Friday, April 24, 2015

'Sensational Strawberries' First Birthday Party!


I can't believe my littlest just turned one. It saddens me how fast they grow, but it is so much fun to watch! The changes they go through in such a short span of time is fascinating.


Anyway, I like to have themed parties for my girls so I decided to go with a Strawberry party for Taylor. They are probably her favourite fruit and are super cute so it was a no brainer.

For party decor I chose a bright pink and lime green colour palette. It just seemed younger and more girly then the traditional red and green. So, with a few colour coordinated balloons, streamers, tablecloths, dinnerware and a handmade Strawberry banner (of course) the Strawberry themed party came to life!


I even made a tissue paper #1 for the front door. Check back later for a full tutorial on how you can make your own. They make a great wall hanging for a childs room too.


Parties are never a party without some munchies so besides having a boatload of strawberries to munch on, we also had a veggie patch (veggie tray), strawberry and grape shish-kebobs, chips and queso, popcorn chicken, fries and wings and a few strawberry flavoured candies.


For dessert I made strawberry cupcakes for the party attendees and a strawberry smash cake for the birthday girl.


Thanks to Jill, the treats were decorated beautifully, and obviously from Taylor's reaction to her cake,


they were delicious too!!


And just because there weren't already enough sweet treats for the kids, we had strawberry ice cream cones as well. :)


A lot of Taylor's party guests were a bit older than her so we had to have some games to play.

Pin the Tail on the Donkey is always a hit with the kids so I made up a Pin the Stem on the Strawberry game.


I wanted to have a pinata too, so even though I couldn't find a strawberry one and didn't have time to make one, I found a super cute #1 that worked perfectly.


The last game we played was by far my favourite. While the kids were outside in the backyard playing, I went into the front yard and threw a bunch of Brach's strawberry filled hard candies everywhere. I then told the kids that a strawberry patch had grown up in the front yard and we needed help gathering all of the strawberries. Then we let the kids loose out front for a strawberry picking free for all. (It was basically like an Easter egg hunt). The kids loved it!!


All of the games were a huge hit and even though she is only one, we found a way to include Taylor in all of them.


We always like to send our guests home with a little treat to say thank you, so in sticking with the strawberry theme, I made chocolate covered strawberries for all of our attendees. Yummy!!


All in all the party was a huge success and even though she couldn't exactly tell me herself, I know she had an absolute blast!!
















Sunday, April 19, 2015

Much Ado About Monday {No. 108}

Hi, friends!
Thanks for stopping by for our weekly link party! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. Ours seemed to fly by. Aside from a bit of rain, the weather was wonderful and we were able to get outside and play tennis with the kids. 

Last week, we were quiet around here. We've got lots in the works, so expect some fun posts coming up! Stay tuned for Lydia and Jamie's posts this week.

Thanks to everyone who joined in our last week's party, you had so many fun projects and recipes!!!
And without further ado, our features are:


Jill's pick: Border Print Peasant Dress via Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom
Jamie's pick: Easter Bunny Plate via Lamberts Lately
Emily's pick: Flutter Ruffle Trim Nightgown via Sew Can Do
Lydia's pick: Spring Butterfly Wreath via Craving Some Creativity

And our most viewed link:

Healthy Homemade Tortillas via Homegrown and Healthy


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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Much Ado About Monday {No. 107}

Hi! 
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Ours consisted of finishing up some projects, t-ball, planting, and a wonderful brunch with my brother and his family. I love seeing our kids play together <3 And I finally got a chance to look at some of the photos we took when we went to Hill Country to see the Texas wildflowers last weekend. We've made it an annual trip, to take photos in the fields of bluebonnets and finish the drive off with bbq. I just had to share a few photos:-)


This week, I shared my latest project: Map Art {on a budget}. Check it out, it's really easy to make! 


And now onto the party... A big thanks to everyone who joined in on Much Ado About Monday last week. It's really cool to keep up with all of your projects and add even more to my inspiration board! And though it was difficult to decide, here are our picks:



Jill's pick: Raspberry Limeade Gin Fizz via Frugal Foodie Momma

Emily's pick: Herb Container Garden via Farmhouse 40
Jamie's pick: DIY Colorful Chalkboard Calendar via Hawthorne & Main
Lydia's pick: How to Make Beautiful Fabric Roses by Pocket Full of Posies

And our most viewed link...



Mini Banana Puddings via This Silly Girl's life


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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Map Art {on a Budget}

Hi y'all!

