Category: Crafting

Our Gnome Home

So, have you guys seen all the gnome and fairy gardens popping up everywhere?  When I first saw a fairy garden I thought it was the cutest thing and would be a fun project to do with the girls.  We found some really cute supplies at Joann’s and one day I was there when they were all 60% off, so I thought I’d pick up a few pieces and start our own.  Because of the sale there were some things that were sold out.  Namely fairies.  But there were still cute gnomes, so a gnome home is what we created!

I had an old, large pot that hasn’t been used in a year or two and thought it would be the perfect place to build our gnome home.  The girls helped me fill up the pot with some soil and then we started arranging.  First we put a big spiky plant in the back and settled the treehouse next to it.

And then we rested our gnome just outside his front door.  Isn’t he cute?  Back behind him is a little bird house.  We were hoping to bring it a little more forward, but it needed the help of the plan to keep it from tipping over.  But now it’s like a cute little secret back there.

We added some purple flowers along the side and tucked in some cute little mushrooms.

There’s a nice welcoming path of little “wood slices” leading to the front door and a pet snail.  We have a pet snail so our gnome needed one, too.  With a few pink flowers behind the snail our gnome home is complete.  

The girls love having a gnome home in the backyard and they check on him often.  A nice lady I met while picking out my items told me that making little fairytale gardens is addictive and I think she might be right.  I could see making a few more of these around the yard.

Seventh Birthday Science Party

Happy Monday!  I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day!  We had a great weekend!  We had a lot of birthday excitement as today is Cupcake’s seventh birthday!!  We celebrated on Saturday with a party at a local hands-on museum.  This was our first adventure with having a birthday party somewhere other than our house and aside from a bunch of cookies getting broken on the way there it was a blast!

When the party guests arrived they each had a science name badge waiting for them.  I used the free printables from PBS for the party!  They were exactly what I was looking for and I didn’t have to do too much work!  (I did edit the name badges to remove the picture spot)

The photobooth props were a big hit!   The birthday girl really liked the glasses and mustaches.  Doesn’t she look adorable in her science dress?  I just love how this Sutton Dress (by Made for Mermaids) turned out!  I found this science fabric at Joann’s and it was perfect for our theme!!

Pumpkin also got a new dress for the occasion.  Luckily I had half a yard of fabric left over after making Cupcake’s dress!  She’s rocking the new Sommer Dress from Made for Mermaids.  

I had activity sheets and crayons for the kids to work on while we waited for everyone to arrive.  Once the gang was all there we headed out to explore the museum.  The checked out the python (it was feeding day!) and possum.  Moved on to the music room, then hit up the water table before heading to the Do Lab to get hands-on with science (such as “cleaning up and oil spill”).

And mixing colors of water to see how the colors change.

Then there was a lot of climbing and sliding before heading over to “make pizza” and see the animals in the zoo.  The two-toed sloth was awake and on the move!  And the otters were super active as it was getting close to feeding time.  The kids also got up close and pet a snake!  Then we headed back to the party room and washed hands in preparation for cake…..

….and cookies.

It was a great party!  Everyone had a great time!  Cupcake was so happy to have friends and family there to celebrate her big day!  And today we’ll celebrate with pancakes for breakfast and treats for her soccer team after school.

Happy 7th birthday, Cupcake!!!  We love you!!!

 

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A Whimsical Halloween

Happy Halloween!!!!  My girls are so excited for trick-or-treat tonight.  They thought long and hard about what they wanted to be for Halloween this year and Pumpkin changed her mind about 100 times but in the end they settled on a fairy and a butterfly.

Fairy and butterfly Halloween costumesCupcake, not typically a girly girl, requested a fairy costume.  Not just any fairy, but a pink fairy.  With a wand and wings.  Pumpkin wanted to be a monarch butterfly.

Fairy and butterfly Halloween costumesI used the same patterns for both costumes, which made my life a little easier as I didn’t have much time to get these whipped up after our vacation (which I’m still trying to finish a blog post on!!).  The dresses are the Tinkerbell dress from Made for Mermaids.  The wings are the Wonderland Wings from Peek-a-Boo Patterns

Butterfly costumeOH, she’s just the cutest butterfly I’ve ever seen!  She just loves this costume.  From the moment I finished it she’s wanted to wear it nonstop.

Butterfly costumeI modified the wings pattern just a bit because the accent pieces are only on one side if you follow the pattern directions, but I needed the the orange on both side.  So I appliqued the accents before assembly rather than “quilting” them into the wings and they turned out great.  I also used one less piece of fusible heavyweight interfacing because I didn’t like the way Cupcake’s wings turned out with it.  I also added some heat transfer vinyl dots to give it more of a monarch look.

