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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Ocean Themed Baby Shower on: August 02, 2011 12:45:54 AM
The daughter of one of my mom's close friends and the son of another one of my mom's close friends are having a baby boy at the end of the month, so this past weekend we hosted a baby shower for them. (Apparently friends of the mommy and daddy to be wanted to be at a shower but didn't want to plan one...they asked me if we were going to plan one.)
The theme for the nursery is ocean animals so it was a little hard because honestly, I could not find much already made stuff where I live. (We only have one party store in addition to Wal-Mart.) Plus, once we got the list of addresses to send invitations to, the people count was around 70. Yes...70. So anything I did needed to be easy enough for me to make a lot of and fast.

Here's the invitation (edited to take out last names and addresses.):

We sent out around 65 of them along with matching RSVP cards. It took me a couple of weeks to get the design right.

The Mommy and Daddy to be. I had this genius idea to freezer paper stencil shirts for everyone in the family. His family had blue, hers had green. We were going to use iron on transfers but it got a little expensive when I had to make 10 shirts. My super talented neighbor made the banner behind them. She free-handed the entire thing.

The centerpieces. Ivy crimp bowls with tissue paper wrapped floral foam and we stuck in about 7 cake pops that I stayed up making the night before. (I ended up having to make almost 200 cake pops because we decided to have them available for people to eat so they wouldn't eat the centerpieces.) The fish and the turtles are taped onto a bamboo skewer and stuck in the foam.

The favors. Small boxes with a few pieces of candy in them and decorated with some cutouts. I used a Sizzix die to cut out the boxes and my Create a Critter Cricut cartridge for all the animals. There were about 5 different ones.

The cake. Marissa's sister made it. It took her two nights after working all day to finish it.

The guestbook/scrapbook. I'm not one for "normal" guestbooks, so we set out pages for guests to write messages to the new family on. Then I added more pages with pictures and bound the book before we went to their house the next day. Here's one of the inside pages: 
The black paper is a pocket that we were supposed to stick a copy of the invitation into. But we forgot. Oops.

Sorry for so many pictures. The decorations were pretty sparse because the shower was at someone's house and the weather had been so unpredictable that we didn't want to have all these decorations up and then it rain. (And it ended up raining.)
2  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: A Few New Sweets: Cupcake Bath Bombs, Body Shot Soaps & More on: December 06, 2010 12:43:19 AM
Those look amazing! I'm thinking of making some cupcake bath bombs for a friend who is obsessed with cupcakes. That is...if I ever get around to it. LoL.

For those of you who were looking for the recipe for the whipped topping looking stuff, just search for "cupcake" in the WSP blog (just click on any post and it should take you to the whole blog). The specific post is called "Debbie May's Soap Frosting" (at least I think this is the one that was used. it was the only one I could find.)

3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: Potential Fashion Emergency! on: October 09, 2007 01:41:51 AM
And...It fit! It actually fit perfectly despite the fact that I could have worn it as a dress if the slits on the sides hadn't gone up so high. LoL. I'm sure someone from the party has pictures so I'll go hunt them down.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: Potential Fashion Emergency! on: September 19, 2007 08:51:14 PM
Thanks everyone! It came in and I'm supposed to go and pick it up from my friend's office tomorrow. (Well...Monday since I'll be out of town from tomorrow morning.) We'll see what happens.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help Me Find A Pattern? on: September 19, 2007 08:49:13 PM
I think this Simplicity pattern is probably a good simulation.

And it actually does look pretty easy.

Thanks for the suggestion! I bought that pattern last week and can't wait to try it. I just have to find the time.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Re: Corset Tops? on: September 10, 2007 11:07:47 AM
Thanks so much for the advice! I found the top of eBay, but it's still slightly out of my price range. I may try to make something similar when I get my craft room done (painting takes forever when you do one wall every few days...)
I don't know if I definitely want the boning or not. I know I'm not looking for something as structured as a corset but just something to give me a little more shape than just...marshmallow.
I'm going to Wal-Mart this weekend with a friend so I'll be on the lookout for good patterns.
Thanks again!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Help Me Find A Pattern? on: September 10, 2007 11:02:45 AM
I've fallen in love with this dress but unfortunately I can't afford it. ($90 for a dress?! My mother would kill me!)
Does anyone have any recommendations for a pattern in a similar style? I was looking at the sketch on the listing, but I'm still not fully convinced it's as simple as it looks.

Thanks so much!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Potential Fashion Emergency! on: September 07, 2007 08:06:11 PM
For a class I took last fall, we wrote poems that are included in a new anthology of poems, short stories, and essays written about the Big Island of Hawaii (where I live). Well, since the book came from the printers over the summer, we postponed the book launch until now. It's at the beginning of next month.

Here's the dilemma I'm having:
A friend of mine purchased this outfit for me to wear to the party. She also bought one for another friend because we've helped her so much this past year with the book and other things. Since she bought it on Ebay, and there's a good chance that it'll come in right before the party, I wanted to make sure I have options on how to alter quickly if the need arises. I'm not positive it'll fit. I heard from someone else that traditional salwars are made with extra fabric in the side seams and that it shouldn't be hard for me to let it out if I need to, but what about the sleeves? They don't look like they stretch.
So if it doesn't fit, how should I alter it if I'm not able to let it out enough? (or at all for that matter.) I thought I'd ask here because you're all crafty people and might be able to come up with creative ideas that won't take away from the look of the outfit too much.
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Starburst Wrapper Messenger Bag on: September 07, 2007 01:41:54 AM
I made a Starburst wallet a while ago but I never tried anything as big as a messenger bag. It looks awesome!
Unfortunately, now that I've started coming to these boards, my coworkers are getting hounded for their candy wrappers. Smiley At least sometimes they get free candy out of it.
10  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Candy Flavorings for Lip Balm? on: September 01, 2007 10:41:21 PM
Thanks for the advice everyone!

I tried it tonight (my bases and tubes and everything came in this afternoon  Grin). I haven't tried the lip balm yet (as of right now they're cooling) but they smell YUMMY!!! I used pina colada because that's the only one I could find in my cabinet. I thought I had other flavors, but they seem to have disappeared.
I ended up making 10 baby balm containers and 10 tubes with half a jar of base (and there's still more!) so I'm going to be asking coworkers to help me test them tomorrow.
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