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2015 Bucket List & Remembering 2014 December 31, 2014

Hello dear ones! Do you have resolutions for the new year? I’d love to read them in the comments. We had quite the year in 2014. Last New Year’s I skipped the bucket list, but we still had some bucket list moments despite that. I was able to mark off a few things from my 2013 Bucket list, and there are things that I would’ve never put on my 2014 bucket list or expected. They happened anyways. God is so full of surprises. His plans are better than mine! The whole year is a testament to the goodness of God. The fact that he’d take someone like me who deals with chronic pain and was declared barren…then allow me to have this adventure…is just amazing. He took my anxious heart and gave me boldness when I needed it. I could not have done any of this without God’s hand. Nothing is impossible with God!

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Remembering 2014

          • Saw the White House (took a road trip to Washington D.C., saw monuments & museums). (On 2013 bucket list)

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            • Ice skated under the stars.

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            • Played in lots of snow.

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            • Learned to use the metro.
            • Started the second book in my trilogy.
            • Overcame the fear of driving/riding after my big wreck in January.

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        • Raised chickens & gathered our own eggs.

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          • Made new friends.
          • Had some great date nights.

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            • Went on a Missions trip & flew overseas to Belize. First time flying overseas.

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          • Walked the Mayan ruins.

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          • Kayaked in the ocean.
          • Shared the gospel with hundreds of kids in Belize & through VBS.

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          • Led worship on a pier early in the morning.

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          • Saw wild iguanas & parrots.

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          • Ate chicken foot.

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          • Trekked in the jungle.

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          • Saw a pineapple farm & other tropical fruit growing in it’s natural setting.

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          • Put on an Easter play & a Nativity play for our homeschool group.

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            • Taught a huge year long history study on Creation through the 1800’s. Had fun parties, ate good food, and did several neat crafts/experiments.

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(We were actually half way through by Jan 2014. So I’ll give you the link for the middle ages & the last link of the year. You can hop to the other posts from these.)
https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2014/02/08/middle-ages-week-1-celts-anglo-saxons-king-arthur/
https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2014/07/21/the-1800s-week-6-heading-west-the-final-week/

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          • Had several fun themed parties.

https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2014/04/09/a-complete-chronicles-of-narnia-marathon-party/
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https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2014/05/17/hobbit-marathon-party/
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https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2014/05/23/once-season-finale-party/
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https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2014/02/16/hilarious-birthday-celebrations-with-mom/

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                • Threw my first baby shower, for my bff Hannah & met her new baby, Miriam.

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              • My sister got pregnant and had her first child. Saw my nephew on Skype.
              • I became pregnant after 8 years of infertility. Felt life inside of me and saw it on ultrasounds.

https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2014/08/19/a-miraculous-surprise/

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            • Found out I’m having a boy. His name is Leeland Patrick Dover :). Due April 12th, 2015

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          • Shot a bow (on 2013 bucket list)

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Did you have any major unexpected events in 2014?

2015 Bucket List

(not in any order)

          • Give birth naturally & have a healthy baby.
          • Breast feed and cloth diaper.
          • Be in the moment with my family.
          • See my husband graduate from college. Support him as he starts a new job.
          • Pass Michael from 4th to 5th grade in homeschool.
          • Have more dates & couple time with my hubby.
          • Have margin (breathing room) in my finances, relationships, and time.
          • Have a deeper intimacy with God & understanding of the Bible.
          • Simplify.
          • Practice contentment with Godliness.
          • Meal plan better, save on groceries, and prepare healthy meals with more variety.
          • Commit more to my book and to bettering my blog.
          • Volunteer again and give more.
          • Be surprised by God and follow wherever he leads. Enjoy the journey.

Well, this bucket list is smaller and less detailed. Lord willing, God will fill in all the details. If we are given the future, our family has many changes coming. I have no clue what adventures are coming our way. I just know that God’s plans are far better than mine and they always blow my mind.

I pray you have a blessed new year! Please leave me some comment love if you will. God bless & remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover

 

Once Season Finale Party May 23, 2014

In this post: Mom and I celebrate as we watch ABC’s Once Upon a Time season 3 finale. Come join our Once party! We’ve got food and fun!

