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Happy 1st Birthday Carter

I have seen this little girl grow up so fast…She has a big hearted family that loves her so much and we only want what is best for her. Her Aunt Michele with her kids put together Carter’s first birthday party. And invited us to her home. They had the whole house decorated with pink and purple streamers, butterflies all around, and had a lovely table/high chair decorated.

I wanted to make sure I had a “Turning One” picture so I had Max, Carter’s Uncle & my husband, to help me set up a photoshoot. I made paper banners, and cutout butterflies for the backdrop. And since I wasn’t sure what she would be wearing I quickly made a tutu with butterflies gems and cutout a paper crown for her to wear.

It definitely took everyone to get her to sit-still and look pretty. Thank you for sharing this moment with us. Take a look at at Flickr for more process pictures.

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For more picture visit Flickr.

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Working on Valentines Gifts

Starting on my valentines gift…
I’m creating mini hearts and unicorns piñatas for the little ones. Stuffing them with stickers, toys, pin buttons and more. The heart piñatas have two openings 1) that can be broken in half or 2) the right corner lid opening.

I’ve also been making cupcake toppers:

  1. Lay the paper down on its decorative side, 2″x7”
  2. Fold accordion style:
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  3. Glue each end to each other to create a circular fan.
  4. Punch a heart and glue in the center.
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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.

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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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MegaMan Party

DSC_0009My nephew turn 10 this year and he requested a Megaman party. I still remember this little boy had a pig party, couple years back, and now we are doing video game characters. AND the next thing you know he wont want a birthday party- he’ll out grow that too. But for now we continue the birthday party at home and included his stuff-animals as part of the party.

PARTY SUPPLIES
1) I created Megaman & Megaman Zero helmets as party hats (available to print: RED, BLUE), by photoshop-ing out the characters faces.  Then creating two holes for on each side of the hat. Push the ribbon through each hole and tie a knot to hold it.

2) Baggie Suffers: cutout megaman coloring pages by outlining Megaman silhouette (don’t forget to add crayons), healthy snacks, toys, and bubbles. I stuff the items into a small lunch bag for the kids.

3) Custom cake/cupcake toppers: I used the Megaman character’s logo to create the cake topper. I added more wording to make it more personal. Then I cutout little red and blue helmets for the cupcakes. And with the extra paper material I created star confetti to decorate the table.

I added little details of the Megaman character around the birthday party. More pictures below:

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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:
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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:

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Christmas Crafts

We made it all this year. My favorite month of the year… and I had an Elf to help me with my craziness. Max and I did it all. We decorated Christmas cookies, made a gingerbread house, picked up a potted tree from Silverton, made wooden ornaments from Micheal’s Craft Store, glued & sewed an ugly sweater, created an online New Year calendar and more. Happy Holidays Everyone!