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Mario Party : Decorations July 6, 2012

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We’re finally at the end of this “Mario Party” series. I hope you’ve all enjoyed seeing  how I brought all these ideas together for my son’s party! He certainly enjoyed it 🙂 And, in the end, that’s what really matters to me.


To start with, hubby and I found this AWESOME 32-pc pack of gold star decorations, in the graduation section of Party City. Kyan really was born at the perfect time of year for this party, between the Easter eggs for the Yoshi Egg Hunt, and the graduation decor, we had no trouble at all finding what we wanted :). With the pack of stars, I took a Sharpie and drew on eyes to make them look like Mario Stars. Then we hung them from the ceiling all around the main party room.



This is what the room looked like the night before the party. We got red and blue streamers from Dollar Tree.



We also got these awesome gold star balloons from Dollar Tree, and I drew eyes on them as well 🙂



The “Mario Wall” was one of my favorite things… but I never got the time to set it up just the way I wanted.  My husband got these perfect size boxes from work, and I covered them with construction paper to make the “?” boxes. The Fire Flower is also made with just construction paper. The green pipes are just my bathroom trash bins with more construction paper wrapped around them… Basically, you need a LOT of construction paper to make this party happen!


This is what it looked like when the kids first came inside the house. Not VERY interesting, but unfortunately my house isn’t set up to enter through the main room. So we had the Boo Balloons out, and we set up a tunnel for them to crawl through to get get to the next room.


This is the laundry room… you have to pass through it to get to the kitchen and main room. It’s not very big… mostly just a hallway. So we hung blue sheets and taped on pictures of Cheep-cheeps and Bloopers and set up a bubble machine, so it was sort of like going through an underwater level.



When everyone came in, they were issued either a Princess crown or a Mario hat, and a Yoshi tongue.


We set up a “Favor Station” where the kids got to pick what they wanted from the question mark boxes and tunnels.


I think it all came together nicely on party day!!!!




Mario Party: Boo Bash Game May 30, 2012

The Boo Balloon Bash was a game I copied from several Mario birthday’s I saw…. I have no clue of the original source. This game was an easy, CHEAP source of entertainment for a wide rang of ages at the party… though it was a little scary for the younger kids 😦


The object of the game it to stomp on the Boo Balloons and get the gold coins inside.—— EASY!


I bought some cheap plastic coins…. I thought about just using the chocolate coins that I put in the pinata, but then I came to my senses and realized that that would just be a huge mess!


Hubby and I popped the coins inside, and blew up the balloons. Then we drew Boo faces and wings…. Boo actually has a pretty simple face to draw. Even my totally un-artistic husband was able to master it 🙂


Now, I’m sure this is something that all true Mario enthusiast already know, but my 6 year old had to clue me in: You MUST eat a Star Power Cookie before you stomp on the Boo Balloons! You CANNOT kill a Boo without Star Power. End Of. Story.


We put all the balloons out in the playroom, and let the kids have at them while my husband hid the eggs for the Yoshi Egg Hunt. The older kids (4 years +) really enjoyed this… but the younger kids got a little scared of all the loud pops.





Silk TIE-Dyed Easter Eggs! April 6, 2012


Have I mentioned lately how much I LOVE Pintrest! It’s so awesome. I find some of the neatest idea there! My latest discovery is Silk TIE-Dyed Easter Eggs!


They are the coolest eggs I have ever seen! And from the second I saw the Pin on Pintrest, I knew I just HAD to try them for myself!


So, first thing first, I went to Goodwill and bought some silk ties. My local Goodwill didn’t have a big selection, but with Easter coming up this weekend, I wasn’t about to be running all over town trying to find the best patterns, and I just made due with what they had.



It is important that you make sure that the ties are 100% silk. Polyester will NOT work for this project!



Once you have your ties, you’ll need to grab a seam ripper or a small pair of sewing scissors and remove the lining and tags. So, you’ll be left with a pile of silk that looks something like this:


Now, wrap you UNCOOKED eggs in the silk. I recommend wrapping the egg before cutting the silk, that way you are sure to have the egg  fully covered. You will want to wrap them tight, as tight as you can without cracking the egg. And you want as few folds in the fabric as possible. The parts of the egg with the most direct contact with the silk will have the best transfer.Secure with a piece of string or a twist tie…. twist ties make it MUCH easier to keep the fabric taught. Trust me on this one!



Now, repeat the process with a piece of light color, light-weight cloth…. I cut up and old pillow case. For this step, it’s not as important that the cloth be wrapped tight.



Now, boil all the eggs in a large pot of water with about 1/4 a cup of white vinegar. Bring to a boil, then let simmer for at least 20 minuets.



Once the eggs are done boiling, put them on a towel on in a colander  to dry and cool. Now it’s the fun part! Once the eggs are cooled, you get to open them, and see what you got! Each egg will look a little different, even if you used the same color tie.


I’m really happy with mine 🙂 Next time I will plan in advance and search for more paisleys and florals!




