Wednesday, July 28, 2010

A Flurry of Fairies!

As promised, a small post on Vivian's fairy themed party.  This was her first party that wasn't just family, and she was really excited to have a "girls" party.  I thought it was so cute when I asked her who she wanted to invite that she included her friend's little sister and also put "Aunt Natalie" on the guest list!  I could have gone totally over the top, but reigned myself in and that was a good idea.  Even a "low-key" party ended up being a lot of work.  On top of doing all the party stuff, there was still a house to be cleaned and diapers to be changed!  I am proud to say, I stuck to my $25 budget and still had pennies to spare!  Anyway, here's the rundown:
Fairy Wands!  These were super easy and made a really cute centerpiece in a vase.  I bought these 3/$1 at the Dollar Tree and then put some glitter glue on them and used a thumb-tack in the tops to attatch a few pieces of randomly cut ribbon.  These were a big hit and I would definitely do them again!

Makeup!  All of the girls got fairy makeup in their color of choice and then topped off with a heavy dose of glitter.  Electric Blue was my most requested color, which was surprising.  I was ready to put pink on 7 girls!  Oh, and of course, all the girls got wings.  I managed to find these at a fantastic price, $1.50/pair at

We started out coloring pictures of fairies; this was a great activity because not everyone arrived at the same time.  I set the talbe and the side table using some vintage sheets and tablecloths from my collection.  You can't see it terribly well, but in the center of the talbe is a birdcage that I decorated with some fabric flowers and then placed a fairy figurine inside with some glitter.  The girls LOVED that!

We played a game next;  Pin the Wings on the fairy.  It was a lot of fun and the girls certainly giggled a lot.  I just drew the back of a fairy on a piece of posterboard and then cut out a pair of fairy wings and put some tape on the back.  Super easy!  Nobody even cared that my fairy was lopsided and ill proportioned ;)

Next it was bubble time.  Best $1 I've ever spent.  Seriously.  We also painted flower sun catchers, but I didn't get any good pictures of that.  I found a package of 12 at Michael's for $4 and used my 40% off coupon.  It was a bit messy, so be sure you have a plastic tablecloth that you can just throw away, but it was lots of fun.

Time for cupcakes and icecream!  Nothing complicated here either.  I had some sprinkles on hand and some pink glitter-gel.  I found a template for cupcake wrappers and traced some pink and lavendar scrapbook paper I had on hand.  They were cute and definitely not perfect!

We brought out the Birthday Girl's cupcake on a silver candle holder I had.  She thought that was really cool! 

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Month in Review

I can hardly believe it has been an entire month since I blogged. I've not done anything crafty, but I have of course purchased some new fabric. I was fortunate to run across a shop that still had some Sandi Henderson "Meadowsweet" in stock and couldn't pass it up. So, without further delay, here is the month in pictures:

We spent the first days of our vacation (after a very long drive) in Estes Park, CO to visit the National Park. It was kinda cold and rainy, we couldn't see the tops of the mountains and saw one small patch of blue sky in the 3 days we were there and met up with the rest of the Augustus clan, so of course we had lots of fun! It was kind of ridiculously beautiful and odd for June. You can see there is still a little bit of snow on the banks of the lake. I think we were at about 10,000 ft. here. We wanted to drive all the way through the park, but they closed the road due to snow (about 10 in.) and low visibility.

When we got to Utah we got to meet a new cousin! Whitley and Brent's little guy Grant. He is super cute and of course, the girls loved it. They thought he was soooooo adorable. They're right :)
> We went to our (and by our and mean mine & the kids) first rodeo. It was fun, although I didn't really care for the calf-roping. It was just a little rough. I did however thorougly enjoy the Mutton Busting and the cow milking. Very entertaining.

After we got home we celebrated Vivian's 5th birthday with a girls only fairy party. I think I'll make a whole post about that later . . .
The next weekend I got to have lots of fun doing makeup for a wedding. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE doing bridal makeup, and this bride was super cute and fun! And last, but not least I'm so excited, in September my sister is hosting a prom for adults! I'm really excited and have been mulling over what to wear. I think I will probably wear mostly black, because it's me. I have however been watching the shows from Paris Couture week and got some major inspiration. I LOVE the silhouette of the first dress, and the second dress, the jaw dropping hand painted silk pansy, is a Dior. Of course, I will never own one, and I don't know that I really have the desire. I think instead I will attempt making a Dior "inspired" dress. I'll keep you posted!