Mini Notebooks - December

And here we are at the end. I am so excited to show you the whole collection. But first, the last mini notebook in the series. Month 12 of the year of mini notebooks project. December. In honor of the spirit of Christmas.

Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind.
To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.
Calvin Coolidge

Mini Notebooks - December

You will need:

  • a plain mini notebook
  • assorted red and white ribbon, bakers twine, twill tape, etc.

Directions:

  1. Wrap the ribbon / twine around the mini notebook.
  2. Tie in a knot and trim the ends.

Happy December!

To see the rest of the mini notebooks in this collection, click here.

 

Mini Notebooks - November

Month 11 of the year of mini notebooks project. November. In honor of simplicity and thankfulness.

Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not;
remember what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.
-Epicurus

Mini Notebooks - November

You will need:

Directions:

Wrap the twine around the mini notebook as many times as you like. Tie in a knot and trim the ends.

Happy November!

To see the rest of the mini notebooks in this collection, click here.

 

Easy DIY Halloween Garland

In the usual fashion, I am doing some super last-minute decorating for Halloween. (hey, 4 days ahead isn’t too bad, right?) I tend to stay away from spiders and creepy crawlies because I don’t need to get the heebie-jeebies every time I walk by. So instead I went with a simple black and white garland that is just festive enough without being overly Halloween themed.

Black and white paper garland
Black and white paper garland

You will need:

  • black and white cardstock
  • a circle punch or scissors
  • white thread
  • a sewing machine

Black and white paper garland

Directions:

  1. Start by punching (or cutting) a bunch of black and white circles from cardstock.
  2. Take 2 black circles stacked on top of each other and stitch through the middle of the circle using a straight stitch.
  3. Then take 2 white circles stacked on top of each other and stitch through the middle of the circle.
  4. Do not cut the thread in between.
  5. Keep adding more pairs of black and white circles, alternating colors, until the garland is your desired length.
  6. Cut the thread, leaving a tail of string at the end.
  7. Starting at the beginning of the garland, gently fold the two sides of top circle in half (upward) so that the thread is on the inside of the circle.
  8. Fold the two sides of bottom circle in half (downward) so that the thread is on the inside of the circle.
  9. Repeat with each pair of circles in the garland.

Halloween Garland
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DIY Halloween Garland

Happy Halloween!

  • Emily - So simple and so cute. I’m also not a fan of creepy crawling things. Love the jar mummies too.ReplyCancel

Mini Notebooks - October

Month 10 of the year of mini notebooks project. October. In honor of Halloween.

Yes, Halloween excites me. That whole time of year, autumn, I find exhilarating. A passionate season. The others are so bland. In the fall, you see opportunities for change. Real change. Possibilities present themselves. None of the renewal and redemption cliches of spring.
No. Something darker and more primal and more important than that.
Alice LaPlante

Mini Notebooks - October

You will need:

  • a plain mini notebook
  • white muslin fabric, torn into strips
  • small googly eyes
  • glue (not shown)
  • sewing machine (not shown)

Directions:

  1. Cut or tear your muslin strips slightly wider than your mini notebook.
  2. Sew them onto the notebook using a sewing machine. (For more detailed instructions and photos please see this Mummy Onesie tutorial.)
  3. Glue the googly eyes on top on the muslin strips.

Happy October!

To see the rest of the mini notebooks in this collection, click here.

 

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Little girls in grass skirts are just about the cutest thing ever. Babies in grass skirts – even cuter!

Last spring we hosted a little luau party for Avery’s preschool friends. While we were planning, we realized that Alessia needed her own mini hula skirt. I thought about just trimming one of Avery’s old skirts down to be small enough, but then I saw this package of raffia at Hobby Lobby and decided to just make a baby sized hula skirt.

It wasn’t hard at all, but it took about 45 minutes to tie all of the pieces on – perfect for watching 1 episode on Hulu!

DIY Hula Skirt

You will need:

  • natural raffia (I found this at Hobby Lobby for $2.99 – and the baby sized skirt took exactly 1 package)
  • scissors
  • thick, soft  cotton string or cord

Easy DIY Hula Skirt

Directions:

  1. Unroll your raffia. It will be bent and kinked from being rolled into a bunch, but we will fix that!
  2. Submerge the raffia in a sink (or bowl) full of hot water. Let it sit for about 5 minutes.
  3. Carefully straighten out the raffia and let it dry on a towel.
  4. Once it is dry, cut it to your desired length. First measure how long you want your skirt to be. Double this number and add 2 inches. For example, I wanted the baby hula skirt to be 10 inches long, so I cut my raffia in 22 inches pieces.
  5. Cut your cotton string to be the length of the baby’s waist plus about 16 inches. Lay the string out. Take once piece of raffia and fold it in half, under the string.
  6. Take the ends of the raffia and fold down over the string and tuck into the loop at the top of the raffia piece.
  7. Pull the ends of the raffia tight.
  8. Repeat until you have your skirt as wide as you need. Trim the ends of your string, leaving enough length to tie the skirt easily.
  9. Tie it on your teeny wahine!

DIY Hula Skirt

DIY Hula Skirt

And now about the luau party!

We were so fortunate in San Francisco to be a part of a wonderful preschool community, and Avery had a great group of friends. One of the parents had an ingenious idea to start Friday night get togethers for the girls, where every few weeks a different family would host all of the girls from 5 – 8pm. The parents were welcome to stay and hang out, or go enjoy a night out on the town without kids. Dinner was served and the girls would usually end up playing dress up, dancing, and having a blast.

Every time the girls were at our house for Friday Night, they all wanted to put on Avery’s hula costumes. Since she only had 2, and there were usually 7 little girls, this was sometimes an issue. So when we were in Maui a few months ago, she spotted some hula costumes at a little shop in Lahaina and asked if she could buy them for all of her friends.

Thus, our idea to turn one of the Friday night get togethers into a luau party was born.

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I don’t have many pictures of the actual party because I was too busy drinking pina coladas with the other moms…I mean supervising the kids. ;) But in case you are looking to host a super simple, no-stress luau, here is a quick rundown of what we did.

Invitations:

Food:  (inspired by our favorite restaurant in Lahaina, Aloha Mixed Plate)

  • fruit skewers with fresh tropical fruit (mango, guava, passionfruit, bananas, and pineapple)
  • kahlua pork sliders on mini Hawaiian rolls
  • sticky rice and mac salad
  • pineapple whips for dessert

Drinks:

Decorations:

  • fresh, colorful flowers in mason jars
  • garlands made out of shell necklaces

Music:

Activities:

  • hula dress up
  • diy leis with paper flowers and string
  • hula lessons with this dvd

Favors:

  • hula costumes – a huge hit with the girls! We found these at a little shop on Front Street in Lahaina, but similar sets are available on Amazon.

Hula Skirt Set - perfect party favor for a luau or hula party

Hula Costume

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