Friday, March 30, 2012

Easter fun for kids!

The closer Easter gets, the more holiday-ish I'm feeling!

Usually Easter is a pretty quiet affair for us.  My FIL, great-GIL and usually my Mom and her boyfriend come over for a small but yummy dinner. And the past three years I haven't done much in the way of decorating with little hands alway grabbing. 

Oh my LORD, they were so TEENY last year!!
But this year is different!  It's Hunter's 3rd Easter and Avery's 2nd (she was only about a month old for her 1st!) and I'm super excited to celebrate this year with these two munchkins. 

Hunter knows the Easter Bunny is coming and he talks about him often. He LOVES playing with the plastic eggs I bought a couple of weeks ago.  And I know he will have a blast dying eggs the night before Easter, as is our tradition.  Last year he was kinda young to understand, but he still enjoyed it with his Daddy!

So, Hunter and I have been doing some fun crafty activities in preparation for the holiday! We've made white chocolate dipped Oreo Pops (with "prinkles" as he calls them). The kid LOVES his sprinkles. That was messy, but fun. And delicious, might I add.

And we also put together a pretty Easter bouquet of plastic eggs. Super easy, super cute. I had some wooden skewers, from last summer when I made shish kabobs, cluttering up my utensil drawer.  I also already had a pink vase. Grabbed a $2 pack of colorful plastic eggs one day from Joann's and then...Voila!

And today we also started on our Easter cards with some foam holiday cut outs I picked up at Michael's the other day.  No pictures yet, but they're coming along very cute!

I love watching the holidays through the eyes of children. as we try to make this a fun and memorable experience for them. It REALLY brings me back to my own childhood and all the great memories my Mom and Dad made for me and my brother. I hope I can give that to MY kids and that when THEY are adults, they will have nothing but fond memories of their own childhoods.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

I made a Cake Stand

Hi, my name is April, and I'm addicted to Pinterest.


I didn't want to be like "everyone else" who jumped on the Pinterest bandwagon. I stubbornly held out for as long as I could, until my curiosity got the best of me.

And I haven't looked back at those anti-Pinterest thoughts since!!

My first project was something I saw through a combination of perusing blogs on my own AND seeing something similar on Pinterest.  A cake stand!

I hit up the dollar store to get a plate and drinking glass. Two bucks. Then Home Depot to get a can of pink spray paint (I wanted to use the cake stand for my daughter's 1st birthday party which I decorated in pink, black, white and zebra print) for about four bucks.  And I called my husband and asked him to bring in his glue that night when he got home from work.

This was definitely a learning experience. Ha! Let's just say with my first cake stand (yes, my first!)
I learned that Gorilla Glue is NOT the best option for an adhesive! Once it started to dry, it expanded, and we laughed at the crooked finished product. Although, honestly, it wasn't crooked ENOUGH for me not to want to use it for my daughter's birthday party!

 I decided to try again, so another day, another dollar store for a second dish and drinking glass! 

Then a quick run to the craft store (well as quick as can be dragging out the double stroller, strapping two fidgety children in, and getting way-laid by zebra-print card stock and Easter baskets!) to pick up some E6000.
Rinse and repeat! So cake stand number 2 was glued and left to dry over night for 24 hours. I analyzed this one from different angles to be SURE there was no crookedness and while the E-6000 was wet, arranged and rearranged the glass!

Next, it was time for spray paint! Honestly, I've never spray painted before and I asked my hubby for some pointers. That morphed into him offering to paint for me.  I swear, I think Daryl has a secretly hidden crafty side that he doesn't let on about. 

We let both cake stands dry overnight and the next day they were still tacky, so I made sure to be careful with them. 

I decided to try out one of the cake stands the morning of Avery's birthday when we had an early morning cupcake.  I didn't want the top of the dish spray painted becuz I wanted it to be food-safe, however I DO plan on making some more (yes, more cake stands!) and painting the top. Just be sure, if you do, to put a doily or something in between the paint and your food items!

Daryl complimented me on the finished product, and didn't think I was crazy for wanting multiple cake stands, and we brought them to Avery's party! Unfortunately, I didn't get a good picture of them that day due to the craziness of hosting a party with 50 people (27 of them children!!) but you can sorta see one of the stands here.

I have to say, my first Pinterest-inspired project turned out not half-bad and another plus? It re-awakened my love of crafty stuff! It's been waaaaaaaaaaaay too long and I'm getting back in the crafty saddle!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Avery's Pink & Zebra print 1st Birthday Party

I'm in the midst of getting everything together for my daughter Avery's 1st birthday party next weekend and it's been a labor of love. I've thrown two parties for my son so far but this one, for my girl, has morphed into a party-beast!

That being said, I've absolutely LOVED looking at all the party blogs out there and seeing all the fabulous pictures posted. So many possibilities and these women are amazing and creative!

I don't pretend to be anywhere near their crafty level, however, when one of my favorite's (who I ordered a birthday banner from one year for Hunter) wasn't shipping out until the day before Avery's party I thought to myself, "Maybe I can make it myself?"

And that is how the party-crafting-decorating monster was born!  I realized just how easy it was to coordinate a party by colors and add little pops of it here and there. And that was where my inspiration for the crafty stuff came into play.  So far I've made a banner and some large cupcake/cake toppers (I already had the big shapes cut out but next time I will tackle much smaller cake toppers) and right now there are no graphics, just color. So for Hunter's party this summer (which I'm leaning towards a pirate theme) I hope to experiment with some cool graphics! And what's the next holiday that I can make something for? ;-)

Anyway, this blog was created so that I can share some of my party experiments to help give others ideas for their own celebrations.  Seriously, if I can do can you!

I plan on sharing pictures of some of the stuff I've made for Avery's party, but for now, here is a teaser of the work in progress:

You can see a hint of the color scheme here, heh heh. Pink/black/white/with a touch of zebra print thrown in.

I am in LOVE with these cupcake liners!

For the life of me, I can't seem to get this picture to upload straight so I apologize for the upside down view!
I know the lighting sucks in this picture...I took it with my iphone at night and I didn't have enough light (or the flash on).

Obviously, I'mstill quite the novice. But it's only my first time making something like this. I had a blast!

I can't wait to see all my ideas tied together at the party.  Wish me luck!