I’m over the heat of summer and ready for Fall. Number one thing to love about this coming season? Everything pumpkin!! Last year, I started experimenting with different recipes by incorporating pumpkin and fall flavors and this year, I’m determined to do the same. I’ve put together a list of 20 of the best looking pumpkin dessert recipes from around the web. Do you have a favorite?
It’s time to wrap up the Frozen Birthday Party with a few of the extra components that made this party come together. It was another really fun party, both to throw and to attend. In the links below, you’ll find additional resources for party invitations, printables, activities, favors, and food ideas! Many of these pictures and ideas are from our Frozen party and a number of them are from the amazing creative minds that have shared their ideas across the internet. I’m still planning to do a few of the projects that I didn’t get to before the party – like the Olaf hooded towel and the adorable little Elsa and Anna peg people….please enjoy this roundup of Spectacular Frozen Birthday Party Ideas!
I purchased this Olaf 8×10 printable from splendidINK on Etsy – quickest DIY decor ever!
This was our party food table – we kept it really easy with sandwiches, carrot sticks, dill dip (recipe here), Jello Ice (see recipe below), and Frozen Snack Mix (see recipe below).
My kids absolute favorite takeaway from the party were the jars of GAK – I labeled them SNOWK because I have no imagination and snow+gak=snowk. I added peppermint extract, blue and clear glitter, and blue food coloring (in some). Big hit, BIG!! I never knew how easy GAK is to make – get the GAK recipe here.
Other party favors included shimmery blue gumballs from Target and white Mentos = Snowdrops. I made 2″ circle labels and printed them out onto Avery glossy white round labels – template 22807. Here is a FREE downloadable Frozen Party Favor Jar Labels file to print your own labels. They fit perfectly on top of the jar lids and pretty good on top of the little candy containers. (Be sure to uncheck “Fit to Page” in the print dialog box.)
These “Snowflake” water bombs made out of sponges were such a huge hit at the party!! Adults and kids loved them. I found the instructions and inspiration here.
You won’t believe how simple it is to make this gorgeous Frozen inspired snowflake cake!
So pretty! Make these Frozen Party Favor Necklaces for all the little guests (and moms!)
Fun and festive snowflake cupcake toppers!
How cute are these moose cupcake toppers?
This is the invitation (sample pictured) that I purchased for our birthday party – from AMD Designs on Etsy. Super quick turnaround from the Etsy shop owner and really vibrant colors – she has the same invite in a pink colorway and a variety of other Frozen invites/printables. You just give her your details and she sends you the file the next day – print, cut, (pass out in a last minute scramble on the last day of school 😉 )
Elsa and Anna Bead Necklaces for party activity or favors
Pretty spectacular Frozen Birthday party ideas, eh?
Today is officially our first day of summer and we are rearing to go!! The girls and I started making a list of all the fun things we want to do this summer. I’m certain this list of over 50 SUPER FUN summer activities for kids will combat even the slightest chance of someone uttering “I’m bored.” From the gooiest concoctions to the cutest crafts, from wild outdoor water fun to building their imagination through books, your family is going to have a blast with these. Click on the picture or the caption below it to see the full project!
Make a human bubble – yes please!!
Make Foodimals!! Ha!
Craft the cutest Koinobori
Make some adorable Kermit jewelry from polymer clay!
Water balloon pinata time!!
Make a Gumball Necklace!
Woohoo! You should be set! Have fun! Connect with me on Instagram to see how we’re coming along with this list!
Have you ever made a swimsuit? The thought of sewing a swimsuit can be intimidating and it’s hard to imagine that it will fit and serve its purpose, right? Well, I’m not an expert, but I’ve sewn a few swimsuits now and have been really pleased with the result! Last week, my family was in Maui and it was amazing, of course. I made the older girls new swimsuits for the trip and armed with only my phone camera, I talked them into an ocean side photo shoot! (By “talked them into”, I mean I bribed them with extra souvenir money – they’ll do anything for shopping!) Today, I thought I’d share some pictures of their swimsuits and pull together some resources for you if you’re thinking of jumping into the world of swimsuit sewing! By the end of this post, you’re going to have all the inspiration you need to sew a swimsuit!! And if you’d like to venture into sewing a swimsuit for YOURSELF, definitely check out my Bombshell Swimsuit Pattern Review. Are you ready?
