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Tuesday
Nov122013

A Crafty Baby Girl Shower- Headband Making!

Who doesn't love a babyshower! But let's be honest, sometimes they can be a bit boring or uncomfortable with all the poopy games. Jalena, my BFF since 7th grade, is having her first child in January (it's hard to believe we've now been friends for 16 years!). This past weekend we celebrated the mamma-to-be and her baby girl Vienna and their shower was held at Longfellows Restaurant in Saratoga. Longfellows catered her wedding and it was super delicious so she knew she wanted to celebrate this next milestone with the same top notch taste. I wasn't going to let her down with the guest's entertainment!

Jalena is a very stylish lady. Not to mention a fabulous hair stylist at the Sanctuary Salon in Saratoga! She's always dressed beautifully with the most perfect accessories. When I found the idea to have a headband making station at the babyshower I knew it would be the perfect for her shower! It only makes sense that Vienna should have a fun assortment of girly headbands to wear once she's joined us!

I originally found the idea on pinterest. After some googling I found a few sellers on Etsy who sold pre-assembled headband making kits. Jackpot! The only problem, it was the Tuesday afternoon before the shower on Saturday. I had to move quickly! I ordered the kit from BlossomSupplies- $31.99 for all the necessary items to make 20 headbands. I had a pay a hefty fee to get my order rushed, but it was definitely worth it! Our shower was going to have 35 people so I ordered some extra elastic. I didn't want all the headbands to be shabby roses so I scoured pinterest for more inspiration. I found a few felt flower and bow tutorials here, here, and here. They came out great, were pretty easy to do, and gave the guests more to work with.

In addition to elastic, shabby flowers, felt bows, and flowers-- I also got some feathers, sequence, gems, and extra felt for people to get creative with. I really wanted to make sure she didn't have 27 headbands that all looked the same. Before the party I measured, cut, and hot glued the elastic into circles. I had the different sizes (newborn, 3-6 months, 6-12 months, and 12+toddler) so each person could just pick the elastic headband and get to work. I had printed out a few pictures for the the table for inspiration. Once the headband was complete the designer would write their name and the size on a tag! Jalena's cousin found the perfect headband stand at Marshalls.

Sorry for my iphone pictures, they're really not that great! And it was pretty dark in the wine cellar. Thankfully they had a lamp to brighten up the crafting area.

 

All in all I would say it was VERY successful! Everyone had fun making the headbands and Vienna will have a vast assortment of headbands for her first 2 years! I can't wait to meet her! Hopefully G, G, & Vienna will continue our tradition of great lifelong friendship. xo

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Tuesday
Feb072012

A Giant Family Tree: The Mara and Rooney Families

Congratulations to the NY Giants for their big superbowl win this past Sunday! I'm not a huge sports fan, but you gotta love it when your hometown team wins the championship. One thing that intrigued me was the family aspect of the Giants team. I found this famliy tree from the NY Daily News and it breaks down how the team has been passed down the Mara family tree from the original owner, Tim Mara. So interesting that the original owner's grandson, Chris Mara, and Art Rooney's granddaughter, Kathleen Rooney, married! Art Rooney had great respect for Tim Mara, even naming his son Tim after him. Take a peek at their tree to see the connections.

Monday
Jan302012

DIY Bridesmaid and Bride Shirts

A great DIY project for bridesmaids! It's quick, easy, and WAY cheaper than ordering from online stores.

I found the custom monogram template from weddingchicks.com- an DIYers dream website with printable templates and beautiful wedding inspiration.

Items needed:

  • Avery Light T Shirt Transfers- 1 sheet per shirt, pack of 6 sheets were $12.
  • White T Shirt or Tank Top- I got my shirts at Old Navy for $6 each.
  • Iron with NO water and steam set to OFF
  • Pillow Case to protect ironing surface

Let's get started!

Customize your monogram and bride images. I used deep ocean and the date line for "Bridesmaid". When the image opens, right click and save the file to your desktop.

Flip the image horizontally before printing. The words should look backwards when you print them so when you place them face down on the shirt it will be correct. Print a test on regular paper to make sure the image prints correctly. -------->

Put the Avery transfer in your printer (make sure it's facing the right way) and print your image.

Cut out the image.

Heat up the iron and lay your pillow case on a hard surface (not an ironing board). When the iron is nice and hot iron all the wrinkles out of the pillow case.

Use a lint roller to remove any fuzz or threads from the front of your shirt. Iron the shirt and make it all nice and smooth, then lay your cut out image face down on your shirt.

You're ready to start the transfer magic! With even and consistent pressure, press the iron onto the back of the avery transfer and shirt for 3 minutes.

Allow the shirt to cool down for 5 minutes.

Peel off the back of the transfer and viola! You have a beautiful custom shirt!

Saturday
Nov122011

NYC Veterans Day Parade 2011

The NYC Veterans Day Parade is the largest celebration in the country, with 20,000 veterans, supporters, bands, and other entertainment marching in the parade. It was a beautiful fall day. I had the great opportunity to chat with some sweet WWII Veterans, thanking them for their courage.

 

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