Happy Holidays

img_4079Every year we travel to see family and do the long drive to see everyone. We had a great time playing games at Ben’s (Yakima, WA), doing raffles at my moms’ (Othello, WA), secret santa at my partner’s moms’ (Stevenson, WA), and see the kids open their presents (Vancouver, WA).

This year I did lot of handmade projects for family and friends: stockings stuffer, baggies, screen print pillows, and more.  I also did lot of photo project to create a more personal gift: blanket, mugs, and magnets.


Birthday Overload of Cutenss

img_7925I am so happy to be able to be part of the customers’ special day. I do enjoy making these mini pinatas (and other party supplies) and love to hear their stories. When I don’t know the story I like to imagine what they are for… and what kind of party or type of person. I had someone order two pink whales and my mind thought “oooh twin’s party or baby shower.”  Love Love it!

I remember making these with my mom when I was younger. I remember putting my tiny hands in her home-made glue in this cooking pot and slapping it on the balloon. I never thought of the process until now. I can see why she did the things she did. Home-made glue is lot easier than Elmer glue (which is what I use). I cherish these making pinata memories and happy to be able to share one of my families traditions.

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How to make a Mini Piñata

IMG_5194These mini piñata are so darn cute and a decorative trend now. So lets make some! The tiny piñata are definitely easier to carry. But harder to make, just because, you are working with less and smaller materials.

Many tutorials tell you or show you pictures of what and how they make the pinatas. But what they don’t tell you is that the materials are really really important. Check out my pinterest pins for more mini piñatas ideas.

My DIY piñata supplies:
I use cardboard from packaged boxes, but most tutorial use cardstock paper. I will and recommend to use recycle cardboard—> Cereal carton, chipboard, or paperboard because the weight is between cardstock and cardboard boxes. Plus, what a great way to re-use recycled products.
>>>>>Paper: I use tissue paper, but I’ve seen others use crepe paper, ribbons, etc. I like working with tissue paper because it’s so thin and easy to move around.
>>>>>Glue Stick: (traditionally the glue is made: starch, sugar, and water).
>>>>>Scissors: Another reason for using recycled paperboard—>Makes it easier to cut and trace the layout.

STEP 1: Trace your layout, and draw it out on the paperboard. Don’t worry about the paperboard because it will be covered. In my case, I paint the cardboard of the color the tissue paper will be so you can’t see underneath the tissue paper.

STEP 2: After drawn out. Cut, Cut, and glue. I use hot glue to put all the parts together, but tape works too.

STEP 3: Fold the tissue paper as short as you want. And cut strips. Glue the paper strips with the glue stick.

Details of the unicorn:


Foil Letters

Here is a short video on how I make the paper cut-outs designs. I do have a pazzles creative cutter machine, but I don’t use it as much as I should. I remember how excited Debbie & I were when we got this cutter machine, but knowing now what I know– we should have waited. I do think that the Scrapbook(ers) were ahead of the ‘handmade’ techniques (I say “were” because it’s gotten so small and now the conventions don’t stop by Portland, OR). The techniques & products that Debbie & I have, we’ve learned from the scrapbook conventions 5-6 years ago. The sticker maker, embossing, foiling, stamping, and the cutter…  And now all those things are POPULAR, but Scrapbookers have been doing these techniques for years. Anyways, here is a short clip, enjoy!


Happy 29th Birthday Surprise Gift!


(In my car: tying pic to balloons)

It’s pretty hard to throw a surprise gift to your partner, who lives with you. Surprisingly it worked out. I picked up balloons the day before and left them in my trunk (tinted windows) and I added the Instagram pictures in my car.

I printed out a sheet of Instagram photos by taking a screenshot from Instagram so I can have all the comments that were posted on them. I also added a personal message of the memory on the right bottom side of the photo. You can add this message on the [comment] in Instagram or handwritten in front or back of the picture. Then I punched a hole in the corner which made it easier to attach the balloons in the car.

Left them over night in the trunk of the car. I had to make excuses to get out of bed, “using the restroom,” “need water” & “letting the dog out.” Even though Jax, the dog, wasn’t moving nor making a sound, I picked her up to let her out so I can grab the balloons at 2 in the morning. Back inside, I had left sticky notes & paper in my night retainer-case to make it easy for me. It was 6am, oh no!, I fell asleep, I stuck notes around the house, hung banners, left birthday cards around, etc. Max only asked for a birthday card for his birthday. So I made one, You are my Stud Muffin:

But I also had other cards around. Simple handwritten cards, printed cards, and handwritten banners. The banners were really easy to make (cardstock, sharpie, and string). I folded the paper in half, vertical way, and cut 5 strips. To get the banner shape: you cut a triangle shape from the bottom>> not the folded side.  I used a sharpie to draw the letters and dots. Then I unfold the paper, one hot glue dot inside per strip, and add the string.  Jax & I wrapped birthday gift boxes in our roommates room so Max wouldn’t notice.

Then the plan was set to go. Max was up at 6:30am, but I had no energy to get up since I’ve been up trying to sneak around. He was so pleased he came back shortly trying to paste & pull apart my late night adventure. Happy Birthday Max!

After we opened gifts, Jax layed-out birthday notes for Max. In this video you will see Jax setting up the notes then we waited for Max. Max tries to give the note to Jax, but she pushes the note back to him with her nose. CUTENESS!


Pet Home Magazine.com

ContextpagePet Lovers! Jax’s Paw-ty was featured on Pet Home Magazine. The magazine has lots of great information and lots of fun stuff for pet owners. Remember during the holidays >>  keep our pets safe. Lots of our human treats are harmful for our furry friends. To read more about Jax’s Pawty article, the safety tips, the authors, designer of the magazine, and more– go to: Pet Home Magazine Issuu.com