Personalized Dog Dishes

Hello there makers! Are you a dog mom? If so, I have the perfect project for you… or for your pup, rather.  Check out these Personalized Dog Dishes. I picked up a couple of plain, aluminum dog dishes from the store and decided it was extremely necessary to personalize them for our pup.

Super cute, right?! I created the decal in the Silhouette design studio, cut it out on Expressions Vinyl using my Silhouette Cameo, weeded the designs and applied them onto the aluminum dog dishes using transfer tape/paper.

Be sure to really smooth over the vinyl to get out all bubbles before removing the transfer tape. 

They were that easy! I even saved the Silhouette designs for you so that you can personalize your dog’s dishes too. Pin this post and email me that you did… I will email you the design so you can make your own!

I love how they turned out and that it only took me about 15 minutes to complete. My Bruzer boy loves his new dishes too! 

Wonder what I should make next for this pup of mine… Do you have any favorite DIY dog projects?

Road Trip Tips and Essentials

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It’s summertime and you know what that means… vacations and road trips! Our family loves a good road trip. Whether it’s some place in our state we want to explore or a cross country trip, bring it on. We love to travel and most of the time we find it easiest to jump in the car and travel that way. Since we do it so often, we have a routine down… a system that works for us and that I thought I would share with you. Though I am no expert, I am full of wanderlust at heart and we travel often, so here are my road trip tips and essentials. This is focused more on road trips and travel with kids, but take whatever info you find helpful.

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  • If you are taking your own vehicle, be sure to have the tires aired up and checked, fluids topped off, and an oil change if necessary.
  • Make your kid(s) a road trip kit complete with a road map, road trip seek & find/BINGO (printables all over Pinterest), book(s), coloring books and twistable crayons (they don’t melt as easily and you avoid paper wrappers and sharpening), Mad Libs, small pillow, and a Kindle or iPad with headphones (loaded with new games, books, music, movies).
  • Download a gas station app so that you can find the best priced gas along the way as well as the nearest gas stations along your journey.
  • Pack easily accessible snacks and drinks. I utilize baggies and plastic containers to the max. I also love personal coolers because they are nice and compact and there’s a flat top to use as a table top in the car.

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  • Utilize rest stops for bathroom breaks and to stretch your legs (and the kids’). Sometimes I’ll have my daughter do a few jumping jacks, sprints, and yoga stretches to get some of the jitters out. It’s fun with the adults participate too!
  • Bring quarters for the kids. We reward good road trip behavior with quarters. Then at rest stops they can be used to purchase a treat or in the quarter machines that have stickers and tiny trinkets.
  • Bring a camera or a phone with lots of empty space for pictures along the way. Don’t be afraid to pull off the road (safely and in the designated areas of course) to take pictures and explore. I love looking back on our family travel photos.
  • Have a road trip play list ready to go. Have all of your family’s favorite songs ready for their listening pleasure. (This can even include audio books!)
  • Research ahead of time! Plot out and find cool and interesting places to stop along the way. This can be natural features, museums, parks, monuments, hikes, visitor centers, thrift and antique stores, farmer’s markets and festivals, historical places, restaurants, etc. Explore!
  • If you’ve done a lot of driving, be sure to check those tires and fluids in the car before you hit the road back home.

And don’t forget to refill those coolers with snacks and drinks for on the way back home! I hope you found my road trip tips helpful.

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This personal cooler is one of my road trip essentials we’ve been bringing on our most recent adventures and I love it (so does my daughter)! It fits my Diet Coke cans nicely as well as my daughter’s road trip snack baggies and water bottle (we refill it with a jug when needed) while keeping everything nice and cool. It’s not too big and bulky, so it fits well in the back seat or on the floor of the car. The flat top lid makes a great surface for snack eating or even coloring pictures.

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I am also loving the new Diet Coke cans with the fun song lyrics on them and felt inspired to add some lyrics to our little cooler. Isn’t it cute?! It’s super easy to do and only took me a few minutes.

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I used my Silhouette Cameo to design and cut a vinyl sticker for the front of the cooler. I used lyrics off of one of the Diet Coke cans I was drinking… because I couldn’t get the song out of my head and I thought it would be clever on a cooler that holds our snacks and drinks. Plus, music is a big part of our road trips, as we are often singing loudly together in the car. No shame here! We love music!

