Rapunzel Birthday Party

We had a fun ‘Tangled’ themed birthday party here a few months ago. I had so much fun planning it.


The invitation – I have templates if anyone wants them.


The decorations and food table





For the painting, I used the mural that Rapunzel painted above the fire place in her tower, I just used a plain poster-board and sketched out my simplified version.


This was our ‘tower’ out of Krispy Kreme  donuts (I think I ate at least 4, I have a severe weakness to donuts.)




Our Menu was:

Krispy Kreme Donut Tower

Vanilla Cupcakes with Flowers (Rapunzel and Flynn are holding cupcakes in the city in one scene)

Tower Kabobs (Ham, String Cheese into Cubes, Colby Jack Cheese Cubes, Strawberries, Grapes, Oranges, and Apples)

Braided Hair Bread Twists

Pretzel Paintbrushes

Boat Ride on the Lake Jell-O Cups

Marshmallow sticks

Cookies (in the shape of the sun and flowers)

Lemonade & Water


Before we ate all the goodies, we played a few games.


We played a fishing game (because of the lake the castle sits on), a toss the bean bags into the tower,  a pin the flower on Rapunzel’s hair game (which we missed), and Duck Duck Goose (came from the “ugly duckling” pub). I also had Tangled playing in the background so the kids who didn’t want to play could watch the movie.




We Won – We Won Beacon!

I am so excited – my little sister just won The Professional Beauty Association Beacon Competition! Out of 600 applicants 100 are chosen based on the presentation and content of their resume, portfolio, and marketing pieces submitted to the competition.

Beacon is a part of PBA Beauty Week which held in cooperation with PBA Symposium, the North American Hairstyling Awards and Cosmoprof North America.  She will get to meet some amazing hair professionals, learn some great stuff, enjoy VIP front row seats during the award ceremonies, and gets to go on a guided tour through the largest international hair trade show.

I got to help her with some of her marketing stuff. She came up with everything, I just helped her out. First off, a menu of all her prices for her salon someday…


We designed a shirt with her salon’s logo going down the side. She actually got shirts designed just like this.


Finally, everything together, menu, shirt, and of course some business cards.

Preview copy

Congratulations Kira!

What You Do Speaks So Loud…

My Mom needed some help with a handout for an upcoming Stake Leadership Training for all the Young Women Presidencies in her Stake. She found this quote:

“What you do speaks so loud, I cannot hear what you say.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

As part of her talk – she’s going to do a great object lesson.  As she gives her talk, she’s going to remove her jacket, take off her necklace, take off her earrings, take off her shoes, and any other extra layers she can manage to wear (like a belt, bracelet, maybe even nylons.)  All the while giving her talk without any mention of what she is doing until the very end, and then she say something like: “You probably won’t remember a word I said by the time you get home, but you will never forget what I did.  Actions speak louder than words.”

So here are a bunch of different ideas we came up with for the handout:



Handout#3After lots of refinement, we came up with this final version:


We thought that the quote was best with a simple font and capital letters. Easy to read, and will look great on a fridge or by a phone. Hopefully to remind the leaders that their young women are watching what they do and what they do says more than what they actually say. It’s a good thought for all of us…

First Photo Book

My Daughter’s First Year Birthday Book got here! Hooray! I have to say that I absolutely love how it turned out! It was cute looking at all the pages on my computer and such a great feeling to have her first year scrapbooked…but it was even better to actually hold the book in my hands and look through the pages. Everything was perfect! The book itself feels like a high quality book -thick pages, great colors, etc. I used ArtsCow.com to print. They have great stuff at the best prices I’ve been able to find online. My daughter loves to look through all the pages too!

Poulton Photography Promotion Products

Another fun project that my mom taught me – we painted shirts. We used her Cricut and a program called Sure-Cuts-A-Lot (which allows you to use any font or graphic on you computer to be cut out on your Cricut as long as you have one cartridge plugged in. It’s awesome! So worth it and makes it so you don’t have to buy the expensive cartridges. You just use whatever font you want on your computer!)

We used it to make some shirts for my photography business  – Poulton Photography:

What you need is a cricut, the program, and some contact paper (the stuff you use to line your shelves – it’s cheaper then vinyl.) Design and cut out your words. You will need some transfer paper for easier placement – especially with small pieces and the center of certain letters.

As you are done cutting out the project, you will actually pull out the letters leaving an outline of the word or picture. Apply transfer paper across contact paper and place sticky side down on shirt or whatever you want.

Slowly remove the transfer paper and your set to paint. We used regular craft paint (like the kind you get at Walmart.) We experimented with different brushes, and fabrics. Foam brushes work the best and cause the least amount of bleeding. We actually bought a huge foam sponge and cut it up into tiny cubes – it was much cheaper than buying the brushes and we could just throw them away when we were done.

Regular cotton fabric works the best – like a plain t-shirt. I tried a polo and it had a different texture on the fabric and didn’t work out so well… We also tried it out on a vinyl bag – the paint took several coats and it was quite difficult to keep the contact paper sticking.

Happy Crafting!