Hello dear ones! Once Upon a Time (on ABC) had it’s season 3 finale on Mother’s Day. So Mom and I had a girl’s night. We stuffed our faces and pampered ourselves (pedicures of course).  Here’s all the details:

The Set

  • Once backdrop~ I took a blue plastic table cloth and painted it. Then I hung it up in the living room. It’s simple but it took hours to paint.
  • Once table~ I reused the black and white table cloth from our Marie Antoinette party. We also reused the plates and the clock napkin holders. I switched the napkins though, red for Regina. I also made the clocks say 8:15 (fans know why).  An apple and a silver platter were a nice touch.
  • Once project board~  I modge podged black and white tissue paper over an old project board. Then I glued pictures of Hook, Rumbelle, & the Storybrooke clock tower.
  • Food label props~ I took fairy tale scrapbook paper and stuck it to boxes so they’d stand up. I printed the labels in a nice font and glued them to the paper.
  • Emma’s Bug~ This BMW model is actually mine from highschool. It looks a lot like Emma’s.

Food

  • Belle’s American Burger~  Burgers and home fries were the main course. Belle has her first hamburger in the second season.
  • Emma’s Swan Cake~ More like a big brownie with powdered sugar on top. I used a swan stencil that I cut out.
  • Regina’s Apple Streudal~ Regina loves apples and so do we!

Activities

  • The Season 3 finale! It was perfect…except the ending. I was a little mad. I’m excited about next season though.
  • We didn’t have time for a marathon of previous seasons but I did catch up on them while I was crafting.
  • The Once Family tree~ If you are a Once-er, then you know the characters of Once are almost all related to each other. The Evil Queen Regina’s adopted son is the birth son of Snow White’s daughter. Oh and did I mention that Rumplestiltzkin’s father is Peter Pan?! Mom and I tried our hand at making the family tree from memory. Then we checked it with a nifty one I found online.
  • Charm Bracelets~ I made these for Mom and I. The bracelets are based on “ships”. If you are a fan of a couple then you “ship” them. Like I ship “Captain Swan” (Hook and Emma Swan).  There’s also Rumbelle (Rumplestiltzkin & Belle), Snowing (Charming & Snow White), and Outlaw Queen (Regina & Robin Hood). Mom and I both like Regina. Yes, she was evil but she has changed :). So I made us both charm bracelets. I found the charms at Michael’s Craft store; a  heart that opens. a red jewel, a picture of Outlaw Queen,  and a royal key. I made the Captain Swan bracelet for me; an anchor, a blue jewl, and a picture of Captain Swan. I found the pictures online and modge podged them on craft scrabble pieces.
  • Once necklaces~ I took glass flat stones that you use to decorate vases and I modge podged different pictures on them. I added two pretty jewels to my Captain Swan necklace. As you can see in the pictures, I made a ton of these. This way Mom and I can switch out our necklaces. I’m also a big Rumbelle fan, so I’ve got several pretty necklace stones for that. They’re not the quality I’d like but they are cheaper than all the necklaces on Etsy. And I have variety.
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I hope you’re inspired! Links after the pic…

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God bless & remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover

 

Marie Antoinette Party May 18, 2014

In this post: An original and glamorous Marie Antoinette party as we learn about the French Revolution! Come join us!

Dear ones, I hope you are well. I’m thrilled to share this fun party with you. We ended our study of the French Revolution with a Marie Antoinette party. Marie never said “Let them eat cake”, but her over the top fashion is great inspiration for a glamorous party…and delicious cake ;). Here’s how I did it:

