pink lemonade birthday

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I saw this sweet birthday party and just had to ask the talented mom, Pam Burrus of the Burrus Family Blog, if she minded me sharing her little one’s big day. I love that this theme is unique and lends itself to such fun photography.

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And by the way, Pam made the toddler sized lemonade stand herself! You must hop over to Pam’s blog and see all the details including ton’s more pictures! Happy Friday everyone!

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sneak peek: harvest collection

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As those who stop in often know, we’ve been working hard over the past few weeks to bring you some exciting new Halloween collections and ideas. Well, a spooky twist is still to come and I can’t wait to show you (update: Spooked Pumpkin Collection printables)! But in the meantime, I just had to share a sneak peek of our new Harvest collection. It’s really somewhat of a sister to our semi-sophisticated Candy Corn collection, but for this one we wanted to leave off the scary and just focus on the beautiful season.

This collection will be perfect for those who love pumpkin patches, apple orchards, kettle corn and hayrides. And it could even be perfect to help you decorate the kid’s table at Thanksgiving this year. I know that I’ve decided I will personally be using it!

The invitation is in the shoppe now and the photo shoot of the new orange and white polka dot table decor and printables will take place next week. Much to come everyone!

And as always, I hope you’re inspired!

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DIY Halloween witch hat

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I just love this little witch hat we made for our Candy Corn Halloween collection photo shoot. It was truly easy and with another fabric choice, could be fun for more than just Halloween!  

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1/2 yard fabric
  • Wonder Under self adhesive
  • Stretch rite elastic
  • Scissors
  • Fabric glue
  • Tulle
  • Optional: Interfacing for stiffness

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And here are the simple steps (apologies for the quality of the images from the craft room, they were taken with my iPhone):

  1. Make an 18″ diameter circle template out of paper (I use wax paper so that they keep better), find the center point and cut the sheet in half. Using the crown of your child’s head as a guide, overlap the paper and determine what amount you should trim away (leaving you with a shape that resembles the above) 
  2. Cut out two pieces of fabric using your template (you can use an alternate coordinating fabric for the inside of the hat if you like)
  3. Cut out one piece of Wonder Under using the template (Optional: If your fabric is flimsy, cut out one piece of interfacing, for stiffness, too)
  4. Iron Wonder Under to the “wrong” or non-pattern side of one piece of fabric
  5. Iron interfacing to the other fabric, again on the wrong side so that the patterned/good side shows when constructed
  6. Peel paper backing from Wonder Under and iron two fabrics, wrong sides together, matching the edges up exactly
  7. Cut 2″ strips of tulle
  8. Gather tulle and sew (or glue) to curved edge
  9. Form a cone, pipe the edge with fabric glue, overlap slightly and allow to adhere (TIP: Use a large paper clip to hold the fabric in place until glue dries)
  10. Punch holes in sides of cone for elastic band
  11. Insert elastic in one side and knot. Using your child as a model, place the hat on her head and measure needed length of elastic, trim, insert and tie

 And did you notice that she is also wearing a matching pumpkin t-shirt (and that both the hat and t-shirt match the fabric from the Candy Corn collection dessert table)? Using a little Wonder Under we made a quick t-shirt too (or there are iron-on kits available at any craft store). And since my mom has every sewing gadget imaginable, she outlined the pumpkin in orange for that little extra touch.

As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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DIY Halloween masks

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We made a number of Halloween crafts for our Candy Corn Halloween collection photo shoot last week, including the DIY cake plate ruffle idea I shared yesterday. So today I want to share these super simple Halloween masks and for all those who’ve asked, I swear I’m sharing the witch hat (shown in the background above) in my next post!

Materials:

  • Halloween mask templates from Good Housekeeping magazine 
  • 1/3 yard fabric (for front and back)
  • Stretch rite elastic for strap
  • Wonder Under fusible web (self-adhesive available at any craft store)
  • Sharp scissors or cutter
  • Iron

Easy steps:

  1. Print and cut out your mask template
  2. Cut your mask out of fabric, twice, and out of Wonder Under once. We chose to use this self-adhesive and two layers of fabric to give the mask stiffness
  3. Place the fabric in place and then look for any Wonder Under that might be protruding out of the mask. You’ll want to cut that off so that it doesn’t ruin your iron and so that your edges are smooth
  4. Following the instructions on the Wonder Under package, iron your mask and set the glue
  5. Hold the mask up to your child and then snip a tiny hole/flap on one side of the mask for the strap. Make sure you don’t snip too closely to the edge. Now fold your mask in half and snip a hole/flap in the other side in exactly the same place
  6. Measure your child’s head for the elastic strap
  7. Insert the elastic on either side and tie

I chose a fabric that matched my dessert table, but this mask could also be adorable in a fall pattern too since it looks like leaves.

As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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DIY cake plate ruffle

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For each collection that I style, I try to come up with something unique to make the photography pop. For our new Halloween Candy Corn collection, we enlarged our ghost from the invitation (part of our printables available in the shoppe) to hang above the dessert table. He’s just so darn cute I wanted him to have more of a starring role (you can see him in the announcement post). Then as I was prepping the table, I decided that I wanted to bring our color palette up to the cake plate.

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Using black crepe paper and double sided tape, I created a ruffle around the edge of the plate.

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I love this because it was so easy, more than cheap and can be recreated in a multitude of colors for any type of party!

As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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introducing “candy corn”

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We’ve been working on our new Candy Corn Halloween collection for weeks (along with several others) and sharing little peeks here and there. Well, I’m finally ready to show it all off! Just in case you didn’t see the peeks of the invitation and the cupcakes, here they are again.

