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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Re: Wizard of OZ party ideas? on: August 30, 2014 10:00:33 PM
My suggestions:
Personalized Water Bottle Labels in blue gingham paper.
Dorothys ruby slippers favor boxes with Lollipops, of course! You can find a free shoe favor box pattern on line, very easy.
Cupcakes toppers with all the Wizard of Oz characters.
Flying monkeys cutout graphics and hang them as decorations
I agree with kittykill, photo props are easy to make and lots of fun and I love the courage badge idea. You can add the Tin Man's heart from Cherry Jello heart jigglers.
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Re: Tea Time Birthday Party - Image overload - on: August 22, 2014 06:43:28 AM
Thank you killkitty. The true is that I love planning themed parties. I tend to go overboard in the beginning stages of the planning and usually I have to scale it down a bit =)
For this year birthday I stared planning a high tea party theme with unique teapots as centerpieces and teacups but wasnt really suitable for kids, when the older ones are only 4 years old.
I am saving all my unique teapots and teacups for a future bridal shower for my future daughter in law.
3  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: Altered Halloween Tombstones on: August 22, 2014 06:40:48 AM
Very cute! My favorite is Magic, because I love fall colors but all 4 are very pretty.
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Tea Time Birthday Party - Image overload - on: August 18, 2014 12:17:26 PM
Hello Crafty Ladies,
Another birthday party under our belt!
This years birthday party theme for my twin granddaughters 4th birthday was Tea Time.
Cake Table


This is what planned and put together for their party.
First thing, I got the girls birthday outfits and sandals.


I google image search for a teapot & teacup graphic with the same colors of the girls birthday dresses to make the decorations, tags, water bottle & sandwiches  labels and cupcake toppers with the same color palette.

Party Favors:
For the girls:  Hats and matching purses.


Inside the purse each girl got a handkerchief matching the hat and purse color, a pearl necklace and a white fan.


I made the birthday girls hat and purse a little more distinct than the rest by changing the small white daisy to a bigger flower matching their dress colors and a pink tulle ruffle.  Also their while fan is decorate in gold instead of silver.

For the boys: A plastic top hat and a gentleman favor box with a white handkerchief, a bow tie and a mustache.


Ladies Photo Props Hats, pearls necklaces and mustaches for the men to take funny pictures.
 


Birthday Party Sign It wasnt my best handwriting but because I forgot to buy a second black poster in case of making a mistake, this one had to do.


The Centerpieces


Juice Boxes & Personalized Water Bottles. Sweet Tea & Raspberry Ice Tea
The party venue place encouraged/suggested juice boxes for the kids. To add a little of the theme I made them a teacup embellishment.


I made the Chicken Salad, Cuban Ham Spread and Flower Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches.
My daughter made the Cucumber Sandwiches, Vegetable Tray and Fruit Salad.
Chocolate and Strawberry Pirouline Tray.
Merengues I added pink flowers and green hearts sugar sprinkles to store bought merengues.


Cookie Boxes Favors


Kids Table


Party Venue



5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Mother's Day / Re: Bouquets for the moms... on: May 11, 2014 04:59:14 PM
They are beautiful. I love pink flowers.
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Mother's Day / Mothers Day Tussie Mussies on: May 11, 2014 04:57:32 PM
Mother's Day Tussie Mussie

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Tussie Mussie is a small flower bouquet, typically given as a gift. The term tussie-mussie comes from the reign of Queen Victoria when the small bouquets became a popular fashion accessory. Typically, tussie-mussies include floral symbolism from the language of flowers.
During the Victorian era, both in the UK and the USA the interest in the language of flowers was very popular. Gifts of blooms, plants, and specific floral arrangements were used to send a coded message to the recipient, allowing the sender to express feelings which could not be spoken aloud in Victorian society. Armed with floral dictionaries, Victorians often exchanged small "talking bouquets," called nosegays or tussie-mussies, which could be worn or carried as a fashion accessory.
Unfortunately, I am extremely allergic to many flowers and plants. I knew that I couldnt make Tussie Mussies in the traditional way of sending a message with flowers. But I liked the idea of a small pretty bouquet and I decided to make them using Geranium Regal Graziosa Lilac from my yard.
To make the bouquet I use plastic disposable wine glasses, without their base obviously and floral foam. They were a perfect fit for the Tussie Mussies.



Pink Themed Tussie Mussies


Happy Mothers Day to all of you Crafty Ladies.
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / Re: Magic Beans on: April 21, 2014 04:19:41 PM
This is too cute not to borrow. My twin granddaughters will love it. Thanks for sharing your Magic Beans idea.
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / Re: Cascarones on: April 21, 2014 04:12:04 PM
Thank you for all the nice comments. Wow! my Cascarones on Craftster FB page, thank you!
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / Cascarones on: April 15, 2014 11:49:33 AM
Cascarones (literally Shells in Spanish) are hollowed-out chicken eggs filled with confetti.



Cascarones are a Mexican Easter tradition. The decorated, confetti-filled cascarones may be thrown or crushed over the recipient's head to shower him or her with confetti. Having a cascarn broken over one's head is said to bring good luck.



I never heard of Cascarones until last year, when my cousin that lives in Houston told me all about this Mexican Easter tradition that is very popular in Texas. This year the girls - my twin granddaughters - are old enough to understand and have fun cracking the Cascarones, so I decided to make it for them.

After a little research, I substituted the confetti with Rice Crispy Cereal (non sugar-coated cereals are ok for birds) because I run out of bird seeds. I have a bird feeder and a hummingbird feeder outside my front windows. I enjoy feeding wild birds and watching them. I wanted to make the Cascarones as safe I could for the birds, avoiding colorful confetti.

To give a little color to the rice crispy, I used a few drops of vegetable food coloring (from my local Natural Food store) in 2 tbsp. of water (vegetable food coloring aren't as bright as conventional food coloring but are non-toxic for birds) To make sure the cereal was completely dry I baked for a very short 2 minutes at 400⁰ F on a baking tray.

Cascarones are usually sealed with tissue paper, but I thought that a crepe paper flower will look prettier. I also made a pretty egg carton cover, because no self-respecting crafter will be able to resist decorating the egg carton. Wink



The girls have lots of fun and we make sure to pick up all the crepe paper scraps and most of the shells from the lawn afterwards.

~How to make Cascarones~



1.  Gently tap the top of an egg.   
2. Peel away just a small hole. I use kitchen scissors.
3.  Empty contents of the egg out into a bowl.
4. Thoroughly rinse the egg and shake out excess water.  Let the egg dry.
5.  Dye the eggs.
6.  When the eggs are dry fill with confetti, bird seeds or non-sugar-coated cereal.
7.  Glue the hole in the egg with tissue or crepe paper.

10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / Re: Sorbian (Melted Wax) Eggs - again on: April 15, 2014 10:41:28 AM
They are lovely. Congratulations on your skill and talent. Beautiful Easter Craft!
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