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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Oh My Gluestick has MOVED!

Oh My Gluestick has launched a new site on Word Press!  We are working toward moving the shop and blog in to one convenient location.  Please join the fun and let us know what you think of our new look!
 
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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Creative Homespun Angry Birds Party by Oh My Gluestick



 

 
 
 
 
 
 

PARTY DETAILS

My kiddos love Angry Birds.  They are better at the app than I am!  Since they have back to back birthdays, I decided to throw them a joint party this year.  I love homespun parties and a shindig in the back yard is perfection in my book.  Considering this would be a joint party, I'd need a theme that would attract them both, so I proposed Angry Birds and they were thrilled.  My excitement grew the more I thought about how to do this party on a budget and without succumbing to purchasing premade commercialized goods.  This was the easiest and most labor intensive party I've done to date, but the result was completely worth it!  Not only did the kids enjoy themselves, the parents who attended did as well.

INVITATIONS

I based the invitation design on some of the app games.  This party was celebrating two kiddos, so I needed to pull out all the stops and make sure both were happy with the design.  They followed my process with eagerness and were thrilled with the outcome.

ACTIVITIES

We had four separate activities and a face painter.  The activities made this party what it was.  Brilliant.  It was organized, fun, and kept everyone engaged. 

The first activity was the life size Angry Birds game.  I purchased these awesome timber print blocks from Amazon.  This was the most expensive item for the party and hands down worth it!  The piggies were made of recycled cans adorned in green construction and tissue paper. The birds were plushies we already had.  The kids all took turns knocking down the blocks and piggies while the parents took turns building the structures. 

The second activity was Pin the Beak on the Bird.  I created the bird with red poster board and used scraps from my stash to create the rest.  The beaks were made with plain yellow print paper.  I drew a template, traced and cut out all the beaks.  On party day, I wrote the names of the participants and used glue dots to attach the beak to the bird.

The third activity was the Golden Egg Hunt.  I spray painted 96 Easter eggs gold.  Some of the eggs were stuffed with small prizes and toys.  Six eggs held a special "Winner Winner Chicken Dinner" certificate for the kids to turn in for a larger prize.  A flashy, sparkly Rubik's Cube.  Watching the kids run through the gate to find the eggs was the highlight of my day and made the tedious task of painting all those pieces insignificant.

The fourth activity was busting up the hand made Angry Bird piñata.  This was the first piñata I had ever attempted and the first try was a bust.  Literally, but without all the fun of hitting it.  I wasn't sure the thing would make it to party day.  I was completely worried it would either not puncture or that it would, but before we had a change to hang it.  Luckily, it made it and splattered like a good piñata should.  Only days later did we realize we forgot to blindfold the kids. 

My dear sweet creative friend and soul sister agreed to paint faces for the party.  I gave her a sheet of the birds I used for the cake toppers, necklaces, and magnets.  She was all pro and the kids were completely still and patient waiting for their turn.  I have never seen anything like it!  The results were amazing.


EATS & SWEETS

The party was between lunch and dinner, so we had lots of finger foods:  Bird Bites (Chick Fil A nuggets), Birds Revenge (pigs in a blanket), Bird Seed (basically white trash mix), Piggie Treats (rice crispy treats), and Worms (gummy worms).

I made cupcakes for the guests and the kids each got their very own smash cake decorated with a structure made from caramels and tootsie rolls.  Each cake also featured three Piggies and a red Angry Bird keepsakes made from polymer clay that will now live in our dollhouse.


DECORATIONS & GOODIES

The decorations were my favorite part of the planning because I was able to do most of the crafting with my kids.  They loved participating in creating the décor for their own party and it made them proud.  I was beside myself with how much they wanted to help with.  It was an amazing journey and helped create this buildup that made them both full of anticipation.  The décor was basic, easy, and most of the supplies we already had in our craft stash.  Bonus.

We made the sidewalk border Birds and Piggies by cutting out basic shapes with the Cricut and then taping them to wooden skewers.  The piñata was made from flour paste and newspaper strips.  Once that dried, I coated it in a layer of plaster of paris before gluing on the tissue paper.  The center piece was paper machete as well.  Part of the nest was made with bag filler and plaster of paris while the other was branches I pulled from one of our trees.  I used glue dots to secure eyes to all the red and green food containers I purchased from the dollar store so as to make them look like piggies and birds.  I blew up 24 green balloons and made a banner out of them.  I contemplated drawing piggy faces on them, but they were pretty as they were.

The treat boxes were from the dollar store with brown filler made to look like nests.  The kids and I made Angry Bird bottle cap necklaces and magnets for the take home goodies to go in the boxes.  Each were tied with brown ribbon and a tag to match the invitations saying "Thanks for crashing our party!".

I created the door sign and hung with ribbon welcoming the guests to have a "smashing good time".

