Crazy Craftin’ Momma

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Dallis K in our Mustard & White Chevron print knot headband #24

I have been one busy momma lately. Besides running a household and chasing after a crazy 13 month old, I also have been channeling my inner artsiness (is that a word?). I began taking pictures of my daughter a few months ago. Of course I have photos of every moment of her life since birth, but since purchasing my DSLR camera a few months back, it has been life changing. It does not even compare to all my other everyday mommy cell phone pics. My daughter is already drop dead gorgeous (sorry to brag), but with the combination of the quality pictures, and a little bit of mommy made fashion, we will go far. Dallis has just been announced as a new Brand Rep for TWO different amazing companies (more to come in later blog) haha. Besides getting more info photography, I also have picked up a love for sewing. I begin making headbands, scarves and skirts, and when my daughter is in the mood, boy do we make a great team showing them off 🙂

Besides being Mommy, I am also slowly but surely starting up my own little business on Etsy/Instagram. I have not launched the shop just yet, as it needs some tweaking and I would like to build up a little more of an inventory first. I hope one day it can be my little way of bringing home some bacon for my family. I love the thought of being able to make a little extra cash doing things I love. But while I do love making things, dressing my daughter up and taking pictures, it sure is exhausting sometimes. As you can see, she doesn’t sit still for long…. and she’s off to feed the chickens!!

As you can see, she doesn't sit still for long...

I have tried on more than a few occasions to sew while she is awake, but there is just something about the sound and movements of the machine that I cannot keep her away from. When she isn’t trying to put her hands in the machine, she can be found with fabric scraps on her head, pulling out ALL my finished headbands, my measuring tape wrapped around her neck, and half of my thread down her diaper, and its never ending…soooo nope, doesn’t work. I will just continue to craft while the princess sleeps haha. I have to use my time wisely, because its not everyday that I get two long wonderful naps out of my daughter, but when I do, Im a crafting machine. So for now, Ill continue to slowly build my little mini empire from inside the comforts of my home, while still holding down my Momma Bear role 😉

Sewing Machine, Baby Monitor, Blogging and Headbands.... all in an hours nap time!

Sewing Machine, Baby Monitor, Blogging and Headbands…. all in an hours nap time!

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Dallis’s Frozen Birthday Party- Hawaiian Style

Frozen Birthday Invite - haley mullen I have come back from the dead! Okay, so I didn’t die. I haven’t been able to get on and post, as we have been very busy with my daughters first birthday party. Now that the madness is over, I am very happy that I am able to share the day and my crafts with everyone. I love to throw parties and be creative, but throwing a party for a one year old princess with 250 people was a little challenging. We chose the theme Frozen back when it first came out and my daughter was only 3 months old. This, as crazy as it seems, is a necessity when it comes to giant luau parties. We had to not only book a venue (community center) and band, but we had to let family members know the date asap so that they could plan around that weekend since we had quite a  few family member/friends flying in from out of state and in from other islands. Frozen has now blown into a huge hit with the kids, and it was really awesome seeing everyone (adults and kids) enjoying the party.

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Now when I say Hawaiian Style, I mean huge!! Back in the day Hawaiians through large parties for their babies first birthdays. This has turned into a really big event for everyone here and become a tradition. If you aren’t familiar with it, it is because back in the day it was a really big milestone for children to make it to their first birthdays, due to illness, diseases etc. Now a days, that means birthday are filled with jumping castles, bands, djs, face painting ladies, balloon twisters, food food,…. and more food! I had a lot of fun and months of crafting for her big day. Almost everything from this party was hand made by myself, a family member or friend. I did the majority of the work months before her party, and I received lots of help from people the week of the big bash. I enjoy staying home with my daughter during the day, but with all the glitter involved I usually had to wait until she went down for a nap on this project. I felt crazy crafting 6 months before her party, but gosh am I glad I did. Honestly, I will be okay if I never have to see another snow flake, Olaf, piece of glitter, or balloon for a long long time.

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I made the arch (balloons only), cardboard character cutouts, glittered/decorated mason jars and snow globes myself. I had help decorating all the tables, blowing up balloons, the cake and cookies. My parents once again were amazing help. My mom and Dad built the balloon arch frame and all the stands that held up my characters. My husbands parents and family did all the food. It was amazing, and there was a lot! Honestly, this day could have never happened without everyones help. We are so blessed to have Dallis in our lives, and she is one lucky, blessed, very very very loved little girl. I hope you enjoy all the pictures and can once again find any inspiration you are looking for in her Frozen birthday decorations.

CYMERA_20141003_110520     CYMERA_20141003_110724      CYMERA_20141003_110330     IMG_20140920_173443_807  IMG_20140920_181010_834  CYMERA_20141009_140045IMG_57937732865443   We were having way to much fun dancing away to the music, and I forgot to take pictures of the Hot Chocolate Table and the Kids Table. I brought my Kerig and had cups, packets of hot coco, marshmallows, crushed peppermint and chocolate sticks waiting for the kids. This was a huge hit! We also had an amazing kids table where the face painter/balloon twister was. It was filled with purple and blue glow sticks, Frozen socks, Frozen coloring books, Frozen pencils, Frozen dry erase boards, Frozen Stickers, tattoos etc. You name it, we had it. The majority of these cute items were from the $1 rack at Target. (We don’t have one on Maui yet, so all the items were flown in with us from vacation trips and family coming to visit) Hope you all enjoy, and get some ideas for your very own Frozen inspired party!!   SPECIAL THANKS TO: Shannon, the owner of Sweet Isabels in Avon Lake, Ohio. She made the amazingly cute cookies.  Check her out on Facebook! Danae, the owner of Cupcake762 in Kahului, Hawaii. She made and provided the beautiful Frozen cake. Jolie, the owner of Cirque Jolie in Makawao, Hawaii. She provided hours of entertainment for the kids with her creative face painting and balloon twisting. Our family ❤  Grant and I couldn’t have done it with all the help from our family members with the food and decorations. Thank  you!!! CYMERA_20141107_120847