Friday, May 1, 2015

DIY party invitations

It's about to be your child's birthday... There are so many emotions that come along with that statement..... Joy, sadness, excitement, anxiety...

I have all of these and more. 

Little Jimmy down the street just had a birthday party and HIS mother made their yard look like wonderland had erupted from underneath it.

What if I don't decorate enough?

It costs HOW MUCH to rent a bouncy house?!?

If Spider-Man doesn't show up I might as well wrap myself up in silly string and hide under the stairs in true spider fashion.

As moms we all do it... We want to give our children everything they could dream of for a birthday party. We want to compete with Super mom down the street (At least I do because I am competitive by nature) And we all also want to have some semblance of a budget... and stick to it.... kind of...

Well, I can't decorate your party for you.... but, I can help you with one thing.

INVITATIONS!

If you are totally anti DIYing your own invitations you are probably not reading this anymore, but if you are just the little bit creative and want to save a few dollars read on my friends... read on!

I just sent out invitations to my sons 4 year old birthdya party and they are really cute... He wanted a super hero party because who doesn't love super heros?

So, I made these invitations and I love them!

 I made these invitations from scratch on Picmonkey.com

There are SO many adorable invitations on Etsy and many other places, but I hate paying $15-20 just for the design. Then I have to have them printed on top of that... Even if $50 doesn't sound like a lot for invitations... I'd rather spend that money on something fun.... like a spiderman costume for my Brother-in-law to wear to look silly entertain the kids.

Picmonkey is a great resource and if you don't want the premium version it is FREE!

I had these printed at walmart and for 20 invitations my total cost including envelopes was $16.45.

You can't beat that.......

So I will show you how to make an invitation like this so you can save some money at your next shin-dig.

1. In Picmonkey you will start by choosing the Design option at the top of the home screen
and it will give you options of a size canvas that you want to make. For invitations I always choose 5x7 as these are easy to have printed.

You can then decide on the background color for your invitation by chosing the crop tool menu and the canvas color tab. For the invitation I am going to make I will use a Forzen theme... Because who doesn't need to "Let it go" sometimes?

I chose a very pale aqua. Now you have to decide what you want your invitations to look like. I can't do that for you, but a good way to do that is to find something you like on Etsy and make something similar... For this invitation I am not going to put a picture of my child on it like I did the Super hero one... mainly because my husband won't let me dress my son in the Elsa costume.... something about "him being a boy" and "He will hate you one day" blah blah blah....

Anyway!

I am going to actually put Elsa on the invitation. to do that I found an image of her I liked in a google search and saved it to my computer. You can then choose the butterfly menu in Picmonkey and chose to use your own overlay.
(TIP: when searching for an image of a special character, search for a vector image. It will give you one without a background so they are easier to work with and look nicer)


From there, it's just adding things to make your invitation look great!

I decided to use the theme menu and Picmonkey has a winterland theme that has snowflake clipart and even a frame option that puts snowflakes at the bottom of your image.


It is subtle, but it's things like that, that take your invitation from "made-by-mom" to "AWESOME!"

You can leave it simple and just add text from here, but I am not simple... I went ahead and added a fancy background for my text. I found it, again, under the theme menu in the winterland theme under the Victoriana clipart. I left the inside of the shape white, but for the frame I chose a soft orchid color like Elsa's eyeshadow.

1. Where I found the clipart
2. Where I changed the color
3. You have to then send the image to the back so that it doesn't cover Elsa, by right clicking and then choosing "send to back"

I then chose a font I liked and I used the same purple for the color and filled in my party info....


This is what the invitation would look like if I were to have it printed today...

Not too bad for FREE!

And there is no end to the creativity you could add to this!

So your kid wants a "Barney riding a bulldozer" party.....?

OK! no problem...

on the invitations at least! Good luck on everything else.....

And you are definitely not limited to birthday invitations... Shower invitations, thank you cards, basically anything you can come up with!

Well, I hope you learned something and I also hope I saved you a few dollars on invitations. If you have questions comment below and I will try to help you out!

Have a GREAT day!






Thursday, April 30, 2015

Throwing a bridal shower...

Throwing a bridal shower... well any shower for that matter is a great outlet for creativity. There are so many themes and colors to choose from. You are definitely not limited by what you find in the Party City bridal aisle.... This is your chance to get creative!

1. Use Pinterest for a TON of ideas!
The first thing I did when my sister got engaged was to begin scouring Pinterest for things I loved. I then started narrowing it down to theme, colors, and decor ideas from there...

