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Glow in the dark Skull&Crossbones silly band earrings me
Fancy up me hearties. Yo ho!  This pair of glow-in-the-dark silly band skull earrings are sure to be the life of ye party and the highlight of me mates day.  These jewels would have been the perfect treasure to shiver me timbers at Beatrice’s Pirate party!
These pirate earrings from Black Feather Studios are as one-of-a-kind as the artist, who just launched the etsy store. I am be a huge fan of this young girl. My love goes waaaayyyy back to when she was a baby girl — and, used to come play with my sister, my dog and I at the beach. I am so impressed with her work. I can’t believe she can do this…the mediums she uses (like snake vertebrae) are naturally, ecclectically cool while the jewelry is feminine and pretty.
Congratulations, Black Feather Studio. Your shop is unique and beautiful…just like you and your sweet mama. Kudos!

Oh Happy Day made these scrumptious party hats. She has the templates and directions on her blog for you to devour. I am posting them here to wish you a fiesta of a weekend in a cute party hat kind of way.

Party hat-on. Happy Weekend!

Update: January 31, 2011

Hat's On!

These colorful centerpieces are so cheerful, and warm.  Love them!

Learn how to make them, here.

Interesting.  I found this over at Dwell.  I am not so sure that it fits with our motif but it is definitely interesting. Apparently, Gomi Style is YouTube home makeover show where a robot maker and his sidekicks make home furnishings from refuse. Gomi is the Japanese world for trash. In this clip, they demonstrate how to make chairs from layers of cardboard.  It’s pretty, well, interesting.

I bet Danny Seo would like this!

Screeching in the driveway 15 minutes late, Beatrice and I abruptly and barely put-together arrived at our morning date to “bead.”  As newbies to the craft we had to make a last minute run to Wal-mart in the rain to purchase beads at 9:00 a. 

Even I, the not-s0-crafty mother, have to admit it was fun. My finery was less spectacular than the other three beaders, but it was fun to make. Their pieces look really, really good.  But, mine is just right for me.  I like it!

As I attempted to take a photo of my work, a saga unfolded.  Watch and see:


She hasn’t noticed.


She sees it.

She’s coming.


I want to see that. 
 hmm…very interesting.  I really like this Mommy.


 I want it Mommy. No. Huh-huh. Bracelets are not for babies.

Why not!
Barry wants a look-see.
Nice jewels.
It’s nice and all, but I really just want my back scratched. 


I take off the new jewels and the family is happy. 
THEY ALL jump in my lap with excitement!

Happy Friday, Ya’ll!

B has another new cousin: Baby Jack! Of all of her cousins born this year (three), he is the ONLY boy.  So, you know the family is excited. Yay. We’ve got a man. 

I had a lot of fun crafting this diaper cake.  It was the first time that I have used red and the first time that I have used a plush cake topper.  I usually use gross-grain ribbon.  I didn’t this time.  I think it turned out cute!

JH Diaper Cake Plush Dog Cake Topper  JH Diaper Cake JH Diaper Cake


My other posts about Nappy Cakes:

Decorated Sugar Cookies for Baby Shower
Aunt Stephanie’s Diaper Cake
Beatrice Plays with Barry White
Diaper Cake is Sunny and Yellow
Diaper Cake Progress
How to Make a Nappy Cake
Diaper Cake Pictures

Now is the time to begin thinking about handmade gifts, gift tags, and wrapping paper.  There is still plenty of time to get it all done.  Bring fresh ideas, create a gameDIY gift wrap plan, make a shopping list, then gather supplies.

 Parents magazine has easy Holiday craft ideas & sweet treat recipes in their latest issue.

You don’t have to do the whole craft by hand. You can cheat.   If you can only muster two hours for Holiday crafts and baking you will create memories to last for lifetime.  Go ahead.  Take shortcuts if you need to.  You can get ready-made cookie dough and easy craft sets from the craft store.  That doesn’t matter.  What matters is that your gifts are from your heart and that you and your child have fun making them. 