The Set

  • Black and White fancy table cloth & plates. I bought the table cloth at Walmart and the plates at the Dollar Tree.
  • Pink napkins with fancy clock napkin holders. I took tulle and wrapped it around the napkins. For the clocks, I printed out old Victorian looking clocks and I taped them into layed cupcake holders. I stuck that on the tulle.
  • Marie Antoinette project board~ I bought the project board and the girly French stickers at the Dollar Tree. My Mom miraculously had some black and white tissue paper that she gave me. I modge podged it on and put a paper doll of Marie on top of it. Then I made designs with black and pink paint.
  • Fancy clock~ this was a thrift store find that I also used for Hannah’s baby shower.
  • Vase of pink flowers and black and white flowers. I found the flowers on sale at Michael’s craft store, 50 cent each!
  • An old key, pearls, vintage looking bags with crown designs on them. I believe these were on sale at Michael’s awhile back.
  • Marie Antoinette shadow box frame~ I bought the frame and the wooden chandelier and chair at Michael’s. I painted the frame black and pink. I painted the wooden chair and chandelier black. I cut out a paper Marie and modge podged her. I used the black and white tissue paper to encircle her. I glued on fake pearls in a heart shape. I glued on a feather. I cut out paper butterflies and modge podged them on both sides so they would shine. I wanted them to be 3D.
  • Marie cage lantern~ It’s hard to tell what this is but in person it lights up. I took a small cage from the craft store and put a fake candle in it. I put a Marie paper doll on a popsicle stick and stuck it in the cage. Then I took black and white tissue paper to form her dress.

I loved this set so much. I had a hard time taking it down. I did keep the shadow box for my office. 🙂

Food

  • Pink cupcakes with pearls on top~ I used a box of strawberry cake mix and a can of pink frosting. I found edible pearls also at Walmart.
  • Salmon patties and mac n cheese for our fancy candle lit dinner.
  • Apple juice in fancy goblets.

The Costumes

  • Marie Antoinette (mua)~ My Aunt’s prom dress from the 70’s. Yeah, I’ve taken good care of it. My hair did not get as puffy as I’d hoped but I had two fake hair pieces under it. I think next time I’ll put them closer to the front. I’ll include my Pinterest link at the bottom. I put fake pearls in my hair so it’d drape across my forehead. I took a paper mask and glued a pink feather and fake gems on it. Then I attached the mask to a dowel. My makeup looks a bit funny because I powdered my face with very light powder. You can’t tell as much in these pictures but I put concealer on my lips and then drew a heart shape with lipstick. I put on a good bit of blush.
  • Michael~ He wore a nice black shirt and pants. We got his purple hat at the Dollar Tree. He also wore a paper mask which he decorated purple with shapes.

Activities

  • A Candle Lit dinner
  • The Marie Antoinette movie from the 30’s
  • A waltz...sort of.
  • A funny video on the secrets of Marie Antoinette’s hair

I hope you are inspired! 🙂 Links are below the pic…

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Marie Antoinette ideas on Pinterest (about half way down)

God bless & remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover

More Parties by Me

The 1700’s Week 3: https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2014/05/19/the-1700s-week-3-australia-the-french-revolution-lord-byron/

 

Hobbit Marathon Party May 17, 2014

In this Post: A mishmash of Hobbit parties with my own flare. Also an original  homemade board game. Come with us from the Shire to Mirkwood all the way to the Misty Mountains!

Hello dear ones! I am so excited to share our Hobbit marathon party with you! As you may know, the second Hobbit movie, The Desolation of Smaug, just came out on dvd. We are big LOTR and Hobbit fans here. I took two parties and mashed them together. Then I threw in crafts and snacks that I found here and there. Add a homemade and original Hobbit board game and you’ve got Amber’s flare ;).

I do want to thank the two main bloggers that inspired me. The other ideas are on my Pinterest, which is listed after the picture.

Though I did not use them as intended, I did use several of the printables from The Dating Divas. I love how they inspire me continually.

http://www.thedatingdivas.com/just-the-two-of-us/the-hobbit-date-night/

The Given Life has the coolest Hobbit party I’ve seen. I did my own version of two of their activities.

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So here’s how I did it.

