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How to Make a DIY Starbucks Latte Halloween Costume

3 Sep

I live by the motto that it’s never too early to start thinking about a Halloween costume. Even if you don’t share my passion for the one day of the year when dressing up like a weirdo is totally celebrated, you can’t deny that stores have started stocking black and orange decorations. And costume catalogs are probably flooding your mailbox as we speak. So, I figured it was about time I shared a how-to on Sophia’s costume from last year: A Starbucks grande iced pumpkin spice latte with whipped cream!

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I already had an old slip and headband so the costume cost us less than $10 in felt and hot glue! When we were searching for ideas last year, we found lots of cute pictures (this blog post was our big inspiration) but there was no resource that really explained how to create the Starbucks logo and how to use felt to create the foam/whipped cream. But now, thanks to this blog post, there is!

You’ll need a tan dress (I had an old slip that fit Sophia loosely but these cheapies from Amazon are a great option), a plain headband, 2 one-foot square pieces of dark green felt, white felt (enough to make at least six 9-inch circles and eight 3.5-inch circles), felt glue, a black Sharpie (to write the “order” on the back of the “cup”), a hot glue gun, and whatever you want to wear underneath.

Search for the Starbucks logo online and make an enlarged print about 7 inches in diameter. To make the traceable template, you’ll need to cut it out. This will be super annoying and time-consuming and you’ll get carpal tunnel but just think about how awesome your costume is going to be and deal with it. Plus…good news! Since it’s symmetrical, you can cut half of it and just flip it over when tracing. (Be sure to have a bowl of mini pumpkins nearby to help you get in the holiday spirit!)

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Use a black Sharpie to trace around the design.

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Then flip your template over to trace the other side.

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Next step: Stop and marvel at how good it’s looking!

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Then — yup, you guessed it — just when you’re starting to get feeling back in your hand, more cutting! Once you’ve got it all cut out, glue down each part of the design with felt glue. (Felt glue is easier and less messy than hot glue so it’s best to use felt glue for this step.)

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Soon it’ll look like this and all will be right with the world. (Don’t forget the nose, mouth and the little triangle in the middle of the crown.)

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Then cut out the circle and you’re ready to glue the logo on the front of the dress. Just make sure you put it down low enough so you have plenty of room for the foam/whipped cream across the top.

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To make the whipped cream you’ll need 5 or 6 white felt circles that are about 9 inches in diameter. If you want the foam to go across the back, you’ll need more. We decided against it because we wanted more room for the “drink order” on the back. (More on that later.)  They don’t need to be perfect circles so don’t worry your pretty little head about making it precise.  (The little ones pictured here are for the headband.)

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To make the whipped cream, fold your felt in an accordion fold vertically along the dotted lines below. Add small horizontal lines of hot glue (it adheres faster than the felt glue) across the center to glue each section together. Then fold it along the middle and you’ve got a big, fluffy, frothy glob of whipped cream / foam! Use a thin line of hot glue along the center back of the felt to attached it to the dress.

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To make the frothy headband, grab two of the smaller circles and glue them together with the headband running through the middle of it. This will be your base to build the straw and foam onto. Lots of tutorials suggested a paper towel roll with green paint but I had some extra green felt so I tried gluing it into a tube shape and it worked! Just use paper clips to hold it together while the glue sets. Once your straw is dry, cut 4 slits in the bottom of it and glue the tabs onto the circles on your headband. Again, use paper clips to keep it in place while it dries.

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After the straw was glued in place, I added some more white felt over the green on the base to cover it up. Then I made the whipped cream with the small circles using the same method as I used on the dress.

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Perfect!

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To really make it look like a Starbucks cup, I wrote the “drink order” on the back with a black Sharpie. The order boxes from top to bottom are: Decaf, Shots, Syrup, Milk, Custom, and Drink. We customized Sophia’s with an X in the decaf box (to make it a decaf – duh), with a WC in the custom box (to add whipped cream) and PSL in the drink box (to make it a pumpkin spice latte). We also wrote her name but since they ALWAYS get it wrong at Starbucks, I wrote Sophie instead of Sophia. Check with your local barista to make sure your costume matches your real order!

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I hope you liked this Starbucks latte costume tutorial. I’ll be back soon with some details on how we put together Lily’s rainbow unicorn / pegasus / pegi-corn (?) costume together.

