Thursday, May 31, 2012

DIY: Nautical Party Table Projects {Part 2}

Yesterday, I shared a tutorial on making a cake plate out of a pie tin. Today I thought it might be fun to show you more DIY elements from the Nautical 1st Birthday theme I styled for Bird's Party Magazine.  I love a good DIY project, so I tackled making the gold cake plates, cake, high chair captain's wheel, peg dolls, a gold number one, and some monkey fist nautical knots. 

Gettysburg Address Plate and Candlestick

Hand Painted Peg Doll named Sam

My attempt at ruffled frosting, not completely terrible for a first try

Don't ask how many hours of online knot tying tutorials
it took me to learn the monkey fist nautical rope knots, way too many

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

DIY Nautical Party: Pie Tin Cake Plate Tutorial

Even though I had many wonderful vendors involved in this party, I still incorporated many DIY elements into this Nautical Party Table. Below I am showing you which elements are a total DIY such as the ruffled frosting smash cake, hand painted Pirate peg dolls, large gold #1, and cake plates. 

My preference was to use any many gold cake plates on the dessert table as possible, so I made my own to save money. Today I am going to show you how I made a cake plate out of a pie tin.

Materials to Make the Fluted Pie Tin Cake Plate:
Fluted pie tin
Gorilla Glue or epoxy
spray paint

1. Spray paint pie tin and candlestick separately. Let completely dry in a well ventilated area. 
2. Mark the middle of the inside of pie tin. Place the candlestick top over your pencil mark and trace a bigger circle on the inside of your pie tin so you will know exactly where to add glue. 
3. If using gorilla glue, wet both places of contact on the candlestick and pie tin.
3. Apply a small amount of glue (it will continue to expand as it dries) and press pieces together firmly. Leave cake plate upside down with a book on top, let dry overnight. 

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Mason Jar Soap Dispensers {Teacher Gifts} & Coupon Code Included!

This year I decided to give mason jar soap dispensers as teacher gifts. 
Who doesn't love mason jars & clean hands?
 I have 8 wonderful teachers to buy for, 
so I am always looking for cute and economical ideas. 

Very Jane offered mason jar soap dispensers pump lids as their deal of the day, 
so I scored them for $5 each (regularly $6.50) from The Country Barrel
I didn't have time to make my own soap pumps lids, but there is a great tutorial for the DIYers.
You can even buy them already made for around $10.50-24.00 a piece depending on style. 
Cost of buying the lids and pint jars for me totaled $6.00 each. 
I even added this super cute (free) mason jar tag and my favorite Whisker Graphics Air Mail Divine Twine
Hope the teachers like their gifts! 

Great news! The Country Barrel has generously offered 20% off anything from their store using coupon code: VERYJANE 

Friday, May 25, 2012

Wrapping Up a Week of Features & 9th Anniversary

It  has been one busy week around here...
I gave the blog a new look for Summer,

The Mail Party was featured on Lil Sugar Monday
and Thursday Lil Sugar featured it again in the Top 50 Best Kids' Party Themes!

Also this week, DIY Mail Box kids' craft tutorial was featured on ediTORIal!

Tuesday my submission to Spaceships and Laser Beams Boy Bash on a Budget Challenge was featured
(I will feature the entire tablescape here next week)

Tuesday, a shared a new craft project on Whisker Graphics for organizing with mason jars

And today is my 9th Wedding Anniversary!
Remember last year how I did these balloons & love notes (pinned almost 100K times already, wowza!)?
Not sure how to top that this year, feel free to leave some ideas!

I'd call this a busy, productive week!
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Thursday, May 24, 2012

TOP 50 KIDS' PARTY THEMES {featured on Lil Sugar}

Lil Sugar just announced the
  Top 50 Best Kids' Party Themes and guess what? 

A certain little mail party I just threw made the list!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

I am honored to be among such inspiring and amazing party people such as:

Tori Spelling (Ghostbusters and Hello Kitty)
and so many more great themes worth visiting,  
so head over and check out all 50!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Mason Jar Craft Organization {Whisker Graphics Post}

For my latest Whisker Graphics project,
I decided to get organized. 
I love the way craft supplies look in beautiful glass jars, 
but knew I'd have to buy lots of them to fit my craftp. 
I was about to recycle a salsa jar when I looked at it again, it was a mason jar and the perfect size for my paper straws. 
Hmmm... could work.

