4/17/15

Ideas for Earth Day Hats- 2015

Every year my daughter's school celebrates Earth Day with the making of a hat out of recycled materials. It's a fun way to be creative and think about recycling. Each class votes on a winner and small prizes are awarded. The kids really get into it :) Since we have STAAR testing on 'the real Earth day'- the school is celebrating a little early this year.

Here is my daughter's entry for the Earth Day Hat Contest.


She also made a giant cupcake from recycled material to give to her teacher. She is getting so crafty! 



And here are a few of her past hats.

Earth Day Hat 2014- click here for directions. 



Earth Day Hat 2013- Click here for directions. 



Earth Day Hat 2012- Click here for directions. 



Happy Earth Day! Make a recycled hat and celebrate the Earth!


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4/15/15

Pop Star Birthday Party

It always starts out small---my ideas for birthday parties. But then I get really excited and my kids get really excited and all these ideas start popping up. So with that said, here is my Afton's 9th Birthday Party. She wanted a 'Pop Star' theme. And that's what she got!


I made the invites myself using PicMonkey.com.


Both my girls dresses up like Pop Stars and I even broke out my sequin pants. (Because how often can you really wear sequin pants?!)


When the guests arrived, they walked the "hot pink carpet" to the front door. They were presented with a 'backstage pass' to wear. Then they visited the 'hair/make-up' table for a little rock star treatment.






Next they took turns posing in our Barbie Rock Star Box. I saw this on Pinterest and Afton begged me to make it. I used two short wardrobe boxes that we had in the attic and taped them together. Then we cut the shape and painted the exterior with hot pink paint. The interior is lined with wrapping paper. I had a few props sitting near the Barbie Box- sunglasses and inflatable guitars. The girls knew just what to do! (I later printed off these photos and enclosed them in the thank you notes that we mailed to each girl.)







After pizza and fruit kabobs, the party entertainer arrived.



We had her for an hour and half. She played games, did glitter tattoos, and made balloon wands for each girl. The girls spent a lot of time signing on the microphone and dancing too!







At the end, we sang 'happy birthday' and ate cake.


Each girl went home with a 'swag bag'- it contained a glitter microphone, a Ring Pop, and a Rock Star slap bracelet. The girls also took home their neon hair extensions and backstage passes :)


It was a fun party for all and at the end, my Pop Star Barbie even found her Ken!


Party Sources
Entertainer: Fun Time Parties
Invites: Made my own using Picmonkey.com
Backstage Passes: Free printable- via The Curriculum Corner
Glitter Microphones: US Toys in Plano 
Hot Pink Carpet: Bulletin Board Paper from US Toys in Plano
Neon Hair Extensions: US Toys In Plano
Cake: Nothing Bundt Cake in Southlake
More Ideas for a Pop Star Party can be found on my Party Pinterest Board here. 

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4/13/15

DIY "Birthday Girl" Shirt

For my girl's birthday, I wanted to make her a fun shirt to wear to school on her special day.


I found this hot pink Gildan tshirt at Hobby Lobby and paired it with iron-on letters. I changed the shape of the shirt a bit by cutting off the 'binding' at the neck. Then I cut the sleeves too.


Cutting the shirt and ironing-on the letters took maybe 20 minutes. I love a quick craft!



Love this Birthday Girl!

Sources for Shirt Supplies:
-Gilden Tshirt at Hobby Lobby (similar click here)
-Iron on Letters at Hobby Lobby (similar click here)

Stay tuned- I will be sharing her Pop Star Birthday Party in post here soon ;)

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4/10/15

New Michaels Store in Frisco

I partnered with Michaels again for a fun crafting event. (You can see event I did last year- just click here.) This one was to kick-off the opening of their new store in Frisco, Texas. Michael's invited a handful of bloggers to their store for a sneak-peek of the new location.


I brought my best lil crafter with me-- she loves all of the 'craft blogging' craziness as much as I do :)


 When we arrived at the store, we were greeted with a cute lemonade bar. All the goodies made using items from the store of course. They have a brand new section that is full of chalkboards, burlap, twine, galvanized metal-- things that make crafty people smile.



The event organizers had put together a scavenger hunt- it was a neat way to tour the store. Afton and I raced around looking for  the 8 clues. They led us through jewelry, framing, end caps filled with project ideas etc. The new store layout has wider aisles and the products are down lower, so they are easier to reach. It feels brighter and more modern. 

I have to admit, we got a little competitive. Afton and I ended up running to the finish-- and winning! The prize was the coveted new Cricut Explore Air!! It's wireless, easy to use and I can't wait to do my first project with it.


After the hunt, the bloggers all returned to the project room where we each made our own tote using the new Cricut Explore Air. I was impressed how easy it was for Afton to use. If a 9 year old can use it.... well it means that all of us adults will love using it too!




Using hot pink sparkle vinyl she made a cute tote bag. And look who was also at the event, remember my friend Jo?! I met her last year in the Southlake store. You might recognize Jo Pearson from Craft Wars.  It was so fun to see her again and introduce her to Afton.


All in all, the event was a success. Afton and I finished the evening with dinner at Pei Wei and talked about how lucky we were to win the Cricut and how cute her bag turned out.


If you are local, be sure to visit the new Michael's Frisco store. The Grand Opening is Sunday, April 12th at 5255 Eldorado Parkway at the Parkway Towne Center Shopping Center. (And don't forget to check out all those new burlap & chalkboard crafts!)


 
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