Sunday, May 17, 2015

DIY Sunday: Wizard of Oz Birthday Party

Good Afternoon!

Yesterday we had our daughter's 5th birthday party. Last year we had a Frozen party (along with every other preschooler in the country) and it was a really fun time. (Click here for the Frozen party details)

This year my daughter has been on a Wizard of Oz kick. I'm totally okay with that since it's my favorite movie. I even walked down the aisle to Somewhere Over the Rainbow. I also sing the song to both my children before bed. My daughter and I read the unabridged book earlier this year, and we're finishing up the second book in the series tomorrow.

I had great plan of having this huge party on our new acreage. I was going to create a yellow brick road throughout our yard with games at each part of the trip. It was ambitious, and I realized that it was unnecessary. There was many downsides to it including money, time, clean up, and weather. We had attended a really fun party earlier this year at Wildfire Gym and that lead to us attending a couple of open gyms over the past few months. It was the perfect solution. They have tons of inflatibles and toys, so I don't have to plan games or crafts. They help with set up and tear down. And the rainy weather yesterday had no effect on the party.

Since I love to do crafts, I did most of the decorations myself using my Silhouette. It's hard to find Wizard of Oz decorations since the licensing ownership changed in the 90's. The only decoration I found that was reasonably priced were some stickers and plates.

Check out our Wizard of Oz Party!


I got this awesome invitation from Sassaby Parties on Etsy. What is really cool is you can edit the invite in the PDF in Adobe, so it's really easy to customize the content.


I cut each basket with my Silhouette using wood patterned paper.

I have my good friend Jenny to thank for this idea. I mentioned I wanted one more item for the favor baskets and she thought of yellow Lego bricks. 


I'm not much for cooking, but I used a sugar sheet for the yellow brick road and cut some stuff out with Silhouette. The inside of the cake is rainbow colors which came from a fun box kit that gives instructions on creating a rainbow effect. If you're an Oz fan, you should get what part of the movie the witch part comes from. :)


I created these stands in about 10 minutes. I took two pieces of scrap wood, drilled a hole to match the size of the dowel and then spray painted everything. Very simple, only $2.00 and it does the trick! 

Another Silhouette project. I thought these silhouettes were fun because they could be seen from both the party room and the play area below. 

The picnic baskets were left over from the Teddy Bear baby shower I did a couple of weeks ago. (Click here for the post). The fabric was left over from the Dorothy Dress I made for Easter (Click here for the post). I cut the Toto's out of black scrapbook paper and created a little stand for each of them.  

 Simple cardboard letters with Mod Podge and red glitter. I attempted to use some Glitter Blast spray paint on them as well, but that made them look foggy. 

Each seat had a silhouette of a different Wizard of Oz Character.  

The tablecloth came from Oriental Trading along with the cups and plates. The table runner was just some sparkly red tulle from the floral section of Hobby Lobby. 

I found this inflatable at Lowe's after Halloween on clearance. It was a fun purchase and I plan on using it for Halloween as well. :)

My Dorothy all ready for her close up!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

DIY Sunday: No Sew Burlap Garden Flag

Happy Weekend Y'all!

I'm writing this fairly late at night and scheduling it for tomorrow. We have a full day of activity on Ugly House planned tomorrow, but I can't seem to sleep. I blame my allergy medicine. Yay Spring!

Tomorrow we're tackling the landscaping of Ugly House. I enjoy all things DIY, but I can honestly say that landscaping is one thing I don't particularly enjoy. I love the result of a good landscaping job, but I don't seem to have the vision for it. I have been pinning like mad trying to steal ideas from people more creative than me.

One thing I did update with the new spring weather was our garden flag at the entrance to our property. I had the Christmas one hanging up until, well, last week. That's pretty sad. Being someone who likes things a bit more modern vintage, garden flags aren't really my thing. But I found one modern beautiful Christmas one and decided to jump on the wagon.

The problem is that I can't keep the nice Christmas one up year round. Well I suppose I could. There's no one policing long expired Christmas decorations. Nonetheless, I decided I needed something that was more universal and could stay up until next Christmas. I looked at the area stores and nothing matched my style. I started looking at tutorials on Pinterest, but no one could seem to explain how to keep the paint from running in the rain.

