Friday, September 30, 2011

Spirit Week

blue + white day, wacky wednesday, and team theme day (white kitties)

Technically, I'm not sure it can be called spirit week -- the kids only dressed up on three days this week -- but we participated again nevertheless. I enjoy school spirit weeks! It's kind of like Halloween, but often you can pull things out of your closet and throw something together that fits a day's theme. I'm never sure if my kids will share my extreme appreciation for these "dress up days," but so far they've risen to the occasion every time.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Hello Kitty Friends Goodie Bags

My daughter loves Hello Kitty and all of Hello Kitty's friends, so when I needed goodie bags for her party and the party store only had green, pink, and blue gift bags, I decided to make Keroppi, My Melody, and Tuxedo Sam bags. Filling the bags with Hello Kitty-inspired goodies was fun! Here is a list of the items I chose to use in our bags:

I topped each bag with half-pieces of tissue paper in assorted colors. Setting all of the bags together somewhere makes a big impact and would decorate a table nicely for a party. I can't wait to give these fun bags to the kids!

For directions on making your own gift bags, click on the links below:
Keroppi gift bag
Tuxedo Sam gift bag
My Melody gift bag

Friday, September 23, 2011

Hello Kitty Bubbles

I enjoy party favors that match a theme. Unfortunately, most Hello Kitty party favors tend to be both small and expensive. So I decorated some bubble containers with some Hello Kitty (and friends) images I had left over from our party invitations and the result was an inexpensive favor that will work wonderfully for our party!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Keroppi Gift Bag

Since one of the only bag colors left at the party store was green, Keroppi was the next logical choice for my daughter's party. He's such a cute little guy anyway, so I actually felt pretty lucky that the store had green -- I love it when a party idea comes together!

My Melody Gift Bag

When I think of Hello Kitty and the color pink, I immediately think of Hello Kitty's friend, My Melody. So when I searched the stores for party supplies and ran across some small pink gift bags, I knew I needed to put together some My Melody goodie bags for my daughter's party!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Tuxedo Sam Gift Bag

I've been preparing a few Hello Kitty-inspired items for my daughter's birthday party. While I've been trying my best to get party supplies at stores where I've already purchased Groupons or Living Social deals, I've found that the only goodie bags I can find at those stores are pastel pink and a little too "princess-y" for my daughter's tastes. So after assessing the stores' supplies I came up with ideas for a group of goodie bags based on some of Hello Kitty's friends. Blue bags were available, so Tuxedo Sam joined our party.

Clothing Journal (Days 15-21)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Creative Spotlight : The Book Sculptor

Mysterious paper sculptures
photo credit:

Today I was touched by the works of an artist on the other side of the world. The works are beautiful sculptures created from old books -- delicate trees, leaves, and figures carefully formed from thoughtfully chosen papers covered in words.

But the works are made even more beautiful by the manner in which the artist has chosen to display them. Because each sculpture has been created anonymously and then it is carefully left as a gift "in support of libraries, books, ideas...."  So far, the artistic gifts have been found left in libraries, a theater, a storytelling center, and a book festival. And each time, the artist remains anonymous, leaving kind words that describe the artist's love and thankfulness for the location's impact on the world.

What an amazing gesture: to give art from one's gratitude-filled heart with the hope of hearing another's heart sing in return, and nothing more. Perhaps this is how we should all live with our gifts: mindful of how others have helped make us who we are, and giving of our hearts with a hope to make the world a more beautiful place for everyone.

I hope I see many more sculptures by this artist surface in the future and that other gifted people are inspired to share their gifts with the world because of it. See the art yourself and be inspired!

Clothing Journal (Days 8-14)

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Hello Kitty Lantern Decoration

Because I turned our dining room pendant into an Angry Bird for my son's Angry Birds party this last summer, I figured I should give my daughter equal treatment and decorate the pendant in honor of my daughter's Hello Kitty theme.

This was a pretty simple project: print out the pieces of Hello Kitty (see below), cut them out, and then attach the pieces to the pendant using double sided tape. The most difficult part of the project was connecting the ears, but after bending the bottoms of the ears, they attached just fine.

My daughter is thrilled!

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Monday, September 12, 2011

Today's Haiku

In the floor-bound tent,
She found no sleep, so I moved
The tent o'er her bed.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Hello Kitty Party Invitation

My daughter is going through a Hello Kitty phase. Since we plan to invite both boys and girls to her birthday party, I decided to create an invitation that isn't too girly by including boy characters on the front of the invitation. I went a step further and made sure Hello Kitty had purple glasses just like my daughter's. What can I say, I like adding subtle details!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Project : 30-Day Clothing Journal

I have a clothing problem. Maybe it's two problems, I don't know. Somehow, I feel like I have way more clothing than I should while simultaneously feeling like I have "nothing" to wear. And I get into a clothing rut where I wear the same outfits over and over again. So I've decided I need to use my clothing better. Use it or donate it!

Every day for thirty days, I plan to wear a different outfit and to record those outfits here in my clothing journal. I figure that by forcing myself to wear something different for thirty days, I will need to get more creative with my clothing and hopefully I'll figure out what works, what doesn't, and what needs to change so it does work. I'll also have a record of some outfits that I do like so that I can remember them for another day. I actually already began this process on September first, so I'll be posting my first week of photos some time tomorrow.

Do you feel like you have a closet full of "nothing" to wear? Maybe you should join me and try a 30-day clothing challenge yourself!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Kayaking Lake Union

Today we decided to get outside and enjoy the warm September weather by using up a Groupon we purchased awhile back for the rental of two tandem kayaks on Lake Union.

Lake Union is calm and you can't beat the city views around you while you paddle. There's something magical about kayaking in the reflection of the Space Needle!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Embellishing Gift Bags

Every time a person gives me a gift bag, I re-gift it.  But sometimes the bags don't have very much personality, so I like to use a very simple technique of embellishment to liven them up a bit.

Yesterday, I found I had three bags that were the perfect size for the gifts I needed to wrap, and while they were cute, I knew they could be way cuter.
So I searched online for images that might make the gifts more personal and then I used Photoshop to change some of the colors in the images to match the bags' color schemes.

On the first bag, I cut the image completely out and used double sided foam tape to attach the image to the bag front. For the second bag, I again cut the image out completely, but then I mounted the image onto two pieces of scrap paper (one pink piece attached to one black piece using double sided tape), and secured it to the bag with double sided tape.  For the last bag, I cut the image out in a rectangle and fastened it to a pink piece of scrap paper with double sided tape before using the tape to attach the entire piece to the blue bag.

Using simple spruce-ups can make gifts so much more personal, plus, no one would guess these bags were used before! Have fun reusing those bags!