Happy Thanksgiving to those celebrating in the United States. I sincerley hope that you will be in the presence of your friends, your family, while enjoying some delicious turkey, stuffing and maybe a few sweets (perhaps even a nap)!
For us Canadians, Thanksgiving was over a month ago and although we may not be basting our turkeys this weekend, we certainly are looking forward to a different tradition...enjoying some of those great Black Friday sales! As I did last year, I have a list of small business online stores I plan to visit and support and in turn cross some items off my shopping list.As a shop owner, I too will be having a sale. Starting Black Friday through to Cyber Monday, just use the coupon code "BLACKCYBER20" in order to receive 20% off anything in the shop.
Stop on by the shop
and take a look; there is something for moms
, new mothers
, tired mothers
, your personal trainer
or even that truly unique
person in your life...perhaps one of my prints might just be right for them!
If you'd like to check out some other shops, fromhousepartiestohousewife.com
has a great shop list to check out, Marisa from Omiyage
will be having a Black Friday sale round up posted up on Oh My Handmade Goodness
and while you are there, don't forget to check out the Holiday Gift Guide Pin Party
and the pre-sale of the simply wonderful 2014 Community Letterpress Calendar
No matter what you do this weekend, eat, be merry or shop…I wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving, I wish you a happy weekend and if you get out there (physically or virtually), I hope you have fun shopping the Black Friday/Small Biz Saturday/Cyber Monday sales!
If you have any links or sales we should know about, post them here in the comments…we'd love to check them out.
Thank you for popping by!
I have fallen behind in my doodles and so I am taking one of my last ones in honour of the beautiful fall colours out there
and to wish my fellow Canadians a Happy Thanksgiving!
A glimpse of one of this weeks doodles. Who inspired 'a little glimpse' and Project 300? Check it out here.
This year for my son's 4th birthday we went with a Pirate Theme...Arg!
He dressed up as a pirate last Halloween and really enjoyed it so it wasn't a big surprise when he chose this theme. If I was a smart mama, I would have seen this coming and wouldn't have donated his costume earlier in the year...but alas I did! As you know, I try not to spend very much on their parties so I had to come up with some creative ways to make his costume and decorate the house.
- Pirate hats I made myself. Look here for the no sewing required tutorial.
- Using a red sheer scarf from the dollar store, I cut off a quarter for the head rags and the rest was used for the belts.
- The vest I cut out of a black drop cloth I had. I literally wrapped the fabric around him, chalked an outline of what it should look like, cut it out and hot glued the rope accents on.
- The shirt I did with an iron on, a tradition I do for them every year...they love it.
- The sword and eye patch were also found in the dollar store.
Pirate Ship on the Seas
- This pirate ship was made from one foam core board and the waves were made out of two foam core boards, all from dollar store.
- I drew waves, staggered the heights to make two levels and cut them out.
- I stood the black board behind the waves once they were cut to determine the bottom, top and width of the ship, drew a ship freehand and cut it out.
- The masts were strips of foam board and the sails were made from foam sheets I had left over from the pirate hats.
- The masts were secured with wooden skewers and hot glue.
- Glued the finished ship to an empty Kiwi Crate box to complete the scene.
Palm Trees Islands
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- I found a set of collapsible palm trees on clearance that I couldn't pass up.
- Problem: They were meant for hanging and I wanted free standing.
- Solution: I duct taped two broom sticks together, slipped them into the middle of the tree and placed them in a stack of dumbbells.
- Wrapped the base with a beige throw, an old canvas drop cloth covered my urns, added grass left over from a fairy party. Warning signs were made from canvas drop cloth, iron ons and bamboo stakes from the garden.
- In the other corner I added some wooden crates I use to store my painting supplies and threw in some "jewels" I purchased at the dollar store.
Walking the Plank
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- I sketched a shark fin about 6" in height onto foam board and cut it out.
- I used that one as a stencil to trace more fins and cut 20 in total.
- I broke wooden skewers into about 2" pieces. 1" went into the fin and the other into the ground.
- NOTE: Count how many skewers you put into the ground and ensure you pull out the same amount. You don't want to step on a forgotten one.
- My husband secured two 1x2's together and stained them a dark brown.
- We placed it onto two matching stools and made them walk the plank!
- Straw flags were printed on adhesive paper and attached to the paper straws purchased from Omiyage.
- Tree netting we had in our gardening supplies was put up on the wall, covered in fishing lures I borrowed from my father-in-law, added a few signs made out of canvas and the serving area was done.
- More canvas drop cloth was cut to wrap the beverage bottles, rope and skulls finished them off.
- The front of the house was draped in red and white. I used dollar store table cloths, used same white rope to secure them and the flags were Halloween flags also purchased at the dollar store.
There were a few more details that I haven't shown here like mini treasure boxes everywhere with more jewels and chocolate coins, a pirate ship piñata, hidden treasures, fruit skewers, loot bags but from the moment of seeing my son's reaction to having the house decked out for his party...I simply forgot to take pictures of everything else.
Oh well, the important thing is that he loved every bit of it, he had a great day with his family celebrating his 4th birthday and he reminds me of the fun he had that day every time he puts on his pirate hat....which, a month and a half later, is still often :)
Two weeks ago we celebrated my sons 4th birthday and we celebrated it with a Pirate themed party.
I will have a post about the party up soon but I thought I would start with a tutorial on
how to make a Pirate hat in four easy steps with no sewing required!
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- Black Foam Sheet (12"x18")
- Scissors / Exacto Knife
- Fabric Glue / Hot Glue
- Ruler / Straight Edge
- Embellishments: Crossbones, buttons, lace, etc
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Fold foam sheet in half.
Cut a 12" opening down the middle crease.
This will fit most heads from age 4 - 13.
Draw the pirate hat outline while folded in half.
Use chalk if you have it (pencil is harder to see).
Then cut it out while folded.
Add a quarter size drop of Fabric Glue (hot glue will work too) just beside the end of the opening you cut down the middle, fold it back up and let it dry.
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- Add buttons just above the end of the openings with fabric glue / hot glue
- If want a little extra finishing touch thread the buttons BEFORE gluing them on
- Add lace around interior edge of the top using the fabric glue for a girl version
- I cut out crossbones using white foam sheet and glued them to the front
There you have it, four easy steps to make a pirate hat with no sewing required!
Let me know if you try it...I'd love to see your results!