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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Arts & Craftiness

I don't consider myself a very crafty person.  I can barely use a sewing machine and the thought of knitting or quilting something from scratch gives me hives.  I used to scrap book a bit, but I've ended up with bags full of scraps and only one or two books.  

I do have some talent in the computer crafts arena though and I was happy to be able to put those skills to use for Mike's 30th Star Wars party.  I put together the invitation, the cupcake toppers, and a bunch of other signs and decor that would pull the theme together.  I love doing this kind of thing and I wish the opportunity to make stuff like this would come up more often.  The hours fly by in what feels like a blink of an eye and I somehow become entertained and relaxed in the process of being productive... which never happens in most any other productive situation for me... hello, this is a blog about procrastination.  I'm best at not being productive.

I'm kind of proud of what I put together though, so I thought I'd share them here since I'm not sure what else to write about for NaBloPoMo today.  

If you hadn't seen them already:

This was a poster I printed up a couple copies of and put up all over the venue... 
yes, that's Mike's face on all the characters.

This was one of the first things I put together when I was making the party website.
It only ended up on the website which had costume ideas and party info.

 The official Star Wars Party Invitation - inspired by the DVD sets.

These are the front side of the Star Wars cupcake toppers. 
I got most of the images from the free print outs available on the official Halloween post. 
A number of our guests showed up wearing the masks that we used for our cupcake toppers.

The back side of the cupcake toppers - using the same theme "The Thirtieth Rebellion" and the roman numerals for 30 that the Star Wars logos use for all their releases.  Sardean lent me her circle cutter thingie thing to cut them out... that circle cutter thingie thing is incredibly therapeutic.  Mike did a good job assembling a lot of these and getting all crafty gluing them to toothpicks to stick into the cupcakes I made.

 A sign we made to put on the door of the venue - normally they're open to the public on Saturdays but we rented the place out for the night so we wanted to keep the riff raff out.  There were a few people who missed the sign and walked in and were immediately confused by everyone's costumes and quickly made a beeline to the exit.  I also made signs for the bar and for the photo booth... not sure if anyone actually noticed them... they were printed on 4x6 and put into frames.  Turned out cute, but small.

We had a great turn out of family and friends and are so grateful that everyone could be there to celebrate Mike's big 30 with a Star Wars party... something he'd always wanted but never expected everyone would be so willing to participate.  My brother built a photo booth, we had a live band play a set (Fartbarf - they are really really good - check them out.  So awesome), our friend Bryan DJ'd for the night and to wrap up the evening, our friend Will brought his serious Karaoke supplies and everyone sang the night away. The party was just a whole lot of fun.  

At one point, Mike asked me how he would possibly throw me a party like this for my 30th... I told him he didn't have to...because I'd be fine with a trip around the world instead (obviously I'm expecting us to win the lottery in the next 2 years... which is a good blog for tomorrow... because let me just tell you... I'd be an awesome lottery winner.)

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