Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Pettiskirts and Candy Land

Happy Halloween!

Our company celebrated yesterday by having employee's kids come through our office to trick-or-treat.  Our floor decided to decorate conference rooms for the kids to go through.  It was a lot of fun.  I went with a Candy Land theme and found a lot of fun ideas on Pinterest and other blogs. 

I had planned on being Abby from NCIS for my costume, but when I decided on the Candy Land theme, I knew I needed to be a character from the game, so I was Princess Lolly instead!

I had the brilliant idea that I could sew a pettiskirt and it would be cheaper than buying one.  If you ever let that phrase cross through your mind, or think that it could cross your mind, let me just stop you right there.  It won't be cheaper, and it won't be easier.  It won't.  Trust me. 

I did a lot a research before I dove into this project and still decided to go forward with it.  I should have just bought the stupid thing.  The materials cost slightly less than purchasing a pettiskirt would...however, the amount of time putting it together did not cost less.  Just pay for the convenience of having someone else do it.

Here are a few resources:
For pettiskirts check out this site.  They have great color and size options.

If you still have not heeded my warning, Martha Stewart has instructions for putting a skirt together, and AFC-Express has pre-cut chiffon rolls.  There's at least a little convenience, but it costs about the same after shipping, plus you still have to spend your time and frustration.

I did get a cute skirt out of it, and neither my mom, sister or I, will have to look for a bright pink pettiskirt again.  Ahh...the bright side.

 








 
























Candy Land was so fun to put together.  I gathered the candy and lots of vases and came up with a great room!







 
 I printed the oversized gum drops and peppermints on large paper and used cardboard cutouts to set up the candy pieces.  I purchase the remainder of the candy through Amazon.
 

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Give Together

I've been so MIA.  Mostly because I haven't spent much time focusing on any of my hobbies.  But, I have a few things in the works, with posts to come soon.  There will be Christmas posts, birthday posts, Countdown to 30 posts, Aunt Kitty posts--much to look forward to!

Yesterday, I gathered my wits about me and made time to bake cupcakes for my company's annual week-long event to raise funds and help charitable organizations around the world.  The cupcakes are for a cake-walk/cake-putt (it's my first year for the event...so I think the cake-putt is to get the men to participate). 

I love that it's a cake-walk!  I have fond memories of my church's cake-walk during our fall festival.  Walking around the chairs, sitting quickly when the music stopped, they only played hymns of course, and then waiting eagerly as a number was called--hoping that I'd be the one to bring home a yummy cake for my family to enjoy!

Something tells me this one won't be quite as down to earth as that. 
Oh well, the cupcakes will be good.

































And then, as an added bonus, my suggestions for how to wear a t-shirt you wouldn't normally wear to work...

Add a cute blazer, extra jewelry, pearl earings, jeans, boat shoes, and you're set.

 
With love.