Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Sage's Super Sensational Seventh Selebration

L-R invitation, the banner, Sage making a wish, the kids making their custom snack mixes, the view from above, Cherry 7 Up: age of the birthday girl, the inspiration for the color scheme, and choice of beverage
I survived Sage's party... I think.  The pom poms are still hanging from the ceiling and I'm finding goldfish cracker crumbs here and there, but it turned out great.  There were 18 kids so it was a little crazy and A LOT LOUD, but oh so fun!

We kicked it off with a snack mix table where the kids got to scoop their own custom snack mix into a ziploc bag.  There were things like chocolate animal crackers (my new favorite!), goldfish, peanuts, almonds, craisins, marshmallows, fruit snacks, pretzels, and honeycomb cereal to choose from.  Then we played a memory game where there were double pictures of Sage on the wall that were covered and they had to match the pictures.  We played boys against girls and I can't believe how hyped up they were the entire game!  They were so competitive and they loved seeing baby pictures of Sage.

After the memory game we put a balloon on everybody's ankle and they tried to pop each other's until we finally declared a 3-way tie between the last balloons standing.  Those last three kids would have been there for hours, Bailey being one of them.  The kids really had a blast with this one.  It was loud and crazy.  One mom came in the front door during this game and was very concerned at the noise :D Several kids asked if we could play it again.  So if you're looking for a fun party game and you can stand crazed children and the volume, this is a great one!

I made 7 Up cupcakes at the request of the 7 year old birthday girl for the guests; and made her a tiny layer cake using her easy bake pans so she could have something that would hold 7 candles.  After cake she opened her mountain of presents and we played a game of pictionary.  A lot of kids started getting picked up at this point.  We sent them all home with a thank you cookie and collapsed on the couch!

My goals for this party were:
  • that Sage have a fabulous birthday first and foremost:  check
  • not have a need for utensils:  check 
  • sew something:  check (remember I am not handy with a sewing machine)  I sewed the banner!
  • not buy invites, favors, or decorations:  check
Times are a bit tight and I really didn't want to go out and buy lots of stuff.  Most of the supplies I already had and just needed to buy the snacks and the drinks.  I did buy a new scalloped circle punch for the cupcake picks and some remnant fabric for the banner, but other than that, I really stuck to using things I had on hand.

I'd say the party was a success.  It was made all that more special that both her grandmas, grandpa, Uncle Jim, Aunt Kellie, and Aunt Cris could come too!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Pumpkins, polka dots, and beanies oh my!

This past weekend we headed up north to the Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival.  It was a great drive... until we were about 8 miles away.  It took us ONE AND A HALF HOURS to go those last 8 miles! When asked about how the festival was, it's hard not to factor in the horrendous traffic and the fact that Sage had to pee during that last hour 1/2 and there was NOWHERE to turn out or even go behind a bush so we discovered a new use for a gallon ziploc bag and the people traffic at the festival was so dense that Bailey got elbowed in the head countless times and Denver almost lost an eye and other unfortunate circumstances.

We enjoyed pumpkin soup, watched a pumpkin carver, saw ginormous pumpkins, and watched a pumpkin pie eating contest that Sage described as, "Ewww, that is gross!"  This was the largest festival I've ever been to and it was fun and there were tons of things to look at and do, BUT (that's a big but) considering our misadventures I don't think we'll be making the trek again.  Here is Bailey on the way to the festival.  I love how her fashion sense matches her personality perfectly.  (Yes, those glasses are purely an accessory and aren't prescription.)

Bailey is a colorful character

John offering me some pumpkin frozen yogurt

awesome garden store

Denver hitching a ride
This weekend we have some exciting plans as well.  Sage is turning 7 and we are throwing her a party.  I finished the cookie favors last night at 2:30 this morning.  She wants a 7Up cake since she's turning the big SEVEN so I went with the color scheme of Cherry 7Up.  It should be a little crazy, but very very fun!

Sage's birthday party details

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Adams Family 3rd Annual See Canyon Adventure

Every year John and I gather our crew and head down the coast about 45 minutes to a beautiful spot by Avila Beach called See Canyon. It is chock full of apple orchards and little farms tucked back off a narrow road. It is gorgeous and we always have such fun tasting apples, having a traffic jam with wild turkeys, drinking fresh-pressed cider and getting some flavored honey sticks for the ride home. Visiting See Canyon during the apple season always makes me feel beyond blessed with the beauty of nature and the love of my family. It's always a special day.  

