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Tuesday
Jul212015

A Frozen Meets Hello Kitty 3rd Birthday Party 

Yupp that's right, not just one theme, but two! I love me a themed birthday, but this was my first mash up. One G is very into Frozen (I mean seriously, what 3 year old ISN'T into Elsa Anna and Olaf!) while the other G is very into Hello Kitty. So a Frozen Hello Kitty party was born. This must be a common dilemma with twins? I will say now that I'm drawing the line at duel themes. I can't imagine throwing each their own party. Especially since baby girl #3 has a birthday in august.

I do love that my girls' each have a summer birthday. Summer birthday parties are so fun and easy to plan. Just need the right mix of sunshine, cupcakes, and a backyard full of toys and boom you have a toddler birthday party. I'm mad at myself right now for not taking any good pictures of my party details, it's like I was focusing on just the people at the party! What was I thinking?! But really I'm quite proud of how all my pieces came together.

A few Hello Kitty deets-

My sister in law made these adorbs hello kitty faces using her cricut. I just taped them onto a dowel and stuck it into these polka dot pails I've used for like every party I've thrown over the past 3 years!

Hello Kitty Hummus- aka roasted beet hummus! A beautiful pink/red color and I felt it deserved a hello kitty endorsement. I love beets! I'm not sure it was the #1 food choice for everyone, but my 11 month old baby LOVES it. And I do too, so it's a winner.

Hello Kitty Dress- I whipped up a sweet summer party dress with Hello Kitty fabric for Genevieve. I'm going to make a separate post for this and Georgie's Elsa Dress...I'll link it once it's up.

Frozen deets-

Snowflakes in July! Who would have thought I'd be stringing 40+ paper snowflakes all over the place when it's 90 degrees outside. If only they provided some refreshment from the intense humidity.

Do you want to build a snowman? Thanks for that gem of a song, Disney. But seriously this "snow" activity was definitely the hit of the party for the littles. I found it via two sisters crafting. Just mix cornstarch and shaving cream, put it in the freezer, and you've got snow! My tip- if you can afford it, spring for a yummy scented shaving cream. I used the cheapest men's option and it was not so enjoyable for me. I doubt the kids minded, but for the hour I spent mixing and stirring, I would have greatly preferred a delicious pear escape or sweet strawberry soiree. **definitely put a tarp or plastic table cloth under the snowman station!**

 

Capes! What 3 year old wouldn't love a nice cape! Since I made dresses and capes for G&G, I thought our party guests would like to join in on the dress up action. I used basic white tool and cut it to be about 26 inches long, 4 layers thick. Then I did a simple baste stitch, gathered it, and stuck a ribbon and sewed over the basting. It only took maybe 10 minutes a cape. Each kiddo got a cape, crown, and Frozen necklace to wear and take home as their party favor. I had these hanging on the fence with a sign that said "Dress up like royalty!" Wish I had a picture of this- I was so proud!

Elsa Dress- again will make a post for this!

Seriously I'm so disappointed in my lack of any quality pictures of my stuff....next time!

I LOVE doing these parties...but I can't help but feel like I have my life back now that it's over. Now I need to start planning something for Darcy's 1st Birthday next month! It definitely won't be the big first birthday I threw for G&G, but I think she'll have a great day. I'm thinking flamingos!

 

Sunday
Jul192015

Time for an update...

Hi! Issues with my site and domain services have kept me from updating my blog. But I'm going to tackle those issues ASAP and get back into the blogging game! I've been super mom the past few weeks planning G&G's 3rd Hello Kitty/Frozen birthday party and now that the party is over I'm going to dedicate some time to desperate genie. I originally started this blog to organize all my genealogy adventures and to get them out on the web for other genealogy enthusiasts. But as life evolves, my daily activities and interests have expanded to include sewing princess dresses, hiding vegetables in muffins and decorating my house DIY style. Since this is what I'm up to, I'm going to share all the fun!

Stay tuned for a complete post on G&G's Frozen/Hello Kitty 3rd Birthday Party!

 

Tuesday
Nov182014

Still here! Four Years of Desperate Genie! 

Hi there world, it's me, Abby! Sorry I've been away so much these past few months, 2014 has been a very busy year. We welcomed our third daughter, Darcy Wentworth, back in August and having 3 under 3 makes for a very busy Mom. (And a very happy lucky mom!) I don't have so much time for genealogy or blogging, but as I always say I'm going to try and be better. It might not happen until the craziness of the holidays wears down though.

This past Sunday was the four year anniversay of desperate genie. WOW! Sometimes Often I find myself dabbling here and there in new hobbies or projects, only to give them up or say thats not for me. But that's so not the case with this blog and genealogy.  It feels so rewarding to have this blog as such a constant in my life and can't believe it's already been four years since I started. I'm not always able to blog and share new posts, but people are always finding me and getting in touch! Having all my ideas and information hanging out there in the clouds gives you folks a way to contact me. For example, my Grandfather's role with the 324th Regiment and WWII. SO MANY PEOPLE find me by my posts on the subject and send me emails and comments with specific infomation about MY GRANDFATHER. This blows my mind! So I might be sitting by the potty with one of my 2 year olds (potty training is the worst!), while my blog is actively luring in new information about my family history. Love it.

And on that note, baby #3 is waking up from a nap and big girls #1 and #2 will be up soon.

Thank you to anyone who has read anything I've had to say :) And thank you to the many many people who have reached out and shared information with me. Here's to another 4 years!

Thursday
Mar272014

For My Easter Bunnies: Cynthia Rowley Pattern 1624 

I've been sewing random little projects over the past few years, hardly calling it a hobby or a skill of mine. Now that I have 2 little girls, it's time I started sewing for them. Patterns can be very confusing and hard to follow! The first pattern I used was not a simple pattern and took me awhile to work through. I used my seam ripper alot. I was intimidated, but I succeeded! So now I'm trying to continue to learn and grow my seamstress skills so that I can make beautiful things for my girls as they grow up.

I've learned that Joann Fabric sometimes will have Simplicity Patterns for ONE DOLLAR. I was lucky to hit this sale and picked up some adorable patterns. I just finished making this 2 piece shirt/pants outfit from Simplicity's pattern #1624, by designer Cynthia Rowley. I just love this outfit! I thought it would be perfect for spring/summer and especially Easter.

 

 

 

 

The finished product! Of course G wouldn't look straight at me and had to have a cookie in order to sit still. The pants are a little long, but overall I think the fit is nice and will last throughout the summer.

Fabric- Keepsake Calico Fabric- Flora Garden

New tricks, lessons learned.

How to make a narrow hem (without a special foot). Found this tutorial helpful.

How to attach and sew neck/armhole binding.

This was my first pair of pants! Easier to assemble, harder to get the right fit. 

 

Next week I'll pick another fabric and make one for G#2! Have any good sewing resources or tricks for a beginner? Please do share! Favorite pattern or fabric? Love to hear about them!