog or visiting me on Pinterest or Instagram.  Be sure to tell all your friends too, because you could win $25 to a trio of stores with great celebratory party and home gear; Marshall’s, HomeGoods, and TJMaxx.

I love these stores because you can usually find quirky little items, name brand products for less, and a plethora of goodies for any party.  I went to my nearby Marshall’s and snapped some pictures of fun things I found.  And yes, I got a few weird looks while I was taking pictures of everything in the store and rearranging shelves to get a decent picture.

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Marshall's GiveawayWrapping paper is one of my favorite things to buy at any of these stores.  I always find really cute patterns and on trend color options.  Right now there were a ton of seasonal wrapping paper for Valentine’s Day and even a green glitter polka dot pattern that would be perfect for St. Patrick’s Day.

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Marshall's GiveawayThere were also a lot of seasonal cocktail napkins, along with some Easter decor.  These napkins are so versatile you could definitely load up on these and use them for a girls night in, an anniversary dinner party, or heart themed birthday party.

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Marshall's GiveawayAgain, there is a lot of great seasonal and general gift bags and tissue paper.  Obviously you can use these for gifts, but there are so many other things you can do with them too.  You can make a tassel garland or tissue poms with the tissue paper and if you really like the design of a gift bag you can cut it out and frame it for inexpensive decor.  It would look really cool to frame a bunch of gift bags that go with your party them.

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Marshall's Giveaway If you need to stock up on basic serving ware, you can easily put this gift card to use.  If you need suggestions on what kind of basic serving pieces I recommend, check out this post.

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Marshall's GiveawayThis trio of stores is also a great place to stock up on champagne and wine glasses.  You can typically find packs of four or six glasses fairly cheaply.  I love having a stockpile of plain wine and champagne glasses for parties, it’s just so much nicer to drink out of a glass that’s designed for a specific beverage rather than a regular cup.  There’s no better way to celebrate than with a nice glass of champagne!

Marshall's Giveaway I also found these super fun stemless wine glasses with inspiring gold sayings. They say, “creativity takes courage,” “be yourself,” “create your own happiness,” and “get your happy on.”

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Marshall's Giveaway If you need to stock up on note cards, thank you cards, or note pads, you will definitely find some cute ones at any of these stores.  I love grabbing a pack of thank you cards pretty much any time I’m here.  I love that note pad to do list because it’s detachable, how clever.  And those “S” note cards are tags that come with twine, perfect for hanging on a gift.

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Marshall's Giveaway I literally fell in love with these patterned file folders.  The colors and patterns are just so cute, I mean look at those flamingos!  I’m surprised I passed them up because I know it would be a celebration every time you’d open your drawer with these!

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Marshall's GiveawayThere are also a lot of great home decor items at my local Marshall’s and HomeGoods does home decor so well you practically want everything in the store.  I spotted a really nice variety of rugs with current patterns and colors, plus that white fluffy rug felt like a cloud, so soft.  This Kate Spade comforter was fairly priced and I love that Kate even makes sure her packaging is on brand.  The clear bag was trimmed in gold, of course.  I also thought this little bamboo side table could be really fun between two armchairs with some cocktail accessories displayed on it for a little Asian/beachy flair.

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And literally on my way out the door I spotted this awesome bench.  I love the linen fabric, nail head trim, and those lucite legs!  So pretty!

Ok, now’s your chance to enter the giveaway and hopefully find some great items your self at Marshall’s, HomeGoods, or TJMaxx!  Be sure to enter using the drop down menu on the Rafflecopter below, the giveaway will run for a week so be sure to come back and keep entering each day.  If you win what do you hope to find and use your gift card on?

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Celebrating everyday!