Saturday, February 18, 2012

Sweet Boy/Booger Bear/E-Dawg Turns 3!!!

It is now official.  I am no longer a Mommy of a 2 year old.
Unsurprisingly, I had to document "3 Year's Eve" . . . 

Here are my 2 favorite fitting that they're wearing matching Superman gear, because they're both super heroes in their own, awesome ways!!!

Moving on to celebrating our little guy's birthday:

First, we celebrated with my parents last weekend, at Chuck E. Cheese.  This was way.more.chaotic than I could have ever expected.  We didn't do an "official" party there, but it was still fun...especially if you consider it fun to try to hunt down an almost 3 year old multiple times, in the craziness of a Sunday afternoon at C.E.C.  This kid has no fear.  I swear, he'd be with me one second, and GONE in half that time.  Literally.  I feel like I'd blink, and he'd be nowhere to be found...and in that short period of time, he would end up on the other side of the game area.  I guess my look of PANIC was in full effect at least once, because a couple of fellow mommies came up to me and said, "What is he wearing?  We know that look of panic.  Let us help you!"

And, of course, E would be safely playing with this or that game.  

Seriously.  This kid.

Anyway, here we are :)
(Daddy's shoulders are pretty much the safest place for our super-fast and curious stinker!)

Today, we celebrated with an official "party"
Here are the details in picture form:

For the invitations, I just used various cardstock, scrapbook paper, Cars stickers, and Market Street Stamps "Pretty Perfect Grid" clear stamp.  Font for the text was Silhouette Online's LD Mischievous, and I happily let my Silhouette sketch pens do the work for me :) 

This year, I took some shortcuts and didn't make my own icing.  I made the cake, but had "a breakthrough" (according to my husband) by actually saying it would be okay for him to pick up *gasp* store.bought.icing.  And let me tell you - it was AWESOME.  Sure, it probably didn't taste as great.  But man, was it fun to be able to knock that cake out WAY faster than usual!

I had no clue that Wilton made silver sprinkles, but lo and behold, they do!  I was looking for anything resembling a road, so they worked out perfectly!  Hubby found the Squinkies version of Cars characters, so that made the design of the cake easier to decide upon...something that could accommodate more than just a couple of a "3" racetrack!

I got the idea for Stoplight Snacks from where else?  Pinterest!  Mad in Crafts' "Stoplight Cookies" were pinned to one of my boards at some point, and I modified them a little bit by taking the easy way out and using graham crackers, chocolate icing, and M&Ms.

Of course, birthdays are just another opportunity to try out new shirt designs and test my sewing skillz.
I completed the Mater shirt almost a week before the party...and then decided that making invitations and a cake just wasn't enough.  I *needed* to make a Cars themed skirt for my daughter as well.  

And, since this was my first attempt at a skirt, I didn't exactly whip it out as quickly as one might (maybe?) expect.  Instead, I'll let my Silly Jillybeans FB status share the sad truth:
why did I convince myself that my daughter needed a Cars themed skirt for her *brother's* Cars birthday party? Oh, right...I needed/wanted an excuse to try a skirt pattern...and here I am, at 4:40am, about to go to bed. *sigh*


Even with a lack of sleep, I'm so, so happy I stayed up and figured it out (the waistband portion of the pattern kinda tripped me retrospect, I should have just made an elastic casing).

I'm not sure why I have the crazy need to make everything myself, but I hope that my kiddos always know that it's done with so much love.

I am so thankful for these sweet kids.
For each wonderful birthday I get to share with them. 
Here's to many more fun celebrations - with or without accompanying craftiness!!!!

Much love to my sweet THREE year old!!!!  Mommy loves you!!!

Monday, February 13, 2012

On Demand.

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"On demand."  When I try to describe how my business, Silly Jillybeans, functions right now, "on demand" is the first thing that comes to mind.  I know - it sounds a bit weird, and to all you nursing mamas out there, your mind probably went in a totally different direction!  :)

But anyway.  I just wanted to journal my current feelings on my crafting.  It's absolutely amazing - and amazingly flattering - to feel so in demand as a creator of crafty things.  I'm very aware of the fact that there are a bazillion other crafty people out there, but I'm sure that much like many of those others, crafting is not an option.  It really is what keeps me sane and happy.  Not in the same way my husband and kids do, of course - because they do.  But this is a more personal, "I did it" kind of happiness/fulfillment.  And really, the process of designing and figuring out all of the elements of a creation are exhilarating.  So many fabric options, thread choices, fonts, mediums, you name it.  Ultimately, there may be a bazillion other crafty people out there, but somehow, what I do still feels extremely unique and custom.  Even when clearly, there are other similar products out there.  

So when someone tells me that they were looking for a baby/baptism gift and checking out ideas on Etsy, but then decided, "Hey, I'm gonna ask Dana to do this!" I am extremely humbled - and motivated! - to create whatever it is that that person needs or wants!  In this respect, it's like "creating on demand."  Sorta?  Maybe?  What I love just as much is that I've heard so many times, "I was wondering if you could do {insert creation here}, and put your Dana-Silly Jillybeans 'spin' on it!  I totally trust you - whatever you think, I'm sure it'll be fantastic."  I mean, do you KNOW how much that means to me?!?  That feels like a "bazillion" compliments in one statement!  However, the first few times I heard it, I felt more pressure than anything else.  And I still feel that pressure - but in a good way - keeps me on my game! :)

Back to the "on demand" thing - I think that that feeling is more in effect when I have 5 or 6 very different, custom orders in the works...and then someone places yet another, very new and different order!  It's a nice balance to the other pieces that I do more consistently - the Holiday shirts and the "That's What She Said" and "I Shoot People" signs and shirts.  Even with those pieces, I still get the rush of picking out new colors!  So many opportunities to keep my creative juices flowing, ya know?!

Anyway, thought I'd share the baby/baptism gift I ended up creating . . . the gift-giver wanted the baby to have something that could stay with her for a long time :)

I'm very happy with how it turned out!

Hope my posts make some sort of vague I said before, I'm trying to be better about writing about this aspect of my life... :)