10.31.2016

Wizard of Oz Birthday Party


Wandering around your yellow brick road looking for OZ? This Wizard of Oz Birthday party is full of fun ideas that you can recreate all on your own! Because really, there's NO place like HOME!



Pull on your striped socks, grab your ruby slippers and let's get this party started!
My amazing friend Jaime, is the creative genius behind this stunning party. She sews and cooks fabulous dishes, while I bring her party ideas to life with paper, paint and glitter!


Putting together a party can be hard work but it's enjoying what you've created that makes it all worthwhile. Make your dishes simple, so that guests can help themselves.

Munchkin Bites - mini corndogs
Cowardly Lion Stew - stew in a crock pot
Scarecrow Hats - Bugles
Yellow Brick Dip - hot queso dip in a warming dish
Witches Brooms - PB cups with pretzels stuck into the centers


Dessert Treats can also double as take home gifts for your party munchkins. 
Jaime served the cupcakes outside and passed out caramel apples and lollipops to the guests as they left the party.


If you ask a few of your guests to dress up, this not only makes for a fun party but also, great photos too! The tin man was a huge hit with all the munchkins and they gave him a heart, while blindfolded.

The sidewalk was turned into a yellow brick road with simple yellow table clothes drawn on with a black sharpie and held down by golf tees, so it didn't blow away in the fall breeze.

Rainbows can be created with dollar store tablecloths,  streamers, paper or even sidewalk chalk. Just remember to have fun and skip your way to a fabulous party!









10.27.2016

Friday Favorites - Week 344

It's Friday and Halloween is almost here!! I'm so excited to see all the adorable costumes and pass out candy to our neighborhood kids, such a fun time of the year...that is until someone scares the crap out of you! BOO! May your days leading up to Halloween be fun, crafty, yummy and just a little bit scary!

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Jerri at Simply Sweet Home chose
Fast and Easy French Toast Roll Ups from Acadiana's Thrifty Mom

Lisa from Condo Blues and Dawn at LeroyLime chose
Happy Fall Sign from Lolly Jane

White Bean and Sausage Chili at Miz Helen's Country Cottage
Penny from Penny's Passion chose
White Bean and Sausage Chili from Miz Helen's Kitchen

Maisy at Becoming Alice chose
  5 Simmer Pot Recipes for Fall from Angie's List

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 Amy at A Day of Small Things chose
SchoolHouse Rock Costume from Condo Blues

Make this thankful pumpkin a Thanksgiving tradition in your home! Write what you are thankful for each year on the back of the pumpkin!
Kelly at Under a Texas Sky chose
Thankful Pumpkin - A Thanksgiving Tradition from The Country Chic Cottage

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Sheree from Stage Presents chose

Jen at Creatively Homemade chose
Caramel Apple Cookies from The Country Chic Cottage

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 Christine at Light and Savvy chose

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10.21.2016

DIY Wood Photo Backdrop

I've been slowly changing over my Etsy shop photos to a white background but first had to build one in order to do so. I needed something a little larger since I photograph banners and a small sheet of 12X12 will only stretch so far, so off to the hardware store...

DIY Wood Backdrop for your ETSY shop photos - LeroyLime

I purchased two sheets of TriPLY Underlayment 4X8' - I needed something that was going to be light enough for me to move around but sturdy enough so it wouldn't break in half. No special cuts, I just started cutting different lengths of the boards with a table saw, one board was cut horizontally and the other vertically, so I ended up with short and long boards.

DIY Wood Backdrop for your ETSY shop photos - LeroyLime

Once all the pieces were cut, I lined up all the horizontally cut ones and then laid the vertically cut ones on top in a random pattern. I had to pause to call my Dad and ask how to change out the liquid nails tube, happens to the best of us! and then I started gluing each board in place and put down scrap wood on top to help set it in place.

DIY Wood Backdrop for your ETSY shop photos - LeroyLime

Once everything had set, I waited till the next day, I pulled out the sander and sanded both sides and rounded the corners a bit. The plans were to make one side white and make the other side more vintage but I just kept them both white. Two coats of paint on each side and I have a background perfect for photographing my Etsy shop items!

DIY Wood Backdrop for your ETSY shop photos - LeroyLime

Have you created your own photography backdrop? 
I'd love to see. Link your backdrop blog post in the comments!




10.20.2016

Friday Favorites - Week 343

Hello Friday!! We've got some yummy and crafty treats to share as our features this week and boy are the photos making my tummy rumble! Can't believe election day is almost near, it's the talk of the town on the news, facebook and twitter - don't forget to VOTE!

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Jerri at Simply Sweet Home chose

Halloween Pretzles
Penny at Penny's Passion and Kelly at Under a Texas Sky chose
Halloween Pretzels by The Monday Box

Maisy at Becoming Alice chose
Banana Jam by RC Reviews

Jen at Creatively Homemade chose
Lebkuchen German Spice Cookies by Analida's Ethnic Spoon

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Christine at Light and Savvy chose
Pumpkin Silk Pie from The Gracious Wife

Lisa at Condo Blues chose
3D Map Star Decorations by Pillow Box Blue

Dawn at LeroyLime chose
Beer Braised Chicken and Onions by Analida's Ethnic Spoon

 
Amy at A Day of Small Things chose 
Fall Decorating with Pinecones by The Organized Dream

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Sheree from Stage Presents chose
Southern Corn Pudding by The Gracious Wife

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10.13.2016

Friday Favorites - Week 342

Happy cozy Friday everyone!! We still have yet to switch our AC over to heat but I'm leaning more towards the heat with our cool mornings. Time to invest in some new slippers, brrr, icicle toes are here to stay! If you are starting to work on Christmas gifts and need something extra special for your children's teachers, look no further than LeroyLime's latest blog post! 

gold dipped painted letters - teachers gift - leroylime
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Vanilla Pumpkin Spice Pancakes by Just a Little Creativity

Dawn at LeroyLime chose
 
Lisa at Condo Blues chose
  How to Makeover an Old Wooden Bed Frame by The Boondocks Blog

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Amy at A Day of Small Things chose
Pumpkin Pie Milkshake by Unusually Lovely


Fall to Halloween Tablescape by Penny's Vintage Home

Maisy at Becoming Alice chose 
15 Map Decor Crafts Ideas from Pillar Box Blue

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Christine at Light and Savvy chose
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Penny at Penny's Passion
Scary Good Mantel Decor Ideas from The Organized Dream

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Google Eye Halloween Boo Sign from Crafts Unleashed

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Gold Dipped Painted Letters - Teacher Gift

Looking for a golden way to thank your teachers this Christmas? These gold dipped painted letters are a great craft that your kids can paint in a jiffy!


I picked up the letters from a craft store, they are lightweight and made of hollow cardboard. The paint, I had on hand..just pulled out the colors and let my kids pick the ones they'd like to use. Paper plates made a great spot for paint, easy clean up and you only have brushes to clean.


The gold dipping is actually just a touch of spray paint, I waited a day to make sure the letters were completely dry before taping off the ends with green painter's tape and used a magazine to protect the rest of the letter from the gold spray. 


I thought they turned out super cute and my kids were very proud of their painting skills. 
You can't start thinking about Christmas gifts too early and if you start now, you won't be as frantic in December - happy painting!!

"anatomy of a gold dipped painted letter"