Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Making Memories

This year for our Easter celebration I decided to make a simple "photo booth" setting.
This was our backdrop.  The fabric is a painting dropcloth.  If you look closely you can see paint splatters on it!  (I used the kind of curtain rings that pinch on to hang the dropcloth.)  I made the paper wheels and bunting out of scrapbook paper.  The bunting is just triangles stitched onto a piece of ribbon.  Over at The Creative Place there is a great tutorial for making the paper wheels.
Everyone had a great time posing! Most of our props came from the dollar store.  I did print a few mustaches and lips from Accent the Party.  They were a free download.

I think he wore these glasses most of the day!

With a little encouragement, even Grandma got in on the action!
I LOVE this picture!
So full of JOY!
We did try for a few "serious" pictures.
My 2 favorite girls and their Grandma.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Quilted bags for Mother's Day

Each year on Mother's Day I like to have a little something to hand out to all of my senior adult ladies at church.  This year I came across this idea for a quilted bag.  The original idea was from a blog called Pink Penguin.  Here is the link to her awesome tutorial for making the bag!  I made mine smaller but used the same technique.  My smaller bags are done with 9 - 2" squares.  I was making 70 of them and decided that making both sides quilted was more than I could tackle so I did coordinating fabric on the back and created a label to stitch on. 
 Awhile back I shared with you the idea/instructions for printing on fabric with your computer.  Here is the link to those instructions. 
 The initial idea was to put a small sewing kit in each bag but the more I thought about it the more I wondered how practical that would be for a senior adult.  For most of the ones I know just threading a needle is a challenge.  Ended up designing candy wrappers using old fashioned sewing graphics.  Wording on the sides and back of the candy have the date and Happy Mother's Day written.  The candy I used was Hershey Nuggets.  They are easy to make wrappers for because a basic address label (Avery 8160) fits perfectly around them.
 The bags were really easy to make but about half way through the project I found myself wondering.......WHAT WAS I THINKING! 
Looking forward to Mother's Day when I can hand out treats and hug a lot of necks!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Tiffany Blue Theme

I never know where inspiration is going to come from! 
This year for Christmas my daughters bought me my first Tiffany's gift.  (Ooo la la!) Now I don't know about you but if I get anything in one of those pretty blue boxes the box must be saved! It has been sitting around in my bedroom since Christmas.  Makes me smile just to see the box!  On top of that, I keep seeing that commercial where the senior adult man orders Breakfast at Tiffany's for his wife for their anniversary.  Anyway, when it came time to plan "Senior Appreciation Day" at church I had Tiffany on the brain!  My variation of the Tiffany theme is "Breakfast at Trinity".  I started by looking for Tiffany blue paper.  I found a great resource for all types of Tiffany paper at Paper and More online.  They had really fast service.  I had my order in 2 or 3 days.

 My first project was this candy folder.  I came across the idea on Pinterest. (Where all wonderful ideas come from, right?)  You can find the instructions to make this at Kerry's Craft Blog where she even has a great video tutorial on how to put it together.
 This silverware bag is probably my favorite part of this project.  Embossing the bag was also found on Pinterest but their idea was on a paper bag.  I used an embossing folder with tiny dots and ran each bag through my Cuttlebug.  The blue strap and wording squares were made from scraps!  Love finding a way to use scraps!  I had printed the squares for the candy holder and later decided the size was too small.  They were perfect for the silverware bag!
 Invitations were relatively easy to set up.  I downloaded a couple of Tiffany style fonts to use and the chandelier was a die that I have, also with my Cuttlebug.  If you wanted to do it without the die cut, I think it would be fine with just the words in the middle of the invite.  That would be just like a real Tiffany box.  :) The 2 fonts I downloaded are TiffanyTwoLight and TiffanyTwoSmc.  The second one is all capitols and most closely resembles the Tiffany box.

 I ordered 8.5x11 paper from the same place to use as placemats.  Just printed in the center of them.  We will have white tablecloths and candles in the center of the tables.
Like a lot of things I do, it seemed like an easy project until I started making 100 of everything! 

I think this theme would be wonderful for a wedding shower!