Friday, October 9, 2015

Joint Jungle Birthday Party

It has been a while since my last post. My oldest is now 6 and in the first grade, my middle son just turned 5 and the baby just turned two. These last two years have been very busy. I had been blogging in the evenings after my boys were asleep for the most part but this new one threw me for a loop and was never easy to get down and stay asleep so I gave up evenings at the computer for evenings rocking my little guy. Since his birth I am reminded, come September, that I have a blog again when the emails begin tricking in with questions and comments about my costumes. And I tell myself that when things "settle down" I'll start posting patterns again. We have yet to see if that will happen, but right now I have the perfect amount of time to give a little peak into the goings on in my little stone cape cod. 
Last weekend I threw a small family party for my younger two boys who's birthdays are just two days apart.  This post is dedicated to a few in my family who couldn't be there to help us celebrate. Especially my grandma (my boys call her G.G.) who asked to see everything. 
The theme was the jungle since my 5 year old is obsessed with orangutans and my 2 year old can't get enough Curious George! 

Here is the picture I photoshopped for the Facebook invite. The boys liked it. 
This party was very small but I still wanted it to be special for the boys so I decorated and made a fun cake. 

First I painted these photo props I made from a box I had. 

Here they are finished and set up, though as it turned out, they didn't see much action. But they looked cute! 
The cake was a labor of love. Not having any particular expertise in cake decorating my attempts are more about the thought and time that went in and less about the final product. I still try to stretch myself and do something fun. For this cake I baked a tiered cake 
decorated it with a frosting waterfall and two figurines I made out of modeling chocolate.

The figurines were a spur of the moment decision. I looked up how to make modeling chocolate on Pinterest and ran to the store to get the ingredients just before baking the cake. White chocolate melts and a little corn syrup, and I was ready to go! The chocolate was a little temperamental and crumbly. It was the first time I tried it so I'm not sure if it was my technique or the quality of the ingredients or what. It didn't really matter in the end as they turned out cute - not perfect, but perfect for my boys. I made a "George" (and yeah I'm putting that in quotes because he's not exactly a doppelgänger, lol), and what my five year old would call a daddy orangutan complete with cheek flaps and that neck thing the alpha males apparently get. 

I asked the boys (my 5 and 6 year old, that is) what we should have to eat and they said, fruit because that's what apes eat. So, in addition to pizza (because, seriously, food)  we had all kinds of tropical fruit including chocolate covered bananas (which kind of ended up looking like poops o_O). 

My six year old said when he has his birthday - a big cat theme, he says - he wants gazelle because that's what big cats eat. M'k. I don't know where I'd get gazelle. He said I could make a gazelle cake and then he could eat his prey. HAHAHA! Red velvet, right? Or too far??

I decorated with green balloons and streamers to look like a jungle canopy of leaves and vines. Certainly didn't go overboard here but it was a fun effect and the house certainly felt jungle-y. 

The boys very much liked the party especially playing with their cousins. 

Look how adorably cute they are!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

I'm still here!

It's been a while since I've found the time to write a blog post but I'm still here enjoying my home and my family.  Life with two preschoolers and a little baby is very busy.  There is hardly time for anything but my boys.  It is the season of my life.  Everything is done with a baby in my arms which means not a lot is done.  But we are still having loads of fun.  The big boys are still dressing up in there costumes everyday.  Over the winter I made them super hero costumes that they love.  Now that the weather is nice they've been playing outside everyday and we've started our vegetable garden.  I have to get back to my mom life now.  So I'll leave you with this Easter picture.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

Just like all of you, our family here in the Little Stone Cape have a lot to be thankful for this year and always.  We have each other, our health, a new baby… we couldn't ask for anything more.  And yet we have been blessed far beyond this.  We praise God for our many blessings and give thanks on this beautiful day with our extended family. 

Today I'm also thankful for this blog and all those who read it and leave me such nice comments  and compliments on my family and projects.  My job as a mother is often hard and thankless.  My crafts have been an outlet for me and it makes me so happy when others appreciate the things I make and my heart swells when I know that I'm helping others to get a little more creative as well.

I just wanted to come on here this morning and share our Thankfulness Tree again this year.  The boys helped me paint this tree on our front door.  The leaves are store bought this year (from the $1 section in Target) and some of them are covered in glitter!  They wrote what they are thankful for on the leaves.  Well, I wrote it since they they can't.

Look how proud they are of their creation.  

My 3 year old adventurer is super excited for Thanksgiving today.  He keeps asking me where the turkey is.  I hope he's not disappointed when we arrive at my uncle's only to find out that there is no live turkey.  I've told him, but he's so excited it makes me wonder… 

I hope you all have a wonderful day with your families and that your abundance on this day is reflective of your abundance every other day of the year.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

More Felt for Christmas

Here's what I've been up to today!

My older two boys both have handmade (by me) felt stockings and soon the baby will have one too!  It's a tradition started by my grandmother who made one for each of her children, continued by my mom who made one for each of her children (and husband and daughters and son-in-law, and most of her grandchildren - save mine).  And now I'm continuing the tradition by making them for my children. What do you think so far?

