Thing 1 and Thing 2 Shirts

For Ethan’s upcoming birthday, I of course wanted us all in Dr. Seuss attire.  I got very lucky when I found 3 Cat in the Hat shirts for my older boys to wear at Target on clearance for $2.74!  Unfortunately they had nothing for the birthday boy, for my husband or myself.  So back to Pinterest I went in search of ideas for party attire.  I found this shirt for my hubby and this shirt for me, but in the end didn’t want to have to wait for it to be shipped and really didn’t want to spend $26 just on shirts.

So one day while I was using my Cricut and some iron on vinyl (to label the boys baseball bags), I decided to attempt to design the shirts myself on my Gypsy. {For those that aren’t familiar with the Gypsy it is a handheld device that works with the Cricut that allows you to load all your cartridges onto it and then design with them from anywhere.  It is amazing and I could not use my Cricut so effectively without it.  You can actually see everything you are designing and place it where you want it to cut on the mat!}

Want to make your own?  Well here is how I did it.  You can adjust it depending on which Cricut cartridges you have!

Thing 1 and Thing 2

Supplies Needed:

- red shirts

- black iron-on vinyl (I get mine from Expressions Vinyl)

- white iron on vinyl

- Cricut

- Gypsy

- All Mixed Up cartridge

- Any cartridge with a circle shape – I used Plantin Schoolbook

- Cutting Up cartridge

 I started with an O from the All Mixed Up cartridge.  The black outline behind the white circles on Thing 1 and Thing 2 aren’t perfect circles so this O was the perfect shape.  It outlined the white circle perfectly.

O - All Mixed Up

 In order to make it a solid back circle instead of an O, I hid the inside of the letter by selecting the hide icon and and then the inner circle.  This makes it NOT cut so you will have a solid black circle.

Letter O - All Mixed Up cartridge Next I selected a circle from the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge.  This would be the white circle layer that will be placed on top of the black circle.

Circle

Once the circle is added, I made it just a little bit smaller than the O so that the black would show just a bit behind the white circle.

white circle

Next I used the Cutting Up cartridge for the lettering.  To me it was the most “Dr. Seuss” looking font.  I typed in THING in all caps.  To get the letters to bend in an arc shape, you adjust the angle.  In the advanced tab, you move the angle up or down.  I did that for each letter until I got the arc shape I wanted.

adjusting the lettering

Once the arc was set, I moved the letters onto the white circle.  This way when it is cut out and weeded (unwanted vinyl removed) the black from underneath the white circle would show through. THING lettering

Now add in the number 1.  ONERepeat for the THING 2 shirt.
TWO

The last step (which I forgot to take a picture of) is to flip the wording, in this case you don’t need to flip the circles since it won’t matter which side is which.  You are cutting from the back of iron on vinyl since the film on the front gets placed face DOWN on your mat.  So basically you are cutting from the back of the film.

Now you are ready to cut. I placed a 6″x12″ sheet of black on the left of my mat and white on the right.  Be sure to place the side with the film DOWN on the mat when you cut and that you have flipped your image.

To cut the iron-on vinyl you adjust the blade depth to a 2 and the pressure to a 3.

Once it is cut, weed out all the vinyl you don’t want and then cut the circles apart so you have only 1 to iron onto the shirt.

completed shirt

Here is the finished product!

Partying with the Cat in the Hat, part 2

No party is complete without fabulous food.  While I can’t say the food was “fabulous”, I can say that the names for each food item were! Each item available for noshing on had a Dr. Seuss inspired name from one of the many books by Theodore Geisel.

Here is the spread.  Water bottles were wrapped with more printables from my Cupcake Express party package and the tent cards and larger food labels were also from that pack.  I figured out how to import those PDF files into Pages (Publisher for Mac users!) and was then able to type up the menu items {using the GRINCHED font of course!}.

The spread

Plates and silverware in the color scheme of the party all wrapped and ready to go.

