A party favor bag to hand to each child is a must in my book. It’s a nice way to say “thanks for coming to celebrate with us”. Plus and this is a BIG plus, most children expect something! haha! We once left a party empty-handed and my daughter was SO confused…never mind they fed us and entertained us, she didn’t understand why she was not given a favor (granted, she was 3 or 4 at the time).
The dilemma is always do I just buy them or do I personalize them by making them? I’ve done both but always have the need to decorate the paper ones still! Sheesh! What’s wrong with me?! So, I decided the week of the party that they would be made! My twins were sweet enough to let me use fabric I had stashed away instead of making another trip to the fabric store.
I measured the widest party treats and added a few inches on the sides for the bag. For the length, take your longest treat and add 5 inches extra to the height of your bag. My bag measured 7 x 9 inches.
1. Cut 2 pieces of your fabric using your pinking shears, which will minimize the fraying. Mine measured 7.5 x 9.5.
2. Cut a piece of ribbon; ribbon should go around the bag and be long enough to tie into a bow. Mine measured 20.5 inches.
3. Pin the ribbon at the center of the bag, approximately 4 inches from the top. I realized after the kids had packed up their goodies, that the top was too short and slipping out of the ties. This measurement will ensure that you have enough fabric above the ribbon so that it will not slip out.
3. Mark with your disappearing ink where you will stitch up the ribbon. I just eyeballed the center and spaced the stitches 3/4 of an inch apart.
4. Pin wrong sides together and sew the two sides and bottom using 1/4 seam allowance.
5. Clip the corner and turn the bag inside out.
for the twins’ 7th birthday is coming along.
I’ve got the dot garlands stitched up and ready to go!
And I’m almost done sewing up the party favor bags. I contemplated buying some but at a $1 per bag, I could not justify it! I got extra lucky because my twins didn’t mind me using fabric I had on hand. It all makes sense…why I buy bolts of fabric, that is.
Here’s a twist on the traditional drawstring bags that I made here. I’m hoping to get a tutorial up as soon as I finish whipping them up. They are so much quicker than drawstring pouches!
So that’s what I’ve been up to. I am fighting a cold and I’m not sure if it has to do with this crazy weather we are having in SoCal or if it’s all the prepping/planning that’s breaking down my immune system. I’ve got lots to do still and am making a mental note that having parties at home (for me) is not such a good idea. haha! For some reason, I can’t just do a “normal kid’s party”. I feel the need to go above and beyond and for that, my body is paying for it. I’m sure that going to Hawaii (for the 1st time as a family of 5) just 3 days following the bday party is not really helping the stress level, huh? This vaca couldn’t come soon enough. I hope to check in before I check in to paradise Hope you have a happy Wednesday. Thanks for stopping by!
So after I had transplanted my orchids, I did not expect to see any bloom for a few years but look what I found…
They are so beautiful! I’m so proud of myself for not killing them and so thankful that I learned how to transplant them from an awesome teacher!
I cannot wait to see what colors the others are. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!
So both my oldest daughter and I were perusing Pinterest trying to find cute treat bag ideas to give out to her friends. She immediately stopped me from moving the mouse any further because she found THE craft idea to make – a Reindeer Treat Bag complete with a red nose to resemble Rudolph. It’s a Fiskars project which can be found here. We had to adjust accordingly because we didn’t have certain punches, etc.
I wasn’t looking for anything too pricey to make. I have a stash of craft and paper supplies, but sometimes little things can add up. This wasn’t the case for these bags!
- Brown paper sandwich bags 50 for $1 (Wal-Mart)
- Brown pipe cleaners $1.20 (after using my Joann’s coupon)
- 50 Googly Eyes $2 (after using my Joann’s coupon)
- Red glitter paper for the nose (already had)
- Glue Dots (already had)
I made the mistake of prepping the materials with both my daughter surrounding me, and it just got to be a mess. I tried to take pictures at the same time, and it even got crazier. I had to regroup and start the process over the weekend so we would have plenty of time to mess things up along the way.
I made sure to cut the paper and punch everything out before we actually made as assembly line where my daughter could help. Here is the spread:
I had red glitter paper for the nose, chose bright and fun paper for the background of the nose, and plain white oval shapes for the background of the googly eyes. I just used my scallop oval punch I’ve had for years to make the background part of the nose. I like how Fiskars’ reindeer nose is bigger but what can you do. I didn’t have the time to cut 18 ovals out.
