Monday, April 24, 2017

Woodland ONEderland Birthday Party

My god-daughter's 1st birthday was this past month, and it sure was a cute one!  

 

My best friend knocked it out of the park with this Woodland ONEderland theme!  Decorated with adorable woodland creatures and party food tailored to the occasion, every item was connected to the party theme.   It truly was a party planned after my own heart. 

The Woodland theme could be used for any children's birthday party, or a perfect theme for a Woodland Baby Shower, especially if the mom-to-be wants a woodland nursery.

 

With all the details to throw a fun Woodland party, here's a look at Calleigh's 1st birthday!



Woodland ONEderland Party Theme:

 

Attire:  

Can provide woodland animal masks/headbands to the children or make it a party craft.  Fun for the party goers to wear, and a cute party favor.  Ideas for animal masks include a racoon, fox, owl, rabbit, wolf, deer and bear.

To celebrate their "little cub," her parents even dressed in Mama & Papa Bear t-shirts. 

 

Food: "Don't Feed the Bears"


Squirrel nuts : trail mix

 

 

Hedgehog : cheese ball 

 

To make combine the following ingredients: 

8oz pkg of cream cheese

mayonnaise

cheddar cheese 

parmesan cheese

 

Mix and let it sit overnight.

 

Before the party, stick your 1 cup of whole almonds into the ball to create the quills.  Then split 2 black olives for the nose and eyes.


Serve the dish with an assortment of crackers.

 

 

Acorns:  chocolate and nutterbutters


To make use nutterbutters (can split in half), melt some chocolate to glue the chocolate hershey kiss onto the surface. Then put a small dab on the opposite side to make the "top" of the acorn shell. 

 

 

 


Mushrooms : Mozzarella topped with cherry tomatoes.

 

Cut mozzarella sticks into thirds. Place cherry tomatoes which were sliced in half on top of the cheese, thread a toothpick through.

 

For a more "adult" version have the mushrooms on a plate of drizzled balsamic vinegar and a leaf of basil in between the cheese and tomato. 

 

Snails : tortilla roll-ups

 

Rolled into a tortilla and secured with a toothpick is cream cheese, ranch dressing, cheese and ham.

 

Ants on a Log : the traditional snack every kid loves. Celery sticks for logs, peanut butter, and raisins for ants.

 

Branches : Carrots and celery

 

Sticks / Twigs : pretzels

 

 

Bear Berries : a fruit salad of blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries

 

Drink:

 

Pond Punch -  lemonade mixed with blue food coloring

 

Desserts: 

 

- Smore bites

- Birch sticks : white chocolate dipped pretzels, drizzled in milk chocolate.

- Cupcakes : owl eyes , mushroom decorated, moss (green sprinkles)

- Fudge tree rings

- Teddy Grahams

- Bird nests : see my Lovebirds shower post for recipe

 

Decorations 

Logs and moss, acorns, pinecones, plants, woodland printables, animal pom poms, birch straws, etc.

 








Other Party Themes on the Blog:

Froggy Birthday Party

Little Pumpkin Baby Shower

Minnie Mouse

Peter Rabbit Baby Shower

Circus

Pink vs Blue Gender Reveal 

 

Coming Soon:

"About to Pop" Baby Shower

Mommy-to-be Baby Shower

Bows & Bowties Reveal / Baby Shower

Friday, April 7, 2017

DIY Twine Eggs

Hello!! Sorry for the brief blog hiatus, Marie and I have been very busy bees lately! I am so excited to share all of the Easter crafts that I have been working on. So cute, easy and kind to the wallet! Tonight I am geeking out about these beautiful twine eggs.

DIY Twine Easter Eggs

Supplies:
- Foam eggs (Plastic would work too!)
- Twine or rope
- Glue gun

Directions:
1. Begin at the wider end of the egg. I learned this the hard way! It is very hard to wrap the twine when starting on the smaller end. Glue the end of the twine to the egg. 
2. Start to wrap the twine so that each layer is flush with the last. Add glue as needed.
3. Complete the egg by gluing the last bit of twine to the top of the egg. 

Simple, sweet and shabby chic! 





