foto friday 19 {preparing for a party}

Happy, happy Friday y’all!  I don’t know about you, but it has been a great week around here.  Mico got her stitches out yesterday and is progressing everyday.  We won’t find out until the end of the month if her blood work has gotten back to normal.  But for now, we are content … and feeling quite a bit lighter than a week ago.

So I am doing what any normal person would do under these circumstances … I’m planning a par-tay!!

A pool party to be exact!  With a few of my favorite gal pals.  A day where we can just hang out and DIY chill by the pool.  You don’t think I’m getting a group of friends together without putting them to work, do you?!?!

So yesterday, my friend Liz and I did a little party prepping and found ourselves in a store here in Curacao called Techniek & Design.  We were actually on the look out for seat cushions for her poolside stools … but you wouldn’t know it from these pictures.  😉  Here’s a little store tour if you will.

It’s a fairly new store that is set up kind of warehouse style.

Here’s a wooden fish I liked.

A few wicker fish … we like our fish here.  :)
A seat cover with a quote we liked.
A bowl full of BIG capiz shells.
A chicken wire basket thingy that I thought might not be hard to try to make.
Who doesn’t love a twig ball.  Or is it a ball of twigs?
Liz ran me down to tell me I NEEDED to see these … and she was right.
Wood slat trays and tables … don’t they remind you of old gym floors?

And then Liz prayed someone would bring her an outdoor shower for her pool area.  Good luck with that.
Ok, a chicken wire basket is one thing … but I actually walked by this twine stool and thought ‘how hard could that be, it’s just jute?’.
And then I thought ‘if Kelly were here, she would totally kick me in the face for thinking that’.  And I’d thank her for it.  :)

I thought these colorful bar stools were pretty cool.
And, I actually bought something off this table … what’s your best guess???
And, after all of that, I am happy to report, we did find some seat cushions for those poolside bar stools at a different store (the hardware store I showed you here). We did have to suffer through a not-so-comfy-cushion-sit-test first, however.

Now, here’s the full scoop.  We are having a pool party.  And there will be DIY projects involved.  And we will be attempting to make the most of Liz’s outdoor seating area by her pool.

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Then, I hope you have a great weekend … there a couple of things that I am really excited about coming to the blog (in addition to the pool party) … I can’t wait to share them with you.  Stay tuned.  :)

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  1. says

    The jute step stool isn’t hard to make at all! In starting you have to remember to put in the ‘warp’ loosely because it tightens up as you weave. From there the hardest part is not loosing count as you weave!

    • says

      Wow, thank you for the tips!!! I think the hardest part would be the counting … and keeping my concentration long enough to actually finish it. Thank you so much for the tip on keeping the warp loose … smart!! Happy Friday.

  2. says

    What a great store…I could wander in that store for hours…so many great things and ideas!…I can definitely see your creative mind churning…Have lots of fun with your friends! Sounds like a great party…can’t wait to see the results!

  3. says

    I need a stool like that Better Homes and Gardens orange one! That store looks amazing….but not as amazing as your party is going to be!


  4. says

    What a super cool store!!!Lots and lots of super coolness.Hmmm I have no idea what you bought.I am sure you walked out with a bunch.How could you not in that store.Can’t wait to see your pool party!

  5. says

    What can I bring to the pool party?! Tequila? Hammers? Paint? I’ll catch the next flight out!

    Did you buy a cloche? Or would your dogs knock it over? Can you actually make your own glass cloche? If anyone can, it would be you!

    Can’t wait to see the action at the pool party (what happens at the pool party, stays on this blog)!

  6. says

    So glad to hear about Mico’s progress. And oh how I wish I could walk into a store and buy a bag of capiz shells … I so want to hack / upgrade a ceiling fixture into a capiz shell chandelier. I have no idea what you purchased from that table so of course, I will stay tuned.
    Robin @

  7. says

    What a fun store! If I ever visit you there on your little island, I want to go shopping at this store. Glad I missed the seat cushion test though…..

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