Sunday, September 13, 2015

It's an Art Party!!

My niece Sofia loves art and decided, very fittingly, that she wanted an Art Party for her 8th Birthday.  Since my sister in law is expecting baby No. 3 and little Gracie's been kicking her butt (24/7 morning sickness, anyone??) I said I'd help as much as possible.  Of course, I resorted to Pinterest for ideas and gave them my own twist.  To keep cost low I used things I already had, made many of the decorations myself and simplified the menu (no kid needs 50 different food choices for a 3 hour party!).



For the mantle I made some simple Pennant Flags with cardstock and spelled "PAINT" with Vintage Sign Letters I already owned.

With the leftover triangles from the flags (I hate throwing stuff away), I made "Sofia's Art Studio" Color Wheel for the front door.
I thought it would be cute for her to have a Guestbook so I quickly painted a rainbow on one of the canvas panels I made for the kids to paint (more on those in a bit), and laid out a few markers.  Instant Guestbook!




For the table, I purchased some White Kraft Paper (some Arts & Crafts stores will sell this by the yard) and a couple rolls of Gift Wrap that went with the theme.  I covered the table in white and created a table runner with the decorative paper.  I also covered a cardboard box with the same paper to create different levels.  I got the cupsplates, and napkins from Amazon and the "Add-On" feature made them crazy cheap!
The backdrop was made with twisted crepe paper in rainbow colors.  Just make sure you twist the same number of times every time to achieve an even effect.  Yeah, I'm a little anal like that...I also like to count how many times I pump each balloon so they are all roughly the same size!!
As far as food goes we also kept it fairly simple.   Rainbow fruit and veggie platter, jello in assorted flavors arranged on the table, popcorn, and chips with guacamole and salsa. Oh, and the super cute (and yummy) pretzel sticks dipped in white chocolate and sprinkles.




For the table, I purchased some White Kraft Paper (some Arts & Crafts stores will sell this by the yard) and a couple rolls of Gift Wrap that went with the theme.  I covered the table in white and created a table runner with the decorative paper.  I also covered a cardboard box with the same paper to create different levels.  I got the cupsplates, and napkins from Amazon and the "Add-On" feature made them crazy cheap!
The backdrop was made with twisted crepe paper in rainbow colors.  Just make sure you twist the same number of times every time to achieve an even effect.  Yeah, I'm a little anal like that...I also like to count how many times I pump each balloon so they are all roughly the same size!!
As far as food goes we also kept it fairly simple.   Rainbow fruit and veggie platter, jello in assorted flavors arranged on the table, popcorn, and chips with guacamole and salsa. Oh, and the super cute (and yummy) pretzel sticks dipped in white chocolate and sprinkles.


For the table, I purchased some White Kraft Paper (some Arts & Crafts stores will sell this by the yard) and a couple rolls of Gift Wrap that went with the theme.  I covered the table in white and created a table runner with the decorative paper.  I also covered a cardboard box with the same paper to create different levels.  I got the cupsplates, and napkins from Amazon and the "Add-On" feature made them crazy cheap!
The backdrop was made with twisted crepe paper in rainbow colors.  Just make sure you twist the same number of times every time to achieve an even effect.  Yeah, I'm a little anal like that...I also like to count how many times I pump each balloon so they are all roughly the same size!!
As far as food goes we also kept it fairly simple.   Rainbow fruit and veggie platter, jello in assorted flavors arranged on the table, popcorn, and chips with guacamole and salsa. Oh, and the super cute (and yummy) pretzel sticks dipped in white chocolate and sprinkles.


For the table, I purchased some White Kraft Paper (some Arts & Crafts stores will sell this by the yard) and a couple rolls of Gift Wrap that went with the theme.  I covered the table in white and created a table runner with the decorative paper.  I also covered a cardboard box with the same paper to create different levels.  I got the cupsplates, and napkins from Amazon and the "Add-On" feature made them crazy cheap!
The backdrop was made with twisted crepe paper in rainbow colors.  Just make sure you twist the same number of times every time to achieve an even effect.  Yeah, I'm a little anal like that...I also like to count how many times I pump each balloon so they are all roughly the same size!!
As far as food goes we also kept it fairly simple.   Rainbow fruit and veggie platter, jello in assorted flavors arranged on the table, popcorn, and chips with guacamole and salsa. Oh, and the super cute (and yummy) pretzel sticks dipped in white chocolate and sprinkles.


For the table, I purchased some White Kraft Paper (some Arts & Crafts stores will sell this by the yard) and a couple rolls of Gift Wrap that went with the theme.  I covered the table in white and created a table runner with the decorative paper.  I also covered a cardboard box with the same paper to create different levels.  I got the cupsplates, and napkins from Amazon and the "Add-On" feature made them crazy cheap!
The backdrop was made with twisted crepe paper in rainbow colors.  Just make sure you twist the same number of times every time to achieve an even effect.  Yeah, I'm a little anal like that...I also like to count how many times I pump each balloon so they are all roughly the same size!!
As far as food goes we also kept it fairly simple.   Rainbow fruit and veggie platter, jello in assorted flavors arranged on the table, popcorn, and chips with guacamole and salsa. Oh, and the super cute (and yummy) pretzel sticks dipped in white chocolate and sprinkles.


