Saturday, October 27, 2012

50's style Invite

We're having a 50's themed party for my sister's 50th birthday! I made the invitations.
I purchased a package of 10 bridal boxes for $1 at the dollar store and pink & black felt at the fabric store for .66.

I started by tracing the top portion onto white paper and making a t-shirt.

Then I cut it out.

Next I traced the bottom portion onto the pink felt.

Then I cut it out.

I used my double face tape and glued it on.

Next, I traced a line and belt buckle onto "crocodile" paper and made a belt.

Then I made a quick poodle drawing onto some cardboard and cut it out for a template for my poodle.
I cut around the drawing until I had little dogs for my skirts.

Each one was a bit different.
 I used black thread for the leash.
 I made a few loops and used glue under the poodle to adhere the dog and string.
 Next I glued on the belt.
 Here are the finished invites! All for under $2!

I purchased 50's style glasses and sent each person a pair with their invitation.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Easter Tulips,Table and Treats

Our table for Easter... I didn't have an Easter cloth -but found this paper one in my stash while I was cleaning out my messy garage/craft room. I used my gingham banner I made for our anniversary party last year.

 Used these rabbit figures again-bought at the Salvation Army last year. The chick inside her cart was made/painted by my husband's grandma.Can you see her tucked in there?

I love fresh flowers!! What better time to celebrate with live plants -then on Easter??
I asked my husband to pick some up on his way home-I guess the store was almost completely out.
I picked up the yellow rose tea light candle holders at a yard sale.

I used blue Fiestaware plates and blue flower plates, fruit and egg cups for the boys. (Fresh brand-Safeway)

Yellow for myself and husband...

And pink for my daughter and guest.. I put a little chick by each egg cup too.

Yellow tulips matched wonderfully!

Pink tulips for the other end...

My sister sent the kids sugar eggs with animals inside. I loved these too when I was little!

Pineapple, honeydew, canelope and "angel" eggs with dinner.

Lily's basket..

Levi's basket..(Lily got the stuffed animals after they saw them)
 Sawyer's basket..
Great day-celebrating Jesus.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Nancy Drew Birthday Party

For Lily's 12th birthday I decided to have a Nancy Drew Party because she loves to read and loves a good mystery. She loved the idea too.
I went online and looked over a couple other party ideas and incorporated  a few things I found and then figured out all the rest.
I started by going to used book stores and buying lots of Nancy Drew books. They were around .25 to .50 each.
 Then I gathered my wood boxes, brass candle sticks, antique bottles, and Brian's vintage magnifying glass for the centerpiece/games.

I also found some preppy houndstooth bags and a hat at the thrift store, and an red fountain pen at the antique store.

The hardest thing to find/do for the party was getting/making sleuth bags for the girls! I was surprised to find out there were never any bags to purchase after the movie was released.

I went to 3 different Walmart's to buy tan messenger bags, then I went and purchased the detective items needed for the party. I tried to get things that were in her sleuth bag from the movie.

 I couldn't find larger tins for their "lemon bars" but I did find some tins in the wedding section at the craft store.

Here's things from the inside pockets. Finger print powder, a whistle for emergencies, new headbands, lemon bar and tin, paperclips, tape, flashlight and magnifying glass.

This is from the inside and outer pockets. A clue book, new pen and some bags to collect evidence.
I looked at the clue book from the movie, and then used my Sizzix die to cut out the zig-zag felt. I used an older stamp set to print "clues".

Gum for fresh breath, band aids and tissues.

Various boxes for hiding evidence.

 The first clue-a letter with a will....

Clues hidden in old match boxes, the fountain pen, in a book.

One of the games before they got their sleuth badges..
"Observation" Game- look at the tray for 1 minute, then take the tray away and see how many items they could remember and list.

Another game-take a string and tie a paperclip, and try to hook the book clip that was on a file, to pick up the evidence.

Sleuth badge- I "Mod-Podged" this onto a luggage tag.

Few gifts I got her- the Nancy Drew Handbook.

Nancy Drew fold and mail stationary. front...

This was a prize ring I got for $3 at the thrift store. Sorry pic is turned sideways.

She said she thought it was the best party ever! The girls loves their bags and they spent the last part of the party reading the handbook.