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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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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:
Every 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.
I 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.
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!
HOW TO ORGANIZE A PAWTY:
1) Pick a theme. We (Jax and I) decided we would share all of her favorite things. Balls, and stuff animals, toys, plus her favorite color, red.
2) Pick a date. Sunday would work best for all of our furry and human friends. And a small brunch in the backyard would be perfect (at our house) with all of her friends.
–Design Invitations: I designed Jax’s invitations and mailed them out as soon as possible to family and friends. I used Jax as my model for her invitation. I also layered her face in the invitation for color and 3d effect. For the envelop I used a rubber stamp from Rubber Hedgehog (Westie dog) and paw print from Judith Stamps. We personalized each invitation with our furry friends name and made sure to invite their human parents too.
3) Decorations. Buying decoration can be expensive so I made everything myself. I start off with making a list for myself to keep me on track.
-Making a “ONE” Pinata: Click on the link to learn how to make a pinata. I used a pull down effect (like the baby shower) so Jax could pull on the string and have the treats fall down. She was so adorable that Kia (her Boxer Furry Friend) tried to help her out.
-Jax’s Paper Banner: I wanted to create something different so I cutout her letters J-A-X and cut out bone-shapes instead of triangles.
-Doggy Party Hats: I made different sizes of party hats for different sizes of doggies. Small hats for small dogs. And big hats for big dogs. *Gather cardstock paper, stapler, scissors, and string. I used Judith paw stamp and white paint to make the party hats look like dots. Make a big circle in your cardstock paper and form a cone shape by overlapping the two corners then staple.*
-Balloons. I used three white balloons, made a face using a sharpie pen, and tape the side of the balloon with cutout paper doggy ears.
4) Plan what to eat. To make this easy on me, I picked up groceries for her human friends and furry friends. I had to get two cakes. I called couple of Portland dog stores and not many places had gluten free cakes. I finally got frustrated and decided to bake the cake myself until Christina, a family friend, offered to make the cake for Jax. Printed out a receipt and off we went to order a human cake (Jax’s loved her Gluten-Free bacon birthday cake).
We also had these great Cake Toppers from Brittany Hampton Design, also a great family friend. The adorable custom cake topper definitely represented Jax’s special day. It’s an excellent idea to express the creativity of the event. I’m not sure how many dogs can blow out a candle, but Jax’s doesn’t know that trick yet (hehe…which daddy helped), but a cake topper is a great way to decorate your cake.
5) Party Favors to say Goodbye. I reused the small brown paper bags from the grocery store and used a stencil of a paw print that I made. Painted it red and stamped Philadelphia foam stamps from Making Memories. This is what went in the baggies:
-Bought Doggy treats
-Doggy poop bags
-Stuff-animals for “Adopt a Pet 4 Your Pet” basket.
6) Party Dress. I made Jax’s birthday outfit. We wanted to make sure she looked her best. A simple tutu with a white sweater. I’m not sure why I decide on white when it rains in Oregon, but I wanted her to pop from the red decorations. *I cut the tulle fabric into strips and hot glue the strips inside the elastic band. For Jax, I cut the inside strips shorter so she can move.* We got up early to bathe and do her hair with some old-school rollers.
We are lucky to have amazing human friends that came early to help decorate and make food. Jax got many wonderful gifts that will keep her busy for days. Thank you family and friends!
We been so busy, but I finally got some time to decorate for Halloween. I still haven’t carved my pumpkin, but I made paper & fabric bats. My TRICK (or TREAT) for you: During the process in making the bats I found that cutting a cardstock stencil of a bat and putting the fabric in between the folded paper (picture below) made it so much easier to cut the bats. 🙂