woodland fairy & terrarium

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I mentioned several weeks ago in my post about fairy finds that we were in the process of developing a woodland fairy birthday collection. Well we’re still not all the way there, but we’re close enough to give you a peek at the custom invitation for the collection (available in the shoppe by the end of next week… I promise… with a complete set of pink and lime green table decor, plus printables). 

As for this very cool craft idea to the right, I was bouncing around the web this morning and landed on the Party Wishes blog hosted by a very talented party planner by the name of Donna. She created a step-by-step pictorial for this fairy terrarium (original idea from Martha Stewart) and I just thought what a perfect craft project for our party theme! These are just a few views of the project so make sure you visit her blog for all the details including several cost cutting ideas.  

Happy crafting and make sure you swing back by for more on our new fairy birthday party collection coming next week!

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bugs & butterflies printables

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I get a little clostrophobic this time of year. I’m originally from the South, where flowers are starting to pop out of the ground by now, while I sit here snowed in up to my ears… Oh well. Expanding our bugs & butterflies collection is my way of kicking the season off early in my winter wonderland.

Plus, I’m so excited to announce that Mom magazine will be featuring this collection in the 2Q 2010 issue. I can’t wait to see how their photo shoot goes on Monday and share images with you! While we wait, here are a few pics from ours.

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I’m really loving the mix of patterns in our new bugs & butterflies cupcake picks and cupcake wrappers. They go so well with the new mix of color plaid plates and napkins. By the way, when you buy this template you’ll receive all four designs so you can just mix and match away!

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Here’s a close up of the cupcake design with the green and white stripe wrappers.

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And here’s a close up of the cupcake set made from the yellow beehive design. 

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We also created straw slips. This is just one of the four patterns you’ll receive with the template. Others include green and white polka dot with butterflies, yellow and green polka dots, and green and white stripes. Each has space to write the child’s name or you can just use the colors to mark the cups.

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And we tried out a few napkin rings for the Mom magazine photo shoot, settling on the green and white dragonfly version. But what this means for you is that you get all three with one template. {wink}

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The other standard you’ll likely find with all of our future collections is the placecard/food and candy table markers. Are these not adorable?!

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Oh, and we can’t forget favors. We created bugs & butterflies cello bag toppers.

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Here’s a closer look at the “Thanks for buzzing by!” design. They’re such a quick and easy way to wrap up yummy treats for your guests, and

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last but not least we created these fun “Thanks for buzzing by!” goody bag tags. You can find all of these in the bugs & butterflies collection later this week. As always, I hope we’ve helped inspire your next celebration!

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get crafty for Valentine’s

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My Valentine craft for the boys is wrapped up {no pun intended… really} with the dinosaur (and owl) cello bag toppers that we’re giving away to all of our wonderful readers and customers, but while perusing the most recent issue of Family Fun magazine I found some super cute crafts that I just had to share. 

How cool is this robot Valentine!? A little candy, aluminum foil and a the template from Family Fun and you’re set. And I know we’ve seen the flower sucker before, but I still think it’s adorable. Since these were so cute I looked back to last year’s issue and here’s what I found.

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We sometimes call my youngest “Bear” so I’m a little fond of the “Bear Hugs” craft. And if you have a teenager in the house, this rock candy Ipod is too fun.

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone and don’t forget to get our free Valentine printable.

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introducing owl couple

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I’m soooo excited about this one. I know some of you are saying… “she’s always excited.” But this one is truly special. You see, I have a beautiful cousin and two beautiful nieces who are pregnant right now and surely one of them will want their baby shower to be a hoot! (Come on girls, indulge me!)

Our new owl couple custom invitation, thank you and printable collection would be an excellent way to pad the nest of any mom-to-be. Here are a few of the details:

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We decorated our cake plates with brown cardstock scallops to showcase our whimsy tree branch cupcake wrappers and owl couple cupcake picks.

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Shown on our pink and brown table decor is the second cupcake pick design: our pink and white stripe “Babies are a hoot!”

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We also made some adorable nest cupcakes (toasted coconut and candy malted milk eggs).

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I love these printable placecards since the little owl ears stick up and give the typical flat card some dimension. And if you’re not having a sit down meal, they also work great as food labels on buffets or candy tables.

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These beverage wrappers are also perfect to wrap hurricanes or even candles. And check out the super cute straw slips (also great for stemware). They come in four patterns (pink and white stripes, tree branch whimsy, pink polka dot, brown polka dot) and have plenty of space to write guest names.

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And no need to fret over favors. These pink and white stripe owl couple candy bar favor wrappers are simple and a perfect treat.

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Or, use our cello bag toppers to package up other candies or favors that guests can take with them.

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You could even make owl cookies with our cookie cutters and place them in the cello bags. {wink}

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Just like the straw slips and candy bar favors, we used a pink and white stripe (same as the back of the invitation) pattern to embellish our owl couple napkin rings.

