Monday, November 24, 2014

A Bob The Builder Birthday!

My little boy recently turned 5... sigh. I guess it's true that time really does fly when you're having fun.
Bob The Builder Home Depot Birthday Party

Since Ishaan has been really into Bob The Builder, we had the party at our local Home Depot. It was awesome! The staff were absolutely amazing and set up a cute little station for each child. They provided the project, paints, and aprons and let us bring in food and decorations. (These construction hats can be found Amazon).
Bob The Builder Home Depot Birthday Party
I'm pretty minimalist when it comes to parties... but since the activities were being done by Home Depot, it fun to incorporate a little bit of crafty into it.

First off were these cutie cupcakes. They are a box mix, but I did make a fakey fat-free butter cream icing to go on top. (Recipe coming soon!)  The kids loved it, and I felt so much better about feeding them something I wouldn't mind my own family eating. I got some new Wilton tips and practiced my cupcake swirl.
Bob The Builder Home Depot Birthday Party

We also did these cupcake toppers. These were so much fun to make! I created my own images using this Photoshop Elements Tutorial from Jackie's Designs. The nice thing about making your own is that you can personalize them *and* make sure they are sized to whichever paper punches you may have laying around.

Bob The Builder Home Depot Birthday Party
I had zero paper punches so I bought two EK success punches. Believe it or not, these were the big splurge of the party-- punches are so expensive! I tried a couple brands, but none worked as well as the EK Success kind. I ended up getting the 2.25" scallop punch and the 1.75 circle punch. I think they nest together just perfectly :)
Bob The Builder Home Depot Birthday Party

When I was tucking him in his bed that night I asked him what his favorite part of his party was. I expected it it be the cupcakes or the fact that he got to hammer as loud as he wanted. But he looked at me and said "It was you, Mama."

I know most of you are rolling your eyes (I would be too!) but I swear he said it. And it meant so much that I had to write it down here to make sure I never forget! Happy Birthday Sweetheart!!!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

#GiveHappy & #HappyHolidayPledge (#MC #Sponsored)

“I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central (#MC) for OshKosh B’gosh. I received an OshKosh B’gosh gift card to purchase product and to thank me for my participation.”

It's that time of year again-- as soon as Christmas Carols start playing in the stores, we start feeling the pressure to crank out a bunch of handmade gifts. Starting two years ago, I've taken the Happy Holiday pledge. Yes, that's right. I'm not making any gifts for anyone. *gasp*

It's made such a huge difference for the past couple of holiday seasons to not be knitting on a deadline or be up at 2am rethreading my sewing machine. And I can spend the crafting time I do have working on things that I love (like expanding my embroidered ornament collection!)

That's why I was so excited when I saw the new Osh Kosh B'gosh #GiveHappy campaign.

I'll definitely be shopping for kids gifts and holiday clothes this season instead of making my own. Osh Kosh has adorable holiday clothes for parties, dress up, and even christmas pj's. Osh Kosh's quality is amazing; and I've always been able to hand down our Osh Kosh clothes even though our normal outfits are reduced to rags.

We are lucky enough that we have an Osh Kosh outlet nearby by (check for yours using the store locator!) ... so I decided to pop in and get my #Give Happy on.

 The first thing I noticed is that they have a lot of in season basics on sale-- Jeans, long sleeved tees and jackets at reasonable prices from sizes newborn - 12. These are perfect for gifts.
 They also have some adorable accessories that would look great in holiday pictures paired with more formal clothes (handmade or not).
 I grabbed a ton of pink long sleeved tees for for Amaani, and then my husband distracted the kids while I got a few small items to put away for Christmas gifts. Here's a hint:
Shhh... don't tell what they are! I'm crossing my fingers that we'll get snow this Christmas too!

Want your own? Osh Kosh B'gosh is subsidizing your holiday shopping with this awesome 25% off $30 or more coupon. (Most coupon's make you spend 50 dollars at least, so this is an awesome deal!) Don't have an OshKosh nearby? You can always check them out online. You can also connect with Osh Kosh on Facebook and Twitter to OshKosh B’gosh and keep an eye out for more deals.

And don't forget-- take the #HandmadeHolidaysPledge-- let us know what you are doing to keep the holidays stress free and fun!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Halloween Sewing

I'm just taking a break from sewing yards and yards of glitter tulle to admire the prettiest bobbin ever.

Anyone else behind on Halloween Sewing?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tulip Face Paint!

When I was asked to do a tutorial about Tulip's face paint, I was worried for two reasons-- 1) I can't draw to save my life, and 2) we are definitely Halloween 'cute' and not Halloween 'scary'. No fake blood in my house!

