My awesome son, Mr. Awesome, gave me the most awesome birthday present this year. He gave me a Pinterest themed birthday party! He actually wanted to do something even more extravagant for me, but Mr. Matrimony steered him in a less costly direction. My son seemed disappointed when he talked to me about what I wanted and I assured him, I wanted a party… a real BIG GIRL birthday party!
Boy did he come through!!!
First, he hired Singing Honey Bee Designs (her ETSY, blog, and Facebook links are listed at the end of this post) to plan the party. Her specialty is kid’s parties. This was her first real BIG GIRL party, so she was just about as excited as I was! I knew right away I wanted a Pinterest Party. Honestly though, when I thought of that idea, I was picturing a party where the guests would bring food they found via Pinning and then we would make something I found on Pinterest. Not a party centered around Pinterest. Then I realized she was thinking of a Pinterest themed party.
This was the most fun party I’ve ever had! My friends sure seemed to think so too. I don’t think one single person didn’t tell me how much fun it was and about half (there were 20 total!) of them said they want to have a Pinterest Party as well. Because I love Pinterest, set-up was very entertaining. We used Pinterest ideas (and some originals) for all of the decorations. I’m really into using what I have to get what I want. That meant even my flowers were cost-effective… Mr. Matrimony went outside and picked me about a hundred, as he calls them, long-stemmed dandelions! For food, each guest was asked to bring a finger food they found on Pinterest. We also asked them to share the recipes and let everyone know what Pin they used. That made the food side a breeze! Plus, there was plenty for everyone, and everything was so different. We also made two Pinterest ideas I had previously made for myself. I had all of the supplies on hand. Giving the finished item to each friend was my party planner’s idea of “Big Girl Party Favors”. How cute is that??? We made homemade laundry soap and Chalkboard Yardstick Crates. Is was a lot of fun to be working around 4 tables with so many of my friends! They made new friends, learned they have more creativity than they thought, and ate super yummy food. It was a GOOD day 🙂
There will be more posts on the party, but for today, let’s get started with…
When Melissa, from Singing Honey Bee Designs told me her color ideas, I was a tad disappointed. I originally pictured a bunch of pastels, like this…
We couldn’t have ended up further away from that color scheme unless we went with black and white! And guess what… I loved it.
I mean lovvvvvvvved it!!!
The colors were just so happy. I can’t take any credit for this short part one of the story. All I can say is, when a professional has been hired for planning a party, trust them! She really has a gift with colors, and how to put things together by using those colors. Red seemed obvious with a Pinterest Theme party, and turquoise is very complimentary to it. With hints of yellow intermingled, the main colors were really set off.
The colors are pretty complimentary to my skin tone in the picture display that greeted my guests at the front door…. Don’t you agree?
Ok, maybe it is more complimentary to that faded 70’s photo matte look and not my natural skin tone. Still…. I likey!
We used quite a bit of spray paint. For the turquoise (or aqua, if you prefer) we used Rustoleum’s Painter’s Touch in Seaside (gloss). For the red, we used whatever I had around. Something around here always seems to be painted red, so I always have at least a few cans. Red spray paint can be picked up at hardware stores for .98 cents a can. Sometimes, even dollar stores have it!
I painted a lot lot lot of stuff!
I spray painted wine bottles and Singing Honey Bee provided the letters. From her ETSY store, she does custom orders in different sizes with many fonts to choose from!
We displayed the wine bottles with my name on the fireplace mantle. I put them up days before the party and didn’t want to take them down until days after. That’s just how great they looked! The candle sticks on either side were topped with some of the painted (fake) squash. My “Happy Birthday” bunting banners were above and below the display.
It was as if a Pin had stepped right off of Pinterest and into my living room!!!
This is a two-tiered pie server, painted red. On the bottom, I placed a simple plate which served as a holding place for our cute little red and white checkered fry boats. The top is where the napkins were. The spray painted basket fit perfectly in the pie server. I painted a plate the also fit perfectly, in the basket. They are the same color, so the plate just looks like the bottom of the basket.
