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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Surprise 75th Birthday Party for Grandma on: July 18, 2009 08:25:52 PM
My grandmother turned 75 today so, her children and grandchildren threw her a surprise party.  I hearded the party planning along as they only decided about two weeks ago they were even going to do this  Roll Eyes
Since time was limited I created much of the decor for the party and I'm rather happy with the way it turned out and thought I'd share it here.

This is the guest sign in book.  I put a picture of her on the front with the date and occasion.  Inside I have some cute paper that says "Guests" at the top.  In the back there are about 15 sheets of the same paper that say "Photos" and the date so that she can add all of the pictures from today and keep it as an album.


When you walked in you were greeted by the Happy Birthday banner I made.  This thing took me all of the two weeks to assemble.  I used fabric out of my stash, some felt and foam letters. 


Here's a close up so that you can see the glitter.  I also made two round pins for each end out of fabric yo-yo's, hand-dyed lace and vintage buttons.  They were removeable with pin backs and I gave them to her as gifts after the party.



For table decorations I went out and purchased antique aqua colored mason jars, added ribbon, yo-yo's, buttons, and other bits to the top and filled them with flower arrangements.


Here's a gratuitous art photo of the flowers so that you can see several of the different tops.


We set up a photo display made up of three separate panels, each representing 25 years.  I made copies of a bunch of family photos, converted them all to black and white and had them printed.  The stands are sheet metal from Home Depot in the HVAC section that I spray painted blue.  We glued magnets to the back of buttons and used the buttons to hold the pictures to the stands.


Here's one where you can see the back.  I didn't paint it so, it's just plain sheet metal.


For the cupcake stand I took three cake rounds, separated them with two blue planters (from the floral section at the craft store) and added red rick-rack to the edges of the stands.  It had already been attacked when I took this picture so it's a little rough looking Smiley


Grandma had a great time and got to see a lot of realatives she doesn't see reguarly.

Here's one of the birthday girl after the party under her banner.


C&C appreciated!
2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Fall in Oklahoma (very image heavy) on: November 05, 2008 04:52:25 AM
The weather finally got cold enough last week to change the leaves around here.  So, my daughter and I went hiking and I got a few shots.  Questions, Comments, Critisism appreciated.


















3  COOKING / Dessert / Lemon Raspberry Cake on: August 15, 2008 01:22:15 PM
My mother's birthday was last week so, even though I was really tired, I baked.  By the time all four layers got out of the oven I was barely conscious so, I didn't wait on them to properly cool, or even them up... at all.  Which is why this is so blasted ugly.  It was however, delicious.  I got a ton of compliments on this one and several calls over the next few days as to what was in it.  Fortunatly, it's simple. 
I used two boxed lemon cake mixes for the four layers of cake, a jar of raspberry preserves for the filling, and I made sour cream frosting.  It was pretty thin so it was almost poured over the cake.

Sour Cream Frosting:

1/2 C butter softened
1 C. sour cream
2 T. lemon juice
1/4 tsp. salt
5 1/2 C confectioner's sugar

Mix together everything but the sugar.  Add the sugar while beating thouroughly with a mixer.

Very simple







4  COOKING / Dessert / Hostess-ish on: August 15, 2008 07:33:02 AM
We did an odd thing this summer.  Child care is in short supply in our little city so, when my procrastinating husband and I finally got to looking around in May for someone to take care of our daughter, none was to be had.  So we did the only thing people in our situation do:  we enrolled our 6 year old in year-round private school for the summer semester.  Ah, we are clever.  Anyway, last day of private school was the day before she returned to public school so we celebrated by making her class these cupcakes.  Enough of my talking... on to the cupcakes!








These were so good and so simple.  I used a Duncan Hines butter recipe chocolate cake mix.  Then I piped in some whipped cream in the center, lightly dipped the tops of the cakes in chocolate almond bark, and then swirled on some cookie decorating icing.  They were a huge hit (ok, it's not hard to impress 6 year olds). 
Enjoy!
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Oven Mitt!!! on: August 04, 2008 08:23:02 PM
This is the oven mitt project from Lotta Jansdotter's "Simple Sewing."  It's the first thing I've made from the book.  I really like this book so I'm sure I'll be making more. 

Oooh... curvey lines. 



And the whole shebang



The lining is the same as the trim at the cuff.  I didn't do a very good job at the topstitching.  It was lazyness.  I didn't want to take the time to handsew it on so I crammed the cuff over the end of my sewing maching and very tightly sewed in the round.

You likey? Tongue
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Jean Pocket Purse on: July 12, 2008 07:56:21 PM
I realized tonight I had a ton of jeans my daughter could no longer wear.  So, I went in search of things to make from them and found this I took a pair of 5T jeans and cut the back pockets off and removed the zipper.  When I'd finished it I decided it needed something else so I added the little pearl pull.  Here it is in all of it's denim and pearl goodness.  It holds my cell, my DL and debit card, and my ipod.  What do you guys think?









It's my first zipper install so it's not the best but hey, not bad for an experiment!

7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / If you want to take pictures of rain... (image obese) on: July 08, 2008 08:14:22 PM
...You have to get a little wet.

It poured here tonight and then cleared off for a bit.  So I headed out to take some pics of the lillies that are all bloomed out.











Feedback appreciated!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / My First Sewn from Pattern!!!!! on: July 07, 2008 06:26:09 PM
I had a four day weekend and decided to use it well.  I have never sewn from a pattern before and decided this was the weekend to try.  I bought a super easy pattern that said it could be sewn in an hour (or 15 depending on how much you screw up).  I ended up burning up my old sewing machine (which was ok because it was my mother's high school graduation present in 1973) and having to go out halfway through and buy a new one.  At least now I've got the hang of it and love the results.  I will definately be doing this more often now!  This is McCall's M5430 view A.
Sorry my pics suck.  This one was taken before it was ironed.

And this one was after I wore it all day.

Sorry for the weird angle, I do have two legs and my carpet is white not some sort of 60's yellow.

I really appreciate any feedback and advice!
9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Well Adjusted on: June 28, 2008 12:30:49 PM
Alright, this is my little protest to all the cutsey pictures everyone I know takes of their kids.  Someday she'll hate me for this Smiley 

This is my favorite.






Let me know what you think!





10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Button Jewelry on: May 20, 2008 04:39:37 PM
Here is a bracelet I made for my cousin several months ago when she found out she had to have a minor surgical procedure.  It is a purchased bracelet with vintage buttons, glass beads, and other small trinkets attached.  It was my first time wire wrapping.



So, while I was at it I had to make myself something.  I had three matching vintage buttons and only one went onto the bracelet so two became earrings for me! 





It's hard to tell in these images but all of these pieces are a really light turquoise color.

Thanks for looking!!
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