New Doll House Find and Video Tour

On a last minute shopping trip to Big Lots last week, Hadara and I discovered a great deal!  A bookcase was on clearance for 50% off.  I have to admit the pink and polka dots stopped me in my tracks.  It might be a bookcase, but I knew it would make a perfect doll house.  So, before all emotional purchases, I decided to think about it first.  We took a picture of it and walked out without buying.  That night, Hadara and I discussed where she would put it and how she could use it.  I also talked it over with Ruben and we checked our budget.  The next morning, Ruben and Hadara were on their way to purchase a new bookcase/doll house!! 

We were very impressed with the quality.  It was easy to build, already painted and it’s very durable.  When Hadara is older, she can also use it for a bookshelf or we can paint it another color.  I believe $39 for this new diy doll house was totally worth it, plus it’s so cute!  You don’t have to spend a lot of money to find great things for you kids.  

Right now, Hadara is using it for her American Girl dolls and Barbies.  It’s sort of like an apartment doll house, so she can change it out as she plays.  I love her imagination and creativity.  She decorated the new doll house right away and couldn’t wait to film a doll house tour of her own.   Hope you enjoy her video and thank you so much for watching!  

Here’s the lonely bookcase on display calling my name.  
One happy girl with a new doll house! 
What’s the latest deal you’ve scored lately??

What’s Your Excuse?

Happy Sunday!  I hope you are all having a fabulous weekend!  The month of January can definitely be a cold and gloomy time, but I have found that it is the best time to get refocused and re-inspired!  Lately, I’ve been getting  a little crafty.   When I took down my Christmas wreath, I didn’t want to leave the door bare.  No, I couldn’t do that.  So, I went to my craft stash, grabbed the glue gun and went to work.  I made a new door wreath in less than an hour.  What do you think of it?  I know, it may not be Martha Stewart quality, but it’s my creation.   Isn’t that what discovering my creative side is all about?    

So many of my readers email me to say that they love what I do and often feel so inspired to do it themselves, but they either don’t have the time or they’re too worried about mucking it up! As much as I try to reassure them that there’s ALWAYS time (and perfection is overrated), they struggle to figure out how to fit creative pursuits into their lives.   If you feel the same way, consider signing up to 4 Steps to Rediscover Your Inner Creative Genius:http://4stepcreativity.com?ref=b080c09cff
This four-part course comes with supporting worksheets and has been created by the Ultimate Bundles team (I’ll tell you more about them soon!). It’s delivered entirely over email and only takes a week, so you really have no excuse! The course will help you figure out what you enjoy creating, how to find the time to do it, how to not feel guilty about indulging in your creative pursuits, and how to distance yourself from that dreaded ruiner of fun: Perfection. 
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Blessings and Shalom, 

Now it’s your turn.  Do you have some crafty or d.i.y. projects waiting for you to conquer?  What are they?   

5 Easy Fall Decor Ideas and Free Fall Printable


Time for Fall!  I’ts my favorite time of the year.  Even though it’s still warm here in the desert, I felt that urge to pull out all the fall decor and put away the summer blue coastal decor.  After all it was the last day of summer and while we were preparing for Sukkot, it just made sense. What a fun project!  Plus it’s all on a budget.  Yes!


I never unpacked my Fall decor box since our move, so it was easy to find.
Do any of you have a box like this?  Well I’m sort of organized.  So it’s not in a nice clear tub, oh well!

Oops! I labled it “Thanksgiving”.  Ha ha, the things you’ll do when you are packing.

How to Decorate a Baker’s Rack for Fall?
I first started with my bakers rack in our kitchen/dining area.  This is one of my oldest pieces of furniture we bought when we were first married.  This piece has been used for various things and in many rooms.  It’s so adaptable and since I don’t have a china cabinet, it’s my special piece that gets to be all decked out for the seasons.  

Now, I love victorian decor with a little bit of French country, modern trend and some retro 50’s in there.  It’s fun to mix it all in.  So here we go! 