The Set

  • Bilbo’s hobbit door~ green tissue paper cut into strips and brown package paper. I fit it onto our doorway. The tissue strips are much easier to get into as opposed to a door.
  • Mirkwood spiders~ white crepe & paper spiders.
  • Mirkwood Forest~  I took brown package paper and twisted it into tree branches. I taped green tissue paper leaves. I wound it around our entertainment center and put up cheap Dollar Tree lights (leaves & fireflies).  I found beautiful pictures of the main elves and taped them to the doors.
  • Gollum’s Cave~ trash bags, a fan, and a printable of Gollum.
  • Smaug’s domain~ I put red tissue paper below the entertainment center and I taped a picture of Smaug above. This is where I kept our dragon crafts.
  • A table fit for a Hobbit~ I was going for prissy yet still masculine. Bilbo loves his mother’s dishes :). I found a blue checkered table cloth at the Dollar Tree. I also found the plastic pink dishes there. They look so real and dainty. I did take out my good china mugs for breakfast and then glasses for dinner. I made a simple paper banner that says “The Hobbit” and I attached it to two straws that I put in moss lanterns.
  • Moss Lanterns~ I saw this idea on Pinterest and loved it. I put green moss in mason jars and either taped fake candles to the lid or left them on top of the moss.

Invitations

  • The invites come from The Dating Diva’s. I left them and the fake tickets on the table with breakfast.

Food

  • A Hobbit Breakfast~  Bilbo most likely drinks English hot tea. It just seems proper, with cream and sugar of course. Sausages and scones are delightful! We should eat like Hobbits more often! 🙂
  • Second Breakfast? Lunch? Whatever!~ We had the same delicious turkey meatballs from our Narnia party. We also had slices of cheese.
  • Dinner~ fish and chips (homemade fries).  Cream Soda and Rootbeer for drinks.
  • Dessert~ blueberry or peach cobbler muffins. We definitely ate like dwarves!

 Activities

  • Hobbit movie marathon~ An Unexpected Journey & The Desolation of Smaug.  Along with breaks in between, this took all day.
  • Shire Craft~ This was supposed to be a Hobbit card but we made it a prop. The directions are on my Pinterest but I used foam and construction paper.
  • Hobbit drawing tutorial
  • Dwarves printable~ this helped us figure out the name of each dwarf.
  • Troll Freeze Tag~ I got the idea from The Given Life. Basically one of us played the sun and the others played the trolls. If the “sun” tagged us then we became stone.
  • Riddles inside Gollum’s Cave~ I pulled up a riddle game on my tablet. Each of us went into the cave. If we solved the riddle then we held out Sting (Bilbo’s sword. I have a replica.) If we lost then we hollered because Gollum was eating us. That’s my morbid twist on this idea from The Given Life.  Ha! We had fun though.  Those riddles were hard! But Chris did defeat Gollum in the end.
  • Dragon Eyes~ You can find directions on Pinterest. I used tin foil, paper, and glass stones. This awesome craft doubled as game pieces later.
  • Dragon Slime~ This was fun but icky. Starch, glue, and glitter.
  • Hobbit Music~  Michael pulled out music from the first music to play on his keyboard.
  • Our homemade Hobbit board game~ I found a printable blank Monopoly board game and used it for my Hobbit game. I drew part of the Hobbit map in the middle. The four corners were places like Mirkwood and the Misty Mountains. They each have conqequences if you land on them. I used a plastic jewel for the arkenstone. The dragon’s eyes are game pieces. I printed off trivia questions and fun facts for the cards. I stole dice from another board game.  It was fun and we learned a lot.

I hope you’ve found this post to be inspirational for your own Hobbit party. Links at the bottom!

 

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God bless & remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover

 

 

A Complete Chronicles of Narnia Marathon Party April 9, 2014

Hello dear ones! I’ve got a unique and original party for you. This is a Narnian marathon party based on ALL of the books. I was inspired by many things but most of the crafts are all my own. I can’t wait to share with you! Here we go!

So I searched far and wide on Pinterest for Narnia party ideas. All I found was winter parties for The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. I wanted a party that had elements of all the books. My son Michael (who is about to be a big 8 yr old!) read all of the Narnia books during March. I promised him a Narnia movie marathon party for his hard work. So I had a month to work on this while Michael plugged away. He read 4 to 5 chapters a day to meet his goal.

Anywho, so I decided to make props that would represent the different books. I did major on the books that have been made into movies, but I also threw in little pieces and/or quotes to represent the lesser known books. You can tell that I mainly had a blast with my two favorites: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe & The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. I’ve got some neat props for The Silver Chair & The Magician’s Nephew too. My favorite pieces are the wardrobe, Lucy’s mirror with Aslan in it, and the painting from the Dawn Treader.  Here, take a look at the pics first, then I’ll get to the details of how I brought it all together.

