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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / New Website - What do you think? on: September 03, 2007 11:47:45 AM
This is the first time I have ever designed a website and I need some feedback.  First of all I have decided to go into the children's birthday business and I wanted an informational website.  I designed the site using Frontpage and I have had some problems viewing it in Netscape.   I hope it works in Internet Explorer but I haven't been able to try it yet.  Please comment on how the site looks, if it is user friendly and if you think I should add are take something away.  Hopefully, I will be able to work out the bugs so it will work on all web browsers.  Thanks everyone.

http://www.wishuponaparty.biz/

*****I've taken down my website to work on it.  Thanks for the comments so far and I will let you know when it is back up so you can check it out. ******
2  COOKING / Dessert / Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? Cake on: August 21, 2007 12:25:57 PM
Here is my take on a SpongeBob cake for my daughter's 7th birthday.

3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / SpongeBob Birthday Party on: August 21, 2007 06:31:16 AM
We had a lot of fun at my daughter's 7th birthday party.  We had a SpongeBob party and I made all of the prizes and games.

Here is the cake I made.  SpongeBob's house:



Our first game was a Krabby Patty Cook-Off.  I made fry cook hats and all of the fixings to make Krabby Patties out of felt.  The kids had to gather all of the ingredients and then assemble their Krabby Patty.  The person who finished first won a spatula and everyone got Krabby Patty Cook-Off ribbons.





Next we played pin the tail on Sandy.  Instead of buying 20 goody bags I made them myself.  I used lunch bags and folded the edge down two times.  I bought some raffia for $2.00 and cut it apart to form the handles.  I hot glued the handles to the inside of the bag.  I printed out some pictures of Sandy on sheets of sticky paper and cut them out and stuck them on the bags.  I filled them with SpongeBob sticker, Spongebob gummy fruit, bubble gum and jelly beans.





Next we went Jellyfishing.  I used pink balloons with streamers hanging down.  The kids had to use a racket and hit the jellyfish across the finish line.  I made stuffed jellyfish as prizes.



Here is a tutorial for the jellyfish:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=179725.msg1866249#msg1866249

Then the kids went to Mrs. Puffs boating school and had to drive their boat mobile around an obstacle course. 



When they made it around the whole course the got their boating license.  I laminated the licenses to make them look real.



Here is the invitation I made:



4  COOKING / Dessert / Flower Cake on: July 30, 2007 10:28:59 AM
Here is a cake I made for my husband's Grandmother's 84th birthday.  My 6 and 5 year old daughter's helped make the flowers.

5  COOKING / Dessert / Banana Cake on: July 30, 2007 08:38:50 AM
Here is a banana cake I made for my son's 2nd birthday.  The banana itself is made from two layers of yellow cake and the peel is rolled out fondant.





Here is a link to other pictures of the party we had.

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=186475.0
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Yet Another Monkey Party on: July 30, 2007 08:33:00 AM
I guess monkey parties were a big hit this year.  This is what I did for my son's 2nd birthday party.

The invitations:





I decorated our front porch to look like banana trees.  I also placed all of our stuffed monkeys around but I didn't get a picture of them.





I made a yellow cake with tinted yellow frosting and I cut it into the shape of a banana.  I rolled out yellow fondant and placed it over the cake to look like the peel.





I made goody bags with some playdough inside and the kids used the bags to collect candy from the monkey pinata I made.





We also played toss the banana in the monkey's mouth.  I made the game out of foam board and I made little bean bag bananas.



I also read them a monkey story and we had frozen bananas covered in white chocolate and sprinkles.

The kids had a lot of fun.  I hope you enjoy the pictures.

7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Banana Invitation on: July 25, 2007 09:45:11 AM
Here is the invitation I sent out for my son's 2nd birthday party.  He is going to have a monkey party.  Hope you like it.



8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Husqvarna fabric mover and stitch regulator? on: July 02, 2007 04:19:51 AM
Does anyone have the Husqvarna fabric mover and stitch regulator?  I'm looking into buying one and I would love some advice/reviews on it first.
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Jellyfish - Now with Tutorial (Image Heavy) on: June 28, 2007 09:14:50 AM
My daughter is having a Spongebob birthday party this year and I am making jellyfish for prizes.  What do you think?



Cut out two circles from fleece.  One 5" and one 7" in diameter.



Cut out two strips of fleece 1/2" x 20" and cut out four pieces of fuzzy yarn 10" each.



Stretch the fleece out and it will curl up on itself.



Center the fleece and yarn in the middle of the 5" circle so it looks like this:



Stitch a small circle around the center of the 5" circle to secured the tentacles.



Cut a 2 1/2" circle from a darker colored fleece and place it over the center of the tentacles. 



Use a zigzag stitch to secure the circle.  This will cover up the first stitches you made and make the tentacles hang out from the center a little bit.



Now place the 5" circle on the wrong side of the 7" circle.



Start pining the circles together and leave 1/4" of the 7" circle showing.  Start with 4 pins and then increase to 8 like in the pictures.





With the extra fabric that is sticking out from the 7" circle, pleat it so it lines up with the 5" circle.



Once all of the pleats are made the bottom and top will look like this:





Sew 1/4" from the edge of the 5" circle.  Start at the beginning of a pleat and back stitch at the beginning and ending of your stitching leaving a 1" or so opening between two pleats.



Stuff your jellyfish through the opening.



Top stitch the hole closed on the bottom of the jellyfish just like you stitched the body together.



I cut out 5 or 6 circles of the darker fleece and glued them to the top of the jellyfish with fabric glue.  NOTE:  if you want the dots to be more secure, sew them to the right side of the 7" circle before you assemble the body.



I hope you give this a try.  I think a giant jellyfish would be fun.
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Butterfly Purse on: June 17, 2007 02:33:27 PM
Here is a butterfly appliqued purse I made for my daughter's 1st grade teacher.  I was able to use my buttonhole foot and edging foot for the first time.  I'm really pleased with how it turned out.  I used a pattern from the American Patchwork & Quilting magazine February 2006 issue.








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