Learning to Sew: celebrating with sewing

The other night I had the joy of celebrating one little girl’s birthday with a little sewing.

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Eleven sweet girls gathered around tables with hoops, needles and a mix of felt flowers and buttons and created these cute little flower hoops. sewing party 2015

It’s always so much fun to watch someone pick up a needle and thread for the first time and then see their joy when they master the rhythm of up and down.

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I love the creativity and how different everyone’s hoops turned out. Some of the girls went crazy with the flowers, some were slow and meticulous and some went for simplicity. It was great!

Interested in throwing a party like this? I offer these sets individually in the shop and I’m contemplating offering party sets in 2016. But you can put your own set together too. Here’s my suggestions:

Putting together a flower hoop party set:
brown kraft paper (to wrap the tables with)
six inch wooden embroidery hoops
size 22 chenille needles
size 5 cotton pearl embroidery floss (you can find these with all the typical embroidery floss – usually hanging on the wall)
felt flower cut outs in a mix of colors
felt initials (about 3″ in size)
Ribbon for hanging
a mix of flower buttons and regular round buttons
and white felt circles (about an inch larger than your hoops)

Before the party, set all your white felt circles in the hoops and thread all your needles.
I highly recommend having a needle threader (this one is the bomb) handy for those times with needles to come unthreaded)
Lay out your flowers and initials on the table.
Sew on your initials first using a running stitch and then sew on the flowers and buttons. Remind your little party goers to always start from the bottom and bring your needle up and down.
Tie a ribbon through the screw hole and enjoy.

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throwback thursday {a star wars birthday party}

On Thursdays I pull from my years of archives, taking a look back and where I’ve come from. The Lord is good and I am beyond blessed for the journey that He has taken me on. Today’s throwback is in honor of my son who is about to turn 11 (yikes!). This was one of the best birthday parties we ever threw back in 2010. And probably the most amazing cupcakes ever.

Today I experienced one of the the most relaxing and easy birthday parties I have ever experienced. I have to back up to tell you the whole amazing deal. We have a bunch of crap going on in our life right now (I don’t say crap because it’s all bad, it just a lot at times) so when I realized that it was time to start planning for the Rooster’s birthday I got a little nervous. (I will back up again and tell you that we have started a family tradition of doing birthday “parties” only on odd years; basically this means that the Rooster gets a “party” this year and the chick gets a small family gathering. Then next year it will be her turn for a “party”) Realizing that we weren’t going to have it at our house, I started looking around town for other options and the other options were all very pricey. Then came the deal of all deals. Our local science museum (which is a bit of a dive I must say…but cool to a 7 year old!) has this awesome deal where you pay $50 to become a member of the Association of Science Museuems (aka: reciprocal admission to cooler science museums all over the US) AND you get a free birthday party (including a planetarium show). Needless to say, we jumped at it and it was a rousing success!

The theme was Star Wars and while I did do a bunch of custom made “crafting” sort of things; I spread them out over the last month or so and honestly never felt overwhelmed once.

Party Favors
First I did the party favors. I hate party favors. Little bags full of crap that I end up tossing behind my kids backs because I don’t want to find it in the far reaches of their closets 15 years from now. So I decided to do t-shirts. I freezer-paper stenciled a Tie Fighter on black shirts for the boys and glittering star on the girls. I scored big at the Target dollar spot with this great little silver cans that were 50% off and then threw in a glow stick (also 50% off from Target) and some tattoos.

SW thank you notes
The last addition was a thank you note in advance from the Rooster. Instead of standing and trying to keep track of who gave him what and writing it down and sending thank you notes, we decided to do them up early and put them in their treat bags.
SW cupcakes + stand
Next, I decided to do cupcakes. I manufactured this great little cupcake stand from foam core, scrapbook paper, a styrofoam cube and a few stolen Duplo blocks from the kids bin.

SW cupcakes closeup

I made these awesome little cupcake toppers from a Star Wars lego clipart that I found via google. The cupcakes were Cookies and Cream from Annie Eats and they. were. divine. I honestly loved doing cupcakes. No cutting or clean up. No need for silverware. Pass them out and enjoy. Simple.

It was by far the most fun I’ve ever had doing and giving a birthday party.

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