Seeing Red!

Recently I was contacted through my Etsy shop by a woman wanting a custom designed birthday party package. I make all sorts of party crowns, coordinating guest crowns and hats, birthday banners, and other party items. She was inspired by the red, personalized birthday crown for her daughter:

Red Felt Birthday Crown Personalized with Initial or Number

From this crown she told me she liked red and orange together, and asked if I could make ribbon tie party crowns for the guests with that color scheme? The twist being she was looking for crowns to coordinate with her daughter’s party, but also to be special occasion crowns for her family to wear during holidays and birthdays. She asked that I make them a suitable size for adults, and gussy up the ribbon tie crowns with appliques. I knew she was wanting something for long term use, something that will be pictured for years and will need to be sturdy and beautiful. NO PRESSURE, right?!?! *wipe the sweat from my brow* I took her request of appliques a step further, creating colorful three dimensional pieces adding class and pop that will wow her family and guests for years.

Adult or Child Sized Ribbon Tie Red Felt Birthday Heirloom Crown

Adult or Child Sized Ribbon Tie Red Felt Birthday Heirloom Butterfly Crown

Star Ribbon Tie Birthday Crown

Daisy Ribbon Tie Birthday Crown

These are just a sampling, she ordered eight. Just think how gorgeous her party is going to be! But wait, there’s a banner.

Felt Happy Birthday Banner available at Woo Who on Etsy

My camera batteries absolutely refused to squeeze out another photo, so the “birthday” ofΒ  “happy birthday” didn’t get taken, lol.

This type of crown and banner would work well with any type of party – baby shower, weddings, birthdays, heck even just for happy hour! Convo me to discuss your needs! Please be aware, custom orders require time, so please order well in advance of your event! Custom design or rush order charges may apply.

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Minding My OWN Business

I have been having so much fun playing with my kids, making candles and working on my daughter’s etsy shop I haven’t been getting much work done with my own business! So today I am going to Mind My OWN Business, and get to work on some super cute felt crowns. Now these haven’t been stitched up yet, but I wanted to give you a sense of my direction.

Pink and Red Hearts Felt Crown Available at Woo Who on Etsy

Of course a lovely Valentine’s themed crown with beautiful red and pink hearts secured with buttons.

Purple Flowers, Yellow Centers, Lime Green Butterfly available at Woo Who on Etsy

A spring time crown with beautiful purple flowers and lime green butterflies.

Red and Gold Hearts and Stars Super Hero Crown available at Woo Who on Etsy

This one celebrates the power of love! Red and gold together on a cream background – striking!

Pink and Red Flowerettes Felt Crown available at Woo Who on Etsy

This crown with the pink and red flowers was intense! I hand tied a faux pearl into the center of each flower. I tied them each individually so in the event one came off they wouldn’t all come off! But this meant hand tying twenty something flowers. Its lovely, truly, but I’m going to have to come up with a more time conserving option for my shop!

Since taking these pictures I’ve managed to sew everything down and stitch the crown itself – each crown has a lovely accent thread around the edge – pink, of course, for the hearts crown, lime green thread for the purple flower spring crown, and gold stitching on the Power of Love crown.

Have any thoughts on my crowns? Think they need a little something? I’d love to hear your opinions!

Soon to follow, coordinating star wands!

Don’t forget to enter to win a heart felt garland made by yours truly!

Deep in the Heart of Winter, Deep in the Heart of Texas

Its another gorgeous winter day in Austin, Texas. The grass is growing, the sun is shining, and its a pleasant 75 degrees outside as we creep up on the new year!

Tinkering

My boys needed amusement so I set my four year old up with a log, a box of nails with large heads, and a small hammer. TAP TAP TAP! And my two year old is going crazy digging in the dirt. πŸ™‚

A Dirty Kid is a Happy Kid

Cloud Dough

So easy! So fun! Most people have the ingredients lying about, and normally we would too. Except we actually needed them so of course they were no where to be found. We hopped in the car and after a quick trip to Walgreens, and I use the term quick loosely – it was me, three kids and the dog – we were mixing up a batch of Cloud Dough!

You’ll need baby oil and flour. Yep, that’s it.

I gave the kids a half scoop measuring cup and they each got to make four scoops. This is not a specific mix by any means, so it doesn’t matter if the scoop is half full or heaping, but they each had approximately two cups of flour in their bowls. Then I used a quarter measuring cup to measure out the baby oil.

Then its nothing but fun! They decided immediately that it was too crumbly so we added an eighth of a cup more oil and then it was perfect. Its soft and maleable – like moonsand but not gritty! It vacuums up easily and the kids had about as much fun cleaning up as they did playing. πŸ™‚

Glow in the Dark SLIME!!!

Uh-oh. Christmas break is looming! What am I going to do with the kids?!?! Well, of course I’m going to send them to Grandma‘s house for a while, lol. But not the whole time. I’m going to have to bust out the recipe book.

Today we make Glow in the Dark Slime!

