Tuesday, 28 May 2013

The Anya Tunic - Green Bee Patterns

I received these goodies in the mail a number of weeks ago and have started on the road to making each of these patterns!  

The first one I decided to make is the Anya Tunic - mainly because the fabric that I bought for the top is so darn cute!

Arlyn is 2, and I made her a size 4 based on her measurements.  The sleeves are not supposed to be wrist length, so they're a little long, and I think next time I'll extend the length of the tunic.  The pattern includes a tunic length and a dress length.

They're hard to see in these pictures, but the sleeves were the most difficult part of the pattern.  They are square and it took me a few minutes to figure out the diagram, but they turned out nicely!  

The buttons on the back are my favourite part of the tunic - just a little bit of detail can add so much interest to a garment!  :)

You can find all of the Green Bee Patterns here!


Monday, 6 May 2013

Elliott's Superhero Party!

Elliott's 6th birthday party happened this weekend and we had such a great time!  It all started with a 'superhero' idea and the theme evolved rather nicely.  Once I found this superman image online and combined it with the details, we had the invitations!

The idea of the party was that the kids had to complete certain activities (in the form of games) in order to fill out their 'Superhero Abilities Checklist,' which they could redeem for their cape.

 Backdrop and capes came together easily with FELT!  
The kids wore their checklist around their wrists for easy access!

The Games!

Ability #1: Stomps out Crime
The kids had to stomp on and pop a bunch of balloons

Ability #2: Leaps Over Tall Building

To earn the sticker for this ability, the kids had to jump over boxes that looked like buildings.  They LOVED this game...and we incorporated Elliott's little trampoline to master the largest building.

Ability #3: Faster than a Speeding Bullet

The kids had to run around the backyard and pick up 'Kryptonite' (neon green painted rocks) as fast as they could. I wanted to use glow sticks for this game, but opted for the cheaper option!

Ability #4: Rids the World of Villains

To earn the sticker for this game the kids had to throw beanbags through a hula hoop and get them in baskets.  Originally I was going to hang a picture of Lex Luthor in the hoop and have the kids shoot foam rings at him, but I decided that it was a bit too violent.  :)  The beanbags were a hit, though!

Once they had filled out their 'Superhero Abilities Checklist' we had a little ceremony where all of the kids received their capes.  

It was heartwarming to see them all so excited and proud of themselves!  All of the kids applauded each child and then they all ran around for a little while.

I'll leave you with a bunch more pictures from the party.  We had SUCH a great time and were thrilled to share Elliott's special day with his friends (all eleven of them)!

Vintage comic books were used to make the bunting!
The Birthday Boy with his Superman curl!  :)
More vintage comic book pages put to use!
The only time the kids sat still...SUPPER!
The idea for the cake came from One Charming Party and the POW/POP/BAM printables are from Less Than Perfect Life of Bliss
Love this pic of Elliott amazed at his birthday cake (and Gibson's goofy face)!
The Superheroes...
I hope you're all having a SUPER spring!  Please contact me if you'd like any more info or help with your superhero party (I have a few more ideas for games that I didn't get to use)!