Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Aloha Pineapple!

The pineapple is a symbol of warm welcome and good cheer. Since old tradition was to sit pineapples in the center of a table as a sign of hospitality, I designed a print for our dining room and can’t wait to hang it up!

It’s available in 3 different sizes. I hope you welcome this print into your home and spread the aloha!

Here's the shop link to order:


Monday, September 15, 2014

Aloha Turtley Awesome Treat Bags!

My son wanted a TMNT birthday party, and since all the turtle themed goodies were pretty much sold out this year, we made our own. My kids love to cut and paste, so this ended up being a fun activity that kept us busy on a rainy day. If you are feeling crafty, you can download the template below. I made a pdf with each of the turtles along with their matching belts. It’s set up as a standard letter size pdf. (8.5” x 11” for easy printing)

This template is sized to fit the celebrate it™ paper sack large pack (4.7" x 2.8" x 8.9) sold at Michael’s arts and crafts store. I bought the lime green color that was a radical shade just right for a bunch of ninja dudes.

Here is the link to the bags:

Link to free printable here:

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Aloha Ice Cream Party!

A little girl's love for ice cream + a huge cardboard box and the worst winter ever is how our ice cream stand was created. Thankfully my amazing husband is a carpenter so he was able to whip out a frame that we secured the cardboard decor to. He even made a shelf under the window which was just awesome!

I used artwork from one of my prints in the shop, the ice cream poster and some leftover paint I had. Ooooh by the way, this color is so fun. It's Benjamin Moore Tropicana Cabana.

Another addition to the decor included large hanging ice cream cones. They turned out really cute. I found a tutorial on pinterest, you can check out the instructions by Amy Locurto from Parents Magazine here.

The kids loved the ice cream stand and my daughter had a blast serving her guests. It was a sweet day.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Valentine candy photo props!

A new printable is in the shop - yay! 
Wow your sweeties this year with a conversation heart. Use as a photo prop or make fun decor for your home or Valentine's Day party. This candy heart printable is an instant download in the shop:


Thursday, January 2, 2014

Aloha frosting

The holidays are over, but there is always a reason to bake cookies.
For Christmas cookies this year I wanted to make a fun cookie that the kids could decorate. So we made a simple sugar cookie that we frosted designs on top. For the icing, I picked up a couple of those cheapy ketchup bottles at the grocery store. I think it was under 2 bucks. The kids loved it! Super easy to use. I found an amazing SIMPLE recipe for the beautiful professional looking frosting over at our best bites. Sara even gives you a tip on how to make the piping for the cookies. Give yourself about 3 to 4 days prep time though, depending on how you plan to decorate the cookies. You need enough drying time in-between the piping, fill and final design on top. Check out the awesome glace icing how-to here:

My kids didn’t really like the almond extract, so I substituted vanilla. It tasted great.
The gingerbread men didn’t stand a chance.

Happy New Year!


Wednesday, December 18, 2013

paper rosette backdrop

For Christmas photos this year I made a paper rosette backdrop.
It took a lot of red and green paper, folding, glue dots, and Christmas music. You don't have to be exact, experiment with a few to see which folds you like the most. You can mix it up, make a few small with letter size paper, and the larger rosettes using 11x17 sheets.
You can download the full instructions how to make the rosettes as a pdf at papersource:

Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Halloween Garland - Yay!

Halloween is right around the corner and that means it’s time to start decorating!
We created a fun garland this year and would love to share it with you. There is a jack-o’-lantern, a cat, a bat, a ghost and stars.

I ending up cutting way more than the little ones, but at least it got them excited to use their scissors. I ran out of thin string so the first round I threaded through one hole punch in the center with some ribbon I had laying around. 

Whichever way you string ‘em up they are sure to bring a smile to everyone’s face. 
Happy Haunting!

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