I have a picture frame I painted white and embellished it.  I change it out when I feel like it.  Sometimes I just put scrapbook paper inside and use a dry erase marker and write whatever I want.  This time, I changed it for fall and created my own printable which I’m so excited about because I’m sharing it with you!  



I have pottery dishes that my sweet Grandmother gave me when I was a little girl.  I’ve kept them and they always look so pretty with fall decor, special tea cups, I’d say!

I enjoy displaying my white tea pot and placed underneath is a pretty crocheted pot holder.
  
I love orange and green for fall.  
Orange leaves mixed with blues is pretty.
 Country mixed with pretty white dishes. 
I display my Precious Moments tea pot for Fall every year. 


I layer my dishes to make room for them all! Here are some more of my pottery that I received from my Grandmother.  
I love this crocheted apron from my Grandmother that was made in the 
1950’s.  I display this by simply hanging it and tying it with a pretty bow. 


I had extra leaves from dollar store and just tied them onto a string of flat lace to make a simple garland.  I love using flat vintage laces for garland.  

Project Baker’s Rack finished! 
As you can see I added my cute little pumpkin on the very top!  I’ll be adding more as we get closer to Thanksgiving, but for now, it’s all about gently ushering in the Fall season. 

Fall Centerpiece
Now on to the table scheme.  I love adding orange, green and earthy colors.  
I created this with some beans at base.  That’s it.  Very earthy, I might say. Simple it is. And we must not forget our candles!  




Deck the Mirrors
Adding a pretty fall piece to any mirror hanging in your home gives it that Victorian holiday flair.

Apple Pear Cinnamon Delight
Want a yummy fall treat for the family? This is great mixed in hot oatmeal or just as a side dish. Here’s an easy peasy fun treat you could make in your sleep!


Apple Pear Cinnamon Delight RECIPE:
2 apples
2 pears
1 TBSP cinnamon
2 TBSP of lemon or lime juice 
1 TBSP powdered sugar

Chop up fruit.  Combine in bowl.  Drizzle lime/lemon juice over top.

Sprinkle Cinnamon and powdered sugar. 
Mix before serving.  


I hope you were inspired by my Fall ideas! 
These are just a few ideas for you to get started and to use what you already have in your own home.  It pays to keep all of the seasonal items together and organized by colors.  I enjoy seeing how others decorate their home for Fall too.  Here are some links for more fall inspiration.


Autumn Home Decorating Ideas:
http://www.homegoods.com/blog/2011/09/27/a-fresh-look-at-victorian-decor-for-the-21st-century/

http://www.victoriamag.com/slideshow.aspx?id=8922&slide=3#slideshow

http://www.shelterness.com/20-fall-decorating-ideas-with-using-dry-leaves-and-fruits/pictures/1235/

Here at the little Pink casa, we are so ready for Autumn.  Now, just got to get my fall wreath on the door.  🙂 

Have you started decorating for Fall yet?  


Which one of my fall ideas was your favorite? 

 Are you going to use my FREE Fall in Love printable?  


Blessings and Shalom, 









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“Be glad, O people of Zion, rejoice in the LORD your God, for he has given you the autumn rains in righteousness. He sends you abundant showers, both autumn and spring rains, as before.”
Joel 2:23 NIV


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How to Make a Dress up Area for a Little Girl’s Bedroom

Ooh La la. . . 
Do you have a little girl who loves to play dress-up?  Here is a easy and affordable way to create a dress-up area for your little Princess.  

We decided to take part of my daughter’s wall and designate it as her dress-up area. I had all the supplies already in our stash.   I found the princess shelf, girly hooks, and picture frame at Ross and Burlington Coat Factory a few years ago.  The pink organizing box is from Big Lots.  

Supplies you will need:

hooks

shelves
organizing box
old picture frame
scrapbook paper
dry erase marker
hangers

It’s pretty much as easy as you can see in the photo.  

