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"Summer Social" Guest Project — Throw an Aqua & Orange Summer Birthday Party!

22 Jul
Hi, my name is Mae from Mae Armstrong & Co., I 
was inspired by all the handmade parties I’ve seen online and wanted to
give myself a similar challenge. 
 I’d love to share my Aqua and Orange Birthday Party. 
Planning for this party began five
months in advance. I wanted it to be super special for my twin boys and
husband. All three of them share the same birthday. How amazing is that?!

The
trick of course was finding the time to finish all the different
elements I wanted.
Between all of my normal mommy duties, household
chores, errands and freelance gigs, I was able to sneak some time to
research, learn a few DIY birthday projects, design and create my very
own handmade birthday party.

The aqua and blue circus theme was
inspired by a paper carousel from Meri Meri given to my boys
. I loved
the elephant especially, so that became the centerpiece of my design.
After
creating the party invitation, everything began to fall into place.
I
sewed a simple elephant themed fabric pennant and a crochet banner.
 
I
repurposed my old baby food jars into these pretty little containers for
Jelly Beans
.

I whipped up some homemade caramel popcorn as another
party favor, we added a jar full of animal crackers and goldfish to our
dessert table.

I made birthday shirts, pj’s and bibs for the boys.

I
also created three giant smash cakes. The party hats were handmade too!

As
an added touch – my husband hired his co-worker to play ‘Happy
Birthday’ and some other songs on his bagpipes.

It was an ode to the
boys half-Scottish heritage and filled the neighborhood with some pretty
cool tunes.


Happy 1st Birthday to the sweetest little boys in
the whole world and my loving husband.
Thank you for putting up with me
when I am in my crazy creative moods. I love you and am looking forward
for many more years of celebration.

Huge Thanks to the following vendors.
Sweet Zugar Cakes for providing the main birthday cake
email: sweetzugarcakes@hotmail.com
Katie Cakes for helping me frost and decorate their giant smash cupcakes
Thanks for sharing your special Aqua and Orange birthday party, Mae.
You put so much time and details into this celebration!
Be sure to check out Mae’s blog for more amazing ideas!!
Be sure to tune in to Mae’s site for fantastic parties and creative ideas!! 
Have a Great Day!

xoxo

PSIt’s Friday — my favorite day of the week!! Why?? It’s almost time for the Weekend Wrap Up Party. Come show of your ideas!! The party starts tonight at 6 pm MST. 
I can’t wait to see what you have been working on.

  

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"Summer Social" Guest Project — Summer Boredom Busters!! {10 Printable Kid Activities}

6 Jul
Hey TT&J Ladies! I’m Laurie and a total Tip Junkie
I just ADORE Jen and am honored to be guest posting today and sharing my favorite free printable activities for kids this summer. 

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I love handmade projects but more importantly I have a passion for 
promoting creative women through their ideas and products.

Therefore, on Tip Junkie you’ll find 900+ free printables, 600+ homemade gift patterns {including a gift finder}, HGTV-type decorating tutorials, party themes, a giveaway directory of free products being given away, and much more! There’s even an iPhone/Andriod App ‘cuz I know you’re always on the go.  
See, I told you I was a junkie. {snicker}

Laurie Turk {Tip Junkie}
Let’s get started with some fabulous printables shall we!
Here are my top 10 printable activities for kids that would make perfect boredom busters if you’re in a pinch for something fun and quick.

Printable Activities for Kids

Here are 10 free printable activities for kids to quickly beat the boredom this summer without leaving the house! 
I’ve included a variety of printables such as creative activity lists, paper dolls for boys and girls, fun educational activities, printable games, and even darling Lemonade Stand printables. Hopefully, these activities will engage your child’s imagination and be entertaining boredom busters.
free  printable birthday game 
Create a Board Game All About Your Family
free Summer Fun List
1. Print out this free Summer Fun List and post it somewhere everyone will see it. This is an especially good list if you have toddler age children, as lots of other lists are geared towards kids who are a few years older.
More Printable Activity Lists:
  • Phineas and Ferb 104 Days of Summer Calendar – You can fill our this fun Phineas and Ferb calendar with fun events for summer vacation, including suggestions like making a puppet of yourself or inventing a fruit smoothie or make up a song. See what your and the kids can come up with and make this summer memorable.
Free File Folder Games


