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Pinwheel first birthday party: Monthly Photos displayed on dessert table in frames with @Krylon spray paint #birthdayparty |

You’ve already seen the overview post about my daughter Brielle’s Pinwheel First Birthday Party. Today I wanted to dive into one of the many DIY projects we (Derek and I) completed for her big day: the picture frames for the dessert table.

Ikea Vertical White Frames Used at several parties |

Back story: I purchased these vertical white frames at Ikea for $0.99 each for table thank you signs for our wedding and boy have they gone a long way! They have since been used for my nephew Logan’s 1st Birthday Party, my dad’s 60th birthday party, and Allie’s baby shower signage. All in white. But with a color palette of pink, yellow, mint green and blue for Brielle’s party, I thought it was time to update!

Krylon Spray Paints used for first birthday party decor |

I have been craving for an opportunity and DIY project where I can FINALLY get my hands in the spray paint craze that is all over the blogs to transform items with fun colors. So I was SUPER excited about this opportunity with Krylon!

Spray paint boring white frames with a pop of color using Krylon. read directions before use |

With a little one needing my attention, I asked my dear hubby to help me out on this project. We went with the Craft Series Shimmer Metallic can in bright pink and got to work. First up, read the directions! Nope, this isn’t a staged shot above. I actually caught him reading the directions before using it. Good boy! He made a little spray booth using the box from our car seat to hopefully keep the spray contained. (more on that later).


Next he started to spray the frames. By frame 12 he was a pro! Here are a few tips we learned about the process:

  • Start by spraying off the frame then on the frame and end off the frame. This stops any heavy, round spray marks from appearing.
  • Layering lighter coats is better than trying to cover everything at once.
  • Ventilation is needed. He worked in the garage but with the garage door open.
  • Cover more of your floor than just the spray booth area. While he didn’t physically spray anywhere but within the booth, the mist of the spray did come outside our box and around the floor space. Luckily it wiped off super easily from our pretty floors but that wouldn’t have been the case if it was done on grass or concrete.

Pinwheel first birthday party: Dessert Table #birthdayparty |

Overall I was happy with the outcome of these sparkly new pink frames with the metallic shimmer look! They went great with the dessert table décor showing off miss Brielle’s 12 months of growth.

I’m happily entering this project in the FaveCrafts Make It Yours® with Krylon® Contest! Enter your project by September 8th for a chance to win cash prizes or a set of Krylon Spray Paints so you can DIY a project at home!

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Pinwheel 1st Birthday Party Details

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Pinwheel first #birthdayparty - cookie pop cupcake topper|

We started dreaming up Brielle’s first birthday months before the big day. We knew a few things: a) we didn’t want a ton of people so we were going to the “family only” route b) we wanted to cater the food so we didn’t have to cook c) it had to include some DIY elements! So please excuse this photo overload post but I’m very excited to share the details of Brielle’s big day and her pinwheel themed 1st birthday party!


Pinwheel first birthday party: @TinyPrints invitation #birthdayparty |

I knew that I would be doing a bunch of DIY craft projects for the party so when it came time to invite our guests, I decided not to design my own but instead went straight to the experts – Tiny Prints! After clicking through page upon page of 1st birthday invitations, I settled on a chalkboard like design called “Precious One” and ended up being so inspired that I added chalkboard accents throughout the party!


Pinwheel first birthday party: DIY Pinwheel centerpieces with pool noodle foam as center #birthdayparty |

With a theme like pinwheels, I made sure there was a bunch on display. I made my own using this technique and hot glued them to wood skewers and paper straws. Yep they were for display only and did not spin. Look for an upcoming post with a little more detail about these guys.

Pinwheel first birthday party: Dessert Table #birthdayparty | spotofteadesigns.comThis dessert table became my main focus for the party décor. I was very lucky to reuse the polka dot garland Allie made for my baby shower as the background for Brielle’s dessert table. The top was also a semi homemade approach using a Martha Stewart garland kit that I altered to hide the curtain rod.