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So…there’s a lot here. The most intricate props I worked on the week of. Some props I literally thought of the night before when I was setting up. None of these are hard and most of this was inexpensive. It looks more complex than it is. The easiest part was printing quotes from all of the books. I’ll put my Pinterest link at the end of this post.

Food: Meatballs, carrots & ranch, Turkish Delight, and Aslan cupcakes. Rootbeer floats with supper that night.

*I had a hard time finding Turkish Delight. T.J. Max was the only place I could find any and it was up front near the register. I’m so glad I found it because the last time I attempted Turkish Delight it was nasty. I’m not that fond of it anyways. I found mini lion figurines at Party City and I put them on the cupcakes. It was a box cake but the meatballs were homemade…and SOOOOO good. I stuck plastic swords in them. I got the plastic cups from Dollar Tree.

Movies: The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian, and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

*We only got through two of the movies that Friday because we had school. We carried our marathon into Saturday morning.

Activities: Eat, watch movies, role play, & I played a Narnian Lullaby on my flute.

*The sheet music will be on my Pinterest. I’ll also include my royal hairstyle. It was last minute but it fit. Michael loved Mr. Tumnus’ umbrella & going in and out of the wardrobe.

Props: 

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

  • The wardrobe~ This wasn’t complicated at all. I took poster board and covered it with a wood patterned contact paper. I cut out cardboard shapes, covered them, &  glued them on the wardrobe to make it look like it had carvings. You can’t see this well because my camera didn’t do the wardrobe justice. You could see the carvings in person. I glued a jar lid for a handle. The wardrobe is three parts. There’s the door, where the door meets the side, & there’s inside the wardrobe. The inside of the wardrobe was done on brown party paper and I attached the top of the wardrobe to the top of the paper. Then I split the middle section in half so we could walk through it. Lastly. I glued fake fur and drew hangers etc on the inside. It would’ve been cool to get an actual wardrobe but that’s too expensive and we don’t have room for anything permanent.
  • The lamp post & Mr. Tumnus’ umbrella~ White sparkly tissue paper and white fabric for the snow. The umbrella I bought at Hobby Lobby for 5 bucks. The lamp post was last minute. I took the roll of brown paper and stuck a bird feeder on top of it. Michael colored a picture of Lucy inside of Mr. Tumnus’ house and I hung it up.
  • Peter’s shield ~ I found this coloring page and hung it up above the t.v. I used tissue paper to hide all the messy bits of my entertainment center.
  • Aslan’s Camp~ I glued a red plastic cloth to a hula hoop and hung it up for the tent. I printed out lion shapes on red paper and stuck them on yellow tissue paper for the banner. I put up quotes from the book & a picture of Aslan that Michael colored. I also printed out Aslan’s prophecy to put by the Aslan cupcakes.
  • The Wintry woods by Mr. Tumnus’ house~  The table had a wintry theme. I covered it with a white plastic cloth. By the way, all of the cloths were from the Dollar Tree. In the middle of the table I put a strip of the wood patterned contact paper with a paper wardrobe on it. Then I took the sparkly white tissue paper to make the wintry woods. I rolled it up and put it on the sides to section off that area.  The lion for Aslan was from Toys R Us. Mr. & Mrs. Beaver are from Hobby Lobby. I made a makeshift lamp pole out of wooden peg parts. I could not find a small lamp post in ay of the craft stores.
  • The White Witch’s Sleigh & her stone Captives~ I found the pattern for the sleigh online and made it out of thick paper. I really needed something thicker to hold the Turkish Delight. I had to prop the sleigh against a jar. I bought miniture animal figurines at Party City. I had stone spray paint at home and my hubby spray painted the animals with it. They really looked like statues so I was very pleased. I found the warrant printable online.
  • Snowy candles~ I found this neat idea on Pinterest. I put epsom salt in mason jars, tied twine around the mouth, and put a tealight candle inside. It looks like snow.

