Happy Summer, Everyone!
(To check out the original post on how I made her First Day Of School sign click HERE.)
Happy Summer, Everyone!
(To check out the original post on how I made her First Day Of School sign click HERE.)
For Annabelle’s 3rd Art themed birthday party, I made super easy Paintbrush Centerpieces. As promised, here is a quick tutorial.
First I took four square glass vases and different colored paint chips.
These are the same vases I used for centerpieces for Annabelle’s Sesame Street Birthday Party.
I traced the sides of the vase on the paint chips and cut them to size. Next, I glued the chips onto each side of the vase. (I used a few glue dots so I could easily remove them after the party.)
Then I took super cheap paintbrushes I bought at Home Depot. You know the kind of paintbrushes you can’t actually paint with because the bristles come out? Yeah, THOSE cheap ones.
Then using different colored paints and gold glitter, I dipped the tip of each paintbrush in paint and immediately in glitter. Then I set the brushes aside to dry.
Once dry, I placed five brushes in each centerpiece, using glass beads I had on hand to keep them in place.
The result was super easy (and cheap) Art Party Centerpieces!
In July, little Annabelle will turn FOUR. I know all parents say this, but I can’t believe how quickly the time has gone. I have just started planning her family party and I realized I never shared with you all the details from her third birthday bash.
As you know, she loves crafting away with me, so I thought an Art Party would be the perfect way to celebrate her turning the big three. I shared her invitation with you awhile back, now here are a few highlights from her big day.
We have a large covered deck, where we set up the tables, the food and a crafting table for the kiddies. Her party was right smack in the middle of a heat wave, so it was HOT. Crazy hot. I was afraid the crayons on each table would melt.
Thankfully our family and friends are amazing and battled the heat to help us celebrate. As guest walked out onto the deck, Annabelle’s easel displayed a sign that read “Thanks for getting crafty with me”. I decorated it with pictures of Annabelle painting.
I also hung pictures of Annabelle crafting throughout the party.
I mounted each picture on different colored cardstock.
Spilled paint cans made of plastic table clothes decorated the deck.
We drilled a hole in each paint can (which I found at Home Depot) and hung the pail on a nail. Then I taped the plastic table cloths inside the cans and drapped the “paint” along the deck, securing it in place with nails.
They were really simple decorations that added huge splashes of color to the deck.
Instead of giving Annabelle’s little friends goody bags full of silly things that would probably end up in the garbage, I wanted to send them home with something special. So I had aprons made with each child’s name on. I hung them on the deck on a long ribbon using clothes pins that Annabelle had painted.
I loved that they doubled as both decorations and gifts for the kids.
My hope is that each child gets a lot of use out of them helping cooking and crafting. For a few of our friends with babies on the way, we had “Our Little Masterpiece” onsies made.
Both the aprons and the onsies were made by Lacey from Sew By L. You can check out her sweeter than sweet shop on Etsy. The aprons were already listed on her site, but the onsies were a custom order. Both came out adorable and Lacey was lovely to work with.
A few framed quotes about art decorated the tables.
This one is my favorite…
For a little photo op fun for guests, I set up a frame with a sign that read “Be Your Own Materpiece”.
I framed a few pictures of Annabelle posing with the frame so guests would know what to do.
Using the same glass vases I used for her Sesame Street party centerpieces, I made paintbrush centerpieces for each table.
I’ll share a post about how I made these soon.
To keep the art theme going, I used paint chips to label things like plasticware, sunblock and bug spray.
I glued the paint chips onto paint stirrers.
On the deck I set up a kid’s table with different crafts. We had:
Here’s Annabelle getting into it…
We had Sticker Art and Water Painting…
Off the deck we set up a kiddie pool, water table and a place for Chalk Art.
And then, of course, there was PAINTING!
I got a large canvas for each child and a large white t-shirt for them to wear while painting.
I wrote their name on the shirts on the back so they would look like jerseys and you could see all their names while they painted. (I’ll share a how-to post on the shirts soon.)
I thought the t-shirts would be another cute thing for each child to bring home. Annabelle wears hers all the time now when we are painting at home.
When planning this party, this was the moment I was most excited for.
I was nervous that the kids might be too distracted to want to stop running around to paint. But they loved it!
Every single child got into it and let their little artist rock out.
Mike took this picture of me giddy with happiness watching them all paint.