We made a Face Paint Picnic one of our Halloween Countdown activities.  We decided to test a bit on her arm to get started. Tulip is non toxic, and cosmetic grade, but I still wanted to make sure she'd be ok with it, before putting it all over her face.
 I was a little worried that all the stencils would be creepy, but there were so many girly-girly cute designs. I was also suprised by how many stencils came in one package-- you could do an entire girls party with one of these!
 She picked a butterfly and I snipped it out of the adhesive sheet.
 The stencils stick on like a sticker, so they aren't reusable; but you do get an extremely clean image.
 I was so impressed when I pulled of the stencil-- there is no way I could have free handed that on a wiggly 3 year old. You can even see the tiny antennae!
 I added some dots using the back of the brush, and of course, glitter.

 Afterword we were left with this beautiful 'tattoo' that washed off completely at bed time!

Although I hadn't seriously considered face paint before, I think this would be a great activity for any day-- not just Halloween. With the stencils, the paint was so quick and easy to put on, that I won't hesitate to whip it out at our next birthday party or play date.

This post was sponsered by Tulip and Blueprint social. In addition to the paint, Tulip also has other body art products like glitter, hair products, and black light products. You can check out their offerings on their website or connect with them on FacebookTwitterPinterest and the I Love To Create Blog.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Halloween Countdown Calendar

Fall is here!!! Here in Texas we are enjoying the 2 weeks of good weather we'll have before it starts to get 'cold'. And I'm already singing Christmas carols and gearing up for the holiday season.

Speaking of anticipation....I've always loved the idea of Advent calendars, but I've always been shy about doing a Christmas one in our home, as we aren't Christian.

But ever since the weather has changed, my son starts each morning by asking me if it's Halloween yet. So we decided to make a Halloween count down calender.

I made up a bunch of teeny tiny envelopes using my brand new Envelope punch board. Each one is about an inch and a half across. When I first bought this thing I considered it a bit of a splurge, but in the week that I've had it, I've used it to make seed packets, birthday card envelopes, our Diwali cards, and little storage boxes for small things in the kitchen. I love it!

I also love the little count down garland. I filled each envelope with a slip of paper with a name of an activity. Since Diwali also falls in this time, I included a few Diwali crafts and activities as well. I love having an activity planned for each day, and since I can't remember what I put in each envelope, I'm also surprised each day!

Some activities are small ones, like taking a fall walk, and some are more involved, like making salt dough diyas. Almost all are free, and every single one is a lot of fun!

I think I'm definitely going to be doing  more of these through the rest of the holiday season. Let me know if ya'll want a tutorial!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Felt Baskets (In Any Size!) Tutorial

Hi everyone! I'm back with a quick tutorial for Felt Baskets! I made these as a cheap option for baskets to go in our mudroom shelf--which you'll be hearing more about tomorrow.

These are super simple and super cheap. I spent a whopping 5 dollars on 2 yards of felt and had enough to make 3 baskets, a hanging organizer and still have felt left over. All you need to do is sew a seam-- it doesn't even need to be straight!

First, a note about shopping for felt. Some felt can be thin and icky feeling. I like to purchase premium felt off the bolt, and I make sure to find a color that has some variegation to make it look more natural.

Next we need to do our math. Instead of a formula I thought it might be easier to explain how to come up with your rectangle size in a diagram. Use the height, width and length of your desired basket to cut your big rectangle. Then cut squares out of each corner. (The sides of the squares will be the same as your basket height.) If you feel your felt is thin, cut two boxes, lay them on top of each other and treat them as one piece for the rest of the tutorial.

For me, the hardest part of this project was cutting the felt. I really, really suggest getting a sharp rotary cutter for this project. Mine was too dull and just ended chewing up the felt.
Instead I had to trace lines and cut with (gasp!) scissors. The humanity!
When you are finished, you should have something that looks like this but better. This was my first attempt with my rotary cutter.
Now, pinch each of the sides wrong sides together, and sew about a quarter inch in from the edge.

I trimmed the seam allowance a bit to hide any wonky sewing and cutting.
And you are done!
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You can embellish them any way you wish. For one of my baskets, I folded down the top and hand embroidered a running stitch in felt.
I love the way the exposed edges look. On this basket I used a double thickness of felt for a super sturdy basket. This one will keep our wallets and stuff so it will be used constantly.
I also made baskets out of just a single layer of felt. I was suprised that they seemed just as sturdy. Instead of doing a cuff, I just sewed a small decorative seam on the bottom edge of the long sides.

I love handsewing through felt, so I'm planning on embroidering these with something... maybe my kids names? Right now they just hold our reusable plastic bags.

In case you were curious, the rest of the fabric became this cute hanging organizer.

Thanks, and I'll see you back here tomorrow for a mudroom sneak peek! And I hope you all are getting ready for Pillow Palooza