Whales, Dragons, Gnomes and Sunshine!

August has been a busy month full of wonderful, creative customer requests! Check out some of the things I’ve made for folks in my Etsy shop, WooWho, over the last few weeks!

gnome hat with ears
gnome hat with ears

Rocket Ship Felt Birthday Crown
Rocket Ship Felt Birthday Crown

Star Felt Party Hats
Star Felt Party Hats

First Birthday Dragon Felt Crown

You Are My Sunshine with Rainbow Hearts Birthday Crown

Blue Whale Felt Birthday Crown

Eye, Fish, Very Hungry Caterpillar and Fire Works Face Paint Designs!!!

Since school is out for the summer I’ve been incredibly busy, can you imagine why? Yes, three little toots will keep things moving! But I’ve managed to work on, and actually photograph, some painting! I bought some star stencils and tried them out on the blue eye design above, and I really love the affect they have on the eye design!

I’m doing a Fourth of July party on, you guessed it, July 4th, so check out the fireworks! My daughter LOVED the look. So cool.

Gold Fish Face Face Paint

My son humored me with the kissy fish. He swore it was girly, boys don’t make kissy faces. But it looked great on him regardless!

Very Hungry Caterpillar Face Paint

And the Very Hungry Caterpillar! We went to the book store after painting this and got some fun pictures of Walter in front of the display of Very Hungry Caterpillar books and stuffed caterpillars. 🙂

Walter caterpillar

If you are having a party and need a face painter, shoot me an email! Book in advance, my slots fill up fast! 🙂

Personalized Fae Name Hats

Calling all fairies, gnomes, elves, brownies, and children too! 🙂 Cool new hats and crowns are available from Woo Who! on Etsy!

Personalization and other embellishments available, from toadstools to butterflies.

Don’t forget your coordinating accessories like Happy Birthday banners and additional bunting!!!

Hazel’s Ballet Recital

May has to be one of the most exciting months in the year!!! Everything comes to an END. It is always such a relief to have made it through to another summer. 🙂 One of the things I look forward to most every May is my daughter’s ballet recital. She is second year pre-ballet at Ballet Austin. We’ve worked so hard getting her to class through all her little brother’s illnesses and emergencies – her Grammie even coming in from out of town to make sure she gets to class!!! We are so proud of you Hazel!!!

The Performance

Daffodil Bobby Pins Available in my Etsy Shop

Besties!

 

 

Weekend of Face Painting

I just love face painting! 🙂 I especially love little girls who want to be dragons! Lots of great imaginations at this party!

Little girl with pink dragon

 

Little Girl with Green Dragon

 

LIttle boy with dragon breathing ELECTRICITY instead of fire.

Princesses!!!

Daisy Chain

 

Lavender Tear Drop Crown

 

Pink Tiara Face Paint

Butterflies!!!

My Favorite Butterfly Eyes!

Shooting Stars!!!

Shooting Star Face Paint

 

If you are having a themed party I can put together face painting designs to go with your theme, or choose from one of my themed party packages!

Party Add-Ons

Personalized Wings $16!

Planning a birthday party is intimidating. You want it all to be so perfect! Check out our themed party options, or maybe you just want a face painter, then make the birthday girl feel extra special with some of our extras! Pair personalized wings with a pretty pettiskirt for fairy and butterfly parties!

Pettiskirts MANY Colors $24!!

Pretty pom pom dresses perfect for the big day!

Available in many colors, size 2-7, $24!!!

Butterfly costumes will wow at parties and on Halloween!

Wings, Tutu, Hair Piece, Wand available in green, pink, and orange, $40!!!

Children’s Theme Party Packages!!!

Woo Who! Party Packages!

I am so excited to be offering themed party packages.

Party must be scheduled three weeks in advance to allow for shipping of party items. Please contact me if you need a party put together faster, it is possible I have party sets on hand or can expedite shipping!

!!Butterfly Party Package!!!

I will arrive at your party in butterfly costume with wings & wands for the whole party, and crown for the birthday girl! Each child will have her turn being transformed from an ordinary child into a beautiful butterfly!

