I’m currently in the process of planning Mackenzie’s 4th birthday party. She told me that she wanted to have a tea party many months ago, and when I asked if she wanted the tea party to be her birthday party, she was super excited. I then began a Tea Party board on Pinterest, and started searching blogs and online party stores for ideas.
I found a teapot piñata on a party supplies site, but it was green, and not really something that I liked. Everything else that I cam across was really cheesy. I then remembered this paper mache teacup pattern by Ann Wood that I had pinned on my Tutorials and DIY board.
I then knew that I could use this pattern to create a piñata for the party. There are plenty of piñata tutorials online, so I looked at those, to get an idea of how to make my teacup piñata. Most of them used a box, so I went to my basement found a box of the perfect size, and took everything out of it. I then enlarged the teacup pattern 200% and printed it. This was still far too small for a piñata, so I took the measurements and multiplied them by 2.25. I have created a pdf to be downloaded if anyone wants to create this piñata. I then recreated the pattern provided by Ann Wood onto my box and cut it out with a box cutter. I used masking tape to tape the edges together, and you can the beginning of my teacup below.
I filled the hole at the bottom and used a cereal box to create the rounded base. I then worked on my first layer of paper mache, I used a mixture of flour and water for the paste. For the handle, I cut a long strip out from the cereal box, and did a layer of paper mache. I shaped it and layed it down to dry before attaching it to the teacup.
When it was time for the second layer of paper mache, I attached the handle with masking tape and traced the top of the teacup onto another piece of cardboard. I cut the cardboard smaller than the top of the teacup and created a flap for the candy insertion (I placed a folded piece of tape onto the flap so that it would be easy to open). I also made marks so that I could find where the center was so that I could place holes for hanging the teacup. I then inserted the top into the teacup and pushed it down about an inch so that when all was said and done I could paint the top and it would “look” like tea I then used masking tape to securely tape the top to the base. I then began layer to of paper mache.
After the 2 layers of paper mache were done, I then began working on layers of pink tissue paper and Mod Podge. In order to cover the newspaper enough so that you couldn’t see it, it took 2 layers of tissue paper. If I would have used a lighter color, then I know it would have taken a lot more, because you can still see some newspaper through my tissue paper. I added a decorative tissue paper on every other panel, to add interest. I then painted the top brown and white along the edges. The handle took about 4 layers of tissue paper because I just couldn’t seem to get it to look right. When all was done I went to my sewing supplies and found a matching pink ribbon to hang it with.
There it is, my DIY Teacup Piñata, and yes…I will be sad when it’s broken open by a stick! Hope you like it, and if you make one too, I’d love to see it!
Okay, so I’ve been super busy, some would say that I’ve been doing nothing and being lazy, but I think that’s because I’m overwhelmed with everything else, that I just want to be lazy most nights. Now I’m going to tell you everything that’s been going on, and I’m really excited to share all of it with you!
1. Art Directors Association of Iowa
Okay, for those of you who don’t know, I’m on the board for ADAI (Art Directors Association of Iowa), and I’m in charge of the Professional Exhibition. Here’s a little info about ADAI:
The Art Directors Association of Iowa was founded in 1957. It serves the specific needs of professionals and students involved in graphic design and related fields in Iowa. A nonprofit organization, ADAI formed to both educate members and promote the exchange of ideas and information. Activities in the future will evolve to meet the needs of our ever-changing profession.
So I have been very busy getting the Call for Entries for the Professional Exhibition ready to be mailed. Friday I mailed these out, and it was a big relief! The theme is Buttoned Up, yes, that’s what I said Buttoned Up, and I am so in love with buttons that this is perfect for me. Okay, and now for a couple of pics of the Call for Entries :]
I am working on a tutorial for these cute little felt envelopes! I hope to have it up in the next week or so, if I don’t then feel free to bug me with comments on this post till it goes up. I am very forgetful lately, even when I write myself to-do lists and notes. The felt came from Giant Dwarf, and it was just wonderful to work with, nothing like the cheap felt I’m used to using. The buttons were all plastic dyed buttons that I got from Little Red Cottage, they were an assortment and all of them were so beautiful.
We have finally nailed down a date for the 3rd annual SORR event. Yay! Except that now I’m doing this event by myself, because the love Kelsey will be in South Africa. The swap has been scheduled for a 2-Day event which is taking place at the Natural Living Expo:
Saturday, April 2: 10 am to 6 pm AND Sunday, April 3: 11 am to 4 pm
Polk County Convention Complex, 501 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309
We still need general volunteers for both days, and set-up on Friday, April 1, 3 pm to 7 pm. As well as sewing volunteers for Saturday and Sunday. Entry to the swap will be $10 plus a bag of clothes, for people who are attending the Natural Living Expo and decide to drop in on the swap without a bag of clothes, that will be fine too. Please send us an email if you’re interested in being a volunteer, remember volunteers get free admission to the swap!
