A Rainbow Connection

The lovers, the dreamers, and me!

I’m a Jim Henson girl, through and through. I bleed glitter thanks to Davie Bowie‘s performance in The Labyrinth…which, sounds a bit grim for a DIY party blog, now that I’ve read that back to myself. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve listened to Kermit the Frog singing ‘The Rainbow Connection‘ whilst strumming away on his little froggy banjo, nor can I count how many different covers I have of the song. Why not make one of my favorite melodies the inspiration for today’s post? Any excuse to talk about rainbows works for me [insert semi-evil laughter here]

I love color. I collect bright, bold colors like a magpie gathering shiny bits of metal and plastic into its nest. You can just imagine how I feel about rainbows and wearing them.  When I first found this fascinator from Studiodiy, I think I squealed pretty loudly. It’s simple, it’s fun, and it’s a rainbow party on my head.

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I had one woman telling me about how her daughter’s birthday party theme this year is ‘Imagination’. These little beauties would have fit in nicely with that setting.Tens of rainbow poof headbands running from one end of the house to the next. Glorious. Actually, you know what, sorry little kids. This one’s mine!

By the way, cardboard box forts. Decorate them as you like, bring in some silk sheets, have people connect their finished creations together, and you’ve got a fantastic cardboard castle to explore….or defend with pillows.

Maybe I could even celebrate the construction of my glorious box front property with these delightful confetti filled balloons from ko-jodesigns.

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Honestly, I dare anyone to tell me these things aren’t the definition of party perfect decorations. And! And when you’re done, pop ’em with a pin and BAM! Confetti everywhere. What could be better? Very few things top flying confetti. Only rainbow cake….and Benedict Cumberbatch.

In the same line of colorful treats, play-dough. Play-dough from ko-jodesigns, in all the glorious hues of the rainbow. I was more the ‘dump all Mom’s best spices into a bowl of water while pretending to be a witch brewing a potion’ type kid, but older me might just need this recipe in my life.

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I’m sensing a rainbow tea party in the fairly near future…something that will require my taking tons of pictures so that I can share my DIY party glee with y’all. Lucky me, I have friends who are just as big a bunch of kids as I am. It’s great. Flashlight tag in the park, playing in the jungle gym, attempting to get into Fairyland only to be denied because we’re ‘too old’….  it’s great fun 😀

If there’s anyone out there (hello, hello, echo, echo, echo….), be sure to share your own DIY successes! I’d love to see what you come up with.

Stay Sparkly, Lovelies!

Jesse Alora
Faery Lady Faces
www.faeryladyfaces.com

Fashionably delicious

Ask anyone who knows me how I feel about cooking and they’ll tell you I am a food fiend. I’m always on the lookout for wild new recipes or colorful cakes to bake. Even with my love of delectable delicacies in mind, the trickiest part of planning a party for me is the food. Confound you, food! 

How many different dishes do I offer? Should I only serve healthy snacks? Desserts? A three course meal? What on earth do I cook to fit with my theme? Did I just completely kill that soup? These are all questions that run through my mind when I’m planning a get together…and yes, the ruined food question is one that comes up quite a bit. Luckily, through the magic of Tumblr, Pinterest, and various blogs across the internet I’ll be ticking this particular item off my party planning list for good.

I love chocolate, I love balloons, and I love edible bowls. Much to me delight, this tutorial from bakerella.com combines all three. This is one of those things that I could even do with my party guests. 

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Pudding cups from bakerella.com

“Want a bowl for your ice cream? Sure! Follow me over this way and we’ll cook one up for you!” As far as I’m concerned, anything that keeps me away from doing loads of dishes is absolutely genius in my book. That, and I mean…it’s chocolate. It’s mass amounts of chocolate in my mouth. How could I pass that up?

Something else I can’t pass up is pie. I don’t know why it is I’m so obsessed by pastries in jars, but…I am. Something about cake and pie being contained in one small glass individual-sized jar is just so appealing to me. I’m sure that’s appealing to a lot of people trying to do a bit of damage control on messes in their home. 

