Well hey there!! thought it was time I get my butt in gear and start getting all the fun stuff I have been doing up and on the blog. My little guy turned four a few months back and we decided that we would go with a Batman theme, since you know he is four and well he likes Batman.
I always find a birthday is the best time for me to be able to design some fun themed invites for the kids.
For this invite I used an image of Batman popping out of the top of the invite and the Bat logo slightly protruding on the bottom of the invite. Each invite measured approx. 4×6, image was laser printed on 100# card stock and then die cut with a white edge border which made them pop even more.
To make sure that the party theme flowed into the actual party, these little extra cards were mailed along with the invites asking that all Bat boys and Bat girls come to the party dressed in their favorite Bat gear.
To make sure that no one is ever left out cupcake toppers were made using the Bat logo in both Yellow and Pink. Because more often then not, everyone fights over the colors. Why?? I don’t know, I’m not four and stubborn 🙂
For the cake instead of making an edible topper, which I have done numerous times in the past. I decided to go with a non-edible type of topper. I created a 3D layered image of a Chibi Batman holding a Personalized Balloon which was set in front of a City Background scene with the Batman Logo in the night sky.
After seven years of birthdays for several children of my own as well as many customers, I realized that the time I put into creating an edible topper was almost silly, since it was almost always immediately tossed aside after cutting the cake. With a non-edible option I was able to give to my kiddo to have in his room afterwards. This made the time I put into designing and creating it less wasted on a moment of ooooh.
Overall the party was a huge hit, besides the fact that it rained non stop the whole day and the outside party, became an inside party bursting with people.
If you are interested in purchasing these invites please feel free to contact me through my ETSY Shop HERE to discuss options. I offer both digital print at home options as well as fully printed and cut invitations, personalized to your occasion!
In this part of my neck of the woods, summer vacation will be coming to an end. In a few short weeks, I will be sending my two older girls back to school and my son to preschool for a few hours a day. This leaves me with my little one. I adore my kids and they are awesome to be around. But my goodness four kiddos coming and going for a little over two months straight at every possible angle is pushing me into a psychosis of sorts.
I feel as though I live in the kitchen, everyday is a repeat of forty thousand breakfasts, lunches, dinners and DO NOT forget snacks. As soon as I get the kitchen clean again, it is more the norm someone is barging back in looking for a snack, a drink….whatever.
It’s exhausting, in the best possible way ever.
Alas, I CAN’T wait to school starts, not because I don’t wan’t to be around my kids, but because I miss the routine of school and the schedule of things. Too much free time gets me in a tizzy. I think they function better in a set routine as I do to. When they (Me) know what to expect, they (I) just seem better adjusted.
Anyway, I promised my oldest daughter that we would do a lemonade stand this summer. And after her asking four hundred thousand times if “today” was the day to do it, I FINALLY found some time to create some fun, lemonade stand themed designs to help “boost” their business.
It was really a fun experience for them. They got along 70% of the time and the timing worked out perfectly, as the entire “stand” lasted as long as my littlest guys nap! Things got more interesting and energetic as the neighborhood kids teamed up to “help” out. I’m pretty positive that they scared a few people with their sugared up screams of “LEMONADE.”
Thank goodness most people are good sports and stopped to buy a cup or two. The mailman got quite a greeting as they all shoved overflowing cups of lemonade into his truck. He graciously took a cup from each of them, thanking them all profusely.
The whole shindig lasted about an hour or so and it and it made me realize that never again will I ever pass a lemonade stand and not stop and buy a cup. It seriously made their day whenever a “customer” stopped on by! But the looks of disappointment when people zoomed on by was enough for me to feel upset as they did.
Since it was such a success, I though I would share the printables, so maybe you can have some fun with your kids and make some lasting summer memories!
Realizing the reality of the situation was three little kids selling lemonade, I made some quick, fun inspired signs. I did not want to spend hours creating a set up that I thought may last only a few minutes, based upon their moods in any given moment.
The bunting was simple to assemble, just print, cut and attach to some ribbon or string with tape, glue or whatever stickiness you may have on hand. (And if your home is filled with kids like mine, everything is sticky.)
