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Delivery Man Problems and Playing with Colors

So I mentioned I’m supposed to stay off my feet as much as possible, right? Yeah. What’s a gal to do when she can’t do anything? I would feel completely useless and lazy if I watched TV, so I just won’t do that…unless I’m also eating — then it’s OK because I’m really multitasking and I can’t do much else while I am eating anyway. Though I do eat a lot….

ANYWAY! I’ve been spending a lot of time on my laptop lately — planning baby #2’s room, ordering everything we need, thinking about how I can still grow my business without doing any sewing (Ha!), and brainstorming about designs for fabric that I can use for my own products. Normally I really don’t have much time to do this stuff, so I’m really not complaining!

But speaking of ordering things online… I ordered the crib online along with many other things for the room, right? Well, seeing as how I am almost 7 months pregnant and supposed to be limiting my activity (I’m not supposed to lift anything more than 10 pounds), I’ve been trying to catch the delivery guy when he comes to the door so that I can ask him to please put the packages INSIDE the door for me. Sadly, this has YET to happen! He knocks and runs away before I even figure out I heard something.

So today I was in my kitchen, which gives me a nice view of the front porch, and I SEE Mr. Delivery man walk up. So I get up and walk over to the front door expecting to catch him before he even knocks. I open the door, and this is what I find…

Thanks for the Crib

Thanks for the Crib

So obviously I wasn’t going to move THAT on my own. There is even a “Please Knock” sign on the door which he so rudely chose to IGNORE. I closed the door and let it go and went back to sitting.

About an hour later I heard a knock at the door, so I got up again and walked over to open it. Of course, there was no delivery man in sight, but I peeked over the gargantuan box blocking my doorway and saw this…

Gee, Thanks Again!

Gee, Thanks Again!

…and so, there they shall sit until my husband comes home and can move them into the house (hopefully without breaking his back?).

Now, Back to Work!

I really enjoy making the tote bags, so I wanted to expand my fabric collection to include some large print patterns that would POP on a big shoulder bag. I took my Flower Burst design and inverted it so that the background was dark and the flowers were lighter, and played with several different colors that I personally wouldn’t mind walking around town with. I wanted to make sure they coordinate with some of my other designs, so I can mix and match the lining fabric.

This is what I came up with! The orange is all new – I haven’t used orange before, BUT I think orange goes with a bright pink or a bright green quite nicely! I can use my other Flower Burst designs, my Chevron designs, or my new Paper Doily designs for lining. I’m looking forward to getting back on my machine…

Flower Burst in Solid Colors

Flower Burst in Solid Colors

Check out the other designs in my Textile Gallery and see what fabrics YOU think would look great with the new Flower Burst Solids. I’m always up for hearing what you guys have to say, and love getting your feedback and suggestions!

 

 

 

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New Design – A Tribute to Doilies

I’ve been severely slacking on my design efforts lately… there just hasn’t been any time! I’m getting back into it now though since I’m supposed to be staying on my butt as much as possible (pregnancy woes). After doing some catch up on my digital photo albums and making a few of my accounts look more pretty (Checkout my FB page!), I logged in to Spoonflower to see what the latest fabric design contest entails. Lo and behold it’s a Chinese Paper Cutting theme where you can only use red and white.

FUN!

I thought I would incorporate some Valentine love into mine, which turned out looking like a cute red paper doily. I love doilies – they are so romantic. My fondest memory of doilies is my mom sending me to school in 2nd grade with my Valentine “bag” that was for my classmates to put their Valentines in. Mine was a brown paper bag decorated with a red paper doily, and a cutout of a Victorian angel glued in the center of it. At the time I thought it looked too old – way over the heads of my fellow second graders. But when I look back on it, I think it was just perfect and it’s my go-to image that I picture in my head whenever people mention Valentine’s Day.

Here is a yardage shot of the fabric – I think it would be great for the lining on the inside of one of my tote bags, or maybe even for a scarf?

red paper doily by Stickelberry

red paper doily by Stickelberry

I’m ordering a swatch – I think it will make cute wrapping paper too!

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A few more colors I am testing – these coordinate with some of my other fabric collections

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Crayola Birthday Party

A World of Color

Crayola Party for Logan’s Birthday: An Easy and Fun Birthday Theme Idea

It didn’t take me long to come up with a theme for my little guy’s birthday this year. I’ve always wanted to do a rainbow party, but I needed an idea that was more Logan appropriate… after all it’s his party, not mine. He LOVES to color (aka scribble) and has an expansive collection of crayons to choose from when creating his masterpieces. We color with him, and if he doesn’t like the color we are using, he will promptly place a new color in our hands. He knows what he wants!