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I’ve already ordered gold and rust fabric to make my costume for this Halloween. Any guesses what I’m going to be?

XO

Sue at Home

P.S. If the thought of a Pumpkin Spice Latte is making you hungry, check out my recipe for Pumpkin Spice Whoopie Pies with Cream Cheese Filling!

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How a Crafting Fail Turned into Something Useful

14 Jan

Last weekend when the girls were begging me to take them to Michael’s to pick up some crafting goodies, I decided we should challenge ourselves to use some of things we already had at home. I took to the attic and found boxes of sticker mosaics they had never finished, bags of beads just begging to be strung, and an old Martha by Mail beading kit.

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I’ve had it for at least 10 years. No joke, I moved this from our NYC apartment, to our townhouse in Union, and then to our house in Westfield. I think I may have attempted it once years ago but it was way too much of a pain in the a$$. Not to be one to give up (even if it takes me 10 years!), I decided to attempt this simple fish. (Please note: this is a kids’ beading kit. But by Martha standards, I think that means that most grown adults will still have trouble doing it.)

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My kids have made a bunch of these kinds of crafts before but none of us had ever attempted anything with beads this small. Well, let me tell you, they suck. I got through the second step and decided to bail. Yup, that’s right. I quit in front of my kids.

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But all was not lost because I figured I could use the beads and wire to make something I’ve needed for a long time: wine charms. Those are the little rings of beads that you can link onto a wine glass stem so I don’t mix up my reisling (yum!) with someone else’s chardonnay (no thank you).

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Once Sophia saw what I was up to and how easy it was (just twist the end in a loop, stick on some beads and make a hook on the other end), she jumped in and helped me.

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Surely, they are very “homemade” looking but I guess that just means that everytime I use them, I’ll remember making them with Sophia. (She even thinks we can hang them on juice box straws for kids’ parties!)

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I even used one of the little bead boxes from the kit to keep them in.

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So Martha Stewart, it’s not what you planned but I think it came out a little more perfect than you could ever imagine.

XO

Sue at Home

P.S. I mean, what was I going to do with that little beaded fish anyway?

Halloween Crafts from Ladies’ Home Journal on The Better Show

28 Oct

Phew. That’s one long title. Allow me to explain.

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As you know, my day job keeps me busy over at Ladies’ Home Journal. I do lots of fashion stuff and not a lot of crafting stuff. But since I love me some glitter and spray paint, I was asked to present several of the Halloween crafts we featured in our October issue (all originally seen on some of our favorite blogs) on The Better Show, a nationally syndicated lifestyle program owned by Meredith, LHJ’s parent company. So, to put it in simpler words: I’m here to show the crafts that I made for The Better Show which were featured in Ladies’ Home Journal and originally produced by bloggers like me. Does that make more sense? No?

Well, then just set the DVR because I’ll be on Better tomorrow, Tuesday, October 29th. OK? Thanks.

Let’s check out a bunch of pumpkin crafts from Sequin Crush. First up is a Studded Pumpkin. All you need to do is buy a foam pumpkin (I got mine at Michael’s but most craft stores carry them), gold spray paint, and gold thumbtacks.

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Once you’ve got your fake pumpkin painted (remember – never spray paint real pumpkins because you don’t want this to happen), just space out the thumbtacks around the top first and then just press into the creases. I needed about 200 thumbtacks for this large pumpkin.

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All done! And bonus: Because it’s just foam, you can save it for next year!

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Next up is the Glitter “Dipped” Pumpkin. Again, start with a large foam pumpkin and spray paint it gold. Then use a spray adhesive around the base of the pumpkin and sprinkle on the glitter as you go. Spray a little, then glitter a little. Repeat until you’re all the way around.

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This baby has done quite a bit of shedding since I made it but I still think it’ll survive for a few more years.

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Next up was my favorite of all of the projects. It was insanely simple to do, it took about 2 minutes, and it came out great. I started with one medium sized real pumpkin, clear glue, glitter, and a round foam paintbrush.

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I put a little glue onto a paper plate and then dabbed the foam brush into the glue.

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Next, I put little circles of glue around the pumpkin with the paintbrush. (No measuring needed. Just eyeball it!)

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Next, I sprinkled on some gold glitter and it was done.

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Sadly, this one won’t last beyond the season so I’ll just have to make another one next year.

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Next are Baby Boos painted with Metallic Paint Pens from Paper & Stitch. I used oil based metallic Sharpies but you can use the water-based ones. (More on that in a minute.)

