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Monday, February 28, 2011

Pixie Adventure #3 -- Tatum's Tea Party










We left off at Skye's adventure in Central Park. Where to next?
After our fantastic horse and carriage ride we all boarded the Pixie party bus where we were all whisked off to our next location.  Where you ask?  Only one of the most fabulous bakeries in all of NYC, Magnolia Bakery.


Crayola Pop Art Pixies


Why Magnolia?  Pop Art Pixie Tatum loves to bake, entertain and have fun.  What a better place to throw a party than at a cupcake palace in her honor?

Crayola Pop Art Pixies
Drama Queen, Miss N. and Miss E. inspecting their plates in preparation of cupcake makin' fun.


Here the girls and I learned how to properly frost a cupcake - just let me say that I have been doing this ALL wrong.  Here is a little video Crayola posted of the frosting fun we had inside (minus the cupcake frosting top secret tutorial).  If you note Miss E. strangely inspecting the creamer, it is because they were filled with M&M's  Note the fantastic personalized plates we were eating our cupcakes off of - these were one of our creations from our crafty evening the night before.






Here the girls demonstrate their new skills - (both had "hat head" from wearing their new hats all over NYC).






If you want to entertain in style, check out some of the other crafts in Tatum's line 


These would be SO much fun for your tween's b-day or slumber party....  but don't forget the cupcakes~


Crayola Pop Art Pixies

I was invited to the NYC event by Crayola. Our travel accommodations, meals, travel expenses and samples of Pop Art Pixies craft projects were provided by Crayola. I was not required to write a positive review. For more information on this blog and on my posting practices, please refer to the disclosure policy below.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Recent beading projects

I used to be an avid beader - I even know how to do actual hand beading. I prefer simple projects but can also do more complex beadwork. Because I am also into blogging, reading, writing, film and sweepstaking in addition to all of the kids activities (which come first), that does not leave much time for anything else.

I did recently get the urge to break into my craft supply and whip something up. I did 2 pairs of earrings - one to go with a necklace I made over a year ago and the other that I had been trying to figure out what to do with these beads that I loved but had not figured out how to purpose them in a finished piece.

Below are a couple of quick projects (this also gave me an opportunity to try out my new camera). I usually use sterling silver findings but for both of these I used bronze. I also buy most of my beads from bead stores or wholesalers, but these were actually purchases from Micheal's and AC Moore. I found that in the last 10 years their beading selection went from "minimal to many":

Fancy necklace and earring set:
The necklace is composed of champagne colored glass pearl beads, teal crystal faceted rounds, teal crystal bicones and pink Czech faceted rondelle glass accents. Bronze daisy spacers also give some added dimension. The matching earrings are made with the champagne colored glass pearls but are accented with the bronze daisy spacers, iridescent seed beads and bronze crystal bicones.



Modern, casual earrings.
These earrings are so great - they did not photograph well, but are really beautiful. Again I used brass findings. The focal beads are flat, matte taupe-grey squares with iridescent irregular polka dots. The accent beads are iridescent seed beads and a smoky grey freshwater pearl. These would be great accessorized and dressed up with all black or dressed down with jeans and a t-shirt



Hopefully I will have more pictures to share soon!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Pixie Adventure #2 -- Skye's Scenic Ride part II

Personal pictures from our NYC trip to Central Park


Miss N. and Miss E.

Picture from the Carriage 1


Picture from the Carriage 2

Sculpture at Central Park 

Bethesda Terrace Arch Bridge / Piazza 


One of the beautiful Reliefs in Central Park at Bethesda Bridge.  
This was my favorite part of the park - there were so many to marvel over!

Anne taking a breather with Miss E.

Mallard Ducks

Miss E. and Miss N.

Miss E., Miss N. and BFF Drama Queen

Drama Queen, Miss E. and Miss N. loving our horse - the girls named him "Chip".

I was invited to the NYC event by Crayola. Our travel accommodations, meals, travel expenses and samples of Pop Art Pixies craft projects were provided by Crayola. I was not required to write a positive review. For more information on this blog and on my posting practices, please refer to the disclosure policy below.

Pixie Adventure #2 -- Skye's Scenic Ride

Who is Skye?

Each pixie has their own interests so girls can relate to the pixie that most closely represents them. Like me Skye loves Nature. Also like me she is a Gemini, loves folk music, haiku poetry, reading, word games and recycling and dark chocolate. Hey are we sure we are talking about Skye here and not me?

Miss N. relates to Skye because she is an outdoorsy, green girl. On the pink carpet you can see Miss N. vehemently claiming that Skye is her favorite Pixie!

You can meet ALL of the pixies HERE.






At the NYC Pop Art Pixie Premiere opening party, the girls and I were able to make our own Water Bottle and Wind Chimes from Skye's kits. Here are all the crafts available from Skye:
Wind Chimes (our favorite!)


The next morning we had breakfast followed by a quick craft and then a wild and crazy bus ride to the first secret location on our agenda. When we arrived at our mystery location we found a special treat waiting for us.... I thought that this was just ADORABLE:

Crayola Pop Art Pixies

Mine is the white and blue one on the bottom in the middle. Yes, the moms were allowed to partake in the Arts and Crafts fun too!



Crayola Pop Art Pixies


Done ooohing and aaahing over our beautious wind chimes? OK, So back to our mystery location. Now where would an outdoorsy gal like Skye go in NYC? hmmm. Any guesses? I think this is an easy one. How about Central Park? Of course! Yes, this is where our artwork was so proudly and creatively displayed!

After viewing the splendor of whimsical wind chimes waiting for us, we took a great horse and carriage ride, Pixie Style, around NYC's beloved Central Park. Check it out! Once you are finished, stay tuned for the next stop on our Pixie adventure......:


I was invited to the NYC event by Crayola. Our travel accommodations, meals, travel expenses and samples of Pop Art Pixies craft projects were provided by Crayola. I was not required to write a positive review. For more information on this blog and on my posting practices, please refer to the disclosure policy below.

Pixie Adventure #1 -- The Art of Making New Friends

I am so excited that Crayola has finally posted video from our fabulous trip to NYC! This professionally captures on film the events of the first night we arrived, primarily the premiere party we attended and the mystery of what was to come. It really captures the spirit of the girls and the astronomically high level of fun that we had collectively. Crayola did such a fantastic job sponsoring this.

See more at my post HERE and then check out the fun, fabu video below!!! (see if you can spot Miss N., Miss E. and myself!). Watch how we walked the pink carpet, feasted on kid-friendly food, learned about the pixies and did arts and crafts. As a bonus check out the mysterious hints we received about the next day. Note: We did NOT receive an agenda - the entire day following the premiere party was a surprise :)

Lights, Camera, Action!




I was invited to the NYC event by Crayola. Our travel accommodations, meals, travel expenses and samples of Pop Art Pixies craft projects were provided by Crayola. I was not required to write a positive review. For more information on this blog and on my posting practices, please refer to the disclosure policy below.


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