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Monday, August 11, 2014

My Daughter's 4th Birthday Paint Party!

I spent a little time trying to figure out what to do for my daughter's 4th birthday party and thought about it... a paint party with a few of her friends from school. When this idea came to life it was a MAJOR success. I let my daughter choose 3 of her friends to have over for her paint party and she was so excited. What's funny is I gave her the choice of having a birthday party at home or at a place like Monkey Joes and surprisingly she chose home before even knowing what I would do. I'm glad we did!

Here's what I did... I got these invitations from Hobby Lobby and printed the party information on them using my color photo printer.

 
I bought a few supplies... packs of canvas from Hobby Lobby, paint brushes and a pack of small paint pots from Wal-Mart. I'm stumbled across these while looking for other items at Wal-Mart and am glad I did because you get a variety of paint colors for under $10...waaaay cheaper than buying paints from Hobby Lobby or another craft store.


While painting the girls wore t-shirts to keep their clothes clean. I found an adjustable height table from Sam's which worked perfectly for all 4 girls to paint on. The painting occurred outside of course and the weather was absolutely perfect. My rainy day plan was to open my garage and set up everything in their but thankfully, it was a beautiful day. I found some little cute metal pails in the $1 section of Target which worked perfectly for the paint brushes. I used the cheap clear plastic cups for the water they used to clean their brushes.



Masterpiece in progress!!!

Letting the artwork dry
Now for everything else... A friend from my home town made the cutest tutu for my daughter. It was very full and absolutely gorgeous.

She LOVED her tutu!
I found the cutest sun shaped baking cups and made strawberry cupcakes with cream cheese icing. They were delicious.



A punch made up of Hawaiian Punch and lemonade with frozen lemon and orange slices added to keep it cold and not water it down the way ice would. All in all, the food and dessert were great!



Mixed fruit! Yum!
I found it best not to bog down little ones with a bunch of planned activities so after they painted I let them play in my daughter's room. They played dress up, watch Disney Junior and had SO MUCH FUN! In the end, her party was a major success.

Food and little Disney Junior
Best Friends :)


My daughter's finished masterpiece! :)

CONCLUSION: A birthday party that my daughter enjoyed with friends and it didn't cost me that much money. The time invested was worth it. :)

Friday, September 27, 2013

Brainstorm: My Next Headboard Project

Okay everyone, I have several items I would love to tackle although my lack of time and energy hinder me from doing them in a timely manner. One project I'm determine to do is to create a queen size winged back headboard for my master bedroom. I already got my feet wet completing my first diamond tufted headboard. I plan to tuft this headboard as well. I made the first step and purchased my fabric.

Robert Allen Linen Slub in Greystone


It was on sale at Joann's for $12.49 a yard, so I couldn't pass it up. I actually ordered it online and was able to get free shipping which meant no driving around to pick up all 7 yards that I ordered. (I know, 7 yards is a lot) My next step will be to begin making my buttons. I still need to purchase my other supplies which will happen sooner or later, I'm hoping. I'm currently debating on my bed frame... whether to make it myself, have someone else make it or purchase it. sigh... I have yet to make up my mind on this. I kinda want to make sure my frame has been established and in place so that my headboard measurements are accurate.

After reading many blogs and having my prior headboard making experience, I'm confident enough in myself to know that I can pull this off. This time I will space out my buttons a little more. It took me forever and a day to tuft my last headboard simply because it had about 50 buttons. I couldn't do them all in one day because the tufting made my fingers tired. I could've saved my fingers if I had cut holes into my foam. Lesson learned.

Here are some photos that have inspired the look that I'm going for.

"Brea" Bed by Vanguard at Horchow


A couple of pinterest finds...




So it will be some time before I can actually complete this project although having 2 little ones has stopped me from placing timelines on myself. Instead, I work on things when I can and finish when I finish with no pressure. I'm kinda excite about the idea. :)

Thursday, June 20, 2013

1st Birthday Party Ideas ...Again

If you've been keeping up with me you know I have a toddler and a baby. I have an older posting where I put together first birthday party ideas for my first born daughter, but now it's time to do it again for baby #2. I'm not sure if I'll be able to do as much as I did the first time around simply because I've quickly found out that it takes me quite a while to accomplish any type of project. These 2 little ones keep me super busy (and tired). With that being said, I've started to brainstorm and here's some inspiration that I found...


