Tuesday, December 3, 2013


It's a few days since Thanksgiving and I finally finished the piece I was working on in honor of the day.  She started out as a drawing for the 40 portraits challenge that Gritty Jane had posted a month or so ago.  I was hoping that I would have had more faces done by now but it's the holiday season and I have returned back to work full time so not much creating has been done.
So, here she is the before and after. I really like how the color changed her mood on her face. Her face is softer and younger looking in the drawing and the color adds a big of age to her.  The five feathers represent what she is thankful for, family, life, love, friendship and hope.  Her journey in life hasn't always been easy but she is very thankful for the journey and all that has come her way because of it.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Creepy Cuties and Friends are going to Hollywood!

 I am very excited to announce that Claudia, the twins, Renee, Alice and Pun and some more of their friends will be up for sale at Agave Gardens in Burbank California!  I have mailed them out today and they should be arriving next week.  There are prints on wood as well as some originals.  If your in the neighborhood, hope you can go check them out.

Agave Gardens 
820 N. Hollywood Way
Burbank, CA 91505

Friday, November 15, 2013

Where did I get the love for those big eyed and a little creepy dolls?

I was in second or third grade, my sister and I shared a bedroom. My mom had our bedroom all fixed up pink and white for her little girls. Even though I was a tom boy growing up I really loved all the pink in that room.  Across the room from our beds hung two prints. They were by what I could remember the cutest but saddest looking doll faces. Every night before I went to sleep with the nightlights glow I would stare at them wondering what they were thinking and why they were so sad. I remember sometimes feeling that way too. Life with an alcoholic father and a co-dependent mother wasn't always the easiest.   Those doll faces were the last thing I would see every night before I went to sleep.  I loved looking at them.

I also loved these dolls that my mom or grandma had bought us. They were pretty cheap back then, the faces were painted on cloth and they wore big dresses with fancy hats. I remember holding them and moving their hair around to see the Styrofoam underneath.  I thought they were so fancy back then, I didn't know how much they cost but they were like a million bucks to me!  I didn't have many dolls, not because I couldn't have them, but cause I didn't want them but there were a few I treasured, like my new born doll that had this white christening dress on.  My grandma had bought me that one and I can still remember the day we brought it home from the toy store. I still have that one although her arm is torn and I don't think the dress survived. I gave it to my daughter Devon and she played with it when she was little too. 

Flash forward and I am now a grown up with a love to create doll faces.  I will venture off making other things but I always come back to my love of drawing a stylized face.  I had always loved those paintings and dolls when I was a kid but I didn't know much if anything about them.

Mike and I were away at Leavenworth for the weekend and I was telling him about the dolls and prints and how much I loved them as a kid.  We decided to go to the antique shops in Cashmere (didn't know it was the largest antique mall in our state, it was huge and Mike will tell you there was ton of stuff!).  Mike was a trooper following me around the mall.   To be honest it was quite overwhelming for me too but I was on a mission to see if I could find any of these dolls or prints and guess what, I did!  I found out that the dolls that I loved as a kid were called, "Bradley Dolls"  They were made in Korea or Japan and were sold at five and dime stores.  The first one I found was the smallest but it had a wooden base that said Bradley on it and I had to have it! I ended up bringing home three. I thought it was kind of cool how they used Styrofoam over wire as the armature  and covered it with fabric.  The dolls are now in my studio perched atop of the box shelf that holds my other dolls.  Here is a picture of the ladies. Fancy right! LOL. I know they are not everyone's cup of tea and are a little creepy but I love them so! I love pop culture and things from the past. I think my boys are happy that they are in the studio, they were a little freaked to see these dolls on the kitchen counter.
Here is some more information about Bradley dolls from the Trash Collector http://thetrashcollector.com/toysdollsbradley.html.  Do you remember these dolls? Did you have one?
So I found the dolls but I didn't find those prints or paintings. I did some research and found out who made those beautiful sad eyed girls.  Her name is Margaret Keane and her story is so interesting.  Walter and Margaret Keane were a husband and wife duo and they were  rising stars in the pop culture scene of the 50's and 60's, because of Margaret's kitsch big eyed paintings of children.  Walter and Margaret ended up getting a divorce and Walter claimed that he was the artist who made all the paintings. Margaret challenged him in a paint off in court and she won.  Margaret lives in San Francisco today and is still painting. I would love to meet her!  Here is a link to her site http://www.keane-eyes.com/ or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/KeaneEyesGallery.MargaretKeane.
Tim Burton is making a movie about Margaret and Walter called "Big Eyes" I can't wait to see it.http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/04/tim-burton-big-eyes-new-movie-margaret-walter-keane-amy-adams-christoph-waltz_n_3013705.html.  It is said to be released sometime in 2014.
There are other artists from that time that painted big eyed children, Gig, Gogi, Igor and Lee to name a few. They all so much fun to look at. I am still hunting for those big eyed dolls that hung in my bedroom, I am hoping someday I will find them and I promised my boys they would be hung in my studio only. LOL. 
I'm not sure if those prints from my past were Keane, Lee or another artist from that time but I do know those big eyed girls with the sad expressions sent me off to dreamland many nights when I was a little girl and today they inspire me to create my own big eyed girls like my Creepy Cuties.
So did you have any of these prints in your bedroom growing up?  I would love to hear if you did so please comment.
Here is another link to big eyed artists.