And here is the oldest so eager to help get those glue dots to put them on the noses. I love Zots Glue Dots because they’re super sticky and not as messy as glue. This roll has lasted me forever! Plus they’re easy to use for the little ones.
With her help, we made 18 Rudolph’s faces…
I made antlers out of pipe cleaners – it can be tricky trying to figure out the size of the three points, but just practice with one until you get it down. Make three points and leave a long strand at the end to secure under your brown paper bag.
Here is the creation:
Inside the bag:
Crackers, a candy cane, and a cute lil keychain we found at Wal-Mart.
They’re bendable, pretty large in size, and $1 for two! My daughter loved them, and she put hers on her backpack.
Now all I have left is to bake a bunch of stuff for my daughter’s church teachers. They do so much for the kiddos. Love those ladies! Love teachers in general…you guys are the best!
I’ll leave ya with my instagrammed pics from an ugly Christmas sweater party we went over the weekend. Hubs was the winner of the ugliest sweater! Woohoo! Thanks Snoopy
(That bread pic in the middle is baked brie…seriously I could eat baked brie every week!!!!)
Guess who’s going to be a strawberry this Halloween?! Yep, baby girl! I did a complete search on the web for a pattern and costume that I liked but came up with nothing! And then I came across this one…
from Gymboree (image via Gymboree)
So darling! But I did not want to spend $40 on it. So I got to work! I hemmed and hawed about doing a tutorial but really it was thrown together (meaning, I had to do alot of sewing by hand to fix mistakes here and there) and not very carefully planned out. But I do admit that I’m thrilled with how it turned out. AND the best part…it fits!!! haha!
Now on to her hat!
After daughter’s 1st cooking class, the teacher requested for aprons too. I immediately started panicking. You know I’m all about planning my days out and a trip to Joann’s + sewing sessions were not on my to do list for that week. haha. Yes, it would have been so much easier to just buy one but heck I made her a “chef’s bag”, I might as well make her a cute apron to go with it, right? So I searched, pinned, designed one that would suit my big girl (and me!).
Sizing: 4-7 year old.
Pattern: You only need to draw up half the pattern since you’ll be cutting the apron on the fold. Top width of the apron: 3.75 inches wide. Length on the fold: 20 inches. Width of the apron: 8.25 inches. From top of the apron to the bottom of the curvature: 8.5 inches. Here’s an image of my pattern.
What you need: 1 yard of outer fabric and 1 yard of inner fabric.
Now on to the ties. You’ll need 4 strips total. Cut 2 strips of 18 x 4 out of your outer fabric and 2 strips of 16 x 4 out of your inner fabric. You’ll use the same method discussed below on each strip.
Do this with all 4 strips.
On to the pockets. You’ll need to draw up a pattern for the actual pocket and a strip that will hold your gathered seam. The dimension of my pockets are as follows. Width: 6.5 inches. Length: 4.75. I also made a pattern for the strip 6 x 1.25. Here’s an image.
Cut 2 pockets out of the outer fabric. Cut 2 strips out of the inner fabric.
For the pockets, you’ll press 1/4 of an inch all the around (I recommend that you serge or zig zag stitch your ends before pressing. Lesson learned!). For the strips, you’ll meet the 2 long ends in the center and press with your iron.
Now for the ruffles, you’ll need a strip measuring 30 x 3.5 out of your inner fabric. Fold over a 1/4 of an inch, press, and sew. You’ll do this on both sides. Then fold in half lengthwise and press. Here’s how you’ll gather the ruffle.
Enjoy the tutorial!
It’s fun to dress up my girls. My hubby’s friend dresses his three sons up in the same outfits so it’s easy to spot them especially when they are out where there are large crowds. My girlfriend also does it with her daughters and her nieces. Hubs suggested we do that too esp if we make a day trip somewhere, so I’ve been buying them matching outfits lately. Along with their matching clothes, it’s imperative to have matching hair clips!
