Saturday, February 28, 2009

Class by Jessica & Prize #4

Here's what Jessica had to say about birthdays.......

What is your favorite birthday cake? Anything with white icing and a ton of it! Not whipped icing.....I need the hard core sugar stuff! The cake itself is really only the delivery system for the icing, in my opinion.

What is your most memorable birthday? Number 29, two years ago. I woke up at 1:30am in labor and had baby Zeke at 8:30pm that night! Little stinker came 3 days late just so he could share my birthday! My goal for every birthday now is 1) to sleep, since I didn't get any that day!, 2) to not be in labor for 19 hours, and 3) to not have major surgery (c-section). I accomplished my goal last year and for see accomplishing it every birthday in the future.

Do you like surprises? I love, love, love to give surprises, but I am actually not a big fan of them myself. I used to search out all of my Christmas presents every year and tediously unwrap them, then wrap them back up.

How do you celebrate and my favorite present? My favorite thing to do for my birthday is go junking in Canton! For all you non-Texans out there, Canton is this huge outdoor antique/flea market and it is seriously like my *heaven*. Row after row after row of the best junk ever! My favorite finds include 2 old doors which we remade into a queen bed complete with headboard and footboard and which rivals Pottery Barn any day (for under $100 total!), 4 door antique school cabinet which serves as Zeke's closet (yeah, we had to take the whole thing apart, take it in the room, then put it all back together to fit it in there!), working traffic lights for Eli's room (Dad hooked them up to turn on and off with a "clicker"!)......I could go on an on! I come home dirty and smelly with a trunk full of treasures!

Jessica created a cool project with glitter for her class (click on the photos for larger views).......have fun!
Birthday Signs by Jessica Witty

Jessica says: I purchased the signs years ago at a local antiques & flea market for around 5 bucks. I have seen tons of them in varying sizes at lots of antique shops....keep your eye out and you are bound to run into some! I have several in varying sizes and I change them out for the seasons, holidays, etc. They are double sided so you can make a sign for the other side and use them as centerpieces, etc.

Candles & Cake Party Burst Pattern Paper by Art Warehouse
Candles & Cake Frost the Cake Pattern Paper by Art Warehouse
Candles & Cake Cardstock Stickers by Art Warehouse
Runway Remarks White Alphabet Stickers by American Crafts
Island Blossom Dew Drops by The Robin's Nest
Green Grosgrain & Daisy Print Ribbon by May Arts
Ultra-fine Ballpoint-tip Glue Pen by Martha Stewart Crafts
Scotch Pop-Up Foam Circles
24 Vial Glitter Multi-Pack by Martha Stewart Crafts -This will be back in stock Mid-March....we currently have individual Marth Stewart glitter colors and 3-Vial packs by Melissa Frances)

Instructions for Signs:

1. Cut 3 strips of cardstock to fit sentiment.
2. Stick letter sticker down, then trace around the outline with a fine point glue pen. Sprinkle with glitter and dump off excess. Repeat for each letter. ( I used a different brand, but the Martha Stewart Ultra-fine Ballpoint-tip Pen will work perfectly for this!)

3. Cut a piece of chipboard or cardstock to fit inside the sign.

4. Cover with dotted paper. Slide inside the tin.

5. Adhere ribbon to sign. Adhere sentiment strips with foam tape.

6. Adhere dew drops and stickers. (Tip: Make tiny cuts between the little triangle banners to allow the banner curve.)

Fun Birthday Fact: The tradition of birthday parties started in Germany and were called Kinderfests. They were only for Kings who were thought important enough to have a birthday.

Prize Drawing #4: Prizes will be posted every hour on the hour. Winners will be picked by a random number generator and all winners will be posted at 9PM tonight. For a chance to win each prize, all you have to do is answer the question with a comment on each hourly post. (make sure to leave your comment under each picture of the prize - click on photo for larger view)

Here's the fourth question: What was your most memorable birthday?

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55 comments:

jeanie nieva said...

my most memorable birthday was my 25th when my hubby then boyfrioend surprised me with a kiddie party. next would be this year as this is my first birthday as a wife. :)

Lea L. said...