Pinwheel first birthday party: Faux Chalkboard Stats Sign and Pinwheel cupcake toppers. #birthdayparty |

I brought in the chalkboard look inspired by my Tiny Prints invitation with faux chalkboard signs. I used a metallic Sharpie on black foam core to freehand one of those trendy “First Birthday Stats” boards. I love how it came out and showed off all that my daughter was up to these days!

The center of the table showcased an old Martha Stewart Crafts cardboard cupcake stand I had from my days at EK, that I dressed up with some punched border pieces. Homemade cupcakes were lined up on top with yet more DIY pinwheel cupcake toppers.

Pinwheel first birthday party: Chocolate covered Oreo dessert #birthdayparty |

Pinwheel first birthday party: Smores desserts with yellow chocolate #birthdayparty |

Colorful homemade chocolate covered Oreos and Smores rounded out the dessert selection.

Pinwheel first birthday party: customized napkins and cookie pop #cupcake topper #birthdayparty |

If guests made a mess, they could easily pick up a custom birthday banner napkin that matched our pink, teal, mint green and bright yellow décor.

Pinwheel first birthday party: Monthly Photos displayed on dessert table in frames with @Krylon spray paint #birthdayparty |

Each month I had been taking photos of Brielle in monthly onesies on the pink rocking chair in her nursery. I displayed them in vertical frames throughout the dessert table that I spray painted for the party.

Pinwheel first birthday party: Drink Party station with signs to direct guests to other drinks. #birthdayparty |

Since we redid our garage last summer and added a second fridge, it became a convenient place for the drinks for a party.

Pinwheel first birthday party: Party Drinks Sign. Let guests help themselves! #birthdayparty |

I added a little drink station on Derek’s work table (which will be featured in an upcoming Garage Makeover Part II post) and made sure to include signs to direct guests to all the drink options available.

Pinwheel first birthday party: Look who's one faux chalkboard sign #birthdayparty |



Pinwheel first birthday party: @Shutterfly photo book with blown up photos on each page to serve as guest book #birthdayparty |

A Shutterfly photobook served as a guest book for everyone to sign. It included some of our favorite photos of Brielle blown up to fit the full page, which was fun to flip through.

Pinwheel first birthday party: One Highchair Garland. #birthdayparty |

Brielle enjoyed her second taste of sugar on her big day. (The first was a few days earlier on her actual birthday). A custom highchair garland was needed to capture this fun moment! And boy did she love that icing!


Pinwheel first birthday party: Kid favors #birthdayparty |

Each of the cousins who came to celebrate received a rolled up coloring book and pack of crayons for future coloring adventures! I love encourage crafty art time with the kids!

Pinwheel first birthday party: Favors #birthdayparty |

For the adults and older kids, I was VERY happy and honored when my friend Cherylin offered to make her adorable sugar cookies. You’ve already seen Cherylin’s cookie magic for my work bridal showerwork baby shower, and Brielle’s first Christmas and now you can see what she does for parties!

Pinwheel first birthday party: Cookie pop favors with @TinyPrints thank you tag #birthdayparty |

She suggested (and I was on board) for pinwheel cookie pops with cellophane bags so I gave her the color palette and let her do her thing. A pretty Tiny Prints gift tag sticker completed the fun favor for their ride home. (NOTE: Even though I believe this sticker was originally designed for Valentine’s Day, it worked perfectly for Brielle to show her love to her guests!)

Pinwheel first #birthdayparty - cookie pop cupcake topper|

Cherylin also create a cookie pop for Brielle’s cupcake when we sang Happy Birthday. Look how cute this is!!!

If anyone in the Central New Jersey area is interested in using Cherylin’s cookie making services for you next event, check out her Flikr page to see her other work and contact her here: CherylinsCustomCookies(at)gmail(dot)com. Tell her I sent you :)


Pinwheel first birthday party: @TinyPrints thank you card #birthdayparty |

While this will be a spoiler for most of my guests, I also ordered beautiful Thank You cards with another photo from our pinwheel birthday party invitation photo shoot. She’s actually clapping in this photo! :)

Overall, I was so happy with how the party decorations came out, but even more happy with the BEAUTIFUL weather that day and the fun Brielle had with all her family around!

