Girls Weekend: Pinterest Party!

Are you guilty of pinning projects and never doing them?? Read on to discover how to finally get some of them done!

After running a 5k on Saturday (recap here). I grabbed a quick bite at Whole Foods (plus a walk around the store picking up some goodies!) Then I was headed to my girlfriend’s house for a girls weekend!

I am one of those people who still has friends from High School, when we’re all together there are six of us, however with different schedules we aren’t all able to get together very often. We had a great trip to Stillwater in November. And I was able to see them all over the holidays at our hometown coffee shop The Beanery. However sleeping over is just so much more fun! Thankfully one of my friends is married and has a house so we don’t have to sleep on the floor and/or pay for hotels whenever we want a slumber party.

Even though we’ve been together forever we still try to find new things to do together. With two of the girls engaged we have plenty to talk about, so going to a movie is always a back-up plan, but never the whole plan. This time I came up with a new idea…Pinterest Party!!

I rounded up a few of my favorite pins and then headed to 2 stores. #1 Dollar Tree. Where everything really is a dollar. I was able to find most of my supplies here (frames, double stick tape, erasable markers, valentines stickers, alphabet stickers, and coffee mugs).

Dollar Store Pinterest Party Supplies

#2 Joann Fabrics (although Michaels or any other craft store would have worked). I went a little more wild and sporadic at Joann’s because I knew there were things I would use in my own life if they weren’t used this weekend. I picked up: embroidery floss, modge podge, a book of scrapbook paper, and a page slicer (which I had wanted for myself for a long time).

I already had on hand…sharpie markers and scissors, I wish I had bought some regular elmers glue, but that will have to be another Pinterest Party day! Here’s the entire collection.

Pinterest Party Before

We arrived at the house and after some initial chatting got out our computers. We met at 12:30 and hadn’t eaten much so we knew we wanted a snack, dinner, and a dessert. We made a million suggestions before deciding on Crockpot Spinach Artichoke Dip, Spicy Avocado Enchelidas, and Campfire Cookies. Plus some cheese and crackers, and hummus (check out Minnesota made Holy Land hummus, we had the Guacamole flavor and it was awesome!!) and veggies.

We went to the grocery store to get all our ingredients, and also stopped by the liquor store which happened to be having a wine tasting (stay away from Adam Carolla’s Mangria…it was nasty!). We did find a great white wine and a really good red. (I forgot to take pictures of them and now can’t remember the names).

We started with the “Frame as a White Board” pin.

Frame as a Whiteboard (mine)Here’s mine! (Believe there is good in the world) ((with “be the good” written in silver)

Pinterest Party Table After

See the big letters? My friend who hosted the event came up with that. The other girls in attendance did last names, but I decided to go with my first name initial instead. Sewing on the buttons were a lot of work, but it turned out, now I just need to figure out a place in my room to hang it! We used plain white canvas and painted it, move onto the other crafts (it took multiple coats). Then we sewed the ribbon on, and then the buttons. A few of the girls used embroidery floss to make the color pop! I used white thread to keep the buttons as the focal point.

We took the coffee mugs bought at the dollar store and decorated them with sharpie markers, and then baked them at 350 for 30 minutes to make the marker more permanent. Mine didn’t quite turn out, so there aren’t photos, but the two girls used the coffee mugs as Valentines presents for their fiances. Theirs turned out beautiful and I forgot to get a picture of them.

Here’s the food we made! I don’t have a pin or a picture for the Spinach Artichoke dip, but there are so many out there that I don’t think it was out of the norm.

Dinner was Spicy Avocado Chicken Enchiladas.

Pinterest DinnerThis is our version, we kind of forgot to put the avocados inside the enchiladas, so we improvised and added them to the top, not pretty…but delicious!

Dessert was Campfire Cookies.

Pinterest Dessert

These easily stole the show as best cookie ever!! The marshmallows were wonderful, and putting in all on a graham cracker was genius.

I think we all agree that this was a wonderful way to spend time together, and we just might have more pinterest party days planned for the future!

What pins do you want to finally try? Have you had any pinterest fails?

Frosty Friday

Don’t always believe what you read on twitter…

Friday Morning Tweet

(and I forgot how to embed my twitter, so if someone could re-teach me that would be awesome!) Anyways, I couldn’t put the blog reading (or blogging down, so here I am with a post)!

I have been seriously dragging this week. I went to bed early every night, although didn’t get the best sleep, and just felt out of it. On Wednesday I left work early to go to the gym, thinking that a good workout would improve my mood. After 20 minutes on the treadmill I threw in the towel. It wasn’t happening. My family and I went out to dinner, and I got carded (without having my id on me) I was bummed. A nice glass of wine with dinner could have really turned my week around. Instead I was drinking hot tea and wondering why I didn’t grab my wallet (other than the obvious I wasn’t driving to or paying for dinner).

Thursday I got through the workday, and left work to go to Dollar tree, aka Pinterest Heaven. Seriously, the next time you want to do a craft project, go straight to Dollar Tree, (and then to the craft store to fill in the missing pieces). My friends and I are having a Pinterest Party on Saturday.

Dollar Tree Pinterest ProjectAny guesses on what we’re making??

Prior to the Pinterest Party I’ll be running the TC Valentines Day 5k (on February 9, but who’s counting) It’s the Twin Cities oldest Winter Running event (this is the 28th year!) You can read more about it here. I know I still owe a “what to wear while winter running” post. But I figured I’d try one other race before I would claim to know what I’m talking about.