Plates and Silverware

Main Dishes

  • Sam I Am Sammies (Green Eggs and Ham) ham sandwiches
  • Roast Beast (Grinch Who Stole Christmas) roast beef sandwiches
  • Noodle Eating Poodle Noodles (Fox in Socks) pasta salad
  • Green Eggs (Green Eggs and Ham) deviled eggs

Sammies

Green Eggs & Poodles Eating Noodles

Appetizers

  • Brown Bar Ba Loots Truffula Fruits (The Lorax) Grapes
  • Gertrude McFuzzy Berries (Gertrude McFuzz) Strawberries
  • Skipper Zips Chips (Oh Say Can You Say?) chips of various kinds
  • Grinitch Spinach (What was I scared of?) spinach dip
  • Gluppity Glup (The Lorax) onion dip
  • One Fish, Two Fish (One Fish, Two Fish) goldfish crackers and swedish fish
  • Yot in a Pot (There’s a Wocket in my Pocket) little smokies
  • Biggle Balls (Dr. Seuss’ Sleep Book) meatballs

Chips and Dip

Dessert

Dessert

Green Eggs and Ham cookies

Sneetch Bellies

And now to the best part…

My adorable little guy digging into his smash cake.  My hubby made him a cake that looked like Cat in the Hat’s hat.  At first, all my little guy wanted was to lick the red fondant but he eventually got the idea.  He didn’t seem to want to get dirty so instead of using his hands, he just leaned in and grabbed bites with his mouth.  Too precious!!!

Smash Cake

Digging in

Messy Guy

I think my favorite part of the party was planning the menu and finding all sorts of cute ideas for food!

Can’t wait to plan the next party {which isn’t too far off, my Cutie Pie is going to be 5 in just a couple of weeks so I have to get busy on his party at the end of April.  Thankfully for the 5th birthday we party it up and Pump It Up so they do all the set up and clean up! YAY!!!  Just gotta get some invites done and sent out.}

I’m off to eat more party food for lunch.  As is usually the case, I prepared WAY too much food.

Partying with the Cat in the Hat, part 1

Well the party of the “year” around here is over.  My little guy’s first birthday was a Seuss-cess! After months of pinning ideas, searching for inspiration, menu planning, and of course crafting up hats and outfits – the party is done.  I am so excited to show you all the fun decorations that helped make this party a hit.

First the hats were so fun.

The boys enjoyed running around as Cat in the Hat and the adults even got in on the fun sporting the hats a bit themselves.

family shot

For the decor in the family room, the entertainment stand was all cleared to make room for our Dr. Seuss book collection and a few beloved Seuss characters were perched in the perfect positions for watching the party. Balloons and my bunting {first seen here} added the final touches.

Books galore

Birthday banner hung over the entryway into the dinning room and hallway.  I got all my printables from Cupcake Express on Etsy! These were amazing and made my life SO much easier.  Usually I make my own printables but I am starting to realize I just can’t do it all.  These pennants were cut out, hole punched and then I tied them up using red and blue with white polka dot ribbons.

banner

This next idea was “stolen” AHEM, inspired by my friend Heather. Last summer she threw a Mickey Mouse party for her daughter and put mouse ears on all her family pictures.  It was ADORABLE!  These hats were found at Michaels and I had LOTS of them so they got put on the heads of any picture that was the right size. You will see that not only the family room pictures got hats, but so did others around the house!

silly Seuss

In the kitchen, the white cabinets needed some dressing up.  These book covers were also found at Michael’s in a set along with the character punch outs.  I love the fun they added to the kitchen.

kitchen decor

Along with the printable pack I purchased there were some quote printables.  This quote is one of my favorites for the birthday party.  No one is Youer than You on your birthday!

quotes

More hats in the hallway!

hat in the hall

hidden hats

The bathroom couldn’t be forgotten.  A few character punch outs, a quote, and some kid level hats were placed on the mirror so bathroom guests had something to smile at while washing their hands.

bathroom decor

And here is the reason for it all!

