Sunday, October 12, 2014

Cash Prize!

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Pizza Oven

We just had a party for our son and his soon-to-be wife. We did a couples shower to include Bryant because Kensy had three other showers and we thought it might be fun to add the guys with them. We did a pizza party to include them. Everyone brought their favorite toppings and made their own pizzas!

We wanted to show you how we made our "pizza oven." Here is what our fireplace normally looks like.

 My dad took a piece of paneling from Home Depot that appears to be a wall of bricks. He cut it the size of the granite around the fire place insert. He built a frame around the back of it to give it stability. Then he cut two holes in it, one that showed our fireplace, and one to create the illusion of the pizza oven. 

Then he cut a strip of the "bricks" out of the paneling extras. I think he called it "ripping."  He cut them again and made separate "bricks." We hot-glued those to the outside of the openings and that made it so realistic! My pops is the tops at this stuff! Don't you think this was ingenious? 

Then we got poster board and duct taped it behind the opening on the back of the fireplace wall and made a little shelf out of another strip. We added votive lights to give it another effect. We could have gone on forever making this look more realistic, but it was a party, not a remodel. So we stopped there. I am so grateful that my dad and mom are around to help with these ideas! I am very grateful they like to help! They went over the top on this one! But then it was his first grandson to get married! 

The piece of paneling was under $25 and I think it gave a nod to the old days of wood fired pizza! 

Anders Ruff did those awesome printables above the fireplace. All Things Cake did the yummy treats and GreatStitch did the embrodiery. Gypsy Canon took the pictures. 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Halloween Fun!

Over 110 fabulous Halloween Ideas shared by bloggers. #halloweenideas #halloween

Here at GreatStitch, Halloween is one of our favorite holidays, so we got together with some of our buddies and found a way to celebrate together! Here are over 110 fabulous Halloween ideas! I think you will find a great deal of fun here that will help you with your own parties! All week, Monday through Saturday, myself and my blogging buddies will be sharing our fun creations with all of you. Each day will include approximately 20 Halloween projects and you can "hop" from one blog to another to check them all out. Let us know what you think and have some Halloween fun!

100 Directions || 365daysofcrafts || a girl and a glue gun || A Prudent Life || Addicted 2 DIY || Albion Gould || Ashlee Marie || Atta Girl Says || Bakerette || BD Design || BellaGrey Designs || Black and White Obsession || Bloom Designs Online || Blue i Style || Bombshell Bling || bumblebreeblog || C.R.A.F.T. || Celebration Lane || Clean and Scentsible || Clearsnap || Confetti Sunshine || Crafts by Courtney || Creations by Kara || Creative Juice || Cutesy Crafts || Design Dazzle || Dress It Up Crafts || Echoes of Laughter || Everyday Party Magazine || Eye Candy Creative Studio || Fairfield World || Fearlessly Creative Mammas || Five Heart Home || Fizzy Party || Free Time Frolics || Frenchie || FrugElegance || Glued To My Crafts || GreatStitch || Happiness is Homemade || Here Comes the Sun || Home Maid Simple || Honeybear Lane || hoopla palooza || Hydrangea Hippo || I Dig Pinterest || ICE Resin || inkhappi || Insitefull Living || It's Sew Lorine || Jaco'lyn Murphy || Jen A. Street || Just My Little Mess || Just Us Four || Katarina's Paperie || Kiki and Company || Laura Kelly's INKlings || Let's Eat Grandpa || Let's Go Junking || Liz on Call || Love The Day || Made by a Princess || Made From Pinterest || Made to be a Momma || Major Hoff Takes A Wife || Make Life Lovely || My Craftily Ever After || My Daylights Blog || My Insanity || Nature's Knockout || Not Just A Mommy || One Creative Mommy || Organize & Decorate Everything || Our Thrifty Ideas || Paleo Priests || Persia Lou || Pink Cake Plate || PinkWhen ||  Play. Party. Pin. || Practical Parenting || Reclaim Yourself Retreat || See Vanessa Craft || She's Crafty || Simple Sojourns || Simply Designing || Soiree Event Design || Sowdering About || Splendid Design || Stuffed Suitcase || Super Simple with Terri O || Suzys Sitcom || Sweet and Simple Magazine || Swish Printables || Sypsie Designs || That's What Che Said || The Benson Street || The Cards We Drew || The Gunny Sack || The Happy Scraps || The Life of Jennifer Dawn || The Scrap Shoppe || The Things I Love Most || Tikkido || Two Thirty~Five Designs || Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home || Walnut Hollow Blog

