Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Looking for an AMAZING Photographer?

One day I decided to do some family pictures, since we have never done them before we didn't know what to expect.  One of my friend's suggested Samantha Lovett Photography.  Samantha is a new and upcoming photographer, was very professional and her pictures were simply amazing.  She made us feel very comfortable and we had a great time.  I have continued to use her services for the past three baby showers I have hosted.  She truly can capture every moment with a simple click of the camera.  So if you're on the hunt for an incredible photographer, I would totally suggest Samantha Lovett Photography! 

Here's some of the pictures she has taken, some of our family and some from the baby showers:

Family Photos

Butterfly Baby Shower

Vintage Baby Shower

Mad Hatter Tea Baby Shower

A Big Shout Out...

   Two on my friend's have some A-Maz-Ing blogs you should check out!  If you're looking for some awesome crafty inspiration check out my friend Tori's blog Lil' Mrs. Crafty.  Here's one of her awesome crafts, stop by her blog and learn how to make it!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Easter Egg Garland

     It's craft time again!! With Easter right around the corner I have been looking for some great crafts for my MOPs (Mothers Of PreSchoolers) group.  I recently came across this blog, Crafty Endeavor, which had the cutest craft for Easter Egg Garland.  All the supplies were inexpensive and easy to find.  Here's how you make it....


Supplies you will need:
  • 1/2 cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1 cup Liquid Starch (used Sta-Flo)
  • Spoon for mixing
  • Water Balloons
  • Embroidery Floss (lots of different colors)
  • Plastic or Paper Bowl
  • Gloves (if you don't want to get your hands messy)
  • Scissors / tweezers 
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Yarn or extra Embroidery Floss to string up eggs
     Mix 1/2 cup of flour with 1 cup of liquid starch in the plastic or paper bowl. (I was able to do 10 eggs out of one bowl of the mixture). Then pick the colors you want make your eggs.  If you can't find embroidery floss, you can substitute it for pearl cotton thread or crochet thread.
    Then stick your floss into the bowl with the starch mixture, but DON'T drop it all in at a time, will result in a huge knot!  Instead coil your floss into the bowl and press it in gently.  Next blow up your water balloons and wrap the gooey floss around the balloon.  Make sure you wipe off the excess mixture back into the bowl, and that it isn't drippy.  One package of embroidery floss is enough to do one balloon.
The balloons wrapped with floss, drying.
      It will take several hours for them to dry.  Once dried, pop the balloon and I used tweezers to get the popped balloon out.  Then scraped some of the extra crusty stuff off in between the floss.  
     Once they are dried and crust free, you can either use them for decorations like in an Easter Egg Basket or a Trifle Bowl.  Or you can string them up with yarn or extra embroidery floss.  You'll just need to use the hot glue gun to attach the yarn or floss to the eggs so they don't move when you hang them.

     I really enjoyed doing this craft.  It was a little messy, but fun none the less.  Hope you have fun making your own Easter Egg Garland.  

Hoppy Easter Every Bunny!


Sunday, March 18, 2012

Dr. Suess Day

     Did you know.....

  • In 1960, Bennett Cerf, Seuss’ editor, bet Seuss he couldn’t write a book using only 50 words. The resulting story was ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ which uses exactly 50 words. Appearing in this order, they are: I am Sam; that; do not like; you green eggs and ham; them; would here or there; anywhere; in a house with mouse; eat box fox; car they; could; may will see tree; let me be; train on; say the dark; rain; goat; boat; so try may; if; good; thank. We could not say that five times fast. Would not, could not.   Huffington Post

     In honor of Dr. Suess' birthday I decided to throw a little get together where we could enjoy some fun Dr. Suess inspired edibles and some crafts for the kiddos. After our little party we headed over to the base community center where they were hosting a Who-Ville Picnic and showing "Horton Hears a Who."  We had so much fun celebrating such a great children's author...here's some of the pictures!

The craft table

Green Eggs & Ham

The Cat in the Hat

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

Horton Hears a Who

Craft Time

Watching "Horton Hears a Who"

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Rainbow Shamrocks & Leprechaun Treasures

     Every St. Patrick's Day Eve the sneaky Leprechauns visit our house.  Sometimes they play tricks and sometimes they leave treasures.  This year the little Leprechauns left rainbow shamrocks for Liam to follow to find his treasure.  I got the idea and the little messages from The Crafting Chicks!

Monday, March 12, 2012

St. Patrick's Day Cards

  Liam and I made his St. Patrick's Day cards to send to all the family.  We used his hand prints again and embellished it will some google eyes, scrapbook paper, and glittery foam shamrocks.  They turned out pretty cute!

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