Mae is 1! Peter Rabbit themed birthday party

SOEK2266I cannot believe how fast one year went by!

First year of parenthood was full of many new discoveries, and lots of fun.
It’s a weird feeling-It’s so sad to see my little baby grow but I’m happy and thankful at the same time. She is walking, starting to understand words, and showing all kinds of personality (lots of dancing and babbling) !

Though I do lots of 1st birthdays for my clients, I think I finally understand why 1st birthdays are so special.

This is the first time we get to get together and celebrate the baby’s birth.
When the baby is born, it’s super busy, let alone we are constantly exhausted, so it’s really no time to put together a party. 1st birthdays are a great time as we are starting to get a hang of it.

…And it’s a great excuse to go overboard, haha.

So last Saturday, with the help of amazing and talented friends and family, we had a joint Peter Rabbit themed birthday party for Mae and friend, Luca who is only 6 days older than Mae.

Joint birthdays are great.. we can share the work, and double the fun! I really enjoyed working with Luca’s parents along with other close friends (named below under credits), and the party was a huge success!

 

Happy Birthday Mae & Luca!

 

Credits and details:

 

Decor

Flower decor: Marie, Noriko, Rie  (Marie made majority of it.. I have to ask her how she made it!) Made of tissue paper

Cabbage: Shinya  made of dyed coffee filter and round paper mache balls (idea credit here)

Garlands, small signs :Bluefin Works (me)

Desserts

Cake: Rie (she used 14 eggs!) It was sooo perfect!

Cake toppers/ cupcakes: me (fondant) idea credit from this pin

carrot pretzels: Noriko

White chocolate carrots, punch: Josh’s Mom

Marshmallow pops, popcorn: I Love Candy by Luci

 

 

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Craft show!

 

So this year I applied to be a vendor at a local holiday bazaar, and I’m happy to announce that I’ve been accepted! YAY!!

I’ll be selling greeting cards and things I don’t normally sell in my shop to appeal to a different audience.

I’m so excited for this new opportunity and challenge. I rarely get to sell in person, and setting up a booth seems like a whole new art.
I’ll be busy getting ready for the next couple of months!

 

Here is the info: (actually not a craft show but a holiday bazaar)

 

Badger Mountain School Holiday Bazaar

December 5th, 8:00am-4:00pm

At Badger Mountain Elementary
1515 Elementary Street – Richland, WA 99352
Admission: Adults $3.00 – Children 12 and under FREE

 

 

If you are near, hope to see you there!

Fail-proof DIY Christmas tree tutorial

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Today I want to share with you a DIY christmas tree I made last weekend:)

I really wanted a christmas tree to put on our mantel, and after seeing some in stores, I decided I want to give making one a try. I first thought about attaching the tree leaves with glue gun, but then I thought, what if I mess up?? Then I came up with the idea of using the floral pins to attach them so I can re-do them as many times as I want. Hence, fail-proof!

As I thought, I did have to re-align the leaves a few times to make it look a little prettier, and it worked out perfectly!

Here goes…

Materials:IMG_2190

  • 4 sheets of felt (I used two different tones of green)
  • Decorative beads (Found at Michael’s)
  • Box of Floral Pins
  • Small piece of ribbon
  • Styrofoam cone (I used the 9″tall medium size)
  • Pen
  • Paper
  • scissors
  1. cut out leaf templates with thick paper (mine was 1.75″ tall) and use this to trace and cut out felt pieces. IMG_2185
  2. Stick the floral pins at the base of the leaves
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  3. Then stick them into the styrofoam cone (alternating the colors if you have two) Try to cover the styrofoam so the white part isn’t showing. Also, when you get near the top, be careful not to stab yourself! The trick is to stab the pins facing down wards so it doesn’t go through all the way.  I had my husband do this step because he is more OCD than me. He did a great job spacing them out perfectly!
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  4. When you cover the entire tree with leaves, now it’s time to decorate with the beads. Put the floral pins through, and just decorate throughout! When you are done with this step and happy with how everything looks, you can choose to secure the pieces better using a glue gun (recommended if you have little kids). If you are lazy like me, you can skip this step.
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  5. Now tie  a bow tie, and again, put it on the top with the floral pin
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  6. You tree is complete! TADAHH!!!
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Super easy and a fun craft activity for the holidays!

Enjoy!

‘Tis the season..

woodland-garland2It’s been pretty slow since the wedding season is officially over, but christmas orders have started trickling in.. Wow!

Christmas orders are coming in almost a month earlier than last year. I wonder why??

 

Last year, my Christmas trees have been featured on the InStyle Magazine, so it got quite crazy (especially since we went on a vacation also), but this year, I have no idea what to expect!

I guess I should prepare for the worst (also best) case scenario 😉

 

I’ve been seeing ads for local craft shows coming up this month, and with the arrival of Etsy’s new card swipe machine in the mail,  the seed has been planted in my head.

I think I want to do a craft show next year!!

