HOOOOOORAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYY. Hang on, let me say that again. HOOOOOOOOOOOORRRRAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYY!!!!!!! Whew!
Okay. What are we celebrating you ask? SCHOOL STARTED!
So very happy to have the older zombies occupied during the day. The littlest is still home but he is not nearly as much trouble when he’s by himself.
Now that my crafting time has been freed up a bit I have been plugging along on some projects I’ve had on the back burner since before we moved. I’ll post a few sneak peeks
Not much I can say at the moment on some of these and others aren’t finished yet so they’ll have to wait too.
I am desperate for a breath of Autumn right now. It’s so hot and humid right now, bleh. I would love some cooler breezes and the first hints of Halloween! I can’t wait! I hope to be back soonish with an update or two to some of the sneak peeks. See ya!
Well, here it is! The pirate party post! You may be aware from previous birthday posts that I have a small problem with doing small celebrations. They always end up….bigger! Our littlest zombie has not had one of the grand celebrations yet so I thought it was his turn. I asked him what he wanted and he said “Pirates! Arrrrrr!” I said, “Okay!”
I started combing the interwebs for ideas and found a few I liked but that needed tweaking but not a whole lot was inspiring me for the party, but then during one of my many shopping trips to Target I happened to find all of their Pirate party plates, banners, napkins and cups on clearance! Wooohooo! That was all the inspiration I needed. I knew it was fated. So I began in earnest.
Every pirate has to fear waking the plank, so that was where they started. There may or may not have been someone throwing water bombs at them as they tried not to fall into the sharks. That fed right into the deadly alligator swamp rings.
I found a gator and shark fin shape that worked, printed templates and cut some trials in wood. It was a bit much for a one day use item so I reserved the rest of the sheet of wood and switched to foam board for the rest. Much faster to cut and painted as well. They were a bit tricky to keep stapled to the stakes but it worked out in the end.
The rest of the wood sheet became a sailing ship with lots of peg legs sticking out of it for a ring toss game. The legs are just spray painted dowel rods with caps on them. I made all different sizes so it would be a bit more challenging for the older cousins.
I saved some cans from my soup making over the winter and gathered a few more cheap cans of tomato juice and spray painted them brown, added some mixed up plaster of paris inside them to keep them steady, glued light brown foam to the top and bottom to make them look more barrelish and I had a knock the barrels down game. We threw in a pick the duck and get a prize game for the littlest ones and it was quite popular, it was pretty hot.
Me and the little one went begging at all our downtown restaurants for any wine corks they may have. I managed to pull together just enough for the sailboats. I found some neat little wooden craft sticks that had circles on them and they worked perfect for sandwiching the corks between them and hot gluing them in. A skewer for a mast and foam for the sails (no pics of these, naturally ) and you were ready to race your cousin on the blue sea (vinyl gutter with end caps)
Dear Bake made her delicious cupcakes with the most awesome skull decorations for the tops! Our sweet sister-in-law helped mix up the birthday cake and me Bake and our mom (with input from the zombies father) decorated the birthday cake when it was finished.
We had a decorate your own eyepatch and booty bag event the day before (somehow no pics of this either :/ ) The day of we made pirate names and wrote them on post-it notes and taped them on (yay for last minute ingenuity!) We also decorated our faces! This was one of the funnest things we got to do. The adults jumped in on it too, probably had more fun than the children with it 🙂
Don’t you just love her glare? Pirate perfection! The little zombie in the last pic is our dear friends’ baby, she is too sweet!
The birthday zombies outfit was made partially by me. It was hard to get a good shot because he was in constant motion, lol. I took a plain white t-shirt from target and removed the pocket and added some eyelets and leather laces and cut the sleeves on the sides. I made the vest from scratch and I was pretty pleased with how it turned out. I’m thinking I’ll tweak it a bit and put it out as a pattern for sale.
I think everyone had a good time and the little pirate is still talking about his party (pretty good for 3 yr old goldfish memory) A HUGE thank you to everyone who helped make the pirate party a success! You are an awesome crew!
That’s the news for now, be back later with some house projects that have been going on at the same time as Birthday Madness! See ya!
Hey there! Well, time to catch you up on news from here. A couple of weekends ago I had my Farmer’s Market debut. The husband took all 3 zombies up to my parents Friday night and camped out with them so I could have no distractions while I got everything ready. That was very nice!
The day of the market my wonderful sister and partner in crime came down and helped me set up my little table(her husband helped too). I was a wreck…. switching between hysterical crying and hysterical laughter and hyperventilating the rest of the time. We set up the display with the tablecloth I had made and the thrifted baskets I had spray painted up for the occasion. I was so nervous I didn’t take a single picture with my camera but Bake managed to grab some shots for me.
In this picture you can see the whole set up. I brought out my quilt rack and my dress form to help display the goods and they worked out really well.
You can see the products a little better in this shot
I had pot holders, crocheted edge receiving blankets, plain receiving blankets, minky blankets, quilts, pincushions, chalkboard pennant bunting, bias tape, utility aprons and half aprons for sale.
There was a fair amount of interest in the aprons but no purchases so the price on those will drop a bit I think. The potholders sold really well (only 1 left at the end of the day), the pincushions were also popular (stuffed with walnut shells). The gift bag you see there on the back of the table was made by me too. I cut down some paper bags and sewed on handles and stenciled a sewing machine design on them. I really feel that presentation is a big part of setting yourself apart from your competition so I put time into making the bags even though not a lot of people took one.
These are the business cards I had printed up at a Staples here with same day service. I’m not 100% pleased with them but I ran out of time for ordering online so you take what you can get. I’ll be ordering a bit nicer cards here soon.
All in all it was a good (if nerve wracking) experience. I definitely learned a bit about what works (pot holders, pincushions) and what doesn’t (bias tape, chalkboard buntings) so I feel like I can refocus efforts where they pay off more and add products that fall along those lines. I have a bit of time off because the husband is doing his 2 week annual training (no babysitter) so I’m using this time to work up new products and restock so I can go back and kick some more ass!
Thanks Bake for coming down and seeing me through it. You’re the best!