I have some exciting, budget friendly, art I'd like to share with you today. So, we've been in our home for two years now, and are finally around to decorating our family room and entry walls. And since our budget was blown on new flooring, we weren't looking to spend too much. So for under $80, I was able to fill our entry way with art that meant something to us. 



Check it out! I was inspired by my neighbor, Jen, who has these exact frames from Hobby Lobby, that I love love love. They're the perfect color, and really pull the whole house together. I just had to find a frugal solution to the actual map portion, because I wasn't about to spend $20-$30 a pop on vintage maps. 


Well fate had it that a large travel atlas came up on our neighborhood free fare site. My husband kind of questioned my vision as I brought this large atlas home {probably way too excited} for my new project. But all turned out great and I am pleased to report that he approves of the final project. 

I used a self-healing mat, exacto knife, and straight edge and cut my maps down to 7.5" x 8" rectangles. I mounted these on white textured cardstock with dates printed below in american typewriter font. Once those were ready to go, I stopped by hobby lobby to pick up the 11x 14 frames {at 60% off!} and custom matting. I opted for the matting opening to be 8" x 10" instead of the standard 7.5" x 9.5" to have a larger area of whitespace around the map. 

And in about 10 minutes, my vision came alive! I absolutely love that this art is meaningful to our lives. The three maps represent where my husband and I met, where we married, and where we bought our first house. In a home that's mainly focused on our kids, i.e. their artwork, photos, etc, it's nice to have something that focuses on our start together as a couple. 

Thanks for the inspiration, Jen!




Sunday, April 5, 2015

Much Ado About Monday {No. 106}

Hi y'all! Thanks for joining us for Much Ado About Monday :-) 


And we hope you all had a wonderful Easter! We've been busy bees over here, with an exciting new venture, sewing, and crafts taking up our free time. Last week, I whipped up this super sweet dress for Ella's Alice in Wonderland themed father daughter dance. They had a blast, and I think they made quite the cute pair.


It's the same pattern as this one from Lydia's pattern test, just with puff sleeves.  I love the variations that this pattern offers!

And now onto our party!

Last week, y'all shared so many great crafts, recipes, and DIY's! I absolutely love going through the links and seeing what you've been up to!

Our features this week were...

Emily's pick: Blueberry Cheesecake Bars via Kleinworth & Co
Jill's pick: Sewn Saying Decoration via Nimble Note
Jamie's pick: Spring Wreath via Anything and Everything
Lydia's pick: Easter Bunny Treat Jars via Happiness is Homemade

And our most viewed link...


The Easiest Open Shelving Ever via The Hatched Home

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Much Ado About Monday {No. 105}

Howdy Guys!
 We are so excited to have you here for another week of
 Much Ado About Monday!!

This weekend was just me and my youngest daughter, as my husband went to Dallas to visit some friends and family with the two oldest. Lorelei and I stayed behind and went fabric shopping, partied at Taylor's first birthday party {look for the details on the blog soon!}, and then went to visit my sister and her new baby! It was nice to have some one-on-one time with my smallest child. And it was really nice to run errands with just one. haha! 

This week on the blog, Jamie shared her adorable baby duck Easter hat {with a free pattern!}. Perfect for springtime!


Our Features this week are:



Jamie's pick: Peeps and Chubby Chirps via Jerry and Kay
Lydia's pick: Robin's Eggs Macarons via Life with the Crust Cut-off
Jill's pick:Dollar Store Moss Topiary via The Organized Dream
Emily's pick: Kolaches via Yesterfood


And our most viewed link this week was Spring Shelf Vignette via Bless 'Er House.

How to Make Chalkboard Hand Lettering the Easy Way & Spring Shelf Vignette | Bless'er House


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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Crochet Baby Duck Easter Hat {free pattern}


When it comes to holidays, I love to create new crochet hats that correspond. Well, Easter is no exception; in fact, I probably enjoy creating new crochet hats for Easter in particular because everything surrounding this holiday is cute. Bunnies, chicks, lambs, heck, even decorated Easter eggs are cute! I wanted to test out an animal a bit different than the three listed above so instead of chicks, I went with a duckling. Isn't he cute!! 


