An arty party, Gracie's final decision on a party theme. More an activity than a theme, unless everyone arrives dressed as famous artists - probably end up with 25 Van Goghs with bandaged heads.
This year she designed her own party invites. At the moment Gracie's into designing dresses so we simply scanned her latest creation. So quick and easy to do and such pleasure for the artist, passing round her work to everyone. I love using kids art for more than fridge surface filler and will definitely try this with Gracie when I get a chance. Ours may turn to applique + embroidery because she loves big bold patches of colour, always has.
Since we won't be doing the Halloween theme this year I'll be converting the pumpkin piñata I made for these guys into a princess, a birthday girl request. She'll have to settle for a princess head - she probably won't care as long as it's wearing her signature heart tiara (which will then of course be pummeled with a stick.)
I'm making a few gifts for her this year, and really loving it - so much so I may keep them just between Gracie and I. I'm sure I'm not the only one who wants to hold back the really special stuff. Just can't bear the thought of these things replicated, might make their magic disappear. I may change my mind, might even replicate them myself and do an Etsy with them.
What I will share is my desire to adorn all cards I make with fabric and trims. These days I seem to be using my stash for everything except sewing. These little cards were thank yous to the lovely ladies who shared my recent birthday with me.
I never have really seen the point of all the fabricated bits sold for card making and scrapbooking, seems to take the craft out of it all. If things are simply glued into place is an item really handmade? Not in my book, and definitely not in my scrapbook - I don't have one ; )