Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine's Day 2012

So with Valentine's Day 2012 quickly coming to a close I thought I would share what I did...
Even though Miss Nat had a case of the gunky eyes and missed out on going to school today- I still dropped off her valentines and some treats for the teachers because they are simply awesome (the teachers)!

Found this on Pinterest and Natalie was all about making them with Mommy.  The only downfall was that the only place that carried the mold was Walmart- which I'm not a fan of...  That aside- they turned out super cute.  The tag said "Have a {colorful} Valentine's Day".

I also made these homemade heart shaped chocolate dipped rice krispy treats.  This was interesting to make and Andy actually helped me a lot.  Starting with accurately reading the directions...  Perfect bite size snacks and somewhat healthy versus everything else they probably ate today.

These were for the director of Nat's school (middle) and her teachers (sides).  The tag said "I dig you" to go with the shovel in the bag/coffee cup.  The teachers had caramel filled kisses and the director had Valentine M & M's.  The teachers also had a hand print heart- which is listed below.

Her school has a small staff so everybody knows everybody (and every kid) so I make something for the whole staff.  I wanted to make these cookies but time ran out.  So I settled for heart shaped chocolate chip cookies iced with heart sprinkles.  You can never go wrong with chocolate chip cookies...

Last but definitely not least...I made them a long distance hug {also Pinterest} for Natalie's Grandparents.  They are both hanging somewhere in their respected houses.  This is also another shot of her hand print heart.
Ok now off to start and finish a special celebration craft for one of Natalie's teachers who is moving to another class by Friday...

All Tied Up In Blue

This past weekend I helped throw a baby shower for my sister, Jenny, and the first boy in the Kluga family, "Cooper".  It was a lot of fun to put together and it was just icing on the cake that I was able to do it with such amazing ladies- Mema, Aunt Em and the Wonderful Cake ladies (Mandy, Melissa & Sandy).
I fell in love with this tie bunting and the theme was set!
I saw a yarn wrapped wreath on Pinterest and I just had to do it.  It wasn't my favorite thing in the process (I thought my wrists were going to detach from my arms) but I love how it turned out.  I followed the tutorial for the felt flowers here and everything was bought at JoAnn's.

My Mom was planning on doing a diaper cake so I decided I would tackle a diaper tricycle.  Of course, after I made it I found a motorcycle which would have been cute too.  But again, I am really happy with how it turned out.

The one and only game was the traditional "Don't say baby" game but with a little twist.  Jenny and Andy don't have a name picked out so we added the word "name" to the game.  They had to be little bowties and neckties to go with the theme.  This was probably the cutest part of the party.  Congrats to Dawn!  Hope your Starbucks was delicious!

In addition to the game- I put together these "Advice Cards".  Guests were able to pick who they were giving the advice to and write it below.  I wish I had this passed out while Jenny was opening presents.  It would have been cute getting one from each guest.  There's always next time...

The bunting!!!  I bought the scrap booking paper from Joann's and traced the bow ties and neckties then attached them on the ribbon.  One said 'Mommy's Little Man', another said 'Daddy's Little Buddy' and the last one said 'Oh Boy Oh Boy Oh Boy'.  They were super cute!

 Favors are a hard thing to decide on.  You want something cute but something guests won't throw away.  Insert Mema and Aunt Em!  Sugar bow tie and necktie cookies!  There were 2 tags- "All tied up in blue for the little man's debut" and "All tied up in blue- sending our love to the Armanious crew".  They were a hit!

The cake was from JJ Gandy's and the Cake Ladies do not dissapoint!  It was delicious and super cute!  Bravo girls and thank you again!

I came across this subway art in one of the baby shower blogs I found.  The best part was that it was FREE!!!  Thank you Simple Crafter!  The washcloth cupcakes were fun to make too.  I found a cupcake sleeve template, wrapped the washcloths and added the red pom pom for a cherry.  

I enjoyed playing with all the blue and bow ties but my Andy is happy to have me back...for the moment.


Saturday, February 4, 2012

Baby Shower Season Begins!

My friend asked me if I could find some unique baby shower games for a shower she's helping with next weekend.  You know one where you don't have to melt candy bars in a diaper or chug things out of a baby bottle...  I came across a website and sent it off to her.  She ended up finding a really cute one but it cost to download it.  I ended up making my own version of it.  I think it turned out pretty cute.  I made a page for a baby girl's shower and another for a baby boy's shower.

Another game she's planning to play is based around the baby's name.  In a nutshell- using only the letters in the baby's first and middle names- come up with as many words as you can in a certain amount of time.  I left the baby name's blank so you can add your own.    

On another note- my Mom, little sister and I are planning my sister's baby shower.  She is finally having a boy after 2 amazing little girls!  We are enjoying the planning but have never been surrounded by so much blue!  Look for a post about it soon.  I have a lot of things in the works- bowties, neckties, little boy subway art {thank you simple crafter}, a yarn wrapped wreath, diapers shaped into a pretty cool toy and much much more!