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2016 Halloween Trick Or Treat Baskets

26 Oct

 

2016-halloween-stuffed-animals

This year my job was to make the grandkids Halloween baskets to go with their Zoo Animal theme.  Their mom, Katie, is making all the Halloween costumes…boy is she doing an awesome job!  I can’t wait to show them to you.

rhino-halloween-basket

This Rhino trick or treat basket is for Caden.  He’s the first one I made and I was very happy with the results.  I kinda just winged it.  The head is a template I found online and increased the size.

crocodile-halloween-basket

This Crocodile trick or treat basket is for Kylan.  He too is made from felt with rick rack teeth and scales down his tail.  He is made from a sewing pattern I downloaded and adjusted for the basket.  

flamingo-halloween-basket

Lastly, this Flamingo trick or treat basket is for Kinzley.  It’s perfect because she just LOVES pink and I found out that her Halloween costume has no pink at all!  Like the other baskets, this one is made from felt.  I made all pattern pieces. 

2016-halloween-stuffed-animals

I also made the Giraffe, Hippo and Moose heads (shown above) to decorate their camper/campsite.  I had the felt and just couldn’t help myself!

Hope you all have a very Happy Halloween!

 

Playing Paper Dolls With Kinzley

23 Mar

My granddaughter, Kinzley, was spending the night with us Saturday. Wanting to do something special with her, I thought we would play with some paper dolls.

disney doc mcstuffins paper dolls

I found this cute Doc McStuffins paper doll set from the Disney Junior site. It includes these characters plus several outfits and accessories for Doc. I printed all the pages (7) on card stock (so they would hold up) and cut them out. I liked that you didn’t have to cut so close around the characters.

paper doll stands

There were a few things I did differently than what was instructed. I made these stands rather than the ones provided because they worked better. I also taped a piece of card stock to the back of Doc to reinforce her skinny neck.

Kinzley adding accessories

Rather than cut the flaps on the outfits, I applied repositionable glue (stick) on the back of all the pieces and let them set a few minutes. This made it really easy for Kinzley to dress Doc in whatever outfit and/or accessories she wanted to add…boy did she come up with some doozies!

The last thing I did was after taping the background pieces together, I folded it along the overlapped tape line so it could stand up.

Kinz and I had lots of fun playing with Doc and her friends!

Lego and Candyland Princess Birthday Party

13 Mar

For Kylan and Kinzley’s double birthday party this year, they chose the themes Legos and Princess. My daughter, Katie, added Candyland to Kinzley’s Princess theme so we could use one color scheme for both…primary colors.

INVITATIONS

Lego Candyland Party Invitation front

I made this Lego shaped invitation on my computer and printed them out on yellow card stock. Here’s the outside.

Lego Candyland Party Invitation-inside

For the inside I created a Candyland game board with the pertinent information, cut them out and glued them inside the card.

LEGO DECORATIONS

Kylan's Lego birthday wall

This is Kylan’s Lego wall. Katie made the banner using a Lego font; she covered the two pictures with a plastic tablecloth and added paper plates to make giant Legos; she added paper Ninja eyes to the balloons; built the number 6 (on the table) out of legos; painted the Lego containers, and…

Ninja Lego Lanterns

She made these cute Ninja Lego lanterns…

Kylan in his Lego shirt

and made Kylan (and his brother Caden) Lego shirts!

Lego juice box covers

She made these Lego juice box covers…

Lego and candy decorated cabinets

She decorated her cabinets like Legos and made the giant candies on top. It looked so good!

CANDYLAND PRINCESS DECORATIONS

Kinzley's candyland birthday wall

This is Kinzley’s Candlyland Princess wall. Katie made the banner and I made the giant lollipops from pool noodles and cardboard rolls.

Kinzley's candyland birthday wall2

Katie made the number 3 picture using thumb tacks; she made lace and gem princess crowns for the girls, and added a candyland game board.

Kinzley's In her Candyland Princess Dress

Here’s Kinzley modeling her “new” candlyland princess dress. Katie bought the dress for just 99 cents! She bought the shoes and tights. What a cute little Princess!

Candyland Princess Dress Lollipops

I made the sucker embellishments from felt and ribbon and added opal pearls. Katie added the stripped ribbon.

Candyland Necklace

Katie also made the colorful necklace.

FOOD, DESSERT/GOODIES

Lego food containers

The menu consisted of beef and chicken tacos and burritos, refried beans, savory and sweet cream cheese tortilla roll ups and chips and salsa. She build the plate holder out of Legos, and I made the Lego taco holders.

Easy Lego Themed Taco Holders

Here’s a close up of the Lego themed taco holders.

Dessert and Goodie table

Here’s the dessert/goodie table.

Kylan's Ninja birthday cake

Katie made both cakes. Here’s Kylan’s Ninja Lego cake sitting on a Lego built plate.

Kinzley's giant cupcake cake

Here’s Kinzley’s giant candy cupcake cake. It has a chocolate base filled with cake.

Kinzley's giant cupcake cake INSIDE

Here’s what it looks like inside…how colorful! It was yummy too:)

Blowing out their candles

Kylan and Kinzley blowing out their candles.