Fairy costumeDespite the specific request for an all pink costume this kid was less than thrilled about the result of her fairy dress and wings.  It’s too pink and the wings are too small.  She does like how sparkly the wand is, though!  Ugh, 6 years old, going on 16.

Fairy costumeShe eventually warmed up to the costume and flew around like the beautiful fairy she is. 

The Tinkerbell pattern only has a pattern piece for short sleeves, but because we live in the Midwest I wanted long sleeves, so we wouldn’t have to layer.  Well, so I wouldn’t have to color match their layering.  So I used the Harper pattern, also from Made for Mermaids to extend the sleeves.  Turns out it’s supposed to 62 degrees tonight, so layering shouldn’t be necessary! 

Fairy costumeThe wands are simple, made from a dowel rod and a wood cutout from the craft store.  I painted them, glued them together and added some ribbon accents.  Despite the fact butterflies don’t carry wands Pumpkin insisted she have one, too, and who am I to argue? 

In the end I’m really happy with how these turned out given the time crunch I was in (and the fact I had to keep going back to the fabric store for more fabric, then supplies for the wands, then pom poms for the antennae!).  And I’m sure that after tonight these will be put into regular rotation in the dress up wardrobe.

 

Happy Halloween!!!

 

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Unicorn Birthday Party – Pumpkin is 4!!

Today my sweet, little Pumpkin turns 4 years old!  It’s hard to believe!  We celebrated over the weekend with a unicorn themed birthday party.  Pumpkin was in unicorn heaven!!

Unicorn birthday party dessert tableThe dessert table is always the star of the show.  We had a unicorn head on the wall (from Target, borrowed from Pumpkin’s bedroom), streamers, a simple cake with a glitter unicorn and stars cut from my Silhouette Cameo, pastel marshmallows, iced cookies and felt unicorn horns that I made for each of the kids.

Unicorn birthday party cakeI had grand plans for icing a unicorn on the cake, but wasn’t feeling too artistic the morning of the party, so I went down to the craft studio and cut out some glitter shapes and stuck them on lollipop sticks and plopped them into the cake.  And added a frosting border and added some silver sprinkles.  And called it a day on the cake.

Unicorn birthday party iced cookiesI think I had already used up all my artistic abilities on the cookies.  I made cut out cookies with sprinkles and iced them with royal icing.  And sprinkled some with sanding sugar to make them sparkle.  I was tickled pink with how the unicorns turned out.  Pumpkin was tickled pink that they had sprinkles.

Unicorn birthday party cookies

Unicorn birthday partyI kept the food simple.  Mini corn dogs, mac and cheese, fruit, veggies, cheese and crackers and chips.  All big hits with the adults and kids alike.

Unicorn birthday partyFor craft time the kids painted unicorn suncatchers. And surprisingly they didn’t make a huge mess.

Unicorn birthday party - Pin the horn on the unicornAnd they played Pin the Horn on the Unicorn.  I sketched out and colored the unicorn on a piece of poster board and cut the horns out of glitter cardstock. 

Unicorn birthday partyPumpkin laid out the ground rules for present opening.  They were all supposed to stay on their bottoms and behind the line.  That line kept inching up until she and I were trapped in the corner…………

Unicorn birthday partyShe joined in with the other kids in singing “Happy Birthday”.  And was so pleased with herself when she blew out all four candles in one breath.

Unicorn birthday party cake and ice creamWe had unicorn cake and unicorn ice cream.  Pumpkin and I had a lot of fun making these together the day before the party.

Unicorn birthday partyAnd the sweet birthday girl looked adorable in her Made for Mermaids Brooklyn/Riley mashup with glitter heat transfer vinyl unicorn and stars.

She told me she loved everything about her party and I couldn’t be happier.  I loved seeing her face light up with every detail and watch her have so much fun. 

The past 4 years have flown by.  She’s still as sassy as the day she was born.  And still as sweet.  She’s such a loving, snuggly, expressive, and funny girl.  Oh how I wish I could keep her little forever. 

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Market to Market Relay 2016 Recap

Last Saturday was my favorite race of the year!  Market to Market Relay Ohio.  This was my third year participating in the race (and it’s also the race’s 3rd year).  New this year was an earlier start time.  In the past 6 AM was the earliest start time, but this year they added 5:00 and 5:30 waves.  Lucky us drew the 5 AM wave. So the day started at 2:30 AM.  It’s so hard to wake up so early!!

