Printable coupon links have been updated for Michaels & AC Moore. Both coupons are valid through March 6, 2010. The Michaels coupon is a 50% off coupon (woo hoo!). Both links can be found under the "Hot Links" section on the left sidebar of my home page. Happy shopping!
Printable coupon links have been updated for JoAnn Fabrics (valid through March 6, 2010) and Hancock Fabrics (valid through March 7, 2010). You can find the links under the "Hot Links" section on the left sidebar of my home page. Happy shopping!
I'm putting out a plea for help to all of the local gals. The Ethel-to-my-Lucy, Suni, is in desperate need of two (or even one if that's all you can find) tickets to the sold-out 2010 Savor Craft Beer & Food event in Washington D.C. this June. Suni had planned on treating her hubby to a weekend of craft beer enjoyment as her 10th wedding anniversary gift to him. She had everything in place. He was excited. She was excited. She even had plans to treat the dog to a day at the doggie day spa while they "savored". The tickets went on sale & were sold out immediately.
And now she's broken-hearted. Suni is not the type to ask for much, so I'm desperate to rescue her anniversary plans. If anybody has any way of acquiring tickets to this event, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This book is going to be the death of me. However, I am feeling compelled to finish it so that I can cross JUST ONE THING off of my "Unfinished Projects" list. I'm almost done!
Day 16: I used jump rings to attach a swing out page. The photos are of our old Christmas LPs (inherited from hubby's grandmother) and our record player.
Day 17: I'm at the point now where some of these pages need to be plain & simple. Otherwise they'll never get done. One photo and some journaling. Done.
Day 18: It is easy to find DVD and music CD images on the internet. Here I used the DVD front for the movie "Elf". I trimmed it to fit on a clear CD (it came on top of a pile of blank DVD-Rs I had purchased). I used my Crop-A-Dile to punch holes in the disc & placed it as a page in my book.
Day 19: I used an old Jolee's Boutique wreath on the back of the CD. I added a handmade tag. Done!
Day 20: No Christmas would be complete without a picture of my Baby G. screaming hysterically at the sight of Santa. Good times.
So, I only need to complete 5 more days & I can check this one off the list!! It feels good. I'm thinking of making this a weekly challenge to my readers. Who's in??
Baby A.'s first birthday party was re-scheduled twice, due to snow. Essentially, we've been celebrating her birthday for two weeks now. Way to drag it out baby girl! We finally were able to celebrate with friends/faux family this weekend:
To keep with the "Ladybug" theme of Baby A's first birthday, I used various circle punches & the "Circles" Sizzix die to cut hundreds of black circles from scrap cardstock. I used double sided tape to adhere them to my red (how convenient!) dining room & kitchen walls.
As the primary photographer in our family, I have very few pictures of my kids & myself. I had passed my camera to my girlfriend Jenny right before we sang Baby A. "Happy Birthday". Although I look terrible (& it looks like I'm trying to eat her headbow -- which I made, Melissa!), I love the shot. Baby A. has always leaned in & rested her head on my head. It's something that is distinctly her -- Jenny just happened to capture that moment.
My girlfriend Carrie has celebrated each of her children's first birthdays with the following:
In less fortunate times, when infant mortality rates were higher, a baby's first birthday was largely a celebration of survival. These days, a first birthday is as much a celebration of the parents' survival as the baby's. That first year, with it's sleepless nights, unpredictable schedules, and nearly constant demands, is a hard one. On the other hand, parents witness and incredible unfolding as their awkward newborn literally unfolds and grows into an engaging little person who stands on two feet. A variety of traditions attempt to define a baby's emerging personality, predict the future, or create a tangible memory to hand down.
In the classic smashed-cake birthday party, parents symbolically give Baby the world on a plate, then watch his reaction. Does he contemplate for a while or dig right in? Does he lick his fingers fastidiously, or smear frosting in his hair? This birthday tradition is entertaining, but it also offers hints as to how Baby approaches life.
In the Korean culture, the first birthday party, Chut Dol, more definitively predicts a child's future. The child sits at a table that is set with five objects: a ball of yarn, signifying a long life; a book, standing for knowledge; a calligraphy brush, representing scholarly ability; a coin , meaning prosperity and a paintbrush symbolizing artistic ability. As he chooses items from the table, parents and other guests get a glimpse into the future. A baby who chooses a coin will be prosperous, one who chooses the yarn will live a long life, and so on.
Baby A. selected the ball of yarn. Long life! Fantastic! (Baby G. had selected the paintbrush during her first birthday party.)
My mother had a side business making wedding cakes when I was a kid. One of the perks of having a cake decorator for a mom is that I had amazing birthday cakes. I once had a cake that looked like a hamburger, with icing lettuce & tomatoes hanging out the sides! Unfortunately, I did not inherit my mother's cake skills. When I discovered that I couldn't order a ladybug cake through my local grocery store, I decided to make my own. I ordered a couple dozen cupcakes with green icing and topped them with Wilton candy flowers. I then baked/decorated my own smash cake. Dear God, it's ugly. But I tried. I really tried. I didn't have enough red food coloring, so it was pink. And I piped the base onto a dinner plate, forgetting that I couldn't then transfer the cake to the cake stand. And then I refrigerated it, so the frosting turned hard & Baby A. couldn't even get her fingers into it. Oh well. I tried. Happy Birthday sweet baby girl!
