I have a post about the recent nephew quilts in me, but first I will talk about the very fun skateboard birthday party we had today, plus I am irritatedly stuck on the design of the (small, no kids involved) quilt I'm supposed to be making for the auction this very second, so party talk instead!
Party favors: a finger board, an organic lollipop, a glow stick, & a custom vinyl sticker, all tucked inside a little pillow box.
I used sticker paper from Papilio, & was reasonably pleased with it. You print it, rinse off extra ink, let it dry, & then apply an optional laminating spray for UV protection. I found that it had a bit of the same issue I ran into when I used inkjet printable fabric last year -- the color rinsed down to a colorfast level ok, but there was some bleeding around the edges. If you try this stuff, I recommend doing a fast-moving rinse with a sink sprayer, if you can. Also, if you buy the spray, definitely do it outside (stinky!) but you should think about covering it during dry time for dust protection, also if you spray it outside in, say, February, you are probably not going to get a completely smooth finish if your temps are down in the, say, 30s. But, like I said: reasonably pleased, none of it was a deal-breaker, & it's pretty cool to be able to print waterproof vinyl stickers on the inkjet.
I have two things to say about the cupcakes. First of all, I completely failed to consider the ramifications of handing a roomful of eight year old boys cupcakes with tiny little pointy sticks embedded in them. Also, I tried to mix my own red frosting last night (for a decoration idea that ultimately failed anyway) & holy moly, that's hard. Oh, wait, three things: I have had a bit of a vegan cupcake breakthrough, which is that they -- particularly for vanilla, which is what these are -- do MUCH BETTER when I use a hand mixer instead of my KitchenAid. A hand mixer on, like, 2. I have baked, hm, 9 dozen? cupcakes over the past month & so have given the matter serious thought.
Anyway, I liked the cupcake picks, even though I am not sure that they will be making a reprise at a certain male child's ninth birthday, as he & his friends are hooligans.
Little skater hooligans. (Isn't that mural fantastic?)
Happy birthday, kid.