So last weekend I helped put together a baby shower for one of my friends from church. We planned the shower in three weeks while we were at the beach. My friend was having a little girl, so my friends and I decided to make a butterfly themed baby shower. I wanted to do a lady bug shower, but I was out voted.
As it turned out, the butterfly theme was perfect. I actually had an embossing file with some butterflies on it. So I grabbed some pastel purple paper that I had lying around and I started cranking out what would become the invitations. On my business cards, I use a butterfly punch to make a hole where I add my hair clips/bobby pins. I had been saving those scraps for a while, so I used them to give the invitations a little something extra.
Next I searched www.pinterest.com to find some ideas for the favors. I saw these butterfly favors with the smarties and thought that I could do that. I cut out some butterfly .svg files that I found and then I started assembling everything. The butterflies without the holes cut out, seemed rather plain, so I started stamping a pattern on the wings with an ink that was similar in color. Everyone thought they turned out so cute.
I had some extra butterflies left over, so I started working on the hanging center piece. I had a pool noodle that I was going to use for different project, but found a different was to finish that project off after I already purchased the pool noodle. So I duct taped the pool noodle into a circle (after I cut some of it off to be the size I wanted). Then I wrapped the noodle with some pink blanket binding ribbon that I had at the house. I hot glued some ribbons on to the circle form. Then I glued my extra butterflies to the ribbons. I made a few more butterflies and added them on. Our guests really loved this decoration, which we hung over the punch bowl table. The
mother-to-be took this decoration home and is planning to use it as a mobile over the baby's crib.
I made a butterfly banner that said "It's a girl". I tried something different and let the butterflies be by themselves, instead of gluing them directly on a background page. Seemed to work pretty well as a stand alone.
I had picked up some butterfly danglers. They looked kind of generic. So I removed them, and added some different butterflies that worked better with our decorations.
I made a butterfly diaper cake and a blanket for the parent-to-be. But silly me, I forgot to take pictures. I am so bad I didn't even have a camera at the actual shower. It is a shame too, because everything turned out much more beautiful than the pictures that I did take.
On the day of the shower, we set up everything. Received a ton of compliments. Had a great time playing some really low prep games. Everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves.
So this past Saturday I did a craft show at Crest Canyon Academy High School. It was more of a swapmeet, so there was more haggling than I wanted to deal with. It was pretty slow. Actually the show was supposed to end at 3pm and almost all the vendors were packed and gone before 2:30. Someone actually started breaking down at 11 am. I don't usually start breaking down early, but the people that were organizing the show started to break down. It was disappointing, but I was able to share with one of the kids in the ASB how the event could be improved and how they should target it to the high school kids on campus. It was weird not seeing any teenagers at a high school event.
Anyways to prepare for the show, I made a ton of these hairclips. It had been awhile since I made them, so it was kind of fun to go back and make some more. I actually did sell quite a few of the Frozen clips. With all the Easter ribbon available now, I came up with some new fresh spring designs. I actually got to try out the new stand I picked up at the thrift store too. It worked out great, until a gust of wind knocked it over. Fortunately, it didn't hit anyone and the kid in the next booth helped me pick up all the pieces that got knocked over. I found a weight, and put it on the base and I didn't have any more problems with it the rest of the afternoon.
To try to help me stay on track with this blogging stuff. I will attempt to write up a new post on Sundays or Mondays. So check back then for some new creations. If you see anything you like on the blog, please leave some feedback or send me a comment. I will try to add some of these to my Etsy shop as well, in case you would like a gift for a special someone. Enjoy the rest of your week.
In case you have not noticed, I have not been posting much lately. I haven't stopped making things, but I have had a hard time taking pictures of the items that I have made. But my darling husband got me a cool camera for Christmas. Unfortunately, I got out of the habit of taking pictures and blogging for so long I kinda forgot how to do it. They changed the format of the blog since the last time I posted, so I have to learn how to do it over again. I have forgotten to take pictures of so many of the crafts I made and gave away for baby showers this year.
Now that the new year is over, I am ready to turn over a new leaf and try to do this again on a more consistent basis. I would like to post something at least weekly. It is hard to tell if anyone reads this or not, so please leave feedback. Blogging sometimes feels like online diary writing and I was never really good at that.
