Monday, November 20, 2017

Golden Book First birthday

I thought of doing a Golden Book birthday party and then had a really hard time coming up with how to pull it off!  I found a few examples on Pinterest and a few baby showers done in this theme, and they were all so darling!  Here is my version of a Golden Book party.

This is her invitation, and here is the back as a blank pdf file so you can make your own if you'd like.

For the fireplace, I made a banner out of the Poky Puppy book.  I printed the invitation 8.5 x 11 and put it in a golden frame.  I got a wooden letter and painted it gold and placed it on a stack of golden books.  The flowers are also on a stack of golden books.  The wreath was made from pages of poky puppy, shy kitten, and saggy baggy elephant.  I cut the cat out of the Shy Kitten cover and glued it to the center.

This is the banner of her monthly pictures.  Each picture was printed square (4x4) and glued to the golden book inside cover image.  I used this image and cropped it down to 4.75 square.  

As an activity for the kids, I thought they'd enjoy making their own little golden books.  Each child had a book with their name as the writer and illustrator.  I had a stack of stickers for them to use and had markers and crayons set out for them to use.  Here is a blank version of the book covers.  I printed them on cardstock and cut printer paper for the pages.  I used 4 sheets folded in half to make 8 pages for their books.  The finished books were about 3.5" by 5". 
The kids all enjoyed making them!

This was the table set up, prior to setting the food out.  I used vintage books in the background and printed off tiny book covers for the cupcake toppers (pdf link shared).  I made the pinwheels from copies of shy kitten, poky puppy, and the saggy baggy elephant (these were made first and the wreath was made from the leftovers).  

This cake was really fun!  I bought a Poky Puppy ornament and it was the perfect size to use on top of the cake.  I copied the last page of Poky Puppy and scaled it down to 67% and printed it on cardstock.  I cut out the sign and glued it to a popsicle stick, then used a fine point icing tip to make the grass.  

The high chair banner was created using an image of the back of a golden book and adjusting the color on photoshop.

I wanted our little girl to have a vintage outfit and found this sweet little pink corduroy dress.  I hand embroidered the shy kitten into the dress and added a little bow to it.  I LOVE how it turned out!

I gave the pinwheels to the guests as party favors.  The golden books they created also went home with them, and I added a little golden goody bag as well.  I chose to put hershey's with almonds in them because they have a very similar wrapper design to the binding of a golden book.  The Thank You tags are available on etsy (not my shop).  

The party was so sweet and exactly how I had hoped it would be.  The adults appreciated the nostalgia and the children had fun with the decor.  

If you decide to have a Golden Book party, I hope some of my ideas will help your party come to life!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Bird mobile

Choosing a mobile for the nursery is the hardest decorating decision for me.  I knew that I wanted a fun fabric this time around, and I planned to base the room off of the colors in the fabric.  Walking through Walmart, I found this fun print made by Waverly.

The colors are lavender, teal, periwinkle, a darker purple color, and a little bit of lime green.  The pattern reminds me of flowers.  After MANY hours on pinterest, I decided to make a bird mobile because birds and flowers go together.


Many more hours were spent pouring through bird mobiles before I landed on this one which is supposedly from a Target ad.  

As much as I liked it, I felt like the birds looked like airplanes and I just couldn't get past that.  Then I began searching for other birds and found this beautiful one (tutorial here).

I tried to make it with felt and couldn't turn it the right way out so I went to regular fabric.  Mine aren't as pretty as hers, but that's okay.  I also didn't want all of my birds to look the same so I found two other patterns for the other two birds.  The purple one is made with her pattern, although I made the tail shorter.

For the glitter detail, I used tacky glue mixed with a little bit of water to thin it out and painted it on with a paintbrush.  Then I sprinkled the fine glitter onto the glued areas and hung the bird by the beak to dry.  I added glitter to the beaks the following day so the gold wouldn't get mixed into the other glitter.  The bird eyes are tiny seed beads I had in my stash, attached with a needle and thread.

I searched for sticks and everything looked really gnarly.  Then I noticed the branches on our Gardenia bush and saw how straight they were.  I knew they'd be perfect!  I used hot glue to put two sticks together.  I was going to use felt for the flowers but then I decided to use leftover fake flowers from Dollar Tree.  I mostly used white flowers but added some purple and some tiny blue ones along with some leaves.  I placed them randomly and used hot glue to attach them.  

All that was left was hanging it.  I used two hooks because I didn't want it to rotate.  Sticks aren't straight though so it was a bit of trial and error for how to center the mobile over the crib and how to make it hang so the stick wasn't closer to the wall on one end than the other.  I used fishing line and made a really big loop then hung that loop on both hooks.  

A tip for hanging the birds:  Start with a 12-18" piece of fishing line and thread that through the bird.  Let the bird hang.  If it is tilted too far forward or back, pull the line through and put it further forward or back and let it hang again.  Keep moving the fishing line until the bird hangs how you want it to.  After that, it's just a matter of tying the fishing line to the branch.

