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Mario Party: Food Lables June 25, 2012

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Okay, one of the easiest  and cheapest ways to make your party “theme-y” is to use food labels! You just use regular party snacks can come up with a themed name for it. For instance, Pirate Theme- Pirate Pretzles, Captin’s Cookies, etc.


For our Mario Birthday food we had:


Power-Up Pizza

Yoshi Tongues (red licorice)

Bob-ombs (Whoppers/chocolate malt balls)

Fire Balls (Cheeto balls)

Ice Power (marshmallows)

Mushroom pops

Everything was lables with a picture of  a Mario character, and I think it really brought the theme together well.

And of course we had the cupcakes!!!! I was so happy when my son decided that these were the cupcakes he wanted… BY FAR the easiest to make! I actually made it even easier on myself by having Target bakery do all the hard stuff. Of course you could make these yourself, but I was super crunched for time on this party and did not need to add baking to my long to-do list. We just ordered a dozen red, and a dozen green cupcakes from Target. when I got them home, I added white chocolate chips for the spots, and used a sharpie to draw the eyes on the cupcake wrapper. DONE!

I also added a few other small touches to make the food special: The Boo cups, and the Mustache Straws. I just printed out a picture of King Boo, 8 images to a page, and cut out the mouths. Then mod-podged the mouth on a plain white cup and drew the eyes. And for the straws I just cut mustaches out of card stock and poked a straw through them.


End-of-School-Year Crafties June 19, 2012

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Hey everyone! Sorry I’ve been MIA… again. I got busy with my son’s end-of-school-year activities, then I started reading the “Fifty Shades” series, and everything else just went by the wayside for a couple weeks. I finished the series last week, so now I’m back to post about all my fun craftiness. I’ll continue with the Mario Party stuff tomorrow, but TODAY I want to show you the gifts I made for Leland’s teacher.


First up…. I had Leland give this to his teacher the day of the Kindergarten Celebration and Awards Ceremony (2 days before the last day of school).



This was so simple and inexpensive! I recycled one of my Diamond Candle jars, bought some Chips Ahoy cookies, tied a ribbon, and voila!


Then for the last day of school I sent this bag of goodies in with Leland.



The bag had a beach towel, flip-flops, sunglasses, sunblock, water bottle, and 2 boxes of candy. I found both the little tag ideas on Pintrest and printed them out.


Then I also did this for Leland’s lunch on the last day. I think we will keep this as a tradition for every last day of school lunch.


Then, I put the bag inside his regular lunch box, so he had no idea until lunch time 🙂



I can’t believe my big boy will be going to first grade next year!!!!! As cliche as it is to say, time really does fly once you have kids… and it just seems to speed up with each year! Here’s another tradition we will keep… Picture from the first day and last day of each year:



I’m really glad I decided to take these pics. I can’t believe how much he’s grown over the past 9 months! He almost doesn’t even look like the same kid!



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!




My Sunday-Fun-Day Craft March 19, 2012

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I’ve been seeing this Easter Egg Garland all over Pintrest lately, and thought it was really pretty. So, yesterday I had a little free time, and decided to give it a try.


Now, if you know me at all, you know that I don’t work very well with instructions/patterns/tutorials when it comes to creative projects. I did not even read what the lady wrote in her blog about this, until just now when I grabbed the link to give credit. I just decided that it looked easy enough from the pin, and went for it. I have a TON of scrap yarn lying around (what good crocheting girl doesn’t?!), and I’m a sucker for Mod Podge, so those were my materials of choice, but I think the rest was pretty much the same. So here’s what you need:


Water Balloons (filled with air, NOT water)

Some sort of string (yarn, crochet thread, embroidery floss, etc)

Some sort of strong glue… I used Mod Podge and watered it down a bit.

More string (to hang the “eggs” on)

Drop clothes/ newspaper/ old sheets (this is a MESSY craft!)

Sewing needle

After everything was assembled, the hard part was over. I covered my work surface and the floor where I hung the balloons to dry . Then I dipped the string into the glue mixture, and began wrapping it around the balloons. Some I uses a lot of string, and some I used less… I like both looks. Once I finished wrapping one balloon I would hang it up to dry by threading the knot of the balloon onto some crochet thread. I did this for all the balloons, then let them dry over night.

Once they were dry, I popped the balloons with a sewing needle, and strung them up on crochet thread. I think they look wonderfully festive  for Easter:) And I’m planning to make some more to sit out in a dish.

Oh! And I even made this little collage for all you Pintrest users out there 🙂