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Lochness Monster Party: Her Party Pants Original

14th August 2017

 

I geeked out big time on this party with word play and details that doubled for my son’s birthday and the existence of Nessie.  Rarely do I geek out…this was full on geek.  I prefer ganster rap, but every blue moon, I get nerdy….

I loved doing this party, aka the first one I’ve ever done for a son!  I did a little party for my friend’s son (Food Fight Party), but other than that, this is the only other boy shindig I’ve ever done.

I for real believe in the Lochness Monster, but don’t let that run you off.  You have to at least believe in him for 5 seconds with me.  Come on, it’s magical.

For those of you that don’t know, Lochness is a sea dinosaur that has been spotted hundreds of times over decades from Scottish locals around the Lochness Strait, to tourists, to images from Goggle Earth.  It’s basically my favorite mystery.

Check this party out, buddy.

I drew these Lochness guys freehand on scrapbook paper while looking at shilouette images on-line.  I was pretty proud of them, because even though I am somewhat artistic, the more life-like, the harder.  And for an even sweeter detail?  Read the caption on the picture below!

 

I wasn’t sure if anyone would say anything about me using a gold glitter banner for a boy’s birthday, but since my son can’t talk or have opinions….gold glitter it was!  I had this custom made from Contagious Events on Etsy.  The quality was great and I love the black and white baker’s twine it came with that the letters hung on.  HIgh five team, Contagious Events.

I was super giddy at how the “so happy you exist” idea was perfect for a birthday and for believing in Lochness.  I’m not gonna lie. I stole it from a greeting card.  Good job, whoever you are who thought to put that on a card with a creature like this.  You win today’s favorite person award!

If this cake doesn’t give you all the monster feels, than you must not have feels.  I drew a detailed color diagram of the cake that I wanted for 3 reasons:

1- I am a past cake decorator and I have a specific vision for my cakes.

2- It’s the only way to almost guarantee you get what you want!  I recommend drawing your orders if you can if it is a cake you are creating.  If not, definitely bring a good picture of what you want.

3- I’m a dork about cakes.  Here is one I made for my daughter’s 1st birthday party many moons ago.  But let’s get back to Nessie…

This cake was made by Sweet Temptations, a local bakery in my hometown that I use for all of my cakes when I can’t muster the strength to make one…which is almost always.

The detail on the face was a million times above and beyond what I had hoped for.  I drew the most simple Lochness head of all fondant times.  I ADORED this little guy!

I deserted the “Happy Birthday” for “Love You A LOCH”….get it….wordplay….fun for days.  And don’t miss the tail detail on the side of the cake there.  LOVE!

These Target plates by Cheeky were perfect for my party because not only was the color scheme correct, it looked like waves/Nessie hump.

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AND my favorite….

I NEVER LOOK GOOD IN PHOTOS

Ha ha, get it…people are always trying to get good pictures of him….

I found some Lochness stamps on Etsy at  The Crafty Carvery .  They were very fast and 3 cheers for them providing something unique!  The Lochness was whimisical enough to add some childlikeness to this 1 year old birthday party.

Using waterproof inking pads, I stamped Nessie and each sentence individually.  It actually doesn’t take that long and after I made my own napkins with stamps for the fiesta baby shower I just threw, it’s become a love of mine!  Whenever you can, go custom!  Keep it original!

In case you missed it above, and I can’t allow you to, “I never look good in photos” is what these high five napkins say.

I found this Lochness figure (Elasmaosaurus) on Amazon and made him appear to float in the chocolate milk for the kids.  It looked like he was right at home in his lake water.

Somebody call the doctor!  I’m going to have a stroke for these little favors I gave to the guests. I bought these little glass candy jars from Amazon and spray painted the lids to be color appropriate. It took less than 5 minutes to get them all coated and finished sooooooo that is pretty super.  I purchased these stickers that I used on the side of the jars from my favorite custom, has anything you want site: Zazzle.  This image is of the famous scam picture taken many moons ago that became famous.  I know that because I’ll give you a hint about me and Lochness and it rhymes with…week.  No, it’s not that I’m on fleek.  But this party might be…

These super sweet jars hold 5 Hershey Kisses and the stickers on the bottoms with my son’s face, hold about all of my dreams! I found them at Silly Wise Kids  on Etsy.  This shop offers several face customizable party products.  I thought it was an unexpected and fun little detail!