Pennant banners were made with paper from my scapbooking stash and little nests with bird eggs from the dollar store dressed the tables.

The kids and I wore Angry Bird shirts purchased at Walmart for $7 each.

VENDOR CREDITS & RESOURCES:

-Invitations and paper goods from Oh My Gluestick
-All other décor was handmade.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

I Dig You Valentine Personalized Tags by Oh My Gluestick

Valentine treats are already in the making for some.  Don't let the treats go without cute little personalized tags available in two colors.  Get them HERE.

Rockstar Girl Dance Party Invitation by Oh My Gluestick

Party like a "ROCKSTAR" for your little sweetie's next birthday bash!  This invitation is customizable for hair and eye color as well to look more like the birthday girl.  Get it HERE.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Polka Dot Puppy Party by Oh My Gluestick

New to the shop is the Polka Dot Puppy party collection.  The collection incudes:

1. Customized 5"x7" Invitation Design
2. 5x7 Thank You Notes
3. Gift Tags
4. Buffet Labels
5. Puppy Chow Ziploc Baggie Tags
6. Door Sign
7. Happy Birthday Banner
8. Water Bottle Labels
9. Four Design Party Circles

Click HERE to get it!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Christmas for the Fur Babies

This year, we have been baking and crafting non-stop.  Most of our goodies have been to share with our many friends and loved ones including the fur babies.  The kids and I started off by making a large batch of Tail Waggers for the dogs we love most.  These are easy to make and will not last around these parts.  Anyone who's ever gotten a batch always asks for the recipe, so here it is.

Tail Waggers Recipe)
(from Southern Living Incredible Cookies)

2 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups cornmeal
3/4 cups uncooked regular oats
1/3 cup instant nonfat dry milk powder
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cups beef broth
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

Combine first 7 ingredients (dry ingredients); make a well in the center of dry ingredients.

Whisk together broth, oil and 1 egg; add to dry ingredients, stirring until a soft dough forms.

Roll dough to 1/2 inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Cut with a 4 inch dog bone-shaped cookie cutter, and place on ungreased cookie sheet.

Whisk together remaining egg and Worcestershire sauce; brush on cookies.

Position oven racks to divide oven into thirds. Bake at 300 degrees for 2 hours, placing a baking sheet on each rack. Turn oven off, and let cookies stay in oven with door closed 2 more hours.

Makes 40 (4-inch) canine cookies.

Next, we made catnip felt toys for our favorite felines.  Our cats went nuts over them, so we made some to share with our kitty friends too.  Easy as pie and such a fun project for the kids.  Now, that Santa brought Tay her own sewing machine, she can help this process go a little faster.


I hope you all had a lovely holiday weekend!

XO,
Tommie

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Mama's "Shut yo mouth!" Reese's Cup & Potato Chip Cookies


The only thing that might make this cookie better is a tad of bacon sprinkled on top.  Seriously.  No joke.  I will be creating a bacon cookie in my test kitchen soon.  Hubby and I have been conspiring over the recipe.  But that's for another day.

This cookie came to me while eating a snack of Ruffles chips and mini Reese's cups after the kids had finally gone to bed.  I know this sounds terrible, but I can only eat like a teenager once my little ones are asleep and out of the realm of picking up horrible snacking habits from their closet eating fatty of a mother.  When I snack, it's usually because of stress and almost always consists of something sweet and something salty.  At this particular junction, I was standing at the kitchen counter chatting with my husband about the 8 hour shopping marathon I had just sprinted to cover the rest of our kids' Christmas lists.  Hubby watched while I topped whole Ruffles chips with mini Reese's cups before popping them in to my mouth.  He followed suite and delighted.  I then declared this would become a cookie and made it happen a few short hours later. 

Ingredients:

cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 eggs
2 sticks of softened butter
1 cup sugar
3/4 brown sugar 
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups roughly broken pieces of Ruffles potato chips
11 oz bag of Reese's mini cups (roughly chopped)

Cream butter, sugars, eggs, and vanilla together in mixer.  Gradually mix in flour and baking soda. Once wet and dry recipes are combined, stir in chopped Reese's cups with a wooden spoon.  Reserve 1/4 cup of Ruffles chip pieces and set aside.  Add in remaining 1 3/4 cups of chips pieces with a wooden spoon.  Drop small spoonfuls on to a cookie sheet about 2 or so inches apart.  These cookies really spread and thin out, so space on the side of caution.  Using the remaining 1/4 cups of Ruffles chips, crumple into crumbs and sprinkle on the top of the dropped cookies.  Bake at 350 on the middle rack.  Bake six minutes then rotate sheet and bake another 6 minutes.  Share and enjoy!

