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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  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!
3  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.
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Book Launch Party on: August 27, 2007 03:17:44 PM
A class I was in last fall published a book of poems and short stories and because the book came in from the printers over the summer, we decided to postpone the book launch until now.
I'm in charge of invitations and general party planning. Because this is a publication that was funded in part by the university and also other organizations across the state, we would like this to be a semi-formal-ish launch party.
Does anyone have any ideas for invitations? I was thinking of using the scroll idea but I'm not sure if they would be right for a book launch party.
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Insulating Lunch Bags? on: August 26, 2007 09:12:42 PM
I wanted to make a lunch bag but I don't know how I would make it so that it insulates. I plan to put vinyl on the outside and the inside in case of spills, but what should I use between the outside panel and the inside panel so that it keeps everything cool? Someone told me to use batting and make it kind of quilt-like, but I was trying to find something less...messy?
Any ideas?
6  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Candy Flavorings for Lip Balm? on: August 26, 2007 07:35:13 PM
I want to start making lip balm, but I don't want to spend a lot of money on different things just in case I decide not to make them anymore (My mom said I'm famous for changing my mind and not sticking to one project...I think she's right.)
I ordered a base and some tubes off MMS yesterday but decided not to order the essential oils and stuff. When I was at work today I found these LorAnn Gourmet Flavoring oils. I know they're for candy, but would they work for lip balm? I have a bunch of different flavors at home that are left over from the lollipops I made a couple of months ago and wanted to use them.
7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Crayola Crayon Maker? on: August 25, 2007 03:25:26 AM
Has anyone tried the Crayola Crayon Maker? A friend of mine that I work with was giving everyone in the office little gifts to start the school year and mine was the crayon maker since I'm the only person who does crafts. (Although one of the guys wanted it because he just likes toys.)
I just wanted to know if anyone has had any experiences with it. I don't have any crayons right now so I can't try it.
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Nylon Flowers (Tutorial Added! LOTS of pictures) on: August 22, 2007 01:18:53 AM
I wanted to make something nice for the other people that work in my office (I'm an event planner for the student activities council at my university) for the first day of school, so I spent a couple of hours on Sunday night making nylon flower picks.

I like the way they came out and it was awesome seeing everyone in the office (even the guys) wearing them behind their ears around campus.  Grin It was something that brought us all together before we get our new shirts in for the year.

I'm sorry there are so many pictures (and the pictures are kind of blurry...I had to use my brother's camera...can't find mine.)

Things needed:  nylon (I think you can buy colored nylon at most craft stores or you can dye white pantyhose with a fabric dye), wire (I got a foil coated colored wire at my craft store), floral tape, thread (any kind of thread...it'll be covered at the end anyway), wire cutters, scissors, jewelry pliers, beads (not shown)

1. Cut 5 pieces of wire around 6" long. Wrap the wire around a cylinder (I used part of the cap of a travel size Bath & Body Works body spray...the size of the cylinder you wrap it around will determine the size of your petals) and use your pliers to twist the wires to make something that kind of looks like a lollipop.

2. Make 5 of them and put them on the side.

3. Take a shorter piece of wire (around 4") and thread it through the bead (I used a 4mm facet bead) and twist the wires together. (You only need to thread through enough that you can twist the wires.) This is going to be the center of your flower.

4. Stretch the nylon over the wire petal. Don't pull the nylon too tight or it'll look too thin. You don't want it to be too transparent. Wrap the thread around the base of the hoop (so it would be like wrapping it around the stick of the lollipop just below the candy) around 10 - 20 times. Cut the thread leaving a tail.

5. Once you have all 5 done, stack them together. I usually stack 3 together and then add the wire with the bead and then stack the other two over it. Make sure that the bottom of the bead is close to the bottom of the hoops so that the center of your flower doesn't stick out too much.

6. Wrap the thread around all of the wires to bind them together. (You don't have to, but it makes it a little easier to keep them all together.) Trim the threads.

7. Starting at the base of the petals, wrap the floral tape around the wires, making sure to cover all of the thread. Wrap all the way down the wire, stretching the floral tape as you go.

8. Once the stem is created, you're going to separate the petals. A lot of the time, they bend one way better than the other. When you peel apart the petals, your center should be where it's supposed to be.

9. After you separate the petals, shape them how you want and then you can curve them outward by bending it over your finger.

10. And there you have your flower!

If you have any questions, please let me know.

9  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Make and Take for a Spa Party? on: August 21, 2007 09:47:53 AM
I'm an event planner for the student activities council at my university and we want to plan a spa party for the students. Right now we're planning to bring in someone to do facials and manicures and have refreshments and things, but I want to have some make it and take it stations.

Because it's going to be in a large room that's normally used as an art gallery and for speakers and things, there isn't a lot of table space and outlets so we were looking for things that either don't have to be heated for long or don't have to be heated at all.

Does anyone have any suggestions about what we could have? A friend told suggested maybe salt and sugar scrubs and buying unscented lotion and letting people add their own fragrance. Is there anything else that would be easy to do?
10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Corset Tops? on: August 21, 2007 02:04:38 AM
I was at Torrid in Las Vegas in May and found this really adorable corset top by Tripp. Unfortunately, it was WAY more than I could afford. So I waited until it went on clearance online. Then they didn't have my size in the color I wanted. So I'm trying to figure out how to make my own.

A friend of mine told me to make a corset and attach a shirt under it, but I want something a little more seamless.
This is the top I wanted.

Does anyone have any ideas on how I could create something similar? I want the boning, so all of the corset top patterns I've found wouldn't work.

Any help would be much appreciated. School just started again and I'd like to make something new to wear. (Especially since there's this cute guy in one of my English classes. LoL.)
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