Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Alice Birthday party

We didn't actually act out the movie (which, I realized the day before, is what J. planned to do!!) nor did I go overboard with the theme but it did seem to be enough for J. 

I made her an Alice dress from a butterick pattern for a Dorothy dress.  She was so thrilled with it that she's only taken it off to have it washed since then.  And her BFF has requested the same one from her grandma. 

I had a bit of trouble with the collar but otherwise am happy with it.

The girls made shrinky dink charms to add to the bracelets they fished out of "Alice's Pool of Tears" for charm bracelets.  They also "caught" kerchiefs, which were not quite in keeping with the theme but were super cute.

I made tissue paper pom poms using Martha's tutorial and they were fantastic!  So easy (and cheap!) and add a great pop of colour.  I bought mismatched tea cups at a local thrift store and sent them home with the girls after the party. The dollar store fake flowers were supposed to be given away too but I forgot. Ooops!

Birthday skirt

I gave J. the skirt early  because she was going to her year end celebration and, at 4pm (the party started at 6) decided she wanted something special to wear.  I haven't yet finished the top to go with it!

I used the tea party ruffle skirt tutorial at Craft Gossip and the pictures don't do it justice - it's super cute!  I would definately make this again.  The only change I would make is to make the bottom ruffle a bit fuller to balance it out.

Teacher gifts

This year I wanted to involve my daughter again in making gifts for her teachers.  I made the coffee cozies (using the tutorial from house on hill road ) and J. sewed the buttons on.  She loved them all except the one made of Michael Miller Feeling Groovy, which is my favourite.  I ordered that fabric when she was in her everything-purple-all-the-time phase but she took an instant and intense strong dislike to it. Oh well, my gain!

I wrapped them using Create Studios Petal pusher pockets, which were so easy, so cute and so impressive!