Wednesday, December 11, 2013

A Peek at our Family Christmas Card and a Throwback

When we were kids, our parents used to make the Christmas cards we sent out every year. Sometimes they would illustrate them, sometimes we would contribute, sometimes it was a fun family photo. My mom would always ask us, "So...what do you guys want to do for the Christmas card this year?" (in October). Seeing the archived Christmas cards as adults, I can't help but reminisce those years our parents spent with us making these little treasures to look back on.

Here are a few photos of some of my favorite throwback cards we did with our family. Sara and I drew the illustrations and my parents added the lyrics to Hark! The Herald Angels Sing. They designed it to fit a vertical tri-fold card. A one color print job, on one side! Simple and inexpensive with a personal touch.

There were many silly outtakes before we got this Christmas card photo. My dad actually holding the shutter release outside of the frame. I love the outfits they styled us in :) The final photo is now placed in a photo book we gave my dad for Father's Day, years ago.

There's one more card I wanted to share with you guys, but I can't find it :( Once I do (if I do), I will definitely post it. Each family member illustrated their version of a snowman that year.

Now that I have children, of course I want to continue this tradition with them! We've made our cards and sent them out every year, so far. Here's a little sneak peek of the ones were are working on for this year!

We explored several different drawing mediums (charcoal, colored pencil, crayon, thick and thin markers) to see which we liked best for the different snowmen. Who knew we ended up liking them all? ;)

Can't wait to share the finished cards! I'm really loving the way that they are turning out. It's definitely a fun little collaboration. These will be something that my children can look back on when they get older.

Did you receive any of our cards we sent out as a family years ago? Do you have any traditions like this you do with your kids at Christmas time? We'd love to hear about it :)

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Purple Party!

It took a while for this soon-to-be four year old to decide what theme she wanted to do for her birthday party. Oh the decisions... We were running out of time! Since her favorite color (at the moment) is purple, we thought why not create a party filled with guessed it...PURPLE! When in doubt, go with their favorite color. Thanks sis for the suggestion ;)

The planning for this purple party was easy and super fun! Here are some of the things we did for it.
1.  We started out by grabbing inspiration from the internet and Pinterest, of course. My sister, mom and I created a group board we could all pin to. You can check out our PURPLE PARTY inspiration board here. We didn't end up doing everything from it, we just used this as a place to start from.

2.  For decorations, we bought two different shades of purple table cloths, purple streamers and balloons. We also got a fresh arrangement of purple flowers from our grocery store. They were displayed in a variety of jars to decorate the tables. We even served grape juice in purple party cups and purple Kool Aid Jammers.

3.  We asked everyone to dress up in anything purple. Wigs and mustaches were welcome ;)

4.  I made her a special birthday outfit. We found a patterned shirt and purple leggings from Target to use as a base. Then I dug up some purple scrap fabrics to use for a large number four and flower shape. Heat N Bond was my best friend! I used it as an adhesive to bond the fabrics together and then onto the shirt. All you need is an sewing required! I made little swatches for the bottoms of her pants, as well. She didn't end up wearing the pants...she chose to wear a purple tutu from her dress-up bin. But she has them now to wear for whenever :)

Thanks for the awesome pic, seeter! Photo taken by Sara - @relojomie on instagram :)
5.  My mother created a mini purple cake with letter candles that spelled out her name (per Ellie's request). They decorated it with her cousins. Cupcakes were also made to match. Purple chocolate smiley face lollipops were also made from a mold...perfect for sticking into the cupcakes!

6. The goodie bags were probably our favorite thing to make for the party. We used the same instructions for Martha's pumpkin goody bags to make them. Instead of orange craft bags, we used purple. We also tried to round the bags out to give them more of a grape look. Green wire was added for the vines and a real branch was used to attach them to. We got the leaves from a Martha paper flower kit (on sale from Big Lots) that I had saved from years ago. All of the goodies inside had to be purple, of course! We found a bunch of them from Party City for a great price.

7.  We love having interactive party games for the kids (and adults, too). Below are the ones we chose to play.

Kid game 1: Mystery Gift Passing Game (click link for game source reference) - Taking turns unwrapping the multi-layers of the same gift and making them do an action in between each layer. The prize inside was a bunch of temporary tattoos and various other purple goodies that they all could share.

