Book Review: Pretty Prudent Home

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

I'm guessing you are familiar with Jacinda and Jaime of Pretty Prudent. Their website is laden with inspiration and DIY. It seems they do it all, from food and parties, to style and home decor. Now, they have packed a bit of their creativity in the form of a book with over 70 project ideas. Today, I have the privilege of taking you on a little tour and review of Pretty Prudent Home: Your Ultimate Guide to Creating a Beautiful Family Home.

 

The photograph that greats you when you first open the book might be my very favorite. Before kiddos, I loved to labor over pretty packaging. This certainly makes me want to get back in that mode!


Here's a little overview of what you will find inside.


The "prudent" aspect of the book speaks to me. I love how the authors demonstrate creative ways to achieve a decorating style. You don't have to hire an expensive decorator, buy all new items, or break a budget!!


There is even a game/test to determine your decorating style, or as they state "an exercise in decorating self-awareness". It's unscientific and includes a nap as part of the instructions, so enjoy the whimsy of it all. I landed at a tie between "thrifter" and "maker". No surprise there, but I rarely do any making for my home.


Can we pause just a moment to fully admire this cute sewing machine entry piece!?! I think the mod paint and hardware make this such an eclectic piece. 


The book features many handy tips gathered in one place.


When it comes to the projects, there are more than a few that caught my eye.


Talk about making a statement right from the beginning! Don't you just want to continue and peek behind the door!?!


This isn't your grandmother's sewing sample either!


Of course, the party and entertaining ideas drew me in as well. The wood trivet would make a great gift.



If you are looking for various stylists tips, a few DIY ideas, a little practical life advice, and glimpses into beautifully styled yet practical homes, Pretty Prudent Home is a fresh take on all of those things!

 I received the book, Pretty Prudent Home, for free. All opinions provided are my own. I will only recommend products that I would use personally and are good for my readers.

Happy 7th Birthday Avery!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

 


On your 7th birthday, here are a few things I want to remember about you....

  • You find your focus through the crafts and art that you love. 
  • You still skip all over the place, and most of the time I don't think you even realize you are doing it.
  • You are very competitive at home especially with Daddy, but do not seem the least bit competitive with your peers.
  • This year you were diagnosed with ADD, but your positive attitude teaches me new things. When the possibility of repeating first grade was discussed, you declared it an opportunity to meet new friends. Your hard work means you don't have to.
  • You love your sister, and fight like crazy too.
  • You love to read and swim.
  • You have always been our early riser.
  • You are a great balance of perfectionist and creative thinker. 
  • You love pancakes with sprinkles, so we'll probably be having that for breakfast.

Neon Watercolor Birthday Party

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

I am eager to take you on a little tour of Avery's watercolor painting party! Our party was full of DIY projects, and now that Avery is older, she participated in most of the preparation from the invitations and outfit to the table coverings. Her current favorite colors are light blue, neon pink, and neon yellow, so you will see that we used those colors throughout. 

Welcome....


We'll begin with the food and move on to the activities. We provided a couple of snacks including paint splatter sandwiches (PB&J) and paint chips (Cheez-its).


For the table covering, Avery and her sister, Tandy, painted coffee filters with watercolors and glued them together.


Avery also painted the rims of the Chinet plates for perfectly coordinated serving.


We also served color wheel fruit cups from an easel.



As always, I went a little crazy with the sweets, but it was all just too much fun!

 

 

Avery and I also painted the fondant covered sugar cookies with tinted clear vanilla. 


I couldn't resist cake pops with paint brush sticks!


We even painted and dipped marshmallows to serve in a plastic paint can.


If you could only have seen the 'behind the scenes' on the color coordinated sprinkle cake!! There are probably sprinkles still lingering on the floor from this endeavor!


Of course, the interior of the cake had to coordinate too!


Some blue Koolaid completed the "sustenance" of the party.


Each guest went home with a bag full of their art, a paint palette, and paint brush. 


Now, let's move on to the activities. You may be wondering what colored pencils have to do with a watercolor party.  

 

These are actually watercolor pencils that will blend like watercolors when you add water to a colored surface. I printed these images directly onto watercolor paper for the artists to first color...


...then paint.


The next activity was something like musical chairs. The girls started painting, then at the sound of the timer, they moved to the next girls work and added to it and so on.


The salt paintings were the biggest hit. I had previously free-handed some images with glue and sprinkled them with salt. The watercolor spreads along the salt in an interesting way. Tandy was hard at work on hers. 




The birthday girl truly felt celebrated!


She had received an early birthday gift of a slackline which was also a huge hit with the party goers. It trumped the final free painting activity. 




All in all it was a super fun way to celebrate our creative daughter!!

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Watercolor Party Outfit

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

I love making special clothes for my daughters that fit with their birthday party theme. With a watercolor theme, I figured pulling together a fun look would be super easy. Parts of this post; however, are more of a what-not-to-do even though I do like the final look.


I've always wanted to play more with painting/dyeing my own fabric. I found this watercolor fabric technique and set out to create some watercolor fabric. I had a few hiccups along the way. The first problem was probably that I used a knit fabric instead of a woven cotton. It took a lot of water and a lot of paint that resulted in drying difficulties. I also started with less fabric that I needed for the pattern I had in mind. The first piece was really pretty. You can see Avery working on it in our Instagram photo. When it was taking days to dry, I placed it on a baking drying rack that left marks on the fabric. The pretty piece ended up just being the darker bottom band of the shirt. For the next piece of fabric, I diluted the paint a bit more and placed the fabric on towels to paint it. Well, a good bit of the paint bled onto the towels, so the paint was even more washed out than intended. I'm holding out until after the party to wash the top it just in case the color doesn't hold. 


In the process of not having the fabric quantity I needed for my initial pattern idea, my husband mentioned something about it looking like a tie dyed shirt. Well, that was the last thing I wanted! I thought the halter top would be a nice alternate. The pattern is from Patty Young's book Sewing Modkid Style which I would recommend wholeheartedly. Unfortunately, there has been some issues with the publisher, and you can't get the book in it's intended format any more. I highly suggest checking your library for it though!


We've come to the shorts, and I must say that I adore these shorts. I finally made the Oliver + S Class Picnic Shorts pattern that comes with the Class Picnic Blouse that I've made several times. I'm not sure what took me so long to make these other than my daughter sticking with skirts and dresses in past summers. The facings actually make these super easy to sew, and I love the curved detail. I made these from a nice stretch twill from Joann's. They should hold up to lots of playtime fun!


All in all, it was a learning process, and I am glad I tried new things. This is a fun look for the watercolor party in Avery's current favorite colors, and she loves the fact that she painted the fabric. 





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