I had cake pops instead of a traditional birthday cake. They were the first ones Melissa has ever made. She was not impressed with the process… or the outcome!
She was the only one who thought that.
According to the internet and every cake blog ever written, the first cake pops a person makes are going to flop. Not so with these! I wish I could share how delicious they were. I’m salivating right now. Seriously. I just got up from the computer and walked into the kitchen to find something sweet to eat. I fear no matter what I find, I’d be disappointed. They just wouldn’t be Melissa’s cake…
Anyways, more on that later. I’m getting distracted. This is what made me tell you about the cake…
Since I didn’t have a “regular” cake, I didn’t need a “regular” cake server. So I made this! It’s actually 3 plate stands I had made previously. The only thing I changed was to paint the red one. The picture below has an extra plate stand on it. I just set it up there for the picture. One of the fun things Melissa did for the party was ask everyone to place the finger food they brought on a server that matched the party theme. I’m not sure how something so simple brought so much joy to me! I wasn’t the only one either. There were a lot of compliments on the look it created.
Here’s a tiny preview of how my “cake” turned out….
I had some cute little decorative (fake) squash. The colors they were looked really good in my living room. I figured I can make them so again, and why not just go all out for the party. So I did 🙂
Of course, we made paper flowers of various shapes, sizes, and colors. We borrowed this one from the church. I thought it looked great with our chair swing (tutorial link below!) we made. Conveniently, the swing is painted with the same color of teal. We were outside, on the porch for most of the party doing Pinterest crafts (more on that in another post!). So, the swing came in handy. I think it was very loved ❤
There was quite a bit of shipping paper left-over from our move. I offered it up to Singing Honey Bee designs, and she transformed the plain brown packing paper into these….
They are BIG and they are spectacular! When she does a post on this design, I’ll make sure to offer a link. She did this really neato twisty-thingie with the center. They became honest-to-goodness realistic! Painted with spray paint, they really tied in as a valance across my dining room windows.
Here’s a bit of a close up of my favorite one. Wouldn’t these be fun with a ombre style paint job? Say in orange and pink? Mmmhmmm…
I was going to cover the other flowers in a different chapter of this post. I decided though, that they were more suited here since I was talking about the colors and showing you the ones we spray painted.
One of the projects Melissa and I worked on together was this “garland”. The flowers are not connected, but were hung from a support beam in a way that made them seem so. Since I knew only one kind of flower to make with tissue paper, I was quite proud of myself when I came up with the idea to make sharp corners on one, rather than rounded.
Then The Singing Honey Bee started making all sorts of flowers.
This one looks like a bow tie. Wouldn’t that be sweet for a baby boy shower?
Her “double” is wonderful! The oblong shape fits in neatly with the other flowers that are almost always round.
I don’t know what to call this one, but it seems like the end of an antique broom. This one may be my favorite design. As I was typing this, I realized how cute it might be with striped paper. This one is made out of shipping paper so was next to free to make!
And of course, we made regular tissue paper flowers. Don’t you just love the twine? Melissa left it long so it would hang down and naturally twist a bit. That little bit of detail really made a big difference!
Melissa had Pinned a tutorial on making tissue paper poppies. They were so different and unusual from the normal paper flowers you always see Pinned everywhere. They took more time and effort to make, but really turned out fabulous!
Well, that’s all for this post. Tomorrow, I will start working on another one. I think this will be fun to follow. Melissa is going to do some posts on it as well, so you can get another person’s thoughts and ideas on having a Pinterest Themed Party right along with my ideas!
Links for Melissa at Singing Honey Bee Designs….
This project was the first one Mr. Matrimony and I did together that I hoped someday to have on a blog. Again, I wasn’t sure of how the whole bloggie thingie worked, so I don’t have the greatest pictures of the step-by-step. The ones I do have were put together on Photo Grid. I had to go back and “un-grid” them to show them singly. The result is less than perfect. Like MUCH less than perfect. The “during” pictures are fuzzy from being re-gridded, unfocused, and taken with a shoddy camera. However, to me, it’s amazing I have anything at all to work with! As I’ve warned you before, if you are looking for perfection, you’re on the wrong blog!
