diy+fyi: a snapshot of my olympics party

Hey hey! I know I’ve been a little MIA (boy, do I sound like a broken record!) but I’ve been busy crafting away preparing for my olympics party this past weekend! No joke, I’ve been planning this party for a couple months now…not serious spending-everyday-planning but doing it piece by piece, scouring pinterest for inspiration, and I was thrilled on how it turned out! :) [I’m sure my husband is jumping for joy in the background since now he’s free from my pleas for craft help or incessant need for moving house furniture around…haha!]

To me, the party begins at the front door so I thought I make a decorative yarn wreath, inspired by the many beautiful ones I’ve seen on pinterest, and mimic the London Underground logo. This simple project took a few hours and was super easy to make. Supplies needed: styrofoam wreath, red yarn, blue foam paper, and a silver marker.

The next photo shows two craft projects: the iconic Union Jack flag hanging as a centerpiece over the food table and Olympic medals. The flag was fairly simple although if you look at it with a critical eye, the “x” in the background isn’t quite aligned properly. Oh well, close enough! :) Supplied used: dark blue poster board, self-stick white felt, red felt, and craft glue.  And you can’t have an Olympics party without playing some games and we always play games at our house. I made the medals so that our friends could go home with a little souvenir. Supplies used: wooden circles, ribbon in red, white, and blue, hot glue gun, paint brush, and acrylic metallic paint in bronze, silver, and gold.

Onto my favorite decoration…the London skyline! This was a random idea that came to mind while I was at church (I promise I was paying attention during the service!) and I wasn’t sure how to do it but that’s the fun and beauty of creativity. I looked at images online and recreated the look with just three supplies: yarn, black paper, and tape. I’ve never been to London so its kinda cool to have it in my house!

Lastly, I believe every party must have food. So in the spirit of the Olympics, I asked my friends to make/bring a dish of their ethic background. It was quite the cultural feast! Nom nom nom! :)

Hubby and I had a really fun time at our Olympics party and I can tell our friends did too! So…shall I start planning for the 2014 Olympics?? ;)

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fyi: travel deals!

Bonjour everyone! I just came back from a whirlwind trip to Paris and Italy so even though it’s so nice to be home and in my own bed, I still have the travel bug. The world is too big and time is too short, how am I ever going to see the world?! Well, here are some amazing deals so you can start crossing off destinations on your bucket list! (Hurry, these deals are time sensitive!)

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How about getting a preview of the Summer Olympics 2012? Fly to London from LAX for ~$850RT.

Wanna go a little further for even less? How about traveling to Turkey for Turkey Day for $655RT, including tax?!