Thrifty Thursday | Hallway Make Over

This post is being written because today is my parents 32nd wedding anniversary! Two years ago we threw them a combined birthday and anniversary party where I was in charge of getting pictures from over the years. I had so many but at the time I didn’t have these frames. So for some months after the photos stayed just on poster board. I decided last year that for Christmas I was going to redo our hallways photo collage as part of my Mom’s Christmas present.  I really wish I had a before pictures of the frames that were up from the late 80s/early 90s. I wish I had better photos than these iphone pictures but you’ll get the idea!

Hallway Make Over | www.amylorraineblog.com

I got these collage frames and some more set of frames to hang and my sister and I gave the hallway a fresh coat of paint!Hallway Make Over | www.amylorraineblog.com

With my dad help to hang them all evenly we got them all hung up before Christmas! 😉
Hallway Make Over | www.amylorraineblog.com

The three center frames read “We may not have it all together, but together we have it all”, “In time of test, family is best” and the center frame holds my parents birthday, their anniversary in red, and then their children’s birthdays.Hallway Make Over | www.amylorraineblog.com

I had more frames left over so I started another collage grouping going up the wall, that hopefully over the years will be added too.

Kelley’s Bridal Shower | amylorrainephotography.com

Yesterday I spent the day at my soon to be sister in laws bridal shower. We all had so much fun! I can’t wait until the wedding.. Only  40 days left!

Table Decorations | amylorrainephotography.com

It was fabulous with Girl Scout Cookies and Mimoas.Soon To Be Mrs. | amylorrainephotography.com

The Guest of Honor, Kelley!Decorations and Pictures  | amylorrainephotography.com

Some old pictures of Kelley and some star wars pictures too!Love is patient bracelet | amylorrainephotography.com

Opening gifts.. This is a bracelet from my mom with the love is patient quote on it.Door Knocker | amylorrainephotography.com

A really adorable engraved door knocker with the quote “We’re All Mad Here” from Alice in Wonderland.Wine Glasses | amylorrainephotography.com

Kelley’s last name is Barr and so we did the play on words.. The Hohl’s Barr!  Cute Pillow | amylorrainephotography.com

This awesome pillow was a gift from my cousins!DIY Bridal Shower Gift | amylorrainephotography.com

This is the gift my sister and I put together for Kelley. My brothers name is Erik and my other brother Brian couldn’t pronounce it an so Air-Wick was perfect fit to replace his name.Parrty  | amylorrainephotography.comAnchor and Crab  | amylorrainephotography.com

The Crab and Anchor is the family crest they created.Mothers | amylorrainephotography.com

The Mothers!Happy Couple | amylorrainephotography.com

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Party Favors  | amylorrainephotography.comAnd the awesome “Always Be Prepared” Party Favors 🙂

DIY Beer Cake | Amy Lorraine Photography

DIY Beer Cake | AmyLorrainePhotography.com

Last week I helped my mom put together this beer cake for a friend’s surprise birthday so I thought it would be great to put together for my brother’s birthday with Half & Half Arnold Palmers!DIY Beer Cake | AmyLorrainePhotography.com

Its very easy to make! You will need:

-30 can beverages (can be more or less depending on your cake sizes)

-ribbon and decorations

-circle cardboard cut outs

DIY Soda Cake | AmyLorrainePhotography.com

Put the first circle cardboard cut out down wherever you want the cake to be displayed. Not intended to travel. Then add the bottom layer of cans. Ours both had 14 on the bottom. Then place next smallest cardboard on top and add middle later of cans. Repeat with the top layer of cardboard and cans. Finish with ribbon around each layer to secure and curling ribbon throughout for decorations. Decorate the rest until you’re complete!

Necklace Holder | Amy Lorraine Photography

I spent what seemed like forever trying to find a jewelry holder for all my necklaces. Problem was they either were too expensive, didn’t have enough pegs to hold them or they wouldn’t have worked with my necklaces being so long.Necklace Holder out of a Tie/Belt Rack | Amy Lorraine Photography

Then I found this men’s tie/belt rack! It is perfect! I just screwed it into the wall and voila! No more tangled piled up necklaces and they don’t get lost anymore! For less than $8 it’s PERFECT!Necklace Holder out of a Tie/Belt Rack | Amy Lorraine Photography

DIY No Slip Hangers | Amy Lorraine Photography

I have all these plastic hangers and off the shoulder shirts do NOT mix. Since I hang up all my shirts I needed a solution to the everlasting problem of the shirts falling off the hangers.IMG_4934

Take your regular hanger and your hot glue gun. Run a zig zap pattern on the top of each side. Once dry hang up shirt.IMG_4942

Voila!

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Five On Friday | Amy Lorraine Photography

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In college I was in Alternative Break Connections, which is an organization where students can travel during their winter and spring break to different parts of the country and help those in need. In 2009 and 2012 I got the opportunity to travel to Miami, FL to do community service. It was such an amazing experience, I wish I had been able to go back every year.

 

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Dinner the other night? Yes please! Garlic Chicken Pasta with mixed veggies. My favorite!!

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If you think your box of Girl Scout cookies are safe around me.. Think again. I love me some girl scout cookies!

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Exciting news for me.. JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE CONCERT! The first concert I went to was Nsync, and I was around 10 y/o. I can not wait for August 8th!
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Started making a photo wall! Its almost finished, just waiting on a few more prints! I thought would be better than painting!

 

Happy Friday Everyone!