Come to my blog for inspiration and pointers.
I’m ADHD, not OCD
(or any other letters of the alphabet.)
Speaking of inspiration, here is mine for this project…
I found this idea on Pinterest. I do not know who the original Pinner is. When I went to find out, the Pin was just plastered all over Pinterest. It’s a very popular Pin! So, if you know who the original Pinner is, please let me know and I will give them credit.
For us, here’s how this particular venture in repurposing began…
Mr. Matrimony was getting ready to light the
Right when I happened to look over, he was holding a perfectly good broken chair seat and getting ready to toss it on top of the pile. The BURN pile! Really… who does that???
I yelled, “WAIT!”
Surprised, he looked at me and said, “What?”
I told him not to throw that perfectly good broken chair seat away.
He said, “Sweetie… we are not saving junk.”
I said, “It isn’t junk…. Sweetie. It’s the beginning of a chair swing we’re going to make for my blog.”
He flatly replied, “First, you don’t have a blog. Second, I’m not building a swing. Third, you don’t have a blog.”
I quickly responded, “First, I will. Second, YOU aren’t. WE are. And third, I will.”
He just shook his head, handed me the chair part, and mumbled something about how he knew he was going to be roped into making a swing.
Well, let me just say right now…
1) I have a blog.
2) WE did make a swing… together.
3) I HAVE A BLOG
To his surprise (and mine!), Mr. Matrimony actually had a good time helping me. He was able to teach me a few things he knew about carpentry, help me set up props for pictures, and he liked the finished project. We both had fun and agreed we would do more projects together. He even bought me a camera for Christmas to encourage me with my blog!
Mr. Matrimony really is the best
Alrighty. Here’s what you’ll need.
Drill with a big ol’ bit for a big ol’ rope
- I don’t remember everything we used (it was last summer), but I’m sure you can gather things as you go along. I did *smile*
- Chair seat (You can use most any kind, I reckon. They are everywhere!)
Two 2×4 pieces of lumber that are 4 inches longer than the widest part of the chair seat. We got lucky and found a cull piece that had been treated for outdoor use. If you will be using your swing out in the elements, I’d say pre-treated would be a must. Ours will be hanging under a roof, so I’d feel safe using untreated 2x4s that have been painted.
- Wood glue
- Spray paint (and primer, if you want to use it)
- Twine ~ I used green hemp, and some sort of yellow nylon-ish stuff. This is just for looks, so strength is not a factor. Use it to wrap around the rope when you’re done tying the knots.
- Screws for attaching the chair seat to the 2x4s
- Two super heavy duty “eye” bolts. If you aren’t sure of what size to get, ask a pro at the store. (These aren’t needed if you are wrapping your rope around whatever you are hanging it from, ie: tree limb)
- VERY THICK rope (This part is expensive… We spent about 25 bucks on ours!) At the hardware store we bought ours at, there was a guide next to each size of rope that told how much weight it holds per foot. Also, we needed enough to loop around itself at the top, for the knot. Mr. Matrimony did the math. Here’s what I think of math…
I know…. SQUIRREL!
(But super funny squirrel, huh???)
The first thing to do is CLEAN that chair! Almost all perfectly good broken chairs have not been treated as such. They’ve most likely been tossed out on the side of the road, forgotten in the basement, or found in a gully (I don’t know why, I ran out of places). That kind of treatment will make a perfectly good broken chair dirty. So clean it. This is not a part I skimp on. I once bought a birdcage for .08 cents at the auction (it was with a pile of junk I got for a few bucks and that was the average). The birdcage was SO cute and I had a plethora of ideas for it. Before I knew what I was doing, I was spray painting it! Mind you, in “cleaning” it, I’d only gone over it with a rag for a brief moment. When I was done painting the birdcage, I proudly hung it up in the window. A little while later, I was walking by, and something (actually, a bunch of somethings) moving in the light caught my eye. It was hair.