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Head over to your nearest Sam’s Club for Coca-Cola and Diet Coke  and get yourself road trip ready while you sing your favorite song lyrics right off the cans.

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Do you have any road trip tips? I’d love to hear where your family is adventuring to this summer!

DIY Flamingo Shirt

Hello there makers!

I am so excited to finally have a chance to share a craft with y’all. Last month I attended a blogging conference (SNAP) and I needed flamingo attire for one of the themed parties. Of course I waited to the last minute (read: I was busy up until the last second) and couldn’t find anything and didn’t have time to order anything online. Insert crafting opportunity at it’s finest. That’s when I decided I was just going to have to make something myself. Check out how my DIY Flamingo Shirt turned out…

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To make your own, you’ll need:

  • Silhouette Cameo (or a similar machine)
  • freezer paper
  • craft paint and fabric medium
  • iron
  • cardboard
  • sponge brush
  • blow dryer
  • shirt (Walmart for less than $4)

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I used my Silhouette Cameo to create the image I wanted on my shirt and then cut the image out on freezer paper. I put cardboard inside the shirt and placed the freezer paper flamingo and hearts on the shirt.

*You could use the inside of the stencil rather than the outside and get a different look as well.

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After you place the stencil where you want, carefully iron it onto the shirt. Make sure that the shiny part of the freezer paper is down, on the shirt.

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Next you’ll want to get your paints ready. Mix a few drops of medium in with the craft paint and mix around. This will prevent the paint from washing out of your shirt.

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Now you are ready to sponge the paint onto the shirt however you want. I wanted mine to look painted, so I emphasized the sponge look.

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After the area you want is covered, carefully peal off your freezer paper stencil. I used tweezers to help get the freezer paper lifted.

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Use a blow dryer to speed up the drying process and help set the paint onto the shirt. After it’s dry, throw it into the dryer for a quick tumble. Then it’s ready to wear!

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Thank goodness for those last minute craft projects that save your booty! I really love the way it turned out and it was perfect for the party at SNAP conference.

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I even got a special fan girl moment in my DIY Flamingo Shirt with my all time favorite crafter, Heidi Swapp. Talk about awesome!! More details on my fan girl moment and time at SNAP conference to come… it really deserves it’s own blog post!

So go make yourself some freezer stencil shirts, makers! The options are endless and it’s a fun, inexpensive craft. What would you put on a shirt with freezer paper?

 

 

#Ad DIY Fantastic Four Shirts and Boneless Chicken Kabobs

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Hey there friends! I’ve got all kinds of fun to share with y’all today! You get a double whammy with a craft tutorial and a kid-friendly recipe idea all in one post. Check out these #Ad DIY Fantastic Four Shirts and Boneless Chicken Kabobs. Perfect ingredients for a night of family fun!

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Since we are all about superheroes in our house, you can imagine our excitement for the new Fantastic Four movie that’s coming to theaters next month! We can hardly wait! I decided to craft us up a few shirts using the Fantastic Four logo. To do this, I used my Silhouette Cameo and created a design. Before cutting it out on heat transfer vinyl, I mirrored the imaged. 

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Following the rest of the directions on the heat transfer vinyl, I let my Silhouette Cameo do all the hard work. After the images were cut into the vinyl, I removed it from the machine and weeded the images so that just the Fantastic Four logo was left. I placed them on the black shirts where I wanted them and ironed carefully.

Note: The directions say to place a cloth in between the iron and the plastic on the heat transfer vinyl, but my iron is old and doesn’t get too hot. If you are using heat transfer vinyl, please follow the directions on the package to avoid malfunctions. 

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Next, I pealed the plastic sheet off carefully, making sure the vinyl had adhered to the shirt. After I finished all 3, I was DONE! That easy my friends. Now we are ready to wear our shirts to see the new Fantastic Four movie when it hits theaters. 

