Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Tie-Dye Pillows with Delightfully Noted Old Craft Challenge

Tie-Dye Pillows

Never in a million years did I think I would be tie-dying.  Is that even a word?
I'm not really a fan of the tie-dye look, even though I was a child of the 70's.  Nowadays, I seem to see tie-dye everywhere I turn.  I'm not sure if the trend is still 'trendy' or on it's way out again?

Jennifer from the smart and clever craft blog, Delightfully Noted, came up with this CrAzY Old School Mystery Craft Challenge.  Not sure what I was thinking when I volunteered to do this, but it's too late now...

Click here to read all about the challenge. 

She basically mailed 9 crafters some old school craft products.  (Pony beads, potholder makings, plastic twine, etc.)  So, you'll never guess what she sent me in the mail?  Yes, of course you'll guess. I was really hoping for the moldy Bedazzaler! 
Our job was to craft up something fun with our product, take pictures and have blog readers vote on their favorite craft.  There are prizes involved, too!

So, for me it was a tie-dye kit.  Of course I couldn't choose which pattern I wanted to I tried all of them!  (Well, 4 of them.)
Spiral, Stripes, Crinkle and Ombre.  I used the one color that came in the kit-- blue.
It wasn't hard following the directions.  I used a white cotton material and went to work.
(I have to admit it was pretty fun!)  Just remember to wear plastic gloves!  You'll thank me later.
After soaking overnight, washing and drying, the color came out more turquoise than royal blue.
This was actually a fun surprise, since I LOVE turquoise!
I ironed up the fabric and sewed up a few easy pillow cases with a Velcro opening.
Ta-da!  The finished products!  Which pattern is your favorite?

I took the pillows over to my mother-in-law's beach place for the perfect chairs to highlight them. 
My mother-in-law loved them!

Who knew that that this 'old' process of dying fabric was so fun and addictive?  A big thank you to Jennifer for challenging me to get out of my comfort zone and try something new.

I'd love you to vote for my project!  Click here to vote.  I'm #6!  You'll love what others made, too!  People are so creative!

 Thanks Friends!  Happy Summer!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Bright and Colorful Balloon Party

It doesn't take much time or many supplies to host a balloon themed party!
Take a look at the fun we had with polka dot paper products and balloons.

It all started when I saw these balloon paper plates from Hallmark
I then purchased polka dot napkins and balloons from the Party Store.
The balloon party hats were from a previous party, click here.
Colorful water balloons were found at the Dollar Store.  You can buy a hand pump there, too.  (Let me re-phrase that...Be sure to buy a hand pump!  These balloons are impossible to inflate without one...unless you have some serious lung power!)
A teal green sheet was used to cover the table, on top of the sheet I rolled out a table runner of the polka dot wrapping paper.  Instant color!
Colorful craft poms (in all sizes)...

 were scattered on the table with the mini balloons.
Each place setting had a real plate with the paper plate set on top.  I love doing this.  It adds such a fancy look to paper plates!
Polka dot crepe paper (found at the Party Store) was wrapped around each plastic cup and taped to stay. 
Names were written onto the crepe paper with a Sharpie.
My extra talented sister-in-law joined in the theme with a hot air balloon fruit tray!  LOVE!
Dessert was served in waffle bowls with a mini balloon sticking out of each one.  I used Pringles Cookie Stixs and slipped a mini balloon on each one.  (You could also use Pocky sticks.)
Of course we had a photo booth!  Here's a simple way to make one.

We played Balloon Knee Volleyball for a multi-generational game.  (It's basically volleyball that's played on your knees.  Place a piece of tape on the floor for the net.)

Need a balloon craft to keep busy?

And there you have it.  A bright and colorful Balloon Party.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Camping Party at the Beach

My son turned 13 in March.  The month of March in the Seattle area is always rainy and cold.  Not the best time for a birthday--according to my son.  His request was to wait until the summer to celebrate.  So we did just that with a Camping Party at the Beach--in June.  Take a look.

I scored some high mom points with this Campfire Cake.  My son called it 'EPIC!'  I also set up a fun dessert table, because...well, I like to.  My son and his friends had no complaints!

Snacks and treats included:
Trail Mix
S'mores Fixings
S'mores Pops (Marshmallows dipped in chocolate, sprinkled with graham cracker crumbs on a skewer.)
Matches (Large pretzel rods with the ends dipped in red candy coating.)
Fire Chips (Spicy Doritos)
Camping Snacks (Mini pigs in a blanket.)

So, back to this 'epic' Campfire Cake.  My son requested a yellow cake with chocolate frosting.  I delivered with this 2 layer yellow cake with chocolate buttercream frosting and Hershey's chocolate shavings.
For the fire on top, I scrolled Pinterest for ideas and tips.  I settled on Pirouette cookies for the logs.  All '13' candles were bunched together for the awesome real flame.  And for the candy flames, I melted cinnamon Jolly Ranchers and butterscotch candies on a cookie sheet in the oven.  Swirled them a bit and let them cool, then broke the candy into flame-like pieces.  The pieces were stuck directly into the cake to look like fire.  Very impressive!

The best part of any party is the activities.  These boys were not bored at this fact we wore them out!

First up was the water battle.  The boys took to the kayaks and row boats with their squirt guns.  So nice to have an instant squirt gun refill source.  This was quite the battle!

 Back on land, the battle moved to the driftwood forts.  Bunker against bunker.

Swimming in the nearby lagoon proved to be a little too cold for some?  Cold, really?  It was only 80 degrees outside!

A HUGE and crazy squirt gun, water balloon, water fight broke out against the neighbor kids.  My husband and I sat back and laughed our heads off watching these boys get drenched! 

And of course, perfect s'mores making.  I'm proud to say that we finally have a boy scout that can make a fire and wait for the coals BEFORE roasting marshmallows!  Shocking, I know.

The boys opted out of sleeping in the tent...can you believe that it was too hot?!  (We've had such amazing weather!)
After a night of sleeping inside, they woke up to a birthday breakfast--pancakes with strawberries and whipped cream.  My kid was in heaven!

Other activities included:  Mario Kart Wii challenge, Army Guy War... (It amazes me that after all these years, my kid still loves to play with his army guys!  Scroll down to see his Army Guy Birthday Party when he was 7!  Some things never change.)

and a picture taking Beach Scavenger Hunt (created by my son).

What a party!  I have a feeling that both kids will ask for summer birthdays next year, too!

Want to have your own camping themed party?  Click here to print these simple labels.
Here's some more of my son's birthday parties. 

Age 10  NERF Gun Party



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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Here's the 'Lowe'down with a Lowes Gift Card

Giving dad a Lowe's gift card for Father's Day?
It seems like we do every year! 

This year I thought..."Surely I can come up with something a bit more creative when handing dad a gift card." 

Easy, clever and much more showy than a plain ol' gift card, don't you think?  You can easily make one, too.

Start with a Lowes gift card...of course.
Lighty adhere it to a piece of blue cardstock.

Print out the tag.  Click here to print your own.

Adhere the tag on the top half of the gift card. 

Punch a hole and thread some curling ribbon through.

Tie it up and add a message on the back.  And just like that-- your boring ol' Lowe's gift card is now a real presentation! 

Happy Father's Day!

Here's another gift card idea:

Amazon Amazing Gift Card