YOU’RE THE POT OF GOLD AT THE END OF MY RAINBOW

Now that the gifts have been opened, the food eaten, the games played and the mommy stories shared. The much-anticipated baby shower is over and now it’s time for the final step: Sending out thank you notes! I want to adequately thank my generous friends and family for helping celebrate this special milestone with me.

Since St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, I figure what better way to send out a thank you note than with a little “POT ‘O GOLD” since I’m one very LUCKY gal to have such amazing, beautiful people in my life!

I’m a huge Pinterest user and came upon this blog with the perfect saying and has “free” printable tags!

I purchased a box of thank you cards and personally handwritten each message to my guest using my calligraphy skills (which I’m still working on).

Here’s what you need to make these St. Patricks’ Day favors:

Materials:
Clear Plastic Tubes (I found these on Amazon)
Butterfinger ‘Nest Egg’ candy (luckily Easter is also around the corner)
Giant bag of M&M’s
Printable Tags
Ribbons




Make sure you clean and dry your containers. Add your candies to your container (I put the Butterfinger at the bottom and then filled the rest with M&M’s to make it look like the rainbow).

Cut out your tags, punch a hole at the top, and use twine to tie them onto your favors.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

MY ADVENTURE BOOK

There are a few things that I collect when I travel:
Snow Globes. Magnets. Site Pennies. and Postcards!

I stop collecting snow globes cause I don’t have space to display them, currently they are in storage bins (tear). I recently started collecting magnets and site pennies. Site pennies are the machines usually found in souvenirs shops and they usually cost only $.51 cents. I’ve always collected postcards cause they seem the easiest to store and put away since they don’t take up to much space!
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So while clearing out the storage room, I came across my box of postcards and started to reminisce about all the wonderful places I’ve been to. I didn’t like that the postcards was just sitting in a box and wanted to find a way to show them off! So I did some research on ways to display postcards and nothing seems to catch my attention…until I came across ‘My Adventure Book’ the exact same book from the cartoon movie UP. I thought what if I place a postcard on each page with a picture from that place!
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I bought new colorful paper to replace the poop brown color which was totally worth the extra time of cutting and hole punching each sheet of paper! I used my ever growing collection of washi tapes to place the photos on the pages.
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And Whad’ya Know, My Adventure Book turned out amazing! Here are a few pages from some of my favorite locations!

Would love to hear how you guys displays items that you bring back from your travels!

DIY: E.T. & ELLIOT COSTUME

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I got this idea from the 1982 film E.T.! It was VERY easy to put together and it turned out better than expected! I got so many compliments, high fives, and everyone wanted to take a picture with E.T.!

Here’s how it all came together!

Materials for E.T. Basket:
grey spray paint
basket (I got mine thanks to Fred Meyer)
string
duct tape
2 paint rollers

Directions for E.T. Basket:
-spray paint basket grey
-saw off the paint rollers to create the bike handles
-use duct tape to attached the handles onto the basket
-add string to the basket so you can wrap it around your neck for support
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Materials for E.T. Face:
cotton balls
printer
needle & thread
transfer paper
white blanket
white t-shirt
glue gun

Directions for E.T. Face:
-find a picture on E.T.’s face online
-when you find the right one, print it out on the transfer paper
-from the transfer paper follow instructions to iron it onto the white shirt
-once it cools, cut about an inch around E.T.’s face
-cut out another shape of E.T.’s face so it has a backing
-turn it inside out and start sewing on the 1 inch (leave a small opening so you can stuff it with cotton balls)
-once you’re done sewing, flip it back so that E.T.’s face is up front and now you can start filling it with cotton balls
-now that E.T. is all stuff, grab the white blanket and start wrapping and gluing around the head to the neck
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Complete the look by wearing a red hoodie and you’re off to bring E.T. home!!!

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Let me know if you have any questions and have a Spooktacular Halloween!

Happy Birthday Mom!

8 CAKES & COUNTING

I’m a super crafty person! I enjoy making pretty things and I like to think that I do a decent job on it! One of the things I enjoy making are diaper cakes!

My inspiration comes from the theme of the shower and the expecting mommies. I mainly use fabrics and ribbons, I’ve never been one to add baby items – such as bottles, pacifiers, or toys, I feel like these items take away from the design of the cake which tends to look really busy and messy.

