Jun 27, 2013

MYOLS Treat Buckets

Happy Summer! In case your wondering what MYOLS stands for it means Make Your Own Lemonade Stand. I have been super busy the past few weeks planning, prepping, and finally partying with my little one year. We decided to do a "summery" theme since she is my only baby born in hot weather months I couldn't wait to dive into all things summer for her big bash. I found a ton of inspiration on Pinterest but ultimately decided that I wanted to do a lemonade stand party. Check out all the inspiration I pinned here.


I was so excited when I came across this on the www. I knew immediately that I had to create them for my little gal's special day.I loved how these turned out. So cute and perfect for Alifair's lemonade stand party.


 



Both the kids and the adults loved these. Here is how I made them.

I followed Mariah's tips and found my buckets and shovels at the Dollar Tree. I too switched out the handles so that they would match my theme. While I was at the Dollar Tree I also picked up:

5 packs of 2 Basket Wraps{clear cellophane wrapping bags to wrap each bucket}
One spoil of yellow ribbon
Straws
Party cups { 4 pink, 4 green {they come in packs of 12 or 14}}
Party napkins {3 pink and 3 green {they come in packs of 20}}
A couple boxes of cookies {I choose pretty cookies}
Packets of lemonade mix {you could use Koolaid packs for 20¢ each}

In each pail I put a little bag of cookies, six cups, six napkins, and six straws with "25¢" tags, and one packet of lemonade mix that made 2 quarts of lemonade. Perfect for the recipient to make up six cups of summer fun. :)

I created all of my own tags and vinyl cuts. I used my Silhouette Portrait to cut out the words "Lemonade 25 ¢" in pink, green, and yellow vinyl. I also printed out the lemon stickers on sticker paper and cut them as well, along with straw flags and lemonade signs.

Below I have included the printables to make your own buckets. I even included a couple of the cut files for those of you that have a Silhouette cutting machine.

{CLICK HERE to download FREE LEMONADE BUCKET PRINTABLES}

For those of you lucky guys and gals with a handy dandy Silhouette Portrait or Cameo here is a link to a couple of the cut files I created for this project. I used my Silhouette Portrait to cut the straw flags and the vinyl decals for the buckets.

I hope you guys enjoy making these cute buckets for your next Lemonade Party! They were super simple but created a big statement and were a lot more fun than a traditional treat bag.

If you decide to create these let me know. I would love to take a peek at your fun creations.

Enjoy!






Jun 10, 2013

Pretty and Personal Birthday Bundle

June is a hectic month around here.With graduations, birthdays, and daddy's day close together gift buying can seem a little out of hand especially if you have several people to buy for.You know me when it comes to gift giving I like to make it personal. Handmade gifts seem to be really be in right now. Well, at least for me. I love getting something handmade or with a personal flair way better than receiving a simple store bought item. Who doesn't like to get something pretty and personal?

I like to pool my crafty resources and put together gifts that make a heartwarming impression. And my girly girl side really loves putting things together for other ladies. Whether its a sweet new baby girl or my lovely grandma I get giddy when it comes to buying and making girly gifts.

When you have an amazing tool like an electronic cutting machine like a Silhouette Portrait you can create unique gifts that can be personalized with someones name, meaningful dates, or special interest.

For my dear cousin Mikala, who is really one of my best friends, I knew her graduation gift had to be something unique. She received an internship at a summer camp's equestrian department and I kept that in mind when putting together her gift. I hated that I didn't get any photos of all the neat stuff that I put together but here is what I did.

I picked up a giant tote bag{beach sized) and coordinated it with some really pretty fabric. I used my Portrait to cut out the word "love" and used the iron on interfacing to adhere it to the bag. I filled her bag with items of her packing list; sheets, water bottle, alarm clock, fly swats, mini fan, first aid kit and clip board. I used vinyl to cut her name and the silhouette of a horse for her clipboard. I also sewed her up a wash and wear bag and used vinyl to add the decals. It was such a cute gift, I almost didn't want to part with it. But she loved every thing. I hope she is getting good use out of the things I gifted.

A week later and I had another party to attend. My cousin Kaitlyn's 14th birthday! Of course I was so excited to be picking out another girly gift but I knew that I wanted to whip a few things up with my Portrait. So here is what I came up with and this time I remembered to take my photos! Smile.

So when I think of 14 year old girl I think of a few things; boys, clothes, and makeup. I knew I couldn't do anything about the first one and well the second thing is a little personal. I don't really like it when people pick my clothes out so I try to stay away from buying clothes, unless it's for a newborn or my own family. So I went with makeup. Makeup is versatile if you stay away from things like foundation and concealers. Those items are first person choice and shouldn't be gifted, unless you know the persons exact colors. But better safe than sorry. So I decided to just stick with the fun stuff. I picked her up several things. This small cosmetic carrying case, better known as a makeup bag is super cute. It was see through but had a really pretty turquoise color and a cute gold zipper. I loved it so I thought someone else should have it.


Isn't it just pretty. You guys know this is my favorite color right? I just love it! But I couldn't just leave it alone. Not with vinyl and my Portrait sitting there. So I opened up SS {Silhouette Studio} and jotted down "Kaitlyn" in a pretty font and cut it out on some bright yellow vinyl.


In case you guys are wondering what font/typeface I used it's called Marmellata Jam and you can download it here. If your anything like me you hate it when you see a pretty typeface and can't figure it out. I like big chunky script when I am using my Portrait. If your new to SS have no fear cause I am right there with you. I have to research just about everything I do in SS. It's a slow process but I am learning. This round I figured out if you have pieces or letters in a word that aren't connected you can select the text, right click, and weld the letters together. It makes the cut line seamless. Yay, for figuring something else out! I celebrate my tiny victories when it comes to SS.


