Wednesday, December 28, 2011

New Year's Eve DIY Party Blowers & Decorations

I decided to make some New Year's decorations today, 
Yes, I might be avoiding the Christmas clean up that needs to happen.
Something so classic about a black, white, and gray color combination. 

I even made my own party blowers using this fabulous tutorial over at The Silly Pearl. Mine are for decoration only (I wanted to create a festive fringe look), but you can make them work by taping the seams.

Wishing you and your loved ones a Happy and Healthy New Year!

Linking to:

The Craftiest Craft Projects of '11

It's been fun looking back at all the parties I've hosted here at Crossing the Bugger-Dixon Line,
Now it's time to review a few of my favorite craft projects of the year.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Holiday Open House '11

We love hosting holiday gatherings at our house,
such a nice time to visit with friends and family. 
I put together a little spread for our Open House Friday night, 
of Santa 'Staches, North Pole Truffles, and lots of cookies. 

North Pole Truffle inspiration from Jenny's Cookies

Santa 'Stache inspiration from Amy's Party Ideas
These were a huge hit with the kids!

I fell in love with the Merry & Bright Collection from Palm Beach Parties 
and had to use it for my invitations and party printables

{Keeping it Real}
I have two kids on antibiotics right now, 
one on a Nebulizer, and a funeral to attend. 
Trying hard to stay in a festive spirit. 

Saturday, December 24, 2011

A Letter from Elfie {Including a FREE Elf on the Shelf Printable Letter from Piggy Bank Parties}

We are so excited that Christmas is finally here, 
though a little sad that our Elf on the Shelf will be leaving tonight. 
We have grown quite fond of our friend Elfie
We will miss his curious and happy nature. 
Wasn't it nice of him to leave us a note 
to reassure of of his return next December 1st?

See you next December 1st Elfie!

Create your own free editable note here from Piggy Bank Parties!

Do and J were so generous to offer the Elf letter as a free printable from their ultra adorable
Enchanted Elves Collection available in the Piggy Bank Parties Etsy Shop

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Divine Twine Ornament in 5 Minutes or Less

This ornament is so easy it will take you less than 5 minutes to make.
Wouldn't it make a cute Christmas present for a friend?
Just don't try to photograph it with one hand.
Trust me. 

Materials Used:
Clear glass ornament
Dab of hot glue

I thought about adding special messages inside, but it was just so pretty by itself 

Tip Junkie handmade projects

Monday, December 19, 2011

2011: A Year in Parties at Crossing the Bugger-Dixon Line

It's fun to look back at the year and see just how far I have come in just one year.  I have had some total craft fails and spent many hours researching html codes and blog tutorials, but I wouldn't change a thing. I have learned so much along the way and enjoyed every minute. 

I discovered my passion for party planning while creating a country "All Pigs Are Beautiful" themed baby shower for my sweet sister-in-law. This was the first party that I ever styled and photographed. 

All Pigs Are Beautiful Baby Shower

April Showers Birthday Party 
I created this party for my rain boot loving 3 year old bugger with an April birthday. I'm still giddy that this party was featured by Amy Atlas!

He's FAST, He's FUNNY, He's FIVE Party
An action packed, fun filled party for my special 5 year old. The kids all received capes, masks, and t-shirts and put their super hero skills to the test with a bouncy house, pinatas, and egg races. 

Book Swap Playdate Party

Little Monster Inspired Photo Shoot for Bird's Party Magazine

 Image courtesy of Bambella Cookie Boutique 

I had the unique pleasure of working with Kate Landers to help design and co-host her very own baby shower. Not only is Kate a mega-talented children's party planner, she is also a major sweetheart!


I finally had a chance to style a GIRL party for the daughter of a sweet friend of mine !

So there you have it, a year of parties here at Crossing The Bugger-Dixon Line. A heartfelt thank you from the bottom of my heart shaped paper punch to the tips of my scissors for following along with me. I hope you stick around to see what 2012 brings!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

{Days Until Countdown Boards} Teacher Gifts

My boys are both in preschool, soooo... that means LOTS of teachers & teacher assistant gifts for Christmas. I nearly jumped out of my skin when I saw Very Jane's deal of the day right after Thanksgiving. Right at that moment I was knee deep in researching vinyl decal prices, chalkboard paint, boards, paint, and tutorials on how to make that happen. Very Jane offered these E.A.D. Designs Countdown boards already made for $4.50 each, perfect! I bought 10! I added tags and red and white divine twine.

My sons' teachers are so wonderful at helping teach and prepare my children for all the special holidays we celebrate, I thought this would be the perfect way to help them with their own special celebrations.


Want to make your own?

The Vinyl & Chalkboard decal can be found here

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