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Pokemon Party

Our city holds their annual Independence Day celebrations the day before the official holiday. The fireworks from this celebration can be seen from my back yard. Instead of dealing with the crowds at the official party we hold our own and invite our friends to join us. Originally we decked the yard out in the red, white, and blue decor typical of patriotic events. A few years back we decided to try some different themes. This year’s theme was Pokemon.

Before we get to the “fun” stuff I’d like to point out some helpful products we used to minimize the amount of trash we made at the party. We used regular cutlery like we outlined in this post. We also had compostable wooden cutlery (also mentioned in the linked post) as backup. One of the highlights of our party is the ice cream my husband makes. We portion it out before the event to streamline serving the 30-50 people who drift in and out that night. This year we found and used these compostable cups with lids and they worked very well. All of our compost goes to Roots Compost and we prepare them for the overflow we have on special occasions. We used paper straws and reusable cups that I washed and stored away for next year. Everything that could be recycled was and everything that could be composted also was.

I try to make some fun decorative foods for people to try. This year I ordered small edible images for cupcakes and I found a picture on Pinterest from this blog of yellow peep bunnies made to look like Pikachu. I also ordered Pokemon gum.

I really should have used a bit more icing on my cupcakes but it was so hot that I didn’t want a huge mess. The peeps were decorated using melting wafers and I did not bother making them into pops as the original link did but they were extremely popular and very easy. The hardest part was finding peep bunnies off season.

Photo props are always fun for parties. I ordered a bunch of masks for the guests to play with and we made a prop card with the picture part cut out.

The one decoration I worked the hardest on was the collection of paper lanterns. I had seen a pin of Pokemon lanterns and decided I needed to give them a try. I found a pack of paper lanterns in assorted sizes and colors and picked Pokemon that were naturally those colors. My daughter let me borrow her Pokemon book for inspiration.

The night was beautiful and the guests enjoyed finding the various Pokemon out “in the wild.” We’re also fortunate that there are a number of stops within walking distance from our home so everyone could manage their daily spin and catch during the festivities. If only trading and friends had been implemented then!

A Look Back at Teacher Appreciation Week

Given the sheer amount of energy it took to learn to walk again after breaking my foot, I’m a little behind on the blogging for the various activities that happened between injuring myself and now. Teacher Appreciation week was at the beginning of May and here we are almost into July!

Due to the lack of ability to carry pretty much anything, I had to rely on helpers to do some of my deliveries and therefore I do not have pictures of things as delivered to the school. I do have a few pictures of the projects while they were in process at my home. Over the course of the week we delivered notebooks, pencils, mini muffins, marshmallows dipped in chocolate, tins of mints, mint chocolate cookies, and Ferrero Roche roses.

For the pencils, I stamped flags with “be the star you are” from a long retired Stampin’ Up! set. Then I glued the flags around the tops of the pencils.

I found that the Stampin’ Up! starburst punch was the perfect topper size for these metal tins. The sentiment here is from the retired Thoughtful Branches set. The tins were filled with mints and I added coordinating washi tape around the edges sealed with liquid tombow for good measure.

We have made a fair amount of these Ferrero Roche Roses for various events. They are both tasty and pretty. I found the directions and inspiration for them here.

The last project I have pictures from are the marshmallows dipped in chocolate and then in sprinkles. These were bagged up and sent along as a fun and sweet treat. Here they are freshly dipped and waiting to set so I can bag them.

 

Llama Custom Bouquet

For Meg’s daughter’s 8th grade graduation we determined a custom llama bouquet was necessary. We found some llama themed paper and used this opportunity to try some new flowers and expand beyond the roses I’ve been making.

These swirly paper flowers looked like fun so I recreated them as best as I could. The paper I was working with was colorful on only one side and much thicker than the tissue paper used in the instructions but I think they came out cute!

Then I wanted to try the fringe scissor flowers illustrated in this video. Again though I was working with thicker paper than illustrated and without the benefit of the now discontinued “Sticky Strip” adhesive used in the video. I do have those exact fringe scissors from Stampin’ Up! though and they are very nice. Here’s my fringe flower with a center from a punch I had hanging around.

I used my Stampin’ Up! Daisy Punch to make the next flower variety. I layered the punches with dimensional adhesive and curled the petals.

At one time I had quite a few flowers sitting in various stages of waiting for the glue to dry.

Finally I mocked the bouquet in floral foam and an empty vase to see if I had enough flowers. Here you can also see the llamas I fussy cut from the paper I was using.

Finally the llama bouquet made it to its intended recipient. We used a llama water bottle as the vase and put some glass rocks inside to keep it stable and hold the flowers in place. These are easy to remove so that she can use the water bottle as intended.