So after I had it cut I just peeled it away from the backing and placed it on the selected side of the bag. I lay the vinyl slow so that the air gets pressed out to avoid bubbles.


The things I picked to go in her makeup bag were all lower end products but are all things I use myself. The LA color nail polishes come in almost every color known and offer great looking nails and only cost $1.00 each. Their eye pallets are super pigmented and are great for trying out fun funky colors. The Wet n' Wild mascaras are great too! I personally love all the colors and products I picked out. I found some inexpensive Iphone cases in the clearance bins and decided to try monogramming. It worked okay but the vinyl is a little transparent so I will try to find some thicker vinyl or go with a solid case.


I also have been making these hot tool covers ever since I spotted this pin. I have been picking up cute pot holders everywhere I go, of course I never pay more than a dollar for them.



I just sew them in half and ta da...instant hot tool cover. Since Kaitlyn takes dance and other activities that require traveling with beauty supplies I figured that one of these might come in handy for a just used curling wand or hair straightener. Just cover the hot end and you can put down in a gym bag or suitcase without burning anything. Where has this idea been all my traveling days?


Of course I wanted to take it one pretty step further. I took some leftover fabric and iron on interfacing and cut out the word "hot tools". You can purchase iron on interfacing through the Silhouette shop but just use Heat and Bond and it works fine.



So as you can see I put a little time and effort into this gift but I really like how it turned out. My Silhouette Portrait made all the personalization easy. I was really happy with the end results.




This is just one idea on how to create some unique gifts with the help of a Silhouette cutting machine. If your looking for more gift ideas using your Silhouette cutting machine check out my Silhouette board on Pinterest.

Also, if your interested in all sorts of different projects using your Silhouette Cameo or Portrait here are eleven brand new ideas from my fellow bloggers. These guys and I are part of an amazing group called the The Silhouette Challenge. If your interested in joining our group we meet here.


Make Your Own "Rubber" Stamps by Coley's Corner


This Month's Facebook Silhouette Challenge by Tanya's Creative Space

3D Tea Gift Box Download by Creative Turn

File Cabinet Makeover by Super Sweet Life

Jewelry Box Creation by Joy & Gladness of Heart

Retro Chair Silhouette by Tried & True

Toddler Train T-Shirt by The Thinking Closet


Placecard & Card Medley by An Elegant Touch

Using my Silhouette in the Shower (Bathroom Organization) by Whole New Leaf


Hope you enjoyed this little idea! Has anyone else been cutting up a storm with their Silhouette Cameo or Portrait? Have any fun projects to share? Anymore gift ideas?








Jun 8, 2013

Outdoor Love: To Do List

As you guys know my project doing and spring cleaning has taken a little bit of a break since returning from vacation but the warm weather and pretty days have really gotten me up and out of the house. I have just been spending some much needed time with the kids and hubby. We have hit the lake every weekend since vacation and even though it's been super nice I have missed working on and in the house, hitting up thrift stores and yard sales on the weekend. But I am hoping that I can get back into the mood of lovin' my house, crafting, and posting some good stuff.

We have our baby girl's first birthday coming up and will be hosting a small get together here at the house next week so I have a ton of to dos. My oldest two tots will be heading to Nana's house for the week so it might make doing some extra tid bits a bit easier. Nothing like company to get you motivated into cleaning house and sprucing up. Thought I would post a not so little to do list along with some much needed inspiration.

Our house is in need of a real good bath and some summer color. My hope is for the outside to look something like this...




  • give the yard a fresh cut and trim

  • paint the shutters and door
{1/2/3/4}
  • fix up the mail box area
  • add sand around the fire pit
  • pick up some new outdoor chairs
All these photos just make me smile big and hope that my exterior can look similar. I know that having all this completed in a week is a long shot and even though our outdoor party is seven days away I'll just be happy to get all this started! 

Are you guys working on any exterior lovin'? Have any tips or tricks on planting, gardening, exterior painting? Oh, how do you like my photoshop job? Smile! 
 

Jun 3, 2013

New Series: My Monthly Favorites: May

So I have decided to start up another new series. This series will showcase my favorites from the previous month. Nothing particular and anything goes. I'll just jump right in and let you guys catch on.

FAVORITE PINS



  

Sew a pot holder in half for a hot tool cover. I was so excited to see this pin. It made me have one of those  "ahh duh" moments. I made two of these out of some really pretty pot holders that I picked up at the dollar store. I gave one as a graduation gift so she could use this while traveling to and from college and of course I kept one for my self.


100 fun kid friendly ideas for summer.  just pinned this this week and I am already planning so many of these ideas for my little tots this summer. Great pin and a must read if you have little ones.


FAVORITE POST FROM FAVORITE BLOGS


You have to check out Jen from Iheart Organizing's cleaning Q & A post on how she and her family keep things looking so clean and well...organized. It's a fun video follow by some great tips and tricks.


Lauren from The Thinking Closet created this super cute applique. Using her Silhouette Cameo she cut a cute duck out and created some really unique baby wear. I have so many projects lined up waiting to use my fabric blade for my Silhouette Portrait. Lauren even includes a free cut file.

FAVORITE THINGS

I recently found a few new makeup products that I absolutely love.


This Revlon lip gloss is amazing. I picked it up at CVS for 75% off and I am so glad I did. It glides on really creamy and stays on forever. It packs a lot of pigmentation for a gloss so I happy with it.
 


This concealer is remarkable. It's Physicians Formula Youthful Wear. It comes with a yellow concealer as well as a regular light concealer stick. I like to use a duo fiber blending brush to buff out my concealer but the roller on this is really good too.

FAVORITE PICS





May was a great month and I picked up several new favorites which I hope you enjoy as much as I do. If you have any favorites you would like share email them to me or leave a link in the comment sections. Have a happy June!
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