My sweet birthday boy in this “Happy Birthday to Me!” shirt. His hat didn’t stay on long, but he enjoyed his party nonetheless.  He even took 5 or 6 consecutive steps (previously it had only been 1-2 in a row).

Birthday Boy

Check back tomorrow for another post on the FOOD!

There were just too many yummy Seuss inspired treats to show in this post.

Cat in the Hat party hats

What Dr. Suess themed party would be complete without hats from the Cat in the Hat?  Certainly no party of mine!

Thanks to Pinterest and Dr. Suess’s birthday on March 2nd there were SO many party ideas popping up everywhere.  It certainly made my job easier when planning things for this party.  A new Pinterest board {aptly named the Cat in the Hat} had to be started to contain all the party ideas.

I pinned a tutorial from Momma’s Kinda Crafty  and I was able to make up a hat for Ethan to wear at his party.  (please excuse the horrible cell phone picture).  Click on over to that site if you want to make your own!  They are super easy and only take about an hour!

{That is unless you sew the brim on to the WRONG side of the fabric and have to use the seam ripper to take it apart and start over.  I am NOT speaking from experience here at all :) AHEM}

Here is the finished product in all its adorable glory!  

It matches his little party shirt I made him with matching shorts perfectly.

Isn’t my little guy a cutie?!?!

Ethan's Cat in the Hat hat

I changed the measurements a bit since he is only 1 so that it wouldn’t be so big on his head.  Instead of using stripes that were 3″ x 22″ I shortened them to 19″.  The circle I traced for the head was 6″ and the brim around the hat was from a circle that was about 10 inches in diameter.  The brim turned out a bit small but for such a little guy I think it will be alright.

Tonight I will be busy crafting up 5 more of these hats, 3 for my other boys and 2 for my hubby and I to share with all the party guests.  I am thinking of setting up a little “photo booth” area where guests can take silly pictures with the hats on.

Check back later for a quick tutorial on how I made my own Thing 1 and Thing 2 shirts using my Cricut machine and some iron-on vinyl.  AND don’t forget to stop by next week to see all the pictures of the party!  I am so excited to get everything set up! If it is half as cute as it is in my head, I will be thrilled.

And the best part is… next year for Dr. Suess’s birthday we can pull these out again!

Tutorial Tuesday – Birthday Balloon Wreath

It’s all about birthdays this week since my little guy’s birthday party is this weekend!   {Today just happens to be my Dad’s birthday and tomorrow is my nephew’s 1st birthday also}  When I first saw the idea for this fun birthday wreath I immediately knew this HAD to be part of our birthday decor around here.  The How Does She? ladies titled their post “What would you do with 144 balloons?”, but I found that it was more like 400!  Each birthday in our house this gets pulled out along with the birthday bunting  and It’s Your Day Chair cover I made last summer.

Finished balloon wreath

Balloon Wreath

Supplies:

  • straw wreath (remember the bigger the wreath, the more balloon you will need! YIKES)
  • balloons (LOTS of balloons, but not the pink ones of course!)
  • floral pins – I found mine in the floral section at Walmart
  • PATIENCE, this project is great to work on while you watch a movie {or two, or three} It takes a while but the end result is totally worth it!

supplies needed

I started with 4 bags of balloons and ended up having to go back and get 4 more bags and another set of pins.  That is a total of about 400 balloons and 200 floral pins.

There are no pictures of the process.  It is pretty simple, I stuck two balloons – going opposite directions – underneath each floral pin. Then you keep doing that about 199 more times.  When I first started, I was too far back on the sides so I had to go back and move some pins around to get it to the look I wanted.

There couldn’t be a better birthday decoration since this would be great with ANY theme!  It can be hung on the front door to welcome your guests or it can be a centerpiece as well.  I even saw a pin recently on Pinterest where a balloon topiary was made {VERY similar to my DumDum topiary from my sister-in-love’s sweets themed shower}.  You can use just a few colors to go with your party decor or use them all like I did, minus the pink.

Finished balloon wreath

There you have it!  Hope you make your own very soon!  If you do, leave me a comment with the link so I can see yours!