I’m hoping this sunrise is a promise of good things to come!

Frosty Friday Winter SunriseWhat do you have planned for this weekend? Were you blessed with a gorgeous sunrise this morning?

Pumpkin Carving 101

Last year I remember reading blog after blog about pumpkins. This was before I had started blogging and I remember trying to make  a pumpkin smoothie with disasterous results.

This year I decided it was time to see what else I could do. Yesterday I tried my hand at pumpkin carving. I decided to go with a my family’s last name (okay just the first letter).

To start I gathered the supplies necessary (newspaper, pencil, knife, bowl for seeds, bag for guts, and a pumpkin!)

I also should have included a paper towel…but I made it work.

I put off the top, and was very careful not to pull out the stem without the actual pumpkin attached (the stem felt loose and I was nervous).

You can already see what the inside of the pumpkin looks like. I chose to pull a handful of pumpkin guts with one hand, and remove the seeds with another. This is the moment when I realized I should have grabbed a paper towel or two.

After removing all the guts it was time to draw my “design”.

A “C” wasn’t that difficult to trace. Then it was time to cut. I used one larger knife through the whole process. If I had been doing a more intricate design I would have needed a smaller knife to maneuver the tight spots.

 

Once I had fully traced out the “C” I needed to continue to wiggle the knife to create enough room to get the outline free.

Ta-da! This was not a difficult project, but considering I had never carved a pumpkin on my own, I’m proud of my results. Next year I’ll attempt something that requires a little more skill.

Do you have a favorite style of pumpkin carving?

 

Trick or Teets? (Cover that up!)

Halloween may not officially be until Wednesday, but I’m sure there are plenty of people planning on going out tonight! While some people may follow the advice as quoted in Mean Girls…”Halloween is the one night a year when a girl can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it.”

I tend to disagree. If you’ve got it and feel like flaunting it, go for it. However, be aware that other people may still judge you. Whether or not its correct, halloween isn’t a free for all, plus, if you’re located in Minnesota its a little too chilly to comfortably wear those skimpy outfits without a jacket, which more than likely won’t match your outfit anyways.

I don’t plan on going out tonight or on Wednesday, at least not for halloween specific events, however I do have two costumes from the past I thought I’d share in case other people are looking for inspiration.

Not Slutty Halloween Costume IdeaA few years ago I was “lumber jill” My shirt I found at charlotte russe (although any plaid shirt will do) and for bottoms I wore long johns, and my hat was my own that kept me especially warm (and made everything sound a little quieter). I found the plastic ax at the dollar store. The ax is the only thing I haven’t used again, so cost was $1. (Clothes I wore again so I’m not counting them).

Not Slutty Halloween Costume

 

Last year I was part of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and I will admit I was not the creative genius behind it, but I do have some very creative friends! We purchased green sweat pants and sweatshirts from walmart, as well as the materials necessary to complete the outfit. The yellow bellies (which also had yellow shells on our backs) were attached with safety pins, as was the brown belt. This was a no-sew outfit that really didn’t take much time! I never totaled the cost, but I would assume around $15. (and we won the bar costume contest!)

This year I contemplated going to the cities, however Halloween 2010 in uptown was a mess, too many people, and not enough drinks. Last year in Duluth was a lot of fun (I went to my favorite bar Dubh Linns). And this year I’m planning on laying low and drinking some pumpkin wine I found here.

 

What do you think about revealing halloween outfits? What are you dressing up as?

Inspiration for this post from Caitlin!

 

DIY: Candle/Centerpiece

Did your weekend pass you buy without some craft time?

Here’s an easy one you could still complete tonight!

I accomplished this while visiting my dear friend Mara on Saturday morning. You can find the original inspiration here. I did not take pictures of every step, but I will say it was super easy! Especially for someone who is not a talented crafter.

With the original post in mind, here is what we did.

1. Find your preferred lace. I chose a lace with similar edges on both sides while Mara chose a lace that had a straight edge on one side, and a scalloped edge on the other. (beware the lace that has elastic on one edge only, that won’t lay well on a container.)

2. Find your preferred container. We chose to use scented candles with a colored glass. I chose a warm yellow to get ready for the spring days I hope are coming soon!

3. Measure your lace and cut as desired. As you can see in the above picture, there is sticky glue involved, the last thing you want is sticky fingers, a scissors and lace in all the wrong places. I chose to cut 4″ strips and placed them 1″ apart.

4. Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge Matte Finish where you want to apply lace. I was afraid my candle was going to turn out looking like a candy cane, but I was happy with the final product. Whereas, Mara chose to use her straight edges for the top and bottom of the candle, so the scalloped edges were in the middle and created a great horizontal design.

5. While the original directions said to let the Mod Podge dry before putting an additional layer over, I was running short on time, and put the top layer on right away.

I was not disappointed by the results!

Cost: Personally, the lace cost $2.50 per yard (which is how much I purchased) and the candle was $7.99. Mara already had the Mod Podge and foam brushes. This could be made cheaper if you found a nice container at the dollar store.

Use: Depending on the theme of your wedding I could see this style be easily incorporated into a centerpiece! Otherwise, my candle will continue to chill in my living room.

Happy Crafting! Let me know if you’ve tried this before, or if you have similar success!