Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Washi Tape Storage!

Washi Tape Storage

I will be the first to admit that a Washi Tape intervention is in order.  If you have followed me on Facebook or my blog you will know I am a little addicted to the stuff..hehehe…I can’t get enough of these little paper tape rolls.  Maybe it’s because they are a quick pick- me-up to almost any craft? Maybe because they are so darn inexpensive and buying them makes my heart sing?   Whatever the reason (and there are many) my collection has grown!  Organizing them all can be a challenge as they do come in different sizes so you need something to accommodate those differences in tape.

Years ago I asked my talented husband to make me a Puppet stand for all the little hand puppets that we had.  Fast forward 7 years later – sadly no more interest in puppets (insert lightbulb moment) however, the stand made a great Washi Tape holder!

A few wooden dowels, couple pieces of scrap wood and a few screws…maybe wood glue and you are golden! 

Now as you can see a few of the dowels have broken over time but they will be getting replaced soon as I am expecting a new shipment of Washi Tape in any day!

What about you?  Are you a Washi Tape Fan yet?  

Until next time - Party On Friends!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Partay with the Penguins!

It's a Penguin Party today at My Party Passion!

We just finished up our month long Antarctica and Penguin Unit for school...what better way to celebrate all our new found knowledge then to have a party!

This space in our kitchen is great to set up a little party for the kids. However, the lighting is NOT the best for pictures...(yes all that white stuff you see out the windows is snow!)

I used some of the penguins the kids crafted this month (in the windows) as a part of a backdrop. 

Those mini marshmallows and the "cups" behind them are for our Indoor Snowball Fight. Easy indoor shooters...cut the bottom from the paper cup, tie off a balloon and cut the NOT knotted end off, stretch that over the bottom of the cup and you have a catapult for your mini marshmallows! 


Little Penguin Bowling Fun

Marshmallow (snowball) shooters (we are still finding mini marshmallows in the playroom..hehehe)

Great game of Penguin Jeopardy!  Winner received a Twix Bar! (and she shared with the losers)

Showing: Mr. Popper's Penguins

Some healthy concession snacks to counteract the HUGE Sugar cookies and push up cake pops....believe it or not, these were the 1st to go!

Kids loved the movie! What I LOVED the most is the fact that they were talking throughout the movie about Penguins and the facts that they knew. They figured out the type of Penguins in the movie (Gentoo Penguins). When it came time for the eggs to hatch my son says "Oh it takes three days, I hope they know that"...lol...

Kids were not too hungry for lunch after the movie so we moved on to some 
Penguin Crafting

I had some LARGE stamps out and a few other penguin foam crafts. Girls loved them. 

We had such a great time together and learned sooo much about Antarctica and Penguins!

Thanks for coming over to visit today! 

Until next time..Party On Friends!

Styled and photoed by: Melissa Newell

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Valentine Crafting for Kids - Heart Doggies

Using different size paper hearts, a few eyes and a marker your kiddies can make these adorable 
Valentine Doogies!

What I did was cut all the hearts out for my children...
1 large heart
2 smaller hearts
1 black small heart (nose)
1 small red paper tongue
2 google eyes 

I let the kids glue the eyes on, glue all hearts in place and put some black marker marks on for his snout area. 

They are easy and very fun to make!

Until  next time - Party On Friends

Found this craft a last year in a Family Fun Magazine. 

Monday, January 21, 2013

Chai Tea Recipe

Fact:  I have never tried coffee a day in my life....HOWEVER, I am a tea drinker.  One Tea that is a luxury (in my house) is Chai Tea. Not the tea bag Chai tea, but the sweet, creamy kind.  I used to buy it from a Tastefully Simple rep however, the portions got so small for $ 9.99 I just could not bring myself to pay it anymore.  So have gone without (Unless I sneak to Dunkin Donuts for a Vanilla Chai...lol)

My gal pal, Kimberly, is also  tea drinker and recently found this great Chai Tea Recipe Mix somewhere on Pinterest HERE. I bought all the ingredients and whipped it up...WOW it's creamy and oh so good!   


1 cup dry powdered milk
1 cup nondairy powder coffee creamer
1 cup French Vanilla nondairy powder coffee creamer
2 1/2 cups white sugar
1 1/2 cups unsweetened instant tea (I can only find decaf)
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons ginger
1 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon nutmeg

Mix together...

This is the important part (you will have to divide in 1/2 to blend in the blender as it makes a lot of powder and dust) blend/grate until smooth powder

This is what it will look like after all ground/blended

The above portions in Ingredients makes this much

1 HEAPING Teaspoon plus 1 regular size Teaspoon - mix with hot water

Put into your favorite mug and enjoy!

Other ideas that I love to use the Chai for...sprinkle powder over vanilla ice cream or mix with cold water and put over ice or crush your ice and mix all together!

Until later - Party On Friends!

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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Apple Heart Stamping Cards - Tutorial

Looking for a fun way to have your kiddos make Valentine Cards for the ones they love?  Here it is!  

I love how this one turned out looking like it has veins in the heart 8) 

Until next time - Party On Friends!

(I found this idea in the February edition of Family Fun Magazine)

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Friday, January 18, 2013

Creative Ideas for Valentine Favors

Valentine's Day is always a favorite of mine to give little cute gifts to the kids and their friends. (ok every holiday is like that for me)   I have some of these plastic tubes left over that I did not use at Christmas so thought what a great way to get use out of them.

Here is what I came up with...

Red M&Ms (yes I removed the green ones from my Christmas M&M bag that i got on clearance - save those babies for St Patty's Day)

Red Hershey Kisses - another left over Christmas candy buy

Red Gumballs

Red & White Polka Dot Pencils (in case candy is not your thing)

You could also put lip balm, pennies, LEGO Mini figures - the list can go on and on.

You can purchase these great tubes over at Party On Design.
The printables shown here can be downloaded for FREE (entire collection) over at Catch My Party

Until next time - Party On Friends

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

It's a Snow Day Party

While the Children were playing in the last bit of snow 
(for now, as more is on it's way)
I set up this quick Snow Day Party for them. Knowing they would be cold... hot chocolate, muffins, snowflake cookies were all in order!

My focal point was this old sled that I found YEARS ago at a yard sale for $ 5.00.  

I made these treat  boxes using my Silhouette SD Machine. 

No snow day party would be complete without Hot Chocolate with a fluffy marshmallow friend.

Each child received a Snowflake Punching Balloon once we went inside.  Made these fun tassels (they are everywhere now...but I think that The Flair Exchange ROCKS the idea !).

These sugar sprinkled snowflake cookies are shortbreads...oh so yummy!

It was a fun few hours...as you can see most of our 8 inches is melting...but it will return...soon!

Keep warm and party on!

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Styled by: Melissa Newell
Photoed by: Melissa Newell