Monday, May 28, 2012

May the Force be With You

Planning birthday parties for the kids is so much fun! Taking their dream and making it real is a thrill. This year, little man wanted a Star Wars Lego party.
I seems most of the time, I have the hardest time finding stuff to go with the theme. Not this time! We had just made the decision for a theme and on a regular trip to Wal-Mart, I found the paper goods!Image DetailImage Detail. 
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napkins…plates…plastic cups…stickers…
Thank you Hallmark! All this, and the party was still 2 months out. Now for the Pinterest search on Star Wars and Legos
Next was the invitation:  If you don’t know how to use MS Publisher, it is time to try. Pull in a .jpeg, add your wording, save as a .jpeg, send to be printed at the photo lab, or print yourself.
For food I again got ideas from Pinterest. I used my Silhouette SD with a  free Jedi font to cut out the food labels. I glued the labels onto embossed Lego scrapbook paper.
So easy!
I stayed on the low maintenance side with the food. 8 year old boys like it simple!
Yoda Soda: 2 liter each of lemonade and sprite
Light Sabers: fruit Twizzlers cut in half with bottom dipped in white chocolate
Wookie Cookies: Toll House cookies
Wookie Balls: donut holes (I didn’t think the boys would take it “there” but they did, Ugh!)
Moon Rocks: M&Ms
Droid Chips: Wavy Lays
Cloud City Cakes: white cup cakes with a blue-grey buttercream icing. The Lego brix were made from colored white chocolate and a silicone Lego mold, found on Amazon. The other toppers were the Hallmark stickers back to back on a cut straw.

Ooh, it’s getting late. I will have to finish telling you more about our Jedi party later on. Time to start prepping the food for out Memorial Day cookout! Keep our soldiers and their families in your thoughts and prayers today.
We can never say “Thank You” enough to those who gave their lives for our freedom.
Make it a great day, or not. The choice is yours!
Love, Whyt

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Saturday, May 5, 2012

Feed Bag Tote

I have had a nice relaxing Saturday. Lauren and I have been at SPURS 3 out of the last 4 weekends. SPURS weekends are long, hard, horse filled and fun! I did a little cleaning this morning, but then I got my craft on!
WARNING: This is not an exact science and I am not a seamstress. I didn’t use a pattern nor straight pins. I didn’t really measure either. I just guess and sew. I know, I’m a rebel!
I absolutely LOVE totes. I like both finding them and making them. I am always on the look out for new, and oh so useful, bags.
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(A Whyt’s Whimsy original)
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(My fave bag from “Thirty-One”)
I have been collecting pictures on Pinterest of bag ideas. The last time I was at the barn, I picked up a few 50# feed bags. So today, I finally did something with the sacks!
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First cut off the bottom of the bag, keeping in mind what you want as the focus of the tote. I used a straight edge to mark my cut line. (Well, actually the teenager got to clean the bags with warm soapy water in the bath tub, first) Winking smile Turn the bag inside out and then flatten it out. Again, being mindful the main design.
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I used a heavy duty needle on my machine and I sewed a straight hem and the down about a 1/4 inch a zigzag for reinforcement. I then re-flattened the bag so I could get the triangles which are needed to square off the bottom of the tote. I stitched a straight line about 4 inches down from the top to make the triangle.
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Then cut of the top, leaving a couple of inches for the hem. The double roll the top, so you don’t have a raw edge after you hem.Whimsy 008     Whimsy 009Whimsy 010  Whimsy 011
Using the left overs, cut 2 strips which will be your handles. Fold the edges toward the middle of the wrong side and the fold in half. Sew down the edge.
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I called in the teenager to model while I figured out how long to make the handles. To make strong handles, I sewed them to the bag using a rectangle with a X in the middle.
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Flipped the tote, right side out, flattened out my seems and “Voici”!
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What a fun way to upcycle! In about 30 minutes a cute new bag!
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School will be out in about 4 weeks and I am SO ready. Although I love what I do and the people I work with, I have had an EXTREMLY busy year.  Have a great week!

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