Saturday, February 25, 2012

And the winner is...

Every year, I plop myself down on my couch for about 8 hours to watch the Academy Awards. I love the red carpet, the interviews, and the show itself. I even love the speeches from the Foreign film winners.
On Thursday, hubby and I had a date night and saw The Descendants. George Clooney was wonderful! He has my vote for Best Actor. But all of my other votes are going to The Help. Every performance was amazing and the film has such an great message.
To help you with your own Oscar par-tay, check out this great blog. It has food and drink ideas as well as some fun printables.

Thursday, February 23, 2012


The winner of the beautiful Shabby Apple dress is...#3 Marianne! Your dress is on it's way, Marianne! Hope you enjoy it. Thanks to all who entered and don't forget to use your 10% off discount to the Shabby Apple until Mar.14th. Code:partywishes10off

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Hunger Game Printables

Amy Locurto is a genius! My family and I can't wait to see the Hunger Games! Now we will have a party before we go to cheer on Katniss and Peeta. Here is the link for the printables.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Sharing the Love...

 with a GIVEAWAY!
 I'm so sorry I have not been posting in blogland for a while. I caught the Pinterest bug and I'm trying to control myself. To make it up to you, I'm having a giveaway of a beautiful dress from Shabby Apple. I love their new Mad Hatter line (pictured above).

 Shabby Apple has beautiful vintage-inspired women's dresses, swim suits and little girl dresses.

 How about wearing this adorable dress to an Oscar party?
Shabby Apple is offering one of my lucky readers this beautiful Azure Coast dress (above). Beautiful color for Spring and Summer and it's wrap style is perfect for any figure!
To enter, please do both of the following:

"Like" Shabby Apple on Facebook


Visit Shabby Apple website and leave a comment about your favorite item

Also, Shabby Apple is offering 10% off on your order just by mentioning
"partywishes10off" when you checkout.
Hurry, offer ends March 14th!
Don't forget to tell them Donna Collins from Party Wishes sent you!

This giveaway ends February 21, winner announced on February 22. 

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Vintage Style Door

 For years, I have been drooling over these vintage style doors for my back door. I ran into a few problems- my current door opens to the outside, I live in Los Angeles and I don't need a storm door and we use our air conditioning in the summer (it averages 105 degrees in July and August) so I wouldn't use the screen and this door's starting cost is $400.
 I was browsing Cricut cartridges on ebay and found an Ornamental Iron 2 cartridge that had lovely scroll patterns. I thought it would be brilliant to cut them out of vinyl and stick them on my back door window!
 First, I cut out several styles and in different sizes. I used cardstock from WalMart and taped them to the window.
 After I lived with the patterns for a few days, I decided on one. The beauty about vinyl is that it is inexpensive and you can change it out if you don't like it. With a wood door, you could make a very expensive mistake.
 I made 4 cut outs and placed them in the corners.
 Next, I made a wreath for the door as well. I got a styrofoam wreath from WalMart, ripped strips of muslin and used my ruffler attachment to make a giant ruffle. I wrapped the ruffle around the wreath and then made little rosettes out of scrap fabric.

Next, I will be making curtains for my kitchen. The windows have been naked for a year and a half and I am desperate to get something on them. For the patio table, I will give it a fresh coat of white paint and put some new oilcloth on top. Of course, I need to make cushions for the red iron chairs that I got at Cost Plus last summer. I better get busy!
Do you have Spring Fever yet? Are you dreaming up any home improvements?