Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Meet Polka Nuts


Remember the amazing petal pillow my grandma gave me last year? After she gave it to me, I hopped online to see if there were any like it, or any patterns around, and I found this owl pattern. I thought it would be a great Christmas gift, but then I put it aside and moved on.

My daughter has decided that she now wants to have an owl themed room, and I remembered the pattern I had purchased and dug it back out.

It only took me a couple of days, and I didnt need as many petals as the pattern said. The pattern was also not very clear and gave no directions to assembling, so I ended up winging it. Get it? Winging it? I even ended up going through and adding more feather rows after she received it.

I surprised her with it after hurrying and finishing late into the night.

There are a lot of polka dot patterns on the feathers, and she calls that "polka nuts", so she named her owl Polka Nuts.

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Sunday, August 19, 2012

DIY little girls' necklace

I miss blogging!

I took a summer break and now that school has started back up, I figured I would start blogging again too!

I thought I would start with this fun and totally simple little girls' necklace my little Ellie and I made last night to go with her new chevron skirt (like the outfit I posted about here).

To begin, all you need is some wooden beads, some satin ribbon, paint of your choice and I like to seal the beads with a clear spray as well. Its such an easy way to accessorize an outfit and to make your little one feel special!

After I painted each one, I stuck them on a skewer not touching each other to dry. This also helped to take them outside and rotate as I sealed them with the clear spray.

Super simple necklace complete!

My little one loves them!

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Monday, June 4, 2012

Shark Birthday Party

Every since I can remember with my oldest, he has just loved sea creatures.  He has always watched the shows, asked questions and reads reads reads anything he can get his hands on about sharks.

Last week, he turned the ripe old age of 7 and knew for months that he wanted a shark themed birthday party. This was a very fun theme, because it was mostly based on blues and grey. Easy!

Birthday parties are his most favorite thing in the whole world. So when he came to me with a list of what he wanted, I tried to make sure we did what he requested.

Here are some highlights of the party. I apologize that the pictures aren't these beautiful works of art :) I was just the mom/hostess that day. Hard to wear a million hats at once, especially with 15 kids plus family and friends all having a great time!

Instagram pictures first :) (My username is Sparklinbecks)

(birthday boy, cookie favors, cupcakes and blue kool aid fish that immediately melted in blue kool aid, never to be seen again.)

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Guests were greeted with a coffee liner 7 wreath, and a shark caution sign that my husband and I put together:

Our entry way was made up with nets and paper dot garlands and sea shells with pictures of the birthday boy.  Each of the little guests got a felt shark fin to wear. The majority of them actually did wear them and thought they were neat that they looked like sharks! 

For favors, I bought a shark cookie cutter and decorated them in royal icing. Each guest got two cookies.


His shark shirt was made with a tshirt from Dollar Tree and felt appliqued on. I think it was a hit because he insisted on wearing it the next day too. The balloon wall was based on a backdrop idea i saw on pinterest for a food table. I thought it would be a fun background for gift opening. I also added ruffled streamers done on the sewing machine and more paper dot garland.

For the cupcakes, I didn't buy enough shark picks, but instead kept everything simple. Turquoise and white polka dot cupcake liners with blue buttercream frosting. He picked out funfetti and chocolate as his flavors, so I tinted the funfetti blue as well.


He requested a coloring contest. so he drew out a shark scene and we photo copied it for everyone to color. It was a nice way to open the party while everyone was getting situated.  The blue bags were made for the pinata loot. For prizes, we had gummy octopus bags, but everyone was having so much fun, we never got to judging them.

For decorations, we got out his air swimmer and stuck it in the corner, used paper pom poms, balloons, paper garlands and ruffled streamers. Plus burlap and doilies with sea shells and some nets. It was very low cost.  Add in some water balloons, slip n slides, snow cones using the Ninja, a cotton candy maker 1.00 yard sale find and lots of treats and food, and you have a happy little party!

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Friday, May 25, 2012

Numbers shirts

For 10 days out of the year, one side of our family has cousins that can claim an age in step style order. This year was 2-6. My sister in law and i got together and made shirts for each child to sport and take pictures of!
For the front, we appliqued a felt number in all different fonts, to give it more of a whimsical look. On the back, we freezer paper stenciled their names and ages in a font to unify the shirts together.  (Tip, I buy all the kids t-shirts I make them from Dollar Tree :))
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Silly cousins :) 

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