Kid game 2:
Scavenger hunt for a Playdough goody bag - Several adults were asked to hold a different ingredient for the Playdough. Each kid had to search for the ingredients by asking around for each one. Here's what the our playdough goody bags looked like. My mother made these cute labels for the ingredients and instructions!

Kid game 3: Pick a lollipop for a grape goody bag. - We wrote numbers onto a bunch of lollipops and stuck them into a box. We also numbered each grape goody bag to match. Each kid picked out a lollipop and whatever number they chose, that's the numbered goody bag they received!

Adult game (and older kids): Teamwork Rubberband Stacking Game (click link for game source reference) - We added four strings to each rubberband. There were a total of two for each team of four. Each team member had to grab a string and they all had to pull together to grasp an object. The object of the game was to see which team could stack the blocks the fastest. So fun and hilarious! Look at how serious they are here. Thanks mom for discovering this great game! "What's gonna work...TEEEAMWORK!" hehe

8. We had our easel out with a blank pad of paper and left out only purple crayons, pens and markers. We were somewhat inspired to do this because of the book, Harold and the Purple Crayon. A roll of white paper rolled out on the floor could've been a fun activity, as well.

Hope these party ideas inspire you, if you decide to do a color party for someone. If you have done one before, let us know! We'd love to check it out :)

❤  A huge THANK YOU to my mama and sister for helping out with this party!! 

Friday, October 18, 2013

Fall Update

We had a great time vending at The City Flea for the first time, this summer! It was definitely a learning experience being behind the table as newie vendors. The photo below shows our booth setup from the flea's last summer market! We had a blast and cannot wait to do more!

In other news...we were recently informed that we got accepted to sell at The Oakley Fancy Flea for this year's winter markets! This season they are having it at the 20th Century Theater in Oakley Square. This will be the perfect time to shop for your holiday gifts and support small local businesses while doing it! See the flyer below for details. When we know more, we will definitely stay tuned :)

Also, be sure to sign up for our newsletter to receive a discount off of your Mixie Studio purchase at the OFF Market! Rules may apply. See coupon for details.
Image source via The Off Market FB Page

Hopefully during these cooler months, we will be able to focus more on our Etsy site and blogging. Family birthdays and holidays are coming up, which means lots of party planning and projects! So keep an eye out for those. We're really trying to update and share more of what we're creating these days besides always sharing our adventures in selling. Since we both have day jobs, lately it's been a bit hard to juggle those and Mixie Studio. But we're passionate about making stuff and keeping in touch with each other, so we've stuck to it and it has been extremely satisfying as a creative outlet for the both of us!

To keep us going, these quotes have helped motivate us along the way :) And now I leave you with them to kick off your weekend. Have a happy Friday, friends!
Image sources here & here
Oh and on a Tim Gunn note... did you watch Project Runway this season? SO intense! I'm happy for the winner!! It was definitely a well deserved win, in my opinion. I'm excited to see what's next!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Our First City Flea

Having a booth and selling handmade products has always been a dream of ours. So when we got accepted to sell at The City Flea this summer, we were BEYOND thrilled! This past Saturday was our first show and it was definitely an experience to remember. The weather was great, we found the perfect location to set up our booth (with a beautiful view of Music Hall) and we met tons of great people....we even saw a lot of familiar faces, too. It was a success! Thanks for the support friends! You know who you are. It feels awesome to be a part of this local community that is creative and inspiring.

Here are several snapshots of our booth set-up from Saturday. Thanks mom, for the great captures!

Here's a little Vine video I made while setting up... before the rush came in.

Since it was our first time selling at an event like this, we had little to no clue what to expect! We have done our research, but there's still so much to learn. We've been to several craft shows as customers, but have never been behind the table before. It was new and exciting! Jumping right in made us incredibly nervous...but in the best way possible. Improvements are in the works and we cannot wait until our next shows in August and September. Hope to see you all there!
image and artist source

A HUGE thanks goes out to our dad, mom, grandma and spouses. Their feedback, advice, help and support have been incredibly AMAZING throughout this whole experience. Words cannot express how grateful and blessed we are to have them in our lives as we work towards something we are truly passionate about. Thanks for all your support! We're so excited for the things to come.

Side note: To all those veteran craft show and flea market sellers, are there any words of wisdom you can share with rookies out there seeking advice? We'd love to hear from you. Much appreciated :)