Tutorial for making a 'Big Summer Blowout Onesies... LOL! {Sawdust and Embryos}

Daddy’s Birthday Celebration

On Tuesday, we celebrated Nick’s 33rd Birthday. What an old man! He really robbed the cradle with me… until I turn 33 myself in July. But let’s not dwell on that fact. Weren’t we such babes back in the day?

Nick and Beth {Sawdust and Embryos}

The girls are a little confused about Birthdays. Every single day they ask if it’s their Birthday. So I wasn’t sure how it was going to go with us celebrating Daddy.

I made a special point to really include them and let them help make decisions about how to make their Daddy feel special.

And that’s where the ‘Rainbow Sparkle’ cake came in.

Tye Dye Rainbow Starburst Cake {Sawdust and Embryos}

I’ve made a rainbow cake before, but I used some weird recipe that called for Sprite. The colors were more vibrant that time (namely the red), but the cake was SO GROSS. I decided taste matters too. So I just used a cake mix and food coloring this time.

Starburst Tye Dye Rainbow Cake {Sawdust and Embryos}

With some supervision, the girls made this cake pretty much by themselves. I should have taken a picture of them stirring all the different colored bowls of batter. SO cute.

Since posting this on Instagram and Facebook, a ton of you have requested a tutorial. I didn’t really take pics of the process, so I’ll have to make another one sometime soon and show you how (DARN!). It’s really very easy. Anyone have suggestions on making the red REDDER?

While the cake was in the oven, the girls wanted to make their Daddy ‘heart Birthday cards’. I cut some cardstock in the shape of a heart, and let them paint away.

Making Birthday Cards for Daddy {Sawdust and Embryos}

It’s very cute to listen to them chat while they’re creating together.

*GASP* Della your painting is looking so beeeautiful!

Thank you Paisley! And I like the colors you picked. You’re a very good artist!

HILARIOUS! It’s obvious they really listen to the words I use. I need to be more intentional about complementing them more. And making sure they know I delight in them. It’s so easy to just get caught up in the everyday… and the baby sister.

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Anywho.. we chopped up those two round cakes to make an airplane shape. Nick’s current hobby is RC airplanes… so we thought this would be fun! I found the idea here.

Simple Airplane-shaped Cake {Sawdust and Embryos}I used to be a cake decorator at a bakery, and it took everything in me not to make this cake PERFECT. But it’s not about me. And I think the girls did a pretty smash-up job.

Airplane-shaped Birthday Cake {Sawdust and Embryos}

Don’t mind the toothpick candles. SOMEBODY forgot to buy candles. But we’re pretty innovative around here.

The girls each picked out a balloon for Daddy from the Dollar Tree, and we tied the string around each of their gifts to him (they wrapped their heart cards). Everything was set up, and the girls patiently waited by the window for daddy to come home from work.

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When Daddy pulled in the driveway, the girls screamed the highest-pitch screams I’ve ever heard come out of their mouths. They made him close his eyes as he walked in the door, and brought him over to his special table.

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It’s so fun watching the girls get excited about making someone else feel special. I’m proud of them, because I know that’s a hard concept for them at age 3. I’m so glad I allowed myself to let them really take ownership of Daddy’s birthday and really dive in with their ideas and creativity. I know he wouldn’t have wanted it any other way!


Fabric Painted Onesies {Big Summer BLOWOUT!}

Tutorial for making a 'Big Summer Blowout Onesies... LOL! {Sawdust and Embryos}

I know the movie Frozen is SO LAST YEAR. It came and went like Brittany Spears. But one thing that lives on is this hilarious scene that Nick and I quote ALL.THE.TIME. Don’t sit there and try to tell me that Oaken isn’t your favorite character. ANYWAY. My bestie Dana was over for dinner a few weeks ago, and I was holding Cypress who was ‘working on a big one’ (which, these days, is usually a BLOWOUT)… and Dana pipes up ‘here comes a Big Summer Blowout’. After recovering from my … [Read More...]