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Wooden Folding Chair Makeover {BEFORE and AFTER}

Wooden Folding Chair Makeover with Before and Afters photos |

I originally shared this project way back in February 2011 when I first started blogging but thought it could use a refresh for all my new readers. I didn’t take as many high quality tutorial photo back then but I hope you can appreciate my new “after” photos showing off our fun chairs!

Wooden Chair Makeover: Before and After Photos |

Backstory: I found this great pair of wooden folding chairs at my Father-in-Law’s house during a yard sale clean out.

Wooden Chair Makeover: Before and After Photos |

I looked up any information I found printed on them to find they were from a now defunked manufacturer in Fort Wayne Indiana in the 1950s. Can’t you tell from the yellow paint job and plastic covers? Looks like something out of my grandpa’s era!

Wooden Chair Makeover: Before and After Photos |

They had a solid wood base and the seat flipped up to be foldable storage. Who doesn’t need extra foldable seating for their home? I decided they needed to come home with us and a facelift was a must!

Wooden Chair Makeover: Before and After Photos |

These babies were cakes in a thick layer of paint so I got to work removing as much as I could.

Wooden Chair Makeover: Before and After Photos |

I laid out a dropcloth, donned my protective facemask, goggles and junky clothes and got to work using chemical strippers to strip the paint. This was a more time consuming process than I realized! (Notice this was all done in our then dingy garage space, which was not yet turned into the beautiful work room it is now!)

Wooden Folding Chair Makeover with Before and Afters photos |

After a lot of work scrapping the paint, I painted the wood parts with two coats of white paint for a fresh new look.

Wooden Folding Chair Makeover with Before and Afters photos | spotofteadesigns.comI reupholstered the seats with new foam and this fun home décor fabric found at JOANN’s Fabrics and I now have two DIY chairs as extra seating in our new home!

Wooden Folding Chair Makeover with Before and Afters photos |

Aren’t they cute?

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Custom Baby Onesies: Iron On Letters

DIY Baby Onesies using iron on letters: great #babyshower gift! | A while back I shared a baby shower gift I made for my sister who was expecting her second child. monthlyonesies1supplies.jpg I bought 4 four packs of onesies, each in the four sizes for the first year, and ironed on letters so she could have onesies for her monthly photo shoots. When buying these packs, I ended up with 16 onesies, when I only needed 12 for the gift. monthlyonesies7all.jpg After I learned I was expecting, I went ahead and made my own custom designs using the left over onesies and yet more iron on letters! Check out the designs I came up with and watch as Brielle grows up right before your very eyes! DIY Baby Onesies using iron on letters: great #babyshower gift! | Nehil is our last name so it was fitting to put this phrase on the smallest size I bought in the bunch, 3 months. Nehil-family-photo2 At only four weeks old, little miss wore it for our first anniversary family photo (where we wore our wedding shoes)! DIY Baby Onesies using iron on letters: great #babyshower gift! | Of course I always said my blog was more about my creative side than a scrolling family diary. DIY Baby Onesies using iron on letters: great #babyshower gift! | But you know this little one makes plenty of appearances in baby related crafting and creating posts, so might as well have the onesie to go with the occasion! DIY Baby Onesies using iron on letters: great #babyshower gift! | Isn’t the littlest/youngest always a favorite at family get togethers? :) DIY Baby Onesie: Current Family Favorite | This was the best shot I could get of her as a then 7.5 month old. DIY Baby Onesies using iron on letters: great #babyshower gift! | This was based on a onesie I once saw pinned on Pinterest that was screen printed right on the fabric. But I think the colorful iron on letters still do the trick! DIY Onesie using iron on letters. Reads "A Derek and Tara Production" | At eleven months this “I’m running right at you because I don’t sit still” shot is the best I can do to show off how cute it was on her!

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Dem Bones say Congrats!

I’m sure you looking at the title of those post and have no idea what it’s about.

Handmade Graduation Card for someone earning a degree in Radiography |

Remember Kristin who shared her decorated graduation cap a few weeks ago?

