August 16, 2016

Watercolor & Floral Minnie-Inspired 2nd Birthday Party!!

Long time, no see!!
I've been so busy with birthday planning, wrapping up summer, finishing projects & helping a friend with wedding projects, that I Haven't had a second to really sit on the computer and type up a real post!

My Etsy shop has taken off in small steps so orders have been keeping me on my toes as well :) 
I'd love for you to stop by if you haven't had a chance to browse- I'll be adding more designs here in the next couple weeks!!

Most recently, I have been busy with all things birthday party since Baby M is turning TWO this coming sunday!! Can I even still call her Baby M anymore?!? 
Makes this momma sad. 

We celebrated a week early due to some scheduling conflicts and had an absolute blast celebrating our sweet girl!!


Baby M LOVES her some Minnie Mouse. 
She's recently become a huge Elsa fan but I wanted to celebrate with the thing she loved for most of the year :) 

I'm not a big 'theme' person when it comes to decorating as far as just buying things with the character all over it. 
I wanted it to be Minnie Mouse, but with a soft, pretty twist to it. 

I'm obsessed with all things watercolor & floral lately so that's where my head immediately went. 
When designing her invitations, I fell in love with the soft watercolor background so I used it for all my party printables!! 
I'll be sharing a few freebies at the end, so make sure to stick around :) 


We kept it simple by confining most of the decorating to the food table area. 
I set up a table in our living room and decorated around it for the biggest impact. 

The main piece was that huge & gorgeous floral Minnie with the aqua frame around it!
I knew I wanted something eye-catching and we had an old mirror just lying around in the attic, desperate to become a part of the fun!
The floral Minnie was so easy to make, I"ll be sharing a DIY on it soon. 

I hung the frame (it was surprisingly light) from a nail in the window molding. 
I had planned on stringing a banner too but once the frame was hung, it really didn't need anything else. 



The table itself was covered in beautiful layers!
My secret weapon when it comes to tables is none other than wrapping paper!
It comes in so many different colors/designs and is usually pretty cheap.
The entire color scheme for the party revolved around the gorgeous floral wrapping paper I picked up at TJ Maxx. 


I started with a plain white table cloth to cover the whole table.
Then a layer of lace fabric and finally, I added a runner with the floral wrapping paper. 
It actually ended up perfectly clean after the party so I was able to roll it back up to use it again!! 


I made a new rag garland from different fabrics and draped it across the front of the table. 
These are my favorite to make! Just make sure to get more fabric than you think- it takes quite a bit!!
These are perfect for doubling as photo backdrops too. 


A friend of mine made the cute Minnie ears & pearl cupcakes. They were amazing. I made a small '2' topper for the birthday girl to have on hers. 


The food was so fun- hubby made all of Baby M's favorite dips. She's obsessed with all things 'doutch' as she calls them. Cheese dip, Guacamole and salsa are her favorite things in the world!!!



A quick run-down on the food choices we had: 
Hot Diggity Dogs: Pigs in a Blanket
Donald Dip: Salsa
Goofy Guacamole
Chip & Dale Cheese Dip
Minnie Mouse Munch: Birthday cake popcorn from Sams
Fruit Bows: Strawberries & blueberries on skewers to look like bows




For table decor, I kept it simple since I knew the table would be filled with all the food. 
I filled milk glass vases with hand-cut bows that I printed on scrapbook paper and glittery 2's cut with the Silhouette. I taped them onto sticks to pop in the vases. 
I borrowed my distressed DIY candlesticks to use in the little display as well. 


I printed mini versions of the bow onto paper, cut them out and glued them to a handful of the gold straws I had out.
It's all about the details :) 


I found these cute 'cheers' plates at Target and had to use them. We have ears say cheers!! Is one of our frequent sayings around here :) 
I added glittery mouse ears to them too. 



My picture holder drawers came in handy again for holding tons of pictures of our girl from this past year!

I pinned them on using bows because. Minnie. 


I created a fun 'Bowtique' area to hold the favors & loved displaying some of her favorite bows!
I used an old window I had to string bows down & added a painted frame. 




The favors turned out so cute and were filled with Baby M's absolute favorite snack- jelly beans!
I used cute gold bags from Hobby Lobby & pinned "Thanks for Bean here" prints to them with gold brads & paper flowers. 
I added '2' Minnie stickers to the front as well. 


We didn't play a lot of games because I knew it would take long enough to do cake & presents with a toddler but we did have one!
I made a big Minnie mouse shape out of gold posterboard & glittery paper & the kids took turns pinning bows on blindfolded. It was a bigger hit than I expected :) 


Drinks were set up right next to the food table & we made up pink lemonade. 
I added another vintage window with bow streamers behind it. 


Baby M's birthday outfit was so incredibly cute! 
Leotard: Morgan & Mae Co
Gladiators: Brave Little Sole
Necklace: Presley Couture
Crown: Claires
Lace Skirt: Walmart








Baby M had such an amazing time & loved seeing Minnie Mouse everywhere!
Though her favorite was eating cake :) 


I do have a few freebies for you so get excited!!!