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First, I followed Paper & Stitch’s design and found that it only took a couple minutes.

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Then I went rogue and created a chevron with dots pattern.

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When the girls saw what I had done, they wanted in on it too. So I gave Sophia the oil-based pens and she made the one in the front while Lily made the one in the back with the water-based pens. (I just figured that Five Year Old + Oil Based Paint Pen would not be a good idea.) As you can see, the water-based is fine but not as bold of a statement.

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Here’s a more clear comparison:

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Next, I used pipe cleaners and yarn to make letters that were originally seen on the blog Cakies. This one didn’t come out as well as the others but–lucky you!–you can learn from my mistakes so you don’t make them too. Mistake #1 is pictured below. See how thick that orange yarn is? That’s how thick all of your yarn should be. I got sooo caught up with finding the right colors that I picked a bunch of way-too-thin yarns.

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Now listen closely because here comes mistake #2. I started by twisting the pipe cleaners together and then bending them to make the word Boo. Please note: Don’t do that. Don’t shape it into the word before you wrap the yarn. It’ll make the wrapping take forever. Just twist the pipe cleaners first but keep them in a straight line as you wrap the yarn.

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Ta da! Four hours later I had this. I know that sounds insane but as I told you, I screwed up. If you had thicker yarn and didn’t shape the word first, I’d guess that it wouldn’t take you more than an hour. I think the fun thing about this is that you could do any word with this method. “Ho Ho Ho” for Christmas? A kid’s name for a bedroom? “Eat” in the kitchen? Your last name on your mantel? The possibilities are endless.

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So, head on over to that DVR and figure out what time Better is on in your area tomorrow. You can click here and use that pull down menu on the top left that says Check Local Listings. Thanks for watching!

Oh…and since the October issue of LHJ is off newsstands by now, you can visit lhj.com/halloween to see all these Halloween crafts (and a lot more!). But if it’s the real deal magazine you’re looking for, check out the November issue on newsstands now. You won’t be disappointed. Especially since Sophia and Lily are in the issue! That’s right! Our editor-in-chief asked us for a picture of something that makes us happy and she chose a bunch to feature on the editor’s letter page. Here they are seeing it in Barnes and Noble for the first time. There’s nothing my narcissistic kids like more than looking at pictures of themselves!

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And a quick iPhone pic of the page.

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Always keep in mind that you can use that affiliate link in my sidebar (right where it says LHJ subscriptions) or you can click here to order a one year subscription of LHJ for only 10 bucks! (Disclosure: LHJ gives me a small percentage of the sale if you click over from my site. Thanks for shopping!)

Now, go and get your craft on! There are still a few more days til Halloween…

XO

Sue at Home

Spooky Decor

23 Oct

Just in time for our annual Halloween soiree, I finally got the house all spooked out and ready. I started with spiders in the light fixture and a black scarf draped over my painting to make it look a little less pink.

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A lot of the decorations were left over from last year, like the little spiders, the tablecloth and the cobwebs. This year, I added lots of Martha Stewart Crafts that another editor gave me at my day job.
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All of the wine bottle decorations are from Martha Stewart. You can find them here.  The little owl papers just stick on the front of the bottle. Sophia said they all reminded her of Harry Potter.

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For the witchy wine, I combined the sticker from this kit with the witch’s hat from this kit.  My pumpkins are fake ones from Target that I spray painted and glued glitter onto.  (You know I’ll never spray paint a real one again after what happened last year!)

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The girls made the creepy hands at an event at Sophia’s school. They’re just medical gloves filled with flour.

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My favorite of the wine bottle decorations was this awesome vampire collar. We added fangs from the photo decor kit too.

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Sophia made the striped planter at the Y.

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Those ghosts in the back are the party favors for the kids. I just trimmed plain white lunch bags to have a ghost shape on top and Soph drew on the eyes.

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My glitter skull from last year is sitting on the front windowsill surrounded by brass candlesticks. (And of course, some pretty carnations. They’re my go-to party flower because they’re cheap, pretty and they last a loooooong time.)

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The girls colored pumpkins with metallic paint pens in lieu of carving.

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Our front foyer table holds this little glass pumpkin (another Target find) filled with lots of essential Halloween toys like glow-in-the-dark teeth and spider rings. (Because you can never have enough spider rings!)

