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Author: Meghann Holcomb

The Fair is coming!

We’ve been so busy with life… and snow days and kids activities and broken feet, and all of a sudden fair season is upon us!


We’ve been working hard behind the scenes (and if you aren’t following our Instagram, you should!  We post in progress photos of things and tidbits about what is going on.) to get ready for our first fair this weekend.  We’ll be hanging out all day at the Spring Bash Vendor and Craft Fair at the Haverhill Amvets from 9 am to 2 pm.

We’ve got things from our shop, some new items and some of our custom order items to show off.



We hope to see you there!




Minion Mayhem

When my youngest son asked for a Minion birthday party, I knew we were going to need to come up with some fun things to make this a really fun party.  It all started with the invites.

Kathy and I spent an afternoon making these invitations and they were a huge hit with the kids.

Since we were holding the party at our house, I decided that the best way to maximize our space was to use centers.  The kids were in 1st grade this was also a concept they were familiar with.  So food in one room, activities spaced out and the kids kind of rotated through.

One center was a create your own minion, which we used toilet paper tubes for. 

Another was our Box of Shame and minion cut-out picture taking center.  The kids had a ball with that.


We set up a Pin-the-Eyeball-on-the-Minion game.


And we had the big kids help out doing fake tattoos, taking pictures and generally helping out.

We also had a lot of fun coming up with food names for everything.

My hardest task was the cupcakes!  The cake part was fine, but the decorating was way harder than I had figured on and my frosting came out all weird.  Don’t look too close.  The kids thought they were awesome though!

We also put together a few favors to had out at the end.

The minion mix was especially fun, we included little candy eyeballs in the mix!







In the News

The other day I was scrolling through Instagram (oh, come on, we all do it!) and happened to watch an Instagram story by the Kensington Royal.   It’s an Instagram devoted to stories about the younger royals.  Yes, yes,  I know.  I love stories about the Royal family.   I’ll blame that on my mom.  This story happened to feature the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange.

Now, why am I talking about a fashion show put on by the Royal family in London?  In this case, it’s because of their commitment and focus on environmentally friendly practices and handcrafts that brings it to my attention.

The Commonwealth Secretary-General and Eco Age (a marketing firm focused on sustainability) paired together designers and people around the Commonwealth to show the human potential of fashion.  53 countries were represented, with handcrafts and materials from those countries used in the finished products.

One of my favorite looks came from a collaboration between a New Zealand fashion designer and heritage artisans from the Cook Islands.  They used techniques in the fabric that they use in marriage quilts, which are made by families for brides.  The mixture of the old and new of so many of the pieces was really amazing.

The other reason I wanted to highlight this particular party was the use of so many sustainable items in the party itself.  They reused plinths from old BBC sets to put the mannequins on.  The mannequins had paper flower headdresses and those were made from recycled materials.  The mannequins themselves were made of sugar cane, which is biodegradable.

I enjoyed seeing an event with such a focus on a sustainable future!

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away

This is Jared.

Jared is my husband, our 3d printing guru, and our own personal Kylo Ren.

In our house, Star Wars is a big deal.  Not just “we like Star Wars movies”.  More like–my boys want a Star Wars themed bedroom, my husband made his own Kylo Ren costume and we went on a Star Wars themed cruise a few years ago–big deal.  So it was only a matter of time before we were throwing Star Wars themed birthday parties.

This is Cedric.

His birthday falls in December, and a few years ago, just before the premiere of the brand new, much anticipated Star Wars movie.   And so, our first Star Wars themed party was born!

We booked his party at a local eat-in-theater, Chunky’s.  It’s a great venue for a kids party because you can really do as much or as little as you want.  They provide the food and cake, and obviously, the movie.  We decided to decorate up a bit and have some fun gift bags to take home.

One of the things we decided to do was provide an activity for the kids while they waited for food and the movie to begin.  We spent some time making these paper mache Death Stars that the kids could then decorate.

The party proved so successful, that Cedric, now turning 11 wanted to have a party to see The Last Jedi!  I made invites for the party with cutouts and stamping items.

This time I got my husband, Jared, involved in the project and he helped model and print out lights saber handles to make favors.

These were a huge hit with the kids at the party and fun to make!

It’s not every birthday party that has it’s own Kylo Ren.