A LOT of cat hair.
*smh* (shaking my head)
Nowwwww, I know why they didn’t need the birdcage anymore!
So, I learned the lesson of cleaning things (including sanding when needed) before I begin painting.
So clean that chair!
And sand it. Have you ever hand a big ol’ splinter in your bum cheek? No? Neither have I, but once (in middle school) in fun, I pushed my friend Susan over on the bench in PE, so I could sit next to her and she fell on the floor SCA-REAM-ING! She hand a 3 inch (I kid you not) splinter in her bum cheek.
Sand that chair, okay?
Now Paint. You may even want to paint your chair when you’re finished assembling it, cause it undoubtedly will need touch-up paint from getting moved around so much…. ours did! I chose to paint my first AND do touch-up because it’s hard to get paint in every little crevice after I’ve assembled pieces, such as the support boards. As you can see, I didn’t paint the part of the wood that connects to the chair, because I’m cheap. Everything else, I painted. When a person is actually swinging at most any height, the bottom of the chair can be seen. Oh, and I didn’t use primer. I am probably going to change my color scheme (cause that’s what I do) so why bother? Because, you might say, it makes the paint go on more evenly! No argument here. Again, I’m just cheap. By all means, do things the right way. I did mine the right now way.
When the paint is dry (like really dry, not ADHD dry), turn the chair upside-down, and lay the boards on the bottom of the seat (which is now the top?) where you want them and mark the edges, so you can apply the glue to the bottom of the chair. Put the boards on the glue and screw them in place. Pre-measure your screws so the first person to sit down does not get the point. Do You? lol… (that was Mr. Matrimony’s joke. Funny boy)
Don’t skimp on the glue!
A Carpenter friend of Mr. Matrimony once told him that the screws or nails are only used to hold materials together until the glue dries. The glue will be stronger than the wood when it is dry.
A note while we are on the topic of glue… If you look closely at the back of our chair, where it connects to the seat, you can see a little teeny tiny bit of natural wood. With use, the chair has started to separate. We are going to add more glue to the holes the dowels go in by using a syringe. Please use common sense! If your chair isn’t sturdy, make it so! If you can’t, don’t use it for people to sit in… swing, or otherwise!
Weaving the rope…
You may want to use a different method of weaving your rope through your chair. If yours has arms, you might thread the rope through them. With ours, we centered the holes between the sides of the chair and the end of the boards. Mr. Matrimony did say that the way the inspiration chair was “roped” may not work if someone leans back. He thought weaving the rope through the back of the chair would be sturdy. If you don’t think your chair is sturdy, don’t use it as a swing! Before you even sit in it, make sure it’s strong enough for human use. To leave the most possible strength we could in the rope, we used one continuous piece. It took a couple of tries to get it “just so”, but when it was finished, we felt it was safe.
When I sit in our chair, it does feel very sturdy. I can actually swing in it! It’s great!!!
Mr. Matrimony used a “Fisherman’s Knot” for our swing. He thinks it’s the best because as the knots pull on each other, they add strength to both knots, from both ends of the rope. You might want to search the internet to find which knot will be best for where your chair will be. If you are tying it around a tree limb, for instance, you may want a different type of knot. I would ask someone at the hardware store. They really are a wealth of information.
You should know…
When I write out my directions, I’m not the most technical thinking person. What you read, and even what you see in my pictures may not make any sense at all! My point is, if I can do it, YOU CAN TOO!!! Just give it a go! Don’t let lack of expertize hold you back. What’s the worst that will happen? You’ll have a really cute chair swing no one can sit in? Fine! Make this one a planter and start over. Just give it a go. Be BOLD!
The hardest part about crafting is starting.
How many Pinterest Boards are you going to fill up with ideas before you actually DO them? I even started a board I titled, “Pinterest Ideas I Actually Did!” I challenge you to start one too. Please share with me when you do!