I'm changing things up here at "We Will Always Have Paris". In an effort to, oh, I don't know... actually do some paper crafting, I'm changing my "Friday's Favorite Five" posting to a "Finish It Friday" posting. I have a lengthy laundry list (see the right column of my main page) of things that I have half-assed worked on over the past few years. My goal is to focus on cranking out some of these projects this year. I can free up the space being taken up by these half-completed works & actually feel good about finishing something! Plus, my girlfriend Amy might actually get the graduation book I started for her when she received her doctorate in 2003. 2003, people. Seriously.
Instead of my "Friday's Favorite Five" postings, I'm going to start writing a "Two For Tuesday" post. Same idea, just fewer things on a different day. So, without further ado, here are the two things I don't think you can live without this week:
1. MudPuddles Sandcastle Book Kit: I first heard about MudPuddles on the Paperclipping Roundtable podcast. MudPuddles creates a sand paste that you can apply to most anything. Once it dries, it feels just like sand. Those of you who are familiar with embossing paste are gonna love this! Unfortunately, the stuff is just plain hard to find. You can find the paste at www.scrapbook.com (most of it is backordered) or you can buy a kit directly from MudPuddles via E-Bay. The full $25 kit has a ClearScraps sand castle album, one applicator and five jars of your choice of paste.
If this hasn't sold you, take a look at this:
This was made using the MudPuddles sand paste and a ClearScraps album. I saw this & thought of you Larcy! If you're interested, you can order custom made (up to 8 letters) chipboard books for $2.99/page. Suni, I think we should order albums that say "Rohoboth" and make them together one weekend!
2. Purlbee's Felt Rose Tutorial: I stumbled upon this website a couple of weeks ago & I am obsessed with these little roses. Her amazing tutorial includes step by step photos and a printable pattern. I whipped up my first rose a week & a half ago and I even convinced my little tomboy, Baby G. to wear one in her hair:
Now, if you're going to invest the time in making these beauties, please invest the money in some decent felt. Don't buy the craft felt you find at Michaels or Wal-Mart. You'll want good quality felt. I buy mine from Etsy seller FeltCraftStudio. Once you order, it takes a while to get your stuff (the orders are shipped from Australia), but it is well worth the wait.
Let me know if you've been inspired to use the sand paste or make one of these roses (I'm thinking of putting them on a nice sweater)!
I promised a brief tutorial on the time capsule/centerpiece I made for Baby A's first birthday. Well, here it is:
1. Gather your supplies. You'll need a papier mache cake (I have a handful left in my store), You'll need paint, paint brushes, adhesive for the paper (I chose Mod Podge this time, but in the past I've used my Xyron 850) and embellishments of your choice.
2. Pull aside the bases for each of the five tiers. Decide what papers you want to use on each one. Then decide what color you want to paint each of the tops (so that they coordinate with the bases). I chose a black paper with white polka dots from Chatterbox, red/white gingham from Karen Foster Designs, eyelet paper from Making Memories & an unknown ladybug paper I've had for forever.
3. Paint the papier mache lids with acrylic paints. Any old acrylic paint will do. I chose red, white & black to go with the papers I had pre-selected.
4. Measure the height of each base & trim your paper accordingly. Here the base is 2", so I trimmed my 12" x 12" down to 2" x 12". On some of your larger bases, you may have to use two pieces of 6" x 12" to have it wrap all the way around. Adhere your paper with your favorite adhesive. I've used Xyron in the past, but this time I used plain old Mod Podge. Liquid adhesives (such as Mod Podge) give you additional flexibility if you don't get your paper down right the first time.
5. Once everything dries, start embellishing:
(Here I covered Fancy Pants chipboard leaves with green patterned paper & painted the edges. I added a wooden ladybug I had purchased at Wal-Mart. To plus it up, I added Diamond Glaze and Doodlebug Designs glitter to the ladybug's dots)
(Another wooden ladybug rests on top of the first layer. I had her sitting on a chipboard leaf. I used a black sharpie marker for the polka dots on the first layer & then added Diamond Glaze & black glitter. To make the top sparkle on the second & fifth layers, I added Diamond Glaze and clear glitter.)
(The monogram is from Colorbok. I covered it with patterned paper & then painted the edges. I punched holes using my Crop-A-Dile & added large red eyelets. I tied it onto the tier with plain white tulle -- you can find it by the roll in the wedding section of most craft stores.)
There you go! One ladybug cake, ready to be used as a centerpiece for her first birthday party and then as a time capsule to be opened on her 18th birthday. We plan to fill it with contemporary things that will seem like antiques in 17 years -- imagine how huge a Blackberry will look in 2027! I'm hoping to gather handwritten letters from friends & family for her to open when she's an adult.
I made a similar cake back in 2006 for Baby G's first birthday and I am so thrilled that my grandmother wrote her a letter for her time capsule. My grandmother died in early 2008, so that letter will be truly cherished (it is killing me to not open it now!). Who knows what treasures will await Baby A. in her time capsule!
This week I will be announcing the teachers who will be teaching at my 2010 "Summer in Paris" retreat. Click here to read all about featured teacher Jennifer Ellefson! Once you're at the retreat website, make sure you sign up for e-mail updates!