The memories will last much longer the gifts.  Visions of sewing Christmas presents with my Grandmother STILL dance through my head.  And, it’s been a long time folks!

So, grab some plain wrapping paper to stamp or color.  Get a premade project from the store. Pull your sewing machine out of the attic. And, well, do whatever you have to do or as little as you have to do.  But, arrange just a little time this holiday to spend time with your family making gifts, or creating wrapping paper.  You will be making traditions. You will be glad that you did!

My tree is kind of bare without a tree topper or a garland. My creativity has run dry as I searched on the internet for ideas.  Low and behold, you won’t believe what I found. It is so bizarre that I have to share it.  I mean, you just won’t believe the creativity of some people.  Please don’t think I am repulsive, or that I will adorne our tree top with this number.  But, this is just so well, over the top. I have to show it to you.  Where do you think people find the time to come up with things like this?

Christmas Tree Topper: Made with Tampons


Nothing Says Christmas like a Tampon Christmas Star at the top of the tree, right?

These pristine snowflakes make a perfect glittery Christmas tree topper, or hang a few in the window for some holiday sparkle. Go to Tampon to see how to make this one for yourself.

Here’s a link to the blog where I found this, HERE.

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I finally had an opportunity to check out Stephanie’s Diaper Cake for her nephew.  If you haven’t had a chance to see it yet, here it is. 

Moke, I didn’t know of your talents. It is so cute.  Okay, yes I did know you are creative.  And, I do know how thoughtful you are.  I should have known the Auntie Cake would be super cute. 

You know Southern Pet Sitters would’ve been selling these things if I would have only realized your Nappy Creativity earlier.    You and I were always up to making a dollar!

Okay, I admit it. I got REALLY into the diaper cake. I over spent time and money.  However, in personal defense it was really fun. 

I dug through the craft boxes of my attic and browsed and bought things in Wal-mart.  I really wanted to do something pink but the ribbon selection was scarce of coordinating hues of pink.  Strangely, I couldn’t find any stuffed animals, either.  I shopped in the infant and the toy sections.  Finally, I decided to be resourceful by using a sunny theme including orange and yellow colors. Let me know what you think.  

Here’s where we started: Diaper Cake Stage 1 

I added toys:A toy on the Diaper Cake Close up of Diaper Cake

And, mini baby items like baby powder and baby shampoo: Mini-Powder on the Diaper Cake

I laced the cake with tiny yellow flowers to fill in the “blank” spots until I finished. And, I topped the cake with three Sunflowers placed at varying lengths. I tied a small bow around one of the flowers.  

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To add contrast and interest I used ribbon of different widths, textures, and styles Full Length of Diaper Cakeincluding polka dots, plaid, shiny. gross-grain, wired, and paper. I think it turned out well although I am not 100% thrilled with it.  Next time I will use clear rubber bands. The black rubber bands were difficult to camouflage.  And, I will not build the tiers out so far.  I probably should have had one less layer of diapers to distinguish the tiers better.  One final tweak: I would use a larger cookie sheet.

Overall the project was fun.  It gave me an excuse to get out of the house alone as Brian kept Beatrice while I gathered supplies.  It was a nice diversion from my house work, too.  And, I feel good that I am able to give Kelly something that is handmade, useful, and practical.  Plus, we will have a great center piece for the baby shower.  Even though it could use a little improvement, I think we can add it to the list of “cream of the crop” photos of my earlier post. Don’t you?

Oh, what fun making a diaper cake is!

For my directions on How to Make a Diaper Cake click, here.

  Here’s the progress of the Diaper Cake. If you look closely, you can see the bottle nipple exposed at the top. We also stuffed it with a rolled up swadler.  I used about 150 Pampers 1-2 Swaddlers diapers.  I bought a box of 216 from Sams Club for about $30.00.

If you want to know How to Make a Nappy Cake, click here.