Saturday, July 25, 2009

Diaper Baby

Any one who follows my blog or Twitter, knows that lately I seem to have a fascination with diaper cake's . I think it's because everyone around me is having babies, and I just love the creativity of doing baby showers. So instead of another diaper cake, I thought I'd share a picture of a diaper baby that I did a while ago.
It was very easy to make., inexpensive, and a big hit at the shower. The key to holding eveything together was the sleeper that the baby was in. Basically you just fill the sleeper with the diapers. Rolling 2 for the arms and 2 for the legs and filling the middle with flat diapers. The head was made with the diapers rolled on top of each other until it reached the approximate circumference of a baby's head and then a large rubberband was wrapped around it so the diapers stayed in place. A baby hat was then placed on it as added support. I also used a pacifier placed in between the diapers as if it was in the baby's mouth. I then wrapped the baby in a recieving blanket, placed it in a basket and put a framed letter beside the basket thanking the partygoers for the baby gifts. They really got a big kick out of it.
I searched online and found some diaper babies for $40.00 plus $10 shipping. You can make one for half of the price and it's a great gift or centerpiece.

Friday, July 24, 2009

What's a vignette?

Vi-gnette-noun, verb

1. a decorative design or small illustration used on the title page of a book or at the beginning or end of a chapter.
2. an engraving, drawing, photograph, or the like that is shaded off gradually at the edges so as to leave no definite line at the border.
3. a decorative design representing branches, leaves, grapes, or the like, as in a manuscript.
4. any small, pleasing picture or view

If you're like me and are a huge fan of HGTV, no doubt you've come across the word vignette. I hear the term countless times and just thought that I would follow up on it just to make sure I knew exactly what the designers were talking about. Well, I didn't hit the nail on the head exactly, but I was in the vicinity of what they were speaking about. Anyhoo I thought that I would showcase a few decorating vignettes that I like and you can do around the house. Super simple but makes a great impact on your living space. Start with a small space or corner of your home and style away.

This is a half bath. Notice how the flowers in the picture match the ones in the vase?

This is a guest bathroom. Instead of hanging towels on a rack, utilize an unused vase.

But, if you must use the towel rack use it with style.

I absolutely love this for the kitchen. Cookbooks and fruit nestled in a basket on the counter. I usually don't like unnecessary items on a counter because it tends to clutter it. For some reason, I don't get that with this vignette. I think it's the basket that keeps the items neat.

Can vignettes be done with pillows? I think so.

FYI, in some of the pics, you can see us in the background. I never claimed to be a professional photographer. Lol...have fun!!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Boas Make it Better

There something about putting on a boa that turns us into picture taking runway divas. At least me anyway. I don't know, but maybe it's the feathers. They just make any party festive and gives the green light to let loose and have a great time. Any party I've given seems to be more livelier when boas are added. So go ahead for your next birthday bash be it child or adult, bust out the boas and watch the fun begin.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Nail Salon and Spa

When this nail salon moved into the Owings Mills neighborhood at the old 4 way stop a few years ago, I'll be honest and tell you that my intentions were to never patronize them. I mean after all, they had just assumed the same location as the old nail salon. High priced and poor service. How could they be any better. After months and months of transient nail shopping, I was finally convinced by my sister to try them out. "They are so friendly" she said, and the place is "Gorgeous"! So try I did and I was pleasantly surprised. The owner Annie and her husband seemed genuinely nice and very accomodating. I was in love. I got my own personal box which I thought was a smart move on their end. I mean promoting loyalty an all. How could I go to another nail salon now. I mean I have a BOX. I couldn't betray Annie. So I kept going and love it more and more each time. The salon is cozy and has a spa feel to it. The prices are very reasonable and they treat you great. The services include your regular mani and pedi but also deluxe pedi's, eye waxing, eye lashes and a few other services.

So if you're ever in the Owings Mills area, their located at the old 4 way stop of Red Run Blvd. and Dolefield Rd. Stop in and ask for Annie, she'll take care of you.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Baby Diaper Cake

Ask people about a diaper cake and 4 out of 5 of them will ask you what it is. Believe me I've tried it. I was actually suprised more people don't give them or use them as centerpieces since they're so practical. So this is my attempt at educating and inspiring more people to make and give diaper cakes.
The above picture is one of my first attempt at a diaper cake. Not bad huh? If you have an hour and about $20.00, you can give one of the most awe inspiring gifts and expectant mother can recieve. Ive included a link with step by step instructionsto get you started. So be creative and get baking!