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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Its a Small World 5th Birthday Party (Image overload) on: August 17, 2015 09:36:12 AM
My twin granddaughters are starting kindergarten today!  I cant believe it! These five years are gone so fast. This year their birthday party theme was Its a Small World.

Cant take credit for the cake, it was ordered.
Cake table with girls cultural heritage dolls (Mexico, USA, Cuba, Germany and Japan). Poster ordered from Overnight prints.


I made the cupcakes. I took the Oriental Trading Co. Kids of the World line and made cupcake toppers matching the kids graphic of the favor boxes. I took one of the girls graphic and frankensteined =) to create an American cowgirl and a Cuban girl.


The centerpieces were dolls around the world. I found a bag of vintage Arco Dolls of the World in my local thrift store for $ 9.99. The bag had 6 Greek dolls, 2 Scottish dolls, 2 African dolls, 2 Italian dolls, 1Dutch doll, 1 Sweetish doll and 1 Polish doll.
I wanted to highlight the girls cultural heritage (The girls have maternal Cuban grandparents, paternal Japanese Great-grandmother, German Great- Great-grandfather and Mexican Great-grandparents), so armed with the glue gun, ribbons, lace trims and craft pearls I turn 4 of the Greek dolls into a Cuban doll, a Mexican doll, and an American doll. The other Greek doll was dress up with a red kimono from another doll that I bought at the same thrift store another day. The second Dutch doll was turn into a German doll by using the skirt from the second Italian doll and some lace trim.

Italy


Scotland


Holland


England


South Africa


Denmark


Poland


I took this picture from Disneyland's Its a Small World ride as inspiration to design the centerpieces and wrote Hello, Friend and Family in the language of each doll.


Favor Boxes The favor boxes, crayons and passports are from Oriental Trading Co.  Small world globe balls from eBay and DIY Its a Small World coloring book.






Countries Station Table Kids traveled with their passport to get a passport sticker stamp and a souvenir from each country:
Japan Origami paper


Germany - Pretzels


Mexico Lucha Libre Paper Masks and Calavera Paper Masks




Cuba DIY Cohiba Cigar Box with Cuban Cigars (twist candy bars with DIY cigar labels)






Food:  Cuba Cuban Macaroni Salad
          Japan Sushi California rolls
          Mexico Mexican-style grilled chicken
          Germany Frankfurter (hot dogs)






Photo Props Table with hats and props from around the world.


I designed the party invitations by borrowing Disneyland Paris Its a Small World 50 Anniversary celebration schedule poster. Coloring book cover, photo props sign and favor boxes tag were designed by using other borrowed Its a Small World graphics.


The girls dresses took over two months to plan because the You and Me fabric from the Good Earth Collection by Alexander Henry is discontinued; I was able to find only yard on Etsy. Then I found the Out to Sea fabric with a world map print by Sara Jane for Michael Miller Fabrics and by combining both fabrics I designed a simple Its a Small World summer dress.  Even when it cant not be seen, the top part of the dress is lined with the Hello fabric in blue (the print is the world Hello in many languages) from the Good Earth Collection by Alexander Henry.


It was so much fun planning and making all the crafts for this birthday party. Next year I have a wedding to craft for, my son is engaged to be married and the bride likes my ideas, yay!



2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Call the Midwife Crochet Baby Blanket on: July 11, 2015 11:07:08 PM
Being a fan of the BBC/PBS show Call the Midwife, I love all the vintage clothes, props and crochet baby blankets from the show. Searching for a crochet baby blanket pattern on line, for my nieces baby girl, I found the pattern for this crochet blanket from their 2012 Christmas Special. Here it is, in hot pink splendor! (Bernat Softee Baby Soft Red yarn)





Call the Midwife screenshot & blanket pattern by littlemonkeyscochet.com


And because I love photo props, I made her a Crochet Shell Headband, Diaper Cover and Baby Slippers Set and two Lace Crowns.






Every little girl is a Princess. Every Princess needs a Crown, or two!




3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / Re: Animal Faces Cascarones 2015 on: April 06, 2015 08:15:16 AM
I dont use confetti. Last year I used rice crispy cereal and this year I used bird seed, that way we only have to pick up the egg shells.
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / Re: Cascarones on: April 05, 2015 06:37:27 AM
They are beautiful! I wish I could do that, I am terrible at painting. All of them are very pretty; my favorite is the blue one with the daisies.
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / Re: Animal Faces Cascarones 2015 on: April 05, 2015 06:32:25 AM
The animals faces are plain paper embellishments. I search (google images) for animals faces that matched the colors of the egg dye kit.  Smiley
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / Animal Faces Cascarones 2015 on: April 04, 2015 07:22:32 AM
Last year was the first time I made Cascarones for my granddaughters.  They were a smashing success =) so this year the Easter Cascarones are back!





To make them different from the flower decorated cascarones of last year (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=432884.0, this year I decorated them with little animal faces embellishments.

These are some of the eggs that the Easter Bunny will bring to my family  Wink




Happy Easter Everyone!
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / Easter Peep Diorama - PBS Sherlock - on: March 18, 2015 04:27:16 PM
We have a Easter Peep Diorama contest going on in the family.
This is my Peep Diorama: BBC (PBS) Sherlock 221B Baker Street Living room.

Because I am a Sherlock nerd fan, I search and found the wallpaper for both walls of the Living Room. I also included the A-Z London Street Atlas guide from the second episode, The Blind Banker and of course Sherlocks violin.

 I like the way the mirrorover the fireplace mantel reflects the famous wallpaper.

The books on the coffee table are, Fingerprints Analysis and Understanding & Crime and Criminology.
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Sangria bottle crochet scarf and hat. on: December 03, 2014 04:00:59 PM
On Sunday I went shopping to Cost Plus World Market and saw some very cute wine bottle covers on sale for $14.99. Too much $ for my taste, so 25 minutes and some yarn later, here is my first set of holiday wine bottle scarf & hat.



Update: Two more sets Wink

Set #2


Soda Pop bottle scarf & hat set for my son that is a fan to unusual soda pop flavors.
9  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.
10  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.
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