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Party tray makeover

This is an idea I came up with while preparing for My daughters birthday party. I pulled a dollar store tray out of my party box and came up with a way to make it fit my daughter’s zebra print and peace sign party.


Here is the supplies you need:


duct tape

wrapping paper


Start by cutting little triangles of the duct tape and place them in each corner. This tray had rounded corners, so I needed to do this to cover up all the blue border.


Then I cut a long piece of duct tape and carefully lined it up with the blue line on the tray.  Smooth it down.  There will be excess tape on the corners, so I trimmed the sides to look like this.


Turn the tray over and fold over the rest of the tape.


Continue around all the sides.


For the center, I cut a piece of wrapping paper with the same measurements as the inside of the tray. I used a corner rounder on the corners.  Finally I put a small piece of double stick tape in each corned and one in the center. Then I placed the wrapping paper, starting at one end and smoothing it down as I went.



Now I have a tray that matches the party and a way to transform it for many parties to come.

Advent calendar

Many years ago I created this cute advent calendar for the kids after seeing it in Family Fun Magazine.  First of all I can not throw anything away, so I had a drawer of socks that had lost their mates in my laundry room.  Most of the sock no longer fit the kids, so I thought they were perfect for this project.


I used tiny clothespins to hang them on a length of twine.  In each tiny sock I placed to sweet treats for my kids.


While planning my son’s first birthday, I found another use for the sock garland.  I thought it fit in perfectly with my SOCK monkey theme! I took off all the girly socks and added a few new baby socks.  To tie it all together I added a sock monkey onesie in the middle.  I love seeing all the baby socks, cause kids grow so fast. 



Turkey Shirt

I created a cute turkey ribbon shirt for a sweet little girl. I used a turkey that I downloaded from the shilouette gallery. I then hand sewed ribbon to the shirt to make the feathers.

I cut the turkey out on my wishblade. I ironed the turkey over the ribbon. I know who will be the best dressed at Thanksgiving!


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Where’s Waldo Family

We go to a lot of family Halloween parties each year. I like to have matching family costumes for these special events.  My son is in LOVE with the Where’s Waldo books.  Last year I got the idea that we could dress up like the Waldo characters.  I thought it would be easy to find red and white shirts for everyone.  Much to my dismay there is not a high demand for such shirts.  So, I made my own.


It was a very easy process. I read a lot of posts online about painting on shirts using freezer paper. I thought it would be perfect for this project.  I purchased the freezer paper at my local grocery store. I cut it on my paper cutter to get a nice straight line. I then alternated the freezer paper on the shirt to create the stripes.


I ironed the paper to the shirt and then painted the red stripes with fabric paint and a foam brush. 


This was a very simple project. The hardest part was waiting for it to dry.  The freezer paper peeled right off and left me with great looking shirts. No one believed that I made them.



Waldo, Wolf, Wenda, Wilma and Waldo Watchers

Cookie Monster party


It’s hard to believe that my little cookie monster is 2! After seeing a messy cookie face a million times I decided to do a cookies and milk party.  What is a cookie party with out the cookie monsterSmile

I used tissue paper wadded up to make my 3D door sign for the party.


After naptime the birthday boy was excited to see all his cookie monster decorations.


The guests enjoyed cookies and cupcakes with milk. I set out ice cream for the guests to create their own ice cram sandwiches too. I created labels for the cookie jars by using chalkboard vinyl.


My favorite was the icebox cake made from a Martha Stewart recipe.


I used a cake pan to create this special jello mold.


The children dined on milk crates and helped create the table runner.


Everyone went home with boxed up goodies, recipe cards and a mini cookie jar with cookie crisp cereal.



The little kids went home with a cookie sippy cup, bowl, fork and spoon set, milk carton of goldfish and a personalized sand bucket. The older kids got a personalized cinch sac to hold all their treats from the piñata.


My favorite part was a photo op with the birthday boy sporting a milk mustache.


Getting ready for a 2nd birthday

Well I have already been busy making things for Z’s birthday on my wishblade.  Can you guess my theme?


Did you guess Cookie Monster? Z is my little cookie monster. He always has his face covered in cookies.

This bib I found at the Dollar tree.  I then searched for Cookie Monster’s face on the internet.  I found one I liked and opened in in Cut and Create.  The eyes were a little choppy, so I used the circle tool to create my own eyes they same size.  I then used this face on anything I could think of.


For the cups I used chalkboard contact paper for the mouth.  On the bowls I used outdoor vinyl to stand up to washings.


I found a hat template online and cut it out on the wishblade.  Then I made the fringe by cutting crepe paper.



I found the honey comb decorations at the party store and also added cookies face.

I also made the goody bags with Cookie’s face.  Be sure to check them out too.

Water bottle part 2

This is the last day of swim lessons for the kiddos. I like to get a small gift for the swim teacher. For years I have given them a water bottle. I usually fill them with lifesaver candy. This year I used outdoor vinyl from Pick Your Plum to decorate a dollar store water bottle. I put the name of our favorite swimming hole that I cut out on my wishblade.




Birthday and initial shirts

I made two shirts for a sassy little girl who is celebrating her birthday today.


I started by washing the shirt and fabric. Next I created the design in Silhouette Studio.


Next I ironed heat and bond to the fabric and then cut out the design on my wishblade. I made a tiny one for a hair clip.


I also made a shirt with her initial.


Can’t wait to see pics of the birthday girl in her shirt.

H2O bottles

Last year I came up with a neat gift idea for coaches and teachers. I used vinyl to personalize waterbottles that I found at the Dollar Tree.


Using the shilouette software I typed in the teachers name and then cut it out of vinyl. I use painters tape to keep the letters evenly spaced as I transfer it onto the bottle. You can also use craft punches to cut out shapes to decorate the bottle. I also made these for my whole family. We have washed them many times and have not had any problem with the vinyl peeling off. I do suggest a block style font. I used a curly font for my daughter’s bottle and it was hard to adhear straight and not rip.

Pinwheel hair clips

I was head of heals for these pinwheel hair clips.  They were super easy to make.  I made them for all the girls in my daughters class to wear at the school’s annual memorial day parade.  I used the little leftover scraps to make tiny ones to decorate the sun shade on Z’s stroller.


I tried using a glue gun instead of sewing the button through.  I found that it was easiest to use a brad.

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