Leading up to Annabelle’s party, I started collecting egg cartons to use as “pallets” for the kids. I cut each carton in half and gave each child six different color paints.
Annabelle was so into it she wanted to cover ever single inch of her canvas with paint, including the sides.
When all the little artists were done their canvases had gone from this…
And just because I didn’t want anyone, including the adults, to leave without getting a little paint on their hands, I made Annabelle a Thumbprint Friendship Tree.
I had seen the idea on Pinterest (a lot of people are now using these trees in lieu of a guest books at weddings) and thought it went in perfectly with the Art theme. I found a bunch of trees I liked online, blended them together, and then free handed the tree and branches.
Next to the tree I set out two different colored green paint, wipes…
… and a few signs so guest would know what to do.
I tried to carry the art theme through to the food and drinks. Here’s the sign displayed at the bar…
Simple rainbow themed appetizers…
For lunch, as with Annabelle’s 1st and 2nd birthday parties, we ordered BBQ. We’re just suckers for BBQ for an outdoor summer bash. Here’s the menu:
The picture on the menu is of Annabelle painting the menu’s backdrop. Yes, it was messy.
For dessert, or sweet inspiration as I was calling it…
… we had paintbrush rice crispy treats and fruit.
And this amazing cake, made by Annabelle’s Aunt Janeen.
She even made a little easel on which she displayed a lamenated copy of the pictures from Annabelle’s invitation.
Finally, I set out supplies so the kid’s could “make some edible art”, i.e. decorate cupcakes! Messy, but so much fun!
It was an amazing day and our little artist had a blast.
Now off to plan her fourth birthday party!
Hello lovely readers.
Long time, no blog.
Sorry for my (very, very) long absence. I’m happy to be writing again just in time for summer!
With Father’s Day just a few days away, I wanted to share with you a project Annabelle did for her daddy that is featured in June’s issue of New Jersey Family Magazine.
It’s a sweet little handprint craft that reads, “Thank you for always being there to hold my hand.” Here’s a picture of the craft itself and the link to the original post.
And if you’re looking for more gift ideas, check out this post.
This year, for Halloween, Annabelle and I made a trick or treat bag to match her purple butterfly costume.
Then I held the stencil in place so she could paint, letting her pick the colors as she went. I told her to tap the brush instead of sweeping it along the canvas. She was really careful to stay in the stencil and she kept repeating “tap, tap, tap” softly as she went. We even used the inside of the stencil to make a few of the butterflies.
Tip #7: Make your bed every morning.
I’ve written about this tip before but it’s so easy and makes such a difference, I thought I’d throw it out there again. Making your bed each morning takes two minutes. (Three if you’ve got a lot of fancy-schmancy pillows.) Yet, it’s one of those quick and easy tasks that completely changes the state of your bedroom. Instantly your room appears more orderly. It’s a simple (daily) two minute transformation.
Because of allergies, Annabelle’s school has strict policies on bringing food in for the kids. So for Halloween, I needed a non-food treat for her classmates.
May I present Spooky Soap…
I found the idea on Pinterest, originally from Milk and Cuddles blog. She made her soap with spiders inside. I used bouncy ball eyeballs as my spooky element. (You can head on over to Milk and Cuddles to see exactly how the soap is made.)
Annabelle loves the soap. It took her four baths, but she finally reached the eyeball and has since not stopped bouncing (and chasing) it. She was very excited to share the soap with all her little friends.
This year marks the first Halloween that she one, picked her own costume and two, is excited to go trick or treating. Here’s my purple butterfly all dressed up and ready for some treats.
If you’re looking for more non-food Halloween treats, check out the adorable Glow Stick Brooms Alex over at NorthStory made.
Happy Halloween, Everyone!
I have been day dreaming about publishing this post for many (many, many, many) months…and today is finally the day!
It took a lot of late nights, many mugs full of
coffee wine and a heck of a lot of research, but it is finally time for me to share with you the newly revamped Cobwebs, Cupcakes & Crayons. Ta Da! Picture me dancing.
Now that I am officially self-hosted (whoo hoo!) there’s a bunch of fun stuff I want to share with you.
First let’s talk about the new logo. I found my designer, Camille Chung, on Etsy.
I was drawn to all the clean and fun designs in her shop. Plus I love that she is a mama. I knew she would “get” my blog.
