Saturday, August 21st, 2010

Two Parties

Two cakes, two outfit changes, two, maybe three goodie bags.  The weekend of many parties.  So many parties that I could hardly keep it all straight and almost showed up two hours early for one.  Whoops.

I have plenty of things on my to do list but I’m recovering tonight from all the time I spent in the last few days cutting felt into tiny pieces.  Today’s birthdays were for two of Chase’s very special friends so we made some very special gifts.  Chase even helped me do some sewing on the machine.

The thing about making surprises is the waiting.  As soon as I pull stuff off the machine I want to run right out and give it to the intended recipient.  Sometimes before I even cut off the threads and finish up properly.  These two projects didn’t involve too much sewing but I did kill an entire bottle of fabric glue.

Our first project had a few parts.  It never occurred to me that kitchen equipment might not be appropriate for an eight year old.  Yes?  No?  How can you make lemondade without a lemon juicer?  Did you know that they carried a plastic lemonade stand kit this summer at Target?  I was thinking about turning this into a tutorial.  Maybe others would like to give it a try.

We also included a bag of lemons and a set of stick-on felt numbers for setting the price.  Maybe I should have put a dollar sign there considering that a cup of fresh squeezed lemonade will run you three bucks at the market.

With this, all you need is a card table and a couple of rocks to hold down your sign.  Hmm, maybe I don’t need a day job.  I should have made her a “tips for college jar.”  Maybe I need to keep etching cream on hand…

For the afternoon rumpus (you should have seen the party favors!!) we made a little warning sign for a bedroom door.  I cheated a little and used some of the letters that came in the pack of stick-ons.  There’s a limit to how many letters I can cut out freehand.

I forgot to take a picture when it was all done.  Maybe if the birthday girl likes it she’ll send me one??  We decided it would be better with a white backing so Chase helped me stitch it on.  She made the cards too.

We had to leave the second party early.  The girl was all partied out.  I guess she wanted to rush home so she could get to work on eating the glow stick she got in a goodie bag.  Don’t worry, they’re not toxic.  I still can’t believe she did that.

Between parties I put up a hook in the basement and put up the hammock swing!  Yes, THAT hammock swing.  The one I made Ben hump all the way back from Mexico FOUR years ago and that has been sitting in the basement ever since.  Ever since Chelsea told me what happened to hers (the story ends with the swing in the garbage) I was determined to get it out of its original packaging.

It took me like two seconds.  I hate stuff like that.  The girls think it’s lots of fun.  I can’t believe how fast Chase can spin herself in there!  It’s just right for her.

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