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And last but not least, if you’re feeling crafty, make a few of these DIY plush owls to set around your decor. Read more about them, including our free pattern template, in our earlier post. As always, I hope you’re inspired because this baby shower could be a real hoot!

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Valentine sweets

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I mentioned a few weeks ago that we’re having friends over this weekend {can’t wait ladies!}, so I was scouting around for ideas on how to fill our Valentine cello bags. Oh, if you’ve not seen our free owl and dinosaur Valentine cello bag topper printables, you must check it out before you leave.

Back to the sweets. All of these are from William Sonoma. Don’t the whoopie pies look so yummy?! I believe you can buy the pies, or the pan if you want to make them yourself. Wow, and these s’ more X&O cookies?! And the chocolate sugar cookies can even have personalized messages. Do you think “Thank you honey for being so handy around the house and keeping the boys entertained while I run amuck” will fit? {wink}

Don’t forget to stop over and get your free Valentine cello bag toppers. They’re excellent for Valentine parties at school. I’m even giving them to my girlfriends {that’s right ladies!}.

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going to be a hoot!

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We’re working on another baby shower design and it’s going to be a hoot! Here’s a sneak peek at the cupcake picks with much much more including a new custom invitation and entire printables collection to come early next week. {wink} 

Have a great weekend everyone!

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peapod printables

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I mentioned on Monday when I blogged about the peapod cookies and cupcakes that we were working on some new peapod baby shower printables. Well here are some pics hot off the camera. These too will be available early next week… I know I should really wait until things are in the shoppe, but I just get so excited to share with you!

The collection complements our , peapod carriage, peapod bassinet and peapod bassinet too designs and will include:

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Peapod cupcake picks and wrappers,

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Peapod placecards (I love how the carriage handle pops over the top of the card),

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Peapod beverage wrapper (also great for hurricanes or candles), and a

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Peapod candy favor wrapper. Really, I mean who doesn’t love to get chocolate as a thank you gift!

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And here’s a shot of them together on the table. By the way, all the table decor is available in the shoppe too. Have a great weekend everyone!

 

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radio guest today!

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I should have posted this days ago… darn dinosaur… and peapod… and oh, yes… owl (haven’t told you about that one yet) photo shoots. Anyway, the wonderful ladies over at Mommy on a Shoestring were kind enough to invite me to be a guest on today’s radio segment! The show starts at 2:00 EST/1:00 CST.

I’ll of course be chatting about birthday parties. And if I told you too late… sorry! You can catch it after the show on Toginet. Look to the right, under “Recent Shows” and play the 1-21-2010 show.

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introducing dinosaur… roar!

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So I do have a perfectly good reason for not blogging yesterday, we were shooting our new dinosaur birthday party theme. My youngest is a huge, did I say HUGE, dinosaur fan, so he’s already claimed this one for his next birthday party. {wink} On to the pics:

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I just adore the bright colors, blueberry dot and red dot plates, lime green and lemon dot napkins and of course the “Happy Birthday!” dinosaur cupcake picks with coordinating cupcake liners. And if you look closely you can see the yellow T-Rex in the background… my son has run off with it already. Hope we didn’t need any more shots!

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Here’s an up-close shot of the “Roar!” cupcake pick. We used a scallop punch and a foam adhesive square to give it that 3-D effect. And don’t you just love the grass? I have to admit, we used a Cricut machine, but I bet you could do the same thing with a pair of scissors and a little patience.

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Recognize anything? Yep, one of the cello designs is part of our Valentine giveaway.  

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Or, maybe you prefer to give slightly larger favors (e.g., stuffed dinosaurs, dino t-shirts) and need a red and white polka dot gable box with a dinosaur tag? {wink}

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And here’s our dino napkin ring.

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Love, love, love the straw slips. This collection offers four “Roar!” designs and four blank designs in case you prefer to write each child’s name on the slip.

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Plus, we found this six-piece cookie cutter set including, among others, T-Rex, Pteradactyl and Brontosaurus. 

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Oh, and how can I forget to show you my palm tree cupcake… that got broken just before the shoot… it was a lot taller. {giggle} Oh well, you gotta roll with the punches and use carmel to put your Twix tree trunk back together. The leaves are actually gum drop candy rolled flat, cut with kitchen scissors to the shape of leaves and then slightly curled up at the edges. I attached them to the tree with green icing, same as the grass, and allowed it to dry before inserting it into the cupcake.

As always, hope you’re inspired and make sure you stop in the shoppe to see all the details!

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peapod sweets

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We have three peapod invitation designs, peapod carriage, peapod bassinet and peapod bassinet too, and we’ve recently decided to create some adorable printables to adorn these collections’ tables.

So in honor of peapod creativity to come, I thought I would share two of the cutest peapod sweets I found on the web. This to-die-for cupcake is from Ally Cake Designs on Flickr and the cookies are from Bake at 350.

Great work ladies!

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