Wednesday, November 25, 2009

lollipop invites how-to...

here are the promised pics of the avi's invite. i love the way that they turned out. they weren't hard, but they are a little bit timely.
**try to glue yours together a little straighter than i did this first one:)

{the finished product... unwrapped}

{a closer look at my crooked edge:)}

blank birthday candy invite
{here is the template i made for the actual info part}
i made it to have the colors to match my papers...
this one is made to be the size i made mine. but you could always shrink it down.
you just want to make sure that this one is about 1-1 1/2" smaller than your patterned paper.

{i used this circle cutter by making memories, i got it at Michael's craft}

{just cut a front & back sheet for you lollipop. i made mine with 9" Styrofoam, which i got at the cso
i cut my sheets as wide as the cutter would allow}

{i glued 1 1/2" satin ribbon around the edge of each disc... after i glued the
dowel in}

{cut 1 1/2" strips to acordian fold for around the outer edge of you lollipop}
you will probably need 3-4 strips depending on what size you make &
how tight you fold them.

{after you have folded all of your strips, glue them together in a long line, then
glue the ends together to make a circle}

{hot glue around the edge of your styrafoam, them stretch your acordian paper
& hold it down until the glue is set}

{make one small accordian paper to glue in between the patterned & word

{glue them all together, again paying attention to the space on all sides}

{this is what it should look like from the side}

{glue another piece of patterned paper onto the back, i went with a circular stripe
on this side instead of the horizontal stripe on the other side}

{wrap each one up i clear cellophane & tie with ribbon of you choice}

{making it look as close to a real lollipop wrapper as you can}

{& tada! one lollipop invite... or you could omit the word part & use then as decor}

the party is on saturday... gotta get cookin'

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

party planning kicked into high gear...

so i have been super on & off about doing a party for my kids birthdays this year or taking a trip. since both of there birthdays split Christmas i thought maybe we should do parties on even years & trips on odd years. i know that you are probably thinking... "just scale down & do both." & i know that is the logical answer, but that is just not my style. i hope that one day i will be able to let go & scale back, but for now this is the way i am & i will just embrace it:)
anyhoo- the whole theme for Avi's party came a few months back when i got her this shirt that she became so obsessed with she wanted to wear it day & night. it's no secret that she has a sweet tooth (& that is an exaggerated understatement!!!!) this child wakes up wanting sugar & goes to bed still asking for treats! so it was only appropriate that i buy her this "candy makes me happy" shirt.
i had seen a lot of candy themed parties over the last few years & i just wanted something a little different. still cute & fun & playful, but just different. so i was really excited when we found the shirt & had a very TRUE theme for avi's 3rd birthday. now for all of the work that goes into throwing the party, planning activities, the cake, the favors & all that fun stuff. i'll post the lollipop invites soon. stay tuned!

Friday, November 6, 2009

get your jam...

so earlier in the summer i started making jam to sell at the local farmer's market. well it kind of took off faster than i anticipated, so needless to say, i have been making a lot of jam:) i never knew how much work went into going commercial with food. it is intense!!!! but now that i have done that i will be getting into shops... legally. they make great gifts & there are lots of different flavors, so you should be able to something for everyone.
i'll be at the bijou market this saturday from 10-4 in provo. come down & give them a try! if you don't make it down to the market, you can always order them from here.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

finally posting:) start current... play catch-up later~

our halloween was super fun this year! my kids & my sisters kids did the whole peter pan thing. which i found was a very popular theme this year. dempsey & sawyer, my sisters boys, were captain hook & the tick-tock crock:) while my kids played peter & tink. everyone had a blast, except that the cotton candy machine stopped working just 30 trick or treaters in:( i am happy to finally get some sleep! between sewing, cooking & staying up too late just trying to catch up DVR, paired with starting a new business(more to come on that) & working part-time at the Gap... i can sleep when i'm dead... right:) here is a picture overload of the kids in there costumes. i think it all turned out pretty darling... if i do say so myself!