I thought an invitation that looked like a box of crayons would be cool. I looked around online and couldn’t find what I was looking for. Last year, for his Carnival themed birthday party, I procrastinated and waited until the last minute so I had to scramble to get it together. I found a great designer through Etsy (Check her out! Frosting & Ink ) who customized the invites and other printables.

I thought maybe this year I would try to do them myself. We were also only inviting family, so even if they didn’t come out all that great, I would only be slightly embarrassed. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

Crayola Party Invite Front

Crayola Party Invite Front

Crayola Party Invite Back

Crayola Party Invite Back

I found an image of a crayon box online (Thanks, Google Images!) and played with it – a little tweak here and there, and voila! Logan had his own personalized crayon box. For the back, I used the same image but removed all of the content in the center so I could add in the invite details.

I made some wrap around address labels for the envelopes to match, and printed them on sticker paper.

Wrap Around Address Labels

Wrap Around Address Labels

Once those were all printed and mailed, I got to work on a few other things for the party. I needed some basic decor – not too much since the party was going to be at a restaurant – and I needed to make treat bags for the little ones. I also needed something for the kids to do at the party (only 2 hours), and since it was going to be a Crayola party, I thought maybe it would make sense to have them color? With crayons?

For decor, I decided on a bunch of colorful balloons (every color of the rainbow!), some rainbow streamers, and a rainbow table cloth. I also got some colorful party hats and a fun cake hat for Logan (which he did NOT want to wear, btw). We put several tables together in the center of the room to make the coloring station, and the table cloth wasn’t long enough so I put a red one on one end and a blue one on the other, and put the rainbow table cloth on top. All were disposable!

IMG_6489I provided an assortment of coloring tools: crayons, markers, colored pencils, plain white paper, and some of those velvet coloring posters. The posters were a hit with both the girls and boys! For fun I added some jars of Play Dough, and in the center of the table, a tub of wet wipes to clean up messy little hands!

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The posters were a hit!

 

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Coloring station with crayons, markers, colored pencils, paper and posters. Play Dough for fun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I wanted to make a bunting or banner that said “Happy Birthday Logan” so I used the same theme as the address labels to make individual triangles (1 per letter) and printed them out.

Happy Birthday Bunting

Happy Birthday Bunting

I used simple red curling ribbon to string all of the letters together. We didn’t have a great place to hang it up, but we ended up settling on an open window that was inside the restaurant.

Hanging Happy Birthday Bunting

Hanging Happy Birthday Bunting

The treat bags are always fun to put together for a party. I ended up getting almost everything online, except the bags which I scored at Target for really cheap (I think the pack of 10 bags was less than $4).

In the bags: Crayon bubbles, a giant inflatable crayon, a tub of play dough, a rainbow lollipop, and a red crayon in the shape of the first letter of the child’s name. Everything but the letter crayons was purchased from Amazon!

Treat Bags

Treat Bag Contents

Aren’t the letter crayons great?! I have to give a shout out to Posh Paper Creations on Etsy for whipping these out (10 of them) super fast and shipping them to me in time for the party. They are adorable and come individually wrapped, ready to drop in the bag!

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Personalized letter shaped crayons for the party guests

I wanted to make some matching tags for the outside of the bags with the guests names on them, so I used the same theme as the address labels and bunting.

Gift Bag Tags

Treat Bag Tags

Here are the bags!

Treat Bags for the Party Guests

Treat Bags for the Party Guests

Last but certainly not least was the cake. Now, I like to bake – I REALLY like to bake – but I will admit when my skills will fail me, and that is decorating a cake that I want to look like a box of crayons. I found a great cake idea on Pinterest and took it to my local Albertsons (they have a fabulous team in the bakery!), and they were able to make it exactly how I wanted it. Very affordable as well, I might add.

Crayon Box Birthday Cake

Crayon Box Birthday Cake

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The party went very well – it was nice and short (just 2 hours), everyone got to eat great food since we were at a local burger eatery, the kids all had something fun to keep them occupied, and Logan had a really fun day. Since I designed and printed a lot of the materials myself, the investment (other than time) wasn’t as hefty as it could have been. In total, it was less than we would have spent going to a bounce warehouse or other indoor party venue, where the kids run around like maniacs, the adults are pulling their hair trying to keep them safe, and everyone eats less than appetizing pizza for lunch.

Here’s my happy guy enjoying his very special day!

Birthday Boy

Birthday Boy

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