I simply cut the huge letters out of gold poster board that i laid vertical for extra height.  If you aren’t too good at free-handing, and trust me, I didn’t want to freehand these, I have a stellar tip. Go with a pencil in hand to Hobby Lobby to purchase your poster board and while you are there, go get some of their huge wall letters and trace them on to your poster before you buy the poster.  I meant to but I left my pencil, because something always goes wrong when I go on kid free errands.  Truth.

The Nessie details I cut out of left over scrapbook paper from the Lochness famiy I made for the backdrop.

The kid’s table was sooooo much fun!  A grass tablecloth underneath a blue flowing water tablecloth, which is just a plastic one I cut a bunch of curves into. This grass cloth here is really a heavy plastic lined printed one from Party City, but I really wanted a textured grass one like this one here on Amazon.  It is technically a rug but thin enough to be on a table.

Last but definitely not least, I bought a Styrofoam cake dummy, cut it in half, and spray painted it to make look like humps coming out of the water.  When this idea hit me, I couldn’t wait to find something to make the humps with and these cake rounds were perfect! I bought my cake dummy from Hobby Lobby, but you can buy one just like it here on Amazon for 9 bucks and some change.

I used plastic tablecloths to turn the adult tables into huge Scottish flags.  Hip hip hooray!

 

If this balloon garland doesn’t change your life, nothing will.  I don’t want to throw anyone for any curve balls here, but I had the colors customized and ordered it from Twigs and Twirls LLC on Etsy.  In my heart, I hoped it never deflated, but in real life, my kids ripped it apart after the party and had a blast with it.  I love this Etsy shop/site and I will use them again for a party source!

Since Lochness is all about sightings, I used the stamps I used for the napkins and stamped 45 of these critters and cut them out to hide around the room.  Whoever gathered the most sightings, won a Target gift card!

“You’re my favorite Monster” so sweet for a 1st brithday!  This is a tiny bag I stamped and stuffed for the prize for the Lochness sightings game.

Just like for my daughter’s Ketchup and French Fry Party and my oldest’s Diaversary party, I bought a custom party shirt for the person of honor which was this little man this time.  I bought this shirt from Zazzle, one of my 2 favorite custom sites.

This just in:  he’s been caught!  I knew I was right.

Happy birthday my sweet boy!

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Birthday Gifts for Kids that aren’t Toys

25th May 2016

 

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You know ALL those toys your kids have that they have played with once?  They get gobs of exciting toys at their party and play with them for a short time and then they’re yours to store.  Good luck.  You have two options:  have a big house or know how to get rid of clutter.  When I go to birthday parties, my kids brings non-toy gifts about 95 percent of the time.  It’s something much more practical to do, fun for the child, and something a parent can really appreciate.   Here are some ideas and some of the gifts that we like to give.

 

1.  Gift card to self-serve yogurt shop.  A small gift card gives several visits which can all be used for the child, their siblings, and maybe the whole family.  It’s a special treat, a fun trip, and they will love getting to build their ice cream/yogurt and pick all their toppings.  This can be packaged in really cute ways.

2.  A balloon filled with a dollar for each year of their life that they have to pop.  Even young children know that cash money means you get what you want!

3.  For a toddler, buy a bunch of carousel tokens from the mall and package them by wrapping the coins in a tiny box and using them as a balloon weight to a bundle of birthday balloons.

4.  For a little girl, get a gift card to a spa that offers children’s chairs and pedi/manis.  She can take a friend along or do it as something special with a mom or sister.  She will remember this forever, unlike a toy.

5.  Passes to a zoo or children’s museum.  If you know the parent’s well and live within an hour of one of these locations, this is a gift that many won’t mind driving for if there aren’t zoos or museums in their hometown.  It’s active, stirs the imagination, and gets the whole family going.

6.  Gift card to a painting place.   Again, they can do this with friends or family and use their imagination picking and painting their own pottery.

7.  Gift certificate for bowling, putt-putt, ice skating, go karting, or roller skating.  Get them out of the house and active, doing something they only do maybe once or twice a year at best.

8.  Do your research on your hometown and see what’s offered locally.  Where I live you can go on cave tours, boat cave tours, butterfly gardens, zip lining (offers a course for children),  and horseback riding which is offered in most towns. Buy them a gift certificate to do some of what makes your city special. Let a little one get to know what’s neat about their town and get them experiencing new things!

