Purplicious Birthday Balloon Wreath…

I had a custom order from my Etsy shop to create a purple balloon wreath for a special Purplicious Birthday Party!!
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I used 12 inch balloons that were plain purple mixed with purple and white polka dot.  I added white and purple corkscrew pipe cleaners to finish it up—and I love the way it turned out!!  I am a bit partial since purple is my favorite color too!

DIY Angry Birds Catapult….Life Size!!

After we had our son, Justin’s Angry Birds Birthday party, and posted the pictures of our life-sized catapult on Pinterest—we have had a lot of people ask how my husband made this, and the dimensions.
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So, FINALLY, here’s the dimensions!!
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My husband used 5, 46″ 2X4’s for the 2 base legs and 3 cross bars (2 along the base and 1 across the bottom opening of the sling shot.)  The two vertical posts are 60″ 2X4’s.  Then for the 2 angled boards he cut both of them at a 45 degree and hey ended up being approximately 33”.  He used exercise elastic bands from a sports store and tied them to large eyelets, and then fastened them to a colander.
We have used this for scouting events, and neighborhood parties like our neighborhood Easter Egg hunt—and everybody loves it!! 
 

Rose cake for my baby girl’s first birthday…

If you read my other post about my baby girl’s first birthday, you know that I chose an apple theme.  I had visions of an apple cake for her but never really found any apple cake designs that I liked.
Then I got on Pinterest and happened to see this rose cake tutorial.  It said it was easy, although I was skeptical “who’s” version of easy we were talking about!!  Easy for a professional, because I am certainly not a professional!!  But I have to say, it really was easy!!!
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I baked a small cake in a Pyrex bowl and then used the rest of the batter for cupcakes for the other kids.  I frosted the whole cake first with a base coat and then started piping the roses.
It was a perfect little cake for her first birthday pics, and she LOVED it!!

Back to School balloon wreath…

I love it when my kids go back to school and we are all on a schedule!!  I wanted to celebrate new school year with my kids so I whipped up some cupcakes and altered my balloon wreath and all of a sudden we have insta-party!!
I took my Monogram Balloon Wreath, here’s the link if you want to know how to make a balloon wreath, and then removed the monogram and added a banner that says, “School Rules!!”  The banner shape was from PowerPoint and it only took me about 5 minutes to print it out, cut it, hot glue it to the pencils—and be done!!
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So easy!!  And wouldn’t this be a cute back to school gift for a teacher??  Or a teacher appreciation gift??  Hmmm,  I might need to go make some more…

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Apple onesie and chevron tutu for my baby girl’s first birthday…

I’ve had this idea for a few months now of what to make for my baby girl to wear for her first birthday, and with the deadline of our road trip quickly approaching—I finally got it done!!  It turned out to be easier than I thought!!
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I bought a white onesie from Hobby Lobby and some red chiffon rose trim.  I also found red tulle and red and white polka dot elastic for the tutu. 
I already had red and white chevron fabric and some dark red striped fabric so I cut them into strips with pinking shears.  Then I cut the same size of tulle and pinned around the elastic.  I just straight stitched it onto the elastic and it was done!!  Soooo easy:)
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For the apple onesie, I put a thick piece of white felt on the inside of the onesie and then started pinning the chiffon rose trim to the front—laying it out in the shape of an apple.  I did the outside border of the apple and then just wrapped it around the inside until there was no white left showing.  I pinned the chiffon trim to the onesie and felt so when I went to sew it, it would sew through the felt underneath.  I envisioned hand sewing this to make sure it looked alright—but I ended up just carefully sewing on the netting of the chiffon trim with invisible thread and it turned out great!!  I added a lime green fabric rectangle for the stem and cut the edge with pinking shears.
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For my baby girl’s headband, I wanted a shabby chic kind of look so I mixed two chiffon roses I had left over with a chevron, red and white fabric wrapped rose that I hand stitched.  I also hand stitched a lime green leaf accent and the diamond accent to the headband with a piece of felt underneath to keep it soft next to  her head.
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I am so happy with the way it turned out, and it was perfect for my sweet apple baby’s first birthday pictures!!
 
Happy Birthday sweet girl!!
 
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Cousin carnival!!!

The moment I saw this cousin carnival on Pinterest, I knew I wanted to do this with my husband’s side of the family this summer!!  My sister-in-law’s reaction was classic, “OH NO!! (groan), really??”  But she backed me up after I explained to her that it wasn’t all about my love of a good party;), but it actually was a great backdrop for Justin to be comfortable around a crowd of people he hadn’t seen in years.  That’s all it took, and she was in!!
We are the only family not living in the same state as my husband’s family—go ahead, call us the outcasts, we don’t mind!!  This meant my fabulous sister-in-laws did most of the work in getting this ready (you are awesome Krista!!).  We adapted games from the carnival post from Pinterest and then made up some of our own.
There was a bubble station full of all sorts of fun bubble stuff including a homemade, giant bubble maker!!  And there were party favors at all the tables for prizes.
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Then there was a ring toss to win a bottle of soda…
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My husband’s sister and kids made a bean bag toss and bean bags—how’s that for crafty relatives!!  They weren’t able to come, but still wanted to contribute to the fun—so sweet!
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The ball toss through the inflatable tubes was a big hit for Justin…in his own way;)
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And we also had a shaving cream table and toys for the kids to run through the cream—this is one of Justin’s favorite therapy activities and he wouldn’t touch it at the carnival!!!  Sometimes the best laid plans…
but everyone else loved it!
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I can’t describe how memorable this was for all of us—even with Mr. Justin resisting the games, he happily played iPad games and schemed stealing cupcakes:) and he didn’t have any meltdowns!!  The boy cousins liked watching him play the iPad, and he didn’t mind letting them!!
I don’t think we needed a carnival to have a good time with our family, but there’s something wonderful about planning something together and being united in any kind of cause where you can serve each other—it just brings a wonderful spirit of bonding to any event.  Priceless!!

