Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The "SPArty" was a super success!

I'm pretty sure Gillian's spa birthday party was her best birthday party to date. The first time I've ever done a theme party. It was a lot of fun, lots of laughing, giggling, dancing.
The mirrors are from the Dollar Tree. I hot glued flowers to the fronts of them.
First, I had the girls wash their faces, then tone and lotion. We used JAFRA products, because they're good products and I had them in the house.

Then we did our hands. I had to help Hannah with hers. I made a brown sugar scrub (brown sugar, lemon juice, and honey, not measured, just eye-balled it ha). Then store bought lotion. Our hands were super soft when we were done.
Then our nails. Each girl picked a color and we went from there.  I had nail stickers and nail art pens. I had to do THIRTY zebra print nails.
Then sandwiches. I made finger sandwiches. Lots and lots of finger sandwiches. We had cucumber and cream cheese, turkey, ham, tuna, and one more kind that I can't quite remember for some reason.

And of course punch throughout. Which was just ginger ale with hawaiian punch and strawberries. The girls loved it though, especially in their champagne glasses!

Champagne glasses were also bought at the Dollar Tree, then I just painted the bottoms of them and sprayed with acrylic sealer before putting them together. Just general paint you can find in any craft aisle even in Walmart.
Then presents.

Then cake.
And of course I had extra spa type things that we didn't use but the girls were able to put in their party bags and take with them:
You might recognize the eye masks I made a couple weeks ago. I also included combs and pedicure sets, obviously they took their nail polish and I had shower scrubby puff things. Also they took their mirror and headband from their place setting. And I had small bubbles on the table that they took as well, also from the Dollar Tree (the wedding aisle!). And emery boards and they all took whatever nail stickers were left over.
It was a lot of fun. All the girls were laughing and obviously have a good time. I'm so glad I was able to do that for Gillian.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

TUTORIAL: Spa Birthday: Eye/Sleep Masks

Gillian is having a "spa" birthday party this year, so I've been trying to find things to do and things to buy and/or make for the party. One thing I think you would find in a spa is eye/sleep masks. The ones I found in the store were all either pink or blue, so I decided to make my own, using black and white animal prints (Gillian has a thing for Zebra print).

First I printed the pattern off Sew4Home [this will open as a PDF in another window].

Print and cut the pattern. Next, trace the pattern onto fusible web. Cut out and iron onto the wrong side of the fabric that will be against the eye.

I traced and cut 12 then just ironed all 12 onto a long piece of fabric. Once those are ironed on, go ahead and cut them out.

Next I just laid that onto a rectangle piece of fabric, right sides together.

Take a 16" piece of elastic and lay it between the two layers. Pin one side of the elastic (going thru all three layers), then pin around the mask leaving the other elastic end open. Push your elastic between the layers being careful not to twist it, then pin it in place.

It should look something like this:
Sew around the mask leaving a 3-4 inch opening at the top of the mask. Trim around the entire mask, cut slits in the seam around the nose area being careful not to cut thru your stitches. Turn right side out.

Stitch around the entire mask again about 1/8", this will close your opening. Voila. Very cool.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Some organized progress.

I'm just feeling so damn proud of myself I had to share:

The Junk Drawers:
Don't even ask, because I can't even begin to explain.... But here's how it looks now.
You may be wondering where all those cords and all those papers went? Well the papers were moved into a plastic file folder thingy that I bought knowing I needed a place for them to go. Like a filing cabinet, but plastic, with a lid and easily moveable. The cords and stuff ended up going in the junk cabinet.

The Junk Cabinet:
So embarrassing. I seriously don't know how we managed to live like that for years and years. But I did always know where everything was, so it can't have been that bad... right?
Yup, I actually made room for the crock pot and fryer thing, which had been on a bookshelf in the dining room, totally out of place. I'll share the bookshelf another day... this is all I can bear to share with you today, because it IS super embarrassing for me.

If you're wondering, yes I have tried contact paper to cover that, but it doesn't stick... and I always wonder why housing has never painted the insides of the cupboards?