Friday, April 25, 2014

birthday boy

Owen's two birthday's went well! For the first big party I've ever thrown, I think it went with minimal panic on my part. :) So thankful that the weather turned out nice enough for us to have it at a park, because while I had all the party stuff, our house was a disaster! I guess that is why people have parties on the weekend for their spouses to help. :P
Owen's last minute shirt I made him

There were two main projects, the kids decorated poster boards and painted birdhouses I found at Joann's & Michael's for $1. I also got lucky, and found the watercolors at the Dollar Treet (actually, a lot of stuff came from the dollar store).

Owen had fun! He spent forever on his poster, and I don't think he would have stopped if I hadn't pulled him away.
I also fed everybody lunch. We had meat, cheese, and cracker tray, veggies, watermelon and strawberries, and chips and dip. I did make this seven layer dip (avocados instead of lettuce, tomatoes in place of peppers, and no onions) and it got rave reviews. Unfortunately, we ended up having to eat on the ground, because the shaded pavilion was too cold.

For Owen's cake, I followed this tutorial for the penguin. For the marshmallows, I stuck a marshmallow on a kebab stick, dipped the end in melted icing, and then dipped it  into sprinkles. The kids LOVED these. Next time I'd stick them on colorful straws, I think. Two year olds running around with pointy sticks was crazy. :P
I sent each kid home with a crayon roll, pencil, and notepad (5 for $1) in their goodie bag.
Even though it went really well, I'm not sure if I'll ever throw a big party again. It was a lot of running around and worrying about what other people needed & wanted, instead of being able to focus on the birthday boy himself (if that makes sense).
Thankfully, we still had Owen's "real" birthday!
To start, I took Allie and Owen to Dunkin Donut's for a little treat (Sam was in school).

this is his face when I ask him to smile.
Then I took him to Hobby Lobby so he could pick a new puppy out. He had a hard time narrowing it down to one. :)
Instead of making a cake for this party, we did a bucket of  sand pudding. Since Owen's not a big cake person, this was perfect for him. The kids loved it (it's actually really, really good) and the fact that they get to eat "sand." I also thought it went well with his birthday gift.

looks pretty real!

After that, presents...
good wrapping on the big one mom!
We got him a water table, which all three kids loved. Poor Owen didn't want to leave his "wawa" to eat, he loved it so much. He was still awake at 9:00 talking about birthdays to himself, so I think turning two was a success!

Monday, April 14, 2014

beds, gardens, and dresses

I've been a little mia here the past month! Still just so much going on, when I get a moment of peace, all I want to do is curl up with a book and enjoy the silence. I've also been going on a spring cleaning fling, but more on that another day. For now, I finished the firs part of Annaleigh's room...
The headboard turned out even prettier than I had hoped! I was pretty depressed after I dragged it upstairs only to find that it isn't a full size (maybe queen? king?) and was too big for her bed. Thankfully the little white night stand (which I picked up for $5 and refinished) makes up most of the extra room, and you don't really notice unless you look, in my opinion. I've got a few more projects in mind for her room, so when it's all done I'll show the rest. :)
Despite it being mid-April, there is still not much green out here in NE, so I've been making up for it inside the house. I've wanted a terrarium for the longest time, and finally got around to making one. It's hard to photograph, because of the camera flash, but I really like how it turned out.

I made it a little different on the two sides, and added tiny Hobby Lobby deer, cause I thought they were cute. If you're interested, I used this terrarium tutorial. After checking at a few stores, I ended up getting the activated charcoal from the fish section at Walmart. I wish I had known I could use that before wasting my time checking garden stores!

Last project I'll share today, I've been working on some "inspired" dresses. I'd like to eventually get a whole line of them, and maybe one day sell them on etsy. I'd have to invest in a new machine (serger) first though, so I'll have to see what the response is...
first up, is a military inspired. Here's my unfinished Air Force dress. I have a few things to add to it. Thankfully, I have friends in every service with little girls, so I'll be using them as models in the future.
Next up, I'm trying to do Disney princess dresses. Annaleigh dies every time we pass through Walmart and she sees the princess costumes. I die every time I see they're $20+ dollars for something so cheaply made, haha! I was able to make her this one for less than $10, and it's so pretty and full. Annaleigh loves it, and the next requested one is Elsa.
 This week I've got a bunch of stuff in the works for Owen's art party. I'm really hoping the weather turns out nice so I can have it at the park, otherwise I'll be dealing with at least 14 toddlers (not counting babies) playing with markers, paints, & chalk. Maybe not the best toddler party idea ever, but I think it will be fun. Or a disaster. Maybe a little of both. We shall see! :D
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