Thursday, February 20, 2014

Hot Air Balloon Party Decorations

Yesterday  I mentioned that I might do a tutorial on my grandson's birthday party decorations.

My daughter bought some assorted paper lanterns at a discount store. She tied four strings from the frame and attached a trimmed down paper lunch bag for the gondola basket.  She decorated the "basket" with ropes and weights.  Then my SIL helped her suspend the balloons from the ceiling with fishing line.

Actually, I do not have pictures of them being made, but I think you can get the idea, from the pictures provided.

Hot air balloon

Maps decorated the walls
It was a wonderfully encouraging and educational scene, with the mind wondering how it would be to go on an adventure thru the air and around the world.  Fun, easy and intriguing!  

Tomorrow, a couple more ideas for the party!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Have Little Ones? Need party gift?

Last weekend my grandson, Padraic, had a birthday party. All the decorations were about flying around the world in a hot air balloon.  Maps from all over the world adorned the walls as miniature airplanes and a mass of small hot air balloons hung suspended from the high ceiling! (I'll try to get a tutorial of the hot air balloon decorations from my daughter--maybe in tomorrows post!)

Do you have little ones in the home?  Then I know that you have frequent birthday party invitations floating in and out of your hands.  Everyone loves a party!  Ever thought of having a cupboard or drawer where you keep gifts ready for parties?  I do.  There is always that time when you have no time, you are super busy and your child reminds you that "the" party is this afternoon!   That's when you go to the cupboard and unlike 'old mother Hubbard' you do not find it bare! Don't for get to stock it with gift bags and bows! A second idea, for the cupboard, is to use the cupboard contents for times when you need a reward for your own child.  But if you use it in this way, make sure the cupboard is a secret from the kiddos, it just wouldn't do to have them begging for rewards!  :)  Also, the cupboard saves you time and thus saves you money, no more running around to the store and using up all that gasoline for each party!

I've listed a few ideas to begin stocking your cupboard:

Cupcake necklace by Padraic

Triple YoYo Hair barette by PruittCreations

Jumping frog pencil bag by PruittCreations
 By the way, if you visit my shop, check out the marked down/ CLEARANCE  section for tags and cards!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Sharing the Love!

I know, I have been absent lately, nearly a month.  My mom has been ill and I traveled to California to take care of her.  Now I'm home and anxious to get back into my blog!

Usually Friday posts are for 'Friday (Etsy) Finds', but since today is Valentines Day, I am sharing the love, by promoting just one fellow Etsyian!  Gwen has been on Etsy for about a year with personal care products that she originally made for gifts.  She says:  "It happened more and more that I was asked 'Do you have any extra to sell?' And so my shop was born!"

She has lovely personal care items, that are great, not only for Valentines Day, (a little late to order for this special day) but for any day!  Please check out GwensHomemadeGifts; you just might find something that you just gotta have! Or something to save for when you need a little gift!

Lip balm - gift boxed!  by GwensHomemadeGifts

Bath Sea Salts by GwensHomemadeGifts 

Face Scrubbies by GwensHomemadeGifts

Pedicure Soap by GwensHomemadeGifts

Oh, and . . . have a great Valentines Day!