Package includes costumed face painter, one hour of face painting designs in the party theme, wings and wands for 12 lucky ladies, and a butterfly crown for the birthday girl.

Wings will be assorted colors unless otherwise discussed.

Package can be customized! Just contact me to discuss your personal details and cost!

YOU KEEP THE PARTY FAVORS!

$275

Children’s Butterfly Wings
Guest Wands

!!!FAIRY PARTY PACKAGE!!!

I will arrive at your party in fairy costume with wings & wands for the whole party, and crown for the birthday girl! Each child will have her turn being transformed from an ordinary child into a beautiful fairy princess!

Package includes costumed face painter, one hour of face painting designs in the party theme, wings and wands for 12 lucky ladies, and a butterfly crown for the birthday girl.

Wings will be assorted colors unless otherwise discussed.

Package can be customized! Just contact me to discuss your personal details and cost!

YOU KEEP THE PARTY FAVORS!

$275

Many colors of fairy wings available!

Garland Crown available in many colors!

!!!PIRATE PARTY PACKAGE!!!

I will arrive at your party in costume with pirate hats, eye patches, and swords for the whole party, and a red cape for the birthday kid! Each child will have their turn being transformed from an ordinary child into a swashbuckling pirate!

Package includes costumed face painter, one hour of face painting designs in the party theme, hats, swords and eye patches for 12 lucky kids, and a red cape for the birthday kid.

Pirate items available in pink as well!

Package can be customized! Just contact me to discuss your personal details and cost!

YOU KEEP THE PARTY FAVORS!

$275

Happy Mother’s Day

We do not participate in traditional celebrations of what I call “Hallmark” holidays around here. We enjoy the holidays, but in our own way. I don’t need over-priced bouquets of flowers or chocolate, or a meal in a restaurant on one of the busiest days of the year. Its nice to have an annual reminder to take the time to appreciate the loved ones in our lives, but everyday can be a Valentine’s or a Mother’s or Father’s day. We try hard to teach our children to show appreciation and be thankful year round and we don’t put a lot of pressure on the holidays.

That said, today is Mother’s Day. I bought us strawberry and goat cheese muffins to have for breakfast, made myself an extra cup of coffee, and pretended Oliver’s sleeping till 8:30am (as opposed to getting me up at 4:30am) was some kind of unconscious gift! And as I held my little Oliver this morning I couldn’t help but think of the fragility of our time together. The ache of the terror and grief I experienced having almost lost my son is as sharp today as it was two and a half years ago, and prodded me to think about what Mother’s Day, the actual day, means to me. My conclusion is that I am so thankful to be a mother. Its easy for us to forget what a privilege it is to be a mom, as it is easy for our kids and spouses to forget how lucky they are to have us.  Mother’s Day is as much about appreciating my family as it is about them appreciating me. So I resolve: Today I will not worry or stress. I will enjoy my domestic activities as my disaster of a house is really evidence of our wonderful life together. I will laugh at my children’s antics instead of worrying about the couch pillows. I will hold, hug, and kiss my kids as they require. I will stop what I’m doing when I’m needed and appreciate the interruptions because my life would be so empty without them. I love you, my little ones, and I love you, my husband. What and where would I be without you? Happy Mother’s Day to me!

Prepping for Summer of 2012

Summer is rapidly approaching! And it comes year after year, so why do I always feel like summer catches me with my pants down? This year I refuse to be caught without plans. Of course I’ll be face painting, and I’ve decided to organize the summer by weekly science topics, starting with etymology. I didn’t choose our first topic randomly, it just happens we have a pretty cool bug collection we’ve put together over the years, and its nice to start with something that’s already somewhat prepared for!