  • We used the hooks to hang up the dresses and tea party hats.  
  • We placed her dress up heels and gloves in the accessories organizer box at bottom.  
  • I finished it by adding scrapbook paper inside picture frame. 
  • I wrote “dress-up” directly on the frame with dry erase marker and added a cute princess photo and some of Hadara’s favorite things to the shelf.  
That’s it!  Creating a dress-up area can be easy.  I hope this idea helped you and gave you a creative way to make a dress-up area for your little girl.  You can watch the video Hadara and I filmed below.  We had so much fun doing this.  Hope you enjoyed this post/video! 


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Best Girl’s Sock Hop 1950’s Birthday Party on a Budget

Are you planning a 1950’s theme party?  
Here’s some tips on how I created the Best Girl’s Sock Hop ever on a budget!  I also have a 1950’s Birthday Party List I created with everything in this post and more for you to download and print out.  Scroll down to the bottom- to download your free list.  

Plan the Party

I was very anxious to find great ideas when planning my little girl’s 50’s theme birthday party on a budget.  I had only 2 weeks to plan and put this party together.  

We ended up having 50 guests total!  Yes!! 25 kiddies and 25 adults!!  All at a 50’s party!  Go figure. 
So with a little bit of creativity,  these are some helpful ideas I came up with that may help you in planning your next sock hop 50’s theme party. 

Where ? 

The party was held outside in our community playground across the street from our home.  It had a great ramada and covered playground.  

Invites 

I made record invitations out of black poster board.  The front is shown and the back had the invite I had created.  I placed them in a plastic sleeve you can get from http://www.mygirlfriendshouse.com/ 



I found fun invite wording and picked a few phrases here and there and wrote up my own to fit our party.  I printed it up and cut it out to fit the other side of record.  Notice the “7 RPM” stands for our little girl’s birthday age.  

Decorations on a Budget

I found popcorn containers at dollar store and taped mini records to them.
The mini records ended up being our entire theme.  50’s music was the inspiration.  The mini records were cut apart from a hanging records decoration I found at Party City.  You get like 50 of them, very good deal and only costs like $4.
The mini records were so cute! 

         
I also found some clip art online which I printed up as signs, framed it and taped records to frame also.


Use What You Got

We got into my girl’s toys and found 50’s related mini build a bears which added to decor with a gum ball machine from dollar store and M & M’s machine we had.  The blue polka dots napkins were from Dollar store and added to our retro 50’s flair.  

              Glass malt glasses made great candy holders for pixie sticks candies and for dips.

The polka dots napkins created our table theme along with pink placemats and pink plates, all from Dollar store.  Mix and Match. 
My gigantic Coca Cola glass pitcher I kept hidden inside my cabinets came in handy to hold yummy oreo cookies to look like old-fashioned soda pop.  

Prizes!

Prizes included donated FREE In and Out kiddie stickers (they were so nice to give me 25 books of stickers)  I found the pink “cat eye” heart glasses for girls and stickers for boys all at Dollar store.  I  wrapped them up in plastic bags with those mini records again. 

 Utilizing as many things over and over again, but packaged differently saves $$$$!

Poodle Skirt Costume

I decided to make a no sew poodle skirt for my daughter to wear and actually made one for her cousin also.  

I found a great tutorial for the poodle skirt  that was very simple to make.  It gave a poodle template, but I found my iron on poodle appliqués at Joanne’s.  I added sequin ribbon and that was it! 

My mom had a few retro tags left from her sewing archives that I thought was appropriate to sew on skirt, so cute!   I had extra material left over and they were perfect circles, so I created records from them.  Used them to decorate my cake table.

Poodle Skirt 50’s Barbie Cake

I made the cake using the video tutorial from Betty Crocker  princess cake, but modified mine to become a poodle skirt 50’s girl.  I used a barbie and put her hair up in a pony tail.  I used a mini appliqué poodle from Joanne’s for the cake.  The cake did take me 5 hours. What?!!  I know, I know. . .  of course, I decided to bake my first decorated cake ever the night before party which = no sleep.

