This is the ONE idea I’ve executed recently that I can not directly credit Pinterest for. I’ve had the idea for awhile after seeing it on some design show. Covering canvas with fabric. I’ve been wanting to do it in the dining room because it is a hard-wood floored room filled with wood furniture. PLUS it seats 8. Do you know what all of that added together creates? Conversational echos. It bugs me slightly and I hoped putting something fabric on the walls would help. It seems to have helped a bit, but not as much as a rug would, I’m sure. The hardest part of this project was finding fabric that would go with the walls AND my brightly colored generic Fiestaware. I think I did a good job!
This serving stand? Totally a Pinterest idea. I’ve been collecting white dishes of various sizes for awhile in hopes to one day have enough place settings of random white dishes that that becomes my “good” china. I think a dining table spread with non-matching but all-white dishes would be GORGEOUS. Anyway, so I have a random collection now that is no where near complete. I thought I could part with a few of the plates from thrifts stores/auctions/donations from friends who know my project. I bought 3 Dollar Store candle sticks ($1 each, of course) and used E6000 glue to attach them. TA-DA! Perfect serving tray for cake poppers and Red/White/Blue strawberries. (Which were also a Pinterest idea.) I’m quite proud of this project and I want to do one some other time in cheap colorful plates and maybe even some melanine Christmas dishes if Target puts some out this year. LOVE THIS PROJECT.
We also went to see the fireworks at a local outdoor shopping area. This shopping area has a great carousel full of fun animals. There’s zebras, lions, tigers, and even a cat with a fish in his mouth. But my favorite? THE SEAHORSE. But I like Nikki ride it because I’m a big girl and understand that fighting my daughter over who gets to ride the seahorse in a crowded celebration would probably not be my most shining parenting moment.
Speaking of shining parenting moments….there was also a balloon artist there who was making “swords” for boys who wanted them. The look on Wes’s face in this picture is the future represents his confusion as the 12-year old him says inside his head, “Hee. This totally does NOT look like a sword. HEE!” The rest of us, of course, stifled giggles and inappropriate jokes all night. And by “rest of us” of course I mean “me.”