Ingredients:

Borax

Water

Glow in the Dark Craft Paint (readily available at Michael’s craft stores)

4oz Elmer’s Glue

Two bowls for mixing (we’ll be making two separate solutions and then combining them!)

First, pick a bowl for the glue mixture. We’re going to squeeze that entire 4oz bottle of Elmer’s into a bowl! This is great work for little hands: they can squeeze to their little hearts’ content! If a mom were to do this by herself she *might* take the cap off the glue all together and dump it a lot faster, but kids do like to squeeze out the glue, and if they get tired (bonus) you can take the cap off for them, too. πŸ™‚

Then we’ll add one cup of warm water to the glue, and 2-3 tablespoons of the glow-in-the-dark paint and start mixing. We used a small whisk, but a potato masher or large spoon would work just as well! (*NOTE* The glow in the dark paint at the Michael’s by my house came in several colors, however it also came in a neutral, glows only, non-color. If you only have the non-colored glowing paint available to you, add yellow food coloring to give it a nice popping color when its in the light!)

In the next bowl we will combine 1/3 cup water and 2tsp borax. We added r two tablespoons plus one teaspoon of the borax solution to our glue mixture. However if you want a stiffer slime, add a bit more borax solution!

 

 

 

 

 

And voila! There we have it. Now shut your kids in the bathroom – you’ve got about thirty minutes before they get bored, go watch t.v. – something with a grown up theme! LOL

Felt Circles Christmas Tree

Oh Blogosphere, thank you for the constant influx of inspiration!!! Julia Crossland posted the cutest Christmas tree how-to ever! And as usual I thought to myself, “now why didn’t I think of that???” I have felt in abundance. I have bored kids. I have needles and thread. So we got busy.

My kids don’t have the fortitude to sit and do something beginning to end, especially if it takes longer than two five minutes. This project is easy to break up into sections, and sometimes this makes it even easier to do with multiple kids. For example, my daughter wakes up early while my older son sleeps later. She cut the circles over several days before the sun came up. Once the circles were finished, I cut a length of brownish felt, ran a line of glue down the center and rolled it up. Later on I sat with my four year old son and the circles my daughter had cut and talked about the size of the circles and how to stack them to be tree-like, largest to smallest. I then, when the glue was dry, threaded the trunk onto the embroidery thread and handed the small, pointy needle to my four year old and he started threading the felt circles.

I didn’t do dots or any guiding marks, I just explained we wanted the thread to go through the middle if possible. It pleases me that our tree leans off center in places. My son is a little off center himself. Then I cut a star and stitched the edges – my daughter helped initially but its hard for little hands to stitch something so small. She asked for help and I took it over.

Voila! Our masterpiece is complete and hanging on the mantle next to the stockings. πŸ™‚

Kids Volunteering for Coats for Kids

I’m getting into the volunteer circles late this year. Coats for Kids isΒ  a non profit public service that takes a huge amount of time and commitment to pull off.

Coats for Kids gathers gently used and new coats for underprivileged families. No child should ever be cold. We managed to get in on the day of distribution and lend a hand.

Next year we will volunteer during the preparation stages of the process so we can do more! But the kids enjoyed themselves. And the important part is that we took our first step.

My youngest was born with a mitochondrial disease, its genetic, and has been incredibly difficult for our family. Over the last three years our family has received a LOT of support from friends and strangers as our Christmases have been celebrated based on revolving door trips to the hospital. This year we are blessed. The flu season has been mild. My youngest had a brief respiratory infection, but we wasted no time pulling out the big guns, and we managed to beat it before it gained momentum. Also, he is so much stronger this year. He’s gained weight. He’s two and a half and at the developmental age of a 9-12 month old, but he’s gained skills. I hope our hospital worthy illnesses are going to fade into the past. And since we are able to enjoy a somewhat normal holiday this year, I realized we cannot sit back and be passive recipients. We have to give back to our community. We spend a lot of time just kicking around the house. Its cold outside and the kids are bored. I’ll bet there are a lot of people out there in similar situations. Meals on Wheels and More currently has 28 open meal routes across Austin and, with the holiday season here, even more volunteer cancellations are expected in the coming weeks. Seasonally, this is a time of year when MOWAM sees one of the highest rates of volunteer turnover, as people cancel their service commitments due to holiday vacations and obligations. Meals on Wheels and More relies on volunteers to deliver 90 percent of the nearly 1 million meals it distributes annually. Meals on Wheels and More is also looking for substitute drivers to fill in during the holiday season, from now until January 2, when volunteer cancellations are expected to sharply increase. For more information please contact Volunteer Recruiter Denise Jimenez djimenez@mealsonwheelsandmore.org or call 476-6325 and ask for Volunteer Services.

We’ve filled out our application to be a substitute driver for Meals on Wheels. It took less than five minutes. These are routes that can be delivered during an office lunch hour. Coats for Kids has come and gone, but Operation Blue Santa, Meals on Wheels, and other non-profit assistance organizations still need your help whether its time or donations.

Have a blessed holiday!