Monday, November 11, 2013

You can find some of my art hanging in Cafe Louvre in Edmonds

This past weekend I took 8 pieces of my artwork to be displayed and up for sale at Cafe Louvre in Edmonds Washington https://www.facebook.com/Cafe.Louvre.US.  It was fun seeing my work up on the walls.  Edmonds has some great shops and galleries to explore so if your in the neighborhood I recommend checking it out.

Friday, November 1, 2013

CSA-Art Party this Sunday

I am pretty excited to be able to attend CSA's Art Party in Belltown this Sunday.  Have you heard of CSA?  Here is how it works. (taken from their website)
How CSA works:
Selected artists will create 10-50 “Art Shares” for the program. A typical share consists of art/object of artistic production – multiples are encouraged, however creative ideas that translate your practice into this format or connect to themes like sustainability, farm, or food are also welcome. For example a limited edition of vinyl 7”, a run of screen-prints, series of small tea cups, run of photographs, tickets to an upcoming performance or event, letterpress editions of a poem or short story, or even 10-50 small original paintings. Collaborations between artists or work by collectives are also welcome.
Interested consumers/collectors will purchase a share (aka a “membership” or a “subscription”) and in return receive 3 “farm boxes” of locally produced artwork at intervals this season. The pick-up evenings will be at local art sites and will feature music, food and entertainment.

Benefits of the CSA Program
- See more at: http://www.communitysupportedarts.com/

Pretty cool concept don't you think?  At the art party they are holding a silent auction benefitting Young Empowered Women  http://youngwomenempowered.org/. I have donated Peony 1 to the silent Auction.
Hope it brings in some cash for this worthy organization.
Check out  Audra Mulkern http://audramulkern.com a very sweet lady that creates some very beautiful and story telling photos. Audra is one of this years featured artists!  Congrats to Audra.

If you live in the Seattle area tickets are still available come check out CSA Art Party!

Friday, October 18, 2013

I think I will call it not so formal online art training!

I've been thinking a lot about my skills as an artist and how much I have grown. I think back about 7 years ago when I first took an online class from Suzi Blu. It was my first lesson on how to draw faces, real and stylized. I wasn't sitting in a classroom filled with other eager to learn students. I was at home in my sweats printing PDF's and watching online videos from Suzi.  I look at some of my first drawings and I can say there was definite room for improvement but I practiced and kept working at it. I worked really hard to get the eyes in the right place and the lips were a tough one for me those took me sometime to get them just right.  To be honest everything was hard but I loved practicing and I couldn't get enough of it. That's when the art bug bit me! I spent the next years taking online classes from abstract art to art journaling. I still practice almost every day and I love still take online classes.

Over the years I have watched countless videos from amazing artist all over the world. I have learned how to draw, paint, make marks and even how to start selling my art. Each of the teachers that I spent hours watching their video's have made such a huge impact on me and I bet if you are someone who has taken some class from these same teachers you might see a little of them here and there in my work.

 I think the online workshops, classes and the teachers from all over the world influenced me so much.  It has taken me some time to figure out how to use those influences and not copy them but use them to create my own style. 

It has taken me some time to figure out my style too.  It changes often and I don't ever seem to be very happy doing the same thing over and over. I've decided that I will embrace this and go with it. Instead of trying to make the same style or piece over and over again I will make series. Who says you have to do the same things over and over again right!

While I can't say I have a degree in fine arts, I don't think I would call me a self taught artist. I think I will say that I have been formally trained online!  I have yet to take a live class and maybe someday I will but what I have learned online has been life changing for me.  So today I say thank you to all those amazing teachers for helping me a long the way in this journey through the artland. 

Next step for me is to work towards getting my art out there in the local sense.  I will be putting my work up at Louvre in Edmonds WA. It's a cute coffee shop surrounded by art galleries. Maybe I will get into a gallery or two myself. I am also thinking about creating my own online art video. I'm ready to turn this corner in my journey with the hopes to someday become a working artist! Wish me luck!

Thank you to the following and check them out sometime:

Suzi Blu- You were my first online teacher and I loved so much watching you paint and draw.

Julie Prichard and Cris Cozen (Land of the lost luggage) Thank you ladies for showing me how to make some amazing backgrounds as well as some fun substrates to work on. Can anyone say vinyl!

