Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Project: Embroidery paper

Paper. That you sew. Am I the only person who thinks that's super cool? Okay, maybe I am. I first ran across this idea in Hobby Lobby, I think. They sell several empty containers which are perfect for personalizing. I wanted to try the embroidery paper for awhile and finally decided to take the plunge with my cousin's baptism. I love how it turned out! Cute and functional...she's sent along good reports as well.
If you have an embroidery machine, you can do this too! Buy something to personalize- I know Hobby Lobby has several items such as coffee cups, kids cups & snack containers. Then buy some embroidery paper- I found mine at JoAnn's and bought every style because it was on clearance. Lastly, run it through your embroidery machine just like an outfit or bag. That easy!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Counter Organization

A little while back my husband kept all his workout powder containers and coffee on our counter. Honestly, it drove me a little crazy but I didn't have the storage solution I wanted. Until one day at Hobby Lobby I ran across three glass jars of varying sizes for 1/2 off. Win Win! I snatched them up, added some vinyl labels and wah-la! No more yucky bags and containers on the counter top. I have a much easier timing standing in the kitchen now.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Ladybug birthday party

For my daughter's 1st birthday party, I chose a ladybug theme. I almost went with bugs/nature- like dragonflies, butterflies, bumblebees and the like along with ladybugs- but had so much fun with just ladybugs it didn't seem necessary. At any rate, this was my first party where I had the opportunity to create handmade crafts and I loved it! Almost everything was handmade for this party- I even baked the cake, cupcakes and cookies myself, so much fun!! Instead of the traditional black & red, I chose pink & green for the main colors.

I made two banners for inside & outside but 
the chance of rain led me to hang both indoors
droopier than I like, but had to hang low enough 
to be seen under the fan
High chair banner
Door signs- again, both ended up inside because of
the rain possibility
cans and flower cut-outs for centerpieces
hanging lanterns- semi-homemade. I loved the paper 
lanterns and had to buy them, but were intended for a baby shower
so I covered the feet & carriages with my own ladybugs
Wall decals to decorate the corners lined with streamers
Matching hat, onesie & bib
Cupcake toppers, water bottle labels & food labels

And last but not least, favor bags!
I had so much fun preparing for this party! I love all the details an very much enjoyed personalizing and creating my own decorations for my little girl's day!