Saturday, October 6, 2012

Are You Ready For Some Football?

The smell of pinecones and apple cider; the beautiful changing of leaves on the trees, pumpkins, and hayrides are all the signs of fall. Of course, there is also

                              FOOTBALL ! 


                                                        We love art!





                                We love our fierce scary bird!




              We love hand painted furniture!

                                                       
                             We love hand made jewelry!







   We love the thrill of a winning season!
                                  We give thanks!


                                             
       
                                 WE ARE FIERCE!!!!!!








                            Go Ravens!!!!!


                    Thanks for stopping in! 



Sunday, September 30, 2012

The Princess




I don't have the pics of the party favors from this party but I do have the before and after of the castle.


Before


After


And of course the mural.



Thanks for viewing!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

The Great Pumpkins

  
    Give my grandchildren colored cups, plates, and napkins and a snack of, let's say, 'homemade peanut butter and crackers' and you have a party. Notice I wrote "homemade". Can you believe it? The reason is because you can buy them already made. How convenient! I guarantee though, not as much fun.
    My daughter had bought pumpkins from the local farmers market and the children had purchased some at school. 

    PLEASE WASH AND THOROUGHLY DRY YOUR PUMPKINS 1ST.              

 I use a soapy water and a heaping 2 or 3 capfuls of  "Chlorox Bleach".  There is quite a bit of dry soil, bacteria, and a host of other field germs on the pumpkins. YOUR PUMPKINS WILL ALSO LAST LONGER!

No instructions are necessary. Just give them the paint, brushes, a cup of water for rinsing brushes, with a few paper towels and watch the fun! If you use acrylic paint as I do, don't forget the aprons or old clothes. 
I had received special requests. Can you guess?



In case you need help: we have Spiderman, Dora, and TweetyBird!





  The back of Doras head!






Big Day!
No one wanted to stop and eat!
Or remove the pumpkins from the table!





Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, September 7, 2012

A Tea Party


 While browsing "Pinterest", I came across this beautiful tea party photo and I decided to check out the fabulous blog http://party-tales.blogspot.com/2011/04/birthday-party-maria-laura-tea-birthday.html.

 I've always had a fascination with tea parties. I have a clear memory as a little girl with a set of blue neo classical style dishes that were my favorite. Before they were all lost and or broken, my mother confiscated one of the cups to keep in her sugar canister. It somehow disappeared but the memory is still there.

This is a little tea party mural I painted that went into the room of a precious little girl.




En"Joy"!


Saturday, August 25, 2012

Father and Son

 I did a mural a while back and the family wanted my family to be present at the unveiling. As all were busy looking at the subject at hand I glanced over and captured these photos of my son-in-law and his 1st born and only son. My only grandson. I wanted to share these. It made me think of the song from the "Courtship of Eddie's Father" by Harry Nilson. Who else remembers that?
LOL!




               People let me tell you 'bout my best friend,
               He's a warm hearted person who'll love me till the end.
               People let me tell you 'bout my best friend,
               He's a one boy cuddly toy, my up, my down, my pride and joy.
               People let me tell you 'bout him he's so much fun
               Whether we're talkin' man to man or
               Whether we're talking son to son.
               Cause he's my best friend.
               Yes, he's my best friend in life
               dat ta dada dat ta da, dat ta data dat ta da







Hello Little Kitty



        A little princess celebrated her 4th birthday with a "Hello Kitty" party. 
 A sheet cake surrounded by cupcakes was requested.







 Cosco was right on point.

 Not only was the birthday girl pleased but the cake and cupcakes
 were the  most moist I've had for a commercial bakery. Yum!





The homemade pennant was a 'no sew' version created by moi.

  Do you know how hard it is to surprise a 4 year old? 
The party itself was not a surprise. 
The decorations we thought should at least be something unexpected.

                                                   The banner read 'Naomi's Sweet Shop'.




The pink fabric was cut into a triangle. The small black banner top and bottom was hand painted. 
After drying,  the fabric with an adhesive backing was ironed on.









Here Kitty, Kitty, Kitty!
 The candy coated Rice Crispy Treats on a stick were the biggest hit! I've yet to eat a Rice Krispy Treat! The Hello Kitty in the forefront was from an Edible Bouquet Arrangement!




The ribbons were from the same fabric as the "Sweet Shoppe" sign. The candy coated pretzels were a great combo of sweet and salty.




                                The goody bags were hand painted white lunch bags from Target.




This game that was enjoyed by all was a hand painted Pin the Bow on the Kitty!
Bows were made and velcro buttons were discreetly placed on the primed and treated canvas!



This is a "pin the bow on the kitty" game!



Pattern for the pennant
Start with an 8 1/2x11 sheet of white paper. Fold in half. Draw a line from the top edge to the bottom fold. Cut. This is your 'no sew pattern'.


I used a 200 thread count twin sheet set from Walmart as my major supply item.  This was only $13.88 for the set compared to  about 8 yards of fabric at a minimum of $5.00 a yard. The flat sheet was the table base and the fitted sheet was used for my accessory fabric. With it I was able to make 32  '32' inch long ribbon ties, 14 pennants,  accessory pieces which included 30 '3' inch circles. I used them to center on top of the animal print. The lettering was hand painted with acrylic paint and imitation stitching was done with a fine point Sharpie marker.





 I chose to paint a small black acrylic border at the top and bottom of a piece of 'Heat 'n Bond' coated animal print. Not sure which animal:)



A circle was cut for each letter of the name. The lettering to me was a little crude but this little birthday girl thought it was the 'best ever'. That's what's important!


 Press small pink circle onto pennant over animal print. This pennant can be backed with an inexpensive piece of felt. Remember 'Wonder Under' and 'Heat and Bond' are both double sided iron on adhesives. Peel off the back piece of the pennant and press. Embellish as you desire.


This pennant was placed between two (2) clusters of  10 balloons.


THE SWEET SHOPPE SIGN
With no oval pattern to use, the template for the Sweet Shoppe sign was made by taping two paper plates and roughly sketching the lettering with paint and brush.


After drying,  the letters can be traced, cut and set aside.


 A piece of the pink fabric that was previously ironed with the "Heat 'n Bond' was used as the base of the sign. The animal print was also ironed on. A 2-3 inch black and white border was cut and ironed onto the pink fabric.








                                      Cut the 'Sweet Shoppe" letters and trace onto the sign base.                                        

                                                                           See below.
                                 Paint and embellish as desired using grommets, or buttons, etc.









Scrapbooking paper was used to make popcorn cones. 8 sheets were packaged for $1.99 at AC Moore Arts and Crafts. I used a birthday hat left from a previous party as a template.



Happy Birthday Naomi!!!!
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