Camille asked me to fill out a questionnaire so she could get to know me, my blog and what I was hoping for in a logo. I told her I was going for a whimsical feel. I wanted a logo that was (of course) neat, but also playful. She came up with the idea of taking the three C’s from Cobwebs, Cupcakes & Crayons, and using them to create a “flower-type” circular logo.
Then she recreated the “flowers” around the name adding in little vines, to give it a more playful edge.
I love it. I love that the use of the three C’s is subtle and that the circular logo can stand on it’s own if I want to use it that way.
Camille was patient with me as I requested (many) changes and asked to see things tweaked this way and that. She did a wonderful job and was really lovely to work with. You can check out her site on Etsy.
Now, moving on to how I designed the rest of the site and moved my WordPress hosted site to self-hosted.
When I started blogging a little over a year ago, I knew
very little absolutely nothing about blogging. I simply wanted to write. So I logged onto WordPress, registered a name and off I went, blogging away. I had no idea what a widget was or that there was a difference between a post and a page. I knew I had a Dashboard, but half the stuff on it may as well have been in a different language. I basically figured out everything on the fly. I distinctly remember dancing around my living room when, after a full day of trial and error and googling “how-to’s”, I finally figured out how to install a stagnant HOME page on my blog. Dancing, people. FULL. ON. DANCING.
All this is to say that while this self-taught blogger now knows a touch more than I did a year ago, I still know nothing about coding. So I knew, without a doubt, that I would need to hire someone to help me redesign and move my site.
At this point let me just pause to give a tiny piece of unsolicited advice to any of you out there who are thinking of starting a blog. When I first started blogging I had no idea what a self-hosted blog was. I didn’t realize when I started my WordPress hosted blog that I would eventually outgrow its limitations. I didn’t even know it had limitations. Of course with ignorance comes a bit of bliss. Having no blogging knowledge meant I knew nothing about what a plugin was, or all that I was missing not being able to install them on my site. (But more on that later…) Like I said, I logged on and started writing. But, if I could do it all again, I would start my blog self-hosted. I would have saved myself a ton of time and energy and worry, transferring my site over. Ok, advice time is over.
When researching how I wanted to layout my new site, I knew that first and foremost, I wanted it to be to user friendly for all of you lovely folks that are kind enough to drop by. This meant finding a design that was clean and simple. When I first started emailing with Sara, I had many distinct ideas of what I wanted my site to look like. I had researched tons of blogs and knew the sites I was drawn to and why. The great thing about Sara (besides that she can code like nobody’s business) is that she had a lot of great design ideas. She suggested numerous things I hadn’t thought of, that ended up on the final site.
I’ll be giving you all a little tour around my new digs soon. For now, feel free to poke around and let me know what you think!
Hello lovely readers. Happy October! I apologize for my blogging absence. Life has simply needed my focus at the moment, so blogging has been set aside for a spell. I plan to be up and blogging again very, very soon…
Until then, I wanted to check in with all of you and offer up a bit of spooky inspiration from past Halloween projects.
Last year Annabelle and I made this adorable handprint spider…
And footprint ghost. How cute are they?
How about some pumpkin painting for some messy holiday fun? What kid doesn’t love finger painting, right?
If you’re looking for some super simple DIY decorations, here are a few that I whipped up last October. A little halloween word art…
And a framed BOO! (Both of these projects could easily be done for any holiday. How cute would JOY be framed for Christmas?)
With Annabelle’s help, I also made crazy cheap centerpieces for our dining room table (using at home items like rocks and rice). The spider web under the rock centerpiece was made with glitter and glue!
Last year I hosted a Halloween Party and went in search of frightful food ideas. Below are the dishes I ended up making. All were surprisingly easy! (I linked to all the ones that were Pinterest inspired).
Spider Web Black Bean Hummus (This spider web could be done over any dip. I bet guacomole would look properly icky!)
And what’s Fall without a little Spiked Hot Apple Cider?
Wishing everyone a very happy first day of school!
Thanks for visiting my little nook of the internet. I’m Kelly and that precious munchkin I'm smooching is Annabelle, the little love of my life. Before her arrival I was a Professional Organizer, bringing order to other people’s homes. Now as a stay-at-home mama, I’m constantly trying to keep my own home from reaching Crazytown. Join me as I search for order in a mommy’s world…one craft, one organizing project, one little girl’s giggle, at a time. (Read more)