9.  If you are going to a summer party, buy a pass to a local or near by water park or amusement park if it’s offered near your town.  Have your child give the gift and package it with flip flops or sunglasses in a confetti filled cellophane bag with a tag that says “A day at the water park with me!”

10.  If you can’t attend a party for a toddler or young child but want to do something special for them, go to Baskin Robbins and get one of their classic clown ice cream cones made up with their favorite ice cream.  Grad a balloon or two and stop by their house with their clown cone.  They will be excited for the unexpected surprise and yummy, personalized treat!

11.  Give a gift card to a play place where they can run, jump, and slide no matter the time of year or weather!

12.   I bought two one dollar stinkin’ cute pails from the one spot aisle at Target and filled it with tokens to Chuckie Cheese.  The party was for two kids so I bought 150 coins and split 75 in each pail which is 75 games and or rides/kids!  Whoa.  This means they will get more than one trip from the gift.  The coins were tucked inside in a Chuckie Cheese coin cup that I put down in a clear bag tied with decorative ribbon.

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Fun to receive, fun to get gifts that require activity, encourage family fun, and ones you will NEVER have to store….except in your memory box in your head.  All the moms will think you are one smart cookie and the kids will have something as unique as them and something tailored to what they already like or a chance to try something new!

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Easy DIY Silhouette

16th December 2015

 

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If you have a steady hand, I promise on your favorite granny that you can do this easy DIY silhouette.  I did one of each member of my family and this year, I decided to do one as a gift for my sister-in-law.  Here is my simple tutorial!

 

Supplies:

paint to cover wood canvas

acrylic paint for silhouette in color of your choice

 quality fine to medium-fine tipped paint brush

photograph of person you wish to paint

quality scissors

pen

sealer if desired

Steps:

1.  Take a picture of your subject’s profile, neck up against a solid background to make outlines distinct.  Take picture close enough so that there is only a slight margin around the profile.  Why?  This way when you choose the size you wish to print your picture, whatever size you enlarge it to be will also be the same size of the actual profile.  So if you need your silhouette to be a 5 by 7, if the image takes up the whole picture, you can be sure that your silhouette will be a 5 by 7 when you print it,  if you leave only a small margin around the profile.

2. Paint canvas/surface you wish to put your silhouette on if needed. I painted and distressed mine first.

3.  Take printed picture of subject’s profile and cut out slowly with a good pair of scissors to get accurately all of the lines of the profile, neck, head, etc.

3.  Lay cut out silhouette on to surface and trace.

4.  Using the acrylic paint of your choice, take your time to paint the outline steadily.  A good paint brush will make this much easier and precise.

5. Finish painting in the remaining space of the silhouette.  I typically do two coats.

6. Seal portrait if desired.

7. Say “I’m a boss!” You’re done.

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I didn’t like the above orientation so I flipped it for the final product.

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You can use this technique in a million ways including cutting out animals and people on patterned paper,  making paper silhouettes if painting them scares you.  You can silhouette just about anything and cut them out of any medium that creates clean edges.

My sis-in-law loved this gift and I loved giving it. I wrote my nephew’s full name and age on the backside for keepsake.  Pin, follow and enjoy!

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The Cutest Way To Give A Gift Card

10th December 2015

 

Some people don’t like giving gift cards because they think they are impersonal.  I’m definitely not in that category because nothing gets me going like guilt free money to burn in a store I love!

If you want to add a creative touch or personalize a gift card, why not package it in a really cute way?  Enter mason jars for gift card packaging!  I used the same materials to make my DIY Mason Jar Snow Globes but instead, ditched the glitter and water and affixed a gift card inside.  Using a little hot glue, I lined the bottom edge of a gift card and snuggled it in between craft pine trees.  I put both of the teacher gift-gift card jars side-by-side in a wire basket and personalized each card with a chip board letter that I painted red to match.  My little girl dictated the message inside to her teachers with awesome things like, “Merry Christmas.  I love you.  You look like a candy cane.”

The gift cards were small, but cute and practical and who wouldn’t love to get a gift in something like this? The crafter in me would re-use all of the components if I were to get this gift.  Actually, I think I’ll keep it because I love it.  Just kidding… Or….Okay, I’ll give it to them.

If you are really fun, you can actually make the jars into the snow globe with the gift card inside.  Snow globe gift card packaging?  I might choke on a candy cane I’m so excited about that idea.