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CAKE 1: Baby Leila
Color scheme: black&white damask with a hint of pink
I didn’t realize how easy it was to make a diaper cake since I practically made this overnight! Loved that my first cake turned out pretty amazing!

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CAKE 2: Baby Mason
Theme: Paper + Pinwheels
This 3 tier cake was so much fun to make. The tricky party was figuring out how to incorporate the florals on there. I purchased the florals from Michaels and use pearl pins to hold it in place. Doesn’t it remind you of a wedding cake?

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CAKE 3: Baby Nathaniel
Theme: Little “Mustache” Man
Probably my most favorite cake of all!!! I mean everything about it is so absofreakinlutely adorable!!! There were no tutorial on this, I just had an idea and basically just ran with it. I went to Goodwill and bought the cheapest black suit jacket and basically ripe the whole thing apart and piece by piece this beauty came about!

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CAKE 4: Baby Addie
Theme: A Winter Wonderland
A simple two-tier cake design. I use a lot of white lace and pearls and added mini pinwheels on top to give it more color.

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CAKE 5: Baby Gavin
Theme: Owls
I made this cake for a friend of a friend WHO’s big into nature and of course owls!!!

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CAKE 6: Baby Cayden
Theme: Pirates
ARGH!!! This one was a toughie!!! I didn’t really know what I was doing, I just knew that I wanted a pirate ship with little pirate diapers holding swords and tada – this happened!

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CAKE 7: Baby Jacob
Theme: Bears
So ‘beary’ happy with this cake!

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CAKE 8: Baby Eden
Theme: French Bulldog
This diaper cake was just too DOG gone cute! Love love love everything about it!

DIY: GUMBALL MACHINE COSTUME

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Since Halloween fell on a Saturday this year, a bunch of my girlfriends and I decided to hit the streets of Capitol Hill! I needed a costume that was cute and sexy, yet fun at the same time. We thought about doing a group costume, but time was running out so it became a solo mission. I came across this gumball costume two years ago and it was always on my saved list, never having the right moment to make it. Well the time is NOW and I couldn’t be more happy with the outcome!!!
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Materials:
A crap load of pompoms (I stuck to 2 sizes – small and medium)
Glue gun
Glue sticks
Red dress or a red skirt and a basic top (I purchased a $20 dress from Forever 21 knowing that I’ll ruin it by adding pompoms on it)
Felt (grey & black)
Scissors

You basically add pompom to the upper portion of the dress until your liking. This took me about two days cause my back started hurting. Afterwards, you cut out a square shape with the grey felt and 25c with the black and glue that on underneath the pompom. I also got an old headband and hair tie and added pompoms to it. And wala…you’re ready to start handing out some gumballs!
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Hope you all had a safe and fun Halloween! Till next time!!

Oh yah, Happy Birthday MOM!

DIY: PAPER DOLL COSTUME

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I thought Halloween was going to be quiet this year, but I got invited to a Halloween party suuuper last min. With no costume on hand plus not wanting to spend a fortune on one either, I quickly got a hold of my artistic friend Andrew! I saw this Paper Doll costume when I was just looking around for costume ideas a while back. It looked pretty easy, few materials were required, and figure I can make it in a day!
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Materials:
Black marker
Box cutter
Foam white poster board
**Most Important: a really good artist!
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Well…all my estimation were true, except it took me 2 days!!! Andrew came over and he drew out the dress with the accessories and I basically just box cut around it. I added a ribbon on the back of the dress so that it stayed on me while I was ‘wearing’ it! I got so many good complements from it, plus it’s another DIY costume I can reuse again and again!

DIY: SNOW GLOBE COSTUME

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I’ve decided to take the creative approach this year and put in some hard work and created my very own original home-made costume.
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I’ve decided to be my favorite collector’s item… a snow globe! I figured, why not be something I love? This costume actually took about 3 weeks to make. I had to use a decent amount of acetate for the dome and foam for everything else. I used a good variety of spray paint for color and cotton balls to give it that snowy effect. I chose Hawaii because it obviously stands out and reminds me of home. The top of the dome had a little peep hole so that it was easy for people to hand me food and drinks. I’m surprised that the final product was a huge success not to mention it’s a costume I can reuse over and over again! So just ‘Shake It Like A Polaroid Picture’!
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Final Sale! No return, no exchanges, no refunds!