I have been super busy on creating some party decorations this past week.
I got an order from my Etsy shop to create a customized pack, which has been super fun. And I am starting on the decorations for Ian’s birthday party next month. I feel like I am so far behind! But the invitations are coming along, and I swear they have fewer pieces than last year.
Luckily one thing I don’t have to think too hard about is meal planning. I can quickly decide what to make for the next week or three or more using my favorite menu planning program Plan to Eat.
Oops….I almost didn’t get this posted. I planned it my meals, wrote the post and forgot to schedule it….
I feel like the weekend came and went so quickly. Last Friday my mom decided to take us out to dinner at the Spaghetti Factory. She had the boys for the day, like she does every Friday, so I met her and my sister & sister’s family there for dinner.
Sid was on fire that night. He was being so funny, had us cracking up.
Ice cream comes with dinner and he wanted vanilla. After a few bites he stuck his spoon in and the whole ball of ice cream came up on the spoon and then fell on to the table. So, naturally he picked up with his hand, had a few bites and put the rest in the to-go box.
I am a last-minute gifter. You know that lady who is pulling her kid along at a run in the store looking for that toy, because she is on her way to the birthday party and is already running late…
Yep that’s me.
Don’t know why. It’s not like I don’t think about what I want to get, or that I’m unsure if we are going to the party. Trust me, I think about it, for days. And, I always think, there’s still more time.
Since I have gotten my Silhouette, those last-minute gifts have turned into ‘what can I make’ the night before the party, which leads to finishing it 10 minutes before we have to leave, still running late.
One such instance I had an idea to give the birthday girl a personalized bag and beach towel, and another swimming related item. But alas, the store didn’t have the type of beach towel I wanted, so I just got her a toy to o with the bag I was going to make her.
So here it is ten o’clock the night before and I sit down at my computer to make her bag. I had planned on using the printable heat transfer material that I love. I traced and colored in studio, got her name all curved and did a test print.
No red ink.
But I was in luck, I had just enough HTV to make her bag. But weeding Spiderman’s face was a killer!
It actually turned out better than what I had planned. I really like the way color of the bag shows through Spiderman’s black lines, so his mask is actually pink. Cause you know, it’s for a girl.
We had to attend a birthday party for a pair of sisters (not twins, just born in the same month) while I was sick. I wanted to make them something personal, but wasn’t sure what to do, or if we were going to make it to the party. Cause you know, I was dying, or at least felt like I was.
I decided to get them a gift card to an ice cream store and make them personalized ice cream dishes.
I cut the ice cream cone, sprinkles and names out of vinyl. You can’t see in the picture, but the cone has a cross-hatch cuts to make it look like a waffle cone.
I decided to make my own gift boxes, because I didn’t have a gift bag or boxes that they would fit in.
I made the gift boxes using cardstock and decorative paper accents, and coordinating tags. I also added some straw-spoons to the box. I finished these about 20 minutes before we had to leave for the party.
I really love the way they turned out.
Of course I used the sketch pen feature to label the tags, because my hand writing is atrocious.
Neither of these projects would have been possible without my Silhouette. I am still a last-minute-gifter but now at least my gifts are personalized.