2. Decide whether you want to use your home or a venue... There are benefits to both, but for this particular shower, I chose a venue. Graft Restaurant in Grayson, GA. It was just easier than cooking all the food myself or askin gone of my co-hosts to do it. They also cleaned up after us which was REALLY nice! And the food was literally to die for! They also had the look I was going for in a venue.

3. Theme, colors and decor.

This is where I can get a little carried away. But I live for this y'all.... I started with thinking about things I already had that I wouldn't have to buy. My beautiful mother has an amazing collection of tea cups. My sister and I have grown up looking at them. They are special to us... That decided it on a tea party. The colors were inspired from images on Pinterest. Pink, black and white.....


The decor was a collection of things I found at Hobby Lobby, Michaels, and Target. I wanted black and white striped table runners. I also knew that finding black and white striped fabric could get expensive..... fast.... Hobby Lobby to the rescue!

I found this wrapping paper in the giftwrap section of HL and it saved the day. At something like $6 per roll it was the glue that held my decor together...


I also bought varying colors of pink, gold and iridescent tissue paper to make the tassle garland. There are SO many great tutorials on making these that you don't need me to show you how. There is a great one here.


The extra things I found at Target were the paper lanterns and a chalkboard banner.


The bride was lovely (as always) and we had a great time celebrating her and everything she means to us! I was honored to be a part of throwing this shower for her along with my amazing cohosts!


P.S. I was able to reuse most of the decorations for the Nugget's one year old birthday party..... Talka bout saving some money!

We will continue on the wedding theme tomorrow and I'll show you the wedding chalkboard I did for the event!

 Have a blessed day!




Wednesday, April 29, 2015

It's been a while.... a LONG while....

Hey Y'all... I feel like it has been forever since I paid any attention to this little blog of mine. Well, it HAS been a really long time. I'm sorry....

That being said, we have had a few major developments since I last posted here. The biggest being that we moved into our dream house. When I type that I still look around me and think "How am I SO blessed?" But this house has literally everything I wanted and more. There is a house tour coming your way... but, that is for another post....

My little nugget turned one and the little man is about to turn 4! 4?! Where did that come from? I can't even imagine him being that old....

My sister got married... It was one of the most beautiful weddings I have been to and I can't wait to share my small part in her wedding festivities. That will be coming tomorrow.

But, for today..... Something simple. 

A reintroduction to me... Who I am. Why I blog, and what you will find here.

WHO AM I?

That is a hard question to answer... But the short answer is, I am someone who wants to use the talents God gave me to have a platform for Him. The Lord has given me much and I want to be found faithful.

I am....
a Christ follower
a wife
a mother
a coach
an artist

and so much more.....

WHY I BLOG....

Well, there was a time when I would look at other blogs and other writers and I had a kind of "Blogger envy". I'd think.... I wish I was funny like her. Or, I wish I was good at make-up like her, or, I wish my hosue looked like hers!

So, that is one reason that I stopped blogging for a while. I was tired of the constant comparrisons and I was not happy with what I was doing.., There was always someone doing it better and guess what? There always will be!

This new look, new lease on my blog is about the things that I have found I am best at. The things that I LOVE doing. Those are the things that are going to attract people. Those are the things that are truly WHO I am.

So, that is what you will see here.... Although I'm sure my ADD will sneak in a post here and there that are totally random! That's why it's MY blog. HAHA...

WHAT WILL YOU FIND HERE?

I am a mother and a wife.... but, I feel that I fail daily at those things... Can we ever love our kids enough? Can we ever love our husbands the way God can? You may find "Mommy Blog" stuff here every now and then, but The majority of what you will find here will be the things that I am passionate about and that I feel I do well.

I used to try and leave my blog open for whatever I had my hand in at the time... and there is nothing wrong with that. But, I found that my blog lacked focus and was kind of all over the place. I didn't enjoy reading what I was writing, so why would you?!

My new focus... my new mission statement if you will.... is...


And there you have it.... If you chose to read this blog, you will find beautiful things and I will do my best to prove to you that you can make beautiful things as well!

I hope you have a beautiful day!




Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Ball Jar Line Drawing: How To

Y'all.... Blogging and crafting with two kids is hard.

Sorry I've been MIA for a while, but Little Man has started PreSchool!! Can you believe it? He adores every minute of it and I am loving the one on one time with Little Miss.

I love the things he brings home that he has made or colored. They brighten my day more than I ever thought they would.

BUT... Y'all didn't come here to read about how much I love my three year old's drawings (I DO though!) Today, I thought I'd start easy with a little line drawing art.