Ice Cream Cupcakes

I couldn’t stop with just a cake, no way!  So the kiddies at the party got ice-cream cone cupcakes with frosting and sprinkles.  Those were fun to make and the kids loved eating those!  I found a great way to make my cupcake holders which helped me transport them across the street to our community playground which is where the party took place.  I decorated them with the left over musical foam stickers I had found at the dollar store.

Rock Around The Clock

Music was the key that made this party rock!  All of our games were musically involved.  So I had created 3 playlists with songs only from the 1950’s.  It was surprising to see how many songs I thought were from the 50’s that were really 60’s songs so I cut those out.  

I learned some musical history doing this project, cool bonus.


Birthday party playlist

Dance Contest Playlist

 Girls Birthday Songs playlist

GAME IDEAS 

We had a American Band Stand lip sync contest and used giant blow up microphones from Party City.  The kids’s had a blast!  We also had a Juke box piñata because you got to have candy at a kid’s party right? 


The hula hoop contest was classic!

Can’t go wrong with the blowing bubble gum bubbles contest and the dance “Twist” contest!

                                   Look at those dancing sock hoppers and greasers!! 

Elvis was there!! (scream)  ahhhhhhh!  The things Dads will do for their little birthday girls!  Hadara was so cute standing there as Ruben sang, “I can’t help falling in love with you”! Seriously, I’m putting this pic in her wedding video. 

and here we are. . . Our Blast from the Past family pic!  

Nostalgia– oh yah!

I have to end on this note. . . my parents all decked out . . . well it is their generation after all!   They rocked the Look and rocked around the clock! 

 It doesn’t get any better than this folks! 

Rockin’ Around The Clock Dance-watch now! 

It’s still hard to believe my hubby and I whipped this 50’s party up all in 2 weeks and spent less than $65 on this party!  We had a joyful time celebrating Hadara’s 7th birthday.  Isn’t it all about making sweet memories with family and friends anyway? 

I hope this post helped you plan your 1950’s party!  

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Easy Summer Coastal Chic DIY


Do you ever get in those weird creative moods where you just itch to do some DIY?
Well this project has inch written all over it.   I had a old gold cheap dollar store frame that was a very odd size.  I couldn’t put a 3×5 or a 5×7 or any other size inside it without it looking awkward.
I had just bought some pretty turquoise paint and wanted to see this color splashed all around my family room to help accent my summer coastal chic decor.

So. . . . . this is what the project ended up to be.  A new paint color, old frame and dollar store sea shells and a little ribbon for hanging!

I first started to paint the frame, couldn’t wait!  I used a cosmetic sponge to create that vintage look.

Next, I glued muslin type material which I already had from scraps onto cardboard backing.

I placed the board back into the frame and arranged my sea shells then hot glued them down. 
I  trimmed my ribbon to hang.  All done! 
VERY fun and easy dollar store DIY to do with the kids.  How fun to use your vacation shells from Summer for a memory board. 


Have you made any summer crafts with the kiddos lately?   Post your craft ideas.  
It’s going to be a bright summer day! 

Blessings and Shalom

Easy 4th of July DIY Door Hanger and T-shirt

Sometimes I just get some creative motivation at the spur of the moment. 
How about you? 

It was the day before 4th of July and I was itching to make some fun patriotic diy. I totally whipped this all together in under an hour! I created a 4th of July sign for my front door.  

I used $1 wooden coasters from Michaels which come in a set of 5-such a good deal.  I painted the one coaster white.  I bought some polka dot ribbon and red rig rag and had some old buttons in my stash.  Hot glued it all to create a American flag, so cute.
I also used this idea to create a shirt for my daughter to wear with pride! 
Yes, and that was like in less than 10 min.  


I used the same supplies and hot glued them to a white shirt. 

My daughter Hadara loved wearing her new shirt 
and we added some of the polka dot ribbon to her hair! 
What are some crafts you do on the spur of the moment?  
It’s fun and it’s creative.  Why not?

Let the creative juices run wild and craft away with the kids today.

Keep pressing on Moms!

Blessings and Shalom,
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