3. Pattern Designs
I’ve been working on a line of patterns to possibly be published. I have some sketches going, and many more ideas in my head, but now it’s time to get to work, and start getting the patterns drawn and ready to test. I don’t want to reveal too much here, but lets just say I’m really excited!!!
4. My new Obsession
Okay, so I think I have a new obsession now, and it’s kinda weird. I’m now a coupon lady, yes, I’m admitting this to the entire world. I clip coupons (I get at least two sets of inserts from the Sunday paper every week) and I shop sales, and I also trade coupons. This has allowed me to save a lot of money. I’ve also been able to stock up on items that I love to use, and used to pay full price for when I ran out. I’m reading blogs dedicated to saving money using coupons and have joined a coupon forum. I’ll share my links below with you, but I’m also hoping to be able to share some of my awesome shopping trips too!
- The Frugal Find – She finds awesome things on the web for deals, as well as many of the others, but I started following her first, so she’s my favorite Also, she has an amazing FREE Online Coupon Class, and these helped me to learn a lot!
- Totally Target – Everything Target! She tells you how to work the deals, and lets you know when new coupons come out so you can get items for FREE or very cheap!
- A Full Cup – The forum where I chat with other couponers about deals, this is very up to date, because many people are constantly posting new things. There are also ways to find coupons that are regional, I often trade for coupons that we don’t get in our area, for ones that other people get, and I love it!
- Deal Seeking Mom – many cool things here
- Hip2Save – for Walgreens Deals the best deals on the weekly shopping lists are highlighted in a different color.
- Penny Pinchin’ Mom – highlights best deals in green on weekly shopping lists
- Bargain Briana – Great f0r Kmart Deals
Many of these sites also have coupon databases, but my favorite database is the AFC (A Full Cup) because if you’re looking for one, you can often find somebody who has it and is willing to give it up for something they are searching for.
I would have to say that I am one of the happiest girls out there right now! As I was looking through my emails, I noticed one from Kathy over at makingitfun, and the subject was congratulations! I was intrigued and quickly clicked on the email. To my surprise I won 2 yards of Michael Miller Simply Beautiful fabric! Take a look at this stuff:
This fabric has a large and beautiful flower design reaching across the entire width of the fabric. Kathy said “the stems are at one selvage reaching across the full width of the fabric to the other selvage.” Wow! Before I was thinking adding the image as an applique to some curtains, but now I’m envisioning a ballgown type dress with the giant flower design as an applique on that! If you have time, head over to the post where there are other things made with this fabric. The things made are super cute, and really inspiring :]
I’ve been doing some research lately, on organizing, because I’m sick of the way my apartment has been looking. A Bowl Full of Lemons had a 21 day Organizing Challenge that started at the beginning of January. I found this when they were already on day 15, so I did a few things, but didn’t have the time to commit to the entire challenge. I have some before and after pictures of my bathroom, that I will be blogging about soon :]
The Weekly Challenge will start on Sunday, and I’m super excited. Toni put samples of what the challenges will be, and I’m excited about:
- Organizing your craft room
- Creating a recipe binder
- Menu planning
If you’re interested, I hope you check out A Bowl Full of Lemons and try the Weekly Challenge too!
I participated in a Secret Santa swap over on the lillyella blog. I sent one of my gathered pouches along with a few buttons, to a girl on the East coast. I’m glad that she blogged about it, because of course, I forgot to take a picture :/
The recipient was Alyssa Mae and she lives in Rochester, New York. Here’s what she said about the gift:
This adorable little pouch was actually handmade by my Secret Santa, Stephanie of s-renee.com, a graphic designer and seamstress, as were the cute buttons. I adore handmade accessories! This totally made my day.
She linked to me too! That made me pretty happy.
As for the gift I received…oh it was wonderful! Jennie of Clover and Violet sent me some great stuff! I loved how I even got a Hallmark Christmas card. I remember the days in high school where I always had to buy Hallmark cards, now I kinda just make my own cards when I remember to. Everything was all wrapped up, so I got to unwrap each gift.
Jennie did a little bit of internet stalking, by looking at my Etsy favorites. This was a great idea, because she found out that I like the “Snip Snip” fabric from Momo’s Wonderland line. Turns out this line is one of Jennie’s favorites, and she based the gifts around this. She sent me two pincushions, a coffee cup sleeve with my name embroidered, $5 Starbucks gift card, Little Wallet pattern, and some scraps. I’ve already used the pattern and some of the scraps, to make a little wallet for my grandma for Christmas. Also, since I do LOVE coffee (she wasn’t sure if I did or not) the Starbucks card was put to good use, and it was a good day!
