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Happy “Un-Crafty” 3rd Birthday


Someone in our house just turned 3. And turning 3 means my little buddy is a ‘little kid’ now.  Crazy.

(3 also means this little turkey better show some interest in the potty because it’s okay to change “toddler” poopy diapers…….but not “little kid” poopy diapers.  Ha.)


Anyway, this little guy is growing right up.  And the things this little twerp says, ha, really keeps us rollin’.  Happy 3rd birthday buddy!



So, onto the crafty, er, un-crafty, side of things.


Not everything in our life is handmade and crafty.  In fact, birthdays just happen to be one of the most un-crafty affairs in our house.  I like to make things (maybe you already knew that??) but I don’t make everything.  If I have the time to make things……I do.  But if not, store bought is totally okay with us.


Does that help relieve some pressure that you have to make every occasion homemade and picture perfect?  Well, un-crafty birthdays are just as picture perfect.  Just celebrate the birthday……and don’t worry if there’s no time for handmade banners and party hats and elaborate cakes.


I get asked how I have time to do what I do.  Well, I need to keep reminding everyone that I seriously don’t do it all.  Haha.  If I had some fun and quick ideas running in my head for a birthday, I would do it……….but I’m also very okay with not make-ing it and love-ing it (haha!) for some occasions.


See that plastic tablecloth??  Totally festive…..and un-crafty.



How about that slumpy cake?  Yep, I slapped some canned frosting on that bad boy (mmm….love that frosting!!), a few cars and candles, and that birthday boy felt incredibly special.



Are you feeling pressure to make all the party hats? Why?  When you can find perfectly obnoxious party hats at the dollar store.  And you can even forget to take the tag off, like I did… know, in case you forget what it is.



In fact, party hats for everyone can be found at the dollar store.



Not all presents have to be hand-made either.  If I have the time, great.  But if not, there’s plenty of fun in a store bought toy.



Especially when cousins are around to toy-test with you.  See those cars speeding around the track?  Lightning fast. And hours of fun.



Anyway, just wanted to share the un-crafty side of my life. Don’t get me wrong, I really have so much fun making things.  So when an idea comes…….I will sometimes spend sleeping hours finishing it if I have to.  (I know, I should work on that.)  But if no ideas (or time) are there, that’s okay.  See?  I don’t craft every last inch of my life and living space.  haha!


So don’t sweat it if you think your parties aren’t perfect.  Who says they have to be fancy and detailed and color coordinated?  They don’t.  Have fun making things if you have the time and enjoy them just the same if you don’t.  Simple is just as sweet.


And then just sit back and marvel that someone is having a birthday…….and celebrate with them.



Ashley Johnston

Administrator at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with the craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!

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