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Don’t think I forgot about that kid-friendly recipe I promised you! Using Tyson Any’Tizers® Buffalo Boneless Wyngz and Honey BBQ Boneless Wyngz, it’s a quick and easy dinner the kids can help with before heading out to see the movie! Just pop the Tyson Any’Tizers chicken onto a baking sheet and bake according to the directions on the package. While the chicken is baking, prep your carrots and celery by cleaning, pealing, and chopping into 1 inch pieces. Once the chicken is finished baking and cooled, have the kids make kabobs by adding celery, carrots, and Tyson Any’Tizers Buffalo Boneless Wyngz and Honey BBQ Boneless Wyngz to skewers. 

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So easy to throw together and totally kid approved! We had Ranch dressing for dipping sauce, but you can choose whatever you want. And right now, the Tyson Any’tizers are Fantastic Four themed! How fun is that?

  • Mr. Fantastic – Chicken Fries: Reed Richards is a scientific prodigy who has been quietly exploring the universe’s deepest mysteries in his garage, after school. After being transformed by one of his experiments, he can stretch his body into impossible forms and to incredible lengths.
  • Human Torch – Buffalo Boneless Wyngz: Johnny Storm, a troublemaker and a thrill-seeker, Johnny is the rock star of the team. His powers allow him to shoot fireballs, fly at breakneck speeds, and really light it up.
  • Invisible Woman – Popcorn Chicken: Sue Storm is brilliant and beautiful, independent and sarcastic. The power to become invisible and to generate her own force-fields can make her harder to reach than ever—but that won’t stop some of her teammates, especially Reed, from trying.
  • The Thing – Honey BBQ Boneless Wyngz: A rare breed of brawn and heart, Ben Grimm is warm, even sensitive, despite his rough-and-tumble upbringing. He is rock-solid—in more ways than one. A loyal and protective friend, his stone body gives him epic strength and makes him virtually indestructible.

boneless chicken kabobs3 It gets better… Let Tyson Foods take you to the movies! Head to your local Walmart and look for Tyson Any’Tizers®, a line of easy-to-prepare, protein-packed frozen snacks in an assortment of varieties and flavors. Get a ticket to see Fantastic Four by doing the following: 

  • Step 1: Buy – Buy 2 participating Tyson® Any’Tizers® products at Walmart between 6/15/15 and 8/15/15.
  • Step 2: Snap – Snap a picture of your receipt and text or email it to tyson@drvsusa.com by 11:59pm PST on 8/15/15.
  • Step 3: Get – Receive a code redeemable for a movie ticket to see FANTASTIC FOUR while in theaters. Code must be redeemed by 9/30/15 on tysonmovieoffer.com.

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And don’t forget to make your DIY Fantastic Four Shirts so that you and the family can wear them to see the movie after your delicious Boneless Chicken Kabobs dinner!

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What kinds of family fun do you have at your house?

 

Simple Plush Toy Bin

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Hello friends and Happy Friday!! I’ve been busy getting our home ready to list on the market. So we have been renovation, packing, purging, organizing, and cleaning like crazy for the past few weeks. I noticed that my daughter’s stuffed animal collection was taking over her bed (do you have a child like this?). This is not eye candy for a potential buyer, so I created a quick and simple solution. A simple, yet adorable Simple Plush Toy Bin. Complete with glitter letters of course. 

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Since we will be having people walk through our home, I need easy quick ways to pick up toys and clutter on a moments notice. Bins and baskets are great for that! When my relator calls, my daughter can easily put her plush toys into her labeled bin and we can be on our way.

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Here’s how you can make your own! You will need:

  • Fabric bin 
  • Iron on vinyl letters
  • Iron

I used my Silhouette Cameo to design and cut out my vinyl glitter letters, but you can easily purchase the letters done for you if you don’t have a vinyl cutting machine. Here’s how I made mine…

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1. Design your label on your Silhouette software, making sure to measure the surface you are going to apply it to first. 

2. Once you get the text how you like it, select the text and left click on the image. Then select “flip horizontally” so that your text is backwards.

3. Once your text is backwards (mirrored), you can cut the heat vinyl according to Silhouette and heat vinyl directions.

4. Weed your heat vinyl so that only the letters/words remain.

5. Make sure the surface of your bin is clean and lint/dust/hair free. Iron over the surface to heat it up a bit.

6. Apply the vinyl and press it down really, REALLY good. You can use a credit card or driver’s license for this too.

7. Iron over the top of your vinyl (leaving the plastic on). Some vinyls suggest you lay a towel over the top, but my iron doesn’t get hot enough to go through a towel, so I iron right on it very carefully.