The end result was better than I expected and I think it was just an overall simple, fun, filled experience for them.
They learned a little about money (that they want it all.)
And they learned about working with each other. As much as I thought it would be just another reason for the three of them to bicker and fight. It turned out to be a sweet summer filled afternoon that will remembered by them as well as myself.
Hey there strangers! Miss me??? I am hoping that by this Fall 2016, I will be up and posting a bit more on the regular. If I have not mentioned it before, which I am sure I have a million times; four kids ages 7 and under does not leave much time for anything else but chasing them and cleaning up in the wake of their messes.
With that said, 3 out of four will be in school come this fall, which means a bit more time to get back into the studio and more time available for designing. I have decided that I am going to start shipping some items, now that I have an ounce more of time, I can start to work from home again and I want to be able to offer more options. Starting with these little guys.
My Oompa Loompa Toppers.
Starting now I will be able to ship them domestically fully assembled. In time I will offer international shipping but for now, these will only travel in the U.S.A.
They measure out to be a tad bit smaller then 3 inches in diameter, not including the stick.
These are such a great addition to any Willy Wonka themed party or event. I will slowly be adding in all of the wonderful themed items to be available assembled and shipped, but for now just these little guys will be doing the traveling.
It has been more than a while since I have been able to get in my studio and create a new custom item Four kids have that effect, most days I’m lucky to get the morning breakfast dishes done by the time the girls get home from school.
So my little Etsy shop has suffered a bit from neglect of new inspiration and products. But after the first 14-15 months of baby number four, I am finding small nuggets of time to start some new things. I am hoping that by Fall of 2016 I will be up and running on at least a consistent part time basis again.
But I digress, this is the most recent custom invitation I pulled out of the swarm of ideas swimming inside my mind!
Super Sami Birthday invites.
I did my typical design aspect of having part of the character set off from the invitation. And I did not have to cut these by hand now that I have a better working knowledge of my Silhouette. It does all the harder work and gives hem a flawless cut!
Obviously I fogged out the more personal details, but you get the idea!! Good to be back here, even if only for a short moment!!
There are three versions; a red striped, blue striped and yellow with white polka dots.
I also created a few versions with the famous apple with three different patterns. A red striped, blue striped and a yellow with white polka dots. All to coordinate with the snow white image.
On the back of each wrapper is “Happy Birthday” that if need be can be personalized, just contact me to discuss.
These can be purchased through my Etsy shop HERE. They print out on a standard size sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 paper and can be printed at home or uploaded and printed through a local print shop. The files is available in PDF form that print out on three separate sheets of paper, print as many as you like!
These work great as favors, such as thank you’s. But they can also be cutomized to be used as actual invitations or just personalized any way you would like. If interested please contact me to discuss!
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory! I mean how could you not!!! A magical factory filled with quirky and fun inventions. And let’s not forget all of the fun crazy candy!! I’m sure I am not alone in this as it is my number one requested custom design.
So without further ado here is the latest addition into the shop.
Everlasting Gobstopper cupcake toppers!
They were a bit of a challenge to design and I am thinking that is why it has taken me so long to actually create them, but I am so very glad that I did. They measure approx. 3 inches in height and width and are easy enough to cut. You can cut along the perforated line or right up against the edge, then just assemble by attaching onto lolly sticks or picks using tape or glue.
They come five to a sheet and you are able to print as many as you would like at home or through a printing service. (That’s always my pick.) An easy and fun way to add a bit more color and flavor to any Willy Wonka Themed party!
These are available for purchase and immediate download (once payment is processed) through my Etsy shop. You can find out more information in regards to purchasing them HERE. I will be adding quite a few more items and characters relating to Willy Wonka, so please keep up to date if these are the types of party items that interest you!
And as always if you are looking for something custom, please feel free to contact me to discuss design options!!
Schools out!!!! Well preschools out over in these parts anyway. And what better way to kick off summer the with some ICE CREAM, but a less messy version. Because let’s face it, kids and ice cream are inevitable a recipe for a sticky, mess.
