Monday, June 27, 2011

First Birthday Party Project #5- DIY Games {Part 2}

This is the second last posting about The Boss' birthday.  The other day I posted about one of the games we played.  The other game I planned for The Boss' party was inspired from an Easter DIY found in the April 2011 issue of Canadian Family magazine.

Materials Needed:

  • Old or new socks
  • Sandwich bags
  • Dried Beans
  • Embroidery Thread
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Hula Hoops

  1. Fill sandwich bags with beans.  You don't want the bean bag to be to packed so you might have to fill the bag and try it in the sock.
  2. Stitch the eyes and nose on the sock approximately where the heel of the sock would be.
  3. Put the beans in the sock and tie it off at the top.  Cut the tube section of the sock in half creating the ears of the bunny.
  4. Tie a bow separating the head of the bunny from the body of the bunny.

I unfortunately didn't get a photo of these finished and in their little bucket but I had them in a pink sand pale with two pink hula hoops.  This kids took the bunnies out of the bucket and tossed them into the hula hoop.  Super easy and kid friendly!


Last weekend I attended one of my favourite bloggers garage sales.  Since I love her style I figured I would probably love her junk as well.  Her and her Mom gathered their stuff and set up shop.  They were lucky enough to have a beautiful day as well as take advantage of all the buyers attending a sale next door too.  I was right, I did love her junk.  While visiting her sale I picked up a few things, and the best part...they were FREE!  Apparently my money was no good at their sale.  Family doesn't let family pay for each others junk!

I grabbed this cute frame.  It has a scratch on it, but thanks to my new love of spray paint I see no need to buy new frames.  There is nothing a good coat of spray paint can't fix, not to mention the benefits of up-cycling!

I also picked up this awesome vintage suitcase.  I have no idea what I am going to do with it.  I want to do like 20 things with it.  Hare Styling and I were trying to decide what the best use of this awesome "vintage" case would be, when my Aunt piped in, "It's not that old I got it for my honeymoon!"

It's not that old but I still love the look of it!  Some great finds if you as me.  Now I just have to decide what I want to do with them! 

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Baby Girl Tutu {made by a reader}

When I posted about The Boss' birthday outfit here, my sister emailed me right away for more details.  One of her close friends just adopted a beautiful little two year old girl.  My sister was attending her "Two Year Old" shower for these new parents and knew their Princess needed a Tutu.   Here is her finished project.  Good job Big Sis, I love the colour combo of this tutu!  My sister said it was so easy she is going to have to make one for her own Princess!

*If you make a project based on one of my tutorials I would love to see it.  Please email me at

Thursday, June 23, 2011

First Birthday Party Project #5- DIY Games {Part 1}

What's a party without some party games?  So when it came to planning The Boss' party I was trying to think of games that were fun, creative and age appropriate.  Since I am obsessed with baby girl hair bows (do I even need to tell you that?) see here and here, "Pin The Bow in The Boss' Hair" seemed way more appropriate for our little lady.  This was a fun twist on Pin the tail on the donkey...seriously who ever came up with that game...and why a donkey?  Anyway,  it was super easy to do.  I used this chic bulletin board I made here and just printed a picture of The Boss.  My sister-in-law and mother-in-law made the bows for me and I glue gunned them to thumb tacks.  Look how cute!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day!

After opening Father's Day Gifts

This time last year The Boss was 3 weeks old and we were dedicating her at church.  The Hubby's family was here to meet her and we thought what better time to celebrate our girl and give her to her Maker then on Father's Day.  One year later we are chasing her all over the place.  She's not falling asleep in his arms while watching the Master's this year...she is running while he checks updates on his iphone.  Thank goodness for little girls with energy and the technology for Daddy to still stay up to date! 

Popa more often than not can be found in the pool with the Grandkids
...especially when their parents won't go in!

Thank you God for the wonderful men in our lives who are Godly examples of Father's.

Loving on her tiny!

Love you are a wonderful father and your girl loves you to bits...."Dad-dy"!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

First Birthday Party Project #4- Birthday Hat Flare

I wanted to do something fun for the little girls invited to The Boss' party.  Since I am obsessed with baby girl headbands and hair bows, see here, I thought it was only natural to make the girls hair bows!

