Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Crafts in the Car

So if you are anything like me, you spend a lot of time in the car. A lot of that time is spent waiting. And waiting. And waiting. I usually read or check email or make phone calls---okay, actually I spend a lot of that time on Pinterest! Anyway, I thought I would see if I could get a little crafting done!

My first project: a balloon wreath! This is part of a much bigger project I am working on- check back later! I have seen several versions of this on the Internet. This is how I made mine.
First, take a straw wreath. Do not remove the plastic! Next, you need about 150-200 12" balloons. Also, a couple of packs of greening or floral pins. They are u-shaped wires.

this is a closeup of the pins

Take a balloon and a greening pin. Place the balloon on the wreath and push a pin into the wreath to keep it in place. The pin shouldn't go through the plastic of the balloon, but the wires should go on either side of the balloon.
If you look closely, you can see the wire around the balloons.  You can do them two at a time, if you want.  I actually only did a few that way, and then switched to just one balloon per pin, because I wanted the flexibility of placing each balloon at a different angle.  Place the balloons every which way until it gets nice and full!  

It is starting look like a wreath!  See, I told you I was in my car!

Here is the finished product!  It really only took me about an hour!  I added some curly ribbon and a bow to finish it off! It would be fun to make this in colors to match your house, or your party decor.  
This was so much fun, I just might keep doing crafts in the car!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Ellie's Mustache Bash!

So the other day I gave a sneak peek of Ellie's birthday party  with this invitation.
party pix
Here are some pix from the mustache bash!  I found lots of ideas for baby boy showers and little boy parties, but nothing for a little girls mustache party!  Go figure!  Anyway, I put on my thinking cap and this is what I came up with.  We picked one color to go with black and white, and she loved the lime green.  I found some great houndstooth ribbon and some lime and white striped ribbon and we went to town!

I had only my iphone to take pix with, so they aren't the greatest, but at least you can get the idea!
 Clear glass votives with ribbon glued around the bottom.  Added a mustache for flair!

Not only were these mustaches on a stick a cute centerpiece, but they were a hit with the girls.  We spent about 45 minutes taking mustache pix! You can get the template for these mustaches from easy makes me happy.  I used sticky back felt and cut two of each, then stuck the dowel in the middle.

Even daddy got in on the action!  Here he is with the birthday girl.  Doesn't he look like Mario?

The girls also wanted to do some mug shot style pix.  This is the rear shot!  :)

Our food table.  I tried super hard to come up with lots of puns!  Or mustache-y names!  We had Black Tie cupcakes, Puttin-on-the-Ritz crackers with  dip, Walking sticks (pretzels) with 24 K dip (cheese dip), Rainbow suspenders (extreme sour strips), and Mr. Goodbars (peanut butter bars).  I also set out some candy for the movie in little buckets-tuxedo buttons (jr. mints) and mother-of-pearls (green sixlets), plus chocolate and cherry twizzlers.  I had no creativity by this point, so they just got labeled twizzlers.  :)


For decor I used black and green and white.  Mostly tissue poms and streamers.  My pix didn't turn out, so use your imagination!  But I did put these mustache posters all over the mantel.

  You can get these mustache posters here!

We played stick the mustache on the man for a game.  It was so easy- I drew a face on my dry erase board.  The girls pulled down a hat over their eyes and stuck on their mustache.  They kept playing this through the night.  Simple is best!

It was a great night! We sent the girls home with these favors made out of clear candy tubes, filled with sixlets and decorated with ribbon, mustache sticker, twine and tag.

The favor bags were just simple green bags with a mustache sticker on them.  We also put in a chocolate mustache, a wax mustache and tootsie rolls!

I have to say this was my favorite design element.  I just took a clear cup, put on a mustache sticker, made a bow tie out of ribbon, and topped it off with a green stripey straw!  The best part-each mustache/tie combo was different so the girls were able to keep track of their drinks through the night.  Thanks for coming to see our 'stache bash!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Monday, September 10, 2012

Status update.

I have to say, this day came so much sooner than I thought it would!  We are officially parents of a missionary!  I love this picture-Elder Pyper striding off to save the world.  Literally.  He was so excited and so ready to go.  Vaughn and I have such different ways of expressing our feelings about this.  He has just been on the verge of tears for the last couple of weeks.  I have mostly been on the edge-irritable, SOOO tired, and overwhelmed with all the other stuff I need to get done!  Plus, I have been consuming enormous amounts of sugar.  But once in a while, I stop for a minute and think, "We did it!"  We actually raised our very own stripling warrior.  I wanted to send out missionaries who loved the Savior, and the gospel, and really knew and loved the Book of Mormon.  So what if he still can't keep track of his shoes, keys, wallet, id, ...?  We taught him who he was, and why he was here.  Now he can go and do that for a lot of other people.  Oh dear.  I might actually cry.  Time to go eat some ice cream!