Gorgeous Ombre Cakes
I absolutely LOVE this cake idea by Glorious Treats. I mean... aren't they just beautiful?! Okay, maybe not for babies and toddlers but surely I could make a few of these for the parents in attendance and possibly cupcakes for the babies and toddlers. 
Cupcakes in a Jar
Ever since I did the cupcakes-in-a-jar for my toddler's first birthday I have made all of my cupcakes this way. It is by far my favorite way to eat cupcakes. No mess and when I'm done I just throw my reusable jar in the dishwasher. I love being able to put ice cream on top and contain my mess in the jar. It's my favorite party idea that never gets old... to me anyway. lol

Now I'm a bit obsessed with backdrops. I just love the massive amounts of cuteness. I'm not sure what I'll have time for but aren't these lovely...

I saw this at andersruff.com and was wowed by all of the butterflies. Don't you just love this?! Everything about this Paris themed party was awesome... lots of great ideas.


Here's another cute and seemingly doable backdrop I saw over at lilluna.com. This was another cute birthday party theme filled with great ideas. The colors are fantastic for a summer birthday party.

Now here's a very doable idea that I was thinking of doing...

Crepe paper streamers taped to a string. Here, it's being used as a surprise door hanging but I think this would be a great backdrop for a party. I'm definitely leaning towards doing this.
But how about this diy crown (studiodiy)...

It's like the easiest diy project and opens the doors to so many possibilities. This could so cute for a little princess.

I've seen these paper roses and have been wanting to make them for quite some time...
StudioDIY has a fantastic tutorial on this how to. These may not make an appearance to my baby's first birthday party although they may make an appearance at a future bday party down the road. I'll keep this idea in my back pocket for now.

I love the idea of a little photo booth...

Balloons as a backdrop make for pretty pictures. I may have to put this on my to-do list! Maybe tape balloons to the wall or to a large sheet and hang it. Hmmmm my mind is tickering. lol

I have so much to think about for this party... the food, the (cup)cake, decorations, party favors, invitations, making her a tutu...sigh. Time is flying by and I need to get started like yesterday! lol I will say that this time around I won't invite as many people like I did for my first child. It will definitely be at my house and we'll probably only invite my parents and in-laws, a couple of close friends and a couple of babies her age. That should be plenty for a great 1st birthday party.

In the meantime, here's more inspiring photos...




Let the party planning begin!


Monday, April 22, 2013

DIY TuTu ...Using Ribbon and Tulle!

 
It's my daughter's 3rd birthday and for her party I wanted to make her another tutu. I made a light pink tulle tutu for her first birthday and it's one of my more popular posts (thanks everybody). This time around I figured I'd try creating my tutu using supplies I already had... you know, ribbon you find on clearance that you buy with no need for it at the moment...yea, that stuff. I had a few rolls of varying colors that I could use. Mostly pinks and purples because I keep my girls in mind with my ribbon purchases.



I'll have to remember from here on out to check the clearance sections after Christmas. Last year I scored 2 large rolls of a pink and purple roll of ribbon for less than $1 each. Since more colors are being incorporated in Christmas decorations you can find pretty much any color you want. Anyhow, I used the same method that I used in creating the tutu from my previous post to create this one. Although, I did not include the ribbon on the waist band. For the lengths I made each piece of ribbon about 10 inches long and then folded them in half in order to loop them around my elastic. I laid out my ribbon and came up with a pattern for how I planned to apply my ribbon. I used the same light pink tulle in this tutu as well. It seemed to act as a can-can giving my tutu some nice fluff which I was loving. I put tulle in between every ribbon piece which helped achieve this look.


After a short amount of invested time I ended up with a wonderful product that my toddle just loved. She told me "mommy, I'm a princess"... she sure is.



I noticed you couldn't see the striped ribbon in the pics although you could see them in person. Weird.