I would say this past one. I turned 29 in January...and along with it we made a big life decision. My husband purchased me a gorgeous diamond necklace to commemorate the decision, so we would always remember it. He is an awesome hubby!
~Lea

pei fang said...

My 21st, when my dad surprised me with my first Rolex!

cscovel said...

I don't really have one, special birthday memory.....I guess they're all special to me!

Fiona Whitehead said...

My most memorable birthday was my 40th when my husband surprised me with a trip to Vienna - he even booked tickets for the opera and he hates opera.

Jenn said...

What a GREAT project, Jess!! I love it!

My most memorable would probably have been my 35th - a very unexpected gift from my sweet hubby!

Trace Geworsky said...

My most memorable birthday was my 26th because it was my first one as a Momma..and my family surprised me with a cake that had a picture of the 2 of us together on it.

Toni said...

My 30th - my husband surprised me with a new car. Very memorable!

Michelle (mla1111) said...

My most memorable bday is one that I spent with all my family around me.

Samantha said...

I loved my 27th, my first as a wife. My husband surprised me with an amazing gift and I am rarely surprised when it comes to gifts!

just me....lynn said...

most memorable - 21st - nuff said lol!!

Tex said...

I love these signs, Jessica!! What a fun way to use that happy paper!

(Not for prize entry) My most memorable b'day was #8. I got a 'record player'! We had hardwood floors in the living room, so my party friends & I had a sock hop ... my mom even danced with us!

Jennifer said...

LOVE these signs!!! My most memorable b-day was the year my husband threw me a surprise party. All our family and friends were there.

Lori said...

My most memorable birthday was probably my 24th. My boyfriend (now husband) and I blew our tax returns and went to the Dominican Republic. The hotel provided me with a cake and everyone sang Happy Birthday, it was a memorable day. That was 15 years ago and now I'm wearing grannie underwear, a full figure bra and driving a mini van! :o) I wouldn't trade my 3 kids for anything though!

Happy Birthday to you!

pattyo said...

My most memorable birthday was my
4th birthday. It was my first actual party. I have a summer birthday, so we were usually on vacation that week growing up. My next actual surprise birthday party wasn't until my 50th.

~Teresa said...

Last year, on my 40th birthday. My kids were all gathered around with the cake they made me, and my almost 2 year old grandson at the time, helped his grandma blow out the candles...loved the look on his face and will never forget it!

{pam} said...

my most memorable was 2007 when i first went to orange county with two of my best friends. we spent HOURS at a shoe store . . . them shopping and me taking photos and laughing . . . then dinner at the cheesecake factory . . . mmmmmmmm!

Patty G said...

My most memorable birthday was unrelated to my age - I don't even remember that. I was visiting a dear friend in Denver and she drove me to the top of Pikes Peak on my birthday. It was so beautiful it was almost sureal!

Jenny said...

My 16th. I had a huge Sweet 16 party with a DJ. I lived in a small town it seemed like the entire town was there!

toni.1 said...

My 50th birthday was the best. A girlfriend gave me a surprise tea party. My husband & son each gave me 1 diamond heart earring and we had a nice family dinner. What a great day I had!

Debbie Fisher (debbiedee) said...

my most memorable bd was when I was 13 and rec'd my very own sewing machine. Ü

Birgit said...

my 8th bd, spent on the isle of cyprus during a two months summer holiday... my first flight ever and also my first time at the seaside... lovely memories!

Jessica said...

My most memorable birthday was when my husband (then boyfriend) surprised me at college.

Erika M. said...

My most memorable birthday was my 21st. I found out that I was going to be a mom!

Tammy said...

The most memorable birthday is all the birthdays with my children. All the little cards and special gifts that they make are what I treasure most. -Tammy

ms.cheryl said...

My most memorable birthday really wasn't mine but rather one i gave my daughter. She was turning 18. I invited a few of her friends to meet us for a movie and cake n ice cream afterward. It was a surprisr party and she was REALLY surprised. I however cried because my baby girl was growing up. It was the best. thanks, ms.cheryl

whoistracy said...

I guess this year because it was just a few weeks ago! LOL My hubby took me out to my favorite Thai restaurant. Yum!