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I started this project at the fabric store. I’m a huge fan of coordinating patterns, without all the matchy matchy. I selected a diamond pattern for the background and a polka dot for the table. You’ve not seen it yet, but the invitation back carries this same diamond pattern and if you look closely you’ll see a faint polka dot pattern on the front of the invitation along with a filigree pattern along the borders. Our inspiration for this collection was the desire to host a Halloween bash that is fun for the kids, but with a few semi-sophisticated elements for the adults. And since dessert tables are all the rage, we of course created one we thought was just boo-tiful. 

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We created dessert labels starring our little owl and offer them both pre-filled and blank so you can choose your own spooky treats. For the candy corn shown above, I picked up shallow round bowls and embellished them with candy corn ribbon. (The kids loved swinging by during the shoot to grab a piece or two!)

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And since my youngest has terrible food allergies, we just had to have gummy worms.

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To further bring the dessert table to life we created a flag banner using candy corn patterns, stripes and our ghost and owl designs.

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But I couldn’t leave it there. Nope! I loved the little ghost so much that we created a large one (available in the shoppe too) to hang over the dessert table. I used four of them!

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We also created cello toppers, and

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“thanks for dropping in” favor tags for the collection. I love the idea of using these to give the neighbor kids something special on Halloween night this year!

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Here’s a closer look at just the tag. (If you like the spider, you’ve got to see our Boo collection.)

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And you can’t have a complete dessert table without the beverages. We chose Stewart’s old fashioned soda drinks because they were the perfect orange to match our decor. Plus, the hubby loves them!

So you’ve seen a few glimpses of some fabulous cookies. Let me tell you, they are not only beautiful but they are the best butter cookies I’ve ever eaten. The very talented Sue at Sweet Tooth Cottage is the sugar artist behind these. I gave her my designs and she not only printed some on sugar paper and embellished them wtih these super fun dots, but she also made, yes made, cookie cutters to fit my designs and then hand iced each cookie. She’s not shipping cookies just yet, but I’m working on her! More to come on that, but until then, here are a few more shots of her lovely creations.

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 I have to point out that I made the holes in these cookies for the ribbon post-bake. Meaning these cookies were soft enough for a straw to go through them after they were iced. I swear they will melt in your mouth!

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Here’s a look at the ghost cookies. You already know how partial I am to him!

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And here’s a look at the sugar paper cookies. I love the cutouts, but I have to say there is something about seeing my designs on a cookie like this! And for those of you who are wondering about sugar paper, everyone at the shoot thought they were just as yummy as the cutouts.

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I have lots more pictures to share tomorrow of all the crafts (cake plate, witch hat, Halloween masks, dish towel child apron, crepe covered vase) we made for the shoot, but I thought I would leave you with the lollipops (above) and the kids having a blast telling knock knock jokes while they waited for us (below). As for the lollipops, I’m always looking for unique ways to use our printables, so I whipped up these lollipops with strips of crepe paper, double sided tape and our cupcake pick rounds. They were a huge hit and so very simple.

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Hop over to the shoppe to see all the details for this collection and more! More crafty details from the shoot to come tomorrow!

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FREE summer printables!

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Amy from Living Locurto asked me to guest blog for her this week, while she’s off on a Carnival Cruise {green with envy}, and she asked that I give a free printable away to her readers! So I thought since summer is starting to wind down… I know… it’s very hard for me to think that way too… I would give away the printables we created when we styled the backyard BBQ for the July-September issue of Mom magazine. I’ve already given them away here, but just in case you missed them, here’s another chance! (Oh, and if you’ve not seen it yet, here’s the full article.) 

The printables were created with our patriotic holidays in mind, but I chose a variety of patterns, all in primary colors, so they can be perfect all summer long!

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Here’s a closer shot of the straw slips I used, which can also be perfect as toothpick skewers in sandwiches, etc.,

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the napkin rings, and

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the placecards, which can also work great as favor tags.

Download the set now! And if you’re new here, please come join me on facebook, twitter, or sign up for offers (in the upper right corner) so you don’t miss out on future freebies!

Happy Monday everyone!

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peek at candy corn collection

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Happy Friday everyone! This has been a wonderful, but very long, week! We’ve got so much brewing right now I can barely keep up and one of the biggest things on this week’s “to do” list was to shoot our new Candy Corn collection (the invitation is already available in the shoppe for those who like to plan ahead). I’ll post the entire collection on Monday, but until then, here’s a little peek at what we’ve been up to!

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and please stop back in Monday to see all the details, plus a few fun craft ideas to help complete the look!

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wordless Wednesday… sort of

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Okay, clearly I don’t know how to be “wordless,” but with Halloween on the brain and our new Candy Corn collection photo shoot still going on, I’ve been too swamped to say much (sorry for my absence yesterday), so I thought I would at least post a pre-photo shoot pic of our little ghost in sugar form. Don’t you think he was even adorable in the baker’s box?!

More to come later this week including the resource for these sweet little guys!

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new collection coming soon

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Our facebook fans got a peek at this little guy a few days ago, the invite for our newest collection, Candy Corn. I’m not sure which element I like more… the ghost or the owl! Hmmm… but the fact that our little ghost is losing his candy probably pushes me over the edge in his favor. {wink}

With the photo shoot for the decor and DIY printable collection (candy table tags, beverage wrappers, cello toppers, favor tags and more) only hours away, I’ve been scouring the shops for props, candy and cookies to decorate the table and I’ve found some goodies! I can’t wait to share it all with you!

(candy corn cookie image via Google, searched Etsy for shop but couldn’t locate; if you know the baker would love to give credit for this beautiful cookie!)

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