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Friday, March 30, 2012

What a Week!

After a long, exhausting week there is nothing like an ice cold strawberry spritzer!

Can you believe she asked specifically for 2 ice cubes, a straw and strawberry garnish!
She truly is our princess.

Mommy Sauri~

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Happy Birthday Ernest!

2 years ago today you arrived so perfectly.  I love you so much.  You make me smile, even when times are not-so-happy.

I hope you have a fun day Goog!
Mommy Sauri~

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

What We Did ~2~

I was noticing the last time I posted about What We Did we~bar b q'd~ also.  Papi is certainly the best I've ever met, but this weekend it was Mommy's turn.  

We had hotdogs and bratwursts. 

We had fun.

I hope you had a fun weekend too.  Tell me about it in the comments.  I love to read them!

Mommy Sauri~

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Giveaway at ~Sew Can Do~

I am a new follower of ~Cheryl~ at Sew Can Do.  Her blog flew into my radar when I noticed she hosts a link party every Monday.  She is a very talented semstress. 

Today she is hosting a giveaway from Pellon.  Go and visit her giveaway!  Most importantly follow her blog.  You will not be disapointed. 

~Stock Your Stash: The Quilting Goodies Giveaway!~

Mommy Sauri~

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Happy Birthday Garland ~Sauri Style~

Once again I'm here using our trusty book pages.  This time around we are going to be making a "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" garland to hang from the 2 windows in the living room.

You remember our good ol book we've been using all month for our crafting don't ya?  We've made a ~centerpiece~ for our dining room table, ~party invitations~ and a ~beautiful star~ to hang on the front door!  Well, those book pages are back again.

My Materials:
1} Old book pages

2} From  The Paper Studio
    Cream Cardstock
3} Craft paper
4} Scissors & Hot glue

5} Large Pinking Kraft Edgers

6} From Stampabilities
    acid-free pigment ink pad in gold and black
    The Paper Studio, Clear Stamp Alpha Set, Handdrawn Upper

7} From Hemptique
     True Hemp Crafting Cord, I used the yellow in the Topaz collection. 

When I cut out my invites, I ended up with scraps of cream cardstock.  I used similar sized ones to fold into the accordion looking shape, and hot glued one onto each banner.  Notice I also inked the edge of each banner with my gold ink pad. 

I have a whole bunch of fancy scissors so I figured I'd use them, instead of purchasing a circle punch.  I simply drew a circle on one side on the brown craft paper then cut them out using the fancy scissors.  Not as perfect as using a circle punch but WAY cheaper because I didn't have to buy said circle punch.
I hand stamped happy birthday onto the circles and glued them to the banner.  Then I folded the top edge over my twine, and hot glued each banner in place. 
Sorry, I know the pic is terrible but it gives you a feel for the texture of the banners.
So what do you think? 

Man I had no idea that paper punches and stamps were so expensive.  I splurged on the stamp set but I just couldn't bring myself to spend money on the circle punch, even though I really really want some.

Thank you for stopping by.  For those of you that are new to my blog...please follow me.  Please??  It warms my heart every time I have a new comment and even more so when I receive a new follower.

Until next time
Mommy Sauri~

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

My First Etsy Purchase

I've been so fascinated by all of the bloggers out there that create such beautiful things, and then sell them to people like me.

I fell in love with ~Brittany Davis'~creations when I saw one of her headbands pop into a post over at ~Michaela Noelle Designs~.

I've followed ~Love Stitched~ ever since and have been longing to own one of her pieces.

I finally bought one. 

From the time I placed my order, I could barely contain my excited anticipation to receive my package.  So you can imagine my excitement when I opened the piece of mail to find this...

Brittany included her business card, a pencil and a handwritten note attached to this lovely hair pin...

And to top it all off, the headband I purchased was wrapped delicately in this beauty...

Brittany, thank you so much for adding the personal touch of the handwritten note and all the beautiful goodies that were included with my purchase!  You have no idea how special you made this Mommy feel. 

Can you tell how excited I am to wear this beauty.  

It's gorgeous, I love it and the pin too.  Maybe I'll post a pic with that one of these days.

Mommy Sauri~

Monday, March 12, 2012

March's Wreath ~Sauri Style~

To keep in line with the BOOK PARTY theme, why not something book inspired, to welcome everyone through the front door.

I used ~this idea~ I found on a blog that I follow.  These 3 ladies are super talented.  Go check them out.  

My Materials:
1}  Cardboard
2}  Scissors & Box Cutter ( how do you think I cut myself)
3}  Old book pages
4}  Homemade mod podge (1 third water 2 thirds Elmer's Glue)
5}  Paint brush
6}  Pencil
7}  Hot glue
8}  Gold Glitter
9}  Spray Adhesive
10} Yellow Ribbon

I started with my star shape cut from a large piece of cardboard.  Sorry I didn't take a picture of this step but I can tell you, I cut my hand in the process.  See it, OUCH!