Embellished Old Navy Flag tee for my baby girl…

We had a great, calm Fourth of July this year.  I really enjoyed having a mid-week holiday—except that I can’t figure out what day it is now.  I keep thinking it’s Monday!!
We had our annual big breakfast with friends on the morning of the Fourth and then relaxed by the pool.  We don’t live close to any family, and these past few weeks I have been reminded of how grateful I am for my friends that live close by.  They truly are my family and I love them dearly.
We have been taking “Old Navy Flag t-shirt” pictures every Fourth of July since my husband and I were married—almost 14 years ago!!  This year I decided to add ruffles to my baby girl’s onesie. 

 Here’s how it turned out…

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Here’s our family picture with my patriotic bunting in the background…
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I hope you all had a relaxing Fourth of July!!

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Patriotic burlap bunting…

I love decorating my mantel for the holidays, and I love buntings—so naturally I felt I had to make a patriotic bunting for the summer.  I got my inspiration from this post at Sugar Tot Designs.
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I wanted it to be more rustic than cute so I used burlap and a burnt umber colored fabric instead of bright red.  I love how it looks in my great room!!
Here’s how I made it.
1. I measured my fireplace mantel and then divided the total number of inches by three (which I will call measurement A).
2. I took a paper grocery sack and cut it open and then measured the length of one bunting (measurement A).
3. Next I folded the measurement A paper sack in half and cut a half arch so when unfolded I had my desired half circle for the bunting (pattern B).
4.  I cut 2 red fabric half circles, and one blue fabric half circle using pattern B, these are your largest half circles that are your base for each bunting.
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5.  Next I cut about 2 inches of the outside edge of pattern B and then cut 3 pieces of burlap, these are your middle half circles.
6.  Cut pattern B one more time, about 2 more inches, and then cut 2 blue fabrics and 1 red fabric using the newly cut pattern B, these will be your smallest bunting pieces.
7.  I sewed a zig zag stitch around the edge of the largest half circles first, in a contrasting color (cream).
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8.  Then I pinned the burlap circles and pinned them to the larger circles and then stitched them together using a contrasting zig zag stitch (red).
9.  Next I pinned the 2 blue and 1 red smallest half circle to each bunting and stitched with a contrasting zig zag stitch (cream).
10.  I measured a piece of twine to the length of my fireplace mantel and then zig zag stitched (at the top of each bunting) all three buntings together.
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I love leaving this up all through June and July!!  We have a family tradition of getting Old Navy flag shirts every year and taking a family picture.  Last year we took them with my bunting—and it was the perfect backdrop!!
Can’t wait to take some this year with our baby girl!!
*** UPDATE*** Be sure to check out my new, updated version with chevron fabric!! http://sewsweetcottage.blogspot.com/2013/05/happy-memorial-day.html

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Easter weekend wrap-up…

Back in the day, I used to love decorating my bike and going on our church kids’ group bike parade in the summertime.  It was so fun lacing the crepe paper through the spokes of the wheels and everyone rode around the neighborhood—just priceless!
So last year, I decided we needed to do something similar for our kids, so I organized a Easter bike parade-Easter egg hunt in our neighborhood.  We had a great time last year, so we did it again this year and it was SO fun.
We have everyone meet at our house, and this year I made an outdoor bunting for the front of my house.  I love it because it somehow makes my house seem like it’s out of a Pixar movie;)
I bought cute springy fabric and laminated it with my Xyron machine and then sewed the bunting pieces to giant white ric-rac.
Here’s how it turned out…
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If you want to see more about my spring balloon wreath click here.
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We had a table set up on our porch with baked goods for everyone to share.  The weather was perfect and we were able to stay outside and socialize for a couple of hours.
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The older kids in our neighborhood are such a great kids, and are always willing to help me with anything—they hid all the eggs for the younger kids and did whatever else was needed to help out.
So my hubby and I had the idea of bringing out the old angry birds catapult for them after the egg hunt—and they LOVED it.  I don’t know who loved it more, the men, or the kids!!  If you want to see more about the Angry Birds catapult and life-sized game click here

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We had such a good time and Justin had a great time too and hung out with all of us, which was progress from last year.  Can’t wait for next year!!
And to top off the weekend, we had a great Family Home Evening devotional and Justin did great at church today and lasted a good 45 minutes!!  It’s great to celebrate life and be reminded of all the blessings we have because of our Savior.  I hope you all had a Happy Easter!!

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