Tuesday, September 30, 2014

A Party of Ice and Fire

When I say that J is a fan of the "A Song of Ice and Fire" series by George R.R. Martin, it feels like an understatement. If you do not know the book series (that I'll abbreviate now as ASOIAF), you may be more familiar with the title "Game of Thrones," which is the first book of the series, and the name of the show on HBO.

Don't get me wrong, I'm a fan too, but J is a little more extreme. I wanted to plan a surprise birthday party for him and decided to use the book series for an "Ice and Fire" party theme!

A Song of Ice and Fire Party

I started by assembling a table with some food and decor centered around the ASOIAF theme. That included a Weirwood tree made from a real tree branch. I painted it white and attached some red leaves that I cut out of paper.


In the living room, I put some crow silhouettes on the wall next to J's "Winter is Coming" poster. I also created a "Happy Name Day" banner from letters printed on kraft paper.


Some other touches included a skull with molten crown a la Viserys Targaryen and a crow that were displayed on the table. I wanted to make the crow have three eyes, but didn't get a chance to do that before the party. It would have been easy to attach a doll eye or black cabochon to this crow to make it three-eyed like the creature in the books!


The birthday cupcakes represented ice and fire! I used rock candy and blue cupcake liners for the ice cupcakes, and topped the others with orange and yellow candles for the fire cupcakes.


I also got a little creative with the idea of house banners from the ASOIAF series and made one for J.


All in all it was a great party and I think J was really surprised. It was fun to use ASOIAF as a party theme! There are so many things that can be done with it. I was glad to have a reason to get back into the swing of crafting things.

Game of Thrones Party

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Life


Life is funny sometimes. Just when you think everything is fine, something bad happens, or the oppositejust when you think everything is terrible, something good happens. My family has had one heck of a year. After J lost his mom in May and we lost my paternal Grandpa in June, my maternal Grandpa died at the end of July. It was a shock. In August we held our breath. It is hard to move forward with so much loss, and I feel that there are still good days and bad days.

I haven't done much crafting these past few months. When we moved into our new (tiny!) place in March I wanted to make a dedicated crafting area. Thanks to a sale at Target I found the perfect desk for it, so now I hope to get back in the crafting mood. Even though summer has ended, I am looking forward to brighter days ahead!

Monday, July 14, 2014

In Loving Memory


This is definitely the hardest blog post that I have ever had to write. I am deeply saddened to share that recently we lost my boyfriend's mother and my grandfather.

Just four days after my last post, my boyfriend's mother had a stroke unexpectedly and died two days later. She was only 52 years old. Although we did not have a funeral, we had a lovely memorial service. I only hope that it brought J some closure. The loss of his mother has been very hard on both of us, but I am so grateful that we have each other. We try to take each day one at a time to work through our grief.


Just one month after the loss of my boyfriend's mother, we suffered the loss of my Grandfather. He was diagnosed with cancer (cholangiocarcinoma) in April and died in June. It was extremely fast, and very difficult to endure. His death was a major blow for our family. Even though we were trying to prepare ourselves from the time he was diagnosed, it all went way too quickly.


I volunteered to give the eulogy for my Grandfather. It was difficult for me to write and to read, but it also made me feel good to be able to express my feelings during his funeral service. The hardest part of losing both DeAnna and my Grandpa is the loss of a future with them. If we ever get married, or have children, they will not get to be a part of that, and that is overwhelmingly sad.

Losing these special people from our lives is the reason for my absence from this blog as of late. DeAnna and Grandpa were both supportive of Craft E Magee, and I know that they would want me to be strong and continue to blog and craft because it makes me happy. I only hope that I can continue to make them proud.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Simple and Sweet Treat Bags


At the Mother's Day brunch we had recently, I made simple goody bags for guests using just tissue paper and cellophane bags. These are the easiest goody bags to make, and are easily customized for any party theme!

All you need is some tissue paper that matches your color or pattern party theme, clear cellophane bags, and string or twist ties.


Fold the goody bag items in the middle of the tissue paper leaving the top part open. It is easiest to follow the folds already creased into the tissue paper.



Next place the folded tissue paper with treats into the cellophane bag (open end up). Close the top of the goody bag with a twist tie, string, or yarn. Finish with a nice bow and you are all set!


Whether it's for a kid's birthday party, a Holiday, or special occasion, these simple bags are perfect for guests. These goody bags can be filled with candy and stickers for kids, or stocked with fun items for adults, like the shaving lotion and shampoo that I included here.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Spring weather


I always enjoy the Spring weather around this time of year, but I am especially enjoying it right now after the incredibly long and cold winter we have had. Spring is the best time to enjoy the flowers and greenery in the neighborhood. 


I'm also glad that my Mom has gotten so much use out of the butterfly garden stake that I made for her last year during an event hosted by D.I.Y. Louisville. The colors of the beads match the flowers perfectly!


Summer will be here soon, so we have to enjoy Spring while it lasts! What is your favorite Spring activity?

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Celebrating Mom


Last Sunday my sister-in-law and I hosted a brunch to celebrate Mom... well, four Moms to be exact. I focused on decorating with lots of flowers while my sister-in-law made some very tasty breakfast treats. There was hashbrown casserole, fruit salad, coffee cake, and an egg bake.



As a fun bonus, I made up treat bags for all the guests. The guys got pouches with chocolate kisses, while the ladies got goody bags with some nice lotion inside. The goody bags had tags with the guests' names on them, so they doubled as seating cards.



I also recycled some cardboard from one of our moving boxes to make this easy Mother's Day sign. After cutting out a ribbon shape from the cardboard, I decorated the sign with some white paint and fake daisy flowers.



My mom is my best friend, so it was great to take the day to celebrate her! Overall it was a relaxed brunch for our family, which is the perfect kind of get-together. There was the added bonus that the moms in the bunch didn't lift a finger! I hope they enjoyed the off time for once.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Last Minute Gift for Mother's Day

This weekend we celebrate the special ladies in our lives: our Moms! If you are looking for a last-minute gift for Mother's Day, look no further. I have just the thing to make your mom smile, a tote bag filled with fun things just for her!


I found this adorable straw tote bag this week at Target for only $3 (near the Dollar Spot). It will make the perfect package for my mom, an avid reader. I have included some nail polish, sunglasses ($1 at Target!), hand lotion, and a good book.

For the Reader you could also include magazines or bookmarks. Bonus points if the bookmark features a picture of you and your mom together!

Maybe your mother isn't into reading. That's okay! You could easily swap the items in the tote bag to personalize this gift for your mom. See more ideas below.

the Sun Goddess
Sunglasses
Beach towel
Sunscreen
Flip flops
Lip balm

the Writer
Journal/Notebook
Pens
Notecards
Coffee Mug
Bracelet/Watch

the Artist
Sketch pad
Colored pencils
Pencil sharpener
Earrings
Head Band

the Fashionista
Scarf
Bold necklace
Lip gloss
Nail polish
Fashion magazine

the Chef
Cookbook
Grocery list notepad
Pens
Apron
Hair barrettes/Hair bands

the Athlete
Nice Water Bottle
Chapstick
Step counter
Hand towel
MP3 player

The possibilities are endless! Mix and match items to make the perfect bag for your mother, partner, aunt, grandma, or any of the other special ladies in your life. She will love it. Happy Mother's Day!