Saturday, July 19, 2008

Graduation Open House

Well it's finally over! My son, Zach, graduated from High School on May 28 after 13 years at Meadow Creek Christian School in Andover. The years of paying tuition have somewhat prepared us for College Tuition. Actually he's going to North Dakota State University for Architecture and has received a full tuition scholoraship (yippee!). We'll still need to worry about room and board and other extra fees, but the scholarship was certainly a blessing.
On June 28 we celebrated by having an open house for him. It was a lot of work, but also a lot of fun. I also had great help from my sisters and friends. We served Buffalo Wild Wings (he ate 100 of them all by himself!) with cheezy pototoes, ramon noodle salad and fruit and vegetables. We had a ton of food.

For some of the decorating I did for it, the first thing was taking an old ceiling air duct that had been cut down, and I put it on my front door. I attached black and white football photos of him with magnets.
Next to the door I put a sign that says "The Fun Starts Here!" to welcome everyone. This was something a bought at the Junk Market when they were moving out of their old space. It originally said, "The Line Starts Here!". We did have a lot of fun!

For one of his photo boards I took an old window divider. I copied some of his graduation pictures into black and white, used some old photo corners to add them to the windows, plus added some black letters with encouraging words from Michaels. I love how it turned out!

I also took the baby bed spring and I put it on an easel. I added more black and white photos of him from a baby 'til now, cut them with pinking shears and clipped them on it with office clips. Also added some scrapbooking accent pieces from Michaels.

Lastly, I have to include some pictures of my front porch and front garden. I love how the bird bath turned out. I added hostas, ferns and geraniums, which are some of my favorite plants, to it.

This is an old turkey feeder. I took the wood rails off, added the sign that says "feed, water, grow" and then added the flowers. I just wish summer would last for ever!


Traci @ The Bakery said...

OMG! I love the baby bed idea....I'm going to do that with the bed my 3 girls shared. Do you have any ideas for the sides of the bed? I had thought about making a towel know, turn it sideways and hang it on the wall? My daughter graduated this year also. I also LOVE the creative you are. And before I freak you out by just appearing on your blog...I got your blog through an email alert on cottage decorating. Just thought you might want to know how people find your blog. Blessings!!!

Cynthia Holt Ziemian said...

So glad to finally hear from you again! Everything looks so very cool. I bet Zach (that's my son's name, too!) appreciated it all! Love it all!

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

Love, love, love it all! Especially the window screen. Your son is one lucky guy to get such a cool party! I like all the neutral stuff you have--I'm drawn to that, too in my own decorating. Great job!


Margo said...

I love these projects, and would love to feature the bed spring photo holder as a project of the week on my web page and the one with windows on my windows idea page.
LMK if it's OK?
Margo email me directly at

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

I'd like to put a link on my blog to yours, if that's ok!

Elle Jay Bee said...
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Elle Jay Bee said...

Oh my gracious you have a talent for tweaking "junk"!! I love the creativity you show, and I love seeing how old things can be repurposed in unique ways!

Keep it coming!

Cynthia Holt Ziemian said...

I just wanted to let you know that MY son's name is also Zach...spelled the same way, with the "CH". Most Zach's are spelled with ""ck", but my maiden name initials are "CH" and so I named my Zach with my initials. What is your Zach's middle name? Mine is Zachary Zane...Zane was 4th generation! Congrats to him again!

Anonymous said...

Love your ideas. Very inspiring and keep up the great work. Thanks for sharing!

bluemagpie said...

You have a very inspiring website. Love it! See you at Junk Bonanza!

Addi :)

Cheryl @ Vintage Serenity said...

Love your repurposed baby bed springs! I linked to it from my blog:) Hugs and Blessings! ~Cheryl

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Zane Wooder said...

Congrats to Zach. University isn't going to be easy. I hope Zach is mentally prepared for it. I'm glad he got a scholarship. Good for him.

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