Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Fun Name Shingle Sign Tutorial

I traveled to Twin Falls this last weekend to visit a very dear friend and kindred spirit. We decided to craft together and this is what we came up with:

We took cedar roofing shingles, did a little crafting madness, and made signs of our last names. We also took tin stars and covered them in coordinating scrapbooking paper. We thought it would be fun to hang the signs in a collage of pictures of our family.
I didn't think to take pictures of the process but here is a quick run-down of how the sign was done:
1. Cut your cedar shingles down to the size you desire.
2. Paint the shingles and then sand them with a sander to distress them as desired. This is one of the funnest parts - take out your stress baby!!!! =0)
3. After the paint is dry, cover tiles with a walnut stain and wipe off as desired.
4. Now, cut out your desired letters in coordinating paper. Cut out shadows of the letters in
brown. This is really easy if you own a Cricut! Take brown chalk and distress your letters to make the look old.
5. Paint a layer of good ole Modge Podge on the back of each letter, attach to the shingle and then Modge Podge over the top.
6. Attached your desired embellishments, i.e. buttons, rick rack, robbon, etc.
7. Arrange letters in the shape you want and then hot glue them in place. Add finishing nails to the corners to ensure the little devil doesn't come undone!!!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Lexie's Ladybug Day Spa Birthday

Our little Lexie Kay turned 7 yesterday! Happy Birthday Sweet Girl!!!!

As you might of guessed the theme had to do with ladybugs. In the picture above she is posing with the cake I made her out of fondant and her flowers, complete with little ladybugs in them made with my handy dandy Cricut.

Lexie started out the day with our tradition of waking her up blowing bubbles and singing "Happy Birthday".

For her ladybug party, she informed me she needed a ladybug shirt - so of course, I had to make one!!!

We had a Ladybug Day Spa for her at Grandma's house because she had a hot tub! So here is Lexie arriving at the the Little Lady Bug Day Spa (note the facial beds in the background to the left =0):

The spa guests began by "relaxing" in the hot tub:

The girls then split up into stations. Here is the birthday girl getting her chocolate facial treatment! All of the girls loved this station!

Here is cousin Shelly relaxing with her facial:

The girls then got a foot scrub and went to the pedicure station where their nails were painted red with black poka dots, of course! While they were getting their nails painted, the girls tied red, black and white ribbon onto black flipflops to keep them busy so their toes could dry.

There was also a waiting room for the girls to read the latest American Girl and Family Fun magazines while they waited. Jordan was the "pool boy" and served chocolate covered strawberries and sparkling apple cider in champagne glasses to the girls at the different stations. The girls really got into ordering him around, it was pretty funny. Addie kept saying "Jordan, I need more wine!" It cracked me up! Here is a picture of the facial station on the left and the waiting room bench on the right:

This was the foot washing station and the pedicure station:

Here are Lexie and Addie at the refreshment table. I've really been having fun with my new Cricut - it helped me make the goodie bags and tags. The goodie bags were filled with "spa" things including nail polish, toe separators, hair bands, etc. Yep, I had to paint black dots on the tablecloth and napkins - easy peasy - just used a potato dipped in paint:

The goodie bags also included a lady bug hair clip that I made. They turned out pretty cute:

Yep, it may seem that I make my kids' birthdays into national holidays. I think I might enjoy it as much as they do!!! But here is a warning to you, you may turn out like this when the party is done: