Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Free Prints Wednesday!

Here are some fabulous free prints I have found this week!

Brassy Apple was inspired to make this printable from "The Help". It's something the character Aibileen says alot.

Wild Olive made these super cute Wind in the Willow's printables.

 Kiki Creates has made us another fantastic print!

Love this bookmark from Simple As That

 Fun lunchbox notes from Love, Kelsie Rae

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Love this Tuesday!

Well I am officially back from my week off. I can't thank my sweet readers enough for the kind emails and comments I received about the adoption falling through. You guys are the best! 

Now, onto some fun crafts to make this week!

Cutest skirt EVER from Nap Time Crafters 

Love this pincushion frame from Spincushion

Headband/Jewelry Holder Tutorial by Shanty 2 Chic

MADE put together 25 free mobile tutorials

Maybe Matilda teaches us how to make these super cute lined t-shirt's over at Ucreate

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Friday, August 26, 2011

It's Friday, Let's Party! Adult Lego Party

Hello, fans of Auntie Lolo Crafts! My name is Celeste, and I'm sooooo excited to be here to share an easy, cheap party idea with you today! I'm nobody important, just a teacher and family blogger who happens to dabble occasionally in all things creative. But every once in a while, in between family and church posts, I have a good idea to share--free crochet patterns, recipes, recycled crafts, party ideas, etc. You're welcome to stop by anytime! Currently I'm at, but on September 1st that URL will change to And now, without further ado, here's a LEGO PARTY for the kid in you!

Since I chose to go with a LEGO theme, for birthday week Paul had to search the house each morning for a giant LEGO (made with a kleenex box and milk jug lids spray painted red, thank you very much!); in the LEGO was a candy bar and small toy, along with a short message tied to the candy...he had a lot of fun finding the toys, and we both are STILL eating all the candy!

Since his birthday was on a Sunday, we went up to Chicago Saturday to kidnap his sister and visit the LEGOLand Discovery Center in Shaumburg. It was a lot of fun, even if we were a little old to be there! We got to play with LEGOs, go on a dragon ride, walk through a LEGO jungle, visit the "hall of fame" with famous LEGO-made artwork reproductions and famous figures, and visit the mini factory (did you know only 18 out of every MILLION LEGOs is discarded from a factory? Talk about quality!). We also got to see a miniature Chicago--very detailed and realistic looking, except for a Batman figure on top of the Sear's tower!
If you have any sort of LEGOland or its discovery centers nearby, GO!  It's worth it!

Then we went back to his folks' place and Paul visited, opened presents (like the Enterprise cufflinks and LEGO mp3 player from Emilie shown below!), and ate some Filipino food before heading home.

(P.S. There are a million and one different LEGO-themed gifts and prizes to buy if you go to the LEGO store HERE.)

That night, we started our "Happy Birthday, Moon" on birthday eve tradition--Paul found the birthday top hat, beneath which was about 10 pounds of LEGOs for him to play with! (And for us to use in the party the next day!)
On Sunday, we threw a party after church with some of our wonderful friends. I learned how to make vegetable pancit, and we fried up some lumpia (two of my favorite Filipino foods), and after everyone was well-fed we played some games. We had "Guess How Many Legos are in the Jar?" and had a super-difficult LEGO quiz.  Some bold primary and green colored birthday decorations helped round out the table.Then we had LEGO team building relays.  This was everyone's favorite part!  I made three stacks of identical "challenges," which included objects they had to build and the inches high it had to be (for example, in the picture below, the word "Paul" at least 3 inches tall...we also had planes, giraffes, tables and chairs, etc., at varying heights).  I backed each set of challenges in a different color, with a ruler to match, for each of the 3 teams, then shuffled them.  So, everyone's building the same things, but not necessarily at the same time.  One person from each team started off, and when they finished they had to take a picture of their creations with the rulers and then tag the next person to go build.

Then I split up the rest of the challenges into three different rooms.  We had LEGO tower races (build the tallest free-standing tower you can in 2 minutes), LEGO chopsticks (transfer LEGOs from one bowl to the other in 1 minute), and a LEGO toss into bathroom-sized cups, with points at the bottom for you to add up. At each "station" was a paper to record your name and stats, like the height of your tower or how many chopsticks or the points you got.  It made finding the "winner" of each category super easy, and let them know what they had to beat, while still giving them time to have fun wandering around a bit and socializing in more intimate settings.  :)  We had a "closing ceremonies" and I awarded the winners for each game and the quiz and guessing game earlier with prizes--like the LEGO salt/pepper shaker, or LEGO post-it notes, or keychain, or magnetic frame (I made that one myself), etc.

Then we had cake--and with 25 relighting candles spread out over the entire table, it took the entire party to put out the flames!  (Excuse the crazy melty appearance, I'm not a cake decorator by any means and I'm afraid of fondant!)