It needed a super cute scrolly square label and some twine

Much better.
This project would also be perfect for utensils for parties, teacher gifts, pens, etc... 

Time to break out more tortilla chips. 

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Kid Craft: DIY Mail Boxes {Featured on ediTORIal}

You've seen 'lil buggers mail party, now here's a closer look at how we crafted this working mail box out of cardboard. The whole project took about an hour and cost a total of $3. I shared this DIY tutorial over at ediTORIal  yesterday and am thrilled to share it here as well...

Need a super hero telephone booth, pirate ship, or princess castle? With a little imagination and lots of tape all of these can be made from cardboard. Yes, even a working mailbox.

My youngest son just celebrated his 4th birthday with a First Class Mail Party. No mail party is complete without a mailbox, so we got crafting. I did the cutting and my kids did the painting and decorating. Today I am going to show you how to make your own mailbox. The kids will enjoy crafting with you and you will enjoy the countless {hopefully quiet} hours of mail centered play!

Materials Needed:
2 large boxes of the same widths, they can be different heights
scissors or box cutters
masking tape or duck tape
blue paint (a sample size from the hardware store)
paint brush
stickers if desired

1. Find 2 boxes that are the same width, they do not have to be the same height. The first box will act as the base of the mail box. The second box will be cut apart for pieces.
2. Use the the smaller flaps from the second box to cut out 2 semi-circle pieces.

3. Turn up the top flaps on your base box and tape the 4 sides together. Then tape a semi-circle to each side of the mailbox.
4. The box should now look like this. Using a ruler, trace 2 lines (stop at the crease of the flap) on the front of the mailbox to create area for a mail slot.
5. Cut 2 slits for the front mail slot
6. Cut out a large piece of the second box to fit the top of the mail box. Bend and mold the piece of cardboard until it begins to form an arc.

7. Cover the top of the mailbox with the molded top piece, secure to the box with tape.
8. Since you are adding another layer of cardboard over the slits we just cut for the mail slot, line up the cut slits and cut 2 more slits, tape the extra flap up. You will not need that layer showing.
9. Cut a handle out of the extra card board. Wrap in tape.
10. Mark where you would like the handles to be on the mail slot.

11. Cut small slits and push handles through, leave an inch extra on the back of the mail slot to tape down and secure handle.
12. Trace out a door at the bottom of the mail box, then cut 3 sides (top, right side, bottom). Do not cut the left side, this is where the door will swing open and closed.
13. Trace a rectangular opening at the top for a second mail slot.
14. Cut out and line opening with tape.
15. Cut out 2 triangles and attach with tape to the sides of the front mail slot.
16. Leave as is, or paint and embellish as desired.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Dusting off the Paint Brushes {Lalaloopsy Peg Doll}

My new supply of peg dolls just arrived!
Figured it was time to dust off my paint brushes. 
Isn't this Lalaloopsy {Jewel Sparkles} peg a cutie?
She was inspired by this seriously fabulous Princess Lalaloopsy party by Miranda of Whimsical Printables

Are there any designs you would like to see made into peg dolls?

Friday, May 18, 2012

Pick Your Plum {Deal of the Day Personalized Ribbon}

Have you noticed a fun new widget on the side of my blog?
I love Pick Your Plum and am so excited to share the site with you. 
Every day a new craft deal
Just check my side widget for the daily deal. 
But you have to act quickly, deals go fast. 

I'm warning you now, their site is addictive. 
Just look at today's deal. 
Personalized ribbon. 

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Old Mac's Farm Band Playdate {Piggy Bank Parties Crew Challenge}

There's been some smack talking, crafting, baking, photographing, and tutorial writing going on behind the scenes of the Piggy Banks Party crew for the last month. We were divided into two teams and given a Spring challenge: create a shindig for $100 or less using the Barnyard Buddies party collection.

Here's just a peek at what my team, the Sassy Spring Chickens (comprised of Tara of The Shindig Diva, Dorothy of Life is Sweet in MichiganMaria from Love & Sugar Kisses, and myself) came up with. 

Party Highlights:

Barn inspired cake with singing and instrument playing fondant farm animals

Egg shaped Rice Krispy Treats displayed in an egg carton

Farm Animal Cake Pops made by Cuter than Cake 

“Make Your Own Instrument” station

Barnyard Buddies Animal Masks

Head here to see ALL the party pictures!


