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Top 10 List: My House

There has been lots of talk around the Webb home lately about possibly purchasing and doing some massive renovating of the house. It’s all up in the air right now, but if it is meant to be, then I bring on the Ikea kitchen!

In thinking about all of the possibilities, I realized how much I like this house already. Sure it’s falling apart (literally at the seams sometimes), but we’ve made it our home. The reality is, we have a roof over our head with air conditioning and heat, clean running water, comfy furniture, a yard to play in and food in the fridge. We live in abundance and have beyond what we could ever need. I am incredibly grateful for that.

With that said, I wanted to share with you the top 10 things about my house that I like. There are plenty of things to complain about, but what’s the point in that? I want to stay positive and thankful.

10. Spare bedroom: the fact that we even have a spare bedroom is incredible. It’s a hot mess, but we are slowwwllly working on it. Thankfully it has come in handy for the times my family and friends have come up to stay. It wasn’t a visual delight, but it served it’s purpose.

9. Makeshift Music Studio/Den: The previous owners of the house closed in the garage and it kind of ended up as a junk room. Last year, Daniel turned it into a room where he could be an audio geek, and we even recorded a Christmas album in it. The egg crates are for sound.

8. The corner by the front door: This small part of our house is unassuming, but it makes me smile. I’m a purse junky (not to be confused to an expensive purse junky) and I enjoy looking at them everyday, along with these cute canvases I got on clearance at Urban Outfitters a long time ago.

7. The space above the coffee bar: it’s just sweet to look at. I found these old pancake flower bags at Webb’s Antique Mall and had to do something with them. They go well with our Kitchen Aide Stand Mixer. Also, the wall/brick is heavenly compared to what it used to be. Imagine mint green painted walls with red and black brick….

6. The wooden shelving that separates the living room/dining room: It makes for some great memories.

5. The rose bushes growing against the old fence in our front yard: I didn’t even know they were there until a few weeks ago when Daniel’s mom came over and revived them. Now they are growing so fast!

4. The hall bathroom wallpaper: it’s still growing on me.

3. Our teal room (which I realize looks blue in this picture): I really enjoy the color of our room. The dark teal walls blend so well with our antique cream-colored furniture and our vintage ivory window curtains.

2. Abram’s room: I mean, look at it. The kid lives in Neverland.

1. The small hole in the eroding wooden fence at the front of the house: This is the most simplest of treasures. It is perfect the perfect size for Titan’s cute face. I never want to get rid of this.

Got’em!

As far as I know, all of the supplies I need for Abram’s party are here. It doesn’t look like much, but I am going to be D.I.Y.-ing many of the other supplies and activities. I’m not much of an online shopper, but it has been fun scouring the web for the best prices on things and purchasing it without having to travel to Gainesville.

Most of the goodies you see here are from Oriental Trading. I wanted to do teals, greens and browns as the color scheme, with other colors here and there for accents. The cute paper straws came from HeyYoYo on Etsy; the best online shop for vintage and fun cupcake and party accessories in my opinion. I got 4 giant yards of burlap fabric for the table clothes from the Online Fabric Store. I thought these would add to the theme, and I can also use it for other crafts in the future.

These cute little mushroom containers are going into the Neverland bags the kids get. Children just love to put things in other things, so I thought these were perfect for them to take home and play with.

The gold coins will be hidden in the buried treasure chest that the kids get to find on a treasure hunt, and the telescopes will also be in there Neverland bags.

I thought it would be neat to make the Neverland bags out of this old drop cloth. I would tie them up with twine and stick a feather in the twine to give it that peter-pan-and-lost-boy feel.

Well, we all know what those glow sticks, glitter and ball jars are for. Fairies in a jar!! The spray paint will be for the dessert trays I make out of old plates and cups, as seen here on my crafty Pinterest board. The pitcher with the spout and the baby food jars are going to be for the bubble station. I found a great recipe for homemade bubbles and bubble sticks!

That’s the plan for now. I’m going to hang jars with tea lights from the trees, and use our wedding lights and lanterns for the patio and the backyard. Somewhere by our big tree in the yard I want to build a fort for the kids to go in and use their imaginations, and also get to see the fairies in their jars light up, since the party will be day lit. I think I might also hand paint some wooden signs for each section of the party just to add an extra fun touch.

Someone wanna build me a little pirate ship?

 

Fairies in a Jar.

So that picture that’s been going around on pinterest for the fairies in a jar recipe is, for lack of a nicer word, fake. I mean, I kinda knew deep down in my¬† heart that the picture couldn’t be real. But the wide-eyed child in me was really hoping that it was. Here is the original picture (just a disclaimer: I could not find the real origin of this picture or who put it up).

The directions that came with this picture goes like this: Cut a glow stick and shake the contents into a jar. Add diamond glitter. Seal the top with a lid, shake and voila! Fairies in a jar.

Well I thought that this was a wonderful activity for the kids to do at Abram’s first birthday coming up in April, since it will be a neverland theme. I tested it out last night, and here were my results:

So clearly, it looks nothing like the first picture above. Nevertheless, it is still really cool and I plan on doing these at his birthday party. And at this point I don’t have a choice because I have a box full of glow sticks sitting on my couch. What’s great is that the kids get to take these home and use them as night lights for at least that night because they are premium glow sticks that last 12-18 hours. Oh yea, I went big.