Saturday, June 16, 2012

Pimping Out the Ear Buds with Perler Beads

so cute! I've been wanting to make this for ages and we had a bucket of Perler beads...

slice the bead

cram pencil into bead to open it up, but not so far you split it in half

lay the cord of the ear buds across opening

push cord into bead as you slide pencil out



they even still fit into my pouch

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Madeleine's Graduation

How I ruined my oldest child's life.

In the middle of festive party prep, Madeleine looked at me (knee deep in decorating plastic cups with polka dot stickers) and announced I was ruining her life.

I know she was teasing.


It must be so hard. Having an enthusiastic and (I blush) talented party mom.
I really pity her. I'd be of more use to her if I were a scholar like her dad. Or an athlete. But sadly enough, all my talents lie in fields Maddy really wants nothing to do with. And that's ok.

Sean and I hosted ONE Team Soccer Dinner. A mere handful of Club Soccer bonding activities (only because I was in charge of "team bonding"---don't get me started---I mean, just go to practice and play soccer. Does everyone have to be friends? No.)

We resisted the pre-prom parties and the pre-dance dinners. When she was little, I had dreams of Tuesday Taco nights here at the house, where all her buddies would gather weekly...
However, as she grew, it became clear that was not her style and we responded accordingly.

But graduation. Oh no. This was MY party. And we told her that from the beginning. So without any apologies, I let my crafty self run wild and here are the results. A large percentage (95?) would have to go to Pinterest, where I now live and garner life lessons or at least, killer craft ideas.

the Mortar Board hats. Mini Reese's (dark choc) and After Eight thin Mints. Glue together with royal icing. Tassels were also royal icing, but a big challenge to get right. Next time, I'd cut up some Fruit Roll ups or something. I would also make the pilot hole in the Reese's FIRST, as trying to do so once they were assembled was difficult since they are quite fragile.

She is going to UCLA! Little Bruin Bears! and it made it great for colors since her high school is also blue and gold.

Easiest dessert ever. Dip pretzel rods in melted choc. chips, roll in sprinkles. Did both dark and "white" choc. They are boosted up in the vase with lemon drops.

Yes I picked all the blue and yellow M&M's out of the bag AND added York peppermint pieces for the navy and white.

Snickerdoodles with lemon and coconut, rolled in yellow sugar.

Oriental Trading Co. has loads of color-coordinated party candies.

I took cheap dollar store blowers, removed the "Happy b-day" cardboards and taped on some scrapbook papers and made my own stickers. But get the kind that make noise. Guests were crushed when these didn't HONK.

Hung the gown on the front door.

Mini bubbles also from Oriental Trading. Yellow sheet from the thrift store as table cloth. Mason jars with some garden greens and dollar store flowers. No water, no mess and they could stay out in the sun and wind for days.

I kinda lost my mind with these. I cut the triangles from scraps I already had, and zig-zag stitched them on to one continuous piece of cotton string. Also put up x-mas lights. So cute.

Oriental Trading again. Very reasonable. Perhaps $13 for 50 labels? Plastic too, so they can get wet. But make sure your water bottles have a nice flat surface. These didn't and the stickers went on bumpy.

There they are, the class of 2012

WhERe aRe YoU???

I haven't blogged in ages. Has it really been since April? Oy Vey. How did that happen?
It's not like I haven't been busy...
Here is one of my latest projects:
I bought this Gap vest at the thrift store for Fiona. I thought she might like to decorate it with her fabric pens.

She did. Then decided she didn't like it.

Expertly, I cut a scrap of denim and fit it in, sewed it down and she re-did her  decorations. Some tween shit I don't understand.

This is the "wrong" side of the patch. When Fiona got rid the vest once and for all, I took off the patch...

...and fitted in another patch of an all time favorite vintage sheet and a small rectangle of an Amy Butler print.

Cut some pieces to cover the pen doodles on the front. I got lazy and just top stitched them on. It made the pockets rather small, but who are we kidding? What am I going to keep in there?

I am super happy with the way it turned out.