“hostess with the mostest” and lots of scrappity scraps

(warning: long post with lots of pictures)

This morning, I woke up feeling like I had just ran a marathon. No joke either; I’m totally sore from the weekend. These past couple of days have been incredibly tiring, but definitely worth it.

With the short amount of time that we had to tidy up the place, Gloria and I did a fabulous job (well, at least I think so). 😉 We built a mantle from scratch all by ourselves, and we got tons of compliments on it over the weekend. We also finished putting in all of the baseboards and painting the rest of the house. Phew! Talk about hard work! On top of all of the handy work, there was a lot of tidying up to do. I’d say that in the time we had to get everything ready for the housewarming, we did an excellent job.

So… this past year, our house looked something like this (with a lot more stuff cluttered all over the house):

This is why Ive been so busy.

This is why I've been so busy.

The walls used to be covered with dark RED wood panels.

The walls used to be covered with RED wood panels. Yes, we tore these off ourselves.

Check out this mess! ...and you wondered why I was always busy?!

Check out this mess! ...and you wondered why we were always busy?!

Heres the dining room when we first moved.

Here's the dining room when we moved in (minus the wood paneling, of course).

…and taken about a month or so ago:

Yes, Gloria and I installed these pendant lights ourselves!

We are still looking for something to put on our walls. Any ideas? ...and yes, we installed the lights ourselves. It was such a pain in the *$&*@#!$#.

This was before we built our mantle.

This was before we built our much loved mantle. I can't wait until Christmastime now!

Below are some pictures from our “Home Sweet Home” themed housewarming. Definitely different from when we first moved, don’t you think?! It was tons of HARD work to remodel our “fixer upper” home, but it’s even more reason to LOVE our place.

The cute little favors I made for our guests.

These are the cute favors I made for our guests. Do you like the Nikki Sivils paper?!

A home SWEET home always has sweet goodies for their guests!

A "home SWEET home" will always have sweet goodies for their wonderful guests!

Flowers for our newly made mantle!

Flowers made a great addition to our newly made mantle.

Arent these two adorable?! I love their cheeeeese faces.

Aren't these two adorable?! I love their "cheeeeese" faces.

Im glad that my sewn up seat covers were a hit; Anna and Sean enjoyed them.

I'm glad that my sewn up seat covers were a hit; Anna and Sean seemed to have enjoyed them.

These are my amazing and beautiful parents, arent they cute?!

These are my amazing and beautiful parents; aren't they cute together?!

Seriously, they are cutie pa-tooties.

Hilo kept trying to "kiss" Monica. The dogs loved them.

Scott and Dad enjoying the weather out in the patio.

Scott and Dad enjoying the Sunday weather.

After a filling lunch, they wanted to go into a food coma! :)

After a filling lunch, Ryan and Erica wanted to go into a food coma! 🙂

Playing a round of Partini was fun. (I dont...)

Playing a round of Partini was fun. ("I don't...")

I think this might have been before BOUNCERS, lol!

I think this might have been before BOUNCERS, lol!

Ryans surprise birthday cake! They pulled it off!

On top of a housewarming party, we also wanted to celebrate Ryan's birthday! SURPRISE birthday cake time!

SURPRISE! Happy birthdaa.... Yeah, so we all tried to sing.

SURPRISE! "Happy birthdaa...." Yeah, so we all tried to sing.

After a game of Partini, we brought out Cranium. Dont ask what they are doing!? ;)

After a game of Partini, we brought out Cranium. Don't ask what they are doing!? 😉

Boys vs. Girls -- Obviously, the girls won because we are creative!

Boys vs. Girls -- Obviously, the girls won because we're creative and know how to spell backwards!

All in all, with good food, a couple glasses of wine and mojitos, and GREAT company, I’d say the party was a success. I am so glad that people enjoyed coming over and hanging out in our FINALLY finished home sweet home.

Now, time for the scrappity scrap stuff! 😉

TAAFOMFT‘s new challenge is up. This time you get to scrap about your favorite food. No twists or turns involved. You just have to scrap about your favorite food! Yummy stuff, right?! The fellow DT girls are so amazingly talented; make sure to check out what they created for this challenge. If you get hungry reading about our favorite foods, don’t blame me because I totally warned you. 😉 Here’s my layout about cupcakes:

Pink Sketches has a new sketch up for the week. Head on over to check it out! …and if you’re feeling inspired, create a layout using the sketch and share it with us. I had a ton of fun working on the following layout because Sophia was over when I scrapped this one.

The September kit from Kraft Girl Kits is one of those “gotta haves”! Isn’t it flippin’ cute?! I love the back to school colors in this one, but you can definitely use it to scrap almost anything. I don’t have any children, but I was able to crank out a good handful of layouts using this awesome compilation of products! Check out what I created with this kit:

Fun stuff, right?! I’m pretty sure that this one is gonna be a hit, so make sure you grab one before its too late. Lastly, tune in for more projects created using the September Kraft Girl Kit later this week!

Okay folks, I’m off to get some sleep. I’m overly exhausted.

Hugs,

sarah.

Thank you to all who came to spend the day with us over the weekend. Thank you to all who chipped in. Lastly, thank you to everyone who has helped us get to where we are today. We really, really appreciate all of the help.

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27 responses to ““hostess with the mostest” and lots of scrappity scraps

  1. gloria

    thank you contributors indeed. had a great weekend and an abundance of wine. There is another bottle in the fridge, I should polish that off before the week ends. Love your newest layouts and I can’t wait to help you package your scrapbook garage sale. hahaha. =P

  2. I paid for the cake, but never got around to eating a slice! Oh well… I’ll just have to go back to the bakery and buy another from a certain cake woman. 😀

    BTW, Crosby, Stills, & Nash has been stuck in my head since Sunday. YOUR FAULT!

