Stuffed Puppy Party Invitation & Puppy Dog Tutorial

DIY Stuffed Puppy Dog Tutorial

When I asked my daughter what kind of birthday party she wanted to have for her 5th birthday, she told me she wanted a puppy party.  Hmmmm, a puppy party.  What am I going to do for a puppy party?  After a little brainstorming and trying to dissuade her, I eventually came up with a play on a Build-A-Bear party.  I am calling it a Stuffed Puppy Party. [Read more…]

Watercolor Easter Egg Hunt Invitation + Printable

watercolor Easter Egg Hunt Invitation

Okay. I will admit it.  I love to watercolor.  As far as expertise goes, I am at about a first grade watercolor level (and I use my preschoolers watercolors) but watercolors don’t discriminate! They don’t care if you are Bob Ross or Grey Luster Girl! They love you all the same and they are very forgiving.  My sister asked me to help out with an Easter egg hunt she was doing and said that she needed invitations.  I looked around for inspiration and found these cool Easter hunt invites from Minted.  Immediately I thought of my good friend, the watercolor palette and wanted to make my own watercolor Easter egg hunt invitations. [Read more…]

Little Boy Dashing Deer 2nd Birthday Party

Little Boy 2nd Birthday Dashing Deer Party

The party that I threw for my son’s 2nd birthday party evolved quite a bit.  It actually started last year and was going to be a Little Man first birthday party.   I made some ties, some mustaches and some other decorations for it.  Things ended up getting really  busy and I had to make the choice to bag it.  We celebrated with just cake and ice cream.  It was actually quite nice.  This year I wanted to throw him a party.   He and his sister have birthdays just a few weeks apart which makes it hard on a party planning mamma but I was determined not to let another year pass by with him getting the short end of the stick.   In an effort to help with the planning and since I didn’t have much time, I decided to use some of the things that I had made for his party last year and combine them with something that he is really into this year.  Deer are my son’s favorite animals.  And so the “Dashing Deer” party idea was born.   Each of the deer would be wearing bow ties to tie in the two party themes. [Read more…]

White Foam Deer Head Makeover

Foam Deer Head Makeover

My sister and brother-in-law are the real deal when it comes to hunting.  They have elk, deer and buffalo mounts in their home that they have shot themselves.  I have a big crush on all the cool and beautiful looking faux deer heads that are used in decorating right now.  They are so regal and yet so peaceful.  I felt like a total phony though for wanting to use one in my decor.  It wasn’t until my son came along and started loving deer that all my stupid feelings went out the window.  I got to have my first little taste of decorating with faux deer and antlers when I threw his 2nd birthday party for him.  It was a “dashing deer” party where all the deer where dressed up in ties.

DIY White Deer Head Decor Tutorial

I found this foam deer head at Target and bought it during their after Christmas sale.  It was half off so only $5.00.   If it didn’t work out, I wasn’t out too much money.   The foam deer obviously needed a little makeover though.  The colors aren’t my style, even during Christmas time.  I liked the faux wood looking plaque but wanted the rest of the deer head to be white.  At first I tried spray painting it but the paint just kept seeping in.  After many coats it looked like the picture on the bottom left.  I decided that I would try and seal it first with Mod Podge.   After I sealed it I tied spray painting it again.  Still not working real well.  The thing that worked the best was to paint the deer with acrylic paint.  Every one of my kids helped, even the birthday boy.  I had to relinquish my perfectionist tendencies to let them do this but I am glad I did.  It turned out better than if I would have done it myself.   There were different textures and brush strokes that made the deer look very rustic.

How to Paint Foam Deer Head

I guess I followed the package instructions and I decorated my own deer.  Only I made mine a little more chic than what Target had in mind.   This faux deer mount was the focal point of the decor at my son’s birthday party dessert table.  Stay tuned to see the whole Dashing Deer party coming up in the next few days!

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18 DIY Frozen Projects

18 DIY Frozen Projects and Tutorials

Today is the day folks.  No more watching Let It Go on Youtube.  Nope.  Today is the day that Disney’s Frozen comes out on DVD.  Did you preorder from the Disney store? I did.  I am a sucker for that coupon! Well in honor of the release of Disney’s Frozen, I present to you a round up of 18 chillingly awesome (ah yeah, you know you like how I threw in that icy rhetoric).  Go visit these awesome blogs to see tutorials on how to make these 18 DIY Frozen projects!  If you are itching to pin, please hop over to the original blogs and pin from there! [Read more…]