Forgotten Things

If you blog, you probably think about things to blog about all the time. At least I do! My biggest problems are twofold. 1) I forgot to write these moments down and 2) even if I do write them down, by the time I get around to blogging about it, the moment has passed and become irrelevant and/or out of date so I feel silly even bringing it up. It really drive me insane. But, unfortunately, blogging is wayyyy down low on the list---even though I really want to document these things, if for no one else, for myself! SO I need to make myself do it, even if I am months behind. Speaking of which, check the other blog soon for pumpkin patch and Halloween with the girlies!

On that note, I will briefly discuss a few things I have been up to lately.

A couple months ago, JaNae, the cute sister of the equally cute girl from this post , asked me to do her hair and make-up for her wedding. I was totally honored! She even let me make her a hair comb using the same fabric as her dress. It was really fun to do, even if I was feeling deathly ill and had to wear a surgical mask the whole time. Totally embarrassing, but I didn't want to get the bride sick for her honeymoon! That would be so terrible!! But forever and ever I will be "the weird make-up and hair girl in the mask" in her wedding pictures, no matter how much I protested and tried to move out of the camera's view. As if I had SARS or something.
LEGEN----wait for it-------------------DARY.

Avery modeling the flower comb. I used left over fabric from JaNae's dress to make the flowers.
Basic instructions: cut various sized circles, gently heat over flame to 'curl' edges, sew together, add bling in the center and glitter to the edges then glue to comb. Easy Peasy.

Hair done, make-up almost done. I don't know why I didn't take a final pic with her in the dress. I blame the "Utah Flu" discussed in this post.
(I stole this from Facebook) :)
Then, in October, I threw my first "grown up" party. I know that sounds sad, but it's true. I was 12 the last time I had one. I mean, I've had dinner parties or football viewing parties, that sort of thing. But I'm talking the kind where you send out invitations and have take-home favors, etc. etc. The works, grown-up style. This shindig was for the teachers and other volunteers in the children's Sunday School at my church (called Primary). I couldn't have done it without the help of four special ladies, my mom included--who happened to be visiting that week! It was our way of thanking them for the hard work and time they put in to caring for and teaching the children. I'm sure it's a relatively thankless job. We wanted them to know they are loved and valued!!

We did it the Wednesday before Halloween and OF COURSE I had to throw it SPOOKY style! :) I didn't want it to be "typical" Halloween orange and black with pumpkins and candy corn so I kept a more sophisticated color scheme of black and white with metallic accents of gold and silver. I ran out of time to really decorate as thoroughly as I wanted. Oh well. You can only do so much. And I think we all had a great time and that's what matters after all! Sadly, I didn't have the time to take nice pictures of it all set up, but I did get some bad cell phone pictures halfway through the party. I apologize for the poor quality. Usually my cell takes better pictures than this, but it's been giving me troubles lately. Oh well.

The Invites:

::The Menu::

-Black Corn Chips and Ghoulosh-
(chips and guacamole)

-Spooky Salad with Rotten Dressing-
(Romaine with orange sweet peppers, goat cheese and black colored vinaigrette)
btw this turned every one's teeth greenish purple for a bit.... :/ oops. Happy Halloween! lol) -Garlic Bones-
(bone shaped breadsticks--total experiment that actually worked out!!)

-Frog Eye Salad-
(Acini de Pepe pasta salad with fruit tossed in cool whip and dry pudding mix)

-Black Bean Croak-ettes-
(Vegetarian meatballs using black beans; breaded and baked) Menu Items Not Pictured:

-Monster Claws-
(breaded and baked chicken strips with triangle shaped peppers for claws)
-Slime Ricky's-
{flanked by two small cauldrons of dry ice...that fizzled way too quickly}
(sprite with grape juice and a hint of lime juice with frozen peeled grapes floating like eyeballs)

The sad, pathetic tables.
There were supposed to be candles and metallic garlands woven throughout.
*sighs* I spray painted these big gorgeous pumpkins with chrome spraypaint and rubbed on some gold colored Rub'n Buff on the stem and in some of the pumpkin creases. People didn't think they were real!

The Guests of Honor:

::Desserts and Favors::

-Brownie Ghost Pops-
(brownie balls dipped in white chocolate; black sparkle gel for faces) -Witches Hats-

(Chocolate painted ice cream cones filled with chocolate cake and chocolate mousse atop a homemade chocolate wafer cookie)

-Vampire Bite Cookies-
(pumpkin cookies with brown butter frosting and red frosting 'bites')
They were given these adorable little cellophane goodie bags they could load up with whatever they wanted to take home.

Aren't they cute?? It was a fun evening. I hope we can do it a couple of times a year!

Then, my friend Stephanie was looking for a new hair-do and, like me, has issues with forking over the $$$ to get her hair done professionally. I mean, I know that it takes years of practice to be a great hairstylist and some of them ARE worth the money. But I NEVER get out of a salon under $100. EVER. Granted, I have a ton of long, thick hair, so I get charged more. (Which is another rip off for another day....). Anyhoo---long story short I offered to trim her hair and throw in some color....with the caveat that I'm so NOT a professional and that the outcome could be less than desirable. She was brave and accepted! :) We shopped for color and I gave her a trim with some layers and some new bangs.

While I snipped, we watched one of my all-time favorite movies, 'Mickey Blue Eyes'.

If you have not seen it, I highly recommend it. It's silly and goofy and I find Hugh Grant absolutely hilarious. His understated, witty and satirical humor is right up my alley. Go watch it. It was Steph's first time seeing it and I *think* she liked it...?

Anyway, her hair turned out really cute. We did baliage style streaks of a darker raspberry color. It was subtle on her dark brown hair, but added some dimension and shine. I really liked it. And I'm pretty sure she does too. That makes me smile! :D

:Future Projects:
I recently bought a rug for my front entry (finally!!! before the rain comes!). I am going to get my dresser painted and set up so I can finally get that crud organized. I really need a good place for my purses. Oh yeah, and the mail.....
I also ordered my fabric to make the valances for the windows in the dining room and playroom (that I started a year ago...).
Slowly but surely, the house is all coming together. :)
And in a week or so it will all be taken apart again to decorate for Christmas.
It never ends, does it?? But I am looking forward to it. Now I just have to see how I can change it up from last year. Hmm...still thinking....
And last, but not least, I got roped into doing a little two foot tree for the Festival of Trees this year. I mean 'roped' in the nicest way possible. :) They are desperate for trees this year and I couldn't say no when she asked. It's a fun outlet for me, so it's all good. Check back for updates on that! I better start that this week!! :/ I'm thinking nuts and bolts and screws and nails......maybe... :) I am also baking something for their cake-walk. Not sure what yet, but something tasty and festive! :)
That's it for now!


Ashley A. said…
I checked out this blog and had to comment. I don't think I ever told you how awesome that Halloween party was! Seriously! I was blown away. It was a lot of fun, too. (Love the picture of me chewing too... :)