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A carnival at home

We celebrated Emily’s 4th birthday yesterday.  Overall the party was a success, but it sure did take a lot out of me.  We worked very hard the last several days, cleaning the house, cleaning up the yard, making carnival games and signs, and preparing lots of food.  Muscles were sore, sleep was lost, but in the end it was worth it.  I should be sleeping now, but I’m a bit wired at the moment.  Anyway, one of the big projects was the cake.  I got the idea for the whole carnival theme from Parents magazine.  In it they had ideas for games, prizes, food, and the cutest cake I’d ever seen.  It was a ferris wheel, made of rice crispies, perched on a cake base.  I read the instructions and it really didn’t seem too bad, so I figured, why not give it a shot?  I had my mom lend a hand to speed up the process and Emily even got to help with some of the decorating.  It turned out beautifully!  It should have had two additional “passenger buckets” but we were afraid of disturbing the integrity of the structure.  Here is the end result:

The glorious cake

The glorious cake

I was so proud!  A few of our guests got to see the cake when they arrived.  I ran down to the patio to frantically finish setting up the games, ran back to the kitchen to fetch batteries for our bubble machine, and found a terrible sight.  My beautiful ferris wheel had tipped over, breaking the base cake completely in half.  My mother-in-law came to the rescue saying we could fix it and get some frosting, but after quite a bit of struggle, there was nothing to be done.  We managed to prop the wheel up to standing again, surrounded by a crumbled cake.  I couldn’t hold back the tears any more.  I had a short cry to mourn my cake that we’d worked on all morning.  Thank goodness I’d taken the picture right away.  At least it still tasted good.  On a later trip back to the kitchen I found the wheel had fallen again as the crispy treat was starting to split apart from all the skewers stuck in it.  So, I laid it to rest on a plate and it officially was no longer a ferris wheel.  Oh well…  Emily got to blow out a candle on one of the cupcakes (which I missed getting a picture of!) and everyone still enjoyed the yummy treat.  The carnival games were also a success.  The kids had a lot of fun playing games, winning tickets and turning in their tickets for prizes.  We had a clothespin drop, bean bag toss, squirt gallery, bucket toss, hoop shot, and kissing booth (guess how many hershey kisses).  We also had a craft table with paper, crayons and carnival stickers.  The bubble machine was also running periodically which is always fun.  Emily got a ton of fun presents and the food was great.  It seemed like everyone had a good time, so I guess that is what matters most.  Now, if I can just catch up on some sleep…

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My first real craft show

I am super excited.  Next month I am signed up to have a booth at a Fall Craft Shopping Fest to benefit the Fox Valley Brain Tumor Coalition.  So, not only is it my first show, but it’s also for a great cause.  I’ll be donating a basket of goods from The Angel Company for silent auction as well as some of the proceeds from my sales.  I really hope there is a good turnout and that I get some business.  I’ve been looking for a way to launch my TAC business since I moved, but haven’t really had the time to put anything together.  Now, I have a date, as well as a deadline to get everything ready! 

Saturday night after everyone went to bed, I decided to head down to my craft room to get things started.  I completely tore apart my old display board, as most of the stamps used on the sample cards are retired.  I decided to completely redesign my board, not just filling it with card samples, but with info about our products and what sets us apart from some of the competition.  There will be other stamping and scrapbooking companies at this event, so I need a way to stand out.  So, I printed up some info sheets and mounted them on my board along with printouts of the specials for August (that I know of so far).  I then added a couple scrapbook pages, one which was already finished and one I made that night.  Then I flipped through my catalogue, found a couple card designs I liked and used them as inspiration to make a few samples.  The creative juices were flowing.  Before I knew it, it was 1am and I needed to get some sleep!  Problem was, my brain was so wired I ended up laying in bed awake until 3am.  It’s been such a long time since I’ve done anything like this, I think my brain got over-excited about being used and didn’t want to shut down for the night!

Yesterday I headed back down to the craft room for a bit in the afternoon.  I added a couple more little touches to my display board and started working on making some cards.  I figured I’ll put a few things in a basket to sell.  That’s one of the nice things about TAC.  All the stamps are “angels” which means you can sell anything you make with them without having to get permission from the company or put a copyright stamp on your crafts.  So, I made a few greeting cards and Christmas cards.  Got lots more to make, but it felt good to do some more designing.  I also looked through my stamp sets and picked out a few retired sets to sell that I really haven’t used.  Once upon a time I thought they were cute, but in several years of owning them, I haven’t found use for them.  Maybe someone else will. 

I have about a month to finish getting ready.  Hopefully in that time, I can get a bunch of cards and maybe some crafts made, and also figure out a kick-ass display for my booth.  I really hope this goes well.  Not sure I could handle the disappointment after all the energy I’m putting into this…

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