February 24, 2013

What a Weekend!! And a Cool Find :)

WHEW!  It's been a whirlwind of a weekend, but filled with all happy, wonderful things.  Saturday we were at my nephew's 5th birthday at this cool place, called Monster Mini Golf.  If you've never been - you should see if they have one near you - totally cool.  It's a mini golf course that's inside - everything is painted with neon paint, and there are blacklights all in the main room, so everything glows.  My daughter picked out her shirt 2 weeks in advance, it's white, with neon orange sleeves, yeah, I had NO trouble finding her, lol.

After the birthday party, we headed back near home and took the girls to "Kids' Night Out" at a local gymnastics place.  It was a fundraiser for a new playground at the school.  The hubs and I went out to dinner at a local place -- if any of you watch "The Dead Files" on the Travel Channel, Smalley's Inn was where we ate, and it was featured on the show.  I personally, have never had an encounter there, but it's neat to hear all of the stories!

Today, was a different fun occasion.  A very old long-time friend was up to visit making plans for her wedding in the fall, and her Mom had a little luncheon for the bride-to-be before she returns home.  My sister-in-law pinned this really cute gift idea on Pinterest, and I thought it would be nice to do this for Amanda, instead of toasting flutes, or some other "routine" wedding gift.  I found a great vendor on Etsy, quick turn around - and she was able to engrave the wedding date on the ends of the forks as well.

So, I made a little box (nothing fancy - the templates I have weren't quite the right size to fit the forks) and a coordinating card that held a gift card to where she is registered.  Silly to buy a gift that will have to be shipped, or packed to go back home!  Here's the box with the forks:

a very simple box with a clear lid.  It's hard to see, but I used Stitches and Swirls to add a little something on the orange panel in the bottom of the box.  The forks say "I do" and "Me Too!" with their wedding date on the ends of the forks.  

Up next is the card 
I used Orange Zest, and cryogen white (Shimmery) cardstock.  The leaf flourish is from Embroidered Blooms, and stamped in Simply Chartreuse and Ripe Avocado.  The blooms are die cut with Beautiful Blooms II #3 dies, and also stamped with images from Embroidered Blooms in Orange Zest and Terra Cotta Tile.  The sentiment (one of my favorites!) is from Think Big Favorites #5.  

Here they are together:

I spent a really nice afternoon with Amanda and her family, and am so happy for her as she is about to embark on this wonderful journey with her lucky guy.  Now --- it's back to work tomorrow!  Blech.  But - at least I have a wonderful weekend to look back upon!

So, what did YOU do this weekend???  Hope it was something great!  Thanks for stopping by!

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