DIY Sleepover Birthday Invitations

sleepover party invitationsI’m in the process of planning my daughter’s first sleepover birthday party.  And my main concern isn’t the decorations or the food but if I will get any sleep?!  When my mother talks about my first sleepover, she always reminds me that it was hard to get everyone to go to bed.  My memories are a little different.  I remember I wore a pair of old-fashioned striped footed pajamas.  Not only did my mom rent a movie for the occasion but she also rented the VCR.  Yes, there was a time when people rented VCR’s.  My friend Jillian gave me the book, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.  And last, I remember that one of the favors was a purple wonder woman shaped soap. Kind of random, I know.

Anyhow, you’re probably interested in the invitations I’ve got pictured above.  On my search for inspiration, I came across a lot of cute invitations.  Pictured above were a few of my favorites.  I actually used the cute “sleeping girl invitation” for my daughter’s invites.  Links below.

1. Sleep Mask Invitation by FunkyTime – free printable

2. Miss Sleepy Invitation by Ginger & George – free printable

3. Cereal Box Invitation by Heidi Kenney – free printable

4. Makeup Compact Invitation by Mouse House – DIY directions

Okay, just one last thing.  Does anyone have any tips for throwing a sleepover party?  Your advice would be much appreciated.

DIY Candy Corn Pom Poms

DIY Candy Corn Pom Poms 2For the past few weeks I have been plugging away at a large pom pom project. I decided to take a break from it so what did I do?  I made more pom poms.   I now that doesn’t make any sense but when I’m deep into a project I start thinking of all these spin off ideas.  And one of those ideas was candy corn pom poms. So today I thought I would share how I made them with all of you.

Project level: Intermediate – knowledge of how to make a basic pom pom


Pom pom maker

Yarn – in colors yellow, orange and white


DIY Candy Corn Pom Poms 3

Pom Pom Maker – 3 1/2in diameter

For this project I used a pom pom maker .  For more complicated pom poms, the old wind yarn around your fingers metod doesn’t really work. If you don’t have a fancy pom pom maker, you can easily make one out of cardboard. Click here for directions.

DIY Candy Corn Pom Pom 41.  Wrap each half circle, with yellow, orange and white yarn. Make sure your half circles line up with the white and yellow yarn touching.  For each section (six total) I wrapped four layers of yarn around the semi-circle.

2.  With scissors, cut in between the two circles.  Wrap a piece of 12in yarn around the center of the circles securing all the yarn with a knot.

DIY Candy Corn Pom Poms 53.  Your pom pom should look something like the picture on the left.  You may have to move the yarn around a little, so all three stripes line up.  If this is the case, just push the yellow and white yarn away from the center (refer to circle in left picture).  Then push the orange yarn together to fill the gap.

4. Once this is done, your pom pom should look like the picture on the right.

DIY Candy Corn Pom Poms 65. Now you’re going to start trimming your pom pom into a shape of  a candy corn.  Refer to the picture on the left.

6.  Trim the top and back of the pom pom to make it flat.  Refer to the right picture.

DIY candy corn pom poms 77.  Keep trimming all sides and your pom pom will begin to take its shape.  It will be about half the size of your pom pom when you’re finished.

Pom pom tip – you can pull a few pieces of yarn out of a pom pom.  This can help with making your color sections more sharp.  Just don’t pull out too many pieces or your pom pom will fall apart.

DIY Candy Corn Pom Poms

Five Knitting Patterns for Fall

cute knitting patternsI guess you could say I’m a seasonal knitter.  When the weather starts to get cold, I feel the need to knit.  And right now I want to knit all the things pictured above.  In reality, I’ll probably just end up knitting the house slippers and I’m okay with that.  But if I did have more time and a larger yarn budget, I would start with that city cape.

Nola Slippers by Nola Miller – After the jump, scroll down and you will see the pattern on the left.

City Cape by The Purl Bee – How I love this site.  Year after year, the Purl Bee keeps churning out beautiful patterns for all.

Boot Cuffs by Sara Gresbach – This pattern is available for purchase on Ravelry.

House Slippers by Therese Timpson – This pattern is available for purchase on Ravelry.

El Matador by The Sweatshop of Love – This pattern is available for purchase on Kollabora.

Pumpkin Mochi Recipe

pumpkin mochi recipe

I’m so glad fall has arrived.  To me it means cooler weather, curling up on the couch knitting, and lots of baking.   And  speaking of baking, one of my favorite recipes to make is pumpkin mochi. It’s a cross between mochi and pumpkin pie without the crust. It’s comforting in taste and fills the house with a pleasant aroma as it bakes.

Pumpkin Mochi Recipe


29oz Can of pumpkin puree

14oz Can of sweetened condensed milk

1 Cup of melted butter

4 Eggs, beaten

2tsp Vanilla

1lb Box of Mochiko (sweet rice flour) – click here to see a picture of it

2 Cups sugar

2tsp Baking powder

1 1/2tsp Pumpkin pie spice

1/2 tsp Cinnamon


1.  Preheat oven to 375.  Grease a glass 13in x 9in pan.

2.  In a medium bowl mix mochiko flour, baking powder, pumpkin spice, and cinnamon. Set aside.

3.  In a large bowl mix all other ingredients together.

4.  Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix thoroughly.

5.  Pour into glass pan and bake for 1 hour.  Let cool.

6.  Cut into small squares with a plastic knife.

*This mochi will last up to 3 – 4 days.  Do not refrigerate.

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Japanese Craft Book: Rosette, Brooch, Corsage

Japanese rosette craft book

Rosette, Brooch, Corsage ISBN978-4-8347-3754-7

Over the weekend we took a trip out to the Mitsuwa Marketplace which means three things:  grocery shopping, ramen for lunch, and browsing the Japanese book store (Kinokuniya). During my visit I purchased the book Rosette, Brooch, Corsage.  Below are a few of my favorite projects from the book.

We also attended an adorable Totoro themed birthday party for my niece.  My aunt Susan made an amazing Totoro cake for the party which you can see here.

Japanese rosette craft book 2cloud brooches

Japanese rosette craft book 3Flower pins

Japanese rosette craft book 4leaf corsage

Japanese rosette craft book 5brooches with rhinestone details

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