So I have started on the props for Alyssa’s Beauty and the Beast party (yes, yes I know her birthday isn’t until March…but last minute running around drives me crazy so I start early) 😁
The first character I started was Lumiere. Lyss helped me pull this Christmas candle holder apart.
Our demolishin side came out and we had a lot of fun pulling, twisting and prying the pieces off lol. After it was completely dissembled I twisted the smaller bar so it would be shaped like Lumiere’s arms and glued it with permanent E6000 glue so it would stay put.
Then I shaped his body with air dry clay.
After everything was dried I spray painted him gold and added some battery operated lights and voila! Lumiere has come to life!
We got a special treat at the zoo, in addition to all of the amazing animals they also had a Lego exhibit. There were 16 displays from Polar Bears to a Lion, but they also had a momma & baby Bison and I created this lunch based off of this particular display. The mom was made out of around 43,000 blocks and the baby was created from around 16,000 blocks.
I made tomorrow’s lunch as a special way of remembering our amazing trip to the Denver Zoo today.
We got to see so many amazing animals but I certainly couldn’t fit the whole zoo in her lunch lol, so I chose some of our favorites. When she saw her lunch tonight her favorite was definitely the crocodile who was made from the side of a cucumber. It was so cute because she was happy the carrots separated him from the elephant (I think she was worried the crocodile would try and bite the elephant), I swear this little girl is so darn cute. 😊
Tonight our little miss put in a special request for tomorrow’s lunch and I felt so out of it because I had no idea what she really cool show she was talking about lol. So after immediately googling what the heck Project MC2 I discovered that it was about kid spies that are also into science so was I was happy to comply (yup the inner science geek came out in me…judge if you want to 😉).
So I came up with the following lunch and got a thumbs approval from our secret agent….I mean from A-Bear. Lol
Sandwich cut into a rectangle and with the help of provolone and some edible markers it now looks like notebook paper.
Pepperoni cut into MC2 with some mini cookie cutters.
I converted a stick of colby cheese into a pencil with a pink sharpie marker for the eraser and a pen for the details.
Lastly to finish off the look I filled a test tube with green sixlets.
We are SUPER excited for A-Bear’s first day of school tomorrow. She requested a special cold lunch for tomorrow so I knew it had to be something I haven’t done before so I came up with a lunch for our super amazing girl.
Arron is one of my best friends, he is truly one of those individuals that is genuinely there for others and has a personality that people are naturally drawn to. He would never ask for help himself but really needs our support right now. If you are able, please donate! Every little bit helps and is truly appreciated.
I’m Stephanie, Arron’s friend and manager. I’ve worked with Arron for almost 5 years and one day in November of last year I remember seeing him at his desk doubled over in pain. He was very pale and looked very sick. I told him he needed to go to the emergency room but being the stubborn man that he is, he refused. I called my best friend Amber, the love of his life, and told her that she needed to make him go. As soon as she saw him she knew that something was terribly wrong and she forced him to go to the ER right away. I remember calling to check on him and finding out that he had internal bleeding which was why he was so pale. He was admitted into the hospital that day, which was the day that changed his life. They found a mass in his rectum which was diagnosed as stage 3b rectal cancer. The mass almost completely obstructed his bowel and had to be removed immediately. After this first surgery he had an ileostomy bag that left burns and wounds on his body. This stay had an out of pocket expense of $2,200. About two weeks before Christmas he was admitted back into the hospital to reverse the ileostomy, which was another $1500 out of pocket expense. The process of healing from the reversal of the ileostomy has been a long, slow process that is still ongoing. Starting in January of this year Arron began a very aggressive radiation and chemotherapy treatment which was Monday-Friday every day for six weeks. This has left an out of pocket expense of $3,600. He is currently in phase two of treatment which is 3 hours of infusion treatment at a facility and 2 days at-home chemotherapy administered by a pump, every other week.
Anyone who has met Arron immediately loves him. He is kind, caring, and has an infectious smile and laugh. He has a heart of gold! Last year when one of our other friends was going through a tragedy Arron was instrumental in helping with a benefit. The funds from this benefit enabled another good man to provide for his son and focus on his new found role as a single father.
During this entire time, Arron has been out of work which is compounding the financial strain for him and his dear family. Arron and Amber also take care of his elderly parents. The pressure to provide for the family and cover medical expenses is something that I don’t feel my dear friend should have to worry about. To ensure Arron’s recovery I am asking for help from friends, family, and the community, to open their hearts and help a wonderful man and a great family.
Our little darling chose Sleeping Beauty as this year’s birthday theme. So for the color palette we chose different shades of pinks, white & gold (especially gold sparkle…a princess just HAS to have her sparkle). We used doilies and tissue paper to make the banners which turned out beautiful and completed the look.
For the girls we made them beautiful crowns (tutorial) and gumball necklaces. I got the idea for the fabulous necklace stand from Life Ann Style.
For the Knights we picked up chest armor and shield from Dollar Tree and spray painted gold. For the swords I was originally playing around with the idea of making them wood swords but remembered how rough boys are with each other and decided to go with inflatable ones since they would most likely be smacking each other with them lol.
(Image coming soon)
For our princess we bought this amazing hand-made Aurora Dress from Miquel Zotto, even after letting her play in it most of the day it held up extremely well and is still as beautiful as the day it arrived.
We opted for sandals instead of dress shoes but was not disappointed with the pretty pink sandals I got on Zulily.
Per the request of the birthday girl Josh, myself and my parents also play dress up for the day (yes we are totally kids at heart too). Daddy got to be King Stefan and I was lucky enough to be Queen Leah. So I based our outfits off of the characters.
My dad’s outfit was so much fun and was super easy to make in order to make King Hubert’s character come to life.
The gift bags were book bags that we transformed into customized bags for the kiddos.
We simply used our refurbished buffet table as the gift table and hung the Happy Birthday banner to complete the look.
Then the birthday girl opened her presents on a pink chair made suitable for a princess.
There were so many details it’s hard to fit them into one post, there was a huge inflatable dragon flying above the tables, goblets for the girls, mugs for the boys, adventure coloring books, chicken, roasted potatoes, pinwheels, cake pops, French vanilla pink velvet cake, and other goodies galore.
At the end of the day we were blessed to have so many friends and family join us to celebrate another wonderful & healthy year.
Woot! I just finished personalizing the favor bags for the upcoming princess birthday party. Ok, ok they are ALMOST finished…I still need to add the initials for the girls bags but I won’t do that until we have a confirmed RSVP list. But overall I am very happy with the results!