I'm hoping we can visit again before the season is over!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Adventures in Colored Pencil

After a busy afternoon of teaching a craft class at church I dusted off my colored pencils and settled into the couch next to Mr. John.  I haven't drawn in a long time and it sounded fun and relaxing to mess around with my colored pencils with the sound of a football game in the background.

First I scratched and scribbled myself an apple.  I know it's a little rusty.  I usually like to reference the real deal, but I thought instead I wanted to see what my memory could produce.  It was a good exercise for my brain!
I also recently rescued an Intro to Chemistry book from the free box at the library and wondered aloud to my dad what I should do with it. He suggested I paint Frankenstein's monster on a page. Yes, genius does run in the family. So, I ripped out a page from my newly acquired, funky smelling, 1950's chemistry book. Once again, I asked myself, "What kind of images are stored in my brain? Is there a *Frank sitting up there?" I resisted the urge to go look up some images of Frank and once again just go with it.
 * Frankenstein is the creator of the monster, but for ease I'm calling my monster Frank ;D

I've seen Frankenstein images for 32 years.  There's a hazy recollection of a Frankenstein movie seen ages ago and for some reason Robert De Niro is floating in that haze.  Then there's Young Frankenstein which is ridiculously... ridiculous.  (Who can resist Gene Wilder?)  Of course the Boris Karloff images are classic.  I had no idea what would result from this potpurri of Franky goodness.

So, here is my Frank, in all his green glory.  I found it hard to make him ugly.  Mr. John let me know when I started that he looked too Arnold Schwarzeneggery.  I kept adding wrinkles and warts and scars to monsterify him.  Then Denver, my 4 year old ran and got me a little Frankenstein wind-up toy he has and informed me that the bolts should be in his temples.  It would be interesting to read the book and then see what kind of monster I'd create.  Are the descriptions of the creature in the book very descriptive?  I think I just gave myself homework. :D


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Another Little Post and BIG news!

There is nothing better than to sit and listen to the rain through the open window while I paint.  I could seriously lose an entire day to that!  So, for this little post I thought I'd show you the little thing I painted today.  It's a little bit bigger than the witch canvas.  This one measures a whopping 4"x 2"!
Mr. Pumpkinhead
... and for the big news:  I now have 2 things in my etsy store!  Guess what they are?  Here is a clue:
I would love to hear what you think! 
awww, don't they look so cute together?

Monday, October 4, 2010

Random Weekend Stuff

I made these B O O canvases the other night and thought I'd share.  I covered these crazy-sized canvases I found at Michael's with pages from a psychic book (I had to spell that about 10 times before I came up with the correct spelling!)  There is always a box of free books at our library and I love grabbing ones I'm interested in reading, but it's fun to find ones to deface  lovingly repurpose as well. 

Yesterday we had family over for my mom's birthday potluck dinner.  It was super yummy and fun to be with my parents, 2 of my sisters, 6! of my nephews (no nieces could make it) plus my bunch.  Oh, and one brother-in-law that I have to mention, since I mentioned everybody else.  Just kidding.  Love you Dustin!

For my mom's cake I found this scrumptious looking recipe from Food.com (formerly known as Recipezaar) because whenever there's a group of unsuspecting guinea pigs I experiment with some new recipe.  So I made a Chunky Apple Spice Cake but instead of using the butter sauce that is on the recipe, I frosted it and used maple extract rather than vanilla to make a Maple Cream Cheese Frosting.

I thought the cake, which is filled with diced granny smith apples, raisins, and pecans (recipe calls for walnuts) would be a little too sophisticated for the little one's palates, but everyone from the 2 year old to the 68 year old LOVED it!  It was a little crazy to slice into, because I made a double layer cake and with all the bits and pieces inside, it was very hard to cut and keep it purty lookin'.  Ahhhh, well.  The taste made up for the messiness.  

I saw the cake banner idea somewhere in blogland and can't find it anywhere! 

Friday, October 1, 2010

A Little Something I painted

I thought I'd do a very little post about a little something I just finished painting.  We are talking a very little  something!  My sister got me these little canvases and I had fun painting one of them today.  This one is a 2 inch square stretched canvas.  You think I can find a frame for this?  I would love to see their faces at a custom framing place if I brought this in to be framed.   
My fingers for perspective... and to show off how awesome I coordinate with the witch's tights :D
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