Thursday, May 26, 2011

Pixie Stixs Bow

And the answer to your question is, "yes" I sucked down all the powder in the Pixie Stixs in order to make this bow. And... "no" I did not share any Pixie Stix with my kids. I did cough a bit when one of them came in and startled me. The powder went down the wrong way, but I drank a little water and I was fine. Thanks for asking.

I made this bow to top a birthday gift for a little boy we know who LOVES candy! Any kind of candy. He loves to come over to play and look in our pantry for our sweets stash because his mommy doesn't have one. That's ok kid. I feel for ya! My mom didn't have a candy stash either. I think that's why I have one now.

So if you've got a little friend with a sweet tooth, this might be just the bow for you!
First empty your Pixie Stix (into your mouth, if you so choose).

For the Bottom Row: Take your first Pixie Stix (is it Stix or stick? I don't know.) and loop each end to meet in the middle. Secure with hot glue and repeat with five other pixie stix. Then stack the six looped pixie stix as shown and hot glue each to secure.
For the Top Row: Snip 1/4 off your pixie stix to make smaller loops and secure with hot glue. Repeat with the last three Pixie Stix. Stack the smaller loops on top of the larger set of loops and secure with hot glue.

For the Center: Use the end piece of one of the Pixie Stix from the top row and make a single loop. Secure this to the center of the bow.


I'm sharing this tasty craft with some of my blog friends at Somewhat Simple and Great Fun 4 Kids.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Maddie's Mad Science Birthday Party— Customer Feature

A EWEHOOO! CUSTOMER FEATURE— I just love hearing from my customers about their super fun birthday parties. So much creativity! Maddie, one of my Mad Science Birthday customers, recently turned six and her mom, Luci, threw her an explosive party— that didn't break the bank!

Luci ordered my one-sided Mad Science Party Invite and jazzed it up with some sparkly card stock!
Everyone loved the "Dr. Who?" Game.
Luci decked out the party table with polka dots and bright colored plasticware from the KALAS Collection at IKEA. You can get a whole set of this fun plasticware for about the same price as you'd spend on paper products. Maybe even cheaper! And it's reusable. Very green idea Luci!
Luci found this adorable Mad Science fabric at Love what she did with the chairs!
Homemade Mad Science Cake. Yum!
These adorable Lab Coats were custom made by her friend. You can get your own at Inventive Threads.

Luci had the great idea to give each Mad Science party guest an experiment book to take home, so she asked me to design one for her. This custom printable Mad Science Experiment Book is now available at my shop!

Where to get your Mad Science Materials:
Looks to me like the girls had some explosive fun!
Thanks Luci for sharing Maddie's party!

I'm linking up with these fun blogs today seven thirty three, great fun 4 kids, a creative princess, and Kate's nesting spot, 

Sunday, May 15, 2011


IRON MAN 70.3 FLORIDA, at Walt Disney World— Today was race day for my other half. He trained long and hard for this day and I'm so proud of him!
While you were sleeping in this morning, he was swimming, and while you were eating your Ego waffles with extra syrup (wait, that was me) he was riding 56 miles. And while you were enjoying this lovely Sunday afternoon, he was finishing up his 13 mile run. Amazing!

The little guy and I had fun tracking Daddy down during the race. In between sightings, we kept busy making signs to cheer him on.
He finished all smiles!

And we celebrated with some yummy homemade IRON MAN Cookies once we got home.
Whew, what a day! I'm beat!

Linking up today at all these fabulous blogs…Sumo's Sweet Stuff DIY showoff Skip to my Lou Be Colorful 

Friday, May 13, 2011

Graduation Announcements— It's around the corner!

A few weeks ago, I took some pictures of my niece and designed this graduation announcement for her. 

 5x7 Double-sided Graduation Announcement

Jessica wanted to use the version on the left, but I thought the one on the right was better. So we played a round of Rock, Paper, Scissors to see which side we should use and she won. 

I was also asked to shoot and design a graduation announcement and Open House invitation for a friend of mine. These were her options. She chose the Vintage Honey version. Nice choice!

 Congratulations Ladies! I'm so proud of you!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Doll Tea Party Gloves in a Snip... I mean a Snap!

These little white knee sock gloves where so easy to make and they were a HUGE hit at my niece's Doll Tea Party last month! Come to think of it, they might not be a bad idea to use when I run in the winter time. I'll have to remember that when we have our next cold snap. Anyway, here's the easy how to...

Now I think I'll go take a nip... I MEAN A NAP! A NAP!!!

BTW, our attic reno is being featured today on DIY Showoff. Check it out HERE!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Scooby Dooby Doooo! - A New Invite in my shop.

Hi and happy Mother's Day all you Moms out there!

Just wanted to share my newest invite in my shop. One of my favorite cartoons growing up was Scooby Doo. My cousin, Julie's son is turning 4 in June and she asked me to design a Scooby themed invite for her. So I did... for 19 scooby snacks! Such a deal!
 5x7 Invite Front
 5x7 Invite Back

Matching Address Strips

Well Gang, I guess that wraps up this mystery! Great job Scoob!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Teacher Appreciation Week— A Candle Bouquet!

 TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK is underway and one of the things our PTA has suggested is that the students bring in a flower for their teacher. So here are the flowers I made.

  1.  A Candle in a cup (My friend Carolyn got these adorable "grow" candles at Pottery Barn a while ago, but you can use any potted candle you like. )
  2. A Flower and Brad (I used some from the scrapbooking section in the Craft store)
  3. Wired Yarn Rope (available at Joann's Fabrics)
  4. Treat Bag
  5. Paper Shreds
  6. Gift Tags

TO MAKE THE LEAVES— I simply wrapped the green Wired Yarn Rope around the treat bag and made two big loops for leaves then twisted the rope together in the back.
ATTACHING THE FLOWER— I placed the Brad through the Flower and poked the BRad through the top of the treat bag to attach.
THE GIFT TAG— I typed and printed a message to the teacher, cut out the words and glued them onto the tag.

Teachers, thanks for helping our kids grow!


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