To make your own bows follow my tutorial here.  I made these bows pop more by using a different coloured ribbon in the center of the bow.  Once the bows were done, I simply used a hole punch and cut two holes  in the girls' party hats and attached the bow.  Cute, cute, cute!  The girls got to take these home with them after the party.

Below is a picture of The Boss and her buddy sporting their bows.  The cutie beside The Boss was the best little party poor baby was teething bad and not too cooperative.  I believe the song "It's my Party, and I'll Cry if I Want To" suited her for about the first 1/2 hour, so unlike her.  The great part about these hats was when The Boss refused to wear her hat,  the bow was a great compromise.  She still looked sweet sporting just the bow!

Monday, June 13, 2011

First Birthday Party Project #3- Outfit

I apologize for the lack of posts lately.  I have been working like a crazy person and working on a new idea.  I am super excited about something new but we will see if it will take off the way I want it to.  In the meantime, it is time to talk about The Boss' outfit at her party!  Project # 3 is her Outfit.

Here's what she wore:



The onesie was easy peasy!  I started with a white onesie from Old Navy, but you could use any one at all.  I printed out the number one in a font I liked from the computer and cut it out.  I purchased a piece of broadcloth from the ends section of my fabric store in a bright pink colour.  I iron on two sided adhesive, then placed the one from the computer on the cloth and cut it out.  I then ironed the number onto her onesie.  I didn't sew around the edges because it didn't need to live through the wash.  It was a one day wear.  If you wanted it to wash nicely you would want to sew around the number to ensure it stayed on nicely even once you washed it.  I finished the shirt by making a bow and sewing it on.  I love it!


  This tutu is so easy and the perfect gift for any little girl in your life.  Start by purchasing lots of tule and some pretty ribbon.  The more tule the better.  I think I ended up using one yard of the green and yellow and two yards of the pink.  I wanted pink to be the main colour.  After all The Boss is all girl!  

Start by cutting a piece of ribbon long enough to go around your girls waist with enough to tie a bow at the back.  Find the center of the ribbon and put that on the belly button of your little one.  Wrap the ribbon around their waist and tie knots where the two ends meet at the back.  The best part about this project, is that you can estimate most of this.  Since it is tie on you make the bow bigger or smaller depending on how accurate you were.  The Boss didn't know any better so I was able to do it all in front of her.  Once you have your ribbon, cut the tule into strips.  Mine were approximately 18 inches long and 3 inches thick (this size is totally flexible dependent on the size of child and tutu you want).  TIP: When cutting the tule it is easiest to roll it up like a sushi roll and then clip off the piece the width you want my case 3 inches thick.

Once you have all your pieces (yes cutting the pieces is the worst part of it) sit down in front of the TV and tie them on to the ribbon.  You are going to attach the pieces between the two knots starting at one end and finishing at the other end.  Feel free to add the colours at will.  TIP: If you want one colour to be more visible than others add more strips of this colour. I did a lot more pink and yellow than I did green.  Fold each piece of tule in half, wrap the tule around the ribbon and pull the tule through the loop. Tie the pieces as close together as possible.  Continue until you have filled the section between the knots.  Tie the ribbon in a bow and your done!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

First Birthday Party Project #2- Flag Banner

For The Boss' party I was dying to do a flag banner.  While in Florida I picked up this fabric at JoAnn with the intention of making a banner for the party.    

I ironed interface to the back of the fabric to give it some substance then cut triangles out of the fabric.  Mine were 7 inches across the top and 8 inches in length.

Once all the pieces were cut, I set up a pattern with the pieces I had.  I decided where I wanted each of the colours.  I then sewed the triangles to a white ribbon the length of the area I wanted to hang the banner.

Once it's complete hang the banner.  It looked AMAZING!  It was youthful, fun and added a great splash of colour.

Helpful Tips

  • Make your triangles 7inches wide and 8 inches long
  • Use a thick ribbon (I used one 1/4 inch thick and it was hard to sew on).  Next time I would use a thicker ribbon and sew along the top and bottom of the ribbon.
  • Buy small fabric pieces, you can probably grab them in the ends section if you are a frequent shopper and look often.  I bought a 1/4 of a yard of each fabric and only used about half of each piece.