So I guess I will start out by sharing some pictures of a banner I just made for one of my Etsy customers. Last year, someone asked me if I could make a similar banner to one they showed me a picture of. I was up for the challenge, so I flipped through my Cricut books and this is what I came up with. I think it turned out pretty good, and I get rave reviews about it from my customers. I think when we take the time to decorate with handmade items, people really appreciate the time and effort that goes into making these crafts. In today's busy world, it is getting harder and harder to find people that actually take the time to make handmade items. I guess that's why I really believe in our motto: Creating lasting impressions through crafts. My hope is that by spending my time making these items for your special events, that you will have more time to focus on the guest of honor and less time worrying about the details. That will leave a smile on everyone's face.
It has been so long since I've written here, I decided that I need to get better at this blogging thin and share some of the stuff that I have made.
This spring I went to a friend's baby shower. She was having a jungle themed party. So I had this crazy idea to make a carousel diaper cake with different animals. The result was so amazingly cute. It was so much fun to make because it gave me an excuse to use some of the cricut cartridges that I hadn't really used yet.
Instead of rolling each diaper individually with a rubber band, I tried a technique my friend Eva showed me. I layered the diapers and overlapped them to form a circle. I used a round 9-in cake pan to help keep the diapers from falling down while I tied it with some string. I made 2 layers like that and covered them with paper. I had some stripped paper that looked like really cute ribbon, so I used that as an accent cover and added some monkeys for extra cuteness. For the top piece, I used chopsticks as the posts for the animals. I cut out some animals from create a critter, Noah's Animals, Animal Kingdom. The cone shaped top was the most difficult. Let's see if I can remember what I did. I drew a large circle and cut it out. I folded it in half, then again, and one more time. I used the crease lines as a guide and cut a half inch snip at each crease. On one of the creases, I cut the line all the way to the middle and formed a cone shape by overlapping and gluing it to the next crease line. Then I made little snips and folded them down and glued on the 2 in paper to the cone shape. I had some yellow ribbon with little yellow balls on it, so I glue that on the seam lines. Then I hot glued the chopsticks to the topper and stuck the bottoms of the chopsticks between the diaper. (it wasn't very stable and it kept falling off---so I just pushed them further down. I made each of the little animals and glued them on the sticks. I kept adding little touches here and there. Then finally I added the word "Congrats" and hot glued it to stay up like that in the picture.
This was one of the more complicated diaper cakes I've made, but I had 2 showers that month and I was using up the rest of the diapers from the other cake. I have so many pregnant friends right now. It really keeps me on my toes when I try to find what to make them.
Hope you like it as much as I enjoyed making it.
For several months I have been seeing all these cute pages on pintrest for these quiet books. I am not the best seamstress in the world, but I really wanted to make one of these books for my nephew that is gonna be four years old in March. I thought it would make a great Christmas gift. It was a great way to learn some new skills and modify ideas to make it my own. It isn't perfect, but I got better with each page completed.
I taught myself how to do the blanket stitch by watching a bunch of you tube videos. Then I got some felt and found a bunch of buttons that I liked from Michael's. I wasn't exactly sure what I was doing. I got ideas for the pages from my pintrest boards that I was saving for awhile. I had a lot of the blue polka dot material so I just decided to use it for all the backgrounds. I was able to test how well this book would do with kids around the same age. I work with four year olds that have autism, and I used the book with them to see if there was anything I needed to adjust. It is actually a great learning tool for the kiddos that I worked with. Their were engaged in the entire book for about 45 minutes...which is amazing. It was great for imaginative play, fine motor skills, and some learning activities. I may have to make another one to take with me to work.
The frog was the first page I tried to do. I had seen something similar but I didn't have a pattern. So I used my cricut to cut out the frog shape on a light weight piece of tag board and used that for my template. I tried to use my sewing machine for the embroidery/applique for the edging. It looks really "homemade" since I have no idea what the heck I was doing. I gave up trying to sew the eyes on by hand and decided to use some googly eyes I had laying around. The rest of the pages I just free hand cut and tried to use my new skill of the blanket stitch. I think I got better as I went along. I put some ribbon onto a snap and a snap on the tongue of the frog. On the four year olds I tested this on, they had a hard time with the snaps on this page and on the page with the shapes. If you make one of these Velcro or the magnetic snaps might be better options.
