My adventures, and misadventures, as I stumble around finding my place in the world.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Kinetic Sand

** Please note, this is NOT a sponsored post.  All opinions are my own **

Have you ever heard of Kinetic Sand?  Advertised as "sand in motion".  This is pure sensory GOLD! This is some of the best stuff I've come across.  Therapeutic and relaxing for adults and totally safe and entertaining for kids.


We try to incorporate all kinds of sensory activities in our Early Childhood program.  This sand is way more fun than just your average sand.  It can be molded into sold forms, similar to wet sand, but it can also easily shift and slid around with out the normal sandy mess.  So hard to describe, you just have to try it for yourself!

Here is a video to try to give you a better idea:



While the kinetic sand box doesn't actually tell you their secret recipe, I have seen a few online.  I would love to see if we can recreate our own version at school.  I like the recipe here, and here.  And you can also find it on Pinterest.  Let me know if you give it a try, or if you have any other favored sensory activities for young children.

I just can't get enough!



Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Wedding Drink Tickets

When deciding what to do about the bar at our reception we weighed a lot of options.  We wanted more than just a cash bar, but didn't want a full open bar.  We settled on having beer, wine, and all non alcoholic beverages open for the night (juice, soda, etc.).  We were able to work out a deal with our venue to allow us to have drink tickets for guests over 21.  Guests could cash these tickets in for a drink at some point.  We felt like this was a good compromise, our guests wouldn't go crazy with an open bar and we wouldn't be stuck with a huge tab at the end of the night, but at least we had some beverages included.

So I set off to design a drink ticket.  I was really happy with how our return address stamps came out, so I headed back to Etsy to see if I could find another stamp that would work.  I was over the moon with the design that Cork Country Cottage made for us.
I decided on sample two, and it arrived in the mail in just a few weeks.  We stamped them on the same orange card stock that we used for our invitations:
 Once we cut them out we added them to our place setting cards with our sparkly clothes pins.
The clothes pins were another super simple DIY.  I picked up a couple packages of clothes pins, some mod podge, and glitter in our colors.  The mod podge acts like glue, but dries clear.  I added an extra layer on top of the glitter to make sure that glitter would't be rubbing off on everything.  There's nothing worse than glitter everywhere....

Drink tickets and seating cards, check!




Monday, January 19, 2015

Wedding Invitations

In order to save even more cash (every little bit helps!) we decided to design and print our own invitations.  I headed to Michaels and found a box set of invitation on sale for 75% off.  So I snatched up two.  I hated the color they were mounted on, and the ribbon, but that was easy to fix.  So I set out to find some embellishments and a better color of card stock.  I would be lying if I said it was easy to get the layout I wanted, it took me days just to get it to print correctly.  But it was worth the extra effort!  I can get a little OCD when it come to even spacing and lines....

I was excited to find small paper flowers in our colors on sale at Michaels, so I got the girls together, we took out our paper cutters and glue dots and here was the end result!
DIY Invitations
Not perfect, but perfect enough.  The original set had a brown backing with a solid brown ribbon on the side, where I printed heart.  I ended up liking the ink print better than a ribbon on the side, and I thought that the flowers added the extra 3D touch we wanted.

I printed the addresses directly onto the envelopes.  I thought this looked nicer than sticking on address labels, and it looked way nicer than my handwriting!  Then I headed to Etsy for a fun return address label.  I found a stamp I thought was adorable, and was impressed with how quickly it arrived.  I took off our address, but here is a sample of what the design looked like.
Return Address Stamp
I used a blue ink pad, and set them all out to dry!
All our invitations ready to go!
Things were starting to feel pretty official!




Saturday, December 13, 2014

Wedding bells

B and I wanted to come up with something creative for our guests to use as we exited the church.  We wanted something more environment friendly than rice, confetti or balloons.  I loved the idea of bubbles, but my sister used that for her wedding three years prior, so I was in search of something a little more freesh and original.  As I was looking I came across the perfect idea.  Wedding bells!

We decided to create ribbon wands with bells on the end for our guests to wave as we walked by.  A bit more of a time consuming project, but I was ecstatic with the result.


We were fortunate to have help from our sisters and brothers in law so the project wasn't too overwhelming, but we made just about 150 of these puppies!  First thing we did was visit the craft store and gather all of the necessary materials.  Actually, I made multiple trips to the craft store so that I could use my 50% off coupon more than once....  
Supplies:
Dowels
Eye hooks
Key rings
Bells
Ribbon

Once we had gathered all of our materials the first step was to drill a small hole into the end of each dowel (thanks to family members with power tools!).  Once we had a small hole to guide us it took a little bit of elbow grease to screw in the eye hook.  We managed to only split one or two dowels by mistake, I consider that a success!  

The next step was what I considered the most time consuming, attaching a key ring to each bell.  Just when you though you had the ring open the bell would slip away!  Once each bell had a ring attached we then attached bell to the eye hook on each dowel. 


Next I made a sample so that I knew approximately how long I wanted my ribbon to be.  Then I cut all of my ribbons.  I chose the yellow and blue to go with my wedding colors and then found a fun white ribbon that said "Happily ever after".


Next came the fun part.  We tied about three ribbons to the eye ring of each dowel.




That's a lot of wedding wands!  As it got closer to the day I arranged them in a basket with this cute saying "Wave the wand with joy and laughter and celebrate with the new Mr. and Mrs. for a Happily Ever After!"  Perfection.



I think it was a fun touch for our special day.  It was the exact extra oomph that I was looking for.  Oh, and our ring bearer was quite possibly is the cutest little man ever.



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