A John Deere and a Two Year Old

My sweet granddaughter, Pais’lee Mae, turned two and we decided to have a John Deere party because she loves to ride with her papa on his.  We kept the traditional green and yellow colors and added the pink which really looked good together (just in case you were wondering).  My favorite part was making her sweet little party outfit complete with a hat headband that she wore for about 3 seconds.  I should have taken the pictures before she played her heart out, gotten dirty and beyond exhausted but….

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The skirt was made with strips of John Deere and coordinating fabric.  I cut the tractor out of the leftover fabric and cut the “2” and the bottom layer of the flowers freehand from pink fabric, then fused them to the shirt.  I added glitter fabric paint to the tractor and found some flowers to go over the fabric ones to give it dimension. 

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For the hat, i purchased the pink headband, found this cute little straw hat at a thrift store and added ribbons and a flower.

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For the little girl favors, i had a friend make these adorable headbands and we purchased a green and yellow nail polish for each set.  We then put it all in a mason jar and decorated the jar.

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For the boys, we got creative lazy and decided that a farm set would be enjoyed the most.

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Won this cute John Deere truck at an auction and used for color coordinated mints….cute, huh!

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Our veggie garden!

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Fresh picked berries…not really…ha…fresh purchased!

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And the adorable cake!!

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Backdrop was made this time just using colored duct tape with a color block pattern.

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We even had a  tractor balloon sculpture made but i don’t think anyone got a picture of it in its entirety but here are some adorable shots of some of the guests playing with and in it….

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The Pumpkin King in December

I know it is December and we should be thinking lights, tree and presents but I wanted to share a costume I made my grown daughter for Halloween to wear to work….a costume based on the character Jack Skellington from A Nightmare Before Christmas (see how I tied that all together…hehe).  This was another one of those “Mom I need….and did I tell you I need it tomorrow” kind of projects!  But I am one of those people that work well under pressure so I got to work…..

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The shirt was first…just cut out a face from felt and put on a black tank top…the felt had an adhesive backing so it was really easy. 

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The bat bow tie was a little challenging as I did not have a white marker so I used yarn to accent and added eyes and some hanging beadwork.

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Next was a set of gloves….I bought these for $1 and just chopped the fingers off (for effect and also because she had to be able to mix drinks) and decorated. 

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The hat was just a little top hat I created with paper, ribbons, feathers and beads.  I attached the mini to a headband. 

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The skirt was made like a tutu….I used tulle and coordinating fabric on an elastic waistband.  We purchased the tights and voila!!!!…costume all done!!

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Project…Shadowbox

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Last year, I got a really good deal on these burlap backed shadowboxes, knowing that sooner or later, I wanted to make kits with them.  Creating something to display in the house is very rewarding for me.  And I really liked that they were hinged and had a magnetic closure so I could change the whole design if I chose to do so at another time. 

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I used paper and materials from Michaels Craft store keeping it in the orange and teal colors with the natural feel of the burlap, jute, and wooden elements.  A little bit of bling and doily add the finishing touches. 

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Prima Wedding Mini Album

Wanted to share something I did a while back…..I created this mini album initially for a class I was going to teach at the Creating Keepsakes and Scrapbook Expo using Prima…the album, flowers and paper (Lyric Collection) and of course, Mon Ami Gabby products.   After putting it together, we found that we could not get the album in the numbers we needed so I gifted it to a couple for a wedding gift for some of their most treasured photos.

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A Noni’s Labor of Love

For my granddaughter’s third birthday (the princess one in the post below), I wanted to create something that she would love and use all year.  She is a sassy one and really thinks she was born into royalty so after buying her several princess dresses and shoes, I decided that she needed her own wardrobe for all her pretty things.

Once word got out that I was looking for a dresser to convert, this showed up at the right time and the right price…free. 

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I spent several days just looking at it and trying to transform it in my head….I knew I wanted the colors pink and gold to match her party and I knew the plastic pieces were coming out and I considered taking the pull-out keyboard rest completely out but at this point, I  had an epiphany….so i turned it on its side and went from there….sanding and priming and painting first.