Put anything you want in a mason jar to make this packaging party, season, or person specific.  The possibilities are endless!  Here’s to hoping that two pre-school teachers like this gift as much as I do!

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In my dreams, I have that pillow-y fake snow in the bottom of this basket.  In my dreams I also don’t take blog images with my cell phone so I guess, we can’t all be winners.

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Alone, it’s simple and may need a little pizazz but when packaged with the wire basket and cards, it’s ballin’ out of control.  If only the fake snow…..

12 Creative Parties For Kids

7th December 2015

 

 

 

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“Uno” For A 1st Birthday

Cutest play on words I’ve ever seen… The source of this Etsy image is no longer available but you can find tons of Uno Parties on Pinterest and there are loads of good examples to look at there.  Shock, shock…

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Source  items photographed are from Etsy and no longer offered  Photo: www.rcphotography.com

Wipe Out Party

Based off the show Wipe Out, this is a fun outdoor, active obstacle course water party!

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Source  www.popsugar.com

 

Arcade Party

Sometimes parties are a arcades but throwing one somewhere else with the arcade theme….yes!!

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Source www.weheartparties.com

 

One Year In A Flash

This might be my favorite and most creative party theme:  a year in a flash.  Cameras to play on the flash and the idea of time flies in a flash, all in one.  Killed it, girl.  See the rest of this party here.

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Source  http://blog.hwtm.com/

 

Easter Theme Party/Holiday Themes

This party was for my girls.  They have birthdays in April right smack dab around Easter.  It’s fun to take a neighboring holiday and turn it into a birthday theme.  They loved their double Easter themed party and you can see it all here.  Their party favors were the large eggs below and they were hidden in the yard.  Since the party was for my 4 and 2 year old, no one could read so these picture tags were made of each child so they knew which egg was theirs when they came upon it.

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Source  www.the1shundred.com

 

Curious George DRIVE-IN Theme Party

I have never seen a party like this!  Personalized drive-in “car” boxes for each child with food trays for snack on the side.  They all “parked” outside and watched a movie on the big screen.  I die….

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Source www.blog.hwtm.com

 

Picnic Birthday Party

Baskets, balloons, and blankets all over the lawn.  Teddy bears and chalkboard signs.  Precious!

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Source http://redtri.com/summer-picnic-party-ideas/

 

Tie Dye Party Theme

This is so fun for kids and pre-teens alike. This is also a theme that boys can have fun with too if you get them at the right age.  Colorful and there are so many party decor items that can play off of this.  And, you have to love a party theme that also provides a fun activity, too.

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Source http://chaoticallycreative.com/2014/07/tie-dye-party/

 

Cake Boss Party

The details of this party are great and you should check out the full photo gallery on the link below.  Personalized aprons, everyone decorating their own cakes, cupcake liners used in several ways for decor/accents….  Good job whoever’s mom threw this party.

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Source http://blog.hwtm.com/2011/09/sweet-cake-boss-baking-birthday-party/

 

Cheerios Party

Why not a party themed with a one year old’s favorite snack? This party paid enough attention to detail by making things with Cheerios that my hands hurt just looking at it!

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Source http://www.karaspartyideas.com/2012/04/cheerios-first-birthday-party.html

 

Lumberjack Party

There are a lot of little guys who would look really cute at their lumberjack party!  It makes me smile really….

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Source http://catchmyparty.com/parties/little-lumberjack-2nd-birthday-2

 

Princess and the Pea Party

I love book themed parties and this old classic fairy tale makes one stinkin’ cute and unique party!

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Source http://www.karaspartyideas.com/2011/11/princess-and-pea-party.html

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Creative Capri Suns For Class Parties

6th December 2015

 

We signed up to bring drinks to my daughter’s preschool class and it would pain me to just bring in…well…just regular drinks.  To flair it up a bit, I turned our drinks into a craft and made little Capri Sun people.  You could do a million different themes and variations on these for parties.

Ours were simple.  I took some awesome coordinating card stock strength scrapbook paper and two packs of huge googly eyes I found at Kroger.  I made little bows for the “girl” Capri Suns and the not so shocking, mustaches for boys.   I cut out my own template, stacked the paper and cut four or five bows/mustaches at a time. I dabbed on the hot glue and my girls stuck them on and in about 15 minutes, we were all done!

Cheap, easy and fun for the kiddos.  Without further adieu, I present Capri Sun ladies and gents.

