Friday, May 31, 2013

Chalkboard style Graduation 2013

 It's been a long while since my last post, and while there is good reason for that I feel I owe you an explanation...and a giant "thank you"! How about this? I'll tell you parts of the story mixed in with some graduation projects,and some fun photos to soak up? That seems pretty doable if you ask me!
 Lets start with the fact that my daughter graduates high school tomorrow... the end! Just kidding, but it has been the busiest time and feels like the days are doing double time! These are the graduation announcements I ordered from Tiny Prints {love them} if you have never checked them out before hop over and feast your eyes on all the amazing invitations and custom photo books etc! Its like pushing the easy button!

I have gone back to working full time in our family owned business, that has really been a tough adjustment for me! I have always had very little free time and had to juggle between my many roles but never as much as this past year! We decided to throw a surprise graduation party for Chelsea and only had 2 full days to pull it off! We managed a pretty cute party despite our time limits! These light bulb jars filled with the school color sixlets are super cute take home favors! I used my cricut to make the dimensional tags and one of my all time favorites SRM Stickers for the sentiment.

Our party fare was simple and best of all easy to clean up after the party was done! We ordered large sub sandwiches in a few varieties and cut them into walk around size pieces. The party theme was chalkboard  so we put up fun little chalkboard signs with school inspired quotes and sayings, this was a fun element and we had a good time being silly with it!

Fresh flowers even in small doses can totally change the look of an event. No matter what the theme, a splash of colorful petals or greenery is always a good idea!

We looked for bottled drinks in our theme colors of black and white, orange and silver. Orange soda was easy of course, but we also found crafted cola and root beer to be great for our colors! There is  just something so wonderful about drinking from a glass bottle, it feels like a mini vacation or at the very least a mini luxury! So much better than a pop top can! 

Another easy treat are the classic "diploma" cookies! Tie a ribbon around them and place them on a tray. Done! If you are crunched for time remember fast can still be gorgeous!

You may notice that these peanut butter cup caps are wrapped in silver, and you are right! I picked up silver foil candy wrappers found in the baking aisle of the craft store and recruited my hubs to wrap over them { no need to unwrap and re-wrap them} I cut 2.25" black squares and inserted a brad with a handmade tassel through the top, adhere with a glue dot and you're done!  P.S. The handmade tassels were a pain but can be done while watching an episode of Dr. Who.... as if you can tear your eyes away from the screen for one second! I know I can't! :)
Chalkboard labels picked up at Michael s in the sticker dept. were placed on shaker jars with humorous school quotes at our DIY "cupcake university" We bought unfrosted cupcakes in chocolate and vanilla and set out frosting, sprinkles and flags for the guests to create their own edible masterpieces!

Our photo booth was one of the most hilarious activities of the night! I made a foam core frame in silver and used the Cricut gel inks to re create the faux chalkboard technique I had published in Cricut magazine a few months ago at the top of the frame. It reads most likely to....and I made a ton of sweet or cheeky signs for the guests to hold up. I had no idea how creatively they would use them to create sentences, or take "mug shots"
 It was so much fun for me to sit back and listen to the laughter and silliness that sprang from the photo booth,and that brings to mind how important spending time with my family has been to me this past year.

{here's the personal stuff}
I think for a while I had my priorities switched and my family and friends often "got in the way" of my design career I woke up one day and the one of the design teams I devoted most of my life to was eliminated by the company I worked for. No notice, no preparation for an ending to my contract, just over. It really put my life into perspective, I had sacrificed so many gatherings, lunches, parties, and dinners with my family! I changed, I changed a lot...I became the real "me" again and the real me loves to sing, and dance, and have fun with the people that I love to be around! I then realized that our family business had suffered tremendously in my absence and it would take all of my effort to turn it around and save the company. Posting projects paled in comparison to what I faced each day, and some days I wanted nothing more than to vent, cry, share, create, and connect with you...but I just didn't know where to start.Before I knew it, it had been weeks, than months and so many of you emailed and asked about me, and reached out to offer friendship, Thank you... thank you for not giving up on me for letting me fade into the list of "the used to be's" LOL

My funny girl, who really does intend to pursue science, I can't believe she will be wearing her cap and gown tomorrow! Its so exciting!

Well you know me! Forever the goofball!!! That will never ever change -not as long as I'm breathing! I will always choose happiness even when things are hard, and they have been. But family, friends, good food, sweet wine, adventures, and of course crafting will get me through! Oh crap and chocolate!!!! how could I forget chocolate!!!? yeah, that too! 

Congratulations Chelsea Class of 2013

Thank you for being a friend!
{the golden girls}