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Quick day trip to Muscat, Oman August 16, 2012

Filed under: Color Palette,Travel — bellsandthistle @ 5:11 am
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So, I stayed overnight in Muscat.  It felt more like the Middle East than Dubai, but still felt safe. We hired a taxi driver for the day, which was about 45 rial.  We went to the fish market, the mosque, the market and the diving center.  A beautiful city and a quick flight from Dubai.

Here’s a detail from their beautiful mosque, where they welcome foreigners and women.   I used the Sherwin Williams “chipit”…cool huh?


A very Tartan Wedding

Filed under: Color Palette,Wedding — bellsandthistle @ 12:42 am
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Here’s a Tartan color palatte for ya…held in Aberdeen, Scotland


Beautiful Wedding Palette

Filed under: Color Palette,Wedding — bellsandthistle @ 12:35 am
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Here’s a gorgeous Black & White & Pink eye candy for ya…the cake (and the bride) were stunning!


Oh, the places you’ll go! August 14, 2012

Filed under: Arts & Crafts,Cooking trials,Kid Stuff — bellsandthistle @ 8:05 pm
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A Dr Seuss 1st birthday party!

My daughter’s 1st birthday was a joint one with one of her (boy) friends H, so the red and turquoise theme worked well for both of them.  H’s grandmother is a school teacher, so we had lots of Dr Seuss characters to use as props.  I used a plastic picnic tablecloth and some wrapping paper to decorate.  We had a rather random buffet out, from savory foods to an ice cream buffet.  I also made some cards with Seuss quotes on them to scatter around, and a highchair banner for my little one.

I of course had to get her some cute outfits, and found the tutu and headband set on Etsy.  Also found the cute turquoise one-piece on Etsy but can’t find the link.

We set up a plain photo backdrop and had lots of props for guest to use…got some really cute photos that way!

I saw some wonderful cake ideas out there, but the reality is my 1 year old wasn’t really going to eat it.  So H’s mom made 2 yummy organic carrot cakes and we made cupcakes for everyone else.  I found inspiration for the cupcakes online (Pinterest wasn’t around a year ago, at least for me!), but decided NOT to use cotton candy as the hair…too many examples of FAILs online already.   However, I had my own fail in store…in the rush to prepare they were the last thing to get done (while guests were arriving!) so the frosting was not as nice as I would have preferred.  The frosting wasn’t thick enough.  But they tasted good!

…And now for the CRAFT FAIL portion of the day…

I saw some cute ribbon topiaries on Etsy for $30 each and I thought, heck, I can do that myself!  So I wanted to make 2, to flank the door.  And to top it all off I decided to through in a wreath.  A topiary tutorial is here, and the wreath is basically the same thing.   Let me tell you, these things are labor intensive and expensive!  First, you want to have ribbons of different colors and sizes…ka-ching.  Next, you have to cut them all into smallish strips.  Bor-ing.  Then, you have to glue them together and pin them in.  Ouch!  End result?  The ribbons kept coming loose so not only did I have bald spots on my creations,  I had sewing pins scattered around my house during my child’s birthday party! NICE.  {And my husband would add, now they are taking up space in the basement because I refuse to through them away since I spent sooo much time on them!} 

Needless to say, not something I care to repeat.   Think I’ll just have to reign myself in next year at NOT take Dr. Seuss’s advice:


Glasgow, Underground August 1, 2012

Filed under: Made me laugh — bellsandthistle @ 2:04 am
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Ha! made me laugh

The thing is, it’s totally true.  Glasgow’s “subway” is just one circle line.

Glasgow Tube Map
Here’s the real map…not much difference eh?  And a single use ticket is only $2.  Bargain!
Glasgow Subway Map

Vintage crafts, updated

Filed under: Arts & Crafts — bellsandthistle @ 1:21 am
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So, I saw this cute blog on “craft fads through the decades” on Etsy and the macrame crafts soooo reminded me of the house I grew up in.  We had macrame plant holders like these (including wood panelling):


…but there are some nice modern interpretations:

and a modern DIY craft


and then...String Art!


there’s some cool modern string art going on now, like this subway sign.  I’ve pinned a few examples on my Pinterest board.

subway string art

I also liked the 50’s paint by number, very Mad Men-ish.

and here are the modern ones which are pretty interesting.

Pinned Image

This one has a nice tutorial

Paint by numbers

Interesting how crafts have changed throughout the years…and how they haven’t.