Saturday, September 25, 2010

Minnie Mouse 3rd Birthday

Whew!  What a week we've had!  On Sunday, we went to a family party at my sister's house.  When we got home, we found out that the mountain by our house was on fire and they were evacuating us.  Ah!  Let me just tell you it is pretty difficult to leave your home and all of your belongings, not knowing if you will ever see them again.
Anyway, to make a long story short, the awesome fire fighters managed to get the fire under control and only loose three homes.  If you saw how close the homes in my town are, you would understand why this is so amazing.  They said it was the fastest spreading fire any of them had ever seen.
We were able to come back home on Tuesday, which just so happened to be Chey's birthday.  You know, the one who sent out the Toodles invites last week?

We finally had her party today.  I love how cute her outfit and decorations turned out.  On the other hand, I'm not so proud of her cake, so I will just get that out of the way right now:
I know!  LAME!  This is so not my best work!  But my cake pans are in storage, so I had to use what I found in my mom's cupboards and Make it Work.
I was all out of fun embellishments, and living on a student's income,
we had to Do Without.

Anyway, I swear the rest is totally worth your time, so...
Let's take it from the top, shall we?
How fun are these ears???
My sister helped me put these together.  We just made them with felt, a black headband, and tulle and ribbon that match her shirt and tutu.
Little Miss 'tude thought her shirt was the best part of the whole darn outfit.
I freezer stenciled the heads, then hand stitched a little bow onto Minnie.
It seems I didn't get any close ups of the tutu, but you get the idea.
Wanna know my favorite part?
It doubles as her Halloween costume!
(One costume down...three more to go!)
Once again, starting at the top.
The bags are the favors.
Pink for the girls and black for the boys.
Inside each bag is a box of crayons and coloring pages that I printed off Disney's website.
We did a candy cannon and they used the bags to collect the candy.
The banner also pulls double duty.
Now that the party is over, it will hang over her bed.

That's it!
Pretty simple, but it made my Curly Top very happy!
Not even allergies could bring her down!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Toodles has the Tools

If you are Playhouse Disney lovers, this:
is something you see at least once a day.

In our house, we are HUGE Clubhouse fans.
When my oldest turned 3, she had a Mickey Mouse ice cream cake.

When my second daughter turned two, she had a whole Mickey Mouse Party:

(Sorry about the lousy pictures.  This was long before I got my
 "Mommy's Special Camera" as it is called around her.)

Well, #3, Cheyenne, turns 3 on Tuesday.  Guess what the theme is...
...did you guess?

Duh, duh, duh, duh!

So I went to Playhouse Disney's Celebration Center, looking for some quick invitations.  They were cute, but not quite what I was looking for.

I wanted to do something with Toodles.

So then I Googled Toodles.
Lots of disapointment (and averted gazes) later, I came to the conclusion that for a truly great Toodles, I would have to create my own.

So that's what I did.
I went to picnik, and started creating.
About 100 circles, 5 hours, 2 naptimes, and a dozen pulled hairs later,
I came up with this:

Okay, so it isn't exactly the same Toodles,
but Cheyenne knew what it was,
and that's all that counts, RIGHT??

For the invitations, I added a 3 to the middle,
like so:

If I was super computer savvy, 
I would totally show you what the invites look like'
But, alas,
I am computer illiterate only know enough to kinda, sorta get by.

So I'll just tell you what they say, and you can use your imagination.

On the front (in cute Mickey Mouse font):

has the

On the back:

For a very
Birthday Party!
For:  Cheyenne
Date: Saturday, Sept. 25
Time: 2-4pm
Place: Home
Cake & Ice Cream
will be served

WooHoo!  Now I can check that off my list.
Now on to the outfit, decorations, and favors...
...stay tuned!

Oh yeah!  Feel free to use my Toodles.  
If you do, I'd love to see pictures of what you do.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Toddler Friendly Paper Doll

A good friend's little girl was turning two and we needed a gift.  Not just any gift.  It had to be something that would keep her busy on her long drive back to Washington.  And it had to be pretty indestructible.
Jaylie's Felt Paper Doll

I cut a doll shape
I glued it to some felt and drew the face with a permanent marker.
I made a little case

In one pocket is the clothes
The other pocket holds hair and shoes.
The inside of the case

Now my girls want to know when I am making one for each of them.
I guess I better get started!