I know I’m not the typical craft show vendor, so who knows how much would sell, but I think it would be a fun project!! The more I think about it, the more I think I need to prepare, but I can see it being a really fun especially since this time of year is the slowest time for me.

The big question is.. would I be able to do it with a 11 month old baby? I have no idea! Any comments or advice would be appreciated:)

I guess I’ll play it by year, but I will start brainstorming ideas for items to sell etc.

 

Gold framed Cork Board Tutorial- Seating Chart Display

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Happy Friday!

Today I want to share with you a pretty easy DIY project I recently did to glam up my “ordinary” cork board that was laying around in my house not being put to use.
I have several cork boards in the house that I have no idea where they came from. But I don’t know what to do with them since they’re so bland and boring,  and don’t really add to the decor… so I finally decided to do something about it.

If you have a large cork board, this can be used as wedding / event seating charts as well. It’s so easy to make and even durable and portable so I definitely recommend it to anyone looking for ways to display their seating charts.

Play around with your own paint colors, fabric, and decorations, and have fun!

What you need:

  • Simple cork board
  • Paint (in the color of your choice -I used the Martha Stewarts  metallic paint)
  • Glue
  • Masking tape
  • Piece of fabric big enough to cover the cork board
  • Fabric scissors
  • Credit card or some kind of thin plastic
  • Paint brush or foam brush
  • Razor blade

Instructions

  1. Measure the inner dimensions of the frame using a ruler. Write it down.
  2. Line the inside of the frame with masking tape (razor blades helps make clean corners).
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  3. Paint all the visible parts of the frame. Wait to dry, and do as many coats as you need to make it look pretty 🙂 (it took me three coats)cork6
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  4. Cut the fabric to the size of the inner frame plus 1/2 inch on all sides (so if your frame’s inside dimensions are 12″ x 16″, then your fabric should be about 13″ x 17″)
  5. Lay it centered on the frame like below, and put push pins on two corners.
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    At this point, it would be helpful to cut the corners of the fabric like this:
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  6. Lift up the fabric on the side that is not pinned down, and put a little bit of glue all over. (be careful not to use too much because you don’t want excess glue to show through the fabric and make ugly marks..)cork10Then smear it with your fingers…. cork9

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    I used aleene’s Tack it over and over glue because I had them and it works on fabric, but I’m sure this isn’t the only one that would work well.

  7. Then bring the fabric back in place and smooth out the surface and try to avoid wrinkles. At this point, you can remove the pins.
  8. Use the credit card to tuck in the extra fabric under the frame. This step requires some elbow grease:) 
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When all the loose ends
are tucked in, you’re done!



corkboard11Enjoy!

Birthday creations…

Oh my, where has the time gone? It’s already November?!
As always, it’s been super busy here, but thankfully marching band season is over, and the shop is slowing down as the wedding/event season comes to an end. But now, I get to plan two trips coming up! EEK!

In a month, we will be in JAPAN!!! But as of right now, we don’t have any hotels booked… and honestly it’s starting to freak me out. Until now, thinking about the trip made me excited, but now, it makes my heart beat faster (in a bad way). Oh boy. We gotta get to work. More details to come:)

For today, I want to share some pictures from Josh’s birthday which happens to be on Halloween:)
I found the quilted wrapping paper at albertson’s (who would’a thought?) and have been waiting to use it for some occasion… SO cute!
Gift Wrapping
I didn’t have anytime to make a cake so I went and purchased a tiramisu (yumm) and dressed up with some berries:) I thought of writing happy birthday on the plate with some chocolate, but I didn’t trust my handwriting and skills in chocolate decorating, so I decided to decorate it with what I excel at. Craft vinyl! I’ve found that these work fine on plates, and don’t even come off in the dishwasher! AND they peel off really easily.
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The banner I made last year, and re-used. I wanted to do a little more this year, and thought of easy ways to make the wall festive. So I cut two colors of wall vinyl into simple circles and made polka dots. It turned out pretty well 🙂
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Hope you had a good halloween!

HAPPY….

Halloween! and BIRTHDAY to Josh!!!

This year I am a little bummed out that I’m not dressing up as anything or doing anything really that halloween-y.

 

But this morning, out of nowhere, a spider came out to say hi, and I jumped a little. How thoughtful of him (or her) to give me some halloween cheer.

I tried to catch and release but when I let it go from my 3rd floor balcony, it went straight down so I’m not sure if he made it allright.

Maybe he’ll come haunt me as a ghost and it’ll be a double halloween surprise.

 

Ok, obviously I’m a little bored.. Sales are down maybe because of halloween. It’s a little discouraging.

 

It’s the last day of the month so I guess its a good time to reflect and set a goal for next month.

Good:

50% more revenue of last month

30% more orders since last month

25% more views.

Bad:

Start up costs and expenses are still high.

Still not enough to pay my bills and save.

 

Goal:

40% more revenue

30% more orders

25% more views.

25% less expenses

 

Gearing up for the holidays!

Go go go!