Monday, April 3, 2017

Easter DIY Projects

This past weekend was chalk full of Easter crafts. Mostly because I know that eggs and bunnies have a limited time within our house but also because it is finally spring!! I have been sharing some of these crafts through Instagram but wanted to post some tutorials in case anyone is interested in trying them this weekend.

Sequin Egg

Supplies:
- Sequins
- Pins or nails
*Note: I used thin craft nails found at Michael's
- Foam egg

Directions:
1. Starting at the top, begin pinning each sequin into place with a pin.
2. Make sure to cover each sequin so that the white foam does not show. Continue pinning the sequence until the egg is covered.




String Egg

Supplies:
- String
- Hot glue gun
- Foam egg

Directions:
1. Starting at the top, glue down the first piece of string. Begin wrapping the string around the foam, gluing as you go.
2. Continue gluing until the egg is covered. Carefully place a dot of glue at the bottom of the egg and glue the end of the string into place.


Bunny Bouquet

Supplies:
- Two packages of Peeps
- Wooden dowels
*I found a package of 16 dowels for $1.97 at Walmart.
- Vase or jar
*Note: I used vase filler to keep the dowels upright

Directions:
1. Take a sharp knife and cut each Peep in half.
2. Insert the wooden dowel into the open Peep and then stick the marshmallow closed.
*Note: I did some dowels with two bunnies and some with one on the top.
3. Position your bunny sticks as you prefer.




Monday, February 20, 2017

Abraham Lincoln sites - President's Day

 Anyone who knows me, knows I L-O-V-E Abraham Lincoln.  My students know just how obsessed I am considering my classroom was covered with his picture, witty remarks and wisdom.  I have a continually growing set of books and movies dedicated to him and his role as our 16th president.

And since I love to travel and visit historic sites you can bet your bottom dollar I seize any opportunities to see sites relating to Lincoln.  Hoping to add the monument and museum in Springfield Illinois to my list. These sites are extremely popular, and I hope families get the chance to see these monuments dedicated to one of the most loved presidents that's served our great country.

"History is not history unless it is the truth."

"Bad promises are better broken than kept."

"Broken eggs cannot be mended."

"My father taught me to work, but not to love it.  I never did like to work, and I don't deny it. I'd rather read, tell stories, crack jokes, talk and laugh - anything but work."

"Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt."



Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park - Kentucky

On our family RV trip we planned to make a stop at Lincoln's birthplace.  Since I was doing most of the event planning this was definitely going to be stop on our loop.  What added to the experience was the fact that we almost missed the whole thing!  If you've ever dealt with time zone change then you know the line isn't a straight line, but in fact curves in and out. So the closing time for the historic park was actually an hour earlier, and by the time we realized it, we were booking that RV down those side roads faster then was probably safe and flew into the park just in time.





Picked up this miniature bust of Lincoln as a small token of our visit. Makes a perfect item for my teacher desk.



Battle of Gettysburg - Pennsylvania


One of Abraham Lincoln's most famous speeches was his Gettysburg Address in 1863 after the three day July battle.  Lincoln delivered his classic speech at the dedication of a national cemetery at Gettysburg to commemorate all the lives on both the union and confederacy side that had been sacrificed.  It was one of the greatest expressions of democracy in American history.   

Even back when my family visited the battle site in my early school years I still remember that feeling when driving through the park and stopping at the Minnesota memorial.  My love of learning about the Civil War has only continued to grow. In college I was lucky to have taken a class just on the Civil War my freshman year.  I was completely in my element in that class.  I was able to read so many great books on the subject and we even memorized the Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.

I hope that I'll be able to venture over to the site again next time I'm in Ohio, since I know that it would certainly mean even more to me today.



Mount Rushmore - South Dakota

One of my favorite monuments honoring our past presidents, carved into the side of the Black Hills of South Dakota is Mount Rushmore.  This National Memorial is visited by nearly 3 million people a year who wish to marvel at the astounding man-made creation carved into nature’s creation.  When you stand at the base of this gigantic memorial it is hard not to be amazed.


http://www.nps.gov/moru/photosmultimedia/index.htm
"The purpose of the memorial is to communicate the founding, expansion, preservation, and unification of the United States with colossal statues of Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt."
Gutzon Borglum

Clearly I was not the only one to think that these were the best of the best in regards to our presidential leaders.  Even back in grade school when I visited this memorial on a family vacation I was captivated.  I'm looking forward to returning with my own family one day.  And since some of my students have been, I always love teaching about Mount Rushmore's construction in my U.S. History class.





