Sunday, August 26, 2012

Bring on Autumn!

Well, the party is over

Summer is drawing to a close (slowly, but surely).

It may still be August, but I'm already in Halloween-mode! Planning how to decorate my house and mantle, working on some new holiday bows for my Etsy shop AND for my sweet little model, Avery.

I bought the kids Halloween shirts the other day when I was at Walmart (okay, can I just say, Walmart has never been my favorite store for adult clothes, but for kids clothes? Perfect! My kids are ROUGH on their clothes, not to mention how fast they grow out of them. The other day I picked up a few things becuz here in CT we just had "No Tax Shopping Week". They do this every year about a week before school starts back up. The back to school shoppers get a slight reprieve in the form of NO TAXES on shoes and clothes. I bought Avery two pairs of sneakers, plus got each kid some new jammies (short sleeve, long pants, for the slightly cooler nights), a Halloween shirt for each one, a short sleeve shirt for Hunter for the end of this summer and that he can wear next year and long sleeve shirt for fall/winter for Hunter...and some summer clothes for Avery for next year! I'm not normally one to shop for a kid a whole year in advance, but the clothes were on clearance! I got Avery like 3-4 shirts ranging in price from $1.50-3.00. I couldn't resist! So if your little (messy!) ones need new stuff, go check out the clearance racks at Walmart!).

So in the spirit of Halloween, I also started working on some new holiday hair bows!

 I made a new Korker for my shop last night that would match PERFECTLY with Avery's adorable new orange and black long sleeved tee shirt!

Then using the same ribbons, I decided to make a slightly different hair bow.

One of my Sassy Loops Hair Bows. The candy corn printed ribbon is super sweet and I suddenly remembered I also had a candy corn resin to adorn it with!

So now I have visions of (sugar plums?) autumn leaves, pumpkins, spooky ghosts and turkeys dancing in my head! The possibilities are endless! I really wish I had a sewing machine, becuz there are even a couple of new bows I would make if I could, but really require sewing.

I'm getting SO excited for Fall!!

FYI: There is a sale going on in my shop right now. Use Coupon Code: ENDOFSUMMER12 in order to receive FREE SHIPPING off your next order! This is going on through September 15th. Happy shopping!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Hunter's Pirate Parrrrrrty

Okay, this is a cross blog-post of sorts. I want to share some of the details from Hunter's pirate party so I'll do that in a abbreviated form here. I'm going to mostly just show you the crafty stuff (since this is my craft blog, makes sense). However, if you want to see the FULL blog post I wrote (wih lots more pics) then go read it here on my family blog.

Months and months (and months!) ago I gave Hunter an option (two of his favorite things) for a theme for his 3rd birthday party. Pirates or Firemen? Without skipping a beat, my huge fan of Jake and the Neverland Pirates shouted out "Pirates, Mama!"
I did a LOT of planning for this party. I made as many decorations as I could, which includes decorating the goody bags, making the cupcake toppers, the birthday banner and some paper decorations to add to the fun. I hit up dollar stores and discount stores, online shopping and I used coupons at the craft store to get all the supplies that I needed.
And it has been a process of creating stuff over the past few months in any spare time I could muster (after the kids were in bed)...cutting, gluing, sticking, poking! For a bit, I was feeling sad becuz the weather forecast was NOT promising. My fun outdoor activities (walking the plank, digging for pirate treasure in sand) had to be scrapped. So the night before, I made the executive decision to set up inside and I'm SO thankful I did. At one point, before the party began, there were torrential downpours and wind. And even though the sun was in and out all afternoon, everything was soaked outside and the humidity made it SO steamy. We were nice and cool indoors in the a/c. A little cramped, but happy!

And I'm pleased to say the pay-out was WELL worth it. I only wish I had gotten a picture of Hunter's face yesterday morning when he came down the stairs and SAW all the decorations Mommy had set up the night before...his expression was like Christmas morning!
So without further adieu, welcome to Hunter's Pirate Parrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrty!
Welcome to Hunter's Pirate Parrrrrty! X marks the spot!

The birthday banner I made, although I ended up moving it from the mantle and putting it elsewhere.

I scattered gold doubloons and jewels everywhere!

The pirate face sitting on our wood stove is the pinata. I still buy the pull-string kind just becuz a
majority of the kids are still little.

One of my coupon-purchases from Michael's (craft store) using my coupon. They literally were setting up
their Halloween stuff as I was shopping that day. Halloween decorations? In late July???

Some of the birthday decorations I made, using my Cricut.
I was especially proud of the goody bags! I bought brown bags from the craft store, then embellished with skull and crossbones cut-outs made with my cricut. I glued them on, and then tied on a skull and crossbones ribbon (from Michael's) attaching a red tag that I wrote the kids name on. Then I filled the goody bags with pirate-y treasures. Some gold doubloons, a skull and crossbones pencil, a cardboard/paper hat and pirate eye patch that I purchased online from Amazon, a little rubber skeleton, a string of beads (like mardi gras beads) from the dollar store, a glow stick (from the Target $1 bins), pirate stickers from Amazon (they have the same ones though at Oriental Trading company or Birthday Express), and one piece of candy. Didn't go crazy with the candy becuz I knew that they'd get plenty from the pinata!

One of my favorite finds! This "treasure chest" was in the house decorations section at Michael's and retailed normally for like $21.99 or something like that. It was 70% off so I scooped it up for I think, $6.50. And now I have this cool vintage-y looking box to use for whatever I want! To complete the look, sparkly "jewels" from the craft store and more dollar store beads.

Big D, my master cake-decorator! He is in charge of piping on the frosting for all the birthdays. :-)

I tried to add in little pirate-y touches where I could, to tie it all together. These cut-outs were stuck onto lollipop sticks to make "sails" that I stuck in the utensil cups (the tin cups are from the Target $1 bins!).

My delicious Oreo Pirate Pops! They may not look professional, but the kids LOVED them. And they tasted yummy.

This is the same (one of the two) cake stand I made for Avery's 1st birthday party last March! I just spray painted the (pink) bases now a nice dark red. And the awesome part? They are now the perfect color for Christmas! I will get lots of use out of these inexpensive, easy to make cake stands.

My adorable little pirate stinkers!

The birthday boy!

Argh, mateys!
My silly family! And yes, I made Big D dress in a pirate tee shirt as well. LOL

The sweets table! I tried to keep the food low-key this party (for my own sanity) so we had: cupcakes, brownies, Oreo Pirate Pops, fish and chips (gold fish and potato chips), grapes, watermelon and cherries. And a friend brought her taco dip and tortilla chips. For the kids, I had a beach bucket filled with Capri Suns, and for the adults we had soda and coffee.

The birthday boy's cupcake!

Hunter LOVES this pirate cup I got for him. It is from Birthday Express. He made sure to show it off to everyone.

Anyway, that was my attempt at a Pirate Party! I really enjoyed the whole process...from start to finish. And Hunter had SO much fun! It was worth every single moment I put into it. :-)