Line drawing are just what they sound like.... Making a picture using lines. No shading or complicated paint work here.... just simple lines.... Everyone can draw lines... right?

Today's line drawing is a Mason Jar. Who doesn't love mason jars? I have them in almost every room of my house. I drink out of them. I use them to cook. I put soap in them. I store things in them and the list goes on and on and on.......

They are just pretty and functional.

SO...

Let's learn to draw one!

1. Start with a skinny, side to side oval.
2. draw a line following the shape of your oval, just below it.
3. connect those two lines with a '3' shape... (Y'all love my technical terms don't you...)
4. Draw two small lines coming from the bottom of your ovals going down and slightly out.
5. Continue those lines down the paper for the full length of your jar.
6. Connect those two lines with a "smile" (slightly curved line)
7. Draw the bottom of the Ball logo, an upward swooping line. (Again... sorry for the technical talk)
8 & 9. Fill in your letters. Practice this part if you are not confident, or do it with a pencile first and trace with ink.

Now comes the details that really set this drawing apart and make it look "realer" (hahaha)


Now, you might be asking what good is it to know how to draw a mason jar?

Well, there are a lot of ways to use this...

On a chalkboard to impress your friends and family when they come over.... You can say.... "Yeah, I drew that" as you brush the chalk off your bomb diggity shoulders...

Or...

You could draw it on a thank you card to show just how much you really DO appreciate something... What says Thank You better than a handmade card?

Or...

You could memorize the steps and bust this out at the table at Macaroni Grill to make your server feel just a little bit dumb about their "fancy name writing skillz"....

ANYWAY..... This is a useful skill to have I promise.



I added flowers to one and just text to the other for these Thank You cards....

Get creative!!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

A little Change

Hello!

I feel like it's been forever.... Well, it really has been forever. I've been a little occupied lately with silly things like showering and making sure the little man has on pants.... (seriously, why do little boys never want to wear pants?)

After giving birth to little lady, things are finally starting to settle down.... a little... o.k. not really, but I'm learning to live with the chaos.

Speaking of little lady... here she is!

I know, I know.... she's adorable! :) She is now two months old and doing great! Her brother loves her, and so do the rest of us. She is such a good baby and has really given me a break as far as newborn behavior goes. She sleeps well and only wakes up once suring the night, so.... I'm kind of spoiled.

There have also been a few changes around the blog.... What do you think?

I loved the "My Vintage Window" theme I had going, but I also want this to be more of a lifestyle blog that leans to decor and DIY, so I decided to go with something a lot less "themed"

Thus the birth of 
lindsey loo loves

I love having the name being mine... duh, and I love that the focus of the blog can be anything that I...... love..... get it? haha.

I'm going to be doing a little bit more of the chalkboard tutorials, hand lettering, and DIY

Those seem to be the things I get the best response on and I really love doing them.

I hope you will continue to follow along!



Monday, April 7, 2014

Liebster Award Nomination

Y'all.... it is a yucky day.... It is pouring rain outside and dark. The kind of dark where you still think it's 5:30am at 9:00am because the clouds are so thick outside....

This is sleep in and do nothing weather... BUT! I have a two year old :) So we are up and "atem"!

One really awesome thing that got me excited today was a nomination for the Liebster Award by the adorable Rebecca @ Sweet & Simple Life Blog. What an honor!

For those of you that don't know, the Liebster Award is a way for bloggers to promote other small, up and coming blogs to their readers. It's a very nice gesture and a great way to spread the blog love around the internet.

The way it works... I will list 11 facts about myself, then answer the questions posed by Rebecca. I will then come up with 11 new questions and nominate 11 other bloggers who I want to share in the blog love!

So, here goes!

Facts about me....
1. I'm a mom to a crazy-wonderful two, almost three year old boy.
2. I am about to give birth any minute to a baby girl that I can't wait to meet!
3. I went to private Christian school my entire life.
4. I am naturally a messy person... I hate cleaning.
5. My favorite food is anything with cilantro in it.
6. I secretly believe that I can communicate with animals.... no really...
7. Crafting runs in my family. My mom and grandmother are amazing.
8. My husband and I met at Christian camp when we were just teenagers.
9. The first thing I want to do when baby girl is born is see if she looks like me... Her brother looks just like my hubs.
10. I was a middle school teacher before I became a SAHM.
11. I have coached gymnastics, cheerleading, and softball, all of which I LOVED coaching.

O.K.... Onto Rebecca's questions!

1. How would you describe your blog using 5 words or less?
My goal is to inspire creativity (O.K. that's six words, so shoot me...)

