DIY Wiggles Themed Birthday Cake and Balloon Wall

Come on down to Wiggle Town, do the propeller, I can stand like a statue, wake up Lachy, it’s Emma’s yellow bow. These random lyrics have been stuck in my head for the past year as my kid regularly watches, sings, and dances along to the Wiggles.

The Wiggles are an Australian based children’s rock band that originated in 1991 with a few line-up changes over the years, and they are still going strong as one of the top children entertainment groups in the world.  I had heard of them in my pre-baby days, but I think the first time I heard one of their songs was on an episode of Arrested Development when Charlize “Mr F” Theron sang “Hot Potato” in a car ride with George Michael. Classic.

Since my little peanut has been a fan for nearly half her life, I decided to go “all out” with a Wiggles themed 2nd birthday party. Some factors went into planning this though. A) we don’t have space for a home party, and she doesn’t have a lot of friends her age yet anyway, and B) most official Wiggles decor and toys must be shipped from Australia, and unfortunately that is not in my budget. So I opted to make a fun pull apart cake adorned in Wiggles colors, and a colorful balloon backdrop to take pictures of her opening a gift and eating cake. For a Wiggles inspired gift, I made her a “Dressing Up in Style” dress-up trunk (click here to see how I did that.)

Here’s what I did along with some tips that can help springboard your own Wiggles themed party! Continue reading “DIY Wiggles Themed Birthday Cake and Balloon Wall”

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How to Make a Dress-Up Trunk

Morning routines in our home consist of waking up, drinking milk, brushing teeth, and looking for the best set of heels to wear in my closet. Actually, that’s my toddler’s routine, and she’s been doing it since about age one. Not even two yet, this girl has mastered a runway strut! After regularly watching The Wiggles, she’s also a fan of their song “Dressing Up in Style” where they sing “dressing up is so much fun, you can dress like anyone, you can use any clothes you find!” So for her birthday this year, I crafted a dress-up trunk that should get her through the next decade of imaginative costuming.

Dressing up let’s a kid live out their imagination by creating a costume to go along with a story they’ve created. I also love the art appeal of a dress-up trunk as it can be a catalyst for performance art, where the artist uses them-self in a live performance instead of traditional art mediums like painting or sculpture. Example, I’ve witnessed my kid put on a cool hat and flower lei, then proceed to play her toy piano with her feet and quietly scream with her eyes closed.  It was an amazing moment.

Read on to get some ideas for how to make and fill up your dress-up trunk! Continue reading “How to Make a Dress-Up Trunk”

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How to Create Your Own Cake Smash Photoshoot

Your baby is about to become a one-year-old toddler. Commence crying, freaking out, or rejoicing that you’ve nailed down year one of parenthood. In that year, you’ve captured their first moments from their first day at home, their first steps, and even their first lemon slice.  Now it’s time to capture their first taste of birthday cake! (i.e. the cake smash)

You most likely caught those other moments on a whim with your smart phone (because, let’s be real, you take at least 100 pics a day of them with that thing.) To capture this particular moment, you can do a full on production, be your own creative director, even build a set in a make-shift home studio. And you can do it all for less than $20, saving you hundreds compared to what professionals can charge. Continue reading “How to Create Your Own Cake Smash Photoshoot”

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How to Host Your Own Kick-Ass Baby Shower

Some folks may cringe when they hear the phrase “baby shower,” with their minds going straight to the traditional boring fete from days of yore. Honestly, that’s where my mind went for a split second when planning my shower. But screw that. Hosting a baby shower is as simple as throwing a rager with a hint of “look at my belly!” So bust out the kegs, ’cause you’re having a baby!

This post is all about getting your party inspiration flowing, simple organization, and fully planning out the essentials. Have fun, let’s start this up!

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How to Put Together a Time Capsule Gift

“Treasure the time you have with your baby. Before you know it, they’ll be walking out the door to start life on their own.” If I had a dollar for every time that parenting tip was brought up to me, I wouldn’t have to live a DIY/frugal life. Just kidding, I still would, because creating art is the best!  Yes, it’s true, time does totally fly by.  The world as we know it changes, and babies grow up.

So capture time. Trap it in a box. Duct tape it up, and hide it away. Pop artist Andy Warhol did this on a regular basis. Continue reading “How to Put Together a Time Capsule Gift”

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Edible Art: Kusama Inspired Pink Chocolate Chip Cookies

How to make Kusama Inspired Hot Pink Cookies #diy #yayoikusama #dotsobsession #art #edibleart #pinkcookies #diyartmom

Recently, I took advantage of the kid’s nap time to attempt cleaning up my computer while luxuriating with a plate of cookies. Organizing all of my photo folders from the past year, I of course got sucked into the rabbit hole of staring at baby pictures . Whilst recalling all the memories of her learning how to sit, crawl, and eat, I came upon a folder of pictures from our first trip to a museum exhibit.

“Dots Obsession- Love Transformed Into Dots” – Yayoi Kusama

We had gone to DC’s Hirshhorn Museum to see Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama‘s exhibit “Infinity Mirrors” Continue reading “Edible Art: Kusama Inspired Pink Chocolate Chip Cookies”

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How to Do Your Own Maternity Photo Shoot

One of the funnest days during my pregnancy was getting some of my girlfriends together, hitting up a giant street art mural for a maternity photo shoot,  and going out to lunch after to eat all the things.  It was a day full of inside jokes, swollen ankles, and was strategically planned in advance.

At the time, I suffered from severe “pregnancy brain” and had utilized to-do lists on a near daily basis throughout my 2nd and 3rd trimester.  What a great, and totally legit excuse; I used it often. Continue reading “How to Do Your Own Maternity Photo Shoot”

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How to Make a Paper Mobile

The cherry on top of an all out decorated nursery is, drumroll, … a diaper genie. Just kidding, a mobile of course!  Honestly, it was the last thing on my mind when designing everything for the art themed nursery, but considering there was already art on the walls, floor, and shelves, the ceiling was screaming for something too.

Traditionally, nursery mobiles are hung above the crib so that the baby is entertained and stimulated whilst laying down.  I used that as inspiration while constructing this floating piece of art, wanting to use a variety of shapes and colors to peer at from all angles, but especially when looking up. Continue reading “How to Make a Paper Mobile”

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Fun Frame-able Ideas to Art Up a Kids Room

Shortly after my daughter’s first birthday, we ended up moving to a small apartment, and with that came the loss of our beloved art nursery. That move inspired the metamorphosis of a nursery to a toddler room. But with the smaller space and the restriction of changing the paint color and limited holes in the wall, a new challenge of how to decorate was initiated. It’s still a work in progress, and definitely a “make it work with what you’ve got” situation. Continue reading “Fun Frame-able Ideas to Art Up a Kids Room”

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Edible Art: How to Make Paint Splattered Oreos

Finally, a Pollock painting you can eat. Whether you’re throwing an art themed party, need to barter with a friend to borrow their help for a photo shoot, or want to gift an edible to that creative bestie in your life, these paint splattered Oreos are sure to be a hit!

I crafted these abstract munchies for my art themed co-ed baby shower as part of the “cravings table.” Oreos dominated that table as much as they dominated my nightly snacking during the 3rd trimester. Continue reading “Edible Art: How to Make Paint Splattered Oreos”

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