So, I decided to just try it out and see how it worked. I am happy to report that my method has survived four rain storms, so I think it worked! Best part is it's completely sewing free.

DIY No Sew Garden Flag

Burlap. I used left over burlap table runners from the recent teddy bear baby shower.
Paint. I used left over latex paint. Acrylic would also work.
Mod Podge The best option would be outdoor Mod Podge; however, I had some matte Mod Podge and it worked fine. 
Safety Pins (Optional)
Paint Brushes


1. Cut Out Your Flag

I used another garden flag as a template on how large I wanted the flag. My flag was the same width as the burlap table runner fabric I had (12 inches) and the length was approximately 14 inches at the longest part. I decided to do an angled cut at the bottom. Keep in mind, I folded over my fabric so there was a pocket on top. Therefore the final cuts were 12 inches wide and 28 inches long.

2. Paint Your Design

I free handed my design. You could also print a design and use carbon paper to trace it onto your fabric. If you're getting really crazy, you could create a stencil with vinyl or freezer paper. I made sure I had plastic underneath the burlap and then started. I did the background chevron design first, let the burlap dry and then did the initial on top. The blurred out portion is my address. Not that I don't like visitors, but I think one or two people I don't know might actually read this blog. And my Westie isn't much for strangers. Just ask all the fallen bunnies and snakes. RIP

I started out with just doing one color on the initial and address. I decided I didn't like that and did a outline in a yellow to make the paint pop. Let all the paint dry completely before moving on to the next step.

3. Seal Everything

This was the step I couldn't find more information on. How do you keep the paint from just running everywhere when it rained? You could try a clear coat of spray paint. I didn't have that on hand, but I did have Mod Podge. I decided that worked great for my coasters, so it should hold up pretty well in the elements. I'm happy to say that we got a couple days of rain and it is still looking like day one. Using a paint brush/sponge brush, do a nice heavy coat of Mod Podge. It looks a bit scary at first, but it will dry clear.

4. Dry Over Night & Hang

Let everything dry before you put it outside. The nice thing about the Mod Podge is that it's an adhesive, so it's going to glue the two layers (front and back) together. I took two safety pins and put them right below the "pocket" where the flag pole goes. That will be my back up if the two layers become unglued after sitting out in the elements. I also always use a large safety pin from the side of the flag to the pole because I kept losing my flags in the South Dakota wind. You could also add ribbon or flower accents to your flag if you want to get really fancy.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Show & Tell: Silhouette Vinyl on Vintage Window


We finally picked up our last moving boxes from my mother-in-law's house. Now we just need to find a place for the couple of boxes that remain at my parents, and we're finally unpacked. It only has taken a year. I think I'd rather go through childbirth before I would move again, and that was 30 hours of pure torture with my daughter. A fact I will remind her of constantly when she is a teenager rolling her eyes at me or maybe later today. She is a 4 year old going on 16.

One of the last items I unpacked was a stained glass window. I had it hanging in our bedroom at our old house. While I love vintage items, this window has an even more special meaning. The stained glass is from our first home together when we got married. I loved that little 900 square foot home. It had a fun orange kitchen, huge backyard and tulips that came up every spring.

When I first put the window up, I had cut a vinyl with my husband's favorite bible verse. The verse was his confirmation verse. If I remember correctly, he also wrote it on the bottom of his wrestling shoes the year he won state. However, I cut the vinyl too small and it was pretty plain. I have learned a thing or two since I got my Silhouette and one of those things is if you can find the right design, it's worth the $0.99 to just purchase it rather than attempt to create it on your own. While I like to think of myself as creative, I am not an artist by any means. I'll leave the graphic design to the experts.

When I went to put on the new design yesterday, I noticed my beloved window was shedding paint chips everywhere. The layers of latex paint were flaking. That's to be expected on such an old window. I decided to take a razor blade to the window to remove the chipped paint. The look actually makes the window look more salvaged (if that’s a thing). I like how the blue, cream and white came out once I got the loose paint off. I hung up the window up where my someday beautiful window will go. Someday...