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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Minnie Mouse Birthday

It has come to that time of year when yet another Birthday is closing in fast, no not mine that already passed, but my daughter's fourth birthday. Last year she requested a Rapunzel themed birthday. She talked about it for an entire year before it even happened and I had a great time putting all of the details together to give her a party she would be thrilled with.

This year though, she wants a Minnie Mouse party, a green Minnie Mouse birthday party. Since Green is her favorite color at the moment, it makes perfect logical sense to her that everything should now be green.....everything.

I started out designing her a simple invitation that conveyed the essence that is Minnie with her ever popular bow and made it green to keep the babes satisfied!


Now if some of you have  noticed I am not online the way that I used to be. This is because I'm at that stage with my kiddo's where I am basically not allowed to do anything short of hang with them. If I do get to sneak off for a bit to do some side work, I am quickly reeled back into my role as Mom as shouts, screams and non-stop requests  of  "She hit me", "She won't share.", "The baby is climbing", "The baby took off his diaper.", "Can I have some juice.", "Can I have a snack." keep me far to occupied to complete a whole though in my head, never mind create a blog post.

I want to be present for them in all things that they do cute and slightly annoying, so I make the choice to go and hang with them and do the things we do. But every once in a while they are fed, content and occupied long enough for me to re-visit this blog of mine, where  I can share some of my newer creations that I have been making.

With three kids at my heels most of the waking hours my main mission in life at this time is to keep things simple. Long gone are the days of me being able to find ample time to make wonderful edible creations, now I need to be smart and like I mentioned keep it simple.

Like the toppers I made for her party. I wanted to make all sorts of sugar creations with the ears and bows, but then I realized.....

#1- She's four
#2- She doesn't care if it's made from fondant or paper.
#3- I'm the only one who will get nuts.
#4- As long as it's green I could put crumpled paper on top of the cupcakes.

So I compromised with my need to be creative and and easier less painful method to keep the theme alive and created these toppers.


They are made to coordinate with the invitation.


 I was a lucky girl this past Christmas and the hubby purchased me a Silhouette Cameo Starter Bundle Kit , which allows me to now make a lot of cut items that I no longer have to hand cut.  I have a lot to learn as my designs are still very simple, but I am excited to see what I can come up with in time.

I made a green version, per the birthday girls request...


And because I always love a mixture of colors when it comes to decor I went with a pink bow as well.


When I showed m daughter the pink bow, she looked at me like I had somehow gone crazy and explained to me that "Pink is not her favorite color...green is." I told her we would be using both at which she really emphasized to me how much that pink was not her favorite color :)

I will be making some other themed stuff to go along with the party, some stick toppers for the cake pops and such, which I will share when I am able to at a later date.

I will be offering these in my Etsy shop at some point in the near future, I just need to figure out some details. But I will offer them in  a variety of colors which can be seen here.


 A swatch like this is always a great resource because one can print it at home to see what the final resulting color will be. Different screens project slight variations in colors, so I like to be safer than sorry :) If you are interested in purchasing these items please feel free to contact me directly. The cost for the toppers at this point would be in the range of $10.00 USD per dozen, plus the cost of shipping. Invitation price would depend on the amount needed.

I hope you enjoyed this post!!! Hopefully I will see you again sooner than later, because I have some really big news to share in the near future!!

Be well!!









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Monday, June 30, 2014

Veruca Salt Cupcake Toppers




I can't even believe that I am going to start this post with "When I was a kid."

But here goes nothing......when I was a kid, TV  was a very different thing then it is today. Cartoons were reserved to two or three shows in the early mornings hours before school and maybe another one or two shows like Popeye, Woody Woodpecker and Scooby Doo after. And on Saturdays, well Saturday mornings were like a slice of Television heaven for kids. All morning they would play across a majority of the 13 channels, or something to that degree. But the one thing I remember te most about TV back then was how once a year a few family favorites would come on TV.

There were no DVR's or movie channels, I don't even think there was more than 12-13 channels, VCR's had yet to be heard of in most American households. So you either saw what was shown or you had to wait until it played again the following year.

A year people, you would have to wait a whole freaking year to get your chance to see a movie. Us kids were at the mercy of the TV stations and our parents.

So when the commercials for the showing of these movies would begin airing about the TV waves. I paid attention. This was sort of a big deal...in my little world anyway. A few of my all time favorites were Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Wizard of Oz and who could forget the one and only Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

Seriously, it was the thing dreams are made of. Candy bars with golden tickets, factories of candy, quirky food themed inventions and Mr. Wonka and his crazy self. It was a film that left a lasting impression in my mind as I am sure it did in so many others. It is also one of my most requested custom designs as people are ga ga over Willy Wonka inspired parties.

It was only a matter of time that I would begin creating the characters from the movie besides Mr. Wonka and his little Oompa Loompa friends, but since everyone loved them so much it was inevitable that the rest of them would follow suit.

Now if you have seen the movie, I am sure that you may remember the "Bad Egg" Veruca Salt. Boy was she a rotten, spoiled little girl. Always with her "I want it NOW." So here she is in all her mean glory.


 I created her with an additional topper that proclaims her "I want it NOW" trademark.  A perfect addition to any Willy Wonka themed party.


The topper come with five images per each 8-1/2x11 sheet of paper. It is suggested they are printed on a heavier card stock type of material. 


They can be printed from home or uploaded and printed from a local printing shop. Print as many as you need.


You can purchase them through my Etsy shop which can be found HERE. They are available for instant download once payment is processed. For additional Willy Wonka Party themed goodies, please visit the Willy Wonka Party section of my shop HERE.




So what is you favorite movie??? Anyone else from my generation???

Thanks for reading along!!






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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Busy Mom of Three.....


I have three kids. Ages One, Three and Five.

My hands and arms are figuratively and literally full.

Life as I used to know it pre-kids has changed in more ways then I could have ever imagined. I used to think a SAHM had tons of time to do things like, sleep, shop, watch TV, go to the gym, then I had kids and that illusion was shattered into a millions and one screaming tantrums. My day starts at 6:30 am (If I am lucky to sleep that late) and ends about 10:00 pm. Within that 14 hour or so time span, 90 percent of it goes to my kids, leaving very little time left for me.

The one area I still struggle with accepting as a permanent change, is the total lack of time I have for myself.
But I have learned a thing or two along this path of Motherhood and being a SAHM.  Number one is to be smart, there are so many services and so much information available to help those like me on a tight time frame, still get done the normal everyday grind type of things AND find the time to do stuff for me.

Two of these things is finding time to exercise and to eat right.

I joined a gym earlier this year only to discover my little guy wanted nothing to do with the daycare and would scream and cry until the daycare people would come and get me, this would be a hot 10 minutes. So the gym was pretty much a wash. I have scoured the internets for many different at home workout routines and food recipes that align with my nutritional beliefs. But discovered it took up more of my precious little time I had and got old quick.

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