I had bought, about a year before,  two “castle pieces” at a thrift store that I figured I could paint and add to the design. I accented the castle pieces with gold glitter duct tape along with a couple strips on the wardrobe itself….

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I bought a beautiful hot pink quilted fabric that i used to line the “closet” part of the project and one of the smaller cubby holes…I simply put some padding on a piece of plyboard and pulled the fabric over it and stapled it from the back….

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I added scrapbook paper to the other cubby holes, attached the castle pieces and added a rod to hang all her princess dresses…

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As a final touch, I added a different handle to the pull-out keyboard rest and put small hooks on the inside….I then went through my jewelry and gave her plenty of pieces to play with…

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In all, what I ended up with was something very different than what I started with and I couldn’t have been more pleased with the final results…

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Last step was to add all the things a princess will need….and then you have one happy little birthday girl!!

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Princess Party for Kaylee

My Kaylee bug turned three this year and she is such a little princess, there was no other option for a birthday theme.  Gold and pink was the obvious choice of colors so i came out with the Midas Touch and went to work…first the invitations were made in scroll form…..

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Then on to the favors–swords were made and shields were purchased for the boys.

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I then bought every crown and wand around these parts and spray painted everything gold and then decorated.

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The favor boxes were next….i bought wooden boxes, spray painted them, you guessed it, gold, and decorated…inside the boxes, i added a candy necklace and candy ring with a note reading “Thank you for joining us to celebrate Princess Kaylee’s 3 years of reign…please accept these ROYAL JEWELS as a token of our appreciation.”

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Next on the list was creating the ambiance by making a backdrop, a castle wall was the obvious choice, and the banner.  For the backdrop, I used cardboard that i painted black and used a sponge dipped in silver paint to create the blocks….by adding flowers and butterflies and a dragon, I made it appealing to both girls and boys.

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The banner was pictures of kaylee from birth to 3 years old….representing her three years of reign….

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I wanted to make a tray to hold the fruits and veggies and rolled meat and cheeses so me and my “assistant” created a “ball gown” style one for the event…

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The food was simple finger foods with a twist….with the idea of each dish coming from each fairytale princess’ kitchen….

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And this is my precious grandbaby, loving and enjoying her party…

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Stay tuned in the next couple of days for the best birthday present this Noni could have made for this princess..

until then, I hope all your dreams are fairytales and you are treated like a princess everyday!!

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Harley Davidson Birthday Party

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Orange and black……Harley Davidson’s signature colors…. I got lucky because it was easy to find accessories and such just coming out of Halloween for this November outside 40th birthday party.  I knew right off that I wanted to make cupcakes and to build a stand out of motorcycle tires.

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Since everywhere I checked online was out of the Harley cupcake picks, I decided to make them myself.  I printed the Harley logo for the black cupcakes and the eagle for the orange cupcakes….that was a lot of fussy cutting going on because of course, they had to be doubled sided.

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The food was the usual….meatballs, ham biscuits, tomato and mozzarella bites, spicy chicken bites, bacon wrapped wieners, fruit and vegetables, and three different dips…a spinach artichoke one, a bacon cheeseburger one and a 7 layer bean dip that was in individual containers.

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A picture of the fruit and vegetable tray before it was loaded…

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I made a lighted birthday sign, to use as decoration but also something the birthday girl could keep to remember her party, with the Harley logo as the basic design…

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Of course, i made a backdrop with props and decided to just use black felt and top with giant orange and black paper flowers…

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And then…my favorite, the Smores Bar featuring six different flavors to choose from.  The smores menu itself was written on old windows and the sternos were fit into a long drilled out log.  The bar was finished off with huge tissue paper balls and a chalk paper banner.

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Another successful party (check), a happy birthday girl (check) and that great sense of accomplishment achieved through hard work and playing with paper (check)!!

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