2. Free File Folder Games – Check out these free, printable file folder games for preschool thru 2nd grade. These educational games are great for homeschooling, waiting rooms, long trips, rainy days and in the classroom.
Fairy Tale Paper Doll printable
3. Fairy Tale Paper Doll Printable – Print out these little boy and girl paper dolls and instantly transform them into Snow White, The Little Mermaid, and The Frog Price. There is also a darling Slumber Party version to add to your wardrobe collection.
More Free Printable Paper Dolls:
Summer lemonade stand
4. Cute printable labels and stickers for your own Summer lemonade stand. Available in original yellow or pink lemonade.
More Imaginary Play Printables:
Don't Eat Pete Game
5. Don’t Eat Pete Game – This game is so simple your older children can play it with your preschooler! It’s simple to make and even easier to play. The sky’s the limit with Don’t Eat Pete! Use cereal, dinner or lunch food, as well as any kind of candy to play. I’ve made several themed version that you can print, laminate, attach a bag of M&M’s to make for neighbor gifts or party favors.
Free Themed Printable Games:
Printable Car Games
6. Printable Car Games – Print these free printable games on cardstock and laminate and keep in the glove box. That way, whether you are on a long road trip or just running errands around town, you will have something on hand to keep the kids from getting bored in the car.
More Printable Activity Packs:
Summer Reading Kit for Kids
7. Summer Reading Kit for Kids – A kit filled with goodies to help your kids fall in love with reading! There are two cute printable options, one for girls and one for boys.
Alphabet Flashcards {printable alphabet letters} -
8. Alphabet Flashcards {printable alphabet letters} – These adorable alphabet flashcards will make learning letters fun. They can also work overtime in a frame on your nursery wall. The link to print them all out is at the bottom of that post – look for the HERE. It’s kind of hard to see.
Shop With Me Bingo {Printable Bingo Cards for Kids} 
9. Shop With Me Bingo {Printable Bingo Cards for Kids} – Keep your kids busy while you are at the grocery store with this fun printable shopping bingo game. There is also an I Spy version for preschool age children. Print, laminate, and enjoy a shopping trip free of fits.

Free Bingo Cards and Memory Games to Print:

How to make Angry Birds Balloon Animals  
10. How to make Angry Birds Balloon Animals – Are you or someone you know a fan of the popular iPhone Game Angry Birds? Maybe your thinking of putting together an Angry Birds Birthday Party Theme. Or, just give these to the kiddos and let them put them together and play Angry Birds – Balloon Version.
Activities for Older Kids:
32 things to make using a cardboard box
Bonus: This isn’t a printable activity but it’s free! If you have some extra card board boxes around the house you’ll be blown away by these 32 things to make using a cardboard box. They are DIY activities, games, and imagination building props to encourage your child to play for hours.
I hope these will bring lots of laughter and fun into your home. Huge hugs to Jen while she’s on vacay and I hope she’s having the time of her life. {I can’t wait to see you again my fab friend!}
xoxo,
Laurie

Isn’t Laurie amazing?? She get SO much done!!! And her sites are amazing!!
Head over to Tip Junkie to get inspired!! 

Whether you are looking for how to make a Bottle Chandelier:

Bottle Chandelier

Or printables galore! 

Summer Fun List

And fantastic Party Ideas like

No Sew Wedding Bunting

And so much More!! 

Plus, check out Tip Junkie on Facebook where you can get tons of great ideas 

and

Be sure to link up to Tip Me Tuesdays — Laurie’s wonderful linky party!! 

xoxo

10-Minute 4th of July Shirts!! {tutorial}

29 Jun

Here’s a fast and easy way to make some 4th of July shirts for your kids — or even yourself this year!! 

I actually made these last year but the night before the Fourth {that’s how I roll} — too late to blog it. And my younger daughter grew out of her shirt, so I made her a new one to wear this year.

I used old shirts and scrap fabric, so this project also ended up being FREE. Yay!! I love a free project!! 

