Skip to main content

Posts

Showing posts from 2012

Fancy Nancy Birthday Party

Our daughter is a HUGE fan of Fancy Nancy.  If you don't know much about Fancy Nancy, head to her website or check out some of the books.  It's just adorable.  We haven't ventured into friend parties yet, but that didn't stop us from throwing a big Fancy Nancy soiree (that's a fancy word for party) for our family.

In the past we've done full meals for birthday parties.  It gets to be a lot.  It's also not how I grew up.  In my family we just did cake and ice cream for the most part.  I thought doing just a cake and ice cream party would cut down on my planning stress - for sure.  Wrong.  As soon as I got my husband to agree to a dessert only party, it occurred to me that we were having a Fancy Nancy party.  So it couldn't be simple cake and ice cream.  We were going to have to do cupcakes and parfaits (that's a fancy word for ice cream sundae)!

Invitations
My husband used a mass produced invite as inspiration and whipped up a cute invite to the soir…

Birthday Party {Supergirl Theme} {Soup Theme}

Our youngest celebrated her first birthday last week.  When planning her party we decided we wanted to have a soup party, which we would call 'SOUPer.'  The Supergirl theme was then born from that.  It turned out to be pretty fun.

The food was yummy!  We offered five kinds of soup which we kept warm in crock pots.  To accompany the soup, we had nine varieties of bread, plus oyster crackers, goldfish crackers, bread sticks, and a cracker/cheese tray.  We also put out some veggies and dip. We had Stormy Day Ham Bean Soup, Spaghetti and Meatball Soup, Rivel Soup, Black Bean Soup, and Panera Cream Cheese Potato Soup.



Aside from your usual party beverages (all non-alcoholic - we were in a church!), I got to use my brand new Crate & Barrel drink dispenser for a tasty punch.  I got that recipe from Pinterest.  I'll be honest; the only reason we had punch was so I could use my drink dispenser!



My husband made the big cake and the smash cake.  Thanks to my brother and his wife …

DIY: T-Shirt Quilt

After I graduated from college, I made a t-shirt quilt with the t-shirts from my sorority.  I had no idea what I was doing.  I chose my shirts and some quilt fabric that matched to make the border.  I do love the way it turned out, but it was not without challenges.  I had no idea how to sew knit t-shirt material.  Despite what the picture shows (or doesn't!) most of the shirt squares are pulled in the corners.



My second attempt went much better!  I decided to make a quilt for my brother's birthday.  He's transplanted to Denver, and I always like to make him feel homesick nostalgic.  I bought a pattern from Maiden Jane.  I had several questions that she happily answered through e-mail.  Then I was off and sewing.  I completed the quilt with relative ease.  The final product was just what I imagined and I knew my brother would love it!


When I make the next quilt, I may merge the wonderful pattern I used this time with some of my favorite things about the first quilt I made…

DIY: Fabric Flowers

Recently we had our family photos taken.  The color combination I chose for our clothes had my girls wearing navy blue, so I wanted to do something to make their outfits more feminine.

My first thought and shopping trips were aimed at making felt flowers, but I just couldn't get the color right.  I came home and researched fabric flowers instead.  Cluck Cluck Sew had exactly what I was looking for.  I made a pin for my older All Star who won't wear anything in hear hair.  All Star 2 got a flower on a headband.

Flower pin method - I cut fabric scraps into circles starting with the smallest first.  I used a nickel as a guide to cut the first one.  Then I used each of those circles to guide cutting a bigger circle until I was satisfied with the overall size of the flower.  I attached a felt circle (cut a bit smaller than the biggest circle) to the bottom of the flower with fabric glue.  Then I picked a coordinating button to sew in the center and secure all the circles together.

I…

DIY: Wedding Invitation Christmas Ornament

My brother was married this summer.  Not long after his wedding, I found this link on Pinterest for a Christmas ornament made from a wedding invitation.  I followed up with my mom who had saved her invitation and promptly claimed it for my project.  I bought a clear plastic bulb ornament, ribbon in colors matching the wedding theme, and a cute charm defining love.  The whole thing cost me less than $3.

Supplies:
1 wedding invitation
scissors or rotary w/ cutting mat
a pen with a round barrel (not hexagonal)
1 clear Christmas bulb ornament (I used plastic)
ribbon in colors coordinating to wedding theme
charm (optional)
something to attach the charm (I used several tiny split rings)

Directions:
1. Cut invitation into strips.
~ I used a straight edge and my rotary tool to slice the invite into strips.  I lined up the straight edge to be sure all essential words would be visible and uncut.
2. Wrap the strips around the pen, creating a spiral.
~ You may need to hold each piece in place f…