2. How long have you been blogging?
I have been blogging about 3 years.

3. What is your personal style?
I am a little Banana Republic meets Old Navy with a splash of Ann Taylor thrown in there.

4. If you could travel anywhere, where would it be, and why?
I would spend every vacation minute I have in the Caribbean, I don't care where... I LOVE to snorkel and lay out at the beach. It's my happy place.

5. Do you have a signature recipe, and if so, what is it? If not, what is the one recipe you want to try and make?
I do! I make the best BBQ chicken pizza out there....

6. What is your favorite season, and why?
Spring! I love watchig my yard become a colorful landscape!

7. Coke or Pepsi?
I'm from Georgia where coke was invented... so Coke.

8. What did you want to be when you grew up (or what do you want to be when you grow up)?
Well, I always wanted to be an artist or something like that... I guess I'm kind of doing that, just not getting paid to do it! HA....

9. If you could go back in time, what time period would you choose to explore?
I would love to explore the early 1900's in the united states, just before the Titanic sank... I don't want to deal with that kind of drama.

10. What one person (or people) have inspired you in life?
My mother, grandmother and great grandmother are all major inspiring factors in my life. They are/were all very creative and talented in diferent ways. Each one has contributed to a skill that I have and love using.

11. Do you have a hidden talent? If so, what is it?
I am double jointed in my thumbs and elbows.... It's not very useful, but it's kinda cool. I can also pick up almost anything with my toes. The comes in REALLY handy when you're pregnant!

Now for my 11 questions...

1. Do you have any pets? If so, what is your favorite things about them?
2. What is your favorite blogging topic?
3. How did you meet your significant other, if you don't have one... What would be yoru dream date?
4. What is the one TV show you can't miss every week?
5. If you were to take a trip to Disney, what is one thing you couldn't miss?
6. Cats or dogs... why?
7. What is your least favorite household chore?
8. Rollercoasters... yes or no way?
9. What is your interior decorating style?
10. What is your favorite physical feature and why?
11. What blog can you not go without reading?

Alright... Here are the bloggers that I am nominating for the Liebster Award. If you've been nominated before, I'm sorry, but it's still fun isn't it?? :)

1. Cait @ Home Sweet Ruby
2. Brittany @ Perpetually Day Dreaming
3. Scarlett @ Scarlett Rose Collection
4. Kiri @ Wonderfully Random
5. Marissa @ A Lovely Living
6. Sarah @ Year of Sarah
7. Aimee @ Aimlessly Elegant
8. Lindsey @ Everyday Originals
9. Sarah @ Someday Sarah
10. Katie @ The Babbling Brunette
11. Emily @ Small Stuff Counts

Go check out these other bloggers and share the love!

HAve a GREAT day....Hope yours is sunnier than mine! :)


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Giveaway Winner and a Headband Tutorial

I know all you care about is who won the giveaway... But, you're either gonna have to wait, or scroll down to the bottom of this post to find out...

O.K. I'll wait on you.................

Are you done now? Good... So, I ordered a ridiculous amount of fold-over elastic for headbands for Baby Girl...

See... I told you, don't judge. It was cheap and I couldn't decide on colors, so I got them all... If I don't use it for headbands for her, I'll make some for me and as gifts...

Anyway! I wanted to show you how I make my headbands... I have seen a ton of tutorials out there, but almost all of them use glue, and I am just not into glue on a headband. With my luck, the dang thing will break the day we are getting ready for some big event that I really want her to be wearing an adorable headband for. Traumatic..... I KNOW!

So, I sew mine.... But even if you don't have a sewing machine, you can do this!

 1. I start by measuring out 13 inches of elastic. This is the average size of a newborns head. You can change the sizes depending on the age group you are making it for.

2. I also cut out a piece a little longer than an inch.

3. I overlap the ends of the 13 inch piece about 6/8th's of an inch and sew both ends down.

 4. This gives you a loop or hole.

5. I then slide that extra piece into the loop on both sides.

6. and I sew it down to the headband.

7. It should look like this.

 8. DONE.... See told you that was easy...

9. The reason I put the extra piece on there is to slide the alligator clips that hold my bows onto the headband. That way, this headband is totally interchangeable with any bows that I make so I get more use out of them!

O.K. Did you wait for the winner??

Liar....

The winner of the Bubba Jane's Boutique Giveaway is

KRISTEN GILLIS!

Congrats!

(The winners of the My Vintage Window giveaways are chosen randomly by rafflecopter.com and random.org)