Friday, November 8, 2013

Peter Pan, Captain Hook, and a Baby Wearing Koala...

Yet another DIY Halloween has come and gone in the Little Stone Cape.  This year I started early, in July actually.  I knew that once the baby came I would have zero time for costumes. Even still I was at my sewing machine making myself crazy on the day of Halloween and I still didn't finish some of the finer details of the boys' costumes.  I only barely barely finished mine!

I decided on my costume first.  I knew that the new baby would be in a sling while we were out trick-or-treating with the boys so I thought and thought about babywearing costumes.  When my second boy was an infant - barely older than this baby on Halloween - I dressed him as a Tootsie Roll in a swaddle wrap I made.  He was SO cute, but unfortunately you couldn't see his costume in the wrap, so you had to take my word for it.  I wanted something this time around that made the wrap part of the costume.  

I searched the web for ideas - but there wasn't a lot out there.  I started to think about animals.  Like a monkey in a tree?  The baby as the monkey, and me as the tree.  But his arms and legs would be tucked in the wrap so he wouldn't make a very good monkey.  How about a snail on a branch?  Snails don't have arms or legs... but they aren't terribly cute either (my husband pointed out).  What snuggly animals are tucked in a pouch hiding their arms and legs?  Aha!  Koalas!  We would be a mommy and baby koala family.

Now for my older boys.  They picked out their own costumes.  My Sweetheart would be Peter Pan and my Adventurer would be Captain Hook.  They did end up changing their minds several times while I was making their costumes but thankfully they were easily swayed back to their original choices.  

I made all three of the boys' costumes without patterns.  The frock coat pattern for the Captain Hook costume was made from a vintage men's pattern I found online and scaled way down to a 2T.  The rest of Peter's and Hook's pieces were made by tracing clothes we already owned.  I took pictures of the whole process and fully intended to make tutorials of each costume and even to make a pattern for the frock coat to share.  But then I had a baby and those tutes never came to be.  At one point I was ahead of the game, though - the baby's footie pajamas I already made into a pattern and tutorial that I posted here back in September. 

So here is how everything turned out!  As you can see my husband couldn't manage to get everyone looking at the camera at the same time so I posted all of the pictures he took!  They are all adorable. :)

Here's a view of baby koala in his pajamas I made just for this costume.  Pure cuteness!

I do promise to make make that frock coat pattern.  It's too cute not to share.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Pregnancy Collage

When I was pregnant I took a belly picture of myself every few weeks in the same place.  I did this for all my pregnancies, but this time I managed to put them all into a super cute collage.  I already posted part of it, but here's the whole thing.  I love the final shot of the baby in my arms.  Since he was a week early (unlike my others) I felt it was only fitting to have a "40 week" shot.  :)

A Pirate Party: My Adventurer Turns 3

I have a lot of blogging to catch up on! Amazing how a tiny new baby can take all of my attention and free time. ;)

One post that's been waiting in the wings since before the baby was born is my 2nd born's pirate birthday party.  He's a big three year old boy now!  

I planned his party in September and threw it less than a week before giving birth to his little brother.  I was very happy not to have had the baby that day or on his actual birthday a few days later.  So please excuse the pictures of the huge 38 weeker in this post!  The baby looked like it was going to fall out of the bottom of my shirt and that is not a look anyone wants to go for pregnant or not!

So on to the party and a very belated (internet addition) HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BIG BOY!!

He wanted a pirate party and I wanted to go all out as much as my aching back would let me.  I was able to make this amazing cake and it was actually rather simple after reading a few picture tutorials online.  My Adventurer LOVED it.  He still talks about it and asks for a slice.  Sorry, dude, it's long gone.  

It was a beautiful day outside.  It was great to have most of the party out there.  Especially because we had a treasure dig that would have gotten very messy inside!  I bought loads of "treasure" at the dollar store (coins, necklaces, gems, trophies, etc.) and hid them in a cooler under several pounds of dried beans.  I made a key that showed them what to find and how many of each they could take and taped it to the lid.  If I had more energy I might have decorated the cooler to look like a real treasure chest, but I don't think they would have noticed anyway.  :)  The kids took these treasures home in a bag along with gold wrapped chocolates.

He had a table full of pirate themed finger food.  The kids really enjoyed it.  There were "fish and chips" (goldfish crackers mixed with tortilla chips), Seaweed dip (spinach artichoke dip), jewels and gold platters (fruit and cheese cubes), dead men's bones (homemade pizza bites with dipping sauce), and pirate ships (hotdogs with sails on top).

Here they are eating under the fort we made early in the summer with their pirate ship hotdogs.

After food and gifts it was time to blow out the candles and cut the cake.  The candles were stuck out of the front like cannons so as not to burn up the sails.  To great effect, I might add.

Then we had pirate root beer floats complete with mustache straws.  Even the adults loved these straws.  

It was a great party, even if I hadn't been 8 1/2 months pregnant.  Though I do wonder if I hadn't had ten gallons of hormones pumping through my veins would I have gone to these lengths?  Lol.  We'll never know. :)