The crayon page was more of an idea of how to use the buttons that I found. I decided to use it at a color matching activity that kids could practice their fine motor skills on. The kids had a little bit of difficulty taking the crayons on and off, but they did great matching the colors. It was a good learning page for me because I got a lot of practice with my blanket stitch, and I realized that I didn't have to put stuffing in all the pages...the book was fat enough as it was. Great page for fine motor skills.
Half way through the book....I decided that this was taking too long, so I decided to take some short cuts. On the page with the finger puppet animals, I had an old pair of gloves and I chopped off the fingers for the finger puppets and sewed only some felt stickers that I had used for some of the hair clips that I make. The barn on all of the pages I saw on pintrest had all these cute hand sewn pigs, cows, and other animals. I didn't have time to mess with all that. So I found these plastic barn animals and put them in a zippered pouch that came from the dollar store (I took out the nail clippers and recycled it for this project). I put Velcro on the back and it was good to go. My barn didn't fit the way they did on my samples, so I modified it to be a barn door with squeeze type clip for my nephew to open. When I tested out these pages, the kids really loved all of the finger puppets. We used the barn to sing Old MacDonald and to match the animals. Actually worked better than I thought.
The road and the train tracks were challenging. I had no idea what to do. I had a bunch of black ribbon so I used that to make the tracks. I was at a really slow craft show one weekend and I had brought this along to work on. I was able to get the track done that afternoon. I was running out of pages, so I decided to add the flaps of brown and green so that the roads would lead somewhere and I could use up the buttons I bought. I tried to get the buttons to move up and down...it kinda works but not that great. I think a kid might end up breaking the strings eventually. I made the dump trucks, the zoo animals and the dinosaurs that way.
My favorite is the doctor's bag. I made some band aids, a hammer/light to check ears, and a stethoscope. I thought this was so cool, but apparently the kids didn't like it as much as I did. I tested the book out with some of the four year olds that I work with. They didn't like that the band aids didn't stick. The stethoscope didn't go around their necks because it was too short. They weren't sure what to do with the hammer thing. Hopefully my nephew likes it better.
The kids really liked the camera and the cell phone pages. They did a lot of imaginative play taking pictures and making calls. It was fun to see the kids that I work with use this book. I hope my nephew likes it just as much. It took about two weeks to make while I was watching tv. Maybe I should start selling these at the craft shows. It is way more relaxing to do this than to crochet for me. It is nice to have something I can work on during the shows. There are a ton of ways to use felt and it isn't super expensive and the results are fabulous. Have a good one and I hope I inspired you to make one for a little one in your life.
I thought I already posted this, but apparently it didn't work. This past spring, my cousin retired from the Army after 25 years of service. I made this word book for him as a military retirement gift. As a former veteran, I know how hard this transition can be and I wanted to do something nice to honor his accomplishments. I had all this military paper leftover from a project that I had done for my brother in law, so it worked out perfectly. I cut out the words from Lee Greenwood's son "I'm Proud to be an American" and used those for each of the title pages. I added the embellishments and some squares for him to his pictures. I love the way it turned out. When I gave it to my cousin, he said that he loved it and said that I should sell these. I do sell custom made word books in my etsy shop. If you'd like one, contact me and I can make a custom order for you.
So I'm back. Sorry it has been awhile since I've written. Once again I've taken on too much stuff and had no time to write. I have been asked again to be the vendor coordinator for the Oktoberfest, they increased my hours at work, and I'm trying to get ready for my biggest show of the year: Christmas in July. Fortunately for me, I didn't sell everything at my last show, so I do have some inventory left over to fill up my booth.
But I did make a lot of new products. I went to the scrapbook expo a few weeks ago and learned a ton of new techniques and I spent way more than I was allotted by my hubby. I hope to make it up by selling some new great products at the Christmas in July at the San Luis Rey Mission in Oceanside this weekend.
