March, 2012

Mar 12

Kids Clothes Week Challenge

I will be participating with the Elsie Marley Kids Clothes Week Challenge for Spring 2012 (April 23-30). This sounds wonderful! (and cathartic) — February and March have been so hectic and stressful, I’ve barely had time for any “leisure” sewing (or much leisure any-crafts or anything else). I’ve got pants to convert to shorts and summer dresses to make! This challenge will be a great impetus. Can’t wait to see what everyone does!

Elsie Marley Kids Clothes Week Challenge Spring 2012 (April 23-30)

Mar 12

Gunner’s Birthday: It’sa Mario Time!

My little boy is 7-years-old!

To celebrate, we had planned a morning-to-night birthday Saturday — with family in the morning, friends in the afternoon, and a couple friends staying over night. BUT THEN: Ear infection sneak-attack the night before the party. Arg!

At the last second, had to push the friends/sleepover party back a week (with lots of phone calls at 10:30-at-night to attendees’ parents, *awkward*). Luckily we kept the “family” party as planned, so it wasn’t a total destructo-bummer for the birthday boy, who had been waiting in great anticipation of epic-birthday-party-day. Still had grammas, grampas, aunt & uncle, presents and decorations — and I forced the dozen family members there to eat the 4-dozen cupcakes I had prepared for the weekend. Who doesn’t love a birthday cupcake brunch?!

The decorations were left up for the week (quite festive). Fresh batches of cupcakes were baked the following Saturday (thank god my best friend was here and graciously offered her help to frost them, because I was about damn sick of frosting cupcakes), and promptly devoured by the ravenous hoard of first-graders.

Cupcakes with toppers

If you hadn’t guessed by now, the party “theme” was Super Mario Bros! *Sweeeeeet* I made 90% of the decorations myself, with the help of my trusty printer, resulting in a lot of scissor-blisters and deadened hand and finger nerves.

wall decorations

For the 4-foot character wall graphics, I culled some large images from the internet, sliced them up in PhotoShop and printed the pieces out — Toad was 5 sheets, Bowser a whopping 24 sheets, and the others fell anywhere in between. I cut out all the pieces from the sheets and glue-sticked them together (felt like I was in grade-school again!); hung them on the walls with good-ol’ double-sided tape. They were a big hit! (with the kids and the adults!)

wall decorations

Also mocked-up a papercraft question block template, printed and assembled and filled them with gold coins for the kids.

Papercraft Question Block Boxes

Gunner had fantastic fun with his friends, and the weather was gorgeous (78° in mid-March Iowa?!) which kept the kids entertained outdoors most of the time.

Gunner being goofy with his friends!

I was the most apprehensive about the sleepover, but it also went really well; barely any quarreling, no homesick kids, and all three boys were passed-out asleep before midnight without any problems. Overall, a pretty successful birthday. Not sure how we’re going to top it next year!

Mar 12

Shop Update: New Look!

Adel Zeller Handmade has been given a make-over! I made a new business card design today to send off to the printers, and I was so happy with how they turned out, I decided to redesign the shop, too (and update the Facebook page profile photo).

Adel Zeller Handmade, Etsy Shop/Logo Redesign

That’s my hand! I use it to make things! How appropriate! You can score one of the spankin’-new business cards if you come visit me at the Sycamore Craft Market in Iowa City on March 31st (hint-hint).

In case you’re wondering, I ordered my business cards from Zazzle. Love-love-love Zazzle’s custom business cards! Excellent quality product, free double-sided printing and custom image uploads, super-easy-to-use design interface, and really good prices. Plus, you can use coupon code BIZCARD4LESS during checkout for 50% off your custom business cards!

In other shop news: I’m currently having a 2012 Calendar Clearance Sale in my shop, and all calendar items have been marked 50% off! Also, I happened to notice that Adel Zeller Handmade is sitting right at 199 sales — one more purchase to reach 200 sales! I’m thinking we should have a giveaway to celebrate!