"Rad to the Bone" Decorated Graduation Cap (for someone with a degree in Radiography) |

Well, when you know someone who is graduating from school with a degree in applied science in radiography who’s ready to work with X-rays for a living, you get to have a little fun for their graduation card! Hence the fun girly skeleton card I got to make!

Handmade Graduation Card for someone earning a degree in Radiography |

Congrats again Kristin!

Supplies: Patterned paper: Martha Stewart Crafts | Adhesive Borders and Die Cut: K&Company Spooktactular Collection

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Baby Footprint Crafts: Summer Watermelon Cards

Sweet #Summer Watermelon #Baby Footprint Cards with Free Printable Tags |

We recently had a stream of really hot days where we were mostly stuck inside. So I dug into our art supply drawer, pulled out our trusty Crayola 4ct Washable Primary Fingerpaints
(which you’ve already seen us use for Valentine’s Cards, Mother’s Day Cards and Father’s Day gifts) and make some baby footprint crafts! I thought about a sweet juicy watermelon and got to work!

Watermelon baby Footprint cards - my assistant setting up the workspace |

My little assistant helped me set up the painting area.

Watermelon Baby Footprint Cards - painting pink |

We painted on the pink juicy part of the fruit with a regular paintbrush. I mixed in a little white paint with the red to make a nice pink. She was really interested in what mommy was doing here.

Watermelon #Baby Footprint Cards - painting green |

Next I painted on the green rind of the watermelon. Apparently the foam brush was a lot more ticklish than the regular paintbrush. She was giggling every time I used it.

Watermelon Baby Footprint Cards - pressing down the painted foot |

We pressed her foot down onto the paper and made a little footprint.

Watermelon Baby Footprint Cards |

Look at this collection of cute footprints! While they were drying I added some black seeds with some extra acrylic paint.

Sweet #Summer Watermelon #Baby Footprint Cards with Free Printable Tags | spotofteadesigns.comAfter they dried I added some fun tags at the top with some baker’s twine left over from our wedding crafts and they were all done to be sent out!

Sweet #Summer Watermelon #Baby Footprint Cards with Free Printable Tags |

Here’s Miss Brielle giving her approval on the finished cards (shown with a very messy bedhead I might add!)

Sweet #Summer Watermelon #Baby Footprint Cards with Free Printable Tags |

I went ahead and turned the tags into a free printable for your personal use! Click the image above to download a 8.5×11 sheet containing 8 of these Sweet Summer Tags!

If you do make anything with these tags, I’d love to see it! I’m putting together a “Reader’s Feature” of things readers have made based on posts seen at! Email me at spotofteadesign(AT)yahoo(DOT)com!

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Christmas in July

Baby's First Christmas Two Page layout: family portrait |

I know it’s hard to remember with all this blistering heat of the summer, but we had a REALLY snowy, cold winter this year. Remember now? Lots and lots of consecutive snow days, even ones in really late winter after super warm days? I remember it well since Brielle was just a baby and we were itching to go for some stroller rides, but often stuck inside!

Baby's First Christmas Two Page layout |

Let’s take a little walk down memory lane with this scrapbook page from Brielle’s baby book about her first Christmas that I have yet to share here! It features a few of my favorite photos of that season, including her first picture with Santa, a family portrait from Christmas Day, a favorite shot of her from the Christmas Card photo shoot wearing the tutu and headband I made her, and one of her taken on Christmas morning with my brandy new lens I got minutes earlier!

Baby's First Christmas Two Page layout Doily accent |

I was excited that I FINALLY got to use a doily on a layout (something I’ve wanted to do for a while!)

Baby's First Christmas Two Page layout: Pocket for Family Christmas cards |

On the right side of the layout, I was able to include another pocket at the top, which includes a copy of the Christmas cards we sent out to family and friends.

Handmade Birthday Card Made from paper scraps |

And as you’ve seen time and time again, I used the left over scraps from this layout to create the birthday card to add to my stash of handmade cards!

Supplies: Patterned Paper: My Minds eye, EK Success Inspirables | Embellishments: K&Company, Wilton Doily, EK Success Disney Alphabets

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