 Lincoln Memorial - Washington D.C.


Before starting my history teaching job, my husband and I took a spontaneous trip to D.C. over the summer.  I haven't been to D.C. since I visited in sixth grade with my family, so I've been dying for another opportunity.  It was great to tour all the memorials again, especially with a friend that's a D.C. native.  Make sure you have your walking shoes if you visit, cause boy did we get our exercise over those 3 days.

Although I value all the memorials, my most anticipated was of course the Lincoln Memorial!!!



Monday, February 6, 2017

DIY Cork Board Arrow



Recently, I have had an intense desire to re-organize and re-arrange our home. Is anyone else suffering from this?! I am wondering if it is the time of year or if I just need a fresh look. Either way, I have found a couple projects to help... so far!

I just finished a new command center area in our kitchen. A command center is usually your "drop site" for all things scheduling and paperwork. I will share more photos of the whole set up soon but for now, here are all the details on my super easy and quick DIY cord board arrow project.

DIY Cork Board Arrow

Supplies:
- Wooden shape (Arrow from Target)
- One 12 by 12 inch cork pad
- Glue (Hot glue or E6000 preferred)
- Scissors
- Push pins, as desired

Directions:
1. Start by measuring out each piece to match the arrow shape. I only needed one piece of cork pad but you may need more depending on your shape. I preferred my arrow to look like it was different pieces versus one whole piece so cut mine accordingly.


2. Glue each cork piece as desired. I had to be careful to hold mine in place until secure.


3. Allow the glue adequate time to dry before hanging on the wall or inserting push pins.


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Paper Arrows

Valentine's Day is right around the corner! While some complain that it is a Hallmark holiday, I think we should all use it to spread a little extra love. Send an old friend a card in the mail, send a valentine to your godbaby or just write some simple words of appreciation to your other half.

One craft that I will be including in my valentines this year are these pretty paper arrows. Arrows have become a huge trend of late. I have been seeing them everywhere! Since I have a total feather obsession, I find arrows quite lovely. Naturally, I had to try to DIY a few of my own.


Supplies:
- Paper Straws (Found at Walmart)
- Wasabi Tape (Found at Target)
- Card Stock (Found at Michaels)
- String and/or yarn (Found at Michaels and Target)
- Hot Glue Gun
- Scissors



Directions:
1. Start by cutting out different size feathers from the card stock. Also, cut out the tips of the arrows as well.
2. Hot glue the feather cut outs to one end of the paper straw. Glue the arrow tip to the other end.
3. Wrap the top of the arrow with string or yarn. Glue into place.
4. Embellish as desired!

These beauties will be accompanying some other valentine's day goodies. I cannot wait to send them out to loved ones! Bring it on Cupid! XOXO


Sunday, January 29, 2017

DIY Paper Roses

This darling heart canvas was used on my wedding day and is now perfect to pull out for Valentine's Day! 

Since I recently used it to decorate our home for Love Day, I thought would resurface this blog post to share with those who are looking to add some pretty heart elements to their home this season.

Paper Roses

Supplies:
- Card stock paper in varied colors and patterns
- Glue gun
- Scissors
- Canvas or other base piece




Directions:
1. Begin by cutting circles. I cut different sizes so that my roses were different sizes. Then cut a spiral in the circle. I preferred my roses to not have perfect edges but if you want perfect edges, cut your spiral edges in the same length.
2. Begin wrapping your rose from the outside edge of the spiral and twist into the center.
3. Glue as you go but ultimately, glue the paper together at the end. 




4. Position roses on your canvas as desired. I used a burlap canvas, one of my new favorite things! I placed the roses into a heart and hot glued them in place.


If hearts are not your thing, I have used these paper roses in several other ways!

I wanted to find some inexpensive ways to bring more yellow into our gray/white/yellow bedroom theme. I also had a frame that no longer had a glass piece. I whipped up a couple of these paper roses and painted the frame to match the decor. We get so many compliments on our wall arrangement! 

I just love how easy and dynamic these paper roses are. Happy crafting!!