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A little ghost that Lily made in pre-K last year hangs out in the den on top of a bowl of shells. Sometime between last Halloween and now, he lost an eye. But I think it’s a good look for him so we’re going with it!

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I also did a couple of the Halloween crafts featured in the October issue of Ladies’ Home Journal so I can talk about them for an upcoming TV appearance on Better TV. This is all day job stuff but I’ll let you know when it’s airing. (Follow Sue at Home on Facebook to hear all about it!)

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Up in Sophia’s room, she had a blast spookifying her place with this photo kit from Martha Stewart.

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Of course, that was before she switched her costume a few minutes before the party. As I told her the first time she changed her mind about her costume, “You can be whatever you want as long as you can put it together from things in this house.” I’m happy to help buy/build/hunt for costumes but not when she changes her mind two days before Halloween! (BTW: She’s a cat–obviously–and Lily is Chee Chee from Teen Beach Movie. When I posted this picture on Instagram, I tagged Chrissie Fit, the actress that plays Chee Chee, and she liked my picture! It’s scary how excited that makes me but you need to understand that this movie is like an Oscar-caliber film in my house and Chrissie Fit is like our Meryl. I don’t even think the girls understand how cool it is!)

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And when they’re not being as cute as can be, they can turn up the spook and scare the crap out of you too!

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XO

Sue at Home

The $1.41 DIY project

14 Sep

I recently stopped by my favorite thrift store, Unique to drop off some donations and take a look around. You’ll remember I told you about Unique before–it’s the place I found these chairs and Lily’s headboard. Let’s see what they’ve got, okay?

Though this gem (pun intended) caught my eye….

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…and this kitchen crock had my name written all over it…

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…I left with just a little metal tray for $1.41 and went straight home to get my DIY on.  (Tools: some leftover spray paint, a Twisted Tea to wet my whistle while I worked, and some fine grit–#220–sandpaper. Not pictured because I forgot: painter’s tape.)

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Step 1: Sand the tray lightly.

Step 2: Paint the tray black.

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Step 3: Tape stripes on the tray. (My design was loosely based on Erin Gates new collection with Jill Rosenwald. In fact, I was looking for a long tray like this specifically because I loved hers so much!)

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Step 4: Keep taping and wrap the ends with newspaper.

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Step 5: Spray it white.

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Step 6: Peel the tape back and watch the magic. Oooh! Aaaah!tray-158

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Step 7: Enjoy!

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Does it look a little like a football? I think so. It certainly wasn’t intentional but I’m going with it since it’s living in Pablo’s den.  (And it’s the closest he’s going to get to some football themed paraphernalia in there!)

And get this: I really wanted a small tray in hopes that it would become his new catchall for his keys, phone and wallet when he gets home. Before now, he dumped them on the top edge of the piano and though it shouldn’t bother me, I always wanted to get him a little place to put everything. And–surprise, surprise–without me suggesting it, he started putting his stuff on the tray. Not sure why that makes me so happy but it does.

Ahh…the small pleasures of organizing.

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XO

Sue at Home

P.S. LOTS more den updates coming soon! See my instagram for clues!

Lily’s Luau Birthday Party

17 Jun

We recently celebrated Lily’s 5th Birthday with a luau at our house. Let’s take a peek at how we put it all together.

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As you saw in last week’s post, I created an umbrella wreath for the front door out of paper parasols.

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 I bought two hibiscus plants that I put in some pots that I had painted last year.

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They added the perfect tropical touch.

luau-126In the foyer, I put tons of leis in a bucket and displayed the invitation that I made on PicMonkey.

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I made it with a picture of Lily from Aruba and a great font called Luckiest Guy.

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For the favors, I got sunglasses from The Children’s Place, some Swedish Fish (Lily loves “sweetest fish”!) a hibiscus tattoo, and either a Hello Kitty necklace for the girls or a foam plane of the boys (both from the One Spot at Target).

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I just put all the goodies into white paper bags and added a little tag–that said “Thanks for coming to Lily’s Luau”– thanks to Picmonkey again. (I “borrowed” some of Sophia’s fun tape to attach them to the bags.)

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I kept the food pretty simple: pizza for dinner, tortilla chips and homemade guacamole, and lots of fruit. I had to include some pineapple, of course! (more cute napkins from Ikea)

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As for the cupcakes, I made them at home and used blue frosting to represent water, crunched up graham crackers for sand, gummy flip flops and a paper parasol.