I decided to participate in the Sew,Mama,Sew! blog post about Reflections + Predictions. I chose the questions that I actually have answers for. Enjoy!
Looking back on the sewing scene of 2010, what trends stand out in your mind? Buntings, they were everywhere, and they are super cute, so who wouldn’t want to make one? Another thing is gathers and ruffles, which I’m totally in love with!
What were some of your favorite things? Linen! When sewing with it, it’s like butter, just amazingly smooth. I also started reading a lot more sewing blogs, and love new tutorials.
What was your very favorite fabric collection or print? Cosmo Cricket’s Early Bird, I used the scrapbooking paper, then when I found out there was fabric, I was in love! I also started using imported Japanese fabrics, I love the designs and colors.
What was the best thing you made in 2010? I made my little miss Zee a cute little dress altered a bit from the Village Frock pattern by Sugar City. The pattern isn’t in print anymore, but I’m so glad that I got this pattern before they were gone! I think I’ve shown lots of pictures of Zee from this photo shoot, but it was an amazing day, and Kelsey did such a great job.
What do you think 2011 has in store? Can’t wait to see what else comes from Melody Miller. I love her Ruby Star Rising collection, and can’t wait to start my next project using the view finder fabric that I ordered.
What’s on your sewing agenda for 2011? What are you excited about? I’m just excited to sew. Sewing clothing, and getting my items in more stores, would be awesome, and I guess in a way, that is my sewing goal. I also hope to blog about most of my sewn items, unlike the past…how I forget to (especially custom items) then they get sent off and I never see them again…
35% off + free shipping through December 16, 2011
Use this promo code at checkout: HAULIDAYS
This is a super simple giveaway by Chronicle Books! Post a list of Chronicle Books valued at up to $500 that you’d like to haul in, and you’ll be automatically entered into a drawing to WIN your list of books! And, one of your readers who comments on the post will win the list too! Last day to submit entries is December 10th! So if I win, somebody who comments on this blog post will also win my list.
- Handmade Weddings By Sabrina Moyle, Eunice Moyle, and Shana Faust
- Paper + Craft By Minhee and Truman Cho
- Every Day’s a Holiday By Heidi Kenney
- Little Book of Letterpress By Charlotte Rivers
- Lotta Jansdotter’s Handmade Living By Lotta Jansdotter
- Creative, Inc. By Meg Mateo Ilasco and Joy Deangdeelert Cho
- Witch Craft Compiled by Margaret McGuire and Alicia Kachmar
- Reprodepot Pattern Book: Flora By Djerba Goldfinger
- Appliqué Your Way By Kayte Terry
- The Sneaker Coloring Book By Daniel Jarosch and Henrik Klingel
- Softies By Therese Laskey
- Lotta Jansdotter’s Simple Sewing Projects and illustrations by Lotta Jansdotter
- Girl’s World By Jennifer Paganelli
- American Trademarks Edited by Eric Baker and Tyler Blik
- All Cakes Considered By Melissa Gray
- Cupcake Kit By Elinor Klivans
- Scribble It! By Taro Gomi
- High Five with Julius and Friends By Paul Frank Industries
- Squiggles By Taro Gomi
- Doodles By Taro Gomi
- Scribbles By Taro Gomi
- Emily’s Balloon By Komako Sakai
- Little Pea By Amy Krouse Rosenthal
- Open Studios with Lotta Jansdotter By Lotta Jansdotter
Grand Total: $497.55
I am part of the EtsyMom Street Team, and I’m participating in the Black Friday Sale. If you shop my Etsy store you will receive 15% off everything! That’s a pretty good discount for my items. The sale runs from 11/26 to 11/29.
There will also be many other team members participating in the sale. To shop the sale on Etsy.com, search “EtsyMomSale” (if you click on the link, it should lead you to all the items with that tag). You’ll find a little of everything from eco friendly + modern felt stockings, boutique-style children’s clothing, cute Japanese handmade fabric button accessories, Twilight inspired jewelry, photography, handstamped cards, stationary, holiday decor, and more!
Remember the sale only runs from 11/26 through 11/29, and this includes custom t-skirts. If you’re looking for other custom items, based off of my designs, if I create a custom listing for you and you pay for it during the sale dates, these items will be on sale. Another note, the cut off for custom orders is Friday, December 10th, unless I get a huge amount of orders. This will ensure that you receive your order by Christmas.