So with my fabric scraps and GLUE GUN, I made some quick hair clips that anyone can make. It’s kinda nice to not have to sew anything for this project! So if you’re not a sewer, this project is especially for you! I tried taking pictures Saturday evening to give step by step instructions, but I didn’t take enough and the ones I did take were not the very best quality. I’m gonna have to redo the pictures again this week and post the tute in a couple days.
Here are some of the clips I made one evening while watching my TIVO’d Masterchef. (Crossing my fingers for Josh!)
*Didn’t treat the ends with heat, so you can see the fabric fraying. To avoid this, all you need is a lighter!
If you have scissors, fabric/felt, glue, and a clip – make some too! Tute to follow shortly.
Since baby girl’s birthday theme was traditional (Korean), I wanted to include lots of Korean goodies in their goodie bags. I started with Craypas (aka oil pastels) and composition books (which are not very Korean. haha). Then lil sis, as she loves to stress me out , suggested covering them. There’s tons of tutorials on the web but here’s what I did and what I discovered during the process.
- Composition books
- Decorative scrapbook paper. I found that the best ones were the slightly thicker papers…but not as thick as cardstock. You could feel they were sturdier and less flimsy. Those papers were perfect! No air bubbles and glued on smoothly.
- Mod Podge
- Sponge brush
- Bone folder or other tool to help smooth out air bubbles.
- Xacto knife
I wanted to seal the edge, specifically where the scrapbook paper meets the black binding tape just to ensure that the entire edge was glued down. So I brushed a light coat of Mod Podge on top. My first batch, I sealed the entire surface. Mistake! The books kept sticking together even after they had completely dried. So the next batch, I just sealed the area where the black binding and scrapbook paper met, which did the trick!
Another thing I was worried about was that the covers would warp/curl. And while they did slightly, I also discovered that the ones I hadn’t covered did the same. I blame it on the heat!
Yes, all the lil things I worry about and at the end of the day, I’m sure the kids did not carefully examine the books Overall, I’m happy with the final outcome and they sure did look better than the original cover! So much you can do with Mod Podge. I’ll show you what else I did once I get the pictures back from the photographer.
This is what we did on a HOT Monday morning…
I’ve been wanting to make one for the longest time, and I’m so happy we got around to creating these beauties. Big sis and I were saying how great these would be as house warming gifts or birthday presents. The big plus is that they are sooooo easy to make!
- Cactus/Succulent Potting Soil
- Rocks – Purchased Mosser Lee Decorative Rocks which only allowed us to make two terrariums. I had to resort to some Pottery Barn rocks which I already had and some rocks from my backyard.
- Glass Container
- “itty bitty” figures for decorative purposes(as my niece would say). This is optional!
Close up of our succulents:
Ok, so here we go.
Pour a layer of rocks into the glass container. I had a cute lil helper handy too!
Break up the roots from the succulent pots . We think it looks better to have a variety of succulents in one container. Prettier.
Pour a layer of potting soil on top of your rocks. We also mixed in some of the soil from the pots.
Tip: Do not over do it with the soil. Once you arrange the succulents, you will need to pour more soil to keep the plants in place.
Scatter some more rocks on top of the soil. If you have moss, you can add that as well. I just purchased a small moss bag at Wal Mart for $2. I decided to add moss in the smaller terrarium.
Darn! I knew I should have bought another bag of the decorative rocks. I had to use some black rocks for this terrarium because I ran out.
Top view of the bigger terrarium:
My niece was so nice enough to give me her plastic ducky because my daughter absolutely ADORES duckies!
Top view of big sis’ terrarium:
Easy, right? Did I mention they only need to be watered once a month. Another plus!
Edited to add big sis’ tips
1. pour a bit of activated charcoal before the soil to prevent your terrarium from stinking! this step is completely optional and from what I’ve read, it really is only a necessity for closed terrariums
2. use your bare hands or a spoon to shovel the dirt in. Gloves…way too difficult!
3. if you get dirt on your succulents and start to panic (like me), just get a straw and blow the dirt away
Edited to add FAQ’s
Q: What kind of lighting do they require?
A: Terrariums require bright, indirect sunlight!
Q: How frequent do i need to water the plant.. how long will the plant live?
A: They only need to be watered 1x a month. Be careful not to water the actual plant but around it, if that makes sense. Sorry cant say how long they live…it all depends on the conditions of the plant, environment, so forth. Mine have lasted 6+ months.