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I pulled out all my cake stands and decorated some of them to look like they had grass skirts on.  I just cut up a piece of green craft paper and taped it all the way around. Then I cut apart one of the leis and glued flowers around the paper with fabric glue.

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I also wrapped one of the cake stands with a lei.

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The little tissue paper decorations are from Oriental Trading –where I got just about everything I needed–and they came in really handy to give some height to the cupcake displays. (I just stuck them on top of a plastic cup turned upside down.)

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As for activities, we kinda just winged it. I was nervous because we don’t have a swingset anymore (remember how I told you that Hurricane Sandy took it out?) But we just put out all of our frisbees, wiffle balls and bats, and bubbles and let the kids have fun in the yard.  They loved it and there wasn’t a dull moment. (Sidenote: Check out the nice lattice that Pablo just put up under the deck! A post about that is coming soon.)

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Of course, we had to do the limbo but there wasn’t much else that we tried to organize.

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Lily was totally happy just being with her friends.

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And all the kids loved their sunglasses in the goody bags. (I can’t help but picture these kids in the same kind of pose, 11 or 12 years from now, heading off to their prom!)

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It was a perfect day with lots of good friends, good food and drinks, and good times!

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Happy 5th Birthday Lily!

If you’d like to read all about Lily’s 4th Bday party last year, check out this post: Lily’s Rainbow Birthday Party.

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XO

Sue at Home

P.S. UPDATE: Check out the follow-up post that shows the matching fill-in thank you notes I made here.

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Umbrella Wreath for a Luau

10 Jun

We threw a Luau Birthday party for Lily’s 5th and I know I owe you all the pics and details but let’s start out with one simple mood-setting craft: an umbrella wreath.

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I was inspired by a few different umbrella wreaths I saw on Pinterest  but I didn’t follow any specific tutorials. I started out with a box of paper umbrellas from Oriental Trading, a styrofoam wreath, some glue, some craft paint and a brush.

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I painted the wreath in case you could see it through the umbrellas. (You could certainly skip this step. As long as the umbrellas are placed close enough together, you won’t see the styrofoam.)

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Before I added the umbrellas, I had to snip off about half of the toothpick so they wouldn’t stick out too much. Each tip got a touch of glue before it went in.

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Next I started placing the umbrellas around the edge with a little overlap.

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Another line on the inside and it was starting to get filled in.

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The finished wreath!

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I hung it on the front door and bought a couple hibiscus plants to create the tropical theme. And, of course, the birthday girl had to give out hula lessons!

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Stay tuned for a full party recap!

XO

Sue at Home

DIY Pom Pom Sign

20 May

How awesome is this party banner from Napkin on Etsy?

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I’ll answer my own question with this one:

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It wasn’t long after spotting these that my gears started turning. I’m obsessed with the Etsy ones but I knew I could DIY something similar for the playroom (with more kid-friendly language) and once I saw these neon pop poms at AC Moore, this project was ON! (I also picked up F, U, and N fiberboard letters and fabric glue there, too. Total project cost: about $20 and I had a lot of pom poms and fabric glue left over.)

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First I got out my trusty dropcloth and laid out the letters and pom poms. I really liked the randomness of the pom poms on the Napkin ones so I tried to be meticulously haphazard! I started with the biggest ones and let them fill some of the space.

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Then I filled in around the big ones with medium, small and teeny tiny ones.

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I started by applying the glue to the pom pom directly but that was a sticky mess so I switched to this method. The glue I used was no joke so it wasn’t long before they were really sticking. FUn pom pom collage

It took a LOT longer than I imagined (and I started to understand why Cortny charges $60+ for her banners).
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But eventually they started to get full. I love that they have an uneven landscape. Plus, they’re so fluffy and soft– they’re like Muppets!

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And here’s the “after”…ta da!

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I hung them in the playroom on tiny nails over the girls’ art table. That gold business behind them is the mylar curtain that we used for the photo booth at Sophia’s Glamtastic Birthday Party. My kids are kind of obsessed with those things so I decided to repurpose it in our playroom. (Bonus: It disguises the fact that the room has ugly wood paneling!)

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They love the letters and I’m already thinking of how I can incorporate more pom poms into the space.

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Stay tuned for more playroom updates. It’s getting there…a little bit. (Check out the way it used to look here.)