To get started on this adorable hat, you'll need:
~a fuzzy yellow yarn (I used Baby Bee 'Pitter Patter Eyelash Yarn in Sunkisses')
~worsted weight yarn in black, white and orange (I used I Love This Yarn 'Super Soft')
~a US H/5.5 mm crochet hook
~tapestry needle

Stitches you will need to know for this pattern:
~magic ring
~SC- single crochet
~HDC-half double crochet
~DC- double crochet
~DC decrease

This hat is made in individual pieces and then sewn together to create the cute Easter goodness. :)

Hat:  
**at the end of each round DO NOT join to the first stitch, just continue to DC into first stitch at the beginning of each round** (this helps to eliminate a seam in the back of the hat)

With yellow yarn, start by making a magic ring; ch2, 11DC in magic ring
Round 2: 2DC in first DC and in each DC around (22DC)
Round 3: *2DC in first stitch, DC in next stitch; repeat from * around (33DC)
Round 4: *2DC in first stitch, DC in next 2 stitches; repeat from * around (44DC)
Round 5: *2DC in first stitch, DC in next 10 stitches; repeat from * around (48DC)
Rounds 6-11: DC in each stitch around; join to beginning stitch in round with a slip stitch but DO NOT fasten off. You will continue onto the first earflap from this spot.

Earflap 1: 

ch2; DC in same stitch and in next 9 stitches, ch2, turn
Row 2: DC decrease, DC in next 6 stitches, DC decrease, ch2, turn
Row 3: DC in each stitch across, ch2, turn (8DC)
Row 4: DC decrease, DC in next 4 stitches, DC decrease, ch2, turn
Row 5: DC in each stitch across, ch2, turn (6DC)
Row 6: DC decrease, DC in next 2 stitches, DC decrease, fasten off

Earflap 2:

Fold hat in half leaving slightly more stitches in the front of the hat than the back. Place the second earflap to line up with the first earflap.
From determined spot; join yarn, ch2, DC in same stitch and in next 9 stitches, ch2, turn
Row 2: DC decrease, DC in next 6 stitches, DC decrease, ch2, turn
Row 3: DC in each stitch across, ch2, turn (8DC)
Row 4: DC decrease, DC in next 4 stitches, DC decrease, ch2, turn
Row 5: DC in each stitch across, ch2, turn (6DC)
Row 6: DC decrease, DC in next 2 stitches, DC decrease and then continue with a SC around hat and earflaps. At the top of each earflap: ch30 (more or less depending on the length of tie you'd like), SC in 2nd ch from hook and the rest of the way down the ch. When you get back to the hat, slip stitch into the hat, turn and SC in each stitch back up the tie, turn and then SC in each stitch back down the tie. (This will leave you with a tie 4SC thick). Continue to SC around the rest of the hat and fasten off when you get to the beginning of the hat.


 Top Duck Bill:

With orange yarn and using 2 strands;
ch8, DC in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch to end, then continue around the other side of the ch with a DC in each stitch. Join to first DC and fasten off leaving a long tail.

Bottom Duck Bill:

With orange yarn and using 2 strands;
ch6, DC in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch to end, then continue around the other side of the ch with a DC in each stitch. Join to first DC and fasten off leaving a long tail.

To make the duck beak sew the two duck bills together. Set aside.



Outer Eye (make 2):

With white yarn and using 2 strands;
ch6, HDC in 2nd ch from hook and in the next 4, make 2HDC in last ch. Now, work up the other side of the ch with HDC (there will be 5HDC), join to the first stitch with a slip stitch, ch 2.
Row 2: 2DC in each stitch around, join to first DC, fasten off leaving a long tail. (24DC)

Inner Eye (make 2):

With black yarn and using 2 strands;
make a magic circle, ch1, 6SC into magic circle, join to first SC, fasten off leaving a long tail.

Sew the inner eye onto the outer eye creating a pupil. :)



Pom Pom:

With yellow yarn,
make your pom pom by using a pom pom maker or by making your own.
I unfortunately do not have my own pom pom maker so I always make my own. Palak at Make it Handmade has a great tutorial on how to make your own pom poms. Check it out here.




Now that you have all of your pieces made. Sew them onto your hat using the picture for placement reference.




And there you have it, step by step directions for making a super cute Easter crochet hat all your own. I love this hat and how simple and easy it is to make. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I do! :)



Do you like to make themed hats for special occasions? I would love to see pics of any hats you make using this pattern. :)

*** You may make and sell products from my patterns, but if you do, I ask that you link back to my post.Please do not copy and post this pattern and claim it as your own. Please do not re-publish photos as your own.***
This post was originally featured at from Gardeners 2 Bergers as a guest post. 


 
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