I use these for the end of the year ice cream parties that my daughter’s pre-school host as a thank you and see ya later, have a great summer type of treat!
I will be offering them as a free printable for a limited time only(Free until July 5th 2014.) After then they can be purchased through my Etsy shop. These are fun and a festive way to add a little something extra to a cupcake to turn them into something more!! Use them for parties holidays or any other fun inspired occasion. They print out on a standard sheet of 8-1/2×11 sheet of paper. All you need to do it print, cut and assemble using glue or tape. These should be wrapped around already baked cupcakes 🙂 Then decorate your cupcakes accordingly!!
They are always a big hit and can be dressed up as much as you like. For a limited time you can download the ice cream cone version here. ( If download is disabled, you can purchase through my Etsy Shop)
The banana split version can be downloaded from here. ( If download is disabled, you can purchase through my Etsy Shop)
And last but certainly not least the hot fudge version can be downloaded from here. ( If download is disabled, you can purchase through my Etsy Shop)
Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the wrappers! Have a sweet summer!!
I don’t know about anyone else, but lately I feel as though time has been getting away from me more and more. There ALWAYS seems to be some much to do and just never enough time. I figured that adding one more kid to the mix a little over a year ago, wouldn’t upset the running of our smooth engine (ha ha..) of a household, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. Two kids, no big deal. Three kids…absolute insanity. I never realized how unraveled everything could get being twisted and pulled like a piece of taffy ALL DAY LONG.
Never the less things I used to have time for, I just don’t anymore. So when I do make something, it needs to be quick, easy and of course fun! I volunteered to make the cookies for my daughter’s preschool class, because I haven’t made anything in a bit and I was feeling the desire to get in the kitchen and create.
I’m not sure how other Mom’s out there in the world balance kids, a relationship and all the other things that life blesses us with, but for me I had to let go of some of my passions in order to give my children the attention that not only they need, but which they deserve. What that means for this brief moment in time is letting go of trying to make sufficient time to create elaborate decorated cookies, cupcakes, cakes and cake pops. Because try as I might, I am unable to balance that act of doing time intensive creations and caring for my kids properly.
Let me just add that the little guy is such a PIA , a cute one though and right now and is into EVERYTHING, so until that level of curiosity can be tamed as his independence grows, my stuff needs to be put on a shelf for the meantime figuratively and literally. I may moan about it at times, but overall it’s really fine because I love hanging with my peanuts, they’re awesome. I have also found other things to fill in the tiny cracks of time I find throughout the day, which quells that need to constantly create for now.
But when I do decide to be creative in the kitchen, playing it smart counts for everything. I’ve come to realize and embrace that the abundant plate that life has given me at this point in my life always borders on being full, so there is little to no room for outer distractions or extra time intensive work. Which brings me to these cookies. Quick, easy, fun to make and especially eat, they were a hit among the kids and teachers alike.
When I started making these I had one idea in mind, but since I had dough left over I made a whole bunch of goodies. And they all started with theses bad boys.
Simple round scalloped cookies with colored dough piped on them to look like carrots. They bake together and prep and clean up is super fast….like really super fast.
This is what you will need….
Chocolate Sugar Cookie Dough
Vanilla Sugar Cookie Dough
Orange and Green Gel Food Coloring
Cookie Cutters in whatever shape you like
Food safe markers (black)
Large round pink sprinkles
Now for cookies I have to admit I use two recipes that I myself did not create. I exclusively use two sugar cookie roll out recipes from LilaLoa. Her End-All for Chocolate Cookies and Vanilla 2.0 Cookie recipes are hands down the best and since trying them out, never found another reason to even try another recipe. So if you are needing or wanting to try new cookie dough recipe these are it. They bake perfectly every time and seriously don’t spread at all. ( Have I mentioned how much I LOVE theses recipes???)
Anyhooooo, You can begin by coloring some of the vanilla sugar cookie dough with the food coloring.
