Thursday, June 23, 2016

Ice Cream Themed Birthday

For our daughter's 5th birthday party we chose an ice cream theme.  She had a friend party this year and so we decorated the house a bit and put together some games and activities for the kiddos.  It all started at the front door where my handmade ice cream cone sign announced it was Brooke's big day!

I made the sign using a foam board from the dollar store that I cut to shape and then covered with burlap fabric and scrapbook paper.  I cut the letters out with my Silhouette machine and made a "cherry" bow with some outdoor Christmas ribbon I got in one of my thrift store packs.

I saw the idea on Pinterest to wrap the presents like ice cream and so that's what I did.  I used brown craft paper on the cone box and tried to hand paint it with shading and what not like my husband.  It took me well over an hour and didn't turn out all that splendid.  I ought to just accept that he is the artist in the family and not me!

I splurged and spent $25 on this cardboard ice cream cart because I thought it was just too cute.  It held ice cream cones filled with cotton candy and wrapped in party bags.  They were one of the favors that the kids got to take home.  I made a table runner out of some pink and white stripped fabric I found at Wal-Mart.  I put some dollar store carnations in an ice cream dish and topped them off with cherries to look like a sundae. 

 I recruited my two older daughters to help me put the paper ice cream trucks together.  They were a free printable I found on Pinterest.  We added a bottom to them so that the could hold little favors like stickers, sidewalk chalk and foam ice cream shooters.  We tied them up with baker's twine to make sure the bottoms wouldn't fall out.

We also made an ice cream cone banner by adding little paper cones and pom pom cherries to this premade white paper honeycomb banner.

My hubby made an adorable bean bag toss game board.  (See what I mean about artistic? He whipped that out in about 15 minutes.  And please forgive the horribly messy unfinished basement!).  We also did a relay game where they had to stack the bean bags on top of a cone and run from one line to another, each time adding on another scoop.  We didn't get a pic of this at the actual party so my oldest posed for me.   The third game was a pin the cherry on the ice cream cone.

The last activity station was a craft.  We just used cupcake liners as ice cream scoops and they decorated with "sprinkles and cherries."

Last but not least is the cake.  I've had a cake pinned on my board for a while now that was a little girl at a lemonade stand.  I decided to tweak that idea a bit by having the birthday girl working at an ice cream cart.  Once again, I had my two oldest help me out.  They're pretty fantastic little sculptors. Here are a few shots of the process:

Pretty stinkin' cute!

Friday, June 10, 2016

C&K's Wedding

I was honored to be asked to take wedding photos for the daughter of a friend. These two seem perfectly matched in every way and I wish them a lifetime of love and happiness!

The Latest Thrifted Treasures

My visits to the thrift store have been pretty frequent over the last couple of months.  It was my little getaway once I dropped off my preschooler and also an excuse to get out of working.  hee hee.  Here are a few of my latest finds:

A cute little dollhouse.  Someone spent quite a few hours putting this kit house together.  It needs a little makeover but will be the perfect size for Lalaloopsy mini dolls or Calico Critters.  $2

Some nesting bowls.  Ironically I found the matching platter at a different thrift store a week or so later, but forgot to take a picture of it.  These little beauties were also $2 for the set.

K, this one's from an antique store so it wasn't so cheap but it was just so darned cute that I couldn't pass it up.  I have seen these sell for $50 at antique stores before.  It's an old tin toy typewriter.  I got mine for $17 and it fits in perfectly in my craft room/office.
I lucked out and found a matching toy phone in the thrift store collectible department for $10

This cute little metal sewing machine is an ornament that I snagged for $1.  I was originally thinking it would be a cute accessory for the American Girl dolls, but I decided it looks really cute in my craft room.

This darling metal shelf was only $3.  I covered it with white spray paint and hung it up on the wall in my daughter's bathroom to hold all the many bottles of nail polish that were previously covering the counter tops. 

My heart skipped a few beats when I found this bag in the toys section at Savers.  My third daughter has an extensive collection of Lalaloopsy minis and I have never been able to find them before at thrift stores or yard sales.   This was a lucky day indeed.  Turns out there were eight dolls jammed in this bag as well as six Littlest Pet Shop animals, which are also popular at our house. 

This adorable chalkboard stand is on wheels, so it was no-brainer for me to get for $10.  The reverse side has shelves.  I think it is perfect for playing school or store and could even be a lemonade stand if I added an awning on top.

Whenever I see wood shutters I snatch them up because they will usually resell pretty fast.  I think I paid $5 for each two-panel set and $1 each single. I sold them for $10 for the doubles and $5 for the singles.  Made myself a little bit 'o money to spend on other thrifting ventures.

This wood tray set has such a cute scalloped edge!  I paid $1.50 for it and sold it for $12.

 I got this nightstand for the American Girl dolls for $2

And this cupboard was $10 at a yard sale (also doll-sized).  I normally wouldn't pay that much but the lady would not budge on price and I had driven a couple cities south so I thought I better buy something to make it worth my while.  The tea set, dishes and mop came from the thrift store for a couple bucks.

And last but not least, an American Girl doll!  She was laying out on the grass at a yard sale and it was fairly late in the morning, like around 9:30.  I couldn't believe no one had bought her.  Her name is Lindsey and she was the first Girl of the Year, which makes her a little more collectible than some of the other dolls.  She can sell for around $130-150 in good condition.  This doll, however, is in very loved condition.  Definitely in need of  a makeover.  Stay tuned for that!

Thanks for stopping by and happy thrifting!