For the table, I purchased some White Kraft Paper (some Arts & Crafts stores will sell this by the yard) and a couple rolls of Gift Wrap that went with the theme.  I covered the table in white and created a table runner with the decorative paper.  I also covered a cardboard box with the same paper to create different levels.  I got the cupsplates, and napkins from Amazon and the "Add-On" feature made them crazy cheap!
The backdrop was made with twisted crepe paper in rainbow colors.  Just make sure you twist the same number of times every time to achieve an even effect.  Yeah, I'm a little anal like that...I also like to count how many times I pump each balloon so they are all roughly the same size!!
As far as food goes we also kept it fairly simple.   Rainbow fruit and veggie platter, jello in assorted flavors arranged on the table, popcorn, and chips with guacamole and salsa. Oh, and the super cute (and yummy) pretzel sticks dipped in white chocolate and sprinkles.


For the table, I purchased some White Kraft Paper (some Arts & Crafts stores will sell this by the yard) and a couple rolls of Gift Wrap that went with the theme.  I covered the table in white and created a table runner with the decorative paper.  I also covered a cardboard box with the same paper to create different levels.  I got the cupsplates, and napkins from Amazon and the "Add-On" feature made them crazy cheap!
The backdrop was made with twisted crepe paper in rainbow colors.  Just make sure you twist the same number of times every time to achieve an even effect.  Yeah, I'm a little anal like that...I also like to count how many times I pump each balloon so they are all roughly the same size!!
As far as food goes we also kept it fairly simple.   Rainbow fruit and veggie platter, jello in assorted flavors arranged on the table, popcorn, and chips with guacamole and salsa. Oh, and the super cute (and yummy) pretzel sticks dipped in white chocolate and sprinkles.


For the table, I purchased some White Kraft Paper (some Arts & Crafts stores will sell this by the yard) and a couple rolls of Gift Wrap that went with the theme.  I covered the table in white and created a table runner with the decorative paper.  I also covered a cardboard box with the same paper to create different levels.  I got the cupsplates, and napkins from Amazon and the "Add-On" feature made them crazy cheap!
The backdrop was made with twisted crepe paper in rainbow colors.  Just make sure you twist the same number of times every time to achieve an even effect.  Yeah, I'm a little anal like that...I also like to count how many times I pump each balloon so they are all roughly the same size!!
As far as food goes we also kept it fairly simple.   Rainbow fruit and veggie platter, jello in assorted flavors arranged on the table, popcorn, and chips with guacamole and salsa. Oh, and the super cute (and yummy) pretzel sticks dipped in white chocolate and sprinkles.



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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Dario's Comic Book Handmade Wallet

A while back I found this tutorial on craftster and based on that I've made a few wallets before. For the first one, I followed the instructions to the tee but after that I've made some changes here and there. These are just wallets made using paper and packaging tape and they are very durable. My first one lived for a few years before it finally fell apart.

My nephew, Dario, is 5 years old he's been obsessed with the Post Office lately and wanted to receive something with "his name on it" so my sister asked if I could mail him a letter. I wanted to send him something a little more fun than a simple letter but light enough to mail to Ecuador and that it wouldn't cost me a small fortune.

That's where the wallet came in: fun, small, you can still mail it flat...perfect! And I even threw in some cash and a few fake credit cards for him! Can you say, "Best Aunt Ever"??


It was made with pages from a comic book that I got free from work. I made another super cute wallet for Isaiah using the same book but I made it at work so I couldn't take pictures of that one. Maybe I'll take my camera with me one of these days and I'll take a picture.
Anyway, I think it's time to stop talking and show you Dario's wallet, even if it's only a couple images.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Handmade Upcycled Magazine Envelopes

From a previous post you can see the massive amount of magazines I've accumulated so I'm always trying to find projects that can give them a second life.

This is a fairly simple one. Start out by gathering your supplies.

- Cutting mat
- Scissors, X-acto or utility knife (they all work just fine)
- Pencil
- Envelope template
- Adhesive (not pictured)
- Assorted papers (I'm using magazines for the larger envelopes and some scrap paper for mini envelopes but almost anything can be used)




Go through your magazines and find pages with interesting images, fun text or anything else you like and cut them all out. I prefer to find all my pages first and then make my envelopes all at once.




Once you've made your selection, use your pencil to carefully outline the template onto one of the papers.




Although this image is not very clear this is what you should have so far. Repeat as many times as you want to save paper.




Use one of you cutting tools to cut your envelope. Remember to use your cutting mat when using the X-acto or utility knife, it runs a lot smoother and you won't ruin your table!!




Finally, fold all four sides and use some glue or double sided tape to finish up your envelope leaving the top flap open.




A few more envelopes cut with the larger template, ready to be finished.




All done.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Dining Room makeover...continued

I'm still not finished with everything in the Dining Room but it's slowly coming together.
I bought this frames at the dollar store and gave them a few coats of paint. They're not up on the wall yet but wanted to show the progress.


Before, even though I only remebered to take pictures after I started painting.


After...frames are almost ready, just need a couple touch-ups

Monday, February 16, 2009

Home Makeover

I have been trying to make my apartment pretty. I get it to where I'm happy with the way it looks and, two days later, I absolutely hate it and have to start over.
I love Design Sponge and one of my favorite sections is the Sneak Peeks, where you get to see artists' homes and studios. They are so inspiring! I recently saw Jill Bliss' place and fell in love with her breakfast nook. I'm not sure if that's what it is, maybe it her dining area. Either way, I think it's pretty darn wonderful. So, with that in mind, I set out to make my tiny dining room a little more Jill-esque. It still has a long way to go but I like it so far. I'll be sure to show you when it's totally finished.

BEFORE




I moved all my furniture out of the space so I could start from scratch.


AFTER













It still needs work, artwork on the wall, and specially more color but we'll get there soon.