And it seriously takes 10 minutes of your time to make. I also think you could make these shirts for boys — just use more boyish material. Maybe plaids, denim or flannel material? 

Here’s what you do:

 

  • Cut out the flag shapes. I made mine 6 inches wide by 4 inches tall. And the smaller one is 2.5 inches wide by 1.5 inches tall. 
 
  • Pin the shapes on your shirt.
  • Sew the shapes on the shirt. I used a zig zag stitch to go around the squares, and then a straight stitch to go across the bigger square to make the stripes. 

And if you are wondering how the fraying will look. Check out my older daughter’s shirt — it has been washed probably 20 times and held up great!!

And, if you don’t sew or don’t have a sewing machine, you could do this and use double-sided fusible interfacing. You can buy that at Hobby Lobby or any fabric store.

Now you have some festive shirts for the Fourth. 
And you can take the money you made and spend it on sparklers – lol! 
xoxoxo

PS — We have a cute Hometown Parade just up the street for the Fourth with a carnival and then we have a BBQ. What are your plans this Fourth of July?

10-Minute 4th of July Shirts!! {tutorial}

29 Jun

Here’s a fast and easy way to make some 4th of July shirts for your kids — or even yourself this year!! 

I actually made these last year but the night before the Fourth {that’s how I roll} — too late to blog it. And my younger daughter grew out of her shirt, so I made her a new one to wear this year.

I used old shirts and scrap fabric, so this project also ended up being FREE. Yay!! I love a free project!! 

And it seriously takes 10 minutes of your time to make. I also think you could make these shirts for boys — just use more boyish material. Maybe plaids, denim or flannel material? 

Here’s what you do:

 

  • Cut out the flag shapes. I made mine 6 inches wide by 4 inches tall. And the smaller one is 2.5 inches wide by 1.5 inches tall. 
 
  • Pin the shapes on your shirt.
  • Sew the shapes on the shirt. I used a zig zag stitch to go around the squares, and then a straight stitch to go across the bigger square to make the stripes. 

And if you are wondering how the fraying will look. Check out my older daughter’s shirt — it has been washed probably 20 times and held up great!!

And, if you don’t sew or don’t have a sewing machine, you could do this and use double-sided fusible interfacing. You can buy that at Hobby Lobby or any fabric store.

Now you have some festive shirts for the Fourth. 
And you can take the money you made and spend it on sparklers – lol! 
xoxoxo

PS — We have a cute Hometown Parade just up the street for the Fourth with a carnival and then we have a BBQ. What are your plans this Fourth of July?

Guest Post — Make a Story Ornament!!

10 Dec
Hello Tatortots and Jello readers! I am Katie and I’m so excited to be here today from Paint on the Canvas. Jen was the very first crafting blog I started reading. I am absolutely thrilled to share this tutorial with you. 
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I love this time of year and all the fun Christmas crafts it brings. I wanted to make the special people in my life an ornament that told a story and created a memory. Story Ornaments are ornaments that do just that. My dear friend and cousin Bethany and I ran a half marathon together this past spring. I wanted to make an ornament that she would always look at and remember that day.

Materials for ornament:
Clear bulb ornament
small buttons or trinkets that can fit inside
fuzzy craft balls
Ribbon or string
tag-cardstock and paper
scissors

Once you decide the memory that you are going to tell in your story, you are ready to find your trinkets/buttons.
Here are all the buttons that I found to put inside my ornament.

Sunglasses
A shoe charm
Music notes
checkerboard flags
Taco

Once you have all your buttons or trinkets, open the top of your ornament and place them in.

To add some more color and to make it pop when hung on the tree add some fuzzy, sparkly, craft balls.

The next thing you need to do is add your tag. The tag tells your story. I wanted my friend to look at this ornament on the tree and remember that day from years to come. The pieces in the ornament will allow her to remember but the tag lets others know as well.
Once you have your tag string it through with another charm of your choice. I put the tag and shoe charm on the string. The charm is added to the outside of the ornament to give it that extra flair.

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Put your ribbon through your ornament and tie a knot.