A little of this goes a very looooong way so make an appropriate amount for your baking needs. Start by adding a little water to the cookie dough and mixing it up, so that it becomes very soft and will be easy to pipe out of a decorating bag onto the cookie. But do not add so much water that it becomes liquid like, you just want it to have semi soft peaks. When you get it to the desired consistency add in a few drops of food color to achieve the color you want. Then repeat this process for the second color. Bag the mixture into a decorating bag and just place it to the side for a minute. I the meantime roll out an cut your cookie shapes.
When all your dough is rolled and paced on a baking sheet you can start adding the carrots. I practiced a bit on a piece of wax paper first to see how I wanted to make them.
I started with the actual carrot first. Just a bunch of zig zaggy lines.
And then I added the greenery on top. Just a bunch of vertical wavy lines worked perfectly.
And then I baked those dad boys up!
Remember when I told you not to add too much water???? Well in these guys case I sort of overdid it 🙁 But you can get better lines like I did on these carrot cookies I made last year , but only if you keep the consistency a bit tighter. These were for a bunch of three and four year old, so I’m pretty positive they didn’t care about the loss of detail on my cookies as much as I did.
Either way I had so much fun making them (and my kids did too!) that I made a whole bunch of miniature versions as well! I just used a whole bunch of scalloped mini cutters I had, I believe Wilton makes them.
And then because these were so fast and easy, my mind started wandering and I figured I better add in some bunnies to the mix, so those carrots would not go to waste!!! Makes sense right????
For the bunny noses I just used large pearl Sprinkles these were also a Wilton product. I added them before I baked them ad they held there shape perfectly. I drew on the eyes and the whiskers using a food safe pen, the brand I use is Food Doodler, but Wilton also makes them.
Just wait until the cookie has cooled before drawing any details or else it will be too soft the draw upon. And then you have an army of sorts of mini bunnies and carrots!
The larger cookies I shipped of to the students of preschool and the minis were packaged up and sent as gifts for the teachers, who never fail to ask me if by chance I baked anything for the party 🙂 You just can’t buy great tasting cute cookies made with fresh ingredients, things like this have to be created from the love of baking!
I do hope you enjoyed this post, feel free to pin away so others can see how easy these are!!
These are some of the items used in making the cookies in this post. (Affiliate links, a small compensation will be received if purchased.)
In less than three weeks my little peanut Sami Jams will be turning five. As I reflect on the past five years, I am slightly thrown off at how fast it that it really went by. Random people I would meet on line at the supermarket used to look at my frazzled, three kids in tow self and pass along their gentle words of parental wisdom, never forgetting to pat my arm and express to me to enjoy every moment; even the insane ones, because they would grow so fast. But I never realized “how” fast that really meant. So if you are unsure then know fast means ridiculously, you won’t even believe it fast.
She decided that this year she wanted a fairy type of Tinkerbell party. Now I must admit that I like to do as much as I can to make my childrens birthday’s as magical as I think chilhood should be. I want her to look back at these days as ones filled with laughter, love, joy and filled with the type of magic that kids love so much. It all began with the invitation design. I created a stylized version of Tinkerbell as I didn’t wan to get stuck using just ideas relating to the Disney version of her.
I am doing my best to create as many fun themed things to add to the party, beginning with these colorful butterfly dessert spoons.
Punch out all of your butterflies out of both the solid and patterned paper. Also Punch out all the circles that you will be needing. Fold the top butterfly (patterned paper) slightly in the middle so that the wings fan out.
Using a glue gun or glue dots attach it to another butterfly (solid color).
And then attach it to the round punch paper…
Finally attach to the BACK (Flip the spoons over)of the top portion of the spoon.
So incredible easy right!!!! These are perfect place in little cups of jello, pudding, cupcakes small cookies or cakes…anything really. They just add a pop of fluttery, fun into any fairy, butterfly or Tinkerbell themed party.
Hope you enjoy and stay sweet my peeps!
Items used to create this project that are available on Amazon.com (commission earned for sales)
I love a good surprise. I also love a yummy decorated cookie, so when you take both of those elements and create this idea of a cookie with a surprise of candy tucked and hidden inside I’m all about making them. Cookies like these have intrigued me since peeking at these candy filled pinata cookies some time back and I have been anxious to make my own version ever since.
