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First of all, I was going to apologize for how long it’s been since I’ve posted, however, I then thought there is no reason to apologize.  Y’all have other things to do with your life other than reading my blog! A lot has been happening up here in the Northwest in my absence, though.  One thing I can say for William and I, we don’t like sitting around on our rumps!  I do have a ton of things I want to blog about over the next few days, but I’m going to start with my fabulous evening that I had last night with my newly established Portland Bunco group!  Yes, you read that right, Sally has brought Bunco to the NW.  Well, I’m sure I’m not the only one but hey I’ll give myself a little credit with initiating this group of ladies to the Bunco world!

I didn't have a ton of options for "dice inspired" invites so this one had to do the trick.

The idea came during a Supper Club that I was recently invited to join with a group of Junior League ladies.  I am not sure how we started talking about it, but it was mentioned that none of the girls knew how to play Bunco.  I thought to myself, “BLASPHEMY!” and vowed to teach the girls one of the greatest Southern ladies games known to man.  You need tables of 4 and there were 8 of us there so we each invited one friend to play which gave us a great group of girls and several that I hadn’t had a chance to get to know yet, so I was really excited for the chance to meet some new girls!

In classic Sally fashion, I got carried away with my decor.  I want to come back in my next life as Martha Stewart so just don’t judge me, ok?  I will say, everything that I did was quite simple and had a great effect.  I used some leftover burlap and painted large dice in the center with some paint I had lying around.  The table cloths actually turned out better than I had imagined! AND they can be reused each month, though our house did smell a bit like a barn.  I printed out large dice from an image I found online and backed them with cardboard for the table markers to the girls knew how to travel between tables.

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Tables 2 and 3 for Bunco Night!

And lastly, I made our Bunco cards to keep up with your games and buncos as you go along.  These I wasn’t too pleased with, however I am hoping I can bribe my husband into helping me with a new design before next month.  Not going to hold my breath on that one though…

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Close up of our "score cards" that I made. These help us keep track of how many games and Buncos each gal has won.

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Close up of the table cloths that I made. Super easy--Just some left over burlap and I painted dice on them to make them a little more festive!

If you’ve never played Bunco, let me fill you in a little bit.  You’re trying to trying to roll 6’s on three dice and when you roll all three at the same time, that is called a Bunco.  When one is rolled, everyone at the table wants to grab them.  Let me paint you a picture, 12 women, 12 wine glasses, three tables of rolling dice, excitement everywhere, a Bunco is rolled, women screaming, jumping out of their chairs, there is grabbing involved…

Lets say this.  It is a MIRACLE none of the wine glasses went crashing to the floor because we were all SO into the game!  [Spoiler alert for my Bunco ladies] So, I emailed to my sweet family friend, Whitney, owner of Polka Dot Parties, who has been my go-to on amazing party/tailgating accessories for a while for help!  If you’ve been reading for a while, you know I have ordered some amazing Alabama/MSU cups and koozies from her that were a huge hit at our tailgate this year in Mississippi. Check those out here.  Thanks to Whitney, I’ll be ready for next month’s Bunco night with these amazing cups!  Drinks may still go flying when a Bunco is rolled, but at least cups don’t shatter on the floor!  Now us ladies can let the Buncos roll in style!

Coming to a Bunco night near you! (well only near you if you live in Portland), but seriously, how wonderful are these!?

Little side note: please check out Polka Dot Parties‘ website. Whitney is fun, talented, and everything I’ve ever purchased from her has been amazing!

And now for some photos from the evening.  We had such a great time and it was awesome getting to know the girls who came I hadn’t spent time with yet.  I can say that I have successfully roped them all into the fun world that is Bunco!  As a friend once said, “All good things really do come from the South!”

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Sweet ladies starting at Table 2!

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Ladies starting at Table 3!

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Sweet Kate and Casey! Great picture of you two ladies!

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Lucky ladies of Table 1 at the start of the game!

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Action shot! These girls were really great sports with all of my photo taking. (Side note, Casey I see you trying to sneak a punch on your card!!)

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So far, so good! NOTE! I have a Bunco punch! I actually rolled TWO Buncos last night! I never roll Buncos!

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Mrs. Corrine looking beautiful and me trying to be silly blowing on my dice for good luck.

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Our winners! Abby: Most Buncos, Anna: Low Games, Shannon: "Boobie Prize" or Consolation, Corrine: High Games, Marnie: 2nd High Games

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AND...of course, a group shot with our final Bunco cards! Quite a successful first go around if I do say so myself.

Save Time, Get a Mail Box!

Yeah, I have no clue what this picture was meant for. I guess many years ago you had the choice whether or not you had a mailbox? I’m not sure, but I LOVE my mailbox. It’s a little on the silly side (keep in mind we’re renting so I took no part in the choosing of the mailbox), but I love that it has bluebonnets painted on it. In case you didn’t know, bluebonnets are the Texas state flower and since that is where Mr. Fancy Pants and I grew up, it warms my heart a bit.