Stop by Piggy Banks Parties to see what the other team, The Barnyard Babes came up with (it's pretty darn cute!). All week there will be more pictures, great tutorials, giveaways, and a chance for YOU to VOTE for your favorite party!!!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Perfection is going out of style...

There's been many posts written lately about burnout,
depression stemming from unrealistic craft projects, perfectly executed parties, even Pinterest envy. 
Often all readers see on websites are the finished products,
beautiful images that require hours and hours of editing behind the scenes. 
Not the hours of creative time, craft fails, and hot glue gun scars. 
Pressure for perfection seems to be mounting. 
I feel it even here in my little space (self-induced pressure mind you),
I've been thinking a lot about this lately.
My last guest post on ediTORIal brought out my first official hater, 
a person quick to judge and express her harsh opinions.
She really didn't like my spray paint project or mail party (yes, used the word garbage)
It was hard to read, but I kept my head up. 
It's the risk you take when you put yourself out there, I tell myself. 
My parties are real.
I bake my own cakes, make my own cake stands. 
I try not to photograph too much of the actual party so we can just enjoy it. 
It's never perfect, but it's me.
I have 2 boys, 2 fish, a husband, and a house to care for. 
Perfection is not my gold standard. 
I love the creative process. I get lost in it. 
I love to share my ideas. 
I get giddy when I hit publish on a post that I think people will really like.
But I will not compare myself to others. 
My parties will never be flawless, fake, or budget busting.
I hope you will not hold yourself to an unreachable level of perfection either. 
I hope you craft, bake, or do whatever your passion is
not to please others, 
but because you love doing so.
And I promise to do the same. 

Image found here

Monday, May 14, 2012

Behind the Scenes {Tablevogue Tablecloths}

I thought I'd share a little behind the scenes tip with you today. 
I always use folding tables and Tablevogue tablecloths at my parties. 
I fluff my Tablevogue tablecloth in the dryer for a few minutes (seriously, no ironing)
and throw it over a folding table.
Voila, instant dessert table!
Disclaimer, I am not getting paid for this. 
I just really LOVE my Tablevogue! 
It's too good not to share with you. 

- Tablevogue tablecloths hang right to the floor (making extra storage under the table!)
- Machine washable
- Corner drop seams provide a tailored look 
- Come in 4 colors (white, black, pink, and red) and 6 sizes (34" card table, 5', 6', 8' folding table, 48" & 60" round covers). 

Insider Tip: I purchased the 8' Tablevogue tablecloth (as seen above) and just pin up the sides to use on my 5' and 6' tables. 

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Happy Mother's Day, everyday

I love having an official day to celebrate, but have to admit my favorite Mother's Day moments happen everyday. They are sometimes joyful, sometimes tearful, and always unexpected.

I am thankful for unexpected love notes, 
firm hugs and extra sloppy wet kisses, 
surprise dinners brought home by the hubby, 
peaceful sleepers, 
sandy toes, 
bubble bath hairdos, 
birthdays and milestones, 
stickers stuck to the bottom of my shoes, 
cracker crumbs and cars in my purse, 
bedtime books, 
piggyback rides, 
Tooth fairy visits, 
Christmas morning, 
grass stained knees, 
and unbearably loud car and rocket noises at 6am.
I could not imagine life any other way. 
Wishing you Happy Mother's Day, 

Friday, May 11, 2012

Mail Party {Featured on HWTM}

I have some very fun news to share! Noah's mail party has been featured on Hostess With the Mostess this week!  I hope you will pop over and check out the feature-- including never before seen pictures of the party.  HERE for the full feature

And if you are looking for cuteness in a box mail truck favors
they have just been added to the Piggy Bank Parties Market

Seriously adorable.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Happy Mother's Day {Ideas 2012}

Are you ready for Mother's Day?
Here are a few super adorable and f-r-e-e
last minute ideas that even you could pull together before Sunday. 

I'm sharing brunch ideas and scone recipe at Bird's Party Blog

Free Mother's Day Print from Eighteen25
Isn't that a great quote?

Free Mother's Day Mother Hen Tags 

Free 5x7 Print 
Comes in 4 colors (even a mum version- Amy from A Proffitable Life thought of everything!)

Thanks for being a super mom candy bar wrapper
FREE download from the Super Mom collection 

Happy Mother's Day!


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