Category Archives: Michaels


the pumpkin gets a make-over.

Tired of the same ole’ Jack-o-Lanterns?  Work one of these no-carve pumpkin makeovers onto your front porch for a fresh look!

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Office Supply Pumpkins.
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Gold-dipped.pumpkin makeover  |  kiki's list.


Funky Ombre Pumpkins.pumpkin makeover  |  kiki's list.

Crayon Drip.pumpkin makeover  |  kiki's list.

Watercolor and Glitter.pumpkin makeover  |  kiki's list.

Puffy Paint Designs.pumpkin makeover  |  kiki's list. Create a vase.pumpkin makeover  |  kiki's list.

Donuts!pumpkin makeover  |  kiki's list.Gilded Harvest.  (Probably better for your dining room table, but I had to include this one!) 😉


e turns 8.

Sleepover Invitations

It’s hard to believe it’s been three months already, but I am finally getting around to posting pictures of E’s sleepover.


All of the invitations and party printables were custom made and will be available online soon.  If you are looking to purchase them immediately, email me.  We were able to make so many decorations from the printable package.  I loved how everything turned out!

sleepover cupcakes

We attached cutouts of the pillow design from the invitation to lollipop sticks from Michael’s and used them as cupcake toppers.

Sleepover Party Favors

We filled these boxes from Michael’s with all kinds of spa goodies.  We wrapped the tops in paper from the printables.

Party Favors Sleepover Party Favors


I printed paper and glued them together to make a table runner.


We mod podged the same paper to a cardboard E from JoAnn’s… and also used it for the banners.S'mores Boxes

We made individual s’mores packages for each girl.  You can get the boxes here.

S'mores BoxesI just love how they turned out.


We made several attempts to dip the balloons in glitter.  The first prototypes had way more glitter, but I didn’t account for the weight of the glitter weighing down the balloons.  This was the most glitter that we could apply and still allow them to float.  Flowers

Girls Girls

S'mores Boxes


i think they had fun. 😉

Images by Jan Michele Photography


Our Living Room.

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Last week I showed you some pictures of dining room with a promise of living room pictures on the horizon.  I always keep my promises people, so here you go!

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The gold leaf tray was a HomeGoods DIY.

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I love this piece.  It was a Mother’s Day gift made by E last year.

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See how I made this butterfly collection here.  The stools are from HomeGoods!

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It took a long time to find just the right paper for the ceiling.  I was thrilled that the winner was from Home Depot!  The chairs were a Craigslist find that I reupholstered.

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As you may know, the curtains were custom painted.

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I had my Grandmother’s piano bench reupholstered with a metallic cowhide. 2013-4-27 - Salmon Portfolio - Web - Larger (15 of 103)

Remember the Nate Berkus turtle shells that I painted?  Aren’t they fab?

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Found this needlepoint on Craiglist.  Had her made into a pillow.  We had leftover turquoise linen from the wingbacks, so I had two pillows made.  The Schumacher pillows are from Etsy.

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We love our new living room.  What I love most is that we didn’t break the bank creating it.

Photos by Ryann Colleen Photography


E’s Party Q & A.

A few of you have emailed me questions about E’s Party.  Hopefully this post will answer them.
All of the instruments on the cake were made from fondant.  The zebra pattern at the bottom was actually a zebra ribbon.  After explaining the design to Kristy, this is the sketch that she came up with.
Pretty true to life, right?  Isn’t she amazing? 
The invitations were made in MS Word.  The font is Taller Evolution.  The invitation paper and envelopes are from Paper Source, and the Zebra paper is from Michael’s.
The Back Stage Passes were made in MS Word.
The “Rock n’ Rolls are actually Tropical Lemonheads.    I found them at the Dollar Tree, and picked them because of the colors, not knowing how they tasted.  I have to say, they were the hit of the party.  They taste like jelly beans.

My dress and belt (both on sale now, of course) are from Anthropologie.  E’s shirt is from Crewcuts.  It seems to be sold out, but they have a similar one with long sleeves here.

I think that’s everything.  Thanks so much for all of your emails and kind words.  This party was so much fun to create.


One Truly Outrageous Party.

Last weekend we celebrated E’s 6th birthday.  There were a few mishaps and threatening skies, but the weather held out and the party was a ball.


Happiest Birthday to our baby girl.   We had so much fun.   Now that her party is over, her sister has already started campaigning for her birthday party (in May.)
Party Styling- Krista Salmon
Photography- James Woo
Invitations- Krista Salmon
Cake Topper- Tastefully Treated
Cupcakes and Cookies-2 Sweets
Cupcake Wrappers- Scraptags
Floral Design- Krista Salmon
Pinata- Birchangel
Guitar Picks- Steve Clayton
Disco Balls- Party Depot
Gloves + Pins +Tatoos + Flower Pails- Michaels
Sunglasses + Michael Jackson Gloves + Microphones- Windy City Novelties
Reusable Goody Bags- Papermart
Materials for Backstage Passes- Staples