Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Welcome Back to School

The school year has started and priorities have shifted from fun time to learning. Today we got an unexpected lesson when we looked at the parsley growing in the front yard. Catepillars, and lots of them. After some internet research it looks like we have about 6 black swallowtail catepillars eating our parsley. I only wish that there was more parsley left for them to eat. Here is one of the pictures for your enjoyment.

Friday, July 03, 2009

Too Busy

We are too Busy having fun for me to worry about taking the time to post... I hope everyone has a great 4th of July!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

1st Birthday

My daughter turned 1 on the 11th and we had a great time doing a cupcake party. I wanted to share what we did for gift bags as I think they really were a great for kids 3 and under. I got really lucky with party supplies and one of the "gifts" as Michael's had a line of cupcake items in the $1 bins. Got even luckier when the same items went on sale for $0.47 each.

I made cupcake softies in pink, yellow, and blue, added some bubbles that I had left over from my son's birthday, made a cupcake memory game, and threw in a cupcake magnet. Tied the bags with some ribbon from Michael's dollar bin and a perfect cupcake gift bag was done.

For the cupcake softies, I made a pattern based on a picture of a cupcake that I liked. I used my limited photo shop skills and enlarged the picture, printed it out twice and cut out a top and bottom piece that I then used for my pattern.

Cupcake memory was fun to make. I spent a day finding eight different cupcake images, tried to size them all the same, printed them out on white card stock, then had my husband cut them out. I spent forever trying to figure out what to use to hold the cards together and give me a place to put directions too, finally I took some florist cards and printed out stickers for directions. I like the way it all stays together, plus it was free.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Teacher's Gift Idea

My son had his last day of preschool recently and it was really hard to say goodbye to a great school that we spent three years with. I have watched my son grow and become a confident little boy ready to face Kindergarten. To say thank you to all of his teachers we made these adorable pots. I of course did not take a picture of the final project, I guess that means that we need to make at least 1 more. But here is the general idea.

We took some terra cotta pots, primed them white, had my son draw line to separate grass and sky, using a paint pen for terra cotta wrote along the top "thank you for helping me grow". We then using his thumb and finger we made flowers around the pot. When the paint dried I used some spray varnish to seal the pots and potted them with lavender. I think that the teacher's really liked these gift as they were handmade, but useful. Plus what women does not like the smell of lavender.

Monday, June 01, 2009


Speaking of cupcakes I want to give a shout out to all these amazing people who have inspired me on this theme and for ideas on the take home gifts for the party that I am throwing.

These beauties are from and her Simple Things Blog, they made not be edible, but they sure look scrumptious. You should really see Linda's other work as it is just amazing. I am so inspired to play with paper now. Thanks, Linda.

This is a cute as pie (or should I say cupcake) pin from, I just love the effects from the glitter.

Who could resist this cupcake? I love softies and this one by cherrymix is just so cute. I can picture all of the embellishments that one could do too.

I love this idea, pin the candle on the cupcake, it is available from tons of online retails for about $19.99, so not paying that, but will have fun making one of my own for sure.

I also loved what My Little Piece of that Azure Sky did for her little girl, check it out at

These are from I love the idea of personalised little felt take homes for the kids. This party is going to be so much fun. Now that I am full of ideas off to work I go.

Cupcake Invites

I am planning my daughter's 1st birthday and doing a cupcake theme. I am having kids all five and under so I am planning to do some cupcake decorating, pin the cherry or candle on the cupcake, and food in cupcake/muffin form. I think that this will be a blast. The hardest part was finding an invite that did not cost and arm and a leg. After hitting the wire for when the invites needed to get out I found a great cupcake image and using my very limited photoshop skills made up the invite. I hope that someone else can use this too. Take image 1 and print as many as you need, fill out the details in image 2 and using a red brad, attach the two at the cherry. Also image 1 would look awesome on vellum using the same method to attach and create the invite. I hope that you like. I am now on a mission to find some cardboard big enough to start making the felt board for the game. Happy crafting.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Super Pegs

As a welcome home present for my son I made him some super pegs, all his faves are here Iron Man, Incredible Hulk, Spiderman, and Batman. A huge thank you to Naked Peggies, and Michelle at her cup overfloweth for the great idea. Next time I am playing with pegs villains and maybe some Disney princess.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Project List

So I have been browsing a million and one other blogs, websites, and everything else in between and came up with a list of projects that I would like to get done this summer while I am on a break from school. I am just hoping that the little ones give me enough time to get one done a week (that isn't asking too much is it?). Here is my list I hope you find something that you want to make too.

Projects List

Ruffled Skirt
Pencil Holder/ Crayon Holder
Fabric Dollhouse
Fabric Travel Chalkboards
Dishtowel Skirt
Play Mat Drawstring Bag
Ruffle Top
Cloth Flip Flops
Pillowcase Dress/Top

Pointy Kitty
Hot Diggidy Dog

Recycled Bag Basket

Girls Top
Feb. Baby Sweater

Hair Clips:
Fabric Button Clips
Felt Clips

Refinish Table
Baby Food Jar Hanging Lanterns
Baby Food Jar pincushion