Papertrails by a paper lover said...

Most memorable birthday was the year my daughter was born. She was only two weeks old and I remember feeling so full of happiness and love. It was like I had everything I needed or ever wanted.

Corey said...

again, when my mom and step dad flew in - I couldn't believe they went to all the work to fly into town and not tell me - they even faked tickets when I called and told them about a good deal for coming to visit a month later! lol

SmilynStef said...

My most memorable birthday was my 30th birthday when I loaded up my U-haul and drive it across two states to move near my on-line boyfriend (now my husband).

Kimmie said...

i dont have one...sad i know. I dont have much memory because of my accident....i wish i could remember, im sure it was fun

Karen said...

I would have to say my most memorable was my 21st. I was in college and we had a blast. Can't believe I can remember back that far.

southernscraps said...

My 10th- my parents took me to the zoo and on a ferry ride. It was the first time I had done either.

Sara said...

My most memorable birthday was my 25th. My friends surprised me with a really lovely party. It was a sunny day and they had made the most wonderful desserts for all of us.

McMcKenzie said...

My 40th, last year!

I was apprehensive before the "big day" and then had a fun party to celebrate. Now I can't figure out what I was worried about!!!

Harley Dee said...

My most memorable birthday was when I turned 21 and had an 80's skating party at our skating rink!

Kathy W said...

My 18th birthday. I was in love, out of high school, and everything was fresh with possibility.

Kathy said...

My best memory was when I turned 10 my best friend came to spend the night and it snowed so bad that she was stuck at my house for 4 days!! That was great because I have 7 brothers! :Kathy

Angel said...

My 16th bday was the nest as my bday was close to Halloween and I had friends spend the night and we went to a costume party and then back to my house for the sleepover. lots of fun in between too!

Tricia said...

I guess it was when my husband and daughter gave me a surprise dinner and invited my best friends.

Jingle said...

I am not really sure I have one that I remember more than the rest. I had a really nice 30th this year, so I will probably remember this one for a long time!

janeb74 said...

2 years after I moved into a new house a great friend from my old neighbourhood(that I haven't seen since I moved) sent me flowers....it was so unexpected, made me cry!

Márcia Mattos said...

I am not sure, i just don't remeber which one.
But I hope my next birthday (50) is special!

Love
Marcia

jackiestamps4fun said...

My 10th birthday because I had a sleepover with my best friends and we stayed up and roasted marshmallows in the fireplace. My mom made the coolest cake - she did an ice skating scene on the top of my cake! It was awesome!

Katherine said...

I love all birthdays. When you get to be my age you are happy to see another one LOL.

jeneaevan said...

I can't think of just one, all birtdays are memorable!

Indigo Wings said...

30 was a great year-- although I didn't do anything spectacular to celebrate it-- I spent it with my hubby and we mapped out our plans for the following year-- a new home and baby--which has all happily come to fruition.

Tracy Durcan said...

I would say every birthday since I met my husband. He is very thoughtful and generous :)

Ruth aka alteredgeisha said...

I turned 21 whilst travelling and we were in Ireland...I'll never forget that night because we spalshed out and stayed in a romantic hotel...(or so we thought at the time).....I loved the sounds and smells of being in a different country it was all so exciting...oh those were the days!!

The Squared One said...

16th birthday since I can't remember any other ones, it was my golden birthday.

Cindy Vernon said...

My 30th, my boyfriend now my husband took all of my friends in a limo to a middle eastern restaurant where we ate and danced, it was a lot of fun.

Elise said...

My fifth birthday--I spent it in the hospital, but when I got out, my stepdad took me to NYC--my first big trip. It was awesome!

Shawninaz said...

My 40th birthday. We went to Vegas, first time away from our daughter for a few nights. Very nice:)

Lisa Hjulberg said...

My 40th, without a doubt. We still talk about it today. My friends had so much fun, they wanted me to make it a yearly tradition. However, I think I may have to do a repeat this year for my 50th. (yipes, I can't believe I'm turning 50 this year!)

Crazy Creations said...

My 24 b-day I found out I was having a baby ,It was our first one he didnt think he could have kids then the baby was born on his b-day .Never will forget that one Sarah