Friday, February 14, 2014

Minecraft Party (Happy Valentine's Day!)

It has been a LOOOONG while since i've posted something!  And it's also Valentine's Day today!  So Happy V-day everyone!  Today, I have a little post on what i've created for Ethan's 7th birthday party coming up.  I can't believe my baby boy is turning SEVEN!  I still can't wrap my mind around it.
Ethan is obsessed LOVES Minecraft lately.  And so for his birthday party I wanted to give him a Minecraft-themed party.  Last year was all Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles so I had made masks from foams with ribbon for the favours among other little goodies.  This year I figured candy was the easiest thing to do.  It's also his first year that he's celebrating with just his classmates so he's super excited!  Anyway, thanks to Pinterest  I was inspired to create things for the goodies.  For anyone out there who have been planning or had planned a Minecraft-themed birthday party knows there's limited no Minecraft party supplies in stores to buy.  Unless  you ordered off Etsy for things.  But why buy when I can make it myself easily.  Thanks to Google I was able to find images for the 'diamonds', 'emeralds', 'red stones', etc to use for the tags in Photoshop.  As for the Minecraft font I used I downloaded it from

I created 3.25" (W)x 3" (H) tags that I folded in half and stapled it close over the opening of the 3x4" bags I found at Michael's.  As for candies I had used:

Diamonds - mini blue sour raspberries
Emeralds - apple-flavoured Jolly Ranchers (I didn't have enough & couldn't buy it in bulk so I added blue raspberry too)
Red Stones - cinnamon hearts 
Coal - black coloured fruit berries (I stood at Bulk Barn picking out only the black ones for 15 mins)
TNT - Twizzlers licorice
Sticks - pretzel sticks
Gold - Werther's Original candies

As for the goodie bags, I bought 2 for $1 green gift bags at Dollarama.  I then Googled a good-sized resolution image of a Minecraft creeper face which I edited in Photoshop & printed on heavy cardstock.  I cut the face out and used it as a stencil for the gift bag.  To protect the inside of the bag I slipped in a piece of sturdy cardstock inside.
I used a thick, black permanent marker to just color in the face onto the giftbag.

Ethan was sooo happy seeing these!  I think I spent too much on the candy & may have gone a little overboard with the whole Minecraft theme but he's turning 7 and that's a big deal!  I posted some sneak peeks of what I had created on Instagram and all my friends love it.  I hope I made enough for everyone.  I definitely need to grab more gift bags as Arianna had ripped one of them in their excitement.  I also bought little Minecraft-inspired keychains off Etsy to add for each kid.  Ethan has already picked his keychain out (a diamond sword).  I can't wait to see the faces of all the kids receiving their goodie bags!  

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Stickygram photos!

Today I FINALLY went to get our mail and receive my Stickygram photos!  I first saw Elise Blaha's blog post on her Instagram photos turning into magnets on her fridge.  I had seen them before hand and finally took the plunge when she posted her $2 off code to use.

I'm thinking about making these as little Christmas card gifts to family and close friends.  They're super cute!
I just need to get a good family picture of us and make them into these cute magnets then attach them to a handmade card.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Random: Love You Forever...

Who does not LOVE this book and have read it to their children?  I first bought it for Ethan when he was a baby.  I would read it most nights to him while I put him to sleep.  He was just talking about it to me yesterday when we went to his school for his interview.  While we browse through his school library he was showing me where he found the book and told me "isn't this the book I have at home that you read to me?".  
Lo and behold, while checking out Facebook today I found a link on the story behind the book.  How sweet!!  
I always did find it creepy how the mother still crept into her adult son's home to rock him to sleep but I get the message that no matter how old they become and no longer need me, they'll still be my baby.  Definitely makes me cry when he rocked his own mother to sleep in the book.