Zoey’s 1st Birthday, Tea Party Style

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Confession, Zoey is actually 2 now and I am just now getting around to posting this. I’m only a year behind, could be worse.

I was researching ideas for her party when I came across these A-frame tents. I thought they would be perfect for a tea party outside.

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I made both of our dresses. For hers, I followed this straight forward tutorial for a pillow case dress. I love the owl and fox print. To make it even more adorable I added the pom ribbon to the bottom hem.

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My dress extended to the floor. Sorry, this is the best photo I have. I made this dress using an existing shirt as a pattern. Luckily, I used fabric that does not fray so I was able to leave the neck, sleeves and bottom hem unfinished. The only seams are down the 2 sides and on the 2 shoulders. Fit snug like a bug, a little too snug for my taste but I wasn’t about to make another one so here you have it.

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For our sweet, sweet Zoey, we had a sweet ice cream bar loaded with toppings. Throughout her party I used recycled baby food jars for various things from ice cream toppings, party favors and candles.

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For this heart collage of photos I used these Fotoclips. They are awesome and can be used to form different shapes and even make lampshades.

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These party favors were made from recycled baby food jars.

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The tiny Zoey banner was made using skewers, yarn and paper.

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Hope this inspires you to do something special for you and your littles.

Recycled Glass Jars

After just a few months of feeding Zoey baby food our house started overflowing with them. I was on a mission to recycle them…somehow. These are some of the ideas I came up with: candles, party favors and candles.

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These were all used for my daughters first birthday party.

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After the success of recycling baby food jars, I started applying the same habit to larger jars as well. I’ve only filled them with treats but I’m sure they’d be great for baking mixes, salt scrubs, canning fruit, stationary supplies, the possibilities are endless.

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A-Frame Tents

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This was another project my handy husband helped me with. I showed him this tutorial  and he made three of these awesome A-frame tents or Zoey’s first birthday party. The version shown above is the only one that required sewing since I used two different fabrics. The other two versions required zero sewing. I simply used an exacto knife to cut small slits in the fabric and tied them together with string. Easy peasy.

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These work great for indoor or outdoor spaces for your kiddos to call their own to read a book, take a nap, etc.

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A few photos from Zoey’s first birthday, tea party style.

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Happy tenting!

 

 

Kid Shorts With Pockets

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Some go back-to-school shopping. Me?  I go back-to-school sewing. There’s nothing like my kids outgrowing their clothes to motivate me back on my sewing machine again. I found this pattern on one of my fave blogs of all time, Dana Made It. I started a few days ago and was able to finish both shorts today while my daughter napped an amazing 3 hours! I was beyond thrilled. These days, I love projects that take less than a week.

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If your kids are anything like mine, they love to collect – everything, especially rocks. These pockets are great for just that.

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Say “cheese” if you love pockets!

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Hope this inspires you to get back on your sewing machine to make something fun!

Cardboard Rocketship

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Just to come clean, I actually had no part in making this. It was all my husband, but it is so awesome I had to share it with the world.

About an hour before my husband leaves for a business trip he decides to start building the kids this rocketship. I thought… that’s a pretty big undertaking. Apparently, not for him.

In well under an hour he finished this giant structure that the kids could climb inside, look out a window and take an adventure to outer space. What blows my mind is the shear genius idea to incorporate the kids toy screws from this Melissa and Doug tool box so they could take it apart and reassemble it themselves. Things like this are why I love this man. So thoughtful and creative.

Hope this inspires you to make something fun for your kiddos this summer!

Time Flies Birthday Party

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Where did the time go? Just yesterday you were a tiny newborn in my arms for the first time. Today you are a ball of energy, running, laughing and playing. No matter how old you grow, you’ll always be my baby. Happy Birthday, Sweet Love.

Confession. I started planning this party less than 24 hrs before it started. I reused a lot of material I already had but it turned out great, nonetheless! Beats spending months at a time planning like I’ve done in the past. Here’s to a lot less party planning and a lot more time spent with family. Hope this gives you some ideas on how to throw together a last minute party of your own.

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  • This banner was made using the Cricut. Reused from her first birthday. Considering it took forever to make, it will likely be used for every birthday party she has.

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  • These poms have been taking up space in my closet from a baby shower over a year ago and I finally put them to use. Hang some paper airplanes from them and there you have it. Clouds and airplanes, flying high.

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  • Folded paper airplanes with copy weight paper
  • TIME FLIES was printed large on card stock and hand cut
  • Everything was duct taped to the stuco wall

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  • Party favors. Plain paper lunch bags purchased at Walmart.

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  • Hand drawn thank you

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  • Airplane craft and stencil purchased on Oriental Trading. Got these about a year ago on sale, just waiting for the perfect time to use them.

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Roll-up Pants

My baby girl looks just as sweet as her big brother did in this outfit almost three years ago.

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I like to call these Zander’s “fancy pants” because I made them for a wedding we went to recently.

Knowing the wedding would be held outside in possibly 100 degree humid weather, I wanted to make something both comfy and fashionable for him. I followed this tutorial to make the flat front linen pant and added the buttons and tabs myself to convert them into shorts. Perfect for fancy weddings or for lounging barefoot around the house (or at the beach).

Popsicle Stick Matching Game

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Here’s another easy game to put together that’ll cost pennies. Great for color and pattern matching and word recognition.

To make these I used heavy weight cardstock paper, traced the popsicle sticks in various patterns and wrote the color names using marker. Color popsicle sticks were found at the Dollar Store. If you want to get fancy, try spelling out the child’s name using the sticks.

Hope this inspires you to make something fun for the kiddos in your life.