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Birthday Party Creations: Noah's Ark

For my son's birthday this year, we thought we would play off of his name Noah and do a "two by two" theme since he turned two this year!  I decided to make all the snacks rainbow colors, and have some animal decorations.  I decided that mini cupcakes would be fun to do so everyone could take two and put little animal faces on each cupcake.  Cupcakes by Heather, owner- Heather Sniadecki, made the MOST delicious chocolate cupcakes with baby blue icing!  I couldn't find any stickers that I liked, so I ended up drawing all the animals, coloring them in Photoshop and printing them out for all the cupcakes. Then, yes, I ended up making a small ark for the cupcake display.  This was really not that hard, just cardboard and a hot glue gun, but it helped bring the entire theme together. Other than that, all the decorations were pretty simple, just balloons, paper cups and plates. There is a gold pot of Chicago Style popcorn at the end of the rainbow snacks.  Hope you enjoy the decorations! Thank you to Natalie Pitts for taking the photos!

Fruit snacks 

Fruit snacks 

Fruit snacks

Fruit snacks

Pot of Gold- Chicago style popcorn, yum! 

Pot of Gold- Chicago style popcorn, yum! 

Yes, it's the ark!

Yes, it's the ark!

animal cupcakes

animal cupcakes

invitation designed by yours truly :)

invitation designed by yours truly :)

rainbow assigned cups

rainbow assigned cups

Noah's cupcake is bigger than the mini

Noah's cupcake is bigger than the mini

Main sign, animal balloons

Main sign, animal balloons

Coloring table

Coloring table

Noah Ryan- 2 years old

Noah Ryan- 2 years old

Party Favors! 

Party Favors! 

Just Keep Stitching....

So glad I took some time for myself last night and made some pillows for our Master bed.  It's been a long time coming, but I finally had some time to execute what has been in my mind a long time!  I made 3 pillows for a total cost of $35. which saved us some money and I used old pillows to stuff the pillow cases, so we recycled some things in the process. I bought fabric from Joann's on sale for 50% off, and just made simple pillow covers and one small decorative pillow. I do not consider myself a very good seamstress, but I can construct simple projects like these.  These pillows are just 3 panels of fabric, two that overlap each other and the other is just one piece of fabric.  Here are some photos to take you through how I accomplished these! Even though I was so tired last night, this little project rejuvenated me a great deal!  Enjoy!

3 panels, inside out to line up before sewing

3 panels, inside out to line up before sewing

Just did some straight stitching to close out the edges of the overlapping panels, the geometric pattern was easy to line up for a straight fold.

Just did some straight stitching to close out the edges of the overlapping panels, the geometric pattern was easy to line up for a straight fold.

The panels after the edges were finished

The panels after the edges were finished

Once all three pieces were sewn, turning the pillow inside out, pressing the corners out to show finished edges

Once all three pieces were sewn, turning the pillow inside out, pressing the corners out to show finished edges

Back of one of the pillows, so you can don't see the pillow inserted

Back of one of the pillows, so you can don't see the pillow inserted

Small decorative pillow, to match the big pillows in the front...

Small decorative pillow, to match the big pillows in the front...

and have some fun with the back, mismatching the patterns

and have some fun with the back, mismatching the patterns

Final product on the master bed.  The "nest" pillow is from Pottery Barn and the Quilt on our bed is from West Elm.

Final product on the master bed.  The "nest" pillow is from Pottery Barn and the Quilt on our bed is from West Elm.

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Scribble Drawing Handmade Book, best of both worlds

I have a secret love.  Okay, it's not a secret at all if you know me.  This love is what originally made me a photographer, but now has been displaced into another world, the world of bookmaking.  Yes, it's a love of paper.  You see, when I became a photographer, it was about the print. The photographic paper, and the magic of the darkroom.  Taking a negative and watching your image appear on the light sensitive paper underneath a red light, and perfecting the highlights and shadows in order to get the perfect print on paper.  Now, sadly, the world is digital, and yes there are still some great photo papers to get great prints on, but it doesn't involve my hands, but the work of a printer.  So, this left a void in my life, a void of using my hands to create something to hold.  This sounds over-dramatic, but seriously, I missed paper when I switched to all digital photography.  Any photographer who learned how to print, might have gone through the same grieving process I did if they were in love with printing like me.  So in grad school I had the privilege to take a few bookmaking classes, and let me tell you, I had so much fun! Picking paper, sewing, glueing, selecting book cloth and waiting the hours for the final book to dry, all so I could hold in my hand something that was my creation, something that I had made!  

