Lots of Personalized Goodies for Teachers and Kids

I’ve been busy at my crafty table making lots of personalized gifts lately!

Some for teachers we appreciate:

Some girl party favors:

Some boy party favors:

Some for all the girls and boys!

Safe and snug, off they go!


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Handmade Drink Coasters using Sesame Place Maps

I make and sell tile drink coasters at area craft shows, they’re a big hit!  They can have any design I can find – from floral to parachuting sock monkeys, and hundreds of printsx and colors in between.  They’re made from tiles (it’s in the name!), and I use felt pads on the bottom to protect tables and use a generous about of acrylic spray so the prints are water proof.

Since we have “graduated” from Sesame Place this year (*sniffle*), I made myself some of my own coasters from the park maps we have collected over time.

Just a little way to have a happy memory and a cold beverage….

I made some for the winter, too – This map is from their Very Furry Christmas, my favorite time there!

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Hoppin Down the Bunny Trail

Easter is my favorite, I think because it’s finally supposed to be spring…  And we love bunnies.  This year I helped the Easter bunny out and made a bunch of these for kids near and far!

It seemed like every time I thought I’d finish, someone else would ask for some more!

Last weekend, I went to a one-day craft/crop/workshop where it was all-Easter all the time for me!

Hope the Easter bunny remembers to leave some at our house!

It’s actually ok if he doesn’t, I made a few ahead of time and I’ve been tucking them in the girls’ lunchboxes already this week…  filled with cheddar bunnies or bunny grahams.

Some bunny loves them!

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Personalized Sidewalk Chalk Holders – New designs!

At long last… sidewalk chalk holders are back in stock with new designs!

Red with multicolored polka dots – great for any summer party… or circus theme, or art theme…  very versatile!  Comes with blue chalk.

Purple and green polka dots – what girl doesn’t love purple?  Comes with white chalk.

Also super-cute for Easter baskets, end of the year gifts, VBS or just as a simple treat for someone small.

Visit the shop for details and other fun party favors!

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You may or may not know this about me – in a past life I was in the circus, I’m sure of it.  I was an acrobat, or the girl in the middle of the motorcycles racing in the cage of DOOM (or something similarly named)!  If you don’t hear from me after next week, it’s because I ran away to join Big Apple Circus cuz we. are. going!

I’ve got my outfit all picked out.

AND we’re having a quiz/giveaway!  Prize is 2 tickets to Big Apple Circus – METAMORPHOSIS! opening week performance on Thursday, March 26th 6:30pm show at City Hall Plaza in Boston, MA

Answer any of the questions, all in one comment and for every right one, I’ll put your name in my circus top hat and select a winner on  Sunday March 22, announced at approximately 1p eastern time.  (Be sure you include your email, I promise I won’t share it!)

It’s a great day/long weekend trip, so close and yet far enough away to be an adventure.  You ready?  Let’s go!

(Hint: you can find the answers by going to the Big Apple Circus website, click the links in the questions.  Shhhh….)

1) What’s the height of the Big Top?

2) Big Apple Circus is a non-profit organization, name one of the community programs

3) Name one of the performers and/or acts from this year’s METAMORPHOSIS cast.  (Double points if you tell me who the ringmaster is, that should SO be my job!!)

If you don’t win and still want to go, use promo APPLE to save 20% off tickets (that’s not just off one ticket, but the whole purchase).* (*Limited availability. Offer good on select seats and shows. Other conditions apply. Children under 3 are free when on the lap of a paid adult, one child per lap.) WHAT A DEAL!

Don’t miss it!

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Time Flies

Remember this little girl?

She’s turning 10.  The little bean who made me a mommy, who changed my life so immensely in too many ways to count.  She’s been here a whole decade and filled our hearts with love and joy and left us with several stray blond (and gray!) hairs.

She is independent and smart, she’s thoughtful and such an easy kid.  Love of my life. Happy birthday, Big Girl!

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February, 2015

I don’t know how it got to be February again.  We have a snow day tomorrow so the girls are wound up, the Superbowl is on TV somewhere so the internet is wound up, I’m snuggled up in my chair pondering class Valentines…

We went pretty simple last year.  Except the crayons were hard to find… unless you went to the party store first, instead of 15th like I did!

Can’t go wrong with pencils in the 3rd grade.

I made these to send to our nephews in CA, a fun little treat…

I miss doing these, fiercely.  I bought lollipops the other day hoping SOMEONE will want to make these, even if it’s just for family.

Wonder what they’ll decide on this year!

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Christmas Time is Here Again…

This year I doubled the amount of craft shows I usually do since my part time job ended and I didn’t have to add that in to my plans. After running some rough numbers, it appears I had a wonderful year. Not a record setter, but close!



Last show was Dec 20 and there’s not much time for Christmas prep, but it might be better that way. Some cookies:


Some gifts for the neighbors (Clementine wreaths, they still need handmade tags.)


Teacher gifts… I’m Little Girl’s class parent, I collect the $ for a class gift and yet, she still wants to give “her own.” She picked the elephants for her teacher. Big Girl chose the red/pink combo.



We drove around looking at lights last night, listening to Christmas music on the radio.  I loved doing that as a kid.  We’ve been to parties and dolled up some gifts for friends…



And we are looking forward to school break and the new year!

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A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place – Giveaway

Here it is, December, and it’s time for Sesame Place’s Very Furry Christmas!

December is always a magical time of year, but we add to it’s “special-ness” with a trip to Sesame Place to see our friends!

(We call it the QueenvannaCreations Company “Staff” Christmas Party!) after dealing with mom working full-on for the month of November, we all deserve it.


“ELMO THE MUSICAL – CHRISTMAS” SHOW is NEW!: Rosita and Grover deliver a special (and mysterious!) Christmas message from Santa to Elmo, telling him to “…keep a lookout for a very special gift…it comes in all shapes and sizes and is the most wonderful gift of all.”  Right then, a very tired and over-worked Package Delivery Monster (Grover) begins delivering all of Elmo’s gifts, helping Elmo learn something that makes this Christmas extra special!  Oh, the sweetness….

A special character dine includes milk and cookies with Santa (we are SO doing this again this year!)

Rides, parades and MORE!

Wholesome family fun!

Enter to win a family 4-pack of single-day passes to A Very Furry Christmas below, and maybe we’ll see you there!

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Disclosure:  I am a Sesame Place Blog Ambassador for the 2014 season.  No monetary compensation was provided for this post.  All opinions are my own.

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Imagination Movers at Sesame Place – WIN A 4 PACK OF PASSES!

Imagination Movers are having a “Reindeer Party” at Sesame Place – HOW COOL IS THAT?!?!


Enter below to win a 4-pack of Imagination Movers’ concert tickets for when you visit Sesame Place November 22 or 23rd.  The concert does require park admission, so I’m also giving away a 4-pack of tickets to the park in this giveaway!

Don’t miss the Imagination Movers’ “Reindeer Party” at Sesame Place! Emmy winners Rich, Scott, Dave and Smitty of the hit Disney Junior show Imagination Movers will perform their most crowd-pleasing tunes along with each Movers’ favorite holiday songs.

imovers2Tickets are still available if you can’t wait to win, here are the details:

November 22 – 23, 2014 in Monster Rock Theater

Show Times:

2:00PM, 3:30PM, 6:00PM

Paid park admission is required in addition to concert reservations.

Purchase concert tickets today!

or enter to WIN!

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Disclosure: I am a Sesame Place Blog Ambassador for the 2014 season. No monetary compensation was provided for this post. All opinions are my own.

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