My daughter will be entering second grade in the fall, and my middle child kindergarten. I ought to be able to provide science based material for each topic that they can each benefit from, like bug themed coloring pages and mazes they will both enjoy. We will make a paper mache exoskeleton and make small mosaics with bits of broken mirror to represent bug eyes and how they see. My daughter can work on spelling the more advanced words while my son learns to write his name on his coloring pages and worksheets. We’ll buy some big nets and hunt bugs and observe their details from how they move to what color they are to where we found them. They can each keep a journal and draw pictures of the bugs we see and my daughter can write her observations next to the pictures!

So we start with etymology. Then we’ll follow with botany, I think. Botany is a good one for kids, especially in Austin. Austin’s Botanical Gardens are amazing! Austin is also home to some amazing nurseries. Its About Thyme, The Great Outdoors, and The Natural Gardner are awesome places to visit.

Cells are pretty cool, the study of cells is called cytology, and I found a neat microscope at a garage sale with a 5″x5″ screen that shows the organism in a nice big picture vs. having to squint into  little microscope eye pieces.

Then there’s always the animal kingdoms! I’m working with local traveling petting zoo Tiny Tails To You and we’re welcome to visit the animals any time! There are tortoises and turtles, bearded dragons and gecko’s. Chicks, ducklings, rabbits big and small, hedgehogs and guinea pigs… I feel like I’m forgetting something. Well anyway, Tiny Tails does a free monthly petting zoo during story time at Book People each month, and would be an option for other parents wanting to give their kids a chance to see the different animals!

Aside from science themes we’ll of course have swimming lessons, lazy afternoons in the backyard, ice cream making, and decorating the kids’ room! Summer of 2012, I am ready for you!

The Elf and the Crown Maker

Where is my little elf when I need him??? My sewing machine is smokin’ from all the work going on! Check out some of the cool custom orders recently received:

The green dragon is definitely my favorite. The wings are three dimensional, popping off the edge of the crown and up into the air! The fire is also a three dimensional feature, and the dragon is trying to light the candle on a cupcake. This crown can be customized. Replace the cupcake with a castle, a damsel in distress, a mauled animal, I don’t know! Contact me to discuss the possibilities!

Felt Dragon Birthday Crown from Woo Who

Felt Dragon Birthday Crown from Woo Who

Here are a couple of variations on the butterfly crown.

Felt Butterfly Crown with Personalization from Woo Who

Felt Butterfly Crown with Personalization from Woo Who

Bring on the bling! Sparkly sequined centered flowers!

Felt Butterfly Crown with Personalization from Woo Who

Felt Butterfly Crown with Personalization from Woo Who

And a dinosaur crown for a lucky first birthday!

Felt Tyranosaurus birthday crown from Woo Who

Felt Tyrannosaurus birthday crown from Woo Who

That’s not all, but the rest is still under wraps! Check back soon!

Tiny Tails To You Petting Zoo, Woo WHo!

A month or so ago I posted about the wonderful petting zoo story time we went to at Book People! Well that was a fortuitous day! I talked with the owner of the petting zoo, Tiny Tails to You, about my Etsy shop and the birthday crowns and other items I make. We decided I would make themed birthday crowns to go with her petting zoo! Enter the hedgehog crown:

Felt Birthday Crown Hedgehog

Felt Birthday Crown Hedgehog

And of course one for the little ladies:

Pink Felt Hedgehog Birthday Crown

Pink Felt Hedgehog Birthday Crown

And bunnies!

Felt Bunny Rabbit Birthday Crown

Felt Bunny Rabbit Birthday Crown

Can’t live without a pink version:

Pink Felt Bunny Rabbit Birthday Crown

Pink Felt Bunny Rabbit Birthday Crown

And finally, bunny tail party hats!

Cotton Tail Party Hats

Cotton Tail Party Hats

These crowns are so fun! I’ve made several for her already! And through Etsy I have shipped the bunny crowns as far as Canada!

Enjoy!

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” of  “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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Butterflies and Rainbows!

I sat down and cut out about a million butterflies one day not long ago, in lots of colors, and as I sat there admiring the beautiful pile of delicate wings and bodies I wondered, “what am I going to do with these?” Cause I have this problem of getting ahead of myself when I’m working. I throw myself into a project and start brainstorming, then my imagination gets cranked up, after a while the creativity high crashes and there I sit in a pile of materials ready to do…. Hmmm. Since I’m on a crown kick of course I leaned towards a party theme.