Perry the Platypus April 3, 2012

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Really this project should have been complete back in January! I feel awful that it took me so long. My husband got this order for me. It’s for one of his costumers. HIS plan was to give me the order, then collect the money when he gave her the hat. But here’s the thing:


He kept telling me, “don’t worry, it’s no rush”…. UGH! Way to mess with my brain. I am VERY used to working under a deadline, and the thing that usually keeps the pressure on me is that I have my costumer’s money up front, so I know that I need to deliver, and fast. Not having the money up front, just makes it feel like it’s not a real order in my mind. And that’s bad! Then my husband telling me not to rush, just makes it feel like even less of a real order. So, I kept pushing this hat farther and farther down my order list….


And now it’s 4 months later, and I have only JUST finished it! God, it makes me feel so unprofessional! I can’t believe I let it slip that far 😦


In any event, it’s done now… And it’s pretty cool, if I do say so myself.





Princess Crown March 27, 2012

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I have a lot (and I mean a LOT) of friends that do photography, and these little crochet crowns seem to be pretty popular right now for newborn photographers. I think they’re super cute! Plus, I have a little 2 year old princess that I love to make things for 🙂 Then, yesterday I came across this link on Pintrest where the lady used some generic lace to create crowns for her daughter’s party. Her’s were really cute… AND they were for older kids! So, right then, I stopped what I was doing and HAD to make one for Elia, my daughter!


Now, I didn’t have any lace, but I decided to improvise a pattern for a crown anyway. Then I covered it in glitter glue… because my princess loves things that sparkle. I let it dry for about 30 min. then brushed on a layer of Mod Podge and let it dry over night. Really, the Mod Podge it’s NECESSARY if you’re making a fairly short crown…. As long as your tension is tight enough, the points should stand on their own. BUT, I like the Mod Podge element because it stiffens the crown into a circle, and I think that just makes things easier.


I think it turned out pretty cute for a first attempt!



Now, keep in mind that I was working pretty fast because, once I get an idea in my head, I want to see it RIGHT AWAY! LOL.   Here are some pictures of Elia in the crown… She was very excited about it!



I think I’m going to come up with some other patterns and sell these in my shop for about $10 + shipping. Do you guys think that sounds like a fair price? I’m always looking for feedback!




The new line is complete! February 9, 2012

I finally finished the new line… Well, actually I finished it a few days ago, but I finally took pictures of everything today 🙂 Here it is. Let me know what you think!!!




And that’s it. What do you think?


The new line still needs an official name. I’m leaning towards “Whimsey Couture” , but I’m not sure. If you guys give me some more ideas I’ll put it to a vote!




Camo Wedding Cake February 6, 2012

I ad planned on posting the pictures of the completed new line- that’s right, the new line is finished!- but, it’s another gloomy day here, so no good for taking picture. *Le sigh*


Instead…. I’m going to show you pictures of the cake and cupcakes I made for my dad’s wedding this past weekend.


Alright, let me say, that I am NOT a wedding cake decorator…. in fact I have NEVER made a wedding cake before, and I’ve only ever worked with fondant once! Also, my dad’s engagment was less than a month long…. I only had about 3 weeks to teach myself how to make a wedding cake! So, all things considered, I think I did pretty well.


Alright, so… my dad is a redneck, if ever there was a redneck. They decided to embrace this for the wedding, and wanted a camouflaged wedding cake (they couldn’t make it easy one me). I was able to talk them in to cupcakes  and a 6 ” round cake on the top of the cupcake tower, so that made things a bit more manageable. And with an idea in place, I began to search YouTube and Pintrest for tips and tutorials. I was able to find some really great stuff!!!!!!!!

So, the first thing I learned was how to make the cake camo on the inside! To do this I made 2 boxes of cake mix (yeah, I used boxed mixes… not a baker, remember). One was chocolate, and the other was white. I mixed the batters according to the instructions, and divided the white cake batter in to 3 bowls. I dyed 1/3 ivory, 1/3 light brown, and 1/3 green… and I left the chocolate batter as is. Then I just dropped in one small spoon full of each color at a time.


I did the same thing with the cupcakes… but just dropped smaller spoon fulls…. This is what the cupcakes looked like when they came out of the oven:


Then I found an awesome YouTube tutorial on how to “Tye Dye Fondant”…. I just used camo colors (black, brown, and 2 different greens). This was my 6”, 2 layer cake with the camo fondant… not the best picture.


Then I planned to frost the cupcakes on site. However, there was a last minuet time change :/ Instead of the wedding starting at 4pm like I was told, they moved it up to 2pm… and didn’t tell me until 1pm!!!! So we rushed to the site, and I enlisted the help of my cousin, aunt, and great aunt to help me (QUICKLY) ice 80 cupcakes. So when you look at these next 2 picture, please understand that there was no time for prefection.


And inside the cupcakes:


So, that was my crazy endeavor into baking… I now had a new found respect for this craft. And I can say with absolute certainty that I will NEVER  want to become a baker for a living. But my dad and his new bride were happy, and that’s all that matters 🙂