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

  • The living painting~ The ship painting isn’t exactly like the one in the movie. It is based more off a picture online. This is my version. I bought the frame and the wooden ship from Michael’s Craft Store. I printed a generic ship picture and glued it to canvas. Then I painted over it. I glued blue tissue paper to make it look like water was flowing from the painting. Then I glued the ship to the frame. This part has to sit on something so I pulled out a drawer. I covered the bottom of my entertainment center with a blue ocean themed plastic cloth. I really love this painting so it’s now in the homeschool room.
  • Lucy’s mirror with Aslan~ The picture doesn’t do this justice. The flash messes it up everytime and it’s not clear without it. I bought a silver plastic charger from the Dollar Tree. Then I painted Aslan as if he’s behind you, like in the movie. I wrote a quote from Aslan in the movie on top (what he says to Lucy in that scene)  and a quote from Coriakin on the bottom.
  • The Book of Incantations~ This is the book that tempts Lucy. I believe it is evil although there’s this great scene where a spell causes it to snow. By the way, I tried threading cotton balls on fishing line for snow and it was really tedious. I only made three and it just didn’t look right. It hung above the book anyways. It’s hard to see the words on the book in the pic above. But you can see the intricate patterns in the pictures below when I’m making everything. I bought a cardboard book shell from Michael’s craft store. I drew the title and patterns with a pencil. Then I used hot glue to trace it all. Once it dried I was able to paint it brown and the glue looks like a raised intricate pattern. I set it on wintry tissue paper and I put a quote about deception, nearby.
  • Aslan’s Table~ This was a last minute thing. I had a little box that I covered with brown felt. Then I took the plastic swords I had for meatballs and put seven of them on the table. The chocolate gold coins came from Party City.

The Magician’s Nephew

  • The Wood Between the Worlds & quotes~ I mainly have quotes from the book but I did want to make the wood between the worlds. It intrigues me. So I took some cardboard and watery paper. I glued moss for the grass and glass gems for the pools. I found them at the Dollar tree. You can find moss at any craft store. I bought the small trees at Hobby Lobby. I think the lion was from Party City. Anywho, this brought up an argument between me and Michael about whether or not Aslan could go to the wood between the worlds. I concluded that he looked good there. So that ends it.

The Silver Chair

  • The Garden Gate that Jill & Eustace use to get to Narnia~ Again I have quotes from the book. I decided to make my own version of the garden gate by spray painting a box with the stone spray paint. Then I glued on moss and glass gems.

The Horse and His Boy

  • Wooden horse from Michael’s craft store & quotes

Prince Caspian

  • Reepicheep pictures & quotes

The Last Battle

  • quotes & one in particular with Jewel the unicorn. I almost bought a unicorn figurine but it was too expensive.

Here are some pictures of the prep stage. Planning took the longest. Set up was an all nighter. It was worth it though. Michael was amazed. I kind of was too. I like to use my imagination and anything good that makes me feel younger is a plus.  With a little imagination you can pull off an inexpensive Narnia party too. It’s amazing what can be done with cardboard. And plastic table cloths can cover eyesores, act as back drops, and can even become snow or ocean.

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After the party, I found more Narnia ideas…like golden play dough for Eustace as a dragon. Hmmm….maybe a Hobbit idea too. Hey!

Here’s the Pinterest link:

I hope you enjoyed visiting Narnia with me :). I pray I will encourage and inspire you to step out the box and throw your own unique parties. Feel free to use these ideas, I just ask that you link back to me. God bless & remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover

PS: Go to my Parties category to see all the other neat parties we’ve done, including date nights. We’ve got Harry Potter (mostly original), Time Machine parties for our study of the 20th century, the Hunger Games, Star Wars, and tons more. Please check it out 😉 and leave me some comment love.

 

 

 

 

Crafty Monday: Disney Countdown~ Robin Hood, Mickey Mouse, & Brave July 8, 2013

In this post: Olympics with Robin Hood & Brave. Also a sweet Mickey Mouse Clubhouse ice cream party! Crafts, food, and fun coming your way! This is #5 on our Disney countdown. 

