Top 10 Crafts in 2011

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After I reflected on all of my fun parties in 2011 it made me think about all the other projects that keep me busy.  So today I'm sharing some of my favorite crafty projects from this past year.  With debut of Pinterest I'm surprised I don't have a million more to share (I certainly have a ton of projects on my "to-do" list!) Let's count down New Year's Eve style... 10. S more's Kits - I made these S more's Kits to celebrate National S more's Day in August. 9. Paint Chip Silverware … [Read more...]

Party Backdrop {DIY Frame}

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My sweet little twins just celebrated their 3rd birthday and we had a vintage "Dick & Jane" style birthday party to celebrate. I loved creating and planning this party, but when it came to the table backdrop I was stuck. Lately, my party backdrops have been stuck in a rut (usually fabric draped with pennant banners) and I really wanted to use something different that would make the simple table pop and this backdrop was PERFECT! I talked my sweet husband into helping me create a frame … [Read more...]

Drawstring Party Bags

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This project was inspired by a vintage bag of jacks that my grandma sent me to use at my twin's birthday party.  I had been looking for the perfect favor bag to match our vintage "Dick and Jane" party and these little bags were it.  Not only did these little drawstring bags serve as party favors, they played a major part in my party design! Here are the details for how I created the custom drawstring party bags I made for my twin's birthday party. Cut your fabric 6 1/2" wide by 18 1/2" … [Read more...]

Halloween Banner

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Just in case you missed my feature on Oink! The Blog I thought I'd share it with you here today!Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year.  I love the color combinations, costumes, the spooky & kooky characters and of course the parties!Today I am going to show you how to make a fun, simple and inexpensive Halloween banner.First gather your supplies, you will need:Black burlapOrange ribbonHalloween garlandBlack fuzzy pom pomsOrange & white paintLetter stencil (I used my … [Read more...]

Car Seat Cover

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Whew, I'm trying to play catch up with lots of projects and blog post and just found this one I made during the summer. Unfortunately, I've lost my notes for the tutorial...but I thought I'd share anyway. While my Grandma was visiting this past spring she showed us how to make these car seat covers and I've made a few for friends as baby shower gifts.  This is one of two that was made for a mom-to-be who expecting twin girls.I added Velcro to the straps that go around the handles and decided to … [Read more...]

Wax Paper Bags

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I'm sorry I have been neglecting my little blog lately.  I have been busy working on LOTS of parties and I can't wait until I can share them!  But, in the mean time I'll share a simple little project I whipped up for one of the parties.I started with some of thisI turned about a 1/4 inch on each side toward the inside and then folded them in half to make a little envelope.I was sewing earlier today so my sewing machine was already out.   I sat down and sewed a zig zag stitch to secure them … [Read more...]

My Little Ladybugs

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I'm a sucker for cute fabric and matching outfits for my girls.  My mom has the same weakness, so while we were out shopping one weekend she decided this darling ladybug fabric was a must have and bought some to make dresses for the girls.She just finished them last weekend and the girls were very excited to wear their new outfits to school.  I couldn't resist snapping a few pictures.I love all the sweet detailsAnd I LOVE these sweet girls!Little man was very upset he was left out of the photo … [Read more...]

Stuffed Whale

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I wanted a little something special to get the kids excited about our trip to Sea World.  I had quite a bit of leftover fabric so I decided to make each of them a stuffed whale to take with us on our adventure.These were simple to make and didn't take much time.  Once again I used the same whale pattern that I used to make the whale outfits and whale coin purse.The tail was very narrow and gave me such a headache when trying to turn them right side out.  After I made 2 of them I revamped the … [Read more...]

Whale Outfits

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We recently went to Sea World for a fun family vacation.  My parents thought it would be fun to get the whole family together and I am so glad we got to spend time together and enjoy a fun weekend in San Antonio. Back in March my sister and I found this cute whale fabric and my grandma bought it (thanks Grandma Y.) so we could make matching outfits for the kids to wear to Sea World.  I'm a sucker for matching outfits!  I remember going to Disney World with our cousins and having matching … [Read more...]

Whale Coin Purse

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We just got back from a fantastic family vacation at Sea World and I have so many fun things to share!  I made adorable whale outfits for the kids and stuffed whales to match.  I had left over fabric and a vision for the girls to have little purses to match their outfits.  I did a quick Google search and tried to find a pattern or example of a whale purse, but got nothing so I had to figure it out on my own. I used a whale graphic I found online, enlarged it to the size I wanted and cut out … [Read more...]