Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Punch storage

I love the MS punches.  Especially, the punch around the page punches.  What I don't like is having to dig through a box or draw to find the punch I want. I want them all set out so that I can see them.  Finding a way to store (display) my punches was a great challenge.  I saw on the message board where many people where using some kind of rods from Ikea.  This would be great  - but too costly for me.  How could I  get the same effect at a cheaper price?  I purchased dowel rods, cheap white ribbon, and upholstery tacks.  A little hammering and my punch storage was complete.  I did have to double the ribbon on the end to keep the tack from pulling out of the ribbon.  Overall, it works like a dream.  I can see all my punches at a glance.  Choosing the one I want is no problem. 
Before you ask,  there are punches on the other side of the self also.  I am about ready to start on the side of another shelf.  Shhh, don't tell my husband.  I don't think he realizes how many punches I really own.  You know what they say,  the best place to hide something is out in the open.

Monday, September 13, 2010

I'm baaaack!

I know what your thinking.  Open a blog and then go MIA.  I can give you all the reasons in the world but it would be so much more fun to show you.

Tomorrow is my stepfather's birthday so to help him celebrate 70 wonderful years we threw him a surprise party on Saturday.  Sneaking around is not as easy as one might think.

Since he loves Elvis Presley it was only natural that the party theme be Elvis.  I started with an Elvis invitation complete with a concert ticket.

A party wouldn't be complete without a party game.  The game was combined with the table centerpiece.  My mom and I found some really cute birthday decorations at Dollar Tree.  My son and his girlfriend came up with five clues to a movie or song by Elvis. They cut the clues with the expression and hot glued them to the centerpiece.  There were 12 in all. The party guest had  to guess the song or movie based on the clues.  One guest came close - only missed one.  To keep track of their guesses they needed a place to write it down.  How was I going to provide a piece of paper in a cute fashion?  Well -- I took plastic snack bags and filled them with a fork, spoon, knife, napkin, salt, and pepper.  I topped it off with a piece of black cardstock punched with a MS punch and matted with the directions and a place to write down their guess. These turned out so cute.

I wanted to give my stepdad a reminder of this wonderful day.  After much searching I found an Elvis wordbook.  I'm sorry I don't remember whose blog I found it on but if it was yours -- Thank you, Thank you very much.  I filled the book with white paper.  Each guest then wrote a special message to the birthday boy.

What about the cake you ask.  A good friend was able to get the cake designed to match the invitation.  It was totally over the top.

How do you keep 60 people of various ages happy at a 70th birthday party?  You provide entertainment.  What kind of entertainment do you have at an Elvis party?  You have an Elvis concert.  After all, the invitation did include a concert ticket.

The party was a great success.  A surprised birthday boy, a game, entertainment, and great bar-b-que.  None of this would have been possible without the help of so many people.  On the day of the party everyone pitched in to get things ready and again to clean up.   I thank each and everyone of them.  Especially my husband.  You are wonderful. 

To my stepfather -  I love you and I thank God that he blessed us with you. I so look forward to sharing the many more birthdays to come.