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Tie-Dye Pillows

Never in a million years did I think I would be tie-dying.  Is that even a word?
I'm not really a fan of the tie-dye look, even though I was a child of the 70's.  Nowadays, I seem to see tie-dye everywhere I turn.  I'm not sure if the trend is still 'trendy' or on it's way out again?

Jennifer from the smart and clever craft blog, Delightfully Noted, came up with this CrAzY Old School Mystery Craft Challenge.  Not sure what I was thinking when I volunteered to do this, but it's too late now...

Click here to read all about the challenge. 

She basically mailed 9 crafters some old school craft products.  (Pony beads, potholder makings, plastic twine, etc.)  So, you'll never guess what she sent me in the mail?  Yes, of course you'll guess. I was really hoping for the moldy Bedazzaler! 
Our job was to craft up something fun with our product, take pictures and have blog readers vote on their favorite craft.  There are prizes involved, too!

So, for me it was a tie-dye kit.  Of course I couldn't choose which pattern I wanted to I tried all of them!  (Well, 4 of them.)
Spiral, Stripes, Crinkle and Ombre.  I used the one color that came in the kit-- blue.
It wasn't hard following the directions.  I used a white cotton material and went to work.
(I have to admit it was pretty fun!)  Just remember to wear plastic gloves!  You'll thank me later.
After soaking overnight, washing and drying, the color came out more turquoise than royal blue.
This was actually a fun surprise, since I LOVE turquoise!
I ironed up the fabric and sewed up a few easy pillow cases with a Velcro opening.
Ta-da!  The finished products!  Which pattern is your favorite?

I took the pillows over to my mother-in-law's beach place for the perfect chairs to highlight them. 
My mother-in-law loved them!

Who knew that that this 'old' process of dying fabric was so fun and addictive?  A big thank you to Jennifer for challenging me to get out of my comfort zone and try something new.

I'd love you to vote for my project!  Click here to vote.  I'm #6!  You'll love what others made, too!  People are so creative!

 Thanks Friends!  Happy Summer!

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It doesn't take much time or many supplies to host a balloon themed party!
Take a look at the fun we had with polka dot paper products and balloons.

It all started when I saw these balloon paper plates from Hallmark
I then purchased polka dot napkins and balloons from the Party Store.
The balloon party hats were from a previous party, click here.
Colorful water balloons were found at the Dollar Store.  You can buy a hand pump there, too.  (Let me re-phrase that...Be sure to buy a hand pump!  These balloons are impossible to inflate without one...unless you have some serious lung power!)
A teal green sheet was used to cover the table, on top of the sheet I rolled out a table runner of the polka dot wrapping paper.  Instant color!
Colorful craft poms (in all sizes)...

 were scattered on the table with the mini balloons.
Each place setting had a real plate with the paper plate set on top.  I love doing this.  It adds such a fancy look to paper plates!
Polka dot crepe paper (found at the Party Store) was wrapped around each plastic cup and taped to stay. 
Names were written onto the crepe paper with a Sharpie.
My extra talented sister-in-law joined in the theme with a hot air balloon fruit tray!  LOVE!
Dessert was served in waffle bowls with a mini balloon sticking out of each one.  I used Pringles Cookie Stixs and slipped a mini balloon on each one.  (You could also use Pocky sticks.)
Of course we had a photo booth!  Here's a simple way to make one.

We played Balloon Knee Volleyball for a multi-generational game.  (It's basically volleyball that's played on your knees.  Place a piece of tape on the floor for the net.)

Need a balloon craft to keep busy?

And there you have it.  A bright and colorful Balloon Party.

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