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With 6 children I'm always watching my money...I use spray paint on a lot of my home decor projects because it's inexpensive and the new colors and quality are so good now! Some of my favorites are "Blue Ocean Breeze" and "Bahama Sea" by Krylon.
Know of any flea markets, thrift stores or yard sales coming up? Share your information here! If I hear of any shows, I'll post them here for you! Here are some new shops I found in downtown Salt Lake! The Retro Rose, Hip & Humble and Emily Janes! Go check em out!
Elizabeth of Simple Simon has been making all kinds of fun things for me...for more information, email me at email@example.com
This was one of the all time favorite parties I've thrown for my kids! Due to weather conditions in Utah, you have to be creative when your kid has a birthday during the cold season...and that's what we did! We held an indoor carnival which included ring toss, pin the nose on the clown, the milk can toss, a goldfish toss, (with a live goldfish as the prize!), a photo booth, tickets, balloons, an amazing clown, (my friend Shanon & her daughter Olivia who love dressing up!),
a prize booth full of dollar store stuffed animals and small trinkets that kids just love! Hot dogs, popcorn and of course, candy were the meal of the day and when the party was over, the kids didn't want to leave!
Don't I have amazing friends? Shanon & her daughter Olivia...they were awesome as clowns!
Crazy socks & cool purple converse, what clown doesn't have a pair of these?
Carnival fabric & birthday candles tucked safely in a covered platter for cake time.
Don't you just love all those colors?
Toss a ping pong ball in the cup and win a live goldfish (the parents were ecstatic when they picked their children up and found out they had a new pet!)
20 little goldfish all in a row
Huge lollipops were the favorite prize!
4 years old is such a fun age!
An Abby Cadaby cake made by my budding pastry chef daughter, Kayla! It turned out adorable!
This little boy makes for an adorable monkey, don't you think?
This was another favorite!
My frames around the house were filled with carnival pictures and old photos of me & my siblings at our birthday parties when we were kids...one of the photos is me holding a toy clown I received on my 5th birthday! That was a fun find!
I used boxes, cake plates, baskets, anything I already had to stack & display food items, plates, etc...
I'm trying to convince the clown that she should go into business!
Used my daughter's little play booth as the prize store...it was funny to hear the kids so literal about their tickets...one little girl said, "I don't want to use all of my tickets on the games, I want to save some for the prizes!" She was happy to find out that the tickets were endless but it made me happy that she felt as if she were at a real carnival, success!
Presents were fun and many thanks to the little gift givers!
I did save everything and will keep it and rent it to anyone who is intersted for a reasonable fee! Hope you enjoyed the pictures and got lots of good ideas for your little monkeys!
I'm a nut for anything vintage & crafty! I love hunting for treasures at flea markets, thrift stores, yard sales, you name it....I love colorful fabrics, papers & ribbon and making stuff! I'm always searching for new colors in spray paint so I can touch up, re-do or re-make something old new & fresh again! I'm always changing the look of my home! I also love throwing parties! I love trying new recipes and finding new cook books (see what I mean about this & that?) I love too many things to settle for just one! I love blogging, traveling, being a Mom and hanging out with my hubby & 6 kids! My husband grew up in Leiceister, England and then married me, an American chick! Life is about as crazy & hectic as it can get, but we all somehow survive! Check back often as I'm always adding new things and when you stop by, leave me a comment so I know you were here!
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I've done several in-home boutiques, flea market & farmer's markets. If you'd like to be a vendor at a future show, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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We're working on a 2011 family reunion and I need some help! If you know of fabulous but affordable places to go with a large group, please e-mail me at email@example.com (Family: updates will be posted here)