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Hello dear ones! Welcome to week #5 on our countdown. You can read #4 here:

https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2013/07/01/crafty-monday-disney-countdownalice-in-wonderland-beauty-and-the-beast/

What a rainy week it’s been especially for an Olympic themed week.  If you read my Sunday post then you know we had Family Olympics. I’ve been tying in fun Summer themes with Disney. Olympics went well with Disney’s Brave & Robin Hood. Both feature archery and that happened to be in our competition. We also had a fabulous ice cream party.

We began the week with Robin Hood. Here’s Michael playing with the arrows Chris made. He looks the part with his green hat.

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Tuesday Chris was home part of the day. He helped Michael make these hamburger and hot dog portraits.

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Here’s Chris’ hamburger picture lol :).

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I was up the night before prepping for our Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Ice cream Party.

  • The Set Up

Mickey Mouse Centerpiece~ 3 styrofoam balls painted black, a styrofoam cone, sparkly pipe cleaners, and paper.

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  • Another Mickey Mouse Centerpiece ~ styrofoam balls painted black, a red cup, and a yellow ribbon.

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  • Mickey and Minnie Silhouettes~ I painted cheap wooden frames red and then I modge-podged paper silhouettes onto them.

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  • Disney World Silhouette~ I did the same as above but I added Disney stickers and I glued a ribbon on top.

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I found a paper Mickey clubhouse on the Disney family site. It came with Disney characters. Michael helped me with it.

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  • The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse ~ This was actually very simple. I bought cheap colorful plastic cloths from the Dollar Tree and I hung them from the ceiling to make the back drop. I made a paper Mickey symbol and wrote “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” on paper. I taped them both to the cloths. The hanging ice cream cone is actually a pool toy found at the Dollar Tree.

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Music ~ I found a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse station on Pandora. I use Pandora for so many of our parties.

The Eats

Ice cream of course! 😉 We didn’t get a chance to make it homemade but we had Neapolitan ice cream. Our topping selection included

  • marshmallows
  • sprinkles
  • chocolate syrup
  • whip cream
  • gummy bears
  • The guys added coke to make floats, though it was in their bowl ;P

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I love it when Chris smiles…sigh.

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Michael is dressed as Goofy.

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Crafts & Play

  • Ice cream Picture~ Michael made this with paper. Later we glued sprinkles to it.

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  • I read the book Mickey Meets the Giant. We also watched several Mickey cartoons and Mickey Mouse clubhouse. I’m supposed to be Minnie.

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  • Homemade Play-dough Ice Cream

You can find the recipe on my Disney Pinterest that I’ll put at the end.

First, we made this play-dough out of flour etc… We added food coloring for flavors and peppermint extract to one of them. We also added glitter but you can’t tell.

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Michael scooped the “ice cream” into a paper cone.

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  • Mickey and Minnie Mouse Ears

I love these and the materials were only a few dollars. We bought black head bands at the Dollar Tree (catching the trend lol) and black stiff felt at the craft store. I cut the ears out and glued them on to the head band. The pattern is on my Pinterest link.

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Minnie has a bandanna bow sewed on. Think how much we will save at Disney with our OWN Disney ears :).

  • Mickey Mouse Club certificate~ also on my Pinterest. I showed Michael what the clubhouse looked like back in the 60’s and in the 90’s….when the mouse-keteers were kids.

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  • Disney Character word search, Mickey’s fill in the blank tale, and a cutie catcher (with Disney quotes instead of fortunes).

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The next day we watched Brave. The Summer writing assignment  for this week was “Being brave means…”

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I just printed the mom (bear) from Brave onto lined paper.

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Our week ended with the Family Olympics. You can see more pictures from it here:

https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2013/07/07/my-family-rocks-sunday-2013-family-olympics/

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We made our torch out of toilet paper rolls, a paper plate, and tissue paper.

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Each family member had a flag to represent them.

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Michael got to compete in archery like Merida and Robin.

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Well, God bless & remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover

Disney Pinterest Link~ remember email sub. to come to my blog to see the link.

http://pinterest.com/doverette/disney/

PS: Join us next week (Lord willing) for Tarzan, The Jungle Book, & Tom and Huck.

Disney Countdown #6

https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2013/07/16/crafty-monday-disney-countdowntarzan-jungle-book-tom-and-huck/