As some of you know, over the last week I've been working on some pinatas for a stagette that I'm off to this weekend. I've had lots of help along the way!
On Saturday, a friend and I babysat for someone and the kids (age 8 and 5) had a great time helping out with the paper mache. We mixed up some white glue with hot water (2 cups glue, 1 cup water- it cools off very quickly plus it is waaaay less messy than flour and water) and pasted 2 layers of old newspaper onto Costco-sized cereal boxes and balloons. We did a layer of white paper on top so that they'd be easy to paint. The kids did a great job! They were so meticulous about layering the paper smoothly!
The other day my friend and I painted them up and made a wedding gown for the girl out of tissue paper. We added some accessories from the Dollar Store too - can you guess what the groom does for a living?
Remember all those craft goodies I bought when I was on vacation? Well, I've been busy like a mad woman making Christmas cards! Here is a preview of what I've been up to since returning from the UK. They're so cute!
The other day, I visited the National Botanic Gardens of Wales with some friends. The gardens are based near Carmarthen, Wales and boast large spacious grounds and am impressive glass house.
It was lovely weather and despite it being the end of the summer, we weren't at all disappointed by the plants in the garden. There were still so many plants blooming and the number of butterflies everywhere was fantastic. The one pictured above, stopped just long enough on a straw-flower for me to capture the photo.
While we were there, there was also a summer harp festival taking place. We were serenaded by harp music as we wandered through the gardens!
I visited the Oldway Mansion in a place called Torbay which is located in Devon, England. The building was originally owned by the Singer family; most of u recognize this name as their brand of sewing machine. The sewing machine obviously made this family quite rich! The inside of the stairwell and the ceiling, was completely painted in murals. The grounds outside were also very large and full of ornate gardens! I can't imagine living in a place this grand-- or trying to keep it clean!