Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Just Between Friends

It is that time of year again.  Time for our local Just Between Friends Sale.  JBF is a consignment sale where people consign everything for kids.  It is a total jackpot if you are having or have a baby.  But that have stuff for kids of all ages.   I am consigning once again.  It was crazy trying to get everything ready to sell with Easter and my sweet new baby, but I managed to get quite a lot tagged and taken over to the Davis County Fairgrounds in Famington.

The JBF sale is so great and they are nation wide, so you should check their site to find out when your local sale is.  As a consignor I got to shop the pre-sale last night and got so really cute stuff for my sweet Bonnie girl.  And I got one of those Tiny Love floor mat baby play gym things for $10.  It looks really good and they are like $65 new... so score!

Anyway, if you live in the Davis County Utah area you really should head over there this weekend.  And see what you can find.  And almost everything left on Saturday goes half off.  I always like to go back on Saturday to look for jammies.  That way I can stock up and they are only like $1-2 each.

Davis County Fairgrounds - 151 S. 1100 W. Farmington

The sale is open 9am to 8pm Thursday and Friday. 
The Half Price sale is open 9am to 2:30pm on Saturday.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Alan's Skylanders Party - The Logo, Cake and Decor

I don't know what the deal is, but my kids seem to always choose a party theme about a year before there is any actual pre-made party stuff out for it.  That's how it was Mario and Ninjago and now how it was with Skylanders.  I wouldn't be at all surprised in a year when there is Skylanders party everything at the stores and it will be super easy to get Skylanders plates and treat bags    But even with the lack of supplies out there I was still super excited to put this party together.
Skylanders lends it's self really well to a party and the logo is so easy to personalize.

I don't have a lot of spare time these days so when it came to creating a personalized logo for Alan's party I took the easy route.  Well in all truth the easiest route would have been paying someone on etsy to do it for me, but I am a can't stand to pay someone to do something I can easily do my self... like house cleaning.  I have been trying to master the art of cleaning my house for years, but I suck at it so I think I need to start paying someone to do it, but a little image manipulation on the computer is easy.
I just downloaded the image and then opened it in picmonkey.  Then I used there stickers feature to cover up the word "GIANTS."   I just matched the blues as best I could.  And the typed in the words.  It took less than 5 mins and Alan thought it was awesome.

The new improved logo was used through out the party.  First I used it for the invites by just typing the words right on there, once again in picmonkey.

Just make sure you save the logo all on its own or you will be kicking yourself when you realize the only copy you have is the invite and you have to make the logo all over again... Not that I did that... I just know that sort of thing happens sometimes... but never to me. :)

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I also used the logo to make this super cool vintagey Skylanders tee.  The key to the vintage look is that I used Silhouette heat transfer for light colors.  That aloud the grey to show through and the colors to look softer.

And just to make sure I used it as much as possible,  I also used the logo on the water bottles,

front door welcome sign,

and cake topper

For the cake I just had to make a portal.  It was really easy and nice that I could just top it off with a few I Alan's favorite guys.

For the rest of the decor I used canvas drop cloths on the tables and green crepe paper as the runner.  Then I got balloons in all the element colors (I had planned to use a silver sharpie to draw the elements on each of the balloons, but I have a newborn... she likes to be cuddled.)  I also made a large poster with all the skylanders grouped into there elements, but didn't take a picture of it.  Oh well. 

And then to top it all off we just put skylanders out everywhere.  

Ta da Skylanders bliss.