This would be great to create a special memory of that vacation you had last year, or the new baby that arrived, your sisters wedding, or the love in your life.

The possibilities are endless.

 Thank you Katie!! What a thoughtful idea!
I think my kids would love getting one of those this year!

It would be fun to make one for each child every year with things inside that really reminded you of them that year. Kind of like a scrapbook of that year!!
Some of my favorite projects Katie has created are
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Be sure to go over to Paint on the Canvas and say hi! 
XOXO
PS — The Holly Bloggy Christmas Celebration starts this coming week. I am hosting a Homemade Gift Ideas Party on MONDAY with THREE giveaways!! More details coming up in a little bit!!! 

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Summertime Fun — Flip Flop Exchange

1 Jul
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We are having such a great time this Summer! One of the first things we’ve done is participated in a really cool  Flip Flop Exchange. My friend Becca from The Texas Darlings set it up — it’s her second year doing it.

The Texas Darlings

She matched everyone who signed up with a partner. I signed up my girls and they were so excited to have a pen pal. We were asked to find flip flops for our partner and include things in the package that would be fun for Summer and/or from where we lived.
So we purchased some flip flops and spent one afternoon embellishing them for our pen pals. And then a few days later our packages started to arrive. You should have seen my girls’ faces when they opened their packages!! What a cool experience. And boy did we get some cool things!!
Hannah’s adorable flip flop friend is Georgia,  a 9-year old girl who is from Virginia — which is funny because Hannah just did her state report this year on Virginia! She has been wearing her flowered pink flip flops non-stop! they are so pretty! She put the bear right on top of her bed. And her mom blogs at www.amycoose.blogspot.com.
Ella was shrieking she was so excited to open her package. She hardly ever gets mail. And what treasures she found inside!!! She loves her flip flops and immediately started coloring in her new book.  Ella’s sweet flip flop friend is a little 5-year old friend from Texas, whose mom blogs at  http://niki-itsjustus.blogspot.com/.
I look a little crazed — but I’m crazed with excitement about how fun my package was! I scored big time. Ruffled flip flops – could they be any cuter – NO! And really cute Red, White & Blue cookie cutters. Plus personalized cards. My cute flip flop friend is Shannon @ http://theshortmom.blogspot.com/.
And they are so excited to keep in touch with their pen pals. It’s such a great experience for them to get to know someone else who lives all the way across the country. What a fantastic idea. Thanks Becca!!!
You should join in the Flip Flop Exchange next year at Becca’s. it is such a fun thing to do. And your kids will love making a new pen pal friend!!
XOXO

Adorable Baby Gift {using the Silhouette Craft Cutter}

25 Jun
Do you want to make an adorable, custom baby gift? I am addicted to making fabric projects with my Silhouette. They have this medium called Heat Transfer sheets that are so cool! It come in all sorts of colors and you cut out images with the Silhouette and then iron the images on to clothing. And it comes out so smooth. Every. Single. Time!!
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My sweet neighbor/friend had a baby boy a week ago and I wanted to make something cute for him. I knew that her kids love dinosaurs so I found some images in the Silhouette Library — all three dinosaurs for $1. I downloaded the images into my library. Then I added some text and inserted the Heat Transfer material. Easy peasy. **Note – be sure to mirror your image before you cut it out!!
The Heat Transfer material has a shiny side that is sticky once you peel the negative space off. Then I flipped it over onto the onesie and ironed the image on to the little shirt. Once the transfer cooled, I peeled the shiny clear coat off and there was the decal — perfect! Each onesie took about 10 minutes to make!
And I just discovered that there is PRINTABLE Heat Transfer material. So you create your image using the Silhouette software on your computer, then Silhouette records the dimensions, you print it on the printable heat transfer material using your color printer, then insert the sheet into your Silhouette and it knows exactly where to cut it. And you iron it on! I need to get some of those PRINTABLE sheets!
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Ohhhh – the possibilities! I am learning something new and wonderful every single day! 
Come enter to win a Silhouette of your own! A {$325 value} — click HERE to enter!
 Another Silhouette craft coming up soon!
XOXO

I am sharing this project at these delightful parties: 

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