Sunday, November 20, 2011

Holiday Snowflake Printables

It's nearly that time again!  If you're looking for a holiday neutral collection, snowflakes are just the thing!  We've just uploaded our Holiday Snowflake Collection on Etsy!  Check it out!


Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Halloween Freebies {Via Catch My Party}

Our friends at Catch My Party have featured our Halloween Freebies {Spooky Faces} on their blog!  They are graciously hosting the download.

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Check it out!

We've also got two other spooktacular Halloween designs in our shop.

Trick or Treat Halloween Collection
Vintage Halloween Collection
It's that time again! My favorite time of year! 


What I'm Working On {Latest and Greatest}

I'm getting ready for some very special parties!  My baby sister is on her way to having her first baby...a boy (oh boy!) and my mom will be turning the big 6-0 this year!

My sister wants a woodsy theme for her layette, and prefers green to the traditional blue.  I've created this Save the Date for her shower:

For my mom's 60th, we're organizing a party with friends and family THE SAME WEEKEND (crazies we are!)  Here's her Save the Date:

Yes, that's my mom - cute as a button! (she still is, of course)

I'm also working on these custom printables that I think are just too cute for another lucky little boy's jeep in the woods theme.  They've asked me to match their invitation:

So with the help of my favorite site, Kuler, I was able to match the colors and then did my best guess to create the animals and the patterns.

Thank you tags

Cupcake wrappers

Cupcake wrappers

That's what I'm working on!

If you're interested in a custom theme, you can contact me at  Custom themes put you in charge of the creative process. A full theme (wrappers, toppers, favor tags, water bottle wrappers, banners, etc.) is only $35, so ping me and we can get started!

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Friday, September 2, 2011

This. Looks. Delicious! {Mini Chocolate Cakes with Chocolate Ganache and Fresh Raspberries}

Mini Chocolate Cakes with Chocolate Ganache and Raspberries 
I stumbled across this simple but delicious looking recipe for Labor Day at SpinDyeKnit.  Yum!

Click here for the recipe and directions for the cake, and here for the ganache recipe (and while you're at it, check out all her great knitting ideas!)

If you didn't get to see our free labor day printables, head on over to Catch My Party, and download to dress-up your barbecue table.

Happy Labor Day!


Thursday, September 1, 2011

Percy Jackson Birthday {Inspiration!}

I came across this blog post from Make it Do from a couple of years ago for a Percy Jackson Birthday Party, but still...what a fun party idea!  Her blog graciously describes all the fabulous details from crafts to activities and even a great scavenger hunt idea!

I feel a printable birthday theme coming on!  :D  Stop by Make it Do and see all her amazing sewing/cooking/cleaning/making/kids ideas, and don't forget to say hello!

In the comments, tell me what kind of birthday theme you would like to see in my shop!


Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Letterboxing {Geeky Fun}

Looking for a family activity that's interesting, creative and fun?  How about a creative birthday party idea for older kiddos?
On a hike in Swansea, MA

Luke's discovery in Somerset, MA
We started letterboxing a few years ago, and found that it was a great way for our family to enjoy a hike together without hearing complaining from the kids that the unplugged activity was "boring". Letterboxing is considered the predecessor to Geocaching.  It mixes orienteering (challenge with navigational skills) with stamp-making and collecting.  This is basically a free activity folks!

A local Geocache (we've done this too)!
The basic idea of letterboxing is to follow written directions like a treasure hunt with a compass to find a hidden letterbox (great lesson for kids to learn to use a compass!)  Set out on your hike, and watch for the land marks! Inside the box is a rubber stamp (some home-made, some commercial) and a notebook.  Sometimes, the letterbox owner will also enclose a pen or pencil and an ink pad, but your best bet is to bring your own.
On the hunt in Fairhaven, MA

Seth found this one!

The letterbox!
Once you find the "treasure," you leave a copy of your stamp in the box's notebook, and take a copy of their stamp in your personal collection.  When you get home, you can log on to the letterbox's site and leave a message for the letterbox owner.

Getting ready to stamp in.
We have discovered so many new places in our area by going on these little treasure hunts!  There are hundreds of letterboxes all over the world! The two best sites to find letterboxes near you are Atlas Quest and
Westport, MA

Dartmouth, MA

Taunton, MA

Bristol, RI

Portland, ME area (Baxter Woods)

I have my kids carry a small backpack with their letterboxing kit and a bottle of water.

My cousin Ani's first letterbox discovery!

Stamping in

Everyone takes a turn

My oldest son had a letterboxing birthday party a couple of years ago.  The first thing we did was have the kids make their own letterboxing kits.  They made their own "stamps" by sticking foam stickers to sponges with foam rubber hot glued to one side. They worked really well!  They got to choose a notebook, a pen and an ink pad to put in their plastic boxes.  These doubled as party favors for them to take home!

Letterboxing kit-making station

The kids loved personalizing their boxes with stickers
We hid five boxes in various places around the outside of our house and around the neighborhood.  We split the kids into teams, gave each team a map, a compass, a set of gloves, a disposable camera, and written directions and set them free! Everyone had a blast finding the hidden boxes. The kids still talk about this party as one of their favorite parties ever.

Teams setting out on "the hunt"

A letterboxing kit makes a great gift!  Make a special notebook, and put it in a nice plastic box (like a pencil box), a special pen, an ink pad and a rubber stamp and maybe a pair of gardening gloves and a compass. Include a homemade book about the history of letterboxing, and maybe a few choice letterbox locations close to you.

Using scrapbooking materials, I covered ordinary notebooks to make special gifts.

Coordinating colored pens, stamps and ink pads

What activities do you enjoy with your family?  Leave me some great ideas in the comments below!

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