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I decided to put my own little spin on the valentine idea with a child and candy lips. My husband and I joined in on the fun. We just got in front of his mac and used photo booth to take our picture. It works really well with Lillian because she likes to be able to see herself take the picture. Then I added the text using the computer and had cards printed at Walgreens. With a coupon it only cost $10 for 20 photo cards with envelopes. I’m sure it will bring a smile to all of my friends and family members faces. And, maybe it will give you an idea for your own.

An Impromtu Halloween Party

I decided at the last minute to throw a Halloween party. It wasn’t anything fancy. I just threw together a few fun things and we had a good time. I made guacamole and my artist brother helped out by carving a “puking” pumpkin to go with it.

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We also had a panna cotta brain with cranberry sauce as well as mozzarella, tomato and olive eyeballs.

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The best thing that we made was caramel apple jell-o shots. They weren’t too much work and were the best jell-o shots I have ever had. Normally, they are either horrible tasting or not strong enough to be worth eating but these were neither. The apple made them taste really fantastic and made them super easy to eat. I got the recipe here. However, we did add more vodka and we made a double batch. As a note, I bought a melon-baller in order to make these and I don’t know why I have never owned one before! It is an amazing little tool!

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I also got to give my costume a test run but, I plan on doing a few things differently for the actual day of Halloween.

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Happy Halloween Banner and My Genius Mirror Project

I found a great free printable at “How Does She…” I decided that I am going to do new banners for different times of the year so, I just put up a rope with clothes pins on it over my mirrors in my living room. Now it will be much easier to change out my banners for the seasons and I think it looks cool.

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Now, take a look at my mirror. It is really large, my living room has 30 ft. ceilings and that is a full sized couch in the picture. The mirror is about 4.5 ft. tall and 6 ft. wide. Would it surprise you to know that this is made of 6 $5 behind the door mirrors from Target?! Well, it is! I simply put command velcro strips on the back of each mirror and placed them next to each other on the wall. So, I got this gigantic mirror for only $30 and it only took about 20 minutes to put on the wall entirely by myself. I have toyed with the idea of painting the frames a different color but I haven’t gotten around to it yet.

Lillian’s 2nd Birthday Party – Pink Ombré and Painting

I did quite a bit of crazy crafting for Lillian’s birthday. So I’ll just let you look at some photos and describe everything that warrants description under each of the photos. In the future I will document my late night crafting craziness while it is occurring but, since this blog is new and I wasn’t prepared in advance, I obviously can’t show you the “making of” photos…unless you have a time machine I can borrow. 🙂

My mom helped out by face painting anyone who was interested. It really made the party have a nice carnival feel.
I was so excited that everything was actually done before guests arrived and looked AH-MAY-ZHING. If I do say so myself. Last year for Lilly’s 1st birthday I was not so successful. I had more than a few people icing cupcakes after they arrived and Lilly’s cake looked like a mess. But it was perfect this year.
Guests were able to customize an apron with their name for all of their painting ventures. I provided letter stencils and paint markers. This allowed the adults to participate.
The menu was: mini mac and cheese bites, chocolate covered rice crispy treats, individual 7 layer dips and chips, cake (of course) and min fruit pizzas with peach-lemonade fruit punch. The only thing that I actually count as a failure was the punch. It tasted like a sweet-tart and just wasn’t as delicious as I had hoped it would be. Also, the rice crispy treats were supposed to look like paint brushes dipped into paint but, they didn’t really work out. However, they were still delicious.
Here you can see everything on the food table. My wonderful sister-in-law brought the flowers from the Cabbage Rose florist shop in Little Rock where she works and I created a “paint” spilling effect using a couple paint cans and a pink plastic table cloth. I’m sure you’ve seen it on pinterest.
The party had to be moved indoors due to rain but no one minded. Here you can see Lilly painting on her acrylic easel that I made with my Stepfather. In the background you can see our attempt at beautifying the garage with some Christmas trees covered in streamers. We also placed streamers on the ceiling and had plenty of balloons.
We had guests place presents in the reading room. My brother and husband placed the streamers.
Here I am with Lilly’s perfect little cake. It was strawberry with whipped cream cheese icing. I attempted to make it ombré on the inside but it didn’t work out too well. It was just REALLY pink. I created a pennant with bamboo skewers, ribbon and paint chips. I then wrote “Lillian” on each piece. I think it turned out pretty cute.
I took some leftover rope from the making of the acrylic easel and paired it with some clothes pins and duct tape to create a art dispay area. I seriously just took colorful, polka dotted duct tape and taped it on the wall but it actually looked really cute and was very functional.
Here is one of the party attendees with his cute apron and paintbrushes.
Here she is totally in the zone. One of the other activities I had was for parents to place their child’s name on the canvas using stickers. Then the child was allowed to paint over them. When it is dry you can peel off the stickers and have the negative space of the stickers display their name through the paint. I have Lilly’s on display and will post a photo of it later for you. The adults also enjoyed this and several went home with their own versions. They placed their last name and “est.” with the year underneath. They turned out very nicely.
These were DELICIOUS! And soooooo easy to do. I baked the sugar cookies the night before using pre-made cookie dough. I also made the icing the night before. This way all I had to do was cut up some fruit and assemble them the day of. The icing was simply powdered sugar, vanilla and cream cheese.
I made this banner out of paint chips, ribbon and marker.
You can see the paint chip wreath I made on my mirrors above the couch and the balloon banner I made as well. I simply took a piece of cardboard and cut into a wreath shape. I then hot-glued the paint chips in an ombré order around the cardboard. For the balloons, I just threaded them all onto one piece of string through the tied off part of each balloon and hung them up.

Lilly enjoying her acrylic easel. You can also see her cute apron that I made with a lily on it.