Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Mermaids Galore!


My youngest daughter asked for a mermaid birthday party.
This was her second mermaid themed celebration,
and the third one I’ve hosted all together.
I’ll admit, this theme never gets old with me.




I like for my girls to be involved as much as possible
with making their invitations and party favors. 
My daughter used watercolors to illustrate the mermaids.
She did a fabulous job; I loved how they turned out!
I created the seashell template and together we cut, pasted,
and assembled the sparkly invitations.  Click here to
download my seashell template and create cards of your own.




The chocolate mermaid tails were much easier to make
than I thought.  Melt the Wilton candy melts colors separately
and spoon a variety of colors into each silicon mold.
I love how differently each one turned out.




The marbled chocolate seashells made nice party favors.
We melted white and pink candy melts and used a fork
to give them a little stir for the marbling effect.
I’ve had this seashell mold for over ten years now,
and it’s still one of my favorites.




My daughter and I had a great time making these
party bracelets.  I found the mermaid charms on Esty.
She loved selecting the colorful beads and had some
creative ideas for putting together a nice variety.




Since mermaids were on our minds,
and summer is a perfect time to trying something new...
my daughter and I started needle felting dolls.
This new hobby is still a work-in-progress,
but we are having so much fun.



Quiet as a Mouse: And Other Animal Idioms Activities


I love these activities from Toddler Approved.
Swing by their blog and check out the fun animal
idiom crafts and story time ideas.


Monday, January 29, 2018

School Library Journal Editors' Picks!


I'm with great company, with so many awesome board books.

"Urban explores animal-related idioms through a fun guessing game
that pairs bouncy rhymes with close-ups of different faces.
A whiskered, sharp-faced creature describes itself as
"Quick and cheeky, smart and sneaky.  I'm sly as a ..."
A page turn reveals the answer: a fox.  Vibrant images fill each page,
accompanied by large text.  Strategically placed die-cut holes and flashy,
fun details (a red bandana for the ox, a pair of sunglasses for the bat)
add to the charm."  - Mahnaz, Dar,  SLJ January 2018






Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Happy New Year!


Happy 2018 my friends!
I'm kicking off the new year with a book birthday!
It's so awesome to finally see
Quiet as a Mouse: And Other Animal Idioms hit the shelves!
Indeed, I am happy as a clam.
Cheers to an amazing and creative new year!

"It's a visually dramatic and playful exploration
of animals and language - especially the final scene
featuring a very happy clam with mirrored sunglasses."

- Publishers Weekly, November 2017

Friday, December 1, 2017

Christmas Advent Calendar


It's December 1st, and time to get out the Christmas advent calendar.
I whipped up this colorful Christmas count-down for my
college daughter.  My youngest was the best helper!
Fortunately, we had all the craft supplies handy - tissue paper, foam board,
tape, and number stickers.  We wrapped up small nail polish bottles,
perfume vials, decorative mini soaps, and fun holiday earrings.
Talk about last minute; I think it turned out really well!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Sharing My Love of Books


These photos from Life Connection Mission made my day!
I sponsor a young girl through Life Connection Mission, and along
with my summer package for her, I sent my remaining
author's copies for the preschool kids in Haiti.
They are in need of so much more, but it warms my heart
to share my joy of books with them.




Several years ago, I initiated a program with authors and illustrators,
and collected children's book to donate to Life Connection Mission.
They are an amazing non-profit organization serving the
poorest children in the Western Hemisphere.




Thursday, June 1, 2017

A Rock Climbing Crystal Geode Party!



My daughter has figured out that having a graphic designer
for a mom is handy when it comes to her visions and ideas...




She had the unusual request for a
crystal-geode-sparkly-rocking climbing birthday party,
with special touches such as sparkly gems on the rock climbing
wall invitations.  Yep, girly-girl.




Making the cake was easier than it looks, and so fun!
We took some rock candy and broke the
sugar crystals off the sticks.




Surprisingly, our first attempt making this recipe for
marshmallow fondant was pretty successful.  
We added purple food coloring, folded the fondant over several times, 
and then started rolling for the marble effect.
It looked pretty cool, and my daughter really enjoyed the marbling. 




It was a bit tricky placing the fondant on the frosted cake;
we did not have any special fondant tools. 
We cut out a section for the geode, frosted the carved area,
and decorated it with rock candy.  And that was it!








Here's my fancy little rock climbing birthday girl.
Her friends loved the cake and
I loved the mommy-daughter baking time!