Jessica is pretty crafty and full of all kinds of good ideas, too. Here are some of my all-time faves:
Isn't this a fun idea to do with soap? I think it would be great for my children!
Avery turned three last week and we had a dog party for her. Let me just preface this by letting you know that I really don’t believe in big, over-the-top parties for children. I am adamant that our children’s parties are simple, family parties--which is almost always just our immediate family. They have had a few "friend" parties, but only a couple and they were pretty simple, too.
For some reason this year, though, I thought my youngest would really like a party with her friends. So I set out to plan a fun and simple party. And, I used my Silhouette for a great deal of this so I apologize to those of you without a paper cutter of some sort. Having done a lot of this type of thing in the past without a paper cutter, I know it is definitely possible! I patterned a lot of what I did after a party I found HERE at Bee in Our Bonnet. Talk about the hostess with the most-ess!
Avery wanted a blue dog party, but doesn’t know who Blue from Blue’s Clues is so I didn't go that direction even though it was tempting. This is how I did the invitation (except I forgot to photograph the real one since I waited until the last minute to get them out! The real one was made out of paper that looked like boards.):
I think I am getting a little obsessed with serving dishes for the holidays. I see them everywhere and I can’t help but want them! This time, I controlled myself a little because I only bought the $3 plate for this craft instead of the $5 Halloween plate. Besides, this looks great for Halloween, but is versatile enough to use for other holidays, too. A smart craft!
Now I know this looks like a skateboard in this picture and not too impressive at all, but it is much better in real life. This is what I did:
 Paint knobs (if necessary) the color you want. I used a slim nail (with almost no nail head on it) to hold the knob and then poked that into a piece of cardboard. Interestingly enough, it was a drink holder from McDonald’s and it made the BEST tool for this. I just used the handle to turn the knobs around while I was painting them. It was like magic!
 Glue the flat side of the knobs onto the bottom of the plate using E-6000. I like to let everything dry overnight just to be sure the glue has set completely. I was worried about the knobs sliding around on the counter with that glossy spray paint, but they didn’t seem to slide at all. I think I dot of hot glue would prevent sliding if it was an issue.
Can’t beat two steps now, can you?! I told you it was simple and not so impressive in the photos, but the little “feet” add a lot to the dish. The height is nice when you have a table loaded with treats because it stands out just a little.
Halloween seems far away to me, but maybe that is wishful thinking! We went to the raspberry farm and picked so many delicious raspberries last week. On the way out, there were also pumpkins for sale. I tried to ignore them, but my daughter was adamant. So, now I have to get up to speed!
This Spider Serving Plate is so easy to make and I love the way it looks! It works best to make these over a period of 2 or 3 days so the glue can dry completely. Mine was made at nighttime so please bear with my pictures! Here’s what you need to do to make one yourself.
black bowl and plate (Mine are Target’s super cheap melamine dishes)
small scrap black construction paper
large moveable eyes
black chenille sticks (“pipe cleaners”)
 Cut a circle out of the construction paper that is the same size as the bottom of the bowl.
 Fill the bottom of the bowl with glue—don’t go overboard, though, because it will easily squish out to the edges.
 Put the ends of the pipe cleaners into the glue with 4 sticking out of each side. Set the construction paper over this to hold it all in place. Weight it down with a glass or full can of spray paint. I also put a heavy book on top of that to help hold it all together. Let sit overnight to make sure the glue is really dry.
 Glue the plate to the bowl. The easiest way to do this it to put a thin line of glue around the edge of the bottom of the bowl. Aim the glue towards the inside so the glue doesn’t squish all over the outside of the bowl once you put the two pieces together. Place something heavy on it and let dry overnight.  Bend the spider legs into the desired shape. I did all of the bending first and then went back and cut the “feet” to the right length.
 Glue on the eyes. Let dry overnight.
Thank you for the wonderfully kind comments about the Monogram and Name Wall Art. I can't wait to see some pictures of what you do! I wanted to pick everyone, but it wouldn't be very practical with my budget!