As most SAHM know that finding time to do anything for yourself, can at times be a tough. For me as soon as I sit down, someone wants juice, or crackers or a movie on or just me in general. It becomes a challenge to find the time I need to actually pull these ideas from the constant buzz of ideas inside my head to create them.
These candy filled Easter egg cookies were actually the first version of these cookies I made, even before I made the Pot of Gold version for St. Patrick’s day. That idea was born as I was working on these and since St. Patty’s day tends to come before Easter, I posted that one first.
Before I get into the whole shabang, about how I made them I need to insert a small bit of information here. Typically when I make decorated sugar cookies I use Royal Icing to decorate them. I also use Royal Icing when I make sugar toppers for cupcakes like these or these..
But I get a lot and I mean a lot of emails asking me about Royal icing; what is is, how to make it, where to buy it and sometimes just complaints about it. I personally love using it and working with it, as I find it to be unlimited in it’s creative possibilities, but lets be real for a moment.
Preparation, coloring and discovering what the proper consistency can be a bit time consuming for the person using it for the first time. It does even for people like me that have worked with it more. So I have a solution…..for me and for you, for right now. Because as much as I love it, finding the time to prepare it is next to impossible right now and that is at this moment in time like a sharp pin popping my balloon of creativity.
But I found alternative that can suffice for the time being….ready …wait for it….. Betty Crocker Cookie Icing, you can find it at most grocery stores.
It is not Royal Icing, so it’s not for fine detail, it’s has more of a glaze consistency and never dries as hard as Royal Icing does. But for easy to do quickie decorating it totally works. It colors very easily and the consistency is perfect for outlining, filling and a bit of detail work as long as it’s not so intricate. Its a great alternative a pinch
Now moving on.These cookie were made using an amazing vanilla sugar cookie recipe from LilaLoa.com. As I have mentioned before these are my absolute favorite Vanilla Sugar Cookie as of the moment. If your up to making the dough try her recipe. But if your not feeling that adventurous, go buy some sugar cookie dough at the store, although they most likely won’t hold there shape so perfectly after baking.
This is what you will need…
Egg Shaped Cookie Cutter
Royal Icing or Betty Crocker Cookie Icing
Colored chocolate melts (You could just use this to decorate if you wanted)
Gel food coloring to color you icing.
Decorating Bags or small plastic baggies
Miniature candies to fill cookies with.
Roll out your sugar cookie dough and cut out your shapes using the egg cookie cutters. Each cookie is comprised of three parts, so make sure you cut enough cookies out of the dough to be able to assemble them at a later time. Keep two whole and cut a small hole in another (using whatever works.)
Bake the cookie according to recipe directions and allow them to fully cool, before you move onto the next steps. After they are fully cooled you can get ready to assemble them. First I decorated the the tops of the cookies using the cookie icing. I colored the icing I was using a very light pink color. Pipe a nice line around the cookie and let it set.
Do this for every cookie and by the time you finish you can go back and fill in each cookie.You will need to let these sit and dry for a bit before adding in the additional details on top of the cookie.
After they have formed a nice crust on top, if you want to decorate it more you can do so. I used white icing and made a few designs on top of the cookie, to make it a bit more interesting. I started with a zig…
And added a little zag….
And finished it off with some curve lines and dots Add what you wish here..use your imagination 🙂
I let the decorated tops dry overnight, but I’m sure a few hours would suffice it you need them faster then that. To put the entire cookie together, get the rest of the pieces and begin assembling them. I used white chocolate candy melts to attach the pieces, because I knew it would dry hard and keep it all together. I just added a bit to the bottom part of the middle layer cookie.
And attached it to the bottom piece.
Let it set up and then the fun begins as you can now fill it with candies! Just don’t overfill it as you won’t be able to attach the top. I used these fun pastel colored hard candies, that my kids call marbles.
Now add the top, I also used melted white chocolate here as well to keep it all together. How pretty!
Let them fully set up before you start doing fun stuff, like cracking them open.
I love how those little candies look spilling out of the cookie!
An easy and hopefully fun filled way to brighten up an ordinary cookie and make it a bit more special for Easter!
Hope you enjoyed this post! If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below!