Rainbow Butterfly Princess Birthday Crown available at Woo Who on Etsy

Using a tiny cross-stitch in the center of each butterfly I stitched them onto a blank crown piece I had lying about from some earlier burst of production madness, and I must say the resulting butterfly crown is LOVELY. It has been very popular on Etsy,  featured in many treasuries, “favorited” a hundred times, and sales have been good too! 🙂 But did I stop there? NO. I had too many butterflies!

Next up, matching butterfly party hats!

Butterfly Party Hats available at Woo Who on Etsy

I stiffen my felt party hats so they retain their shape, then I stitch a thin, soft elastic strap to the base. These hats would look gorgeous adorning the birthday feast table awaiting guests!

What’s a birthday party without a banner?

Birthday Party Banner available at Woo Who on Etsy

All of my birthday crowns can be customized. Just because a banner, wand, or coordinated party hat isn’t in my shop doesn’t mean you can’t have it! I love custom orders. Being a mother of three, add to that a mother of a special needs child, sewing time can be difficult to work into my schedule! So while I make what I can my mind is overstocked with ideas and your custom orders give me an opportunity to make some of those ideas come to life!

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Custom Birthday Party Sets

Austin is LOVELY in the spring! A wonderful time and place to open the doors and windows blending the hum of the sewing machine with the chirps and whirs and whooshes of nature. Etsy has been keeping me pleasantly busy, and I’ve had some awesome birthday orders!

First up, the birthday bunny set!

Bunny Birthday Crown available at Woo Who on Etsy

Also available in pink!

Pink Bunny Birthday Crown Woo Who Etsy

Pink Bunny Birthday Crown available at Woo Who on Etsy

To accompany the lovely bunny crowns I have made bunny tail birthday hats. Taking some pointers from milliners I stiffened the felt slightly so the hats hold their shape, I’ve topped each birthday hats with a colorful cotton tail!

Cotton Tail Bunny Birthday Party Hats available at Woo Who on Etsy

This set has been a hot seller, shipping all the way to Sunset Blvd! So fancy! 🙂 It can take quite a bit of time to produce, as I stiffen the felt of the party hats they have to set, so I need at least two week advance orders. I use completely non-toxic kid friendly methods of stiffening, btw! No mad hatters here!

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Petting Zoo at Story Time

We are so blessed with wonderful free programs here in Austin, Texas! Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday mornings Book People, our local independent book seller, brings us delightful story times with either a fun art activity afterwards, or an event, such as a local kids’ music singer or a petting zoo! Today’s awesomeness was the Tiny Tails petting zoo. After several books about animals we got to meet some animals.

Walter and the Hedgehog

We are dying to get hedgie’s for the house!

What Big Eyes You Have!

Oliver and chinchillas have big eyes in common!

Oliver and the Chinchilla Regard Each Other

Hmmm, they were both thinking, he’s cute, but maybe I’d like down?

The kids love animals soooo much. I wish we could have  bearded dragon, a chinchilla, a hedge hog, and a guinea pig all of our very own, oh and bunnies, too! But I’m a realist, and realistically I have my hands full as it is!

 

Revisiting Old Ideas

A while back I badly wanted to make felt butterfly wings WITHOUT wire and failed miserably. You may recall reading about my attempt. I used felt for the front and back of the wings, with felt inlays and sandwiched between the front and back I used a fusible fleece. All of these materials hold their shape very well, even in single layers. But the wings I developed were huge. The wings were beautiful and I was so excited – then the whole thing flopped when I tried it on my son. He was so disappointed – as was I! Fusible fleece ain’t cheap, and it had taken a considerable amount to try with the wings. I get mopey when things don’t work out. I sulked for a few months and worked on different projects for a while, then I returned to wings but on a smaller scale. I wanted to do dragon wings. And I wanted to make them without wire. I tried a number of different fusible options and finally success was mine! They were light. They were shapely yet flexible. They did not flop! Very strong and durable, they’ve passed adventure after adventure with flying colors! (pun intended!) So I’m going to return to making butterfly wings. But I want to know, do you like the idea of individual wings – one on each arm? I like the individual wings because the kids can actually flap their wings. Or do you prefer a solid wing with elastic shoulder straps, like traditional fairy wings? Hmmm… Lots to consider. I hope to have a couple of models to write about within the next couple of weeks. Leave me some feedback!!!

