Happy Birthday TWO You!


| Bliss, Parties

Noah turned TWO last Tuesday.

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This past year has brought a lot of changes. He’s so much happier since he had his ear tubes put in last year – and has only had a single ear infection. He started “school” and loves to “go see friends”. He is starting to talk in full sentences, his favorite of which is “Mommy COME ON!”. He absolutely loves playing with his brother (so long as his brother is playing nicely).

We had a small playdate with friends and a family celebration the next day. Since he LOVES Mickey Mouse – it had to be the theme. I wasn’t loving the crazy-over-the-top patterns on the store-bought party stuff, so I made a lot of the decorations.

He said "Need more cake!" #mickeymouse #party #turningtwo

He said “Need more cake!” #mickeymouse #party #turningtwo

These invites I found on Pinterest and easily copied them to suit our party. They didn’t cost anything but postage since I already had paper on hand.

Mickey Mouse Invitation

Evan had a fun time helping me with them. I told him if he wasn’t going to nap he was going to work and he loved using a gluestick and stuffing the invitations in the pockets.

I bought some colored bunting and cups from the dollar store and used the same Mickey silhouette in a smaller size to “theme” them.

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Mickey Mouse Birthday

Cupcake toppers were made with a circle punch…and the same silhouette (I got a lot of mileage out of that one image). Another no cost item since I already had paper.

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I made PB&J for the kids. I think the sandwich cutter was $4.95. I’m pretty sure I’ll use it again in the future.

Mickey Mouse Sandwichesoeeenm

Lastly I made these Mickey Pops. We had Oreo’s but I had to pick up some black candy melts and the mini Oreos. Let me just say I was about to break up with Pinterest over these. They didn’t seem that difficult but I always over-heat my chocolate in the microwave and it becomes difficult to work with. I ended up rigging a double boiler half way thru and it went much more smoothly.

Mickey Mouse Pops

 

On Tuesday (his actual birthday) we took his school friends donuts to share. Then we stopped by the party store and bought some balloons. He loved them.

2015-04-14 14.40.06copy 2015-04-14 14.39.20 Remind me not to ask these kids to smile since this is the face they make.

2015-04-14 18.41.41 He got a little Mickey plush toy as his gift (and the balloons would have been enough but I had Kohl’s cash).

For his party on Friday I made him this custom shirt to wear.

2015-04-17 10.03.45 I really wanted a shirt with a vintage look to it so I painted it using the freezer paper technique. It cost nothing since he already had the red shirt.

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We blew up balloons and hung out with friends.

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Ate cake.

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Then we got to do it again on Saturday!

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A guitar!

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I think the Evan pouting is going to be a yearly thing on Noah’s birthday.

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Happy Birthday to my baby!

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Spring Decorating & DIY Fabric Butterflies


| Bliss, Decor, DIYs

Only two more days till the first day of SPRING and we are more than ready for it after all this snow and cold wet weather. Evan is already asking about swimming so I put him to work decorating eggs for Easter.

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I found some fake craft eggs at Micheal’s so I could let him go without worrying about breaking. Unfortunately I overlooked the directions on the bottom saying not to add water to the dye…so they turned out a little light. He didn’t care much (since usually it’s the activity rather than the end product he likes) so he and Noah happily added more color to them with markers.

Decided they needed more color and Noah even got to color some...yeah for fake eggs! #easter #eggdecorating

I decided to make another mesh wreath but as I finished it I realized it still needed something. So I thought I’d just pick up some butterflies from our NEW Hobby Lobby. Things are never that simple right? I couldn’t FIND any in that entire store. Maybe they were sold out or more likely I overlooked them anyhow necessity is the Mother of invention so that’s how I ended up making my own…

HOW TO MAKE FABRIC BUTTERFLIES

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This is similar to the technique I used for my watercolor prints – just using different fabric and a few more techniques.

Supplies:

Cheap Taffeta or Satin (Taffeta works best since it’s thicker)
A butterfly image (the one I used is here, but you could use any you find)
Freezer Paper
An iron
Computer & Inkjet printer
A candle
Spray Enamel
Acrylic paint & brushes (optional)

STEP 1:

Iron your freezer paper (shiny side down) to the back of your fabric. Then cut it into a 8.5×11 rectangle (I find it’s easier to cut both once they’re ironed together).

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STEP 2:

Scale your butterfly image to the size you want. Mine were 6.5 and 3.5 inches. Then feed your fabric into your printer so the image prints onto your fabric.

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(Those bubbles didn’t effect the printing at all and went away when I peeled the backing off)

STEP 3:

With the freezer paper still attached cut out your image (I realized later this would have been a perfect project for my Silhouette Cameo’s Print and Cut feature).

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You could be done now if you wanted but the next few steps make them more durable and realistic looking.

STEP 4:

Peel off your backing paper! Then using a candle lightly melt the edges of your fabric – this will keep them from fraying but will also cause them to curl.

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The more heat the more they will curl so I only just melted the interior edges to seal them but I let the outer edges curl more.

Then fold it in half and melt the folded edge. DON’T let it burn. The melting will give it some dimension from the body.

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A Couple of Safety Notes: I like to use a tapered candle so I don’t have to stick my hand down in something to get the edges close to the flame. Also you may want to have a blow of water close by in case it catches fire. The polyester helps it curl but that’s because it is HIGHLY FLAMMABLE so use caution.

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STEP 5:

To help seal the ink (since it would run when it got wet) and also make them a little more stiff, I sprayed both sides of my butterflies with spray enamel (also good for keeping cheap jewelry looking new).

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STEP 5:

This is totally optional but I wanted to add some more color to my butterflies so I used a tiny amount of acrylic paint and rubbed it on them to make them pop. I thinned my paint with water so it would blend better.

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And that’s it… FabricButterfliesFINAL

Then you can glue them to floral wire to add to wreaths or flower arrangements or perhaps add them to hair clips for girls for Easter.

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Family Wall Gallery Printables


| Bliss, Decor, DIYs

If you follow me on instagram you know I recently replaced my gallery wall art. It was about time since it was all Christmas-themed.

I still loved the black and white with the gold. I created this Fruit of the Spirit print. I’ve seen a lot of “Family Rules” artwork but I like this reminder better. It’s for me as much as it is for the kids (especially the “patience” part). Alongside that I created a simple family crest with our four intials.

New art...thought it was time to replace the Christmas stuff

I also created a “Family” definition print and a piece with our geographical coordinates.

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Want them for your own?

Download the Family Definition Print

Download the Fruit of the Spirit

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