Sunday, June 26, 2011

May Layout for Project 12

So here's the May sketch for Project 12.

And here's my interpretation. I did 2 double page spreads again as I've done for all the previous months.

I've started branching out in my use of embellishments. I found these button like things in the t-shirt decorating section of Joann's on clearance.

I added the white "stitching" to the edges to mimic the ribbon I used and to mimic the alphabet stickers I used.

Here's the 2nd layout.

Whewww!!! Finished just in the nick of time. June's almost over and we're about to leave town, so I wanted my dining room table cleaned off.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Treasure Bags From a Princess

For Sophia's party gift bags, in keeping with her princess theme, I decided to get a treasure box (which I found at Michael's...colors and pattern match perfectly with her theme).

And inside the treasure box are the treasure bags which I found at Jennifer's Cookies. I got the girls in pink and the boys in black.

Inside I put a Disney bottle cap necklace that I found at Meme 52. I also added some crayons in the shape of Mickey and rings found at Red Elm Designs. I also added a notepad (princess for girls, Mickey for boys) from Party City. And last but not least the play rings and tiara/crown suckers came from Oriental Trading.

Next year, I'm actually going to set a budget and stick to least I hope.

Scrapbook Page for her Party

I got this idea to do a scrapbook page for Sophia's birthday party from my friend Kristy over at The No-No Room and finally got around to making it this morning.
I'm going to put it on display next to her book (I've been buying a book each year for her guests to sign that goes with the theme of the party...idea from my friend Tricia...wish she had a blog) and gift table at the party.

I kept it really simple since I didn't really have much time. I think I'm almost ready for the party!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Every Princess Needs a Thrown...Right??

  I decided for Sophia's princess party, she needed a thrown.

So I started with this old chair that we had lying around the house.
Since her colors for the party are pink and black, I decided to paint it black first. I made the mistake of using spray paint for this coat. I should have just used regular acrylic or latex paint. I had wanted the black to show through the pink.

Next, while the chair was drying, I recovered the chair seat.

Start on one side with one staple. The go across to the other side with 1 staple (much like stretching a canvas).

Work your way around to all 4 sides. Then start again with the first side and work through all 4.

The corners are trickier and I just played around with it. I treated it like wrapping a package. Unfortunately I stink at that.

 Then I spray painted the chair pink.And then distressed it using a really coarse sand paper. 

Sophia loves it. And that's all that matters.

Here's the princesses thrown for Saturday.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

An Appliqued Birthday Shirt for My Little Princess

I discovered this new product (new to me) called Heat N Bond. Then I found a hot pink shirt at
I used my new Cricut machine to cut out the crown and ironed it on the pink shirt. There's no sewing according to the packaging on the Heat N Bond so I'm anxious to see how it washes.

 It was really easy to make. I just cut a 6 x 12 piece of fabric and a a 6 x 12 piece of Heat N Bond. Then I ironed the fabric to the Heat N Bond. I let it cool then sent it through the Cricut machine (on the cutting mat of course). Then you peel off the backing and stick it to the shirt. Iron it again. And that's it! No sewing.

Now hopefully Sophia will cooperate and wear it on her birthday. Or at least her birthday week. :)

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Floral Decor Using Tissue Paper

So for Sophia's party, I want to give it a ballroom feel to go along with the whole princess theme. So I found a tutorial on how to make these cool flowers made out of tissue paper that look almost like lanterns.

1. Start with about 8-10 sheets of tissue paper. I found that the best to work with are the ones at Target that are left long instead of these found at Hallmark that were folded into quarters.
Start at the bottom and fold it up about 1 inch to an 1 1/2. Flip it over to do an accordion fold and fold it again 1- 1.5 inches again. Keep repeating until you get to the end.

2. Wrap a pipe cleaner around the middle. Cut each end in a point or you can round it depending on how you want the flower to look.

3. Start working from one end and separate the sheets of tissue paper. Now go back and do the other side.

4. I'm going to attach some black or white ribbon to the center so it can be hung from the ceiling.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Floral Centerpieces

I found these flower pots at Hobby Lobby that matched Sophia's birthday party color scheme but I didn't really know how I wanted to incorporate them.

So I started to play around with it. I started a white Styrofoam ball, hot glued to the flower pot. Then I bought faux flowers that I cut off the bunch and stuck them in, going around the pot.

Then I stuck a floral steak in the Styrofoam ball and then set the princess on top.


I also made a bigger version with a larger flower pot and three princesses, but forgot to photograph it. Ughhh!!!! Oops!