You Are My Sunshine

Today was just one of those tricky days. The weather was tricky – cold and yuck. The kids were tricky – crabby for lack of exercise. And I was tricky – grumpy because cold, gray days make me want to hole up behind my sewing machine and stay there watching CSI reruns and stitching. I managed to load us into the car and we hit Central Market for muffins. I told the kids they could get what ever they wanted. Central Market has chocolate everything and I assumed a chocolate something is what the kids would choose – except today was tricky and my assumption was wrong. Hazel went for a glazed cinnamon raisin bun, and Walter came unglued in his excitement at getting a blueberry muffin! Armed with a freshly ground bag of coffee and muffins we returned home to watch Peter Pan and clean the kids’ room. Again my assumption that their room would be a nightmare was proved false. We had so much fun cleaning and organizing!!! Definitely the most surprising highlight of my day. I had accepted that I wasn’t going to get anything new made, when again, life surprised me with a little gift of time and I cranked out what I’m going to call the first of My Sunshine series.

Summer Day Felt Child's Crown

The circle in the center can either feature a large summer flower, or the initial of the light of your life. In my case this crown is going to feature the letter “H” for my darling daughter, and I’ll make her a summer scepter and skirt to match. This crown and scepter will be available in my Etsy shop.

Don’t forget to enter to win a mini- Heart Felt Garland from yours truly! Just “like” us on Facebook and visit my Etsy shop. Leave a comment on the link below!

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Sick Day?

My darling daughter woke up feeling awful! Sweet thing, couldn’t breathe, couldn’t talk, coughing like crazy! It was a unanimous decision to go to the pediatrician instead of school! Fortunately or unfortunately, depending on how you looked at it, my darling wasn’t sick. No strep. No fever. No nuthin’. At least with bacteria there’s ANTIbiotics! Instead she has ALLERGIES. Texas allergies are starting to catch on to my kids, even tho I give them Zyrtec! Anyway, she was so pitiful at the doctor’s office. Until we got home. Its amazing how perky they get when they realize they don’t have to go to school.

We took pictures of her candles and posted them in her Etsy shop:

We worked on making valentines:

And we had a tea party! Central Market is so lovely. They put all the broken or wilted flowers in a bucket with a piggy bank for the kids to “buy.” My daughter picked out a lively bouquet:

 

Mid afternoon she was really starting to feel better, and I said, “school tomorrow!” Sadly, after bath and intense studying of spelling words she wilted worse than our flowers. Her eyes turned to glass, her throat dried up, she couldn’t pass air in or out her nose. You can’t fake this stuff. *sigh* Sick days with my darling are pretty wunnerful. I think I’ll keep her home one more day. 😀

Oh My Stars, Completed Crowns!

They look so great! I used a satin casing for the elastic in the back, and wow, it really makes things pop! Check them out!

 

Felt Crown Pink and Red Queen of Hearts available at Woo Who on Etsy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s another one with the front and side views:

Felt Crown Purple Flower with Lime Green Butterfly Spring

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And oh my stars, look at these!

Felt Crown Purple and Lime Green Stars Available at Woo Who on Etsy

 

Felt Crown Gold and Red Stars available at Woo Who on Etsy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The red one has sequins in the smaller hearts to add a bit of bling, the purple crown’s small stars have french knots in the center.

These were a lot of fun to make and I have ideas for about twenty more! I love custom orders, so if you’re in the market for a crown and see something that is ALMOST perfect, message me and lets chat!

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!