XO

Sue at Home

40 Envelopes with 40 Memories for a 40th Birthday

7 May

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Yup. It’s that time again…the Pinterest Challenge. For those not in the know, here are the deets. Sherry from Young House Love, Katie from Bower Power, Emily from Sparkle Meets Pop, and Renee from Red Bird Blue are the hosts for this 4-way link party. The challenge is to simply pick something creative that you’ve pinned on Pinterest and finally get around to doing it.

Last time around, I opted for two quick updates: a free printable in Lily’s room…

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…and some new gilded frames in Sophia’s room.

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And this time, I created a project for Pablo’s 40th celebration. (Maybe next time, I’ll do something for myself!) When I had seen this birthday envelope surprise on Oh Happy Day I knew it was the perfect way to present Pablo with the sweet notes that I was planning for his birthday.

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The first step was to get the memories. Lucky for me, Pablo is very loved so even though I started this the day before his birthday (!), all I had to do was send one group message on Facebook and one group email for the non-Facebookers and the memories came flooding in. There were a few people I couldn’t find but I managed to get over 35 messages. (I simply asked everyone to send me a memory of a time they spent with Pablo. I filled in the last few from me and the girls.) Once I got them all, I cut and pasted them into a word document, formatted them, and printed them on bright colored paper. Some were long and some were short but that worked perfectly for my purposes.

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Next I found some random envelopes in my stationary stash and laid them out to spell 40. First on the floor (to get a layout I liked) and then up on the wall of the dining room.

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The girls helped me stuff the envelopes…
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…until each envelope – all 40 of them! – had a personal note from a friend or relative.

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When he came home and we surprised him with it, he was a little perplexed at first. (I think he may have been wondering if this was a permanent installation!)

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I think it was a perfect gift for him (because he loves reminiscing) and for this year (because with me working part time now, there are no extra funds for a grand gift so I needed to make a grand gesture instead.)

We did get him a few little goodies, though, because everyone needs to open some gifts on their birthday.

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As you can see, he had a great time. Thanks to everyone who contributed memories to this project. I couldn’t have done it without you.

On Wednesday, don’t forget to check back in with Sherry from Young House Love, Katie from Bower Power, Emily from Sparkle Meets Pop, and Renee from Red Bird Blue to see all the amazing projects that everyone made – plus all the linked ones!

XO

Sue at Home

A Name Plaque for Lily or How My 4 Year Old Taught Me a Lesson

27 Mar

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After our trip to Aruba this past February, Lily and I brought back a few pieces of coral from the beach so we could make a custom sign for her room. Luckily for Lily, it’s pretty easy to find pieces of coral that look like L, i, l and y.

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All we needed was a simple board that I picked up at Michael’s, some craft paint I had on hand, and some heavy duty glue.

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Lily picked a pretty sea-colored blue to paint the base. I’ll admit: I was twitching watching her paint it. I know the point of it was for her to do something fun and creative but the perfectionist in me was having a hard time watching the bristles of the brush bend backward.

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After painting the board, I pulled out the Gorilla Glue — the master of all glues. I was ready to take over for this step because that glue is no joke and I was sure that Lily would glue her hand to her face if I let her do it. (What is wrong with me that I can’t trust her to do anything on her own?)

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The packaging on the glue warns that it expands but…it just kept on expanding. And expanding. And expanding…

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…until the glue that I put behind the Y gooped out so much the shape of the letter was almost unrecognizable. I mean, sure, it looks a little like that frothy, foamy stuff when a wave crashes on the sand so it’s kinda still close to the theme but it’s not quite what I was imagining. (Notice that Lily’s paint job is perfect and it’s my gluing job that totally sucks.)

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I was so mad at myself for screwing it up. Immediately, I started planning a way to fix the project. I figured I could slice the coral off the board with an exacto knife (or even a saw!) and then we could try again on the other side. But when Lily came to see if it was dry, she was thrilled with it. I apologized for putting too much glue on it but — get this! — she thought it looked great.

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In my demented mind, I wanted it to come out just as I had pictured it but to her, it was a just a cool project she made with her mom. And that made it perfect. (No matter how much glue was oozing out!)

So…into her room it went. Her “perfect” custom-made “Lily” sign made with coral that we found on the beach in Aruba.

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And I must admit…it looks absolutely perfect.

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XO

Sue at Home

P.S. Read more about Lily’s room here and here.

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