Tuesday, February 24, 2015


This last week our twins turned 8! As is our custom we had them for a few special hours for birthday fun with Grammie & Poppa.  I was not going to do a post on this but decided I would because both of these things were easy and cost saving.
After Christmas I found this 4' lighted tree in a box, very woodsy and it was one of those things that I bought because I knew I would do something with it, just not sure what and the cost was about 1/4 of the retail price.  I think this project could be just as easily done with a tree branch glued into a block of wood.  My first task was to go to the party store and purchase some paper items.  Started by tossing red and blue serpentine's - think they were .69 cents a package.
I next wrapped the trunk with blue and red tissue festooning and then went to the computer and found a few cute pictures of the twins, printed them out and using double stick tape glued to mini paper fans, all very easy to attach to the stick tree. Finished it off with more of the tissue festooning in the upper branches and the "topper" was of photo of the two of them.
I printed out the "Birthday Tree" banner and the "8" on my inkjet printer and once again attached with double stick tape.

Turns out a "Birthday Tree" is a pretty cute place to display the gifts. The best part was when their Grammie heard "you did this for us?" Be still my heart.
I was intent on getting a two tier cake but then found out they started at $40 without any decorations so.......I bought a round and a square and....
Put them together and made some green buttercream to match the buttercream on the bakery cake (using gel food color  dark green and then yellow to get the color match). Then using a star tip for the buttercream I finished off the raw areas to make the cake look cohesive.
Some adorable "Happy Birthday" candles and an "8"

 Party ready and both cakes plus candles about $21.
Ready to sing "Happy Birthday" and blow out the candles.


Cakes, Walmart
Candles, serpentine's, tissue festooning & mini-fans, party store
Tree, HomeGoods (was a Christmas item)
Star frosting tip, Wilton 2D

Thank you for stopping by.


  1. WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Thank you for your comment. We are the lucky ones.🍀

  3. Those twins are amazing!❤️

  4. Absolutely amazing! If I wasn't over 30, I'd ask you to adopt me! LoL! Love your blog! Just found you this morning from a link from The Graphics Fairy. You're very inspirational. I love how you list all of the project details at the end of each post! I wish everyone would do that! Anyways, thanks for all of the creative ideas and I can't wait to catch up on your old posts as well as new ones. Happy Crafting! :)

    Cassandra from Oregon

  5. Hey Oregon neighbor (I am in Idaho) thank you so much for your kind words about the blog. I agree about resources at the end - nothing more frustrating than to see something you really want but no clue where to find the item. I do my best but I am a notorious bargain shopper so I often find red tagged things and I always am out the day after Christmas for my best bargains, so often times I cannot give a direct link to a product. Thank you so much for stopping by. jj