Friday, February 25, 2011

Going to the chapel and we're gonna get married....

Image from this cute shop.

I thought we were so clever with our UP-themed housewarming.

Check out this wedding! WOWwowWOWwowWOW!!!

And their engagement pics, part one and part two.

LOVE it!

I feel like asking hubby if we can renew our vows and have another wedding...hehe!!!


Wednesday, February 23, 2011

February Showers....


Happy Wednesday everyone! I hope you are all doing stellar today!

Wanted to share this card I made for one of my BFF's baby shower. My mojo still hasn't returned, but I forced myself to make a card. This one particular group of friends are not crafters but have always told me they cherish my creations and save all of my cards. So I felt bad if this momentous occasion went without a home-made card.

The card itself took no longer than three minutes to make. I just layered patterned paper from this one notepad I had from K & Company. I should really stop buying notepads because I get pretty tired of the same PP fast. But it truly is very convenient for making quick baby-themed cards.

So in order to 'get rid of' these PP, I thought I'd decorate this cardboard carrier I got from IKEA. It was perfect as a 'basket' for my small gifts.

Here's what it looked like before. And it had two compartments -- one on the front, one in the back.

Here's the front with some patterned paper scraps.

Here's the back.

Add the tissue paper.

And the matching card and tie a ribbon. Voila!! A great way to present gifts and recycle at the same time!

I was also in charge of favors. Thought these were so cute from Beau-coup. The mother-to-be's fave candy was popcorn-flavored Jelly Bellies so they were perfect!

See you soon!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Our UP Housewarming Celebration

Hi all!

Thought I'd share some pics from our housewarming party this past weekend. Above is our thank you cards. Was short on time and money so I stamped a house (from TGF) on top of store bought cards. No need to color them as I liked the simple effect.

For the party itself, I am BIG on having themes (see this baby shower post and my son's party). As we are celebrating our new home, I thought UP would be a good choice.

If you haven't seen the movie, I'd recommend it. It is a heart-warming tale of one's love for a home & family and chasing after dreams.

It was very difficult trying to find decorations, party utensils, even favors in the Up theme. So my sis and I had to really think about it.

For decorations, I was able to find some coloring books from Amazon. Made bunting using decorative scissors and some colored cardstock.



I had some extras to give to the kids who came so they can color them and bring them home as well.

We bought lots of colorful balloons and placed them around the rooms. I have to admit that it did look a bit like a children's party. Made up for it by having real plates to use, and of course, wine! :)

The main attraction of the party was not created by me, but by my sister, Kristine, who is such a decor genius!! Her plan was to re-create the Up House with real balloons. Originally, it was supposed to be outside but it was pouring that day. So instead, we made our very own "art display."


My sis' made this by painting the back of a Michael's dollhouse just like the house in the cartoon. (Now that the party is over, the other side's alcoves will be perfect to store some of my art supplies!).


Because of our lack of a formal dining room table, we had a lot of room. For you Up fans, you may remember Carl and Ellie's couches. We had our more modern versions of them.

My sis owns this authentic Eames chair. It is so cool and sleek and surprisingly comfortable!


I had just finished putting together my quirky cardboard chair -- which I first spotted on a decorating show from HGTV. I really love how ecological and unique it is!


Both served as wonderful conversation starters. Our guests were able to also sit in them and pose for a photo!

On the table sat some of our other props. The framed poster is from Pixar's 25th anniversary at the Oakland Museum. It is of a tiny cozy house nestled between some tall buildings. Just like in Up!


My hubby just happened to have a jar used as a coin bank and it looked just like the one in the movie. I taped a sign on it but left it at "Paradise" instead of "Paradise Falls." I was going to write "Paradise Cove" as we love Hawaii.. LOL!


I scoured through Etsy to find items with an Up theme and bought this lovely one. Isn't Leesandra's quilling amazing?


For food, I wanted to have really colorful and fun dishes. Here are some of the food. I baked these fruity pebble treats. My MIL did the salad and my good friend, Melissa, brought some guava cupcakes.




But the main dessert was this lovely cheesecake topped with these fondant cuties (made by Crumby Art):


BAHAY means House in Tagalog.

For favors, I wanted to do something different from what I usually do. I tend to pack up candies or chocolates. But this time, I wanted to make favors you could use around the house. So I made my own magnets. Got an Up sticker book and some magnet sheets and got to cutting.



And last, but not least, I wanted my family's very own badges. Turned to Etsy once more and bought her grape soda pins.




Thanks for stopping by! Till the next party! :)

Saturday, February 19, 2011

This Past Week...

Good morning! Wanted to share a simple card I made. It was a sympathy card for a co-worker.

I took my picture with my iPhone because I didn't have my camera with me. Isn't that sad? I don't even have time to take good pics anymore :(.

In fact, Valentine's came and went and I got my hubbster and tater-tot store-bought cards...


Hope you all had a happy LOVE day with your loved ones!

Friday, February 18, 2011

One of the reasons I've been away...

Is because of this little bun in the oven....

That's right, guys! I will soon be the mother of two! A family of four! It's still very surreal but I am almost 20 weeks along!

This time around, pregnancy has been super tiring. I have been more nauseous. Add a toddler in the mix, a full time job, a hubby, the new house, and the holidays... I'm afraid I've neglected my hobby and my favorite blogs. (So sorry!).

Anyway, I was hoping for one of these...

But it looks like we will be having another...

But am super blessed to have another healthy baby and Mattie will have a best friend!

One of my favorite apps on my phone allows you to focus on part of the photograph and blur out the background. Bokeh in effect! (in this case, my bump is clear).

I'll be sharing a card soon! Have also been working on projects for our housewarming this weekend. I hope I make it back here pronto! Thank you for stopping by!


P.S. All added images are from my favorite vintage store.