 

Custom Mary Poppins Bouquet

It is spring time in Massachusetts – not that the four Noreasters we’ve gotten this March really seem to care – but that means my daughter will be performing in her high school’s spring musical very soon. It is time then for a new custom bouquet to match the musical: Mary Poppins.

I started out with half an idea based on the popularity of the Comic Book Roses I made a few weeks ago. I found a “Little Golden Book” version of Mary Poppins and proceeded to cut out all of the pages to make flowers. I used a 3×3 square for these roses because it worked more naturally with the book page’s 6 inch width.

My husband got me all propped in bed with my foot elevated and all of my tools within easy reach and I assembled roses while we binge watched Altered Carbon on Netflix. Here is the book I began with and the finished bucket of roses waiting for the next steps:

Those next steps involved inordinate amounts of hot glue and modge podge. The cover of the book was cut into a tall rectangular handle for the bouquet. The roses were all attached to floral wire stems. Once everything was suitably dry and ready for assembly, I put floral foam into the book handle. I then poked all the flower stems into the foam. Lastly, I tied the Mary Poppins Funko Pop to the handle with ribbon and the bouquet is ready to present to my daughter this weekend!

Crafting while Broken

It has been almost two weeks since I broke my foot. I will spare everyone the gory details and the pictures from the emergency room. You’re welcome! But a broken foot brings a lot of logistical problems into my extremely busy life. I cannot walk, nor drive, nor shower. Even the little things require big preparation and are far more complicated and exhausting than I ever imagined.

That said, I am nothing if not determined, so I’ve been working at keeping the crafting happening even with my limitations. Instead of working in my crafting area, we have compartmentalized the various steps in each project and brought just those supplies to me.

I’ve been working on balancing a small work surface on my lap. This has presented some challenges as my broken foot needs to be elevated pretty high. I use a silicone mat to keep things from sliding whenever possible. I also balance the tray with blankets to help level the surface. I’m currently writing this blog post from my laptop on said tray. The other day I was busy making flowers:

Elevated foot makes for an interesting balancing act.

We have a fair to prepare for and that won’t wait until after my foot has healed. I’m fortunate enough to have a knee scooter for around the house. I’ve been making liberal use of the basket on the front to carry supplies around:

 

Recycled Comic Book Roses

Back in college, and for a while afterwards, my husband collected comic books. He would pick up new books each week to follow the story arcs he liked. At some point this stopped and the books ended up in a box that we moved twice. The books sat forgotten until our children found them. Nothing in the box was rare or expensive so we let the kids read them – repeatedly – until their favorites stopped resembling books and started to look more like an unkempt sheaf of colorful paper.

The books ended up back in the box a lot worse for wear. I couldn’t toss them into the recycle bin though. I felt they had something else yet to do. I didn’t know what until I found this tutorial on making paper roses out of old books.

It took me until after I had made all the roses to find my toothpicks so I used a wooden skewer instead to curl the petals. This didn’t seem to impact the overall result and I am very happy with the roses.

Including the cover, I made a total of 34 roses from one issue of Superman, The Man of Steel. I added some leaves and shiny leaf-like doilies to a dozen of the roses to put in a vase for display. The rest of the roses are waiting for a proper purpose. I’d like to get some pins and turn a few into boutonnieres. I think they would be a great accessory for a super hero themed wedding!

A Crafty Birthday Story

I designed a few fun wreaths to make with a wreath form, stamped accessories, ribbon, and some clothespins. These wreaths were a hot trend in some of the crafty Facebook groups I belonged to. I held a few classes to teach others how to make these wreaths. One of those classes was on my birthday!

Meghann and I loaded up my car with all the supplies to teach the class and we headed out. Having a December birthday means the odds are good that there will be snow. I had a lot of childhood birthday fun canceled due to weather. Now that I’m an adult I get to make my own choices regarding weather and thought we’d be fine if we took the drive slowly.

We got to the Tobin Bridge and the car was acting off. I pulled off the road at the top of the bridge and got into a space where the work vehicles usually park. I thought perhaps a nice policeman might drive by and check on why there was a car where it should not be but that did not happen. We had a flat tire. The car was pretty new and I wasn’t sure where all the things were but I managed to find the jack, lug wrench, and spare tire. I got everything changed and we were on the way again. We’d left early enough that even with our mishap we were at class at the start time although I was pretty damp.

Class went really well and the ladies who came out loved their wreaths:

 

After class, Meghann and I went for pizza at one of my favorite pizza places, Town Spa.

Kathy