April 4th, 2015
My Ollie turned 4 this year. 4!!! I seriously can’t even believe it. He wanted a lumberjack themed party to match his lumberjack bedroom and that seemed like a great idea to me! I made this birthday flag for the front door using my Cricut Explore to cut some buffalo check flannel (backed with heat n’ bond) and then ironing it onto a piece of burlap runner that I cut to size and sewed a pocket at the top for a dowel to go through. This was super quick and easy but one of my favorite projects for the party. It’s now hanging on Ollie’s bedroom door.
For the party we decided to host a pancake breakfast.
Mr. Project cooked up a flap-jack storm, sausages & bacon. I served up some pastries, fruit, syrups, juice and milk. As usual, we made way too much food. But it was all yummy and I love the red lunch trays that I borrowed from a friend.
Apparently I only make iced cookies for parties. I was thinking about ordering some off of etsy, but I waited too long. I had my hearts set on having them, so I stayed up late the night before the party and made these super cute cookies including a buffalo check buffalo!
I’m all about taking a regular bakery cake and making it feel like a themed cake (see my monster cake). For this cake I ordered a 3-layer 8″ cake with chocolate frosting and no decorations. To make the wood grain look, I used the wrong end of a paint brush and dragged it through the icing. The whole thing took less than 10 minutes and cost $15. I topped it with these extra-tall red candles.
To keep the kids entertained, we had a few crafty activities. The kids built log cabins from lincoln logs.
They also sawed logs (cut swiss cake rolls)…
And made beards with craft foam that I cut on my Cricut Explore.
We sent everyone home with mini mason jar mugs filled with red cinnamon bears. The stickers on top say “We’re so PLAID you could come” with a buffalo check background.
I took all these photos before the party started so I could just enjoy everyone’s company. I did manage to get just a few of Ollie as he ran about so excited about his celebration starting.
He’s so big and handsome and capable, I just can’t believe how quickly he is growing up. Happy Birthday Ollie!
March 2nd, 2015
I’m super excited for this month’s Michaels Makers assignment. Michaels is hosting a contest where you can enter to win a trip Paris! To kick it off, all of the Makers created a paris-inspired project. What is more paris-inspired than a 16″ tall glittered eiffel tower?
Ad-tech Low Temp Glue Gun
I created some custom SVG files to cut on my Cricut for this project. I want to offer them for sale in my Etsy Shop, but I need to perfect them just a little bit more. This glitter card stock from Michaels is super thick, perfect for a structural project like this.
There was a lot of folding and to get a nice crisp edge on glitter card stock, I used a bone folder to crease all my folds.
I used all my trusty Ad Tech low temp glue gun to glue my 3D pieces together, And then pretty much just glued everything on top of each other starting from the top going down to the bottom.
The top was capped with this little piece, and then I put a skewer in through the middle of the top and glued it in place.
Then I adhered a little flag that I printed out, and tied on some ribbon, and voila (thats a french word, right?), my pretty glitter eiffel tower!
It’s such a beautiful decoration, now I just want to throw a paris-themed birthday party for myself!
- Now it’s your turn! That’s right, you can enter to win the trip of a lifetime to Paris too. How? By creating your own Parisian-inspired art, floral, baking or paper crafting project and uploading a photo to https://paris.michaels.com/ through March 31. You can also share your project on social using #SpringtimeInParis #Contest.
- What do you win? A four-night trip for two to Paris, 1,000 euros, a VIP tour of the Louvre, private classes including sketching, floral arranging, baking and more!
- If you need a little Paris inspiration to get you started, take a look at some of the Springtime in Paris projects on Michaels.com.
And check out the rest of the Michaels Maker’s projects:
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February 16th, 2015
If you’ve been into a Michaels store lately, you’ve probably noticed some big changes. I know my local Michaels has so many cool products right now, and one of my favorite new resets is this “Make Market” which is a combination of home décor and DIY products made of on-trend surfaces and textures, like chalk, denim, burlap, galvanized, cork and metal.
All of the Michaels Makers were asked to create a craft using denim. I love the look of denim in projects especially for the 4th of July. So I guess now is a good time to stock up!
For my denim project, I thought it would be fun to create a little needlepoint project. I’ve never hand-embroidered before, but there’s always a first for everything! I love the idea of alternative fabrics for needlepoint, and I found these denim squares that fit a 3.5″ embroidery hoop perfectly.
3.5″ Embroidery Hoop
I created a simple pattern on my computer with some basic stars and a cursive font. I printed it out and used it as a guide for my stitches (I’m pretty sure this isn’t really how you do needlepoint,ha! So if you’re more of a craft purist, maybe look for some more technical instructions). This worked fine for me, I freehanded some of the stars and all the french knots at the end though because those were super easy. The lettering was the hardest, I used a stem stitch for those.
Here you can see before I trimmed off the excess denim.
And the final mini embroidery. I created the Little Star design to match my son’s room decor. I love the look of the dark denim and the bright embroidery floss.
Such a fun little project and great to get my feet wet trying out some embroidery! Have you crafted with Denim? I’d love to see any fun projects you’ve created using denim or other dark materials. Check out the links below to see what all the other Michaels Makers created this month!
Also, you’ll want to check back on my blog March 2 to get all the details on how to enter an upcoming craft contest that will send one lucky participant on the trip of a lifetime to Paris!
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