Monday, August 29, 2011

Lemonade Birthday Party and a GIVEAWAY!

When I asked Kadie one thing she wanted at her friend birthday party, she said pink lemonade, which is her FAVORITE drink. So we did a Pink Lemonade party! I wanted to make it simple and sweet.

I made two flag garlands and hung one above the food table and one below.

I had to make some tissue paper pom-poms. Love them!! And I added a couple paper lanterns I found at Hobby Lobby.

I filled a couple apothecary jars with pink gumballs and lemon drops.

Kadie went out into a field by our house and picked a bunch of sunflowers. So we put them in mason jars and used them as centerpieces on the tables. Along side mason jars filled with colored pencils. For an activity, the girls colored some paper dolls and outfits I had made earlier. Unfortunately I didn't get any pictures of those.
For the food table, of coarse we had to have pink and yellow lemonade. It was definitely refreshing in the heat. Next year I think I'll do the party in the evening...or maybe in the air conditioned house!

I ordered some pink polka dot and yellow striped straws. They are so cute!

The straws also came in handy for the cupcakes.
I used this pink lemonade cupcake recipe. They were delicious! To me and any other adults that tried them at least. The kids, they weren't huge fans. I think if I ever make them for kids again, I'll leave out the lemon zest in the frosting. Apparently they weren't fans of lemon. Except for Kadie! She LOVED them!! And it was her party, so as long as she loved them, that's all that matters!!

Despite the fact that the kids didn't eat them (I just pigged out on them later myself. I love all things lemon) they turned out adoreable!

For the favors, I bought some chinese take-out boxes at Michaels and filled them with goodies.

I made some tags for the front and used some strips of paper to decorate them. Wanna see what's inside?

Fabric scrappy headbands, gumball necklaces, a bag of candy and mini pink nailpolish from Walmart.

I made the headbands from the scraps of the flag garland.

They are so fun to make! This was probably my favorite thing to prepare for the party.

I go the idea for the gumball necklaces from Anna of Noodlehead. And I totally copied her picture! Oops! I didn't even think about it until after. You can see her necklaces for her little girl's lemonade party HERE.

Now...Wanna know what I'm giving away?Want one of the flag garlands from the party?

Just leave a comment!

Open to international readers too!

I'll announce the winner Friday, September 2nd.

Linking to:

Sundae Scoop @ I Heart Naptime
Tell Me Tuesday @ Me and My Boys
The Inspiration Board @ Homework
We Did It Wednesday @ Sew Much Ado

Link Up With Lemon Tree @ Lemon Tree Creations
Crafty Soiree @ Yesterday On Tuesday

Sweet Saturday @ Gingerbread

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Tags and pom-poms and garland, Oh My!

This weekend is Kadie's friend birthday party. I've been crazy busy getting things ready for it. Here's a little sneak peek:

So many more details to come!! Can't wait for it to all come together!!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Busy, busy

I apologize for being MIA lately. Things just don't seem to be slowing down. I'm still trying to get a routine figured out now that we have Chloe, but it's now just starting to come together.

(It definitely helps that she's sleeping through the night now at 5 weeks!!)

I'm also trying to get my house organized again. It all kind of fell apart when I was pregnant.

Also, we had a little family vacation last week, preventing further the many "things" to get done.

Plus, I have a few birthday parties I'm trying to plan.

And, I'm trying to finish getting Chloe's bedding made so it will be ready for her when we move her into her room.

PLUS, we're trying to finish up getting ready for school to start next week.


However, I took a little break from all the craziness and put together a super quick skirt for Kadie's friend's birthday. Of coarse I had to make a hair accessory to go along with it.
Which I used to clip a tag to the gift bag. Just to make it more fun.

Well, Kadie's birthday party(s) will be in the next couple weeks, so I should have some fun things to share!!
And I'll (hopefully) be able to start posting again!
I hope...

Monday, August 8, 2011

Simple Burp Cloth Tutorial w/free pattern!

Hey everyone!!
I just wanted to share a quick tutorial with you today (with a free pattern).Little Chloe spits up...a lot. And I don't have many burp cloths. So I wanted to make some real quick with items I had on hand in my stash. So I used cotton and fleece I had left over from Ric Rac Recieving blankets.

Supplies Needed:
-9 1/2" x 13 1/2" cotton (at least)
-9 1/2" x 13 1/2" flannel (at least)
-burp cloth pattern (click on 'file' and then click on 'download'. When it downloads, open the document, click 'print' and set on 'Full page print', but make sure the 'Fit picture to frame' is not checked)
-sewing basics

First, print off the PDF pattern (link above) Fold your cotton fabric in half width wise. Line the marked "fold" on the pattern with the fold of your fabric. (Please excuse the lack of "nice pattern" in the pictures. I used my original hand-drawn one)Cut it out.

Repeat with the flannel.Line them up right-sides together.Pin.Sew 1/4" from the edge, all the way around, leaving a 3-4" gap at the top of one end of the burp cloth for turning.Turn right sides out and press.Top stitch 1/8" all the way around.Do a second top stitch 1/4" all the way around (if desired. I like the look of it)And that's it!!I also did this one with ric rac around the edges! To do that, use the method from my Ric Rac Recieving Blanket tutorial.Let me know if you have any questions!! And if you make some, add them to my Flickr group!! I'd love to see them!!

PATTERN NOTE: I've just updated the pattern so you should be able to download it. See the link above. If the link won't work for you, let me know and I'll email it to you. But please try the link first. It's so much easier that way, and less time consuming for me. Thank you and enjoy!!!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Say NO to Auto

A while ago, I purchased Kristen Duke's "Say NO to Auto" book to help get better use of my camera, and it was definitely worth it! It made the basics so much easier to understand that Auto has never been used again!!

Well, now Kristen has a new revised version for only $10!!

So if you need any help using your digital SLR, this purchase is well worth it!!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Lemon Dill Salmon

The last couple months of pregnancy, I didn't get to cook much. Doing pretty much anything hurt too bad. So now, no longer being pregnant, I can't stop cooking. I've missed it SO MUCH. I'm not a big fan of seafood, but my Mr. J and Kadie are. So I made them some salmon the other day. Thought I'd just share the recipe, since it was very well recieved.

Lemon Dill Salmon:

Combine 1 TBL lemon zest, the juice of 1 lemon, 2 TBL olive oil, 2 tsp. chopped dill and 2 cloves of minced garlic. Pour into a plastic bag along with the salmon filets and marinate in fridge 2-24 hours.

When ready to grill, place in a grill fish basket and top with lemon slices and fresh dill. Grill over medium-high heat until salmon flakes easily.