I used the same pattern for these suits that I used for the very first swimsuit I sewed for Addison’s mermaid birthday party two years ago! The pattern is the Santa Monica Sweetheart Tankini by Peekaboo Pattern Shop. She has quite a few swimsuit patterns that I’d like to try. I was in a hurry to get these done, though, so I stuck to a pattern that I already had printed out. This pattern takes maybe an hour or two to sew and not very much fabric at all!
I struggled with the sizing a little bit because my girls are so bitty – I think I ended up making both of them a size 5ish, with a little length added to Olivia’s. I didn’t use any elastic in the legs of Olivia’s either and the fit is just fine. I sewed the suits on the serger, which speeds things along, and I also used my regular machine for quite a bit of the project. Most of the stitching is just a simple zig zag stitch and I noticed that some of the stitches were coming out by the end of the trip – that’s about 5 hours of pool time per day for half of the trip (they rotated suits).
Online Children’s Swimsuit Patterns
There are a handful of children’s swimsuit patterns available online; here are a few:
- Free Two-Piece Swimsuit Pattern and Tutorial by Zaaberry
- Free One-Piece Swimsuit Pattern and Tutorial by Zaaberry
- Swimsuit Patterns for Boys and Girls by Peekaboo Pattern Shop (there are 11 different patterns!!)
- Free Pattern and Tutorial for drawstring halter style swimsuit from Sew Delicious
- Mountain Ash Designs has a few darling girl’s pdf swimsuit patterns at youcanmakethis.com
- And I just have to throw in this awesome tutorial for a women’s Pin Up Swimsuit from Kitschy Coo!
On to the fabric: I have purchased swimsuit material from fabric.com and lowpricefabric.com. I know that you love that gold polka dot because it’s absolute perfection and the aqua/red polka dot is really awesome, too! The gold polka dot is the same that I used for my 30-Minute Mermaid Skirt and it doesn’t seem to be available right now, but it was from lowpricefabric.com (Michael Levine in L.A.).
I’ve seen swimsuit fabrics at Joann Fabric & Craft Stores, also, and in MOOD when I was there last year (haven’t checked MOOD online, but I’m sure you can find a great selection). From here, I’m going to point you towards this Ultimate Swimsuit Fabric Shopping Guide because she covers a ton of information!
So, what are you waiting for? You are going to be SO PROUD of yourself when you sew your little one (or yourself oh brave one) a SWIMSUIT!!! I just think it’s really super cool (and my girls do, too!)
2013 has been a very busy year around here. I find inspiration all around me and, with my girls all being in school at least a portion of the week, I have had more time than ever to create. It fulfills me and brings me satisfaction and inspiration as I jump into each new project. As the year draws to a close, I want to thank each of you who stops in to the blog to check out whatever whim I’ve decided to post about. Your comments and support give me so much encouragement and validation – it really means so much to me. I’m excited about what 2014 will bring as I follow my heart and have the luxury and privilege to see where this creative road leads. As in years past, I thought I’d share my personal top 10 favorite posts from this year – if you missed one, just click on the link below each photo to check out the original post. What were your favorites?
It doesn’t get easier than these two ingredient pumpkin donuts!
Definitely bookmark this 30-minute mermaid skirt tutorial!
This simple knot headband tutorial is darling!
An updated tutorial on making lace crowns.
This Petal Splash Gown was epic!
Halloween is just around the corner! Are your costumes decided and ready? Have you indulged in the yummy flavors of fall? Are you looking for new ideas for some festive crafts and décor? Well….today….I have rounded up 55 of the most amazing Halloween recipes, costume tutorials, and crafts! There is so much eye-candy and how-to packed in to these lists, I know you will find loads of inspiration! Jump in!
55 Amazing Halloween Ideas
Halloween Treats and Recipes:
|Candy Apple Monsters
Dinner in a Pumpkin
|Bubbly Witch’s Brew|
Halloween Costume Tutorials:
|Princess Crown Tutorial
Baby Hedgehog Costume
Girly Mad Hatter Costume
Halloween Crafts and Projects:
|No-Sew Fabric Pumpkins||Halloween House Décor|
That’s a whole lot of Halloween fun and inspiration, wouldn’t you say? What projects are you working on this week? Tell me all about them! I still have to figure out costumes for everyone, so wish me luck!!