Creative Fun With Friends

Being creative is a mood changer. A super charger. A happy maker. Add food, friends, and a couple of drinks to the mix and you’ve got yourself a fantastical afternoon of innovative fun 🙂

This particular get-together was a bit of a last minute idea. We had less than a week to pull it together and every single detail of our gathering had changed from our original plan and guess what? Everything flowed flawlessly regardless of all the changes (of course it did, we had wine 😉 )

craft day-bunnyWe had no previous wreath making experience, nor were we die hard crafty people. We were just a handful of girls who wanted to kick back, relax, and experiment with some craft supplies. Our intention was to create this cute little bunny wreath.

From start to finish, we each created something totally different and unique. This is what we took home with us:

Sometimes the craft store doesn’t carry the right size wreath or you can’t seem to find the decorations you absolutely need to carry out your vision. Follow thru anyway, you just might surprise yourself. Life doesn’t always work out the way you intend it to. Ride the waves and enjoy the time you have to play. In the end you’re likely to have created something totally unique, even more beautiful than you had originally planned.

Thanks for a much needed, super fun afternoon Ladies! 🙂

 

Creative Play – Fondant Cake

Diaper Cakes and Baby Shower Fun

Creative Play – Paint Nite

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Have you had the opportunity to experience a Paint Nite yet? Huge shout-out to the creative genius that inspired this hot new trend!! WOW!

Allow me highlight the brilliance of this event.

Your ticket gifts you with an evening of laughter, friendship, memory-making, and PAINT!

Here’s what you can expect at a Paint Nite event. You enter the host location preferably with your paint clothes on and sign in. At your table you will find the treasures your creative subconscious yearns for; a canvas, a table easel, an art apron, paint brushes, a cup of water (do not drink! It’s for your paints!) and 2 plates. Your plate becomes your palette and you’re ready to get started (Supplies likely vary per project, I’ve only been to one….so far!)

Could it possibly get any better?! Yes, it does! Throw in some cocktails. Maybe even some appetizers. Indulge.

Once the lesson begins, a master art teacher guides you through the featured painting step-by-step. Now, of course I can’t speak for all teachers, but ours – Candace – radiated awesome! She was FUN! She was engaging and patient. She had a great sense of humor and kept us giggling all evening. We all absolutely loved her. She also happens to have impeccable taste in music. Every now and again, I would completely lose myself in my project. I’d get out of my chair and stand to paint, the music would take over and I’d catch myself dancing a little… wishing I could dance a lot…reminding myself to remain focused 🙂 Music AND Painting. YES! Candace and her music made for an extraordinary evening.

At the end of the night, you are left marveling at the natural talent you didn’t even know you had in you!

Now get this…your Paint Nite staff takes care of clean up. That’s right. Your ticket buys you an evening out, a FUN evening out, the unveiling of your creative talents, your supplies for the night, an artist ready to help should you get stuck, and you don’t even need to worry about the clean up. From start to finish you’ve completed a masterpiece within a few hours. Brilliant!

Right now, there is a 35% savings coupon code on Paint Nite. If you’ve ever considered attending one of this fabulous events, I highly recommend you do. What are you waiting for?! Get out there and get your creative play on 🙂

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Creative Play – Diaper Cakes and Baby Shower Fun

Ok guys, so here it is….the re-opening of my sacral chakra. The beginning of a new beginning. The project that reached deep inside my blah and pulled out something that resembled my spark and I have my daughter-in-law to thank for that. Thank you Tara for the providing an opportunity to be a part of ‘showering’ a young lady with a dynamite party.

Tara had come up with a brilliant idea to use diaper cakes as centerpieces. I don’t know why but I honestly thought making smaller cakes vs one giant cake would be more challenging….challenge accepted! I called up my trusty crafty sister-in-law and we were on it! She helped me to lay the ground work. Roll the diapers, tie with elastics, and bunch them all together like bundles of coins (yes, I work in a bank, it’s what I do). Once you’ve reached your desired width, take a large elastic or use cord to bunch them together into a circle. Then move on to the next layer repeating the process. Thank you Vicky!

We had decided to focus on a blue green theme for the shower so those are the colors I scouted for ribbon ideas and BAM! Easy!

I found some small bears and gifts to add to the cakes and voila! I fell in love ❤ a new hobby maybe?!  I’d do another anytime!

The only minor thing I’d change is I might have reversed the bottom and top ribbons so that the polka dots weren’t hidden behind baby treasures. Otherwise…for a first attempt….I couldn’t be happier!

Tara was busy pulling everything together; location, food, games, prizes, invitation lists, her list was endless. And I have to say, hats off to her. She went above and beyond to make this shower special and memorable for Mommy-to-be. I don’t think I’ve seen a more dedicated host.

Our Momma-of-honour is using owls to adorn her nursery. hmmm….scouting….scouting…..and check it out! How adorable are these? These little cuties can be found on DIY my Party on Etsy.

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But the shower was still so far away and my creative juices were flowing….I had some onesies for a project I intended to use for another craft and now I had this uncontrollable urge to paint! I picked up some wooden letters at the dollar store and came up with this decorative idea.

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We had made few more trips to the dollar store for green plates, blue polka dot napkins, green cups, streamers, balloons, blue tablecloths, and the decorating was complete, this is the space we managed to create. Check out the prize bags…LOVE! She even managed to turn those into an adorable decoration!

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I only helped with decorations, my part was small but meaningful. This post only covered my own projects and creative process. The magic of the day was meticulously planned and carried out by Tara and others.

Let your creativity SHINE!!

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