For this cake, I basically baked two 9x13" cakes and cut them into different sized rectangles (half the cake was the 2x3 LEGO).  I used mini muffins/cupcakes for the knobby parts.  Add some brightly colored icing, a green plastic tablecloth to put everything on, and voila!  Instant, easy (though time-consuming), affordable cake!

We ate, chatted, and played some more, with Paul opening gifts and having an all around grand time. The favors were some LEGO-like building block candy and some paper with crayons. People seemed to have a lot of fun reverting back to their childhood, as did we--it was nice to go back to the good old days of creative play. I had a blast putting the whole thing together, and now I'm looking through my birthday binder to try to figure out how to top it next year!

I don't know why I love birthdays so much...we celebrated them now and again at home, but growing up we didn't really make a huge deal out of 'em. But whatever the reason, I love them now, and I wish that we didn't always feel like the "fun" parties are just for little kids--as the LEGO party proved, you're only as young as you feel, and we all have a little child tucked deep inside of us.

If you want to see more pictures from the party, visit my facebook album!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Taking the week off....

We recently found out that we are now part of the club who has experienced a "Failed Adoption". 

I'm not gonna lie, this is one club I never wanted to be in. 

But guess what? We will rebound and be okay. I'm going to take the week off from blogging and regroup :) But, we will still have our Friday Party Feature so you have that to look forward to! 

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Friday, August 19, 2011

It's Friday, Let's Party! Barbie Party from Mathews Family Happenings

Hello Auntie Lolo Crafts readers! It's Mary Kathryn (of Mathews Family Happenings) and I'm back to share with you another one of my kiddos recent birthday parties. Our 2-year old loves Barbie and also has a bit of a shoe fetish (she comes by it honestly) so I decided to go with a Vintage Barbie/show theme for her last party. Here's the details:

Here's what Eliza's table looked like-

You know I'm all about using what I already have on hand-
so that's exactly what I did.
Here's the deets-

1. The tall black vase (that used to live on the mantel) and the pink roses (which were purchased for E's party last year) are both from hob lob
2. The pink cupcake stands were actually in the Easter section of Target and I purchased them for 75% off after Easter this year.
**They were literally pennies a piece- and this is a GREAT TIP for ya-
Shop those post-holiday sales for items that don't necessarily scream that specific holiday. You never know what you can find that will work for a non-holiday specific party.

In this case- those hot pink cardboard cupcake holders that were intended to be used during Easter, worked out great for a Barbie party.)
3. The black frame was one I had on hand and the 'Barbie' diecut (as well as the Barbie silhouette's used on the table) are from THIS etsy seller.

4. Fabulous little-girl-who-loves-to-wear-her-mama's-heels book found HERE,
on a metal stand from hob lob
5. Black shoe box under the book is actually the box my wedding shoes came in
6. small white vases from Willow House, pretty pink peonies from Michael's

7. Large white memo board from hob lob- purchased at 66% off because it has a small crack which was

8. Black vintage Barbie silhouette from THIS etsy seller

9. Small white ceramic pitcher usually lives in my dining room hutch. I purchased it about a year ago for $5 at TJMaxx
10. Gray/white and pink/white striped straws are from THIS etsy shop.
11. black/white checked tablecloth is actually just a 5-yard long piece of fabric I've had for several years. I've used it multiple times as a table covering for different events and will probably never cut it for this reason.

12. small frame in the back is one I've had for years and actually used to be gold. Nothing a little spray paint couldn't handle.
13. black frame in front is another that I bought years ago from hob lob. The silhouette of the little girl is one I cut myself using my cricut and the Child's Year cartridge
(which I purchased off of ebay for less than half of retail price)
I picked some pink scrapbook paper from my stash and that was all she wrote.

14. I had intended to use this frame (from hob lob) with shoe silhouette's (from THIS etsy shop) on the table, but swapped it for the cute book instead.
 Again- all I did was pick 2 shoes from the several that came in a package, cut some scrapbook paper to fit, and popped it all into a frame.
(and aren't those shoes great? I had planned to attach some of them to toothpicks to act as cupcake toppers but never got around to it. I have no doubt I'll find other uses for them though.)

15. This Hallmark ornament also lives in my dining room hutch and was the perfect addition to the table.

16. hot pink/houndstooth plates and napkins were purchased at the hob lob, along with these...

"True love comes in pairs"

And there ya have it-
Pink strawberry cupcakes (courtesy of my Aunt Cindy) and some cream puffs finished off Eliza's Barbie table

just in case you missed THIS POST,
I made a dress for E to wear
I found the pattern in THIS cute book full of great ideas for what to do with designer fat quarters.
I actually purchased both of the fabrics I used in the dress at our local Hancock and am currently looking for something else to make with that crazy-cute Barbie fabric since I bought 2 yards of it.
(a top for myself, perhaps...?)
I must say, E looked absolutely smashing in her party dress.

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