Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Ninja Birthday Party!

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My little man is 5.  

It's such a cliche, but I can't believe how big he is!

To celebrate this big day, he wanted a Ninja Party!  After much pinterest searching, we came up with some pretty fun stuff.

Ninja Balloons.  

As soon as I showed him these, we had to make some.

Sneaky ninja balloons....


This was so easy to make-the birthday boy and his sisters actually did it!

Rice Krispy bars, swedish fish, and fruit roll ups.  Hardly healthy, but oh so cute!

They were a hit.  Not one left after the party!

We also had to have cake pops.  Little man's favorite.  

Presented "asian style".

I found these appetizer spoons, filled them with red sprinkles to give a little contrast, and there ya go. Fancy!

Another great pinterest idea was dipped fortune cookies. 

 Super easy to make.

There was lots of other food too, but this was the "ninja style" food.


(I use the same water proof bottle labels for all my parties-printable at home!  Get them here)

And of course, there was cake!

I would love to take credit for this, but I found someone local to make this!  

The birthday boy thought it was SO. COOL.


We had some pretty fun games too!

The Laser Course was a hit. 

 The kiddos went through it over and over and over.

Laser Course

Every ninja can chop wood, right?  A few boards of balsa wood from Hobby Lobby made this super fun!

Wood Chopping

Party Favors

Our guests had fun take out boxes filled with ninja goodies to take home.

The Dollar Tree is the best place to find awesome favors!

And can I just point out those AMAZING sugar cookies?  They are seriously so tasty, and so cool looking!

Each box had one it in.  They taste even better than they look!

Love the ninja stars.

Such a fun party.  The birthday boy loved every minute of it!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Decorating a Two Story Wall

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Do you ever have a design dilemma that you just can't figure out?  I've had one for the last year!

What in the world should I do with this 22 foot wall in my living room?

This has seriously bugged me for over a year!  I have spent a lot of time researching a good way to decorate the space, without spending tons of money.  No easy task when you are dealing with a 15 ft x 22 foot wall.

Well, somehow I stumbled on the a company called Fretworks Designs.  Basically they design and make large MDF panels for walls or furniture.

Since my space was so large, they helped me design 4 panels to fit just perfect.  They have lots of non-custom options though.  

Enough blabbing.  Here are the panels, and my design dilemma is now solved!

They perfectly fill the space, and I no longer have a ginormous blank wall staring at me constantly!

Just to give you an idea of how large this wall is-each of those panels is 6 feet tall!

The pattern I chose was "Homewood". 
 I wanted something simple, and classic feeling.  I don't want to change my mind about liking them in another year!

It was quite a task to actually install these panels-let me tell ya!  

But it's done, and it's one more project checked off the to do list.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Triple Heart {Valentine} Wreath

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I've been in a crafty mood lately.  More so than usual!

I realized I didn't have a V-Day Wreath, so I searched for a cute idea.  I love the one over at The Idea Room.  Problem was, one little heart looked ridiculously small on my door. 

So, I tripled it!

This tutorial is SUPER easy, folks.  Especially for how cute it turns out!

Supplies needed:

12", 8" & 4" foam heart shaped wreath form
1 yard of felt for EACH wreath
Straight pins (I used about 350 total)

How to:

Start by cutting out 3" felt circles.  Just use a cup to trace them on the felt.

I used approximately 175 circles for the large heart, 125 for the medium, and 100 for the small.

Fold your felt in half twice (to get 4 layers), and the cutting will go MUCH faster!

After you have finished cutting out ALL those circles, pin them on!

Start by folding one circle in half.

Fold in half again.

Looks like this from the top:

Stick a straight pin through all four layers, at the point of your fold.

Pin that to your wreath!

There is no "right" way to pin them on.  Do it randomly-you can group them close together for a super full look, or far apart for a more ruffly look.

I did mine close together.  I like the super full look.

LOVING this ruffly goodness.  My kiddos couldn't stop running their hands over them as I worked!

One you have covered all 3 wreaths, it's time to put them together.

Cut a short piece of ribbon, and use pins to attach the ribbon to the bottom/top of each wreath.

Not complicated, right?

Same for the ribbon up top.  Use pins to secure it to your largest wreath form.

Now, you are done!