“Give Back” Holiday Party Craft Activity >> No Sew Blankets

“Give Back” Holiday Party Craft Activity

“Give Back” Holiday Party Craft Activity >> Fabric for No Sew Blankets:: Featured Blanket available for sale on Etsy

“Give Back” Holiday Party Craft Activity >> No Sew Blankets

Today's mom's have little trouble creating beautiful and festive children's birthday party celebrations but sometimes between our own crazy busy schedules and the quest to throw the this year's most talked about event, we forget to add the little things that make the day especially meaningful. We think it is important for kids to know how much we love them but equally important for them to understand they are not the center of the universe. Children need to learn and develop  a healthy sense of self which includes compassion and caring of others. What better day to teach this lesson than on the very day they are lavished with gifts. Teach by example – integrate a “Give back” craft activity into your child's birthday party in addition the the usual birthday fun and party games.

And with the holiday spirit upon us, why wait for your child's next birthday party. This “Give Back” craft activity would be a wonderful addition to any classroom holiday party and equally brilliant to incorporate into your own kid-friendly holiday celebrations. Continue Reading →

Beading & Jewelry Making Party Planning, Ideas & Supplies

Beading & Jewelry Making Party Planning, Ideas & Supplies

This morning as I was watching the morning news shows, sipping coffee and enjoying our incredible San Diego summer, I felt almost saddened that many Americans will be forced to spend these last few weeks of summer vacation indoors due to inclement weather. So of course this got me thinking. I called the Party Idea {Pros} gang together and posed today's challenge – Let's create a fun indoor end of summer gal party that can be tailored to kids, teens, college coeds, or even moms needing a break. After a bit of brainstorming we unanimously decided upon Continue Reading →

Best Craft Tool, Ever!

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Party Idea {Pros} absolute favorite, cannot live without craft tool is (drum roll, please)

3M Scotch Adhesive Transfer Tape ATG 700 Dispenser

Once you get the hang of loading the tape (that truly is the hardest part) you will find yourself using this “gun” constantly.  We have used it to make diy invitations, scrapbooks, favor tags, hang posters and signs, wrap presents  party favors, party decor and even custom framing.  All you do is press the trigger and roll.  The stick is strong and durable.  Trust us — do not waste your time with the mini tape dispensers.  Yes they are lots cheaper but they do no work as well and in the end take way more time. (And yes ladies, our time is precious and we need to calculate its value when we are making purchases!)  Plus, these guns last forever.  Ours is a bit sticky and gummy and scratched up but is still going strong after 10 years!

The tape for the dispenser is hard to find, so be sure to buy at least 6-12 rolls at a time.  There is nothing worse than getting half way through a craft project just to run out of tape:

Scotch Adhesive Transfer Tape, 0.5 Inch x 36 Yards (924.5) | Adhesive Transfer Tape Roll for Scotch Tape Gun , 3/4

Our second most used tool — a paper cutter!

Party Hearty!