I love the outcome of this tutu and she loved it too! There are SO many possibilities with tutus. My baby will be getting one for her first birthday too. I will start brainstorming on that. ;)



Thursday, April 4, 2013

{DIY} Urban Outfitters Inspired Waterfall Ruffle Duvet Cover

Twin Ruffle Duvet = COMPLETE
I'm sure you've all seen the ruffle duvet on the Urban Outfitters website. I saw this duvet some time ago and I oooh'd and aaaahh'd over it. Although, I having a duvet like this on my queen bed wouldn't be the best since it probably isn't quite my husband's style. So, I thought this would be lovely for my toddler's twin...that was until I started to read the customer reviews on the quality of UO's duvet. Sorry Urban Outfitters but the reviews on this duvet didn't sound too appealing, especially at the listed price. I just couldn't see myself spending $150 on a duvet cover for a toddler. Especially after viewing the customer photos showing the quality really wasn't all that great. On top of that, the chances that my daughter would do something to it (mark on it or something) are pretty high.


If you remember in one of my previous posts I made plans to actually make this myself. I needed this duvet to be washable because like I said, it would be for my toddler and will have to be washed on a regular basis. Having a toddler and a baby makes it somewhat of a challenge to complete any type of DIY project. So I told myself to start and not to give myself a hard time line to stick to. After working on my daughter's Ruffle Duvet Cover for what seemed like forever, I have finally finished! Whew... and it only took me 2 months to do it. What can I say. With my baby and toddler, I usually had about 45 minutes at a time to spend working on it. I figured I'd eventually finish... and I did. :) Anyhow, now I'd like to share with you how I made my twin size ruffle duvet cover. I titled this posting "Urban Outfitters Inspired Waterfall Ruffle Duvet Cover" simply because it was my inspiration. I mean, look at it... it's so feminine. I thought it would be perfect for my little girl's room.  Anyhow, here's what I did...

Off to the thrift store!...I found some white sheets at a local thrift store. I bought 4 in different sizes because I didn't know what I would need and they were only $2.99 a piece. Next, I washed my newly purchased sheets on the Sanitary cylce in my washer on the extra soiled setting with bleach and detergent (I have a front loading fairly new washer). This cyle washed those sheets with super heated water for about 2 hours.  I know some people may have an issue with going this route in buying sheets but I was able to score some high quality thick cotton sheets that would cost quite a bit to purchase from a dept. store.

Now, time to gather my supplies:
     1. Fiskars Rotary Cutting Set (Purchased on sale at 40% off) This set included:
          a. Fiskars cutting mat (I used an 18"x24" mat)
          b. Fiskars Rotary cutter (I used a 45mm cutter)
          c. Acrylic ruler (I used 6"x24")
     2. White heavy duty thread... for this project I used about 6 spools
     3. Sewing machine with plenty of pre-wound bobbins...or at least prepare your mind to wind up plenty of bobbins. I lost count on how many I used.
     4. Area where you can lay all that fabric while sewing.
     5. The sheets of course (I used 4... 2 of which were king size)
     6. LOTS of pins
     7. A little patience, especially if you have little ones.

Next I needed to figure out how long I wanted my ruffles to be. *Please note that none of my measurements were exact. I was thinking something around 6" would look great. Luckily my ruler was a good width. The ruler says 6" but that's the line measurements on the ruler. The ruler itself is a little bit wider than 6" which was okay with me because I could use the width of my ruler as a guide. diydesign has some fantastic instructions on how she created her throws.

My Inspiration
Her page actually gave me the fuel I needed to do this duvet. She sells throws as well via her etsy page if you're interested. This project does take quite a bit of everything so buying one of her hand made items may be the way to go if you don't have the time to do this yourself. Go check her out. Anyhow, let me get back on topic...I had to iron my sheets before I could cut them because they were too wrinkled to lay flat for cutting.

This was a laborious task as you could imagine. The sheet I cut was a king size. Holding it upright, I folded it. Imagine holding the upper corners and then folding them together until they meet. I did this again and then folded my sheet to where the top and the bottom met. NOW I layed my sheet down for cutting (open ends first... leave the folder section for the end).


You do not have to do this if you have a large cutting mat. I did this because my mat is only an 18"x24" mat. Although, doing this did make my cutting go by pretty fast. My cutter was pretty sharp and was able to cut through the fabric with ease. I lined my ruler up with the edges and rolled my cutter away from my body cutting my strips. I cut up the entire sheet. I then repeated the above with a queen size sheet. I only cut up part of the sheet.

