A Nascar Birthday Party

Sunday, June 22

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Gentlemen (and Ladies)
... Start Your Engines !

Are you looking for a theme for your next children's party?

This year ... Parker  got to choose the theme for his 3rd Birthday Party.

Your wish is grandma's command !

Decorations are Grandma's specialty.  
*** It's a good way to make sure you get invited ... ssshhh ***
The centerpiece of the party ... 10 custom race cars.

I began with  small moving boxes  ...  for the inside of the cars.

Two sides of the box were cut down a bit with a rounded shape.
Two sides of the box ... the  flaps were left attached ... to shape the front and back of the car.
For the sides of the car ... I made up a  template .
Using  1 large moving box  for each car ... and the template as a guide ...
 2 sides were cut from each large cardboard box.
 The sides were hot-glued onto  the small moving box.
 One box flap was folded & glued UP  ... to form the back of the seat .
The other flap was folded & glued DOWN... to form the front of the car.

I added another small piece of cardboard on ... to finish the front end.
Every race car needs "primer gray" ... right?
Using the Party Theme Colors ... each car received its
top color coat.
 Finally ... the fun part.
Ya gotta add the vroommmmm !
To combine  design and durability ... my first step was to
add  RED DUCT TAPE  here and there.
 Using my  Silhouette Cameo ... and adhesive vinyl  ...
I cut out various letters and numbers to create  different designs.
 The cars really gave a colorful zest to the party.
 Plenty of "P"s for my boy Parker.
"3"s of course ... for his third birthday.

Parker Racing Team.

The kids really loved them.
 Ten cars in all .
Here's  Parker ... the birthday boy himself ... showing off his fleet.
 Sister Olivia was the official "Spokesmodel" for the car show.
Even the adults couldn't resist trying them out for a test drive.
Here's  Uncle Bryn  and  Erynne  joining the race.
 The cars were a big hit with the kids ... and everyone got
to take their car home as a gift.
 But the cars were not the only things to RACE things up.
Again ... using the Silhouette Cameo ... I made
Parker Racing Oil Labels ... and Pennants.  
And of course ... ya need some  RACING FUEL!

Well ... Bibi ... that would be me ... is kind of known for
going over the top.  But being an  Etsy Art Nut ... I love to do it.

And ... well ... that's what grandma's are good for right?

Making her grandkids smile  :)

Happy 3rd Birthday Parker Rhodes !!!

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Bizarre Foods loves Reinventing the Ordinary

Monday, May 5

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Do you know this man?

Yup ...  Andrew Zimmern  ...  from 
"Bizarre Foods" on the Travel Channel.
Well now ...  Andrew Zimmern  knows me.

Andrew's assistant Esther wanted me to do something special for a
Gift Basket ... promoting Andrew's  new television project.
In truly  "Hollywood-esque"  fashion ... these baskets would go out to
40 of the top magazine editors around the country ...
Every Day with Rachael Ray  ...   Martha Stewart Living
and  ...  yada yada yada.
THIS   is what they wanted .... with a  little twist  ... 
could I also add  Andrew's logo  to the napkin?
Well ... I told them I'd try.
Let me show you how it worked out.
40 white napkins ... taped down.
Each one screen printed ...
EAT  on one end ... and ...   Andrew Zimmern   on the other end.
 I had my doubts ... but his signature came out great !!!
I think Martha and Rachael will like ... what do you think?

Oh ... and of course they wanted me to include my business cards 
BUT ... I had a better idea.
Business cards get lost ... so why not sew my  ETSY SHOP  
address ...  right onto the back of the napkin !

I looked into buying pre-printed ribbon ... too expensive ... and too late.
So I did it myself.

Did you know you can print on ribbon or fabric 
using your own computer printer?

Yup ... it's true.  
The directions for that little project ... so simple ...  are for another post. 

 But needless to
say I printed my complete  ETSY SHOP  address on white ribbon
 ... and sewed it right into the napkins border ...
 The finished project !
Gotta doll it up ... after all ... this is  Hollywood  baby.

I received this email ... soon thereafter...
 Yes ... gotta say I'm really thrilled myself that Andrew Zimmern 
chose my design ... and liked the final result.
Here's the photo they sent me .
Just a sampling of what the special gift basket will look like.
Thanks Andrew ... and thanks Esther.
Let me know if I can come up with anything else .... 
and ...

I'm sure I'll be getting a call from Martha shortly.

Check out all of the other napkins in my shop   HERE


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Crate Covers ??? Must be January ...

Thursday, January 9

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Wow … did I sleep through December ? ? ?
As if !
November & December … ReinventingOrdinary. etsy. com  … OMG !
My boss  ( such a slave driver …  she's really cute though)  had me working night and day.  
I don't think I slept from … Thanksgiving to Christmas.
Anyhoo … that's a story for another post .
Let me be the first to say …


Okay … okay …  so it's already January 9th.  

How about …    HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR ???
I actually have no idea when that is either … well moving on.


I know that because it's … DOGGY CRATE COVER  TIME !

New REVERSIBLE  Lazybones  Covers are in the SHOP !

The … Dots on Dots Lazybones Cover
The … Dots & Stripes Lazybones Cover
The …  Damask & Stripe Lazybones Cover
These  Lazybones Crate Covers  are brand new … and come in a
variety of colors and prints.  Mix and Match … add a bed … even choose a
fabric to match your own decor.  Go wild … or be conservative … whatever
 your heart or your puppy's heart desires.

Of course … we still have the ever popular 
   Minky Crate Covers.
Minky  is always popular … and even though it is the most expensive
fabric … puppies  LOVE … LOVE … LOVE  it!

Don't know what it is about  JANUARY … but I can always set my "watch" ….
er … "calender" by how many PUPPY CRATES COVERS  we create during
 January and February.

Santa must have been very good!!!
Do you have a puppy you'd love to pamper?

Check out ALL our CRATE COVERS


It's good to be back … sorry it's been so long.

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