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My Baby is Turning ONE!

With the party in a little over a week, this mama is going to be VERY busy crafting up lots of fun things for my little guy’s birthday!  For months now I have been collecting ideas on my Cat in the Hat Pinterest board.  Pinterest seriously has everything from great party decor, crafts for favors, treats, and food ideas so it has made my party planning MUCH easier.  Plus it totally helps that we just celebrated Dr. Seuss’s birthday on March 2nd and LOTS of pinners were pinning ideas for celebrating that.

Here are just a few ideas that I LOVE and will be working on over the next week.

Party Printables

I found these cute printables from Cupcake Express on Etsy and couldn’t beat the price.  Usually I make my own but without Cat in the Hat clipart or Cricut cartridge it was easier to go this route this time.  Now to get printing and cutting!

Cat in the Hat felt party hats

I have lots of felt left over from the Valentine Chair bags I was making and selling so I am hoping to get these made for my boys, my hubby, and myself.

Thing 1 and Thing 2 shirts

These will be for my hubby and myself to wear for the party.  Everyone in the family has to be in Dr. Seuss attire.  I’ll be making a “Happy Birthday to ME!” shirt for little guy based on the Happy Birthday to You book.  My older 3 boys already have matching shirts I found a few months ago at Target on clearance for $2.74!!!

Thing 1 and Thing 2 party hats

The homeschool group I am in recently made paper hats similar to these at a playdate for Dr. Seuss.  I was thinking that I could make these out of felt and attach elastic and korker ribbons at the top.  We will see if time allows ;)

Shirts and Hats

Menu

The menu was finalized today with lots of cute Seussical names for the food.  I inserted the food tags and tent cards from the PDF files I purchased into a pages document and used the Grinched font to type up the new name, what book it was from, and then the real name of the menu item.

 

I am feeling better now that I have really sat down and started to think about all I have to do I am not quite as overwhelmed.  Just have to get all the supplies and food then do all the prep.  I got this ;)

Tutorial Tuesday: Ruffled Butt Leggings

It’s Tuesday already so here I have another tutorial for you!  You might remember the ruffle butt onesies that I made for my friend’s little girls when she was having baby #2.  I loved how they turned out and I couldn’t wait to make more.  Thankfully I didn’t have to wait too long.  Another friend of mine is about to have baby #2.  She already has a sweet baby girl and now a boy is on the way.  As you might have guessed, I just had to make them some sibling shirts so off to Target I went in search of 2 white onesies.  Much to my dismay however, I didn’t find a 24 month onesie. So while wandering around the baby section I spotted some cute little girl leggings.  And that is how the project began!

 

Here are the boring black leggings.  I had scraps of black and white fabric I wanted to use for this project (I had black iron-on vinyl so I knew I was going to do black and white).

Ruffled Butt Leggings

Begin with plain leggings.  Lay them with the backside up.  Measure the width of the leggings.  You will want your strips of fabric for the ruffles to be about twice the width of the leggings.

Leggings before

Cut your strips of fabric for the ruffles.  I cut 5 strips for a size 2T pair of leggings.  My strips were 1 1/2 inches wide.

Strip of fabric for ruffle

To prevent fraying you will want to secure the cut edges of each strip.  Using the overlock stitch on your machine (or a serger) sew around ALL edges of each strip.  {This will take a while but it is worth it to not have all your hard work messed up by fraying fabric!}

Overlocking to prevent fraying

Here is a completed strip with all edges overlocked. Now repeat 4 more times!

One down, four to go

About 20 minutes later – All five strips finally done!

All done

Now to the fun part!  It’s time to make some ruffles!!!

Sewing down the center of each strip will create a ruffle on BOTH sides of the strip.  Using a basting stitch {a long stitch, on my machine I make the stitch length as long as possible} and adjusting the tension to a looser setting {normal on my machine is a 4 so I changed it to a 2}, sew right down the center of the strip making sure NOT to backstitch at the beginning or end.