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It’s piiiiiieeeeee from Pizzazzerie.comI’m sure some people don’t quite get my excitement over this, but that’s fine. I’ll just go chill with Dean Winchester for a bit and we’ll geek out over the creation of delectable pies in jars. This article suggests making these little guys into party favors for your guests. I’d tend to think that was a fabulous idea…if you don’t have a TON of guests. Then again, I guess if you’ve got an ‘assembly line system’ of pie making going, it wouldn’t be too time consuming to whip a decent amount of these little guys up. For those on a budget (like me, ha), you can pick up mason jars at your local dollar store. Otherwise, craft stores, Target, Home stores….and practically every place you go to will have these glass beauties. They’re just THAT popular. 

Keeping with the theme of cakes and pies…this. This recipe I am itching to try my hand at. Again, anyone who knows me, will tell you how fond of food coloring I am. I have posted pictures of rainbow pancakes I’ve made on a whim on my Facebook profile more times than I can count and Easter egg dying isn’t just some holiday tradition for me; its a way of life. 

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So imagine my delight at bumping into this fantastic tutorial from Once Upon a Pedestal devoted to the baking of a polka-dot cake. It looks so simple as well which is fantastic! Yeah, yeah, I heard someone murmuring “famous last words” under their breath. In all honesty, I do think this tutorial breaks it down enough to where the process isn’t some magical mystery of the professional baking world. Go forth and polka-dot all the cakes! Why the heck not?

And lastly (for today anyway), we’ve got cookies because who doesn’t love a good cookie? Especially ones as well dressed as these. I know St. Patrick’s Day has come and gone, but icing colors can be changed and clothing styles altered to fit the party theme in question. 

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I don’t know how, I don’t know when, but I’m going to use this tutorial from semisweet designs.com at will. Ooo! Maybe some-YES! Steampunk cookies. Ladies and gents, I’m making me some Steampunk fashion cookies!! I’ll be sure to post photos when I do it, but-AAAAahahahhahah…oooo, this could be dangerous. 

Stay sparkly, lovelies! 

Jesse Alora, Faery Lady Faces

www.faeryladyfaces.com

 

Faery Lady Faces Fine Art Face Painting…the beginning!

Here we are on this fin-well, cloudy, rainy, wind-howling-like-it’s-nobody’s-business…Wednesday afternoon. As I sit here typing and looking at my brushes just waiting to be used, iiiit’s show time! (Thank you Beetlejuice)

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The Color of Magic-inspired eye design

So, to start off let me introduce the face behind the computer screen. I am Jesse Alora, one of the owners of Faery Lady Faces fine art face painting. Our business adventure is all bright and shiny new as we’ve only just launched our website within the past week or so. We are based in Petaluma and cater to the North Bay Area of California. For anyone in Petaluma who goes to Leghorn’s park on the weekend, you might recognize me as the girl with the bright vintage dresses, face painting in the park for tips. 

I don’t want this first post to sound too much like a radio ad (who needs that?), so for further information about who we are and what we do…have a gander at our shiny new website:

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As for the rest…if you’re anything like me and are stumped for party ideas, this is the place for you. I’ve recently started scouring the internet on sites like Pinterest or Tumblr for DIY party inspiration. I’m one of those people who wants to celebrate her birthday, but when the time comes draws a complete blank on what to do. Hopefully, I’ll help you avoid my fate (ha). 

Now, I am a Leap Year baby. This means that I am a child of both worlds in a way. I’ve got my biological age, which is 25, and my technical age, which is 6.25 years old. Thanks to this straddling of two ages, I am in love with unique and unusual ways of doing things, which I’m pretty sure you’ll catch onto within the first three entries of this blog. Most, if not all, of the links I’ll feature are things that my inner 6.25 year old are absolutely in love with.  

I had a blast doing the research for future posts (so many links saved in my notes) and I look forward to sharing my love of all things colorful and fun with you!

Faith, trust, and pixie dust, 
Jesse Alora
Faery Lady Faces
www.faeryladyfaces.com
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