Monthly Archives: August 2012

Hot Air Balloon Themed Baby Shower


In May one of my best friends had a sweet baby girl, so to celebrate we had a ‘Hot Air Balloon’ themed shower!!  It was a lot of fun and had some sweet details.

This is the banner that was hung over the entrance, so guests knew where to go! I found all the printables on Etsy, so it was easy to make the decor!

I had 3 of the decorative balls, so I added plastic cups with string to create hot air ballons.

The food table.

I found these mini-water bottles at SuperStore and then used packing tape to label them with cute labels.

I made the banners for the straws and served drinks in mason jars!

We had to have a candy buffet, the little cones were used to ‘make your own candy cup’ it was a huge hit! I used miscellaneous jars that I had at home and jars from my friends house so that there were different heights and shapes.

It was a lovely day for an outdoor shower and everything turned our beautifully.  A lot of what we used was things found around the house + a little TLC and you can come up with some fantastic decor items!

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DIY: Wallpaper Shelves

I had these 2 shelves in our living room, they are in great condition and I didn’t want to paint them, but wanted them to be a bit more decorative then plain ol’ boring shelves.  So, I decided to wallpaper the back of the shelves!

First you need to find a wallpaper you love and that will suit your room.  Wallpapers come in a lot of fun patterns and colors and you want to find one that is pre-glued and preferably a dry removal so that when you are done with it later it is easy to remove and doesn’t damage your furniture piece.

I removed the shelves from the unit, and used one of the shelves to measure the width I would need my sections to be.  I laid the paper in the shelf horizontally so that there wouldn’t be a seem in every shelf.

I wet the wallpaper in the sink, you could also use a basin.  Once went place into shelving unit and smooth out – I had a squeegee which helped and I also used a cloth.

Continue putting in the wallpaper until the back is fully covered.  Put shelves back into the unit and your projects is done!  It took my about 40 minutes to complete 2 shelves like this, so its a quick, easy and cheap project that gives a big impact and changes the look of the furniture piece.

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DIY: Painted Pink Table

I found the cutest little table the other day when I was downtown.

I decided I wanted to paint in pink as I’ve always wanted a pink piece of furniture in the house!

First I sanded the table (I was very happy that it was in great shape, so didn’t need too much prep work).  I painted 1 coat of primer and then 2 coats of the pink paint.

This is the painted table before I distressed it.

With sandpaper I lightly distressed the edges to give it the worn-vintage look, or a shabby-chic look. 

Then it was time to move it into the house. The perfect place was next to my desk.  I decided to hang some of my grandma’s teacups above it as it suited the look I was going for.  I’m so happy with the finished project and feel like the living room is taking shape and really coming together!


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DIY: Chalkboard Platters

Lately I have really been into using chalkboards for decor around my house and for party decorations.  I find them super cute and classy, but also quite functional.  Today I was on the hunt for silver platters at thrift stores and was pleased to find 7! I found 5 little ones for $2.50 and 2 large ones for $7.

What you need: Silver platters, spray paint, Martha Stewart chalkboard labels (or you can use chalkboard paint), a stand to place the platter on (or you can use ribbon to hang it).

I washed down the platters before I painted them.  You can choose not to paint them and just paint the bottoms with chalkboard paint, but I wanted the painted look for mine.

Choose your spray paint color – it can be whatever you want! I chose ivory because I plan to use these at my sisters wedding and also wanted them to be versatile at home for different uses.

Spray paint the entire platter (especially if you are using the labels as the label doesn’t completely cover the bottom of the platter).

The chalkboard labels can be found at Staples.  I liked the edges for use on the small platters.

I purchased these little stands at the dollar store for $1 for a package of 2, its a perfect way to display the chalkboard platter.

Small chalkboard platters done!  I have the big ones left to do and will post those another time once they are completed.


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Baby Shower: Simple Decor – Big Impact

There are so many ideas out there for how to make a big impact at parties.  Often the pictures you find the parties look quite extravagant and for many people, don’t fit the budget or are too much work.  Thankfully, you don’t need much to make a BIG impact!

When my girlfriend had her first daughter, I hosted our church’s babyshower for her and wanted to have some fun decor, but didn’t want to spend a lot of money or hours prepping for it.  So here are a few things I did.

My gift to her was a diaper cake – it sat on the table and was great decor, but then she got to take it home, which was great for her & me!  I used elastic bands to secure the diapers, and then used ribbon to tie each tier together, then stacked them — VOILA!

From the dollar store I picked up cups & napkins which added a splash of color and were useful for the shower.

I LOVE mason jars! They can be used for everything and look fantastic.  I picked up a few bunches of daisies and had jars wrapped in ribbon with daisies around.  Simple but sweet, and everyone loved it.

One thing I have learned is that you don’t need to do everything, but pick a few simple decor ideas and allow them to make a big impact.  Parties don’t have to be expensive or time intensive to be great.  Ultimately, in the end its about the people getting together to spend time anyway.


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Wedding Shower Bliss

My sister is getting married and last weekend I threw her a bridal shower in celebration of her upcoming day.  The theme of the wedding is vintage-romantic, so I wanted to try and pull that theme through the shower too.  The shower was held on Sunday afternoon, out on my back deck and together with 10 ladies we celebrated!

When you arrived to the house this cupcake banner & simple bridal shower signed welcomed you in.

I wanted the feel of the shower to pop up as soon as people entered, this was the welcome sign at the door.

I used tea-cups & teapots with hydrangeas to decorate. The teacups all belonged to my grandma and the doilies were crocheted by my other grandma.

The food table! I made the ‘chalk board’ from cardboard and flat black spray paint. Mason jars filled with hydrangeas decorated the deck railing.

Bon-bons for treats served in tea-cups.

Tulle pom-poms lining the overhang for some added decor.

I had some left over broadcloth so I used it to tie around the chairs.

Used scrabble tiles to make fun little saying for on the table – So In Love, Bride to Be, Future Mrs & Wedding.

And the wreath that I posted the DIY in the previous post.

It was a lovely day and my big sister was celebrated. We laughed and shared in many memories and now I am looking forward to the wedding day even more!!!

THANK-YOUS: Sharon, for letting me raid your hydrangea bush – the flowers were perfection! Photo-credit, Amy, Thank-you so much for coming and taking photos of our special afternoon!

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DIY: Coffee Filter Wreath

I love Pinterest, I love that you can search for ideas, tips and tutorials on just about everything!  My sister is getting married in 2 weeks, so I hosted her a bridal shower last Sunday and decided to put some of my DIY pins to work.   This beauty – the coffee filter wreath, was so simple to make and really made an impact at the party.  Everyone couldn’t believe that it was made out of coffee filters and I even had a few people ask if I could make them one too.

DIY Instructions:

What you need:  100 coffee filters (they can be found at the dollar store), a wreath form (I found a cheap wreath at Walmart), hot glue and some flowers for embellishment.

Bring a pot of water to a boil with 4-6 tea bags in it. Add coffee filters to tea until desired color is reached.  Remove filters and let dry (can be hung to dry or laid out on a towel). Once dry grasp center of single coffee filter and pull through opposite hands thumb and forefinger to make the ‘ruffles’.  Glue on to form.  Add embellishments. DISPLAY! So easy, so pretty!!

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Keltie Says…

Welcome to Keltie Says! I’m excited to be making this first entry.  I decided a while ago that I wanted to start a new blog that was devoted to my crafts/DIY projects/cooking/baking/parties and wanted freedom to post about everything that I’m enjoying doing.  My amazing guy encouraged me that I should start a blog, so here I am.  Thanks for stopping by.

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