Sunday, October 5, 2014

That's Amore! -- Bryant and Kensy's Couples' Pizza Shower

We are excited that our son Bryant and his soon to be wife Kensy are so very happy together. We thought we should host a couples' party for their wedding shower. Kensy had two other showers so we thought we would include Bryant and all the guys in this one. How do you do something that guys will like and still call it a shower? PIZZA!! To set the stage for this special evening, we transformed the house into an Italian Pizzeria.  

This gorgeous buffet became the centerpiece of the food table. You can find this and other lovely pieces at My Papa's Barn. Wait until you see what it looked like when we started with it!

I adore these cookies from All Things Cake here in Tulsa. They create whimsical and magical cakes including this amazing pizza cake.  They have gone above and beyond to make perfect things for our parties, but this one was truly incredible. She also did the mustache cake pops, and provided yummy gluten free cupcakes for several guests with food allergies so they didn't get left out of the fun. 

My dad put his skills to work turning the fireplace into a pizza oven, and built a trellis to take us back and help us achieve the setting of old Italy where pizza is a classic favorite. It is so nice to have him here helping us out with our projects. 

In keeping with the pizzeria theme, each guest was asked to bring their favorite pizza toppings. We pre-made six inch pizza crusts and they topped them with their choices, then we baked them.  

We had Bryant and Kensy judge the contest, and the winner went home with a wonderful pizza recipe book from Williams-Sonoma called Pizza Night. We also made some of Bryant's favorite pizzas ahead of time so everyone had plenty to eat.  

We hung roses and basil with baby's breath from the trellis to add a rustic feel. Then we used whisks hung upside down with a votive battery powered candle to provide a little ambiance. 

Gypsy Canon did engagement pictures for Bryant and Kensy and those were printed out in black and white and used on the wall in red frames. 

Anders Ruff customized the printables for us and did a stunning job. We used their large chalkboard style poster, water bottle wraps, name tags for pizza ingredients, and one of the biggest hits of the party--the little pizza cookie boxes. We thought their pizza party they did for Pierson's birthday was so adorable that we had to do this for the couples' shower. The guests raved about the printables, and our neighbor kids and frequent models Jack and Claire even took them to school to show their friends! Anders Ruff also designed the favor bags we got from Nashville Wraps.

Party Prepaganda has really nice envelopes and they went so perfectly with our invitations from Anders Ruff. Several people commented about the chevron envelopes!

  We had each guest fill out recipe cards with a recipe that might not necessarily be their favorite, but the one that can be written out by memory, one that they make all the time. The couple took these recipes with them for their new home.

Cupcake With Character made our ruffle table cloth. It is Kensy's favorite color! 

We discovered that garlic strings can be a little hard to find on short notice. All the instructions I found suggested using garlic with the stems still attached, but we couldn't find garlic with tops, so we got creative. We took raffia and braided it, and then hot glued garlic to create the effect.  

 These were just a few of our toppings that were brought of my and white sauce that we put in those awesome bottles found at Hobby Lobby. 

The pizza on the right is the one that won! It had pesto, chicken, feta, and mozzerella. It was almost a tie! They both used the same ingredients. The tie breaker was the order in which the ingredients were utilized.


GreatStitch did chef coats for Bryant and Kensy and customized aprons to use as they cooked. In addition we did kitchen towels for the happy couple. 

We are so thrilled to be adding Kensy to our family and we wish them many, many, happy years together!

Thanks to all of our friends and family members who came to take part in this special event, and for letting us share our family's special event with you.