I snapped a little picture of our mailbox! Bluebonnets. Check! Dirt. Check! Rust. Check!

The other reason I love my mailbox is what comes in it. Nothing brightens my day more than a card from a friend or a package from my mom. AND of course there is the occasional (or not so occasional) online purchase that I am waiting anxiously for. Postman (mine is a woman), UPS man, FedEx man…they’re all my friends.

This past Friday I had what I would consider an exceptionally good mail day. I’m not sure which is better–receiving a little surprise everyday or receiving them all at once. Man, both are good. The best are the unexpected arrivals. On Friday, I had 2 unexpected arrivals. Both from friends back in Austin. Made. My. Day. Here’s what arrived:

  • Lightbulb from Jessica and John (I’ll explain in a bit)
  • Gift certificate from Mary Kathryn–the genius behind Loretta Flower
  • Return address stamps that Mr. Fancy Pants designed for me
  • MSU/UA koozies designed by a precious family friend who runs Polka Dot Parties
A little something to brighten our new home!

Now seriously, how creative is this?! Jessica and John are two of the most fun and creative people I know so this clever gift did not surprise me. I still had never seen this idea before and thought it was precious. On top of being a clever idea, it’s a great gift! These vintage and Edison inspired bulbs are some of my favorites and we have them in several spots in our house! She knows me well! Now all I need is a new side table lamp to put the bulb in (Mr. Fancy Pants is rolling his eyes right about now…women can justify just about anything. It’s a gift).

Gift certificate to Canoe courtesy of our sweet friend MK

Our next surprise was a gift certificate to Canoe from our precious friend Mary Kathryn! They have some of the BEST housewares around and are a great fusion of mine and William’s styles. This was the most perfect gift for us! And such a personal touch that MK took the time to send us to someplace local. Mary Kathryn is the amazingly talented lady behind Loretta Flower (no kin to my cat). She makes some of the most beautiful floral designs you’ve ever seen. When we moved out here, I commissioned her to design some dried floral arrangements for 3 clay pots we were given as a wedding gift. They are stunning. I will be doing a whole post in the near future on Loretta Flower. So STAY TUNED!

New return address stamps from Mr. Fancy Pants himself!
I realize that blurring out our address severally hinders your seeing the stamp in its entirety but I don’t want strangers showing up at my house.

These gems also arrived on Friday. If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll remember that I used Paperwink to create my return address stamp when I lived in Austin. (read about that here). When we moved, of course we could no longer use the stamp with our Austin address on it. Mr. Fancy Pants decided to give it a go with the design of our return stamps. I may be biased, but I think he hit the nail on the head. He designed two (upper left hand corner) and I couldn’t decide between them so he had both made. He threw in the Dixieland Delight stamp for grins to surprise me. I was so excited to see these when they came in. So excited in fact that Friday evening I sat on the couch for an hour and wrote about 10 cards to friends and family. One to say hello, but mostly to use my new stamps!

REVERSIBLE KOOZIES!
IT’S GENIUS!

Last but CERTAINLY not least, the long awaited, double sided, MSU AND ALABAMA koozies arrived! I have been so anxious to get these in the mail. We are such HUGE football (let me narrow that by saying SEC) fans! Mr. Fancy Pants’ family is from MS and he went to Mississippi State. Mine is from Alabama and Arkansas and I went to Alabama for school. We’re a house divided! Ha! We’ve gone back every year for a game and we’re trying to make the UA/MSU game a tradition. Some of our best friends, Landon and Julia, live in Mississippi and are nice enough to let us stay with them when we come down. Last year we weren’t able to make the MSU/UA game but we went to the MSU/Georgia game and had a BLAST! (Here was my post on that weekend). THIS year, we’re headed down November 11th to see my Crimson Tide play the Bulldogs!

A sweet family friend of ours from Texarkana owns a company called Polka Dot Parties. She designs and sells stationary, invitations, personalized gifts…anything under the sun! When we moved up here to OR we invested in Directv so that we could host football game watching parties at our house on the weekends AND catch all of the SEC games. As a little housewarming gift, my mom had Whitney @ Polka Dot Parties make these AWESOME cups that have MSU on one side and Alabama on the other!

Reversible styrofoam cups!

And to take it one obnoxious step further, I asked Whitney if she could do the same thing with koozies. And guess what, she could! So Friday marked the arrival of the dual-sided MSU/UA koozies. We are READY TO TAILGATE now! Both William and I have friends that will be in Starkville for the game in November so it will make for fun pictures to have everyone choosing sides by their drink koozie. I have a good feeling I will be out-numbered. OH well! Please check out Polka Dot Parties‘ website. Whitney is fun, talented, and everything I’ve ever purchased from her has been amazing!

I am sure you noticed that I did not mention my Portland Power & Light or Qwest bills that also came in the mail on Friday. The doom that came with their arrival was thankfully overshadowed by the goodness that came in all of the other packages! All this to say, the surprises in the mail on Friday made my day! If anyone is interested in having a pen pal, I think I’d sure make a good one! I’m accepting applications now… 🙂