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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Disney's Frozen Birthday Party - pic heavy on: March 23, 2014 08:57:05 PM
My now 7 year old fell in love with Elsa and pretty much everything frozen and begged me for a Frozen birthday party. How could I say no?
My youngest daughter's birthday is just a month after my oldest daughter's so I decided to combine.
The youngest was turning 2 so she doesn't have many friends yet and really could care less about a party. Her name is Anastazie and we call her Anna so that was kinda cool.

I made the girls their princess dresses.

Samantha in Elsa's dress

And Ana in Anna's dress

We set up the food on top of our pool table in the game room/storage room (which took about a week to clear out)

the cakes I bought at Giants and just made sugar candy "ice" that I used to finish up the cake. I ordered some frozen figurines on ebay and used them too. Minimum work and they looked so pretty

We bought some blue and white candy

I used frozen blue Hawaiian punch and sprite for the main drink and then we had water bottles with "melted snowman" labels on them and canned pepsi (because its blue Cheesy )

We had pin the carrot on a snowman game

I also bought 40 fake snowballs that were just all over the floor and the kids were having snowball fights - so fun. We made big paper snowflakes that we hung from ceiling, you can see one in a corner in this picture

Few other things we did:
Used a snowflake paper punch - got around 200 snowflakes that we taped all over the walls and curtains
Made a craft for goodie bags ( build a snowman )
Sprayed fake snow on windows that didn't have curtains
Printed out a lot of Frozen coloring books for the kids to color during the party.

It was a blast.
More pictures:

If you made it this far you are awesome! I know it's a lot of pictures. Thank you so much for looking!
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / owl hats on: April 07, 2013 02:29:42 PM
made these for my kids and I just love how they turned out and wanted to share. I used a free pattern from ravelry and they were super easy to make
Here is a link to the pattern http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/woolly-owl-hat

3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Merida's dress for a birthday party on: March 05, 2013 08:43:39 PM
Hi everyone,
my daughter is obsessed with Brave and princess Merida and she decided she wanted to have brave themed B-day party, dress included.
I never worked with velour before and it was terrible. I had no idea there was such thing as nap and therefore cut the fabric out how the pattern pieces fit - the final dress looks like it's made of two different shades of green now. Learn something new every day lol
I also didnt use correct needle and thread so I had lots of problems with the velour bunching up or just not sewing evenly and that caused a lot of ripped seams. I was so ready to just throw the whole thing in the trash and buy her the dress at toys-r-us. BUt I ended up finishing after all.
There are few details that I didnt have time to finish like the collar and sleeves as I was working on it till the last minute - morning of the party. Spent 2 nights sewing. The lack of sleep about killed me.
Never again am I doing this. Ever.

That being said, I love how the dress turned out. Wish I had better pictures.

4  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / chair cushion covers, silky red and gold chinese dragon fabric on: January 25, 2013 09:27:05 PM
Hiya, a long time ago I bought this set of chair cushion covers in my local thrift store thinking it's a great fabric and I will totally use it for something. Well it's been 3 years now and I can't look at it any longer. I need to make something from it. I have 6 covers total, the fabric is on the heavier side. Ideas? I was thinking a purse but I am not really much of a purse person

5  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Can someone confirm my recipe will work pls :) on: November 24, 2012 07:26:20 AM
so I finally have all the ingredients for my second batch of soap. The first one I made was castile soap and I think it was lye heavy as it leaves my hands kinda pinkish ( I ordered some strips to test it that should arrive in 2 days)

I want to give the finished soap I will make for christmas and there is not enough time for errors.

This is what I have planned:

Olive oil 40%
Babassu oil 25%
Shea butter 20%
Crisco 10%
Castor oil 3%
Emu oil 2%

I plan to use aloe vera juice for half the water. I also want to use only 25% of water down from 38% for faster cure time.
Super fat discount 5%

for scent I have 1/2oz of lemongrass and 1/2oz of lavender EO
now I want it more lemoney than lavenderey (lol) so I am thinking about using only like 1/3oz of lavender since citrus tends to disappear? or maybe even 1/4oz

I also have some violet pigment and I want to make a marble pattern. I will be using plumbing pipes as a mold to make round soap.

