Lethal Luau Murder Mystery Party

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

This past winter we hosted a Murder Mystery Luau to have some fun and bring to tropics to our long winter! Here are some of the things we included at our party:

These printable invitations from JC Penney 

Roles sent with invitations so guests could dress their parts

Our homemade tiki bar

Pink Flamingos in the plants

Tropical barware

Hawaiian Beers 

A painted Sunset, ocean, and volcano

Shark Cupcakes

Clam cookies and chocolate shells in graham cracker 'sand'


Shells and Sand

Tropical Scents

Cored Pineapple Pina Coladas

Mail a Birthday Ball

Sunday, May 25, 2014

My nephew just turned two, so we sent him a ball through the mail to celebrate--a cheap and easy way to send some fun! The ball was $2.99 at Target.  I used a permanent marker to write his address on one side and a short message on the other.  Take it to he post office and it's good to go--no packaging needed! 

How to Paint Your Cuttlebug

Sunday, May 18, 2014

For a long time the Cuttlebug was the missing link in my craft room, not because I didn't want one, but because it was green and yellow!  I know color shouldn't matter, but everything in my craft room is white so if I got one, it would go in the closet, and if it was in the closet it wouldn't get used.  I was so excited when they came out with a white one so I could buy it!  The base was blue which I thought would match the blue/grey stripe in my craft room, but not so much.  The blue was so bright and obnoxious to me, and since my craft room doubles as my home office I had to change it!!

I decided I would paint the blue base silver to match my Cricut (even though my Cricut is ivory and my Cuttlebug is white!)  I went with this metallic silver from Martha Stewart Crafts that I found at Michael's.

Although spray paint seemed ideal, taping would have been near impossible so I painted by hand, first applying a coat of primer, then the silver paint.

Here's how it looked after one coat--I was starting to have second thoughts! It took 3 coats of paint to get the color how I wanted it.

I didn't paint the inside or the handle to make things easier, and cleaner!  There was a little bit of blue that showed through the gap when closed, so I added a piece of silver washi tape to cover that spot.

Here is the before and after.  I'm happy with how it turned out!

Mother's Day 'Senses Themed' Gift Basket

Thursday, May 15, 2014

I thought it would be fun to give our moms a few fun things to enjoy a nice day for Mother's Day, so I decided on a 'senses' theme to tie everything together.  I printed each 'sense' onto a piece of vellum to make the tags, then used bakers twine to tie them to the coordinating item.  This theme would also work for birthdays or any other occasion!

Here's what I included:
Taste-Gourmet Popcorn
Feel-Hand Lotion
Indulge-Chocolate Bar
Sip-Gourmet Soda
Love-Framed Photo

 Here it is all in a fun basket!

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