Upon arrival at the start line (which is an hour away from home!) we picked up our “baton” and proceeded to the photographer for our official costume contest photo.  If you’ve read my previous years’ recaps you know the costume contest is my favorite part of this race (2015 and 2014).  We’ve won the costume contest both years and we were looking for a threepeat!

Market to Market Relay Ohio - fruit running costumesWe went with a fruit theme and everyone got to pick what fruit they wanted to be.  I sewed all the costumes using Patterns for Pirates’ Essential Tank and embellished them with heat transfer vinyl and/or screen printing paint.  I had a little help with the HTV on the strawberry and watermelon.  I also made the headbands out of felt.  I was so excited to see us all together looking so cute!

We sent our first runner (grapes) over to the start line and at 5 AM the trombone wielding, pink fuzzy guy led the pack.

Market to Market Relay start lineShe ran in the dark.  Runner #2 ran in the dark and I started in the dark as well as my leg started around 6:40.  Thankfully halfway through my first leg the sun started to make it’s way up and I was able to turn off the headlamp and see where I was going.  I was feeling pretty good about my run, but keeping my pace a bit on the slower side as I was anticipating a 5 mile run.  Turns out the leg was only 4.3 miles, so I was saving gas for no reason.  But I had two legs ahead of me so I was happy with that.  And well, we’re in it to win the costumes, not the race.  😉

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It was a beautiful morning and we all ran through our first leg feeling good.  Then it was back to the top.  By the time my second leg rolled around the sun was shining really bright and the heat and humidity were really picking up.

dsc_1538I threw on my visor to give me some sun protection (blue eyes problem) and grabbed my handheld water bottle and braced myself for a 5.6 mile leg. 

Market to Market Relay Ohio I started the leg feeling pretty good.  I didn’t get very far before the wind knocked my pineapple top off my head, so I ended up having to just carry it.  So, with a water bottle in one hand and a pineapple top in the other I cruised through the first two miles of the leg.  I could definitely feel the heat, but I had the shade of the trees to help it feel somewhat bearable.  But I spend the next 3.6 in the sun.  The hot, hot sun.  I was fading fast, but I told myself I just ease back and keep running until I was passed by April (she’s was on our 3rd M2M team and I knew she would pass me on this leg).  But just before 4 miles I needed a break.  So I walked.  I poured a little water on my head, drank a little and tried to give myself a pep talk.  I started running again and right at 4 miles April caught up to me.  We chatted for a minute and then she went on ahead.  I had been playing leapfrog with another runner and in commiserating about the heat she mentioned it was lunch time.  And then it dawned on me that I hadn’t eaten!  No wonder I had no energy.  It was now after noon and all I had eaten was an egg sandwich at 3 AM and a Quest Bar after my first leg (around 7:30). 

I hopped in the van after my leg and devoured my lunch!  We continued moving through our legs, chatting with other teams along the way, occasionally  running into our two other teams, and just having fun.  We sent runner 7 out on her second leg and shortly after we got a notice of a lightning delay.  Our poor lemon had to run the last 2 miles of her leg in the pouring rain with a lightning rod on her head!  (the headbands were made of foil wrapped in felt)

Market to Market Relay 2016For every 30 minutes of lightning we had to move forward an exchange point.  So we waited for a bit, then moved on.  So runner #8 didn’t get to run her second leg.  And at the next exchange it was the same situation. And then again.  It had been stormed for an hour and a half at this point.  So we just hung out in the van, sang along to the radio, ate lots of chips and begged the lightning to stop so we could run the last leg of the race.  We made it to the last exchange point and decided whoever wanted to run could run.  And our second team was planning to do the same, so we could all finish together.  Just as we were preparing to head to the path a huge streak of lightning flashed right where we were standing, so we packed up and drove to the finish line exchange.  We ran in for the team finish and our 2016 relay was in the books. 

Market to Market Relay OhioDespite the disappointing ending to the day we still had a great time and are looking forward to doing it again next year. 

We hung out a big after the race for our free pizza and beer and to hear the result of the costume contest.  Even though they wouldn’t be able to hand out the time awards because of the adjustments that needed to be made for the lightning delays we were told they would announce the contest winners.  Finally it was time!  After a quick tally of the votes the costume contest winners were announced and once again we won!!!

Market to Market Relay OhioI tell you what.  Waiting for those results and listening to them announce the runners up is torture for me.  A lot of thought and hard work goes into our homemade costumes, so it really means a lot to me.  My team is awesome for wearing the silly headbands I made for them or carrying them while they ran! 

So, now the pressure is on!  It’s time to start thinking about next year’s costumes!  We’ve got a reputation to maintain!