Layered Jello dessert

In addition to cake, there was jello and cool whip dessert…

Chocolate princess suckers and Legos

Chocolate Legos and Princess crowns…

Lifesaver candy containers

Assorted candy including these served in lifesaver candy containers Katie made by gluing foam letters onto metal cake pans and spray painting them.

PARTY FAVORS

Favor table

Here’s the party favor table that includes…

Lego Soap

Lego shaped soap…

Lego necklaces

Lego necklaces I made for the boys and purchased Crown bracelets for the girls…

candy filled plastic bear party favors

and these candy filled plastic bear containers. Katie bought and filled the containers and I made the hats and labels.

It was another successful party!

Kylan's Lego Bedroom

Afterwards, Katie used many of the Lego decorations to decorate Kylan’s bedroom…he loves it!

Caden’s Construction Birthday Party

16 Jan

For my grandson, Caden’s 4th birthday this past November, his mom and I put together a Construction Party for him. As always, we went overboard, but hey, it’s just so much fun to do and everyone enjoys it.

construction invitationsKatie made these super cute dump truck invitations from card stock.

construction party front door

For the front door, Katie made this orange extension cord wreath she saw on Pinterest, and the sign was made with her cricut machine.

construction vests_toolbelts_hats

Once inside, each child was given a personalized Construction vest, tool belt and plastic construction hat. I had a lot of pink felt and so I decided to make the girls vests pink. Further down you’ll see the favors we made to put inside the tool belts :)

punch container for the construction crew

We used my husbands orange construction cooler for the kids punch and personalized yellow sippy cups. For the gifts, Katie used a wheel barrel…sorry I didn’t get a picture.

construction party snack table

For the goodie table, we had chocolate donut spare tires, orange jello barricade cups, yellow and orange chocolate hard hats, orange cupcakes, chocolate pudding topped with oreo “dirt” and chocolate rocks (in the dump truck)…

marshmallow paint brushes

Chocolate dipped Marshmallow paint brushes on top of a decorated paint can,

chocolate coins

Chocolate coins (day wages) in a toy bulldozer. Katie bought the large construction vehicles and then gave them to Caden afterwards.

construction birthday cake

and of course this construction birthday cake Katie made…from scratch.

inside the construction cake

Here’s what a slice of it looks like…neat, huh?

construction Food Truck

For the food table, I kinda went over the top. I made this cabinet Construction Food Truck from felt, where we served: Ham and Cheese and Turkey and Cheese sandwiches, hotdogs, pasta cups and variety of chips.

help opening presentsOnce everyone ate, it was time for Caden to open his presents…with a little help from his sister.

Construction Party Tool Belt FavorsWhen the party was over, each child received 2 crayon tools and “construction” coloring cards to put in their tool belts to take home.

Kinzleys construction vest and toolbeltThese tool belts were super easy and no sew!  Here’s the No Sew Kids Construction Tool belt instructions.

Yep, it was another successful and fun birthday party!

 

FEED ME Monster Pillow Download Sewing Project

24 Nov

FEED ME Monster PillowsHow cute are these!

I needed something to make for the kids on Christmas Eve and came up with these. They’re soft stuffed pillows made from felt. They have a zipper mouth for gobbling up all sorts of things like, reading books, new pajamas, coloring book and crayons, gift cards, stickers…and more!

I had so much fun creating a different Monster for each child. 

So you too can have lots of FUN making these cute monster stuffed pillows, visit my Craftsy Pattern Store here!

Paper Lampshades and Votive Holder Covers

29 Aug

lampshade and candle holdersThese paper lampshades and votive covers can be made to coordinate with your home décor or as table decorations for any special occasion. I just love the way they soften the glow of the candles.

suppliesMaterials Needed

Glass Lampshade Template

8 1/2 X 11 (scrapbook, wrapping paper, printed digital paper)

Glass votive holders

Stemmed wine glasses

Tea lights, votives or flameless candles (safer around children)

Scissors

Scoring tool

Double sided tape

Paper Lampshades

These shades measure 4” high. If your glasses are longer, try increasing the print size of the template.

Print or trace the template on the back of the paper

Cut out the template, form into a cone and secure with double sided tape.

To keep the tea light in place add some uncooked rice in the bottom of the wine glass and then slightly push the tea light into the rice.

Votive Holder Covers

votive candle coversI scored the back of my decorative paper every 1/4” and then cut long strips slightly wider than the height of the candle holders and accordion folded them.

I wrapped the strips around the holders, trimmed off the excess paper, and secured the ends together with double sided tape.

For a really easy cover, eliminate the scoring and folding and simply wrap the strips around the holders and secure with double sided tape.

Note: Do not leave the candles unattended! To be on the safe side, use flameless candles.

 

Last Day To Enter My 2 GIVEAWAYS!

31 Jul

Today is your last chance to enter my Pamper Yourself Giveaway and Digital Paper Packs Giveaway!

You can’t win if you don’t enter, so click the links above…who knows, YOU might be one of the LUCKY WINNERS!

 

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