Quiet Books

Monday, June 8, 2015

I have always wanted a quiet book, but the thought of making one all by myself was a little overwhelming. I found of group of women who had this same desire. We all got together and made a quiet book. Each one of us picked a page to create and then made that page for everyone else in the group. 

I am almost finished with my lady bug page. I can't wait to see what everyone else created. Making one page makes it feel a little less daunting. We made the pages so we could add to the books if we ever want to or take pages out if they were too complicated for our younger kids.  I think it is going to be a hit with my kids. 

I found the template for this page from herehttp://quietbookblog.blogspot.com/p/template-directory.html There are many great pages to choose from in one convenient location. Go check them out. 

Do you want to organize a Quiet Book Group too? Send me an email to find out how I can help you. 

Our Sweet Baby!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Thanks to briannasiddoway.com for taking such great photos of our new sweet baby, Mabel. She has definitely stolen our hearts! Please go give Brianna some love and check out her fantastic work. We love how she has captured this moment for us.

DIY: Baby Leggins

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

I'm not sure if I mentioned it, but I had a baby almost a year ago. She is so sweet and has tons of hair, which is a first for me. We have all loved having her in our home. I have been having so much fun making things for her. It's so nice to start a project and finish it all in the same day.

Another thing about me...I am so clumsy and often spill on myself and splatter on my shirt while cooking dinner. I have ruined too many shirts in the past few months. I decided to see if I could re-purpose them. There are so many options, but I love little leggins for babies the best. I know there are so many tutorials out there, so if you can handle one more, here it is.

Items you need:

Grab an old T-shirt or tank top.
A pair of leggins that fit your baby or the size you want to make.
1" elastic (I like the woven kind)

 Step One: Lay out tank top

 Step Two: Cut up both sides of tank and across the straps to make two separate pieces (front and back)

 Step Three: Fold both pieces in half 

 Step Four: Lay the two pieces of fabric on top of each other. Be sure to have the folded end on the same side for both pieces. (Mine are on the right side, left side is the open end of fabric). Lay the leggins with the bum side to open end on top of the fabric. I have a 1/2" of fabric all the way around to allow for seam allowance and to make them bigger. Make sure the bottom of the tank top (the hemmed edge) is at the bottom of the pants. Then you don't have to hem your leggins. Yay for short cuts.

Step Five: Cut out shape of pants. Make sure you leave a 1" edge above the fabric at the top so you have enough to fold over for elastic waistband.

Step Six: Fold the fabric with the right sides touching and sew from bottom of bum to the end of leg. Repeat for other leg.

 Step Seven: Turn one leg right side out stuff inside the other leg. Be sure to line up the inside seams.

 Step Seven continued: It should look like this! Right sides are touching. Sew along the smile line at the top. Be sure that the seams stay lined up.

 Step Eight: Turn right side out - sew waistband, add elastic and you are done!

 Here is another tank top that I loved too...

And the sweet leggins it created. I took the flowers off the top to make a headband for my baby as well.

I love this project because it is fast, easy and turns out so cute. It's also great to re-purpose something...in this case the shirt I wore to the hospital the day my baby was born. I hope you give this a try - I'd love to see your projects too! Contact me with any questions, I'm happy to help. 

Owl Post: A Magical, Wizard Party

Monday, February 24, 2014

 We are currently obsessed with all things Wizardly here at our house. My son has read almost all the Harry Potter books and wanted a Harry Potter themed birthday party. I remembered my amazing friend and party stylist, Jen Carver of Banner Events wizard party from a couple years ago.

First task was to contact Anders Ruff about their fabulous customizable Magic Wizard Party Printables. Can you believe how perfect the ticket invitations are? Anders Ruff certainly doesn’t disappoint. Their attention to detail helped inspire this novice party thrower. My talented friend, Brianna Siddoway of Brianna Siddoway Photography was able to capture all the magical moments.

We printed the invitations on a vintage linen paper to give it a more authentic feel. Parents and kids alike commented on how much they loved these invites. If you are thinking about your next birthday party, professional party printables, help set the theme and get the guests excited about the party. My son really wanted to dress up in his Harry Potter costume to deliver the invitations. I was happy we were able to use his cloak and tie, designed by SookEe Designs again. We even took his baby sister dressed as Hedwig.

On the day of the party, guests loved arriving at Platform 9 ¾. Which is the only way to catch the train to Hogwarts. I paired it with a homemade brick wall. The kids loved running through the wall and it was so easy to create. I used a large paper roll, a sponge and acrylic paint.

Bronson was most looking forward to visiting Ollivander’s Wand Shop. Which as every Wizard knows is the best place to “have a wand pick them”. My husband purchased dowels from the local hardware store and had them cut into various sizes. He then used a lathe to create unique designs in each wand. We really love how they turned out and the kids were thrilled to take home their own wand.

After visiting Ollivander’s it was off to Hogwarts to be sorted. Each student had the sorting hat placed on their head so they could be sorted into the correct house. Bronson, of course, was placed in Gryffindor.

Classes began right after the sorting ceremony. First class, Defense Against the Dark Arts. Here students were taught basic spells to get a feel for their wand. Then each house was given the task to create a unique spell. They presented the spell to the other houses and then the duels began. House points were awarded to the winning team.

After a grueling workout dueling one another, the kids made their way to Hogsmeade for butter beer. I found a recipe online here. It’s pretty easy to make. It was the perfect drink to warm the kids up on such a cold day.

Finally the kids made their way to Honeydukes. It was the best spot to wish Happy Birthday to Bronson. We had delicious house cookies made by Jilly B Creations. I have been amazed at her talent and tasty cookies. Her cookies look beautiful and taste even better. Homemade Chocolate Cupcakes were wrapped with the Party Printables from Anders Ruff.

I used the Magic Wizard Candy Shop Printables from Anders Ruff to label all the sweet treats. It really was the perfect ending to a magical party.

Vendor Credits:

Printable Graphic Design: Anders Ruff
Invitation: Here
Printable Package: Here
Platform 9 ¾ Sign: Here
Magic Wizard Candy Shop Printables: Here
Custom Cookies: Jilly B Creations
Wizard Cloak: SookEe Designs

Wizard Wands: My husband, Trever.