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A Pirate’s Life for Me!

Hello Amigos!  Welcome back!

As some of you already know, on Monday the dynamic duo (my outgoing twins) turned two.  A mild victory for Mom!  Yes!  So far no broken bones or busted teeth – Knock on Wood!!  I have to knock on wood, ’cause these two are daredevils!

On Sunday we had a very fun, and super casual pool party with a bit of a pirate theme thrown in there.  I had decided to do this only a few days before, so trust me when I say that if you don’t have a lot of time you can bust out a few of these projects.

Pirate Banner/Flag


I purchased the cheapest fabric I could find (3 yards) and I used a black tea bag along with the brewed tea to “rough up” the color.  We’re pirates, right?!  Nothing too clean looking – works for me!  While it dried, I made a template on Word and used my projector to line it up properly and get a basic outline.  (If you don’t have a projector then you can print out the letters larger and trace them onto the fabric over a window –  actually that might have been easier than what I did!)  I used poster paint to fill in the letters and skull.  Total time 30-45 min (and an hr dry time)

Treasure Map


Same fabric as the banner, I just tore (yes, tear it!) a piece off the tea stained fabric.  The hard part is figuring out where I was going to hide the treasure, a bunch of inflatable pirate swords for the pool that I purchased on Amazon.  Luckily I have a storage chest for outdoor stuff that already looks like a treasure chest – Phew!  I didn’t over think this map, friends… I just diluted paint (10% paint to 90% H2O) and put blocks of stuff places.  It’s not to scale or even all that accurate.  No worries!  They got the point and found the treasure!  Total time 15 min (10 min dry time)

Pirate Bandanas

Cutest pirate ever!  I can say that because the other one is identical!
Cutest pirate ever! I can say that because the other one is identical!

According to the “official pirate” website (can you sense my sarcasm here?!) an adult’s bandana should be a yard x a yard, and then you tie it to the side, so you don’t mess with your pirate napping position!  For the kids that was way too long so I did 25″ x 25″, and it fit the little ones really well.  If your group is on the older side, maybe 8 yrs + then I would add a few inches there.  Again, I bought 3 yards of pirate themed fabric and used a rolled hem foot on the sewing machine.  It’s like magic!!  It rolls the hem for you… I’m still in awe.  Total time 1 1/2 hr to make 11.

Pirate Brew

Forgot to take the shot at the party!  But you get the point, right?!
Forgot to take the shot at the party! But you get the point, right?!

A little homemade ice-cream (that is the easiest thing to make if you have a machine) and root beer = A fun little treat that looks like beer for the kids!  I just printed out stickers that I made on-line and got these cute mustache straws at Walmart.  Total time 30 min for the stickers

Piratebrew Stickers!  Please use my design!!

Adult Beverage


A little sangria to enjoy by the pool anyone?!  Or shall I say, Pirate’s Poison?!  I love how the tossed wine bottles look all pirately!  Yes, it’s a word!

Pirate Themed Food




Our caterer really did a great job with that one!  Hotdogs in the shape of octopus and “Golden Chicken Nuggets” for the kids, hearty tri-tip for the adults with a super cute (and easy) fruit pirate ship and bell pepper buddies!

Treasure Wrapped Goodies


I had some burlap on-hand and used it to hold gold wrapped chocolates with gold ribbon and a pirate banner.  I cut the burlap into 10″ x 10″ squares (not precisely of course!) and then put in some Reeses, Rolo’s and Hershey nuggets, which look soooo much like bars of gold.  Total time 20 min

Pirate Ship Pinata


Filled with, what else?, booty of course!  Lots of quarters so the kiddos don’t get tummy aches from all those sweets.

We also put an X outside the house, got some eye patches and made cookie sandwiches instead of having traditional cake… a sandwich isn’t pirate related, but it sure is easier than having to cut cake for everyone when you want to enjoy the party along with the guests!  Oh, and (in my opinion) it’s tastier too!!

Got any new parties you’re planning?  I think our next big endeavor will be Halloween!!


Color Crush – Claret Rose

Howdy Do!!  How is everyone today?!

I am in good spirits, ready for a swim day today with the family…. at least that’s how I feel now.  Swim days are always super fun, but draining.  Even the kids crash out by 6:30 and then it’s Date Night!  Well, that’s what our date nights look like these days – a passed out kid snoring on the couch (probably drooling on my hard work!), Ed and I laughing through our exhaustion over the antics of these boys, maybe getting an hour to watch WHATEVER WE WANT!!  True Happiness, folks.

Enough gabbering on…

I recently pulled out a page of HGTV magazine showing a mudroom done in Benjamin Moore’s Claret Rose.


It’s not a red, not a pink, not an orange… It’s really a mix of all three.  And I think it would go great with all the ethnic prints and tribals going on these days.  Are you questioning me now? Is it kinda starting to grow on you… a little…??


Punchin’ up that White!  This room would be such a yawn without it.


Dare to go there?  Or here?  Or you know what I’m trying to say!

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Please note the grey ceiling… keeps it from being too much.  And the white trim is necessary to break it all up… or else ya might get a cavity.

This is a happy room.  Yes?


This is a happening bar.  Yes?

I myself would probably go more like this…


The lucite pieces are Johnathan Adler, the Kilim is currently listed for sale on eBay, the stool is originally from Africa and is vintage, the art piece is made for you and is only $30 on Etsy by MyRoots (it’s a map of your home country!!), the console was custom made and the lamp is a mid century laurel chrome dome (which you can find on 1stdibs, eBay, flea markets).

I’d use Claret Rose on all the walls (’cause I’m bold like that) and then add punches of navy to ground the color, with a range of textures for playfulness (like the rough wood, patterned rug, and trimmed drapes).  Then, to add glamour, the lucite and shiny stuff- Classic, pretty and a welcome that says, I got IT going on.

Do you have any color crushes??  Any new fun color combinations??

Have a great weekend!  XOXO!

Wall Tape!!


I’m a bit bummed today because I accidentally warped my saw blade.  Do you ever try something and in the middle of doing it, you just know that you should stop, but you don’t??  I think it’s that curious kid in me… maybe, just maybe, this will work and come out ok.  In the case of my saw blade, it’s a fallen casualty to my experimentation.

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Won’t be messing with my saw too much in the future.  Lesson learned.  Especially now that I’ve realized they don’t sell Bosch blades in the stores.  Grrr!!

But, since I’ve been having fun looking at stuff on-line you have to check this out!

Wall tape!!


Okay, I’ve seen decals and I’ve seen stick on wall paper, but this is like a giant roll of Washi tape, which is more opaque.  Pretty cool if you ask me.

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And yes, you could do stripes on your wall or frame out the molding, but aren’t these ideas much, much better?!?  People are so creative – Amazed!

And it looks super easy and doable!  Then when you’re bored, peel it off.  Can’t beat that with a bat!!


If you are interested check out the website:

Later Dudes!!