Since having babies, I have made a few books, but bookmaking involves a lot of trimming (use of an exact-o knife), precision, and patience that I have not really had the time to focus on it the way I would have liked.  A few weeks ago, on a glorious day of a simultaneous 3 1/2 hour nap from my two boys, (which is rare) I was able to make a book using all recycled material.  I had been pondering for some time what to do with all the paper that my son Noah was using to learn how to scribble.  He would put a few marks on one paper and then would want a brand new piece to color on, which is fine, but we were going through a significant amount of paper per week.  (can you relate parents?) I'm not a huge fan of coloring books, because I want him to make his own pictures, even when he is just one year old.  On a completely different subject, I found myself using some of those scribble pages to make grocery lists on, random to do lists, writing recipes on, etc. Then it hit me, I could use all his drawings as pages for a journal/to do list book that I could make myself!  This solved so many problems....

1) expenses on paper for Noah to color on (finding more than one purpose)

2) need of scrap paper for random lists for me,

3) keeping the drawings for sentimental value,

4) and the void in my life for the need to create while having to stay in the house due to babies napping and cold weather!

So, below are images from my most recent book that I made.  The pages are drawings Noah has made, the cover is made from a cereal box and left over scrapbook paper, the binding is done with carpet thread and sobo glue, and that's pretty much it!  Enjoy! If you want to purchase a journal or book like this let me know! I can use scribble pages I have or would love to use your children's scribble pages for your own sentimental value!

signatures made and book stitched together, ready to be glued

signatures made and book stitched together, ready to be glued

glueing the signatures after being sewn, using c-clamps to keep the pages together

glueing the signatures after being sewn, using c-clamps to keep the pages together

scrapbook paper and cereal box cut and ready to make the cover

scrapbook paper and cereal box cut and ready to make the cover

measured out and glued together, inside facing up (let dry under extreme pressure to make sure it doesn't buckle

measured out and glued together, inside facing up (let dry under extreme pressure to make sure it doesn't buckle

one of the views of the most busy pages, I like how the joining pages make for interesting compositions :)

one of the views of the most busy pages, I like how the joining pages make for interesting compositions :)

the dry book and cover ready to be attached to each other

the dry book and cover ready to be attached to each other

the final book standing

the final book standing

the final book open

the final book open


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One stitch at a time

So, a few years ago, I was a single girl, who's only love was art.  It seems like AGES ago, but it was only a few years.  My life has completely transformed and filled up with people!  I fell in love, married, and have had 2 children all within the last 5 years.  Randomly, I have flashbacks to my single life and am so glad that I followed my dreams of grad school in art while I could.  I could fully focus on my craft and not worry about every day responsibilities and needs of anyone but myself.  Of course, I LOVE all my boys, and wouldn't trade places with the past, but it got me thinking about adding in some random goals for myself.  Just for fun, no strings attached.  One year, when I was single, I made a scarf for every woman in my family for Christmas.  This was for 2 reasons....1) I lived alone at the time, and if you know me you know that I fill up every second of the day with something, even if it's while trying to relax and 2) I was a waitress and had no money to spend on anyone, thus the cheapest and most thoughtful gifts I could give!  Knitting is one of my loves that I have had to put on hold while having babies, mainly because knitting needles could definitely take a toddler's eye out in 2.5 seconds! So my knitting has been tucked away in a closet for almost 2 years now.  I am determined to use EVERY ball of yarn that I have already purchased before I venture out to the craft store once again.  and YES...this is one of my goals.  Maybe by the end of this year, I will have used every ball of yarn in these 2 boxes, and have many scarves to give away or sell, depending on the interest.  So, if you are interested in purchasing a scarf, just let me know and I will get on it!  

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The second goal has emerged in this year's award season.  I love the Oscars and watch every year regardless of if I have seen any of the movies nominated.  I mainly love the fashion and love it when they do get it right and the person winning is in honest shock, I love those moments!  So below are all the movies that have won Best Picture since I have been born! Yep, every best picture since 1983.  I have seen some and not seen a lot of them, so one of my random goals is to see every movie that won Best Picture!  Who KNOWS how long this is going to take me, and to be honest, I don't even know where to begin, but I challenge you to look at the list below and see how many you have seen...if we want to call ourselves movie fans, shouldn't we consider the Best?  I have only seen 13!  I better get started, LOL.  I will keep you updated periodically...again, no time frame on this goal...I can't take that kind of pressure. :)

 

Terms of Endearment

Amadeus

Out of Africa

Platoon

The Last Emperor

Rain Man  seen it

Driving Miss Daisy

Dances with Wolves seen it

The Silence of the Lambs

Unforgiven

Schindler's List

Forrest Gump seen it

Braveheart  seen it

The English Patient

Titanic seen it

Shakespeare in Love  seen it

American Beauty

Gladiator  seen it

A Beautiful Mind seen it

Chicago seen it

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Million Dollar Baby

Crash seen it

The Departed seen it ( and was not a fan)

No Country for Old Men

Slumdog Millionaire seen it

The Hurt Locker

The King's Speech seen it

The Artist

Argo