Repurposing Bamboo Blinds into Art!


Remember how we recently chopped up our bamboo blinds to custom fit them to our windows and saved hundreds of dollars? Best idea EVER. After cutting them to size, Nick decided to save the scraps… because we might be able to repurpose them! Haven’t I trained him well? It was actually his idea to make these into hanging wall art. We brainstormed design ideas, and decided on painting stripes… vertical, horizontal, and diagonal. Each strip of bamboo shade got rolled up in a tight … [Read More...]

Tulip Time


This past weekend, my sister, mom, sister-in-law, and all our children made a little girls-day trip to Pella, IA for Tulip Time. I grew up in Iowa, so it’s pretty sad that I’ve never been to this huge Dutch festival! My sis-in-law Carrie grew up in this predominantly Dutch town, and showed us around… our own personal tour guide! I ate my FIRST EVER Dutch Letter while the kids played in the fountain. Cypress had a little snack with me. Being responsible for all three girls in a sea … [Read More...]

Chocolate Mousse BROWNIES!


Hey! Its Meghan from Cupcakes with Sprinkles and this month do I have the recipe for you! Do you have the same brownie recipe that's your go to? I have one but I thought I would branch out and try something new, see if there's something better, so when I saw this recipe with the frosting I had to try it. Its oh so chocolatey and has a light fluffy whipped cream frosting. Its a little on the rich side so it goes perfectly with some vanilla ice cream. Lets make us some brownies! … [Read More...]

Staining Wood w/ Raspberry Juice (Unique Art!)


Last week, I took a bag of frozen raspberries out of the freezer to thaw. There must have been a hole in the bag, because the next morning there was bright red juice all around the bag. It had even dripped off the edge of the counter and puddled on the floor. At first glance, it looked like a homicide crime scene. I would have taken a picture of it, but WHY WOULD I? It’s not like I was planning to blog about it. Luckily, I’m a great writer and adequately described the mess so you have a … [Read More...]

The kitchen is no longer teal


One of the first things we did when we moved into our house was PAINT THE KITCHEN. I got all brave and went with this dark teal color to contrast my white cabinets and chunky white trim, and I absolutely loved it. And apparently you did too, because that post about me painting the kitchen has been pinned over 700,000 times on Pinterest. In my pajamas. The big draw to this room was that one wall I did the glossy swirls on. This was back when Pinterest was first a ‘thing’… (remember when you … [Read More...]

Wooden Wall Art Inspiration


One of my favorite posts of all time is this ‘Kilim’ / Native American wooden artwork we did last year. I’ll admit it was tedious, but so so worth it. And I went to great lengths to make the tutorial easy for y’all to understand. You’re welcome! I don’t usually do round-up posts, but I’ve been stumbling upon so many awesome pieces of wooden artwork by some of my bloggy friends, I can’t help but gather them up in one place for some serious eye candy! If you’re like Nick and I, you … [Read More...]

A mirror? In a BATHROOM?


Do you know how long it’s been since we had a mirror in our bathroom? Let’s just say I gained and lost 50 lbs since then. As far as I’m concerned, my collar bones were visible the whole time. Remember when the bathroom looked like this? I know that pic isn’t altogether hideous. I actually loved that mural I painted for a period of time. But it was just dark and icky-feeling. And that burnt orange made my eyeballs dry-heave. BUT AT LEAST THERE WAS A MIRROR… right? AT LEAST I … [Read More...]

The Studio {Counter/workbench and Storage}


Well hello there! Are you having a great day? Are you living in ALL CAPS? Good! Me too! So…. you know how everyone has a junk drawer? Well we have a junk ROOM. It’s the catch-all room where I have not only my sewing machine and craft supplies, but also guitars, books, stuff we’re not using, and stuff we don’t know where to put. And this room is RIGHT off the living room, so obviously we keep the door closed pretty much all the time. We recently got one little corner organized with this … [Read More...]