  3. holly

    the house look fabulous! and those favors are entirely too adorable!

  4. Julie

    Loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeee the way it all came together girl!!!! LOOKS AWESOME!!! I think a BIG PRINY in the dining room would ROCK!!!!!!!!! Loveeeeeeeeeeeeeee the little “nikki” gifts U made….that is sooooooooooooo flippin’ cool!!!! And LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE all the LO’s…U have been BUSY girl….and YUM to the CUPCAKES … YUM YUM YUM! :):):):):):):):):):):):)

  5. looks like you guys had a fabulous time!!! lovin’ the new LOs too 🙂

  6. Your home looks amazing! And your “sweet” theme for the party was a perfect idea! ♥ all the candy on the mantle & the Nikki Sivils stuff is adorable! 🙂

    An inexpensive idea that can make a big statement in the D/R is to take a bold print fabric (I like to use Marimekko) & stretch it over a large canvas. You can get them at Michaels with a coupon. 🙂 http://www.marimekko.com

    ♥ ALL your LO’s… your FAV THINGS & Pink Sketches LO’s are adorable!!! And, wooowwww, you SO rocked that Kraft Girls kit!!! Amazing work & I am so lovin’ that new CC school stuff! You totally made it work on all your pages! 🙂

    Now that the party is over, you just craft away! 🙂

  7. Looks like you had a super busy weekend Sarah!!! Your house looks beautiful! And I love those party favors! And I love that cupcake layout!!

  8. Girl, you’ve been BUSY!
    I love all of your layouts, your pups are so just sooo cute!
    Your house looks amazing, you really have great style
    🙂

  9. Your home looks AMAZING & the “sweet” theme was a perfect idea! ♥ the candy on the mantle! And your Nikki Sivils houses look so cute!

    An inexpensive way to add a pop of color in your D/R is to find a fun patterned fabric (I like to use Marimekko) & then stretch it over a large canvas. You can get them at Michaels with a coupon. http://www.marimekko.com

    From what little I could see of the kitchen, that looks GREAT, too! 🙂

    All the LO’s are FANTASTIC!!! ♥ the FAV THINGS & the Pink Sketches! You TOTALLY ROCKED that Kraft Girls kit! Wooooowww! And you totally made all that CC school stuff work for your photos! They are so lucky to have you on their team! 🙂

    Ok, so now that you’re finished with the cleaning & hostessing…. time for crafting! 🙂

  10. Well personally I love the little “house warming” party favors!!LOL!! Very cute!! And your house is adorable, you all did a great job!! And that “pawgress” l/o kills me it’s so cute!! I’m going to have to still that title from you!! Have a great day!
    -Nikki Sivils

  11. Looks like you guys throw such a fun party! Do you want to come over and install lighting in our kitchen? 😀 Your pages are fantastic! I really like the “pawgress” title!

  12. Mustangkayla

    Wow…do you ever sleep? You have had a lot going on and still created fabulous l/o’s!

  13. Michelle

    Your house is so gorgeous. Looks like the party was a success. How talented are you that you can make your house look so stunning, but you are still able to create such beautiful layouts?! What’s your secret?!

  14. Wow, your home is gorgeous!! Love all your KGK projects this month! My fave is the one with the blocks…so fabulous!

  15. The outcome of your lovely home is just that LOVELY! So when can I come visit ;)!? You all look so happy and I agree your parents are just the cutest couple! FABULOUS los as always. O’ and those little girls are way to ADORABLE!

  16. Your layouts are always so awesome!!! Wasn’t this such a fun kit?!!

  17. Pawgress!! Fun title!!

    I absolutely LOVE your home!! It is beautiful!!! Glad to hear you had a fab party. Looks like a lot of fun!

  18. WOW!! You did a lot of scrapping.
    Must take a look at Kraft Girl Kit cause you made some gorgeous layouts!

  19. Wow sarah, you have been busy! I love all your layouts and the little notebook and pencils are just adorable!

  20. hey you forgot to share the photos of the mantel in all its glory?!! 😀

  21. sasha — haha. i noticed that after i published this post. i’ll snap a photo of it, and post it very soon! 😉

  22. congrats on a lovely home, we cant wait to get a fixer upper in a few more years, beautiful pages as always

  23. oh and yes U R my favorite by Nikki Sivils is on my MUST HAVE list. They are beyond awesome.

  24. sam

    beautiful pictures and great scrap pages, love the one about the cupcakes! so sweet and fun!

  25. Ok, I’m so jealous of your house! Will you please come to KY to fix mine up!? Haha!!! Love the little “home sweet home” goodies! So cute and yummy!!!

    And you layouts just ROCK!!! I am so in love with your style 🙂

  26. Hanneke

    So good to hear your housewarming was such a succes!! It looks like you had a great time!! And I love your house, so cosy!! Love your LO’s t, left you some love over at sis!!
    Hugs Hanneke

  27. Wowee!!! That is one fun house-warming! You and Gloria did a really amazing job with the house! My jaws dropped when I saw the pictures of the fireplace mantle… how on earth did you gals do it?? Kudos to you both! Totally love the house-warming party favours you did up and the sweet treats!

    Thanks fo having me over once again…I hope I didn’t take up too much of yours and Gloria’s time! Especially when you had to get ready for the house!

    You are totally rocking the Kraft Girl kit!!! I love love love the layout you did for Daren 🙂

    Did I hear Gloria mention a SB garage sale?? muahahah! Oh man…I should have been your first customer! muahahaha… then I would really have to ship the loot back to myself in Singapore!

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