 

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DIY Mason Jar Snow Globes

2nd December 2015

 

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Make a craft that makes you look like Martha!  Really, these take no skill!  Anyone can do these beauties. I had a craft party at my house and we all made snow globes and other cute crafts soon to grace this blog!  Thanks to Shelly Griffin Photography for the pretty pictures of these creations.

You will need:

Glitter

Small craft trees {These seen here are from Hobby Lobby, Walmart, & Michael’s.  Yep, I had to go three places to find three sizes. Awesome.}

Mason Jar

Super Glue

Decoupage

Washi Tape if you want to embellish the lid like you see below.

Little deer/bunny/squirrel figurines {I didn’t get them for these jars ,but I die for them!  Check out the dollhouse section of Hobby Lobby for these.)

Steps:

Super glue, not hot glue, the trees to the lid

Decoupage/seal in some way the metal tips of the trees and let dry so they don’t show rust when you look at your tree tops

Put a spoon full of glitter into the bottom of the empty jar

Fill the jar with water

Screw on your lid with attached trees

Shake it like a Polaroid picture

 

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The jar above has tinted water due to the trees bleeding color.  It was a neat accident.  I guess you could always use food coloring if you dig this and your trees won’t share their color. The one below has a lid trimmed with Washi tape.  So cute!

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Gifts in Jars: DIY Mixes and Seasonings

24th November 2015

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Do you know someone who is a mom, loves to cook, likes to eat more naturally, loves creativity, likes practical gifts, and loves to save money?  Me too, sister.  Enter this gift idea that I can’t wait to give and would love to receive.

Make knock off baking mixes/seasonings and put them packaged in cute jars.  Above I made onion soup mix in the large jar which is great for roasts.  In the smaller jar, I made Rachel Ray’s homemade taco seasoning.  It’s all of the yummy with none of the junk and preservatives that come in the pre-made packs.

I embellished the jars with washi tape a.k.a my new addiction, twine, craft paper, a chip board letter colored with a metallic pen, dye cut doilies and gift tags tucked in mini craft bags.  The recipes were written on the tags inside the bags with a gold pen.

The full recipe for the onion soup mix is shown. 5 tablespoons = 1 packet. I tripled it for this jar.  The full taco seasoning mix is not shown on the card because it’s two sided so don’t make it how you see it here.  You’ll be bummed.  See that recipe here.

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Homemade Halloween Costumes

30th October 2015

 

This year I tackled all three of my daughter’s costumes.  They are all no sew, handmade, and 10 dollars and under!  Ever since I started making bouquets and wreaths with felt, that fabric has become my jam.  Easy costume tutorials to come!  Pin and enjoy!

 

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You can smooth out the colored lip of the can to stand out like a real lid.  I didn’t for these pictures though because it was crazy when we showed up to trick-or-treat.

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Play-Doh is my second child’s favorite thing.  Seeing my brother in a scary clown mask, is not.

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Eden loves pizza so I thought I would make her one.  Pepperoni, cheese, sausage, olive pizza! Comfortable, lightweight and so cute!  It was being blown against her in this picture.  The weather left a boatload to be desired.

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Introducing the toy claw machine, baby edition!  There is a baby in there.  I confused everyone because I told them she’d be dressed as a dog, yet she wasn’t a dog for Halloween.  Oooooooo, the plot thickens.

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Fresh hot glue strings still dangling form the claw from the last minute panic of getting it finished and getting to meet everyone to trick-or-treat.

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Her pizza sat perfectly center but not in the Antarctic freezing winds that swirled around us.  My Play-Doh girl originally had on a solid blue shirt to match the color of her Play-Doh can but it was too cold to coordinate.  On the coats went.

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Halloween Costume Round-Up

30th October 2015

 

EVERYONE knows I LOVE  a creative Halloween costume.  Most of the times, creative has to be made and these below costumes are my favorites that I found.

 

1.  Mary Poppins

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2.  Popcorn Vendor and Popcorn

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3.  Ursula

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4.  Care Bear Family

 

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5.  Raisin Girl

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6.  Snow Globe

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7.  Moose

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8.  Mousetrap

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9.  Penny

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10.  Yearbook Photo

 

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11.  Gumball Machine

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12.  Fresh Prince and Carlton

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 Here are three pictures of what I’ve made my own kids over the past few years.

13.  Car Air Freshner 2010

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14.  Crazy Cat Lady I made in 2011

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15.  Dippin Dots Costume I created 2012

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