Next, I started hemming both unfinished sides with a very narrow hem. I did not pin and sew, I merely folded and stitched. I'd still be working on that duvet if I pinned my hems before sewing. I wasn't looking to have perfect hems, just hems.

After I finished my hems, it was time to start the ruffle process. I set my machine on the widest straight stitch and stitched across the top of each piece; grab a loose thread from the end and gather your fabric along this thread. Basically, you're just sliding your fabric down the thread while holding the thread which creates a gathered effect across the top. I didn't gather mine too tightly, I needed to make sure each piece would be wide enough. The gathering isn't permanent though so it can be adjusted as needed. I saw on another blog a lady skipped this stepped and gathered the fabric as she stitched. I think doing the work beforehand is easier. Gathering as you sew can be quite a task and possibly disastrous. I'm just saying, I tried it on a couple pieces and it did not look as good.

After the ruffles have been created, it's time to begin attaching them. I started from the bottom of my sheet; which was a full size sheet (I think) cut slightly larger than the size of my insert (which I purchased from Ikea on sale), allowing for about 1/2" seam allowance on all sides. Here's a couple of close up photos of my ruffles attached...


You see the slight gathering? Not too much, just a little. I did not take my ruffle all the way to the edge due to fear of sewing them down when stitching my seams together at the end. Attaching the ruffles is the time consuming part. When I first started, I pinned down about 4 ruffles and then sewed them down. With 2 little ones this wasn't a great idea, because I had to stop to tend to them a lot and I didn't want to leave this thing with pins in it... I have a busy toddler. So, I pinned one at a time and then sewed. I made sure the bottom of the next ruffle covered the top of the previously sewn ruffle. I eyeballed this for every ruffle. I'd say, the coverage was about an inch or so overlap.


Here's what one evening of sewing produced...


Didn't seem like much since I had about 22 or so more ruffles to go. Here's more progress...



These pictures are from separate sewing sessions. It took some time to pin them in the place where I needed. I used my queen size bed to lay out my duvet since I lack a "craft room" that has a lovely crafting table in it. My bed worked out just fine as a work space. I used the lines of my bed and the base sheet's borders to keep my rows straight. They're not perfectly straight by any means but I was loving it as I sewed each additional ruffle. I ended up sewing my front and back together on the wrong sides. Not wrong as in not right, but wrong as in the inside facing each other. I utilized the hemmed edges of the sheets as much as I could. I know you're probably saying why didn't I just use 2 twin size sheets to sew my duvet. I tried that and they weren't big enough for my twin size insert.

My last ruffle ended at the top. The sheets that I found had a small ruffle like effect at the top which is where I hid the top of my last ruffle. If you don't have this then you can just finish it by sewing a solid piece over the top, covering the top of your ruffle (I hope that makes sense. If not shoot me a message).

Top of my duvet
To finish my duvet's opening, I did an overlap (like on pillow shams) towards the bottom. After forever and a day had past, I finally finished...and I LOVE it and so does my soon to be 3 year old. She said, "mommy I love it, it's beautiful." That's when I patted myself on the back and said "good job mommy" to myself. lol



I'm debating on taking out the insert and ironing this thing. It's a collossal job though right? Yea. I ironed everything in the beginning but after several sessions of putting it down in a random spot in my bedroom it got wrinkled. I can tell you one thing that I must share... it's tough sewing with so much fabric. I had to drape it over a chair as I sewed on each ruffle. It wasn't easy because as I added more ruffles the heavier it got. It was toughest when sewing the middle ruffles because I had to deal with so much fabric in that small space between my needle and the body of my machine. But, I made it through! lol It is soooooo soft and comfortable. I took a nap last Saturday in my daughter's bed. I mean her mattress is wonderful but that duvet cover made my nap heavenly on a Saturday afternoon with her ceiling fan going. Now, I need to work on the accessories... sham, pillow case, different sheets, decorative pillows... you get the picture. Here's some more photos...









I absolutely love it.... what do you think???? I think it looks better than the one Urban Outfitters sells. I'm just saying. Maybe I'm a little biased. LOL