The Good Stuff

Party Styling: Brenda and Rhonda Byers
Photos: Gypsy Canon
Cake, cake pops, cupcakes: All Things Cake
Embroidery: GreatStitch
Printables: Anders Ruff
Envelopes: Party Prepaganda
Favor Bags: Nashville Wraps
Painted Furniture: Rhonda Byers@ My Papa's Barn
Red Ruffle Table Cloth: Cupcake With Character
Trellis and Pizza oven: Dave and Faye Young

Friday, September 26, 2014

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Steam Punkin Favors

These were the favors we used for our Steam Punkin Party. The kit had enough goodies for them to make their own mini Steam Pumpkin. We found the lightbulbs at Michael's in the Christmas ornament section. The top slides off and you can easily fill them with all kinds of goodies.

The printables are Anders Ruff and available here.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Legend of the Great Steam Punkin

Lurking in a room that can only be reached by traveling down a dark and narrow crooked street, rumor suggests a party has been planned to watch for the elusive Great Steampunkin.  After giving the secret knock on the door, party goers enter to find a table filled with gears, clocks, keys and a delicious assortment of strange delicacies. Here perhaps they will finally learn the truth...does the Great Steampunkin exist?

Anders Ruff was kind enough to make our amazing printables here! We were
so excited how well they fit with our Steam Punkin theme! You can find these and a lot of other awesome Halloween ideas. 

Of course GreatStitch is always going to have a place in our parties! We couldn't resist making an insert for this old wooden record player we found. We thought it fit the part so well! It originally had a pink yucky fabric in it. This is a much better option!  My creative daughter Rhonda just pulled the other one off and put this one on a cardboard and replaced it!

The favors for this party are really fun! We took goggles and painted them with the same spray paint that we painted on our pumpkin. These were "beer goggles" that found a new home. We thought they would fit the little gourd pumpkins perfectly and we had the favors for kids to create their own steam pumpkin. We included some of the Tim Holtz gears we found at JoAnns and a ribbon. That way kids can have their very own Steam Punkin. And we found the lightbulbs in the Christmas ornament section of Michael's.

I found this light from a craigslist ad! This girl makes amazing industrial lights! They were the addition we needed. Thank you Christy Calhoun for making it special for our party!

I am always trying to make banners look different and I had some lace sitting around so I sewed the paper straight on to the lace and hung it. 

This is the old record player I was speaking of. The insides are still there! It is such a fun old piece. We just couldn't resist leaving the finish just as we found it in an old barn at an estate sale!

Is any party complete without Macarons? They are one of my favorites. Gesine Bullock Prado has put out one of my all time favorite cookbooks. That is saying a lot since I collect them. It is called Sugar Baby and is quite an education. I have cooked my way about half way through the book (then I got on my bike!). She has a wonderful Macaron recipe in there that can be varied easily. 

It's apple season so we have to include apples. I will be sharing our pastry cream recipe that a chef shared with me in culinary school. It is the base of almost anything pudding related. We paired that with some apples and topped it with a butterscotch sauce. 

Wilton has an awesome chocolate mold that looks like gears! It made these so simple! Then Michaels has metallic FOOD spray paint! Now that is some fun stuff right there! Super easy DIY!

For the back drop we had some old magazine pages printed off with clip art. Then we mounted all three on the same fabric we used in the record player. We also spray painted the frame to be like the pumpkin. 

I was in a bit of a panic because I wanted Claire to have some gloves. I went to Party City and they had some icky fish net ones. I used them and tacked a little lace over it. I didn't sew it completely on because I wanted to give her room to get it on. We tied it all down with a fabric strip that we used in her skirt. 

GreatStitch made the outfits. You can find just the shirt here for boys or girls, and the whole outfit here

For our pumpkin, we went to JoAnns and got one of the carvable pumpkins and used metallic spray pain on it from Home Depot. None of these companies pay me or give me freebies, I am just telling you where I got things so you don't have to search far and wide! We used the Tim Holtz things again on the face of the pumpkin. 

Whatever way you choose to celebrate, if you are sincere enough (and have a little help from spray paint) the great SteamPunkin may make a visit to your party! 

The Good Stuff
Party Styling: Brenda and Rhonda Byers
Party Printables: Anders Ruff
Photography: Gypsy Canon
Steam Punk Light: Lamp Stand Couture
Party Clothes: Greatstitch
Straws: Pick Your Plum
Light Bulbs: Michaels
Pumpkin: JoAnns
Antiques and collectables: River City Trading Post