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It is no secret that Maya loves all things art. She spends a good portion of her free time creating things. So, when she requested an art themed party for her birthday I wasn’t surprised! My mission to throw her a birthday party to remember began. After I got over the fear of completely failing at throwing a decent party I set to work hunting down the perfect ideas on Pinterest. I found a few project ideas I thought would be perfect and some decor ideas I hoped I was capable of pulling off. With me to do list in hand I set to work creating what I hoped would be the perfect Art Party for Maya’s 7th birthday.

The decor came together so well. I had so much fun creating this party. From the mini easels, to the mini paint cans, to the rice crispies paint brushes, to the “Maya’s Art Studio” sign it was all so much fun to create and put together.

I decided to make a couple of examples of the art project we had planned for the party and display them along with a “Maya’s Art Studio” sign I made. I figured this would give the kids a chance to see what the project looked like once completed and it gave the party a nice artsy feel.

Since we were going to be painting had aprons for each girl and I bought fabric markers so they could decorate their own aprons. I had a friend of mine put each girl’s name on an apron with puffy paint to personalize them a bit for them. I also made a mini easel out of popsicle sticks for each of the girls. During the party it held their name tag but I figured it would be a fun way to display their artwork at home.

Decorating and personalizing their aprons was a great way to kick off the party and the girls had so much

fun. Each girl did a great job making their apron their own and using their creativity.

Once everyone had finished their aprons we moved onto the main project. I chose a watercolor project for the party. I provided each girl with a canvas and some watercolors. The idea of the project was to saturate the canvas with as much color as they could, once their painting was complete we sprinkled salt on the canvas to create some starburst effects and drizzled a little glue to create further unique effects on the art work. The girls did an amazing job and created some beautiful pieces of art. I hope they are proud of their pieces and are displaying them at home on their little easels!

This is Maya’s finished artwork. I love the tie dye effect created with the watercolors and the starburst created by the salt. I opted for sparkle glue and that was a big hit with the girls. This project was so fun and so easy. I highly recommend it if you are looking for a good kid friendly painting project.

After the art work was completed we moved on to eating. The rice crispies paint brushes were a big hit and so fun and easy to make.

I had a lot of fun coming up with creative food and drink ideas for this party. Turns out an art party is a great way for the host to channel their creativity as well :)

The final art spin of the day was with the cake. I opted for cupcakes and picked up some paint trays with a large center. I placed the cupcake in the middle and filled the paint tray with sprinkles of various colors, sizes and textures and had the girls decorate their own cupcakes. It was another huge hit!

This party was so fun to throw. The birthday girl was very happy with how everything turned out, which is the most important thing!

As in many households around the world we are a bit Frozen crazy around here. My girls, and admittedly myself, love the movie. Even Nora recognizes the opening notes of the movie and will start dancing! Given their love of all things Frozen it was no surprise when Maya and Anna wanted to be Elsa and Anna for Halloween. Since they were going with the Frozen theme I figured It was only fitting that Nora go with the theme as well. What more fitting costume for my happy go lucky Nora than Olaf. After a quick search I discovered that someone failed at their job and didn’t think a baby sized Olaf costume was a good idea. Since I couldn’t find one I decided to make one instead.

Really, it was a pretty easy costume to make and It was so fun too. All I needed was a white hat, big enough for a face,a white shirt, white pants, some felt and pipe cleaners. A trip to Target and one to the craft store and I had all the items needed. I pulled up a picture of Olaf and did my best to copy his eyes, nose, eyebrows , arms and hair. I think it turned out pretty well.

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The first “try on” attempt of the costume didn’t go so well. Nora was clearly not a fan of dressing up that day ;)

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She has warmed up to the costume now that she has worn it a couple of times. She makes one pretty adorable Olaf if you ask me.

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I had one woman come up to me at a Halloween party we attended and said I totally should have mass marketed this costume. And, she is right. I could have made a ton, oh well!

I kind of out did myself this year. Not only did I make Maya’s Angelina Ballerina costume, but, feeling inspired by that project I decided to make Anna’s costume as well. I better watch it or I’ll turn into Martha Stewart or something ;)

Since Anna isn’t old enough to pick her own costume yet I let Maya decide. When I asked her Maya promptly said “a cute little fairy so she can have a nice tutu like my Angelina Ballerina one”. So, I set to work planning out a fairy costume suitable for a 1 year old.

I started with the tutu. I knew I wanted the tutu to be purple because the fairy wings we already had are purple. But, other than that I wasn’t exactly sure what look I was going for. I hit up our local craft store and found some glittery tulle and was inspired. I used purple tulle, the glitter tulle and some thin glitter ribbon to make the tutu. I decided on a length of 6 inches and cut out my fabric. I used the same method to tie the tulle to the elastic waist band I had made as I did with Maya’s costume as I liked the puffy look it provided. Once the tulle and ribbon were all in place I attached little purple and glittery white flowers I had also found at the craft store. I stitched them around the front half of the tutu. The end result was exactly what I had envisioned. And, I must say, I was pretty impressed with how this one turned out. (I may have a new found obsession with making tutus).

Next up was the wings. I knew Anna wouldn’t be up for wings unless they were attached to her shirt and didn’t get in her way. We had a small pair of purple fairy wings lying around the house from an old Tinker Bell costume of Maya’s. I decided to stitch the wings to the back of an old white, long sleeved onesie, that way Anna couldn’t pull them off and they wouldn’t be in her way. The wings are stitched on in just a few spots so I can easily cut the stitching afterwards and give Maya her wings back, but are still very secure.

Last up was a headpiece of some kind. Anna is not a fan of hats or headbands of any kind and will not tolerate them for even a second. So, I knew whatever I came up with had to be a clip of some kind since she wears those with no problem. She already had a white and purple flower clip so I decided to just tie a few pieces of the glitter ribbon I used in her tutu to the clip for an added touch and go with that. Simple, yet perfect.

The end result is a pretty stinkin’ cute little fairy if I do say so myself. She was very much into checking herself out in the mirror today when she tried on the full costume.

I’ve had dreams in the past, even grand plans, to make Maya’s Halloween costume. But, those grand plans and great ideas always ended with me buying a costume instead. This year when Maya said she wanted to be Angelina Ballerina for Halloween I knew I would likely have to make her costume because I wouldn’t have a fall back that I could just buy at the store.

I looked around online to see what was available and when I found one only okay looking costume I set to work making my plans to make it myself. I sought some advice on making my own tutu and watched a couple of videos on making mouse ears. From there I felt some what prepared and set to work gathering the necessary supplies.

The first part of the costume I tackled was the tutu. I purchased 3 rolls of pink tulle, a wide elastic band and some red roses. I measured Maya to determine waist size and length I wanted for the tutu. After measuring and cutting a ton of tulle I set to work tying the tulle to the elastic waistband I had made. I wanted the tutu to be very puffy so I stacked three pieces of tulle for each section. Once all the tulle was tied on I added the red rose. It turned out pretty well.

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Once I had successfully completed the tutu I set to work on the mouse ears. I purchased a white headband, white felt, pink felt and white foam pieces. I traced a glass to make my ear pieces. Each ear is made up of 2 rounds of white felt with 2 rounds of foam glued inside for structure. I added smaller pink rounds to the front of each ear. To attach the ears to the headband I used a strip of felt glued to each ear and wrapped around the headband and glued into place. I added a big pink bow in the center to make them look more like Angelina ears.

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I was very happy with how both the ears and the tutu turned out, but more importantly Maya was very happy with the finally outcome.

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My little Angelina Ballerina!

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