8. Peal the clear plastic sheet off slowly, making sure all letters are secure on the bin. If not, run the iron over it again.  

Fill it with stuffies and that’s it! This organization project is so versatile too. You can change the color of the bin, vinyl, and even the wording. We are thinking of doing this to all of my daughter’s bins to make organization a breeze!

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Have you taken the kids to see Disney’s new movie, Inside Out, yet? My daughter absolutely LOVED it and hasn’t stopped talking about it all week. So of course when we were at Walmart the other day, she noticed her favorite characters (read: all of them) as stuffies and even fruit snacks. 

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We started her collection off with the three ‘girl’ characters from the movie, but her bin has room for the other two so I’m sure it’s just a matter of time.

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Head to your local Walmart and grab some of the Inside Out toys. You can even stash them away for future birthday or Christmas gifts (sick that I’m already thinking abou that, right?). 

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So tell me friends- Who was your favorite character from Inside Out? Joy, Anger, Saddness, Disgust, or Fear? 

Shadow Box of Chocolates

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If I were to pick a treat, the perfect one would be a combination of salty and sweet. But I’m also not a girl who will turn down a dessert. My husband, on the other hand, does NOT have a sweet tooth. But, if he were to ever ever ever pick a sweet treat, it would be SNICKERS® hands down. So today I am going to share a gift idea I came up with for my husband… the man that works so hard for our family. Check out this silly Shadow Box of Chocolates! 

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How cute is that?! A little something to bring a smile to my guy’s face. And I just love the vinyl saying… makes me giggle!! 

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:

  • Shadow box
  • vinyl stencil (I made mine on my Silhouette Cameo)
  • transfer paper/tape
  • SNICKERS® Extreme, Peanut Butter Squares, and SNICKERS® Almond

 I stopped by Circle K to grab the SNICKERS® and my local craft store for the other supplies.

This project is a fairly simple one. First, you want to open up your shadow box and remove the back. 

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Use the velcro the came with your shadow box and cut it into 3 pieces. Apply the velcro to the backs of the  all 3 SNICKERS®.

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Arrange your SNICKERS® onto the back of the shadow box like so… 

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 Next, wipe the glass front of the shadow box to free it of dirt or dust.

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Using your Silhouette, cut the stencil out of vinyl. You can download my 4×6 stencil HERE. Weed your stencil and add the transfer paper/tape to it. Remove the back and apply the vinyl stencil onto the glass. Slowly and carefully remove the transfer paper. Put the shadow box back together…

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And you are ready to give this silly gift to someone you love…someone you want to bring a smile to!

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It’s safe to say that he liked it…

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And he didn’t waste anytime at all with those SNICKERS®, LOL! Love this guy. This would also make a great birthday gift or Father’s Day gift!

Head on over to your nearest Circle K and grab you some yummy SNICKERS® so you can make this gift idea too! 

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Enter the SNICKERS® “Who are you when you’re hungry?” contest by uploading a personal photo or video from your Computer, Facebook, Instagram or use the SNICKERS® Meme Generator to create something new! Voting begins at Noon on 5/11/15 and ends at 11:59:59AM ET on 7/15/15. See more great SNICKERS® recipes and fun stories on the SNICKERS® social hub.

DIY Cinderella Tee

Hello and Happy Monday friends! I hope you all had a very Happy Easter! We spent the day at home egg hunting, watching General Conference (church service), eating candy and yummy foods, playing with Easter basket goodies, and spending time together as a family. I was also able to squeeze in some computer time so that I can finally share my daughter’s birthday shirt this year. Check out this DIY Cinderella Tee that I made!

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This project was inspired by Disney’s new Cinderella movie. I love the message in the movie to “Have courage and be kind” and we all know that Cinderella’s slipper plays a big role in the fairy tale. So I knew I wanted to include both of those things in the design. 

