artsy fartsy,  Bad Mom,  party party

paper and plastic!

Everybody wins! Phew! Who knew there were so many lurkers!!! Actually I did know. I do look at my stats obsessively now and then. But still! Yay! Wow. I feel like a blogebrity almost as big as my buddy, Whoorl. Heh. That’s just silly talk but I do feel special. Thank you everybody!

Now I feel nervous. Like I’m standing in front of a room full of people and I’ve just realized that not only am I standing there in my underwear (my ugly granny panties of course) but I’ve also shared my entire life, including all the ugly secrets with everybody in the room!!! Breath in, breath out.

Aaagh, it’s okay. What’s new?

Because everybody is so brilliant, I decided that the paper with a window cut-out was a pretty good idea. Rock on commenters! (and Kate who also called me with this idea) It’s sort of a lot of work but these are the things that make my world go round. I’ll just be cutting and taping and folding quietly like a mouse every night after Baby Bug goes to bed. I only have to make 30 of them right? Hey, what happened to my “small party”? I always over-do.

I also have another idea for the “baby-safe” party favor. I’m going to venture into the world of iron on transfer paper. Keri Smith did it, so maybe I can too. I’m going to make a little round “Gumball the Kitty” pillow and stuff it in the pink paper bag. I’ll make him the same color as the gumballs and maybe cut out a window so you can see him through the paper bag. Maybe I could make the bag look like a cat carrier.

Am I getting in too far over my head? Maybe I’m making too much work for myself. It seems like fun though. We’ll see how I maneuver around iron on transfer paper. I’ve heard that dry heat (no steam setting on your iron) is the key. It might be fun to put a crinkly cellophane inside or a squeak ball. Where do you buy squeaky squeeze balls anyway?

Phew! I need to go take a shower before the baby wakes up from her nap. I just wanted to pop in and give you the update and say thank you for all the lovely comments. I read every single one. No wonder the baby has mysterious scratches on her arms. I think I need to spend less time on the computer and more time paying attention to the baby. Being crafty/obsessive comment reader does not a good mom make.

Oh no! I hear somebody waking up. Arg. Guess I’ll be sporting the dirty pony tail bun again today.


  • Leah

    This is one of my favorite things about you–whereas other moms hire a party planner to do all kinds of elaborate things to show off for the neighbors, you do all kinds of elaborate things all by yourself because you just can’t help it!


    SO CUTE! You are very talented- You should become a party planner catering towards children’s events!!! Job well done

  • julie

    So that’s baby bug’s name. How lovely! It is on the bag in the picture. Just thought I’d let you know in case you hadn’t seen it.

  • Jennifer

    I love how they turned out! VERY CUTE! Great ideas for the kid friendly favors. You’re sooo creative. I wish I could be this creative, even just for one day :) I have an idea for #3’s birth announcement but my brain to hands would be a big flop, haha.

  • jane

    I just have to put in a plug for the most awesome iron-on transfer paper I’ve ever used. Believe it or not, it’s made by Wilton (the cake decorating people), and it comes in two varieties – one for white and light fabrics, and one for dark fabrics. It reminds me of those iron-ons you used to get at the t-shirt stores in the 70’s and early 80’s (any other people out there who grew up in the Valley?). I bought mine at Michaels, and we made the most awesome shirts for my daughter’s Lego League team. The colors were brilliant, and the design didn’t have that awful outline you usually get from some transfer papers.

    Good luck – I can’t wait to see the results!

  • BeachMama

    What an awesome idea! How ingenious to incorporate both. And I love how they have turned out :).

    I also love the iron on Gumball Kitty and can’t wait to see how they turn out. In the same breath I hope to have a little girl one day to spoil with everything pink and maybe recreate your awesome party (well, recreate meaning using some of your wonderful pink ideas, as I could never be quite as creative as you are).

    And although I had a shower today I was too lazy to blowdry my hair and it is cold today, so I didn’t wash it and am sporting the bun as well :). You are not alone.

  • Jen - Lance's Wife

    OMG! I love those bags! You seriously could make a fortune just planning ideas for kids parties. I have 13 yr old who will be 14 on Feb 2 – any ideas? I LOVE all of your party stuff!:0)

  • Lady S

    Oh, I love it! I didn’t really like either look. One looked too much like a brown bag lunch and the other looked too much like a package you might bring home from the store. This look is perfect. I wish I was coming to your party.

  • stephanie

    Delurking (a day late) to tell you these are SO stinkin’ cute. Lucky Baby Bug. My kid’s not 7 months yet and I feel like the pressure is on! Must start planning NOW because with parties like these out there, how can a cake and some store-bought decorations be enough?

  • Cindy

    Wow, those are so cute! I’m also delurking a day late (I’ve been reading for awhile, but I think I only delurk once a year :0) Your pictures always make me miss the beach (I from SF and went to college at UCLA, but I’m in AZ for more school now) – thanks for the cuteness!

  • DeeJay

    Wow Josephine! 107 comments! That’s amazing. Woot Woot!

    The bags are adorable. SSSSSSSSssssssssshhhhhhhhhhhh My daughter is due in August and I may steal this idea for the shower I’m going to throw one day before then.