Saturday, February 13, 2016

Sammi turns 5, a last minute paw patrol party swap

I had fully planned to do a rainbow party for this year, and even sent out invites saying as much. It turns out we had quite a few boys attending and I just could not figure out enough activities for rainbows that I thought the boys would enjoy, so we had a last minute swap to paw patrol.
 
I'm just going to put this out there now - I cannot even believe the parties I used to do for Jack now that I have three kids. Also, Jack BARELY even remembers those parties (and none of us remember who attended?) so I am in the "phone it in stage". Buy something at the party store, invite everyone, let the kids do what they want really. If they like an activity? GREAT! If they don't and want to go outside and play? GREAT! I am pretty sure it all comes out even anyway.
 
Anyway. Paw patrol. It took a bit of googling to find decent ideas, but I did. These are not my own ideas.
 
 Skye's loop the loop. The kids loved this actually. We helped them make paper airplanes to launch through the circle. It called for hula hoops, but it's February.
 Rubble's race. This was meh. Using only one hand put the cotton balls in the trucks against  the timers.
 Airplane station. I threw in streamers and stickers to decorate them. The kids liked that best.
 Random party store d├ęcor.
 Store bought cupcakes. (Rock on with your bad self Sarah.)

 Store bought cake that someone couldn't resist.
 Zuma's water rescue. We glued magnets on paw patrol figures and made fishing poles. The kids also liked this. And actually I will be letting my own kids do this when we are in the yard this summer and spring.
 Party store pin the badge on Chase. This was a HUGE hit this year. Some kids wanted to do it many times. Last year no one would touch the my little pony one.
 I had planned to let the kids wear these masks and do the pup pup boogie to the show song, but they were busy outside, so I just sent the masks home with kids that wanted them.
 Party favors - coloring books and fresh crayons.
Someone else blew out the candles before she could. Ooops!

Either way, she had a great time with her little friends. Happy Birthday Sammi!

Friday, February 12, 2016

Heart to Heart swap 2016

Usually I would break this up into two posts, but eeek, I am sucking at getting to blogging right now. Also, I apologize in advance, two of the valentines aren't marked and I will have to come back and edit the maker in! And, even worse, I don't have a picture of my own on the camera! LOL
 
Okay, this year's valentines:
 
 Paper pinwheels from Shara;
 Adorable tiny hot chocolate mugs from Michelle & Ashley;
 Paper rolled wreaths from Megan (this must have taken forever?);
 The tiniest little pinecone girls ever (wanted to keep them ALL!) from Jane;
 A mixed media flower from Michaele;
 A heart quiver full of feathery arrows from Beth;
 Little tart pans from the other Beth (I used this graphic to make a pillow when Jack was a wee toddler, it has a soft spot in my heart it turns out);
 Crochet hearts from Claire (right? Claire?)
 Canvas pockets from Keri (I had a hard time choosing again!);
 Wool felt garland from ?;
 Vintage bingo valentines from Marla (Oh.my. The cards were all adorable. I kept changing my mind about which to keep. This one reminded me of Sammi girl.);
 The back;
 Tiny bunting from ? . Mine is draped on a mirror in the foyer, so sweet;
 Crochet wreaths from Dee;
 Other side;
And one last bingo valentine from Joanna (You can find Joanna on instagram as vintagebaby63).

Thank you ladies! They were all lovely. I promise to come back and fill in those two missing names. As soon as I hunt down whatever toy is randomly beeping in the living room threatening to drive me crazy. ;-)

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Picture in picture or Polaroid with a twist quilt

I've been wanting to use some of my vintage scraps to make a quilt and after much waffling decided to use a Polaroid pattern. My original plan was Polaroid with a twist - the twist being that the frames are blue not white. But I was unhappy with the finished size, so I went a little further and made a picture in a picture. It took a lot of ripping and ripping and more ripping to be happy with both the border fabric and the dimensions of the outer Polaroid.


Inside each frame is a different 1930s/1940s fabric scrap.




I loved this print so much I pieced it to make it fit.








The blue is a cotton couture, moda basics for the chicken wire. I used bamboo batting. It's my new favorite. It's light and thin and gets me closer to that vintage quilt weight I am always seeking.  I buy big bolts of it from Walmart of all places. 

Second finish of 2016! On to a special baby quilt next. 







Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Fabric feast

Oh man, the fabric outlet is so much fun! Since I only get to go once a year, I go a little nuts.

This years buys:









Gorgeousness!


Sunday, January 31, 2016

Flea market Sunday

Yesterday was the one of these "largest garage sale" events in Springfield, mo. This thing is not even close to large for this St. Louis girl and the crowds are NUTS. This year we had to wait in line 45 minutes just to get a ticket even though we arrived twenty minutes after it started. (A bad system there, for sure.) I never buy much, struggling to spend any money at all really, but it's the dead of winter and I need a break from the ordinary. Plus the fabric outlet in town is AMAZING. 

So, what did I dig up this year?

A paper tablecloth.

These are empty now, but Google says they used to house tiny tea sets. Even empty they are charming. Finding one with the pieces is on my must find list now.

A wagon missing most of the wagon. 

A spool knitter.

Baby seals.

Adorable.

A pile of old paper stars (probably German, these came from the very german Elsa.) I also bought a vintage german pillowcase from her for our big German pillow, but it's in the dryer. It's lovely with big eyelet. The spool knitter was her sons.

Yards and yards of this musty vintage red fabric. Even washing and airing has yet to cure of it of the smell.


Random Christmas.


And very cute vintage seersucker fabric which is wet here and also smelly, so hanging on the line.

Enough to make me happy.  Plus there's that pile of fabric I will be back with tomorrow. 

Happy Sunday!