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Making the shirt was super easy using my Silhouette Cameo. I design the cut file (download HERE if you want to make this shirt too!) and cut it out on silver glitter heat vinyl. After weeding the vinyl design, I ironed them onto white t-shirts purchased for $5 each at Target. I made two so that L and her bestie could wear them to the movies together. You can get a more detailed tutorial HERE

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We all loved the movie a ton. And the girls got lots of compliments on their custom tees, which they thought was pretty cool. 

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After the movie, we came home for pizza and darling, homemade cookie-topped Cinderella cupcakes (made by Pink Chimney), and sleepover fun. All in all, a great 7th birthday celebration for my girl. 

If you like this post, check out the Cinderella and Prince Charming Peg Dolls I made and Luci’s Minnie Mouse Birthday Party

Do you kids wear a special outfit or shirt for their birthdays? It’s one of our traditions in our family! We look forward to the new birthday shirt each year.

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a great week! 

 

Easy Cookies for Santa Plate

Hi friends! I wanted to drop by to share an easy and quick Christmas project that I made last year. *GASP* I know, better late than never! On the 5th day before Christmas my true love gave to me… this Easy Cookies for Santa Plate!

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I love the black against the gold…and of course I added a deer head to the design. #deerobsession 

Do you want to make on really quick? Let’s do it!

To make your own you will need:

-large plastic charger (Walmart and Dollar Tree have these)

-vinyl

-transfer paper

Silhouette or similar cutting machine

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Directions:

1. I wiped down the charger so that it was clean and dry.

2. I measured the space where I wanted my vinyl on the charger and adjusted the measurements appropriately in my cutting machine program.

3. Then I designed the image on the Silhouette program and cut it out on black vinyl.

4. I weeded the vinyl and applied the transfer paper on top, then transfered the vinyl to the charger carefully. 

5. Load the plate up with cookies on Christmas Eve and leave them for the big man in the red coat. Don’t forget the milk!

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Enjoy your weekend friends… be sure to take it all in, for this is the only Christmas of 2014! 

Rustic Thanksgiving Sign

Hi there! We’re getting closer and closer to Thanksgiving… are you ready? I’m certainly not, but I do have my decor up! I needed a new sign for a blank spot on my wall, so I created this Rustic Thanksgiving Sign.

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I love the way it turned out and I really LOVE this quote. 

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I cut and sanded a 14×14 piece of reclaimed wood and stained it with a natural homemade stain. Then I created a design using my Silhouette and cut it out on a piece of vinyl. After applying the stencil to my sign, I painted the words with white and I added Mod Podge and gold glitter to the arrow and leaf. I love the added texture and you just can’t go wrong with glitter, am I right?

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This sign can also be found in my shop if you don’t feel like making your own! 

And in case you didn’t see my Fence Slat Pumpkin, be sure to click over and check that out too. 

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Thanks for stopping by today! See you soon!

Peter Pan Inspired Directional Sign

Hello there friends!

A few weeks ago my sister-in-law asked me to make a Peter Pan Inspired Directional Sign for my nephew’s first birthday party. My SIL is a superb party thrower and her husband gets in on the fun also. If you know me then you know a few things… 1) I’ll do anything for my nieces and nephews, 2) I love a good themey party and 3) I LOVE Disney. How could I possibly say no??

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Since Peter Pan is one of our favorite Disney movies, my husband and I had fun brainstorming and designing this directional sign. We included London, Neverland, Mermaid Lagoon, Indian Camp, Lost Boyz Hide Out, Pixie Hollow, and Skull Rock. Each wooden piece had it’s own unique character to it… from the cut to the paint. 

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Many of the signs we’re done free hand by my husband and I (Pixie Hollow, Lost Boyz Hide Out, Indian Camp, and Mermaid Lagoon) and I used my Silhouette machine to create stencils for the others. Once they were all finished, we screwed them into a stake to put into the ground at the birthday party. 

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The fun part about this sign is that it can be used as bedroom decor after the party is over! And just for fun, check out my cute nieces and birthday boy nephew… 

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Aren’t they the cutest humans? We’ve got Tiger Lily, Peter Pan, Wendy, and Tink. Ha! Love them. Check out more of the party details (coming soon) on To Entertain

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a great weekend!