I'm providing several of the prints that you saw throughout the party pictures- sorry, I don't have the invite available. 

I do have the food labels (including a blank one for you to add your own), 'Oh TWOdles' sign, 'We have ears say cheers' sign and the "Thanks for Bean here" favor tag. 


Click below to download the prints: 





Donald Dip Food Label





I LOVE to share freebies but PLEASE be responsible and do not sell, alter or claim them as your own. 
That makes me incredibly sad and makes it no fun for others if I can't continue to post them. 
I love you guys & now I am bowing out. 
Enjoy your freebies!!!

Printables are intended as gifts for Tattered and Inked readers only.
As with all my free printables,
these are for personal use ONLY.
Please do not claim them as your own or alter them.
For a complete list of all my free printables,  head to this page.




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July 22, 2016

Coffee Table Transformation & a Fun Announcement!!

Hello friends!!

It's been a couple crazy weeks around here and then I suddenly realized that school starts in less than a month!!!!! What!?!

So we've been kicking it into high gear around here to try and finish a bunch of projects I had on my summer to do list. 
One of which involves having 3 of the rooms in our house painted. Eek!
I'm excited about the finished product but I can't say that I'm excited about packing all of those rooms up to paint them. Ick. 

So things are going to be even more chaotic next week when the painters arrive. 

Another thing that has caused me to be a bit distracted is that I FINALLY took the plunge and opened an Etsy shop!
Can you believe it?? 

I've been researching and thinking and thinking some more for over a year.
But I finally just went through with it. 

I'll be selling mostly custom made onesies/shirts & children accessories- you didn't know that I was in that world, huh? 
If you follow me on Instagram, then you may know that I'm slightly obsessed with fun toddler fashion so I'm just having fun with it right now. 
I"ll be adding more items in the next couple months so if you love cute kid clothes & accessories- and adult graphic tees- then you'll love my shop!


I'd love to have you visit it, you'll find it here: Tattered and Inked Etsy Shop


So then, onto the most recent furniture redo. 

I recently found several cute coffee tables during my thrifting hunts & I have so many fun ideas for them!

But for this particular one, I had a good friend I was hunting for because they needed something longer & a little more colorful for their new home. 

I found this pretty little coffee table while perusing through Goodwill a few months ago & just knew it'd be perfect for them!!


It had pretty lines, a slightly curved top and storage both with the shelf underneath and a small drawer. 
It was in ok condition, scratches & worn areas like crazy though. 

First things first, we had to pick a color. 
She was wanting something that would bring a pop of color to their living room, but nothing too bright- more of a subtle color pop :) 

We found this gorgeous grey-blue color called Aquaverde & knew it was the instant winner!


It's so hard to show a good & accurate picture of the color during painting, but it was beautiful. 
I mixed together my own chalk paint with Plaster of Paris, water, and the Aquaverde paint from Sherwin Williams.
I wanted that pretty chalky finish and it worked amazing!!

After painting three coats, I wanted to add a little more depth to it rather than just the flat color. 

Here it is after adding a bit of glaze to it: 


See how it adds so much more depth to it?? 
I think it makes it look much more finished this way. 
Plus a little aging always make things looks better right?!?

I still wanted a little more to it and since I"m obsessed with anything industrial-inspired, I thought adding a few nailheads would be just the ticket. 


I always pick up a couple boxes of these when I'm in Hobby Lobby because they are the perfect finishing touch to nearly anything. 
I got them in the larger size and in Antique gold for this project. 

Then I just carefully hammered them into each corner of the table. 
Use a soft cloth in between the hammer & the nailhead to keep it from getting scratched up. 

It's all the details so I love adding surprising touches to pieces!
I also decided to spraypaint the inside of the drawer white before painting it, the drawer was the same dark wood as the table and I didn't like opening it to see the original color- I wanted it to flow more with the new color.


The hunt for the perfect new knob was a lot quicker than I imagined!
I have these pretties in my laundry room (which I"ll be sharing soon!!) and knew it would look perfect on the table too.

Ready to see the whole thing??


You can see more of the blue coloring now, can't you? 
I just love, love, love the finish on it!!







For something so small, the nailhead accents sure add a lot to it! 
The antique gold was the perfect pairing with the glazed finish. 



My biggest tip with glazing, especially if you're working in the blazing heat like I am, is to have a paintbrush with your original color (in this case, the blue) on hand as you're going. If I ever get too much glaze for my taste, rubbing doesn't always take off what I want. So I just lightly run my blue paintbrush back over it and it usually tones it down perfectly. It helps it blend into the original color much better. 


I sealed it with finishing wax for a buttery finish. 
Aren't those legs beautiful?!? 


I loved the color so much, I may have painted something in my own house with it!
Stay tuned on that one :) 



Ready to see the befores & Afters of this beauty? 
Here ya go...





It was the perfect finishing touch to their living room!
I mean, how could you go wrong with adding blue anyways? 

What do you think, are you loving the new look? 









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