Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Children's Book Themed Baby Shower

Recently I planned my first baby shower for my sister-in-law, Kallie. I wanted to do something colorful, cute, fun, and boy friendly. I searched online and did lots of research about different themes, decor, food and games. Man was I overwhelmed after that, pinterest had some amazing looking baby shower ideas and I had no idea how I would pull it off. Kallie had two previous showers that were sock monkey themed. Baby Karson's room is monkeys, but I wanted to do something different. I finally found some stuff on children's book themed baby shower and thought it was adorable. I pitched the idea to my mom who was helping me and she also loved it. It worked out perfectly because my mom had a lot of children's books from being a school teacher (FYI you can also check them out from the library or look at goodwill). The cute thing about the book themed is you can pair food with your children's books that you pick.

Here are the books I chose-
 Alice and Wonderland - Punch with DRINK ME tags
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs- Meatballs
3 little pigs - Pigs in a Blanket
Peter Rabbit - Veggies and Hummus
The Stinky Cheese Man - Cheese and Crackers
Green Eggs and Ham - Green deviled eggs and Hawaiian ham sandwiches
The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Fruit shaped as a caterpillar :)
Goodnight Moon - Moon Pies
The Kissing Hand - Choc Kisses
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie - Choc Chip Cookies
Curious George - Banana Pudding
Cake - Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Oh the Places You Will Go.
The Giving Tree- Gifts
Where the Wild Things are - Photobooth with paper crowns, sceptres, and chalkboard signs with quotes from the book

 Drink me inspired by Alice in Wonderland -  Milk glasses bought from Michaels (use coupons can get expensive)

 My mom and her friend the lovely Debbie Wood had some stuff animals to go along with the books that made great decorations and center pieces for tables. A big thanks to both of them for helping me so much! I wish I gotten a better picture of the fruit caterpillar cause it was so cute.

I found some adorable Dr Seuss fabric from Joann's Fabric and paired it with other colorful fabric to make some cute bunting.

 The adorable cake that was made. I really love how the cake turned out!! Cake done by Doodles Cupcake Bakery .

Books used as table centerpieces

 I was a little overwhelmed with trying to find the perfect baby shower game. I didn't want to do a cheesy game like guess the baby food or the candy bar in the diaper game (sorry if you like those games just not my thing and I didn't think Kallie would like them either). Then I came across some printable baby bingo cards and thought I can totally make those. I made the children book colorful bingo cards using word and printed them on card stock. I added clip art from different children's book to go along with the theme. We had colorful goldfish crackers for the game pieces.

 Presents for the Giving tree.

 Here are pictures with the photo props inspired by Where the Wild Things Are.

FYI I will post some DIY's for the baby shower at a later date. I feel like I overloaded you with enough pictures.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

New paintings

I have been so slack at posting on my blog! I  have been meaning to post this now for a while. To be honest I meant to post this about 2 weeks ago. Anyways, I finally got around to painting some new mixed media pieces. It has been gorgeous weather outside (I love Spring) and I decided it would be perfect to set up my art supplies outside!

I love how they both turned out!!

Paris Je T'aime
mixed media

Up and Away
mixed media
I think this is perfect for a little boys room and I love the colors!

FYI I recently learned how to use my DSLR camera so hopefully now my photos will be better on my blog!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

DIY Harry Potter Inspired Etched Glasses

So before I went to Scotland I made my sister some custom glasses. Since she loves Harry Potter I thought it would be cool to make her some glasses with different drinks/potions. So I wrote down some ideas of drinks/potions to put on the glasses. Then I tried to match them up to the style of glass.

For instance, the ones I made were....
Polyjuice Potion - Goblet glass or red wine glass
Butterbeer - Beer mug
Felix Felicis - Champagne glass
Also, I thought Accio Coffee was cute so I did one of those in a coffee mug of course..
Other ideas - Veritaserum, Pumpkin Juice, Fire Whiskey (shot glass or whiskey glass), Amortentia, Elixir of Life, and Mead are some others.

Etching glass is so easy!! Even if your not a crafty person you can do this! Once you buy all the supplies you can custom anything that is glass. It is perfect for gifts and if you need last minute Christmas gifts this is perfect! Also, I want to say I tried to take good pictures of the glasses, but it was hard because I was just learning my camera! So please figure me.

 A variety of glasses - I got mine from walmart, bed bath and beyond and home goods
Etching Cream - Michaels (tip bring a coupon the stuff is kind of expensive)
Paint brush
Martha Stewart Vinyl stick-on letters - Michaels (use a coupon) 
Painter's tape 
Alcohol and Cotton balls 
Old towel - I have crafting towels that have tons of paint on them. 

- Wash all your glasses and dry them. Next place alcohol on a cotton ball and rub down the area you will place letters.
 - Add the vinyl letters onto glass ensuring they are stuck on the glass entirely to avoid any smudges. Add tape around the letters to keep from getting cream anywhere else.

 - Read and follow the directions on the etching cream.
-Use gloves when apply the etching cream and apply a thick layer of cream with a paint brush.

- Rinse after 15 minutes of allowing the cream to set (this is how long my directions said to allow to set. Make sure to follow what the directions on your etching cream)
-Hint check the etching before removing the stencil because sometimes it won't look even and there will be some spots you might have missed.You can tell because the etched glass has a frosted appearance so you want that to be even in your letters. Its easier just to reapply the cream vs trying to reline up the stencil with the already etched letters .

 Accio Coffee


 Polyjuice Potion

I bubble wrapped them to bring them on the plane.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Scotland part 2

Here are pictures from visiting Inverness and Loch Ness.


 Inverness Castle



Loch Ness

 Eerie and Beautiful!

 Urquhart Castle