Monday, July 30, 2012

Owl-dorable Coat Tree

It's been a year - but I finally painted the coat tree in Madailein's room to match her owl decor!!  Yea!!  :D
Originally, this coat tree was in my sisters room and had baby Minnie Mouse on top. When Madailein was born I painted it to match her Classic Pooh nursery.  Super cute but definitely in need of an update!

 To ensure this would now fit in with her ubber adorable owl room, I decided to paint the coat tree brown and paint some leaves on it. 


The leaves and ivy started to take on a life of its own!!  I'm very pleased with how this turned out.  However - it wouldn't be half as cute without the little owls I found at a local craft store.

Who's ready to do some reading?!  Madailein's little chair looks perfect in the corner with her new Owl-dorable coat tree!!!

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Mermaids This Way!

Now that we are back for our lovely and relaxing beach vacation - it was time for Madailein's mermaid birthday party!!!  I had so much fun decorating for her party, and with more time and a bigger budget I would have gone overboard!  :D

We decided to go with a color theme of aqua green, turquoise blue and a light purple; which all complimented the Little Mermaid party decor Madailein wanted.  In our living room I used crepe paper and balloons of similar colors and stretched them across the ceiling.  I was going for the look of being under water!

To carry on the "Under the Sea" theme, my mom made adorable jellyfish out of paper bowls and curling ribbon.  Such a super easy and frugal party decoration - and you can reuse the bowls if they are not too destroyed, lol! 

I debated on whether to make a cake or order a Little Mermaid cake from the bakery.  With the amount of people coming to her party this year, I gave it my all and made a cake!  Considering I am by no means a professional cake decorator, I was proud of my cute Under the Sea cake!!

The hit of the party was the surprise visit from Ariel!  If you live in the Northeast Ohio area, I highly recommend Tiaras and Treasures for kids parties.  Ariel did a wonderful job with the girls! 

Party was a success and we had a very surprised and excited little girl that day!  :D

Happy Crafting (and party planning!)

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Frugal Fun - Patriotic Pinwheels

Hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July!  We had a lovely day at my parent's swimming, relaxing, eating and setting of some fireworks.  Before we started our festive day, I was able to get a frugal craft done - yea!!

I wanted to try my hand at paper pinwheels and found some directions on the Martha Stewart website.  What a super easy and fun craft!!

Materials Needed:
Scrapbook paper

To begin, I selected some scrapbook paper from my mountainous stash that was patriotic themed.  I measured out squares ranging in shape from 3*3 to 6*6 and cut them out.

Once I had my squares cut, I glued together two different pieces of paper - so each side had a different design.  Next - fold the glued squares into a diagonal.

Fold a second time into a diagonal shape.

Open the folded square back up and cut along the creases, approximately 2/3 of the way into the center of the square.  Once all four corners are cut, fold every other point into the center and glue.

The first pinwheel I made I used scrapbook glue - which did not turn out to be strong enough!  Second round I used tacky glue - which worked out a bit better.  Next time I make these, I might just use a hot glue gun and call it a day!!

After I had all the points glued down (finally!) in the center, I put some glitter in the middle to spice it up.

Initially, my plan was to make traditional pinwheels on a wooden dowel - but as I was making these I decided they would be super cute on my front door.  I then glued each pinwheel onto various pieces of ribbon and used it has a door decoration.  Don't they sort of look like fireworks?!

Overall - I was able to create this fun patriotic decoration for free!!  All of the materials I already had on hand.  Can't beat that! 

Happy Crafting!

Monday, July 2, 2012

July Crafting Goals

Happy 4th of July!!

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Our plans this month include a relaxing vacation to the beach and a mermaid themed birthday party- yea!! I have decided to curb the silk flower collage that has been on my crafting goals the past few months. I just cannot seem to get to it!! This craft will hopefully get put back on the list in the fall when I have more free time.

Crafting Goals for July will include:

Goal # 1 - paint the coat tree in Madailein's room to match the owl theme

Goal #2 - paint another tree in the Whoo's Got a Cute room

Goal #3 - make paper pinwheels like these shown on the Martha Stewart website

Goal #4 - make a Pin the Flower on the Mermaid game for Madailein's party!!

Pretty high expectations for crafting this month considering we will be at the beach for a week. Better get a moven on - time's a tickin!!

What are your crafting goals for this month? Do you have any cute ideas for a mermaid themed party? I would love to see and hear your ideas.

Happy Crafting!