Plan on mixing everything at 110F

also these are the numbers that soapcalc gives when I run the recipe through it
hardness    40
cleansing 17
conditioning 58
bubbly 20
creamy 25
iodine 64
INS 136

can you tell I am freaking out a little?

I really am out of funds so this soap better turn out great or my fam will be without christmas gifts Cheesy
6  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / baby murloc from warcraft on: October 08, 2012 08:10:50 AM
Hiya everyone
I was in a world of warcraft swap and I made this crochet Murky for my awesome partner. I finally have time to post pictures. This was also my first amigurumi I made without a pattern. And second amigurumi ever. The first one I made was a sea turtle with babies from book Amigurumi two. I really love making them, hoping to find more time in the future for more projects as my kids love them.

I had problems with the head and tail fins but someone on ravelry helped me with that. It took me about 2 weeks of trial and errors to finally finish it.
My bf's coworker requested I made him 2 of them, one with veil and one with top hat for his wedding, good thing I wrote down most of what I've done. Maybe I will write a pattern in the future since there are none available right now.

7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / very hungry caterpillar photo prop, hat and headbands. img heavy on: August 28, 2012 09:15:17 AM
I have been a crochet addict since I first decided to make a baby hat for my unborn daughter in April and I've been going to bed at 2am here and there because Ijust cant put that darn hook down

Here are few things I made over the past week.

A friend of mine asked me to make her a very hungry caterpillar photo prop for her 3 month old, I used my 4 month old as a model. I absolutely love how it turned out, it was really easy to make even without  a pattern.

here is a work in progress shot with the first hat I made, I didnt like the yarn being different so I made the other hat later on

So then I made a big flower and put it on the first hat

here is how I made the flower http://i.mimibazar.cz/h/bc/12/090623/14/p4166.jpg (not sure what it's called, a diagram??)
and finally 2 headbands

I got the pattern for the headbands here http://osuraccoon.blogspot.com/2011/03/easy-newborn-headband-crochet-pattern.html

if I knew crochet was so easy I'd learn it long time ago. I learned by watching youtube videos  Grin
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / help identify the yarn used to make this baby cocoon on: August 08, 2012 04:43:10 PM
Hiya everyone,
so a friend of mine wants to have pictures taken of her 3 month old in a hungry caterpillar cocoon and hat but procrastinated and can't get it done via etsy in time for the shoot so she asked me if I could replicate what she picked. And I can, somewhat, but I can't figure out what kind of yarn the seller used and if I can buy it at Joanns or walmart even (most likely not). I am hoping one of you might recognize it and point me in the right direction. Going yarn shopping this weekend, photo shoot is next thrusday.

link to etsy listing http://www.etsy.com/transaction/90046133
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / newborn sweater + pattern link on: July 25, 2012 04:15:33 PM
when I was 36 weeks pregnant I decided I want to learn to crochet so I can make my baby a hat, so I did lots of baby hats. Then I found this youtube video with a tutorial for baby sweater http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gxs3rybO8EI

and it took me awhile and by the time I was finished the sweater was a bit tight on my daughter. But I am a new addict to crochet  Cheesy

Here is a work in progress of the sweater

and here it is finished, you can see how big she's gotten and how little time I had to work on it.

I am only sad that she got to wear it one time and since she is number 3 I wont have any other little girl to put in it. Hopefully someone around me will get pregnant soon so it can be worn more than once  Smiley

Oh and the whole thing was so easy to make, following the instructions in that video was really great.
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / ipad case for my MIL on: July 25, 2012 05:56:10 AM
Hi everyone,

I have made this last year as a christmas gift for my boyfriends mom. I was heavily inspired by somebody elses case I'd post a link but cannot remember who it was, I'll come back and add it later if I find it.

I made it with canvas and fleece interfacing and added the iron-on embroidery (that was before I learned how to embroider myself)
I really liked how it turned out, probably because I loved the original even more  Grin

I havent taken any better pictures, unfortunately

edit: and I found the original here https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=380098.0
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