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Mei Tai style Doll Carriers

**Note: there has been some cultural awareness brought to the babywearing community in reference to referring to these panel style carriers as Mei Tais. Here is a link explaining the need to properly identify this carry style and its origin. Not Your PodBuTai 

We’re making doll carriers for kids. It’s a way to help me pass the time and raise funds for homeschooling projects for my kids. Check out some of the ones I’ve made so far!

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Styles:

Styles

Toddler Standard

  • 2″w shoulder straps (canvas)
  • 9″ x 12″ frame
  • 40″l waist strap
  • Canvas + print

Toddler Wrap Straps

  • 4″w shoulder straps (print)
  • 9″ x 12″ frame
  • 40″l waist strap
  • Print + canvas

Child Standard

  • 2-3″w shoulder straps (canvas)
  • 10.5″ x 15.5″
  • 40″l waist strap
  • Headrest
  • Canvas + print

Projects

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You can order here: Order Form

E.T. modeling. . .

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Birthday Balloon Bash

Recently I helped plan my niece’s third birthday party with my sister. The outcome was one of the best kids birthday party I’ve ever been to. I would like to say that I did my job as the planner helping to add structure to the event. But, also it is important to note that the service that we at Design Inspirations provide is actually execution.

Our planning comes easy when all we need to do is bring your ideas to life. Yes, we make suggestions and can help steer you in the right direction during those confusing times. But, it’s very important to know that we don’t pressure our clients to go with our ideas if they don’t feel comfortable.

The Inspiration

My sister came to me with the idea of a balloon themed birthday party, which seems pretty basic for a three year old considering all of the options there are out there. But, you just can’t argue with a simple plan when that’s what the birthday girl loves. And believe me she was all over those balloons the day of.

The Invitation

So, after some research and brainstorming, we decided on these fun and simple invitations. It’s very important to know that we work with our clients on the wording and font so possibilities are endless.

Activities

We came up with a fun and creative activity to keep the kids busy and interested throughout the three hour span. It was my sister’s idea to provide an assortment of games/activities that the kids could run around and do; from hula hoop, to bowling, to a little play castle, and pin the tail on the donkey. I also came up with the idea of providing reusable place mats that they could color and then take home, clean, and reuse. Those went over very well with the parents and the kids really enjoyed the selection of activities they had to choose from. We even threw in some dancing here and there with a mixture of age appropriate music along with a few popular songs for the adults.

 

 

 

 

The Cake

While we did try to go the professional route for the cake, there’s nothing like attempting to put your own stamp on something here and there. Now I must admit this isn’t a service we offer to our clients, but we are more than able to recommend a vendor as well as help in the design process. But, how could I turn down helping my one and only big sister given that I do own a cake company. 😉

The idea was her’s, the cake was store bought, and the cake pops were done by yours truly made to mimic balloons of course. Those cake pops were such a huge hit, but please don’t go contacting Cake Seduction for them as they were a one time thing just for this special occasion.

The Favors

Another perfect example of how we execute our client’s ideas; The premise was to offer a surprise candy table that would be unveiled at the end of the party. We had the kids do an arts and crafts “competition” where the kids were instructed to decorate their favor bags and the best bag would win. In the end, they all won! How else could that end at a three year old birthday party?

The candy table not only consisted of an assortment of candy but other fun prizes that the kids and big kids enjoyed. A few parents managed to take home their own favor bags as well.

[This table was destroyed in the end which is just the way we like it.]

If you’re looking to plan your next event, contact us for some fun and exciting ideas. We love turning your inspirations into affordable designs!

Lanterns

Found these paper lanterns at Dollar Tree, and decided to paint them. But, we can’t decide which color we like better. What do you think?

Paper Lanterns

Lemonade Twist

It goes without saying that most of us have grown up on Kool-Aid, how many of us actually admit that we still enjoy this powdered drink mix as adults? Not to mention who would actually serve Kool-Aid at an event? I would, but not in its original form. As much as I enjoyed Kool-Aid as a child, it’s not a first choice unless I’m really strapped for cash. So, check out this delicious recipe and try it out at your next event!

This punch is a great combination between fresh squeezed lemonade and ice blue raspberry lemonade Kool-Aid.

Lemonade

9 Lemons, freshly squeezed

1 c Sugar

12 c Cold Water

Mix freshly squeezed lemon juice, sugar, and water. Stir and add more sugar or water to reach desired taste

Ice Blue Raspberry Lemonade (follow instructions on packet)

1 envelope Kool-Aid mix (keep about 4 packs on hand for this whole process)

1 c Sugar

4 c Cold Water

Mix Kool-Aid mix, sugar, and water until blended well.

You may need to double your Kool-Aid mix and water to match the amount of lemonade made.

Do not add more sugar at this time.

Lemonade Twist

Okay so now you have your Lemonade and your Kool-Aid.

In a large mixing bowl or punch bowl, combine each together slowly.

Add additional sugar and water to taste. For optimal color, add an additional envelope of Kool-Aid mix.

Add a few lemon wedges for a decorative cocktail flair!

Tip: For an added treat, pour mixture into ice cube trays to prevent it from being watered down during your event instead of using regular ice.

Try one of Kool-Aid’s other flavors to match your event’s special colors!

 

 

UPDATE: Made with Watermelon Cherry