I ordered 200 bobby pins and I used them all up in one day. I've been frantically making more onesies, capes, hairclips, and lollipops for this event. I finally got to play with my new Critter 2 cartridge and some of my older cartridges to come up with some very cute lollipop designs. I am so excited how they turned out. I don't really like the cartridges with all the layering, but they do turn out really nice as final projects. Maybe I will actually upload some of these new designs into my Etsy Store. But I have to do this show this weekend, and next week I have to work on my taxes, I am still working on making my business plan to open up my own store, and trying to keep all of these vendors happy for the Oktoberfest in September.
So here's what you've been waiting for: the pictures. I'll start with the lollipops and later I will take pictures of the other stuff and hopefully I will find the time to post everything up here again.
If you have never used modge podge, you have really been limiting your creativity. This stuff is awesome and oh so versatile. This is the stuff they use to make collages, to save puzzles, to seal different projects, to add texture to a project. But there are some tricks you should know when using this stuff.
To use it, you need a paint brush or a sponge brush. It can be used as a glue to adhere a picture to a box or a tile. You would apply a small amount of the glue to the back of the picture and adhere it to the surface you want to mount it on. Then use your finger to smooth out any bubbles. To protect your image, put a thin coat of the modge podge over the image and let it dry. It will be white like Elmer's glue when it goes on, but it dries clear.
If you are putting the image on a tile or a coaster, you will want to spray a clear acryalic sealant over the image. If you don't do this, the condensation from a cup will ruin your image/coaster. I just made about 10 of these photo tiles for a mother daughter tea party we were doing. I had left them out over night to dry. Fortunately, I had sprayed them with the acryalic sealant and it had dried before it started to rain. When I brought them in the next morning, they were all ok and I was able to dry off the tiles and they still looked great.
I also recently used the modge podge to decorate some wooden owls that I was using for my friend's shower. The modge podge was great for allowing me to cover up the owls with decorative scrapbook paper that I had here. The sealant was used to prevent it from being tacky. A long time ago I had made some jewelry boxes for a craft fair using modge podge. I forgot to spray it with the sealant. I had stacked the boxes on top of each other after they were dry. Unfortunately, the modge podge was still tacky, and then all the boxes got stuck together and were ruined when I tried to take them apart. The morale of this lesson is to always use the sealant if you are using modge podge.
I don't have a picture of it, but I have used modge podge to put fabric pieces on a painted cigar box to make a really cool gift box for my dad. I had cut out the Chargers logo from a piece of leftover fabric I had. I wasn't sure if it would work or not, but the modge podge was able to hold the fabric on to the box and it made a great little gift for my dad.
So stop by your local craft store and try some today and show me what you made with this stuff. Hope you have a great week..
I am kinda excited about this owl themed baby shower. I wasn't sure about how it would turn out, since I never did any owl type projects before. But it is allowing me to explore different creative elements on some of my cricut products. I had all the ric rack and had know idea what to do with it, but I think it looks really cute on these owls.
I've been looking for a different type of banner. I've been doing so many scallop circles, I was getting dizzy. I relly like this marquee design and I think the style will be a welcomed addition to the banners that I already have in my etsy shop. Who knew how helping someone else, would inspire me to start new lines of products. I'm looking forward to making some fresh new banners and cupcake toppers. I needed to come up with some new designs and I think this is a winner. Hope that my friend likes the way everything turns out.
So one of my friends is pregnant. I asked her if anyone was throwing her a
shower yet. She said her family was, but they live an hour away from here. I
volunteered to help throw a shower for her here.
came together quite quickly. She was going to have her nursery with owls. So
why not throw an owl themed baby shower---that seemed logical enough for me.
Her colors were grey, aqua, green, and orange. I couldn't really wrap my head
around this color combo, but we went ahead with it. This week I looked up some
owl themes on pinterest and I figured out how to make the stuff up myself.
These pictures are some of the samples that I've been working on for the past
two days. I think everything is coming together great. I just have to see
which one my other friend likes better and then we will cut everything out and
start getting the invitations together.
Let me know which things you like so far.
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