This is the completed mobile.  I love how dainty and pretty is it!  

I think it's important to also consider what the baby will be seeing, so I made sure some flowers were pointing down.  This is my little one's view of her mobile.  

If you're on a budget and want a pretty mobile, I highly suggest going this route!  Heck... Dollar Tree even sells litte birds so you wouldn't even have to make them!  All in all, this project cost me $4 for the fake flowers and glitter but technically I already had those on hand so this project was free for me.  It took me around 4 hours to complete the mobile, which was a lot less time than I spent deciding what to make!  

I hope this inspires you!  

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Rainbow Brite costume

Years ago, I was Rainbow Brite for Halloween.  I decided to give that costume one last go and had my daughter dress as Twink to be my sidekick.  My husband even got in on the action and was dressed as the villain, Murky Dismal.  My daughter is now 5 and decided SHE wanted to be Rainbow Brite this year!  Her little sister will be Twink.

In the years since making my costume, I've had a lot of people ask me how I made it and I honestly couldn't tell them.  I made one for her this year and documented a lot of the process in hopes that it will help you all make one for yourself.

Mine was the first sewing project I ever took on but I think this is a pretty difficult project so I wouldn't recommend it for a beginner.

First, please forgive all of the white fluff in many of these pictures.  I sell my Twink costumes on etsy and this white fluff invades our house during the month of October.

I started with a blue dress that would fit her and used t-shirts in the colors I needed as well as white for the band and felt for the trim.

First, I measured the sleeve so I could make a new sleeve to sew in place of it.

The blue shirt happened to have long sleeves so I used it to to cut the new sleeve out.  Add an inch to the length and the width to account for the stuffing.

I divided the length of the sleeve by 5 to see how long each colored band should be.  My sleeve was 17" and I didn't want to make it complicated, so I chose 2" width and made the green one 5" to make up the difference.  The picture shows the 2" green band but I cut another after realizing it wasn't long enough.

Pin the first band onto the sleeve and sew.

Pin the second band over the edge of the first band and sew both in place.  Then flip the second band down, place the third band on top, pin and sew.  Repeat this process until all the bands are sewn on.

Cut off the side excess and sew along one edge.  Leave the bottom excess in place.  That is where the wrist band will be attached.

Very minimally stuff each color tube leaving about an inch free on both sides to sew it into a sleeve.

After the sleeve is sewn, flip it the right way and see how it fits on your dress.

I then cut the original sleeve off leaving about an inch of the sleeve to sew the new sleeve to.  With the dress inside out and the sleeve the correct way, pin the sleeve in place and sew around the sleeve to attach it.

I used the sleeve material to make the shoulder puffs.  I cut the largest half circle shape I could out of the sleeve fabric and used the blue t-shirt material for the underside.  Sew the two pieces together and lightly stuff.  Then pin and sew.

Find the midpoint of your sleeve puff and line it up with the shoulder seam of the dress.  Pin it in place.  The shoulder puff will need to be sewn on by hand.

I used 8" of fabric to make the white band along the bottom.  Sew the band in half and sew one end closed.  Then stuff it.  This will make the dress hold it's shape.  Once you get it to the same circumference as the dress, cut the end and sew the two ends together.

Pin the band in place and then sew it to the dress.

I used some red fabric sewn into strips to be the suspenders and belt, but I used ribbons for my original dress.  The yellow is felt.  I cut a little bit of the neckline to make the yellow sit straight across.  Sew the yellow felt into place and then pin the suspenders and belt in place.  The red will cover the edges of the yellow.  I sewed the red onto the front of the dress but stopped at the seams of the shoulders and sides.  The back is loose and attached with velcro.

I cut this shape for the wrist and hot glued it to the end of the sleeve, covering the showing stitches.

At this point, the only thing left is the felt stars for the end of the sleeves and the yellow band at the neck, as well as the rainbow for the belt.

Rainbow Brite's belt only has 3 colors so I found a 6 color rainbow outline and used it as a template but used two bands for each pattern.  I hot glued the bands to a red piece of felt and then glued that in place on the costume.  I also hot glued the stars in place.

The final piece is the shoes.  I took a trip to a local thrift store in search of some chunky shoes that I didn't mind ruining and found these.

I then painted them red (top) and yellow (bottom) and added black stripes in the yellow.  I was going to paint the straps orange but it wasn't working very well, so I ended up hot gluing felt to the straps instead and glued a star to the end.

The only thing left to do was the leg warmers which I did in the same method as the arm bands.  Any fabrics used for the leg warmers should be stretchy.  My top band was originally white non-stretchy fabric but I tore out that seam and used a white t-shirt instead.  Each leg band is 3" tall and a half inch longer than my daughter's calf was.  They are lightly stuffed and sewn together in the same way as the arm bands were.  It's best to use a white t-shirt for back fabric of the leg warmers.

She is very happy with her completed costume, and I can't wait until Halloween!