Creating the ruffle

Here is the backside of the strip.  I’m showing you the back so you could see it a bit better!

With basting stitch down the center

Now pull the BOTTOM thread gently to create the ruffle.  Pulling too hard will break the thread but since you adjusted the tension on the machine you shouldn’t need to pull too hard. Keep pulling until the ruffle is the width of your leggings.  At this point you can tie the ends to secure the threads so the ruffle doesn’t come out.

Ruffling

Pin the ruffle to the top of the leggings where you want your first ruffle to begin {for me it was right under the waistband}. Adjust the ruffles so they are even and place a few pins along the strip to keep everything in place.

Pinning on ruffle

Now back at your machine, stitch with a regular straight stitch right on top of your basting stitch.  It doesn’t need to be perfect and it probably won’t be straight.  You are just securing your ruffles into place.

First row of ruffles done

Sewing on the ruffles

One row down, 4 more to go.  You want the ruffles close together so pin the the ruffle up {folding it in half} so you can see what you are doing as you work. I pinned the ruffle so it was right underneath the row above it as you can see in the picture below.

Next row

Pinning the second row

Next row done, just keep on going!

Almost done

Completed Ruffles

And there you have it!  An adorable little ruffled butt.  Here you can see it in action on a crawling baby. Don’t you just want to eat it up!

Crawling Ruffle Butt

Modeled Ruffle Butt Leggings {NOTE: I have 4 sons so I don’t have anyone to model my girlie creations.  I just HAD to see if the ruffles fell in the right spot so I put the leggings on my 11 month old son.  I promised his daddy I would only take pictures of the leggings, so you just pretend this is a girl OK!}

Easter is Almost Here

Sitting in church today I was reminded that Easter is only 4 weeks away!  I gotta get busy gathering goodies for the boys’ baskets {which I also have to sew!!!}.  We aren’t big on candy around here so Easter Baskets are filled with items each year that will be needed for Spring / Summer anyway.

Easter Baskets in our home are filled with the following:

  • spring / summer jammies
  • new swimsuit
  • sunglasses
  • flip flops
  • a book of some kind
  • outdoor fun things like bubbles, sidewalk chalk, Play-Doh, etc.  Whatever I can find and think the boys will enjoy.  Might try to find the bigger boys kites this year!
  • A few eggs with some candy (they get plenty of candy from Grammy and Papa’s house, where we go each year and do a big egg hunt)
Last Year's Easter Buckets
For those of you that have girls, hairbows would be a perfect filler for Easter eggs!  So I whipped some up for you!  These bows are available for sale (just contact me on my Facebook page )  I also have some great Daisy Clips that are fun for Spring!

Easter Bows

Daisy Hair Clips

Busy Bags in Action

Well here they are in action like I promised!  Last Monday, I was trying to keep Zachary away from TV (since he had already watched 2 shows enough for the morning) so I decided to let him try out some busy bags.  They kept him entertained for an hour!  We still have some work to do learning to put one away before getting out another and asking to play with them before just tearing into them, but so far so good.

Here are some of the bags in action with links back to the posts where the ideas came from:

Egg Carton Sorting

Egg Carton Sorting

Pool Noodle String

Pool Noodle String

Fishing Game

Fishing Game

CJ Fishing

Pom Pom Stuff In

Pom Pom Stuff In

My older son wanted to enjoy the bags as well but unfortunately for him they just weren’t challenging enough (these are the toddler busy bags!).  So I decided to create a quick busy bag for him.  I had just seen this idea on Pinterest and knew it was one that would be perfect for our swap when we moved on to the preschool bags.  Since I already had clothespins on hand and a deck of sight words, I just gathered up the materials and a sharpie and got to work.  Just a few minutes and the bag for my almost 5 year old was done.  I wrote the uppercase letters on one side of the clothes pin and the lower case on the other.

Clothespin Sight Words

Clothespin Sight Words

I can’t wait until the next month’s swap and the next set of busy bags!  The boys are loving them and I know that this busy mama will love them too.