The library in my parent's neck of the woods has a bin where they put books that they are giving away.  You can read and return, or read and keep anything in the bin.  Dad snagged me this hardback so we will use those pages throughout the month.

I ripped the pages out of the book, removed as much of the clear border as I could, and glued the pages to my star shape.  I made some "mod podge" glue by adding some water to Elmer's Glue and I used a small paint brush to brush glue onto the cardboard, placed the torn pages on the glue and then brushed with glue again.  I completely covered one side of the star, let dry for a day and then repeated the process on the other side.

This was an early morning project hence the cup-o-jo
Once my star was completely covered, front and back, we moved onto the border.  Here is the process in pictures thanks to the lovely Caridad...She's such a great helper.

When we accumulated a large amount of the rolled paper, I simply glued them to the border of my star.  Cutting them to fit when necessary. 

So I have to tell you that I felt super guilty butchering a book that I didn't bother to read first.  Something about not using the book for its intended purpose left me with a feeling of betrayal.  In an effort to disguise the contents of the book as much as possible I tried to make the words as far from its original state as possible. 

The corners where the paper rolls met were quite weak so I had to "reinforce" the structure a bit.  I hot glued the large ribbon on the inside leaving 2 long tails dangling out the bottom. 

I took Papi's comments about ~January's Sweater Wreath~ and I tried to help this gem to stand out just a bit more.  Why not some glitter!  I also had to use my creativity to attach it to the front door because this time of year brings heavy winds.  The carved E helped to weight down the entire thing.  


And here it is, beautiful on the front door.

I hot glued the small ribbon to the back of the E to hang the star on the screen door.  You can also see the large yellow ribbon that I used to reinforce the inside of the star shape. 

The outside of the star I sprayed with spray adhesive and poured glitter on.  I think it looks great.  You can also see where the tails exit the inside to hang down. 

Sorry book and sorry to the author too. I had to ignore your original contents so as not to affect my final outcome. 

It was kind of hard to control the spray adhesive so what was meant to be only a glittery outside became an entire star that was glittery.  You see how the tails sway in the breeze?  I love that.  I look forward to the birthday balloons that will hang down on baby boy's big day.  

Can't wait to see you again.
Mommy Sauri~    

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Friday, March 9, 2012

Giveaway at ~Love Stitched~

Brittany from Love Stitched is hosting a fantastic ~Giveaway~ today. 

I love Love Stitched.  Brittany is not afraid to add color to her outfits.  She also has an Etsy shop where she sells beautiful hair accessories amongst other things.  I hear she's going to start making clothing too.  I cannot wait for that. 

So go check out her blog and join in on the giveaway madness!

Mommy Sauri~ 

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Book Party Invitations

I promised that March is full of lots of fun stuff in preparation for Ernest's 2nd Birthday! I'm so excited to share all of our projects leading up to his big day.

Reynaldo decided that Ern needed to have a BOOK PARTY so why not something book inspired, to invite the guests.

My Materials:
1}  Book Pages
FromThe Paper Studio   
2}  Cream Cardstock
From Stampabilities
3} acid-free pigment ink pad in black & gold
4}  Invitation Info Stamp
5}  double sided tape (I'm sorry I threw away the original box but I believe it is Scotch foam double sided tape)
6}  The Paper Studio Dual Tip Glue Pen
From Zig
7} Photo Signature Black Pen 
8} Scissors

I used Excel to create this Library Card.  I printed onto my cardstock and used the paper cutter at work to cut each out...Shhh don't tell anybody, it took me a good 3 days to get them all cut out.  You know how it goes when you have to be discrete about something. 

Next Reynaldo and Caridad helped me to ink the edges of the library cards to add a little decoration to the plain cardstock.  Mommy stamped the invitation information onto the inked cards.

Remember the quick and simple table centerpiece I posted about earlier in the week...Well I cut out blank pages from our ~trusty book~ to use as the "envelope" for the invite.  You will notice that some of the pages have words on one side.  I made sure that one side of the page was completely blank and faced the blank side out, to write guest's addresses.  Once again my trusty helpers inked one side of the "envelope". 

I folded the envelope in 3, with the inked side on the inside, and taped the library card to the middle section.

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I tried to get a good photo to show you, but the tape made the library card pop up, off the "envelope"
I used these triangle scraps to seal the envelope shut.  We just inked them to add some contrast to the plain book page. 

There you have it ready for delivery.

This was a lot of fun to make.  I will definitely be making our party invitations from now on. 

Thank you for stopping by!
Mommy Sauri~

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