Strawberry Shortcake Party Time

I’m sorry it’s been a while since my last post.    Fall is my favorite time of the year and I get carried away with the cooler weather and fall projects.  It seems once we hit October, there is never enough time!  My granddaughter, Parker, turned 4 in October and she had a Strawberry Shortcake birthday party.  I remember when my girls were young and Strawberry Shortcake was so popular.  Now it seems Strawberry Shortcake is back again! 

The weather was beautiful and we were able to celebrate with an outdoor party.  A lot of Parker’s friends from preschool came and lots of family.   My daugher did a great job in decorating with the strawberry theme and with the food.   She served stawberry lemonaide, strawberry milk, strawberry jelly/peanut butter sandwiches, hotdogs and fresh fruit including, of course, strawberries. 

Her cake was adorable and, of course, it was strawberry flavored cake.  A friend of Parker’s mom from college, Shelby, decorated her cake.  Doesn’t she do a beautiful cake?  Not only was it beautiful and pleased Parker “pink”,  but it was also delicious!

I made her Strawberry Shortcake dress and what fun it is to sew little girl’s dresses once again.  I actually gave up sewing for my daughters when they were young – not enough time and it stressed me.  Now it is totally different.  It’s just another reason to love having grandchildren!  My daughter picked out the dress on Pinterest and gave me a picture to go by.  I found a pattern that was close and modified it to match the picture.  Parker was thrilled with it – which of course, thrilled me! 

Check out the strawberry necklace!  Pinterest to the rescue again to find a tutorial on making strawberries.  I may have gotten did get a little carried away, as she even had a strawberry on her headband…but she isn’t wearing it in this picture.  Lily, our daughter’s lab is right in the middle of it all!  I think she wanted a strawberry collar.

Since Halloween is so close to her birthday, Parker wore her Strawberry Shortcake dress again and her baby sister wore a strawberry costume!  Let me tell you – they were the cutest strawberries in the line at Church  for Treats and Eats.  (Spoken like a true Mimi.)

Speaking of the Treats and Eats, Pop and I decided to get in on the action this year and we decorated a trunk and handed out treats to kid, and even more kids  

Our theme was “Follow Me and I will Make you Fishers of Men”.  Matthew 4:19.   We had a lot of fun getting all the items together to create a “fishing hole” and dressing up ourselves as fishermen.  (Sorry, we never got a picture in our costumes. We were kind of busy.)  We thought about letting the kids actually “fish” for candy but when you face a line of over 1,500 children, we decided it would take too long.   Our Church fed supper to our community as well, handing out hotdogs and chili in our Christian Life Center.  This was the largest crowd we have ever hosted for Treats and Eats.  We handed out approximately 2,000 hotdogs!  The hours were from 5 until 7 pm – but we didn’t stop handing out candy until 8 pm.  What a night and what a ministry opportunity!  The children were adorable and we had the chance to see a lot of old and new friends.

Since Halloween and the birthday bash, my energy has been directed to making a Thanksgiving (turkey) dress for both girls and filling orders for embroidery and applique.  This is a busy time of year for monograms and other personalized gifts.  Thank goodness my daughter has learned to use my machine and can help with all the jobs that are coming in. I am also working on a birthday dress for Pace who will be 1 in December.  (She is so stinkin’ cute!)  

Can’t wait to show you pictures of the Turkey dresses and Pace’s birthday dress! 

Whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things. Philippians 4:8

If the Broom Fits….Make a Wreath!

 
 I saw a witch wreath on Etsy.com not long ago that I fell in love with.  It was too pricey for me at $350.  So…a trip to Michael’s was in order.  I found just what I wanted to make the wreath…. the witch’s hat, a broom, flowers, and feathers, round ball ornaments…..but I knew I would have trouble finding legs for the witch.  I decided I could make legs.  I am not too artsy when it comes to sketching….but after sketching, a little sewing – and I had legs fit for the witch.  (The boots are my favorite.)   I think I did ok.  They turned out really cute!  I decided on the red and black color scheme…but orange and black would be adorable too.
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Using a very large grapevine wreath, I attached the legs to the wreath with hot glue and pins.  A little skirt with black tulle was added next.  Once the legs and skirt were accomplished, I added a broom – after all, what’s a witch without a broom – right?  A witch hat with gray hair was the finishing touch to the witch!  

I added red and black feathers, red and black ribbon, pumpkins and black and white Christmas balls.  I topped it off with the black bird at the top left! 

I love the finished project and can’t believe I am actually finished it before the first day of October.   I am thinking maybe for Thanksgiving a turkey on a wreath would be cute….better get to working on those turkey legs!