Mama's Creamy & Addictive Fudge


I have been making fudge for years and have really perfected the consistency and my method.  It's super stinking easy and it tastes expensive!  No joke.  You will die when you see how easy it is!

Look at this face.  He was SO busted this morning.  He's not even 2 yet and he knew there was yummy goodness on the counter and couldn't resist himself.  He pushed that big ol' kitchen chair up and helped himself murmuring "mmmm, good" before I caught on.  Three pieces shoved in his mouth and an expression like the cat who caught the canary, I snapped this little memory for his scrapbook.
 
 
 
Ingredients:
2 1/4 cups of milk chocolate chips
14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp heavy cream
2 tsp butter
1 pinch of salt
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
 
Combine chocolate, condensed milk, butter, and cream in sauce pan.  Melt on low stirring constantly.  Once melted, turn off the heat.  Add in salt and vanilla.  Stir well.  Cut in nuts.  Once mixed in, turn goodness in to a wax paper lined 8x8 Pyrex dish.  Spread evenly and cover top with press n seal (do not let it rest on the chocolate).  Pop it in the fridge for 4 hours or overnight.  Once firm, turn it out on to clean wax paper and cut in to bite size pieces.  Resist eating the whole batch.  I dare you.
 

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Family Art Prints Wall Decor


New to the shop are these three prints.  They hang on our walls, but are customizable for yours.  Perfect for Christmas, weddings, anniversaries, showers, or whatever the occasion.  Visit the shop to purchase.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Sock Monkey Shirt Tutorial with Original Red Heel Rockford Socks

Oh my goodness. If you are a faithful follower, you know my passion lies with all things sock monkey.  It has been so since my baby boy {now almost 5} was in my tummy.  I never had a sock monkey as a child, rather a sock bunny that I adored.  I fell in love with sock monkey quite literally before the stuffed toys started flooding the stores.  When you love something with a passion, it becomes part of you.  Sock monkey is now one of my identifiers with my lovely kiddos, closest friends, and sweet admirers.  When a friend of mine asked if I had a tutorial for the shirt I made for my youngest's first birthday earlier this year, I replied "No, but I should!".

Now here we are.  I offered to do a shirt for her sweetie pie's first birthday and his big sister since there are two socks in a pair.  Why waste a perfectly good sock?


First things first.  You will need:
 
a shirt,
a pair of Original Rockford Red Heel Socks
Pellon interfacing
Pellon fuse
back buttons
red, black & white thread
iron
sewing machine
scissors
wax paper
sharpie or printer
 
{Note:  The shirt in the "supplies" list is white even though this tutorial is done on black shirts.  The white shirt shown here is my original design for my son's first birthday done before this tutorial.}
 
 
This pattern is drawn on wax paper and consists of pieces for a boy or girl since I was doing a shirt for both.  You can either print one of these out on to wax paper or trace on to wax or tissue paper after printed on printer paper for an easy pattern.
 
 
Take one sock and cut down the back from top to toe.  Then, cut off entire toe section after red heel as shown above.
 

Iron your Pellon interface to the sock section left all the way up until the red heel as shown.  It's tricky, so you will want to do it separately.  The Pellon keeps the stretchy fabric still and stiff so you can cut out your pieces without difficulty.  It's wondrous and amazing.
 
 
Separate the red heel from the curved portion of the sock to make it easier to iron to the Pellon interfacing.  Once ironed on to interfacing, simply cut out only the red portion. 
 

For the top of the sock you haven't worked with yet, iron on your Pellon then cut out your pieces.  You can get the hat and muzzle on the white portion and head out of the brown.  Once everything is cut, fit it all together to your liking.
 

 Accessories such as bow and ball were cut from red fleece fabric.  Iron to Pellon first, then cut.  Pinning these small pieces in place prior to ironing help keep them in place and is recommended. 

 
Fit the Pellon fuse over the sock monkey pieces leaving a bit of room around the entire design and cut out the square.  Take the pieces and fit them on the front of the shirt where you want them to be.  Using only the head, pin it and flip the shirt inside out.  Using the pins and knowing where the other pieces will fit, iron on the Pellon fuse to the inside of the shirt directly under where the sock monkey will be sewn in.


 Sew each piece on to the shirt separately to prevent bubbles and bulk.  Ironing each piece on to the shirt prior to pinning, helps prevent this.  Once the face, muzzle, hat, and accessories are sewn on, hand stitch the eyes, nostrils, and eyebrows with black thread.

If there's anything missing or something that doesn't make sense, please feel free to reach out and ask questions.  I am happy to help.  ohmygluestick{at}yahoo{dot}com. 

Disclaimer:  Please use this tutorial for personal use only.  It was not designed to help you create a business from my hard work.


You have the shirt worked out.  Now all you need is a matching cake topper! Click here to get one.

Happy sock monkeying!
Tommie

Sock Monkey Party

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