Tam and all the amazing artists from Lifebook!  This is year two in the amazing LB and I will for sure be joining 2014. It is worth every penny.

Jane Davenport- Your "I heart drawing" class really helped me create body portions that don't look all wonky. 

Martiel, Ilysa and Kira from Things Crafty and Amazing Success Academy(formally known as DYS).  These ladies are awesome! I have learned so much from them on how to start an art business. I am so grateful to them for the time and energy they put into this class. If you are looking for some help and support on growing your art business Martiel is a great person to turn to.  Check out http://www.amazingsuccessacademy.com/. To see what Ilysa and Kira are up to in the world of polymer clay go to. http://thingscrafty.com/

Here are my two newest creations.  My favorite flower is a peony and so I created my girls with peony flowers for their hair. Broken Puppet is a tattoo artist I found on youtube that has some really good tutorials on how to draw a peony new school style. I also watched his video on drawing an owl.  Perfect example of me using what I learned from watching a video online and using the skills to create my own piece in my style. Check out Broken Puppet on youtube he has some mad skills!

She is painted on a 5'by7'wood canvas. The canvas is distressed to look worn. Acrylic, pen, pencil, marker and inks were used to make her.
She is painted on a 11'by14' watercolor paper.
I used pen, pencil, water color, ink sprays, acrylics markers, stencils and a gelli plate to create here.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Dia de los Muertos and Sugar Skulls what do they mean?

So I have this fascination with sugar skulls and masks. For some, they are creepy and scary but for me I see beautiful colors, shapes and designs.   I think there is something beautifully mysterious about them. 

It's October and that means it's the time of year when sugar skulls can be seen all over the internet, grocery stores and everywhere in between.  I decided to look into why we are so fascinated with sugar skulls and what is their meaning as well as the history behind Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). 

Doing some research I found some interesting articles about Dia de los Muertos. 
I already knew that this was traditionally a Mexican holiday and that sugar skulls are used decorate grave sites or altars but why? Does Dia de los Muertos have anything to do with Halloween? Why are sugar skulls designs rising in popularity? What does the Mexican and Latino community think of this commercialization?

Here is what I found.  These excerpts where taken from articles that I found on the internet.

Like this one...

 Día de los Muertos, Day of the Dead, celebrated in Mexico and parts of Central America, and the tradition of making colorful skulls out of sugar to honor deceased loved ones. In the celebration, sugar skulls typically represent a departed soul, whose name is often written in icing on the forehead, and are placed on home altars or gravestones to honor that person and the return of their spirit.

The sugar skull’s rising popularity in mainstream culture isn’t so sweet, though, for many in the Mexican and Latino community who celebrate the holiday and feel that the symbol is being stripped of its spiritual and cultural heritage as it is commercialized for other uses, often unrelated to the celebration.

Not all who celebrate Día de los Muertos see the sugar skull’s rising popularity as a problem. Cesáreo Moreno, chief curator and visual arts director for the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, likes seeing reminders – in any form – of his heritage in pop culture.
“I love that they are being used more and becoming more popular, but every time it spreads it does lose some of its original meaning,” Moreno said. “This happens with a lot of different popular icons. A few years ago, many people were upset that images of the Virgin of Guadalupe were appearing everywhere. It’s the same thing with sugar skulls. As the Mexican community in the U.S. continues to grow, a lot more of our culture will permeate U.S. culture and it will be transformed by it and become something different.”
Because of the image’s evocative mix of levity, dark humor, and death the sugar skull is likely to remain popular.
or this taken from mexicansugarskull.com....
Day of the Dead is an interesting holiday celebrated in central and southern Mexico during the chilly days of November 1 & 2. Even though this coincides with the Catholic holiday called All Soul's & All Saint’s Day, the indigenous people have combined this with their own ancient beliefs of honoring their deceased loved ones.

They believe that the gates of heaven are opened at midnight on October 31, and the spirits of all deceased children (angelitos) are allowed to reunite with their families for 24 hours. On November 2, the spirits of the adults come down to enjoy the festivities that are prepared for them.
and this from about.com sugar skull history...
How are Sugar Skulls used during Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) today?
Sugar Skulls are often used to decorate the ofrendas on Dia de los Muertos which is November 1st and 2nd. Smaller skulls are placed on the ofrenda on November 1st to represent the children who have deceased. On November 2nd they are replaced by larger, more ornate skulls which represent the adults. These decorative skulls have the name of the deceased on the forehead and are decorated with stripes, dots and swirls of icing to enhance the features of the skulls. These designs are usually whimsical and brightly colored, not morbid or scary. Feathers, beads or colored foils are "glued" on with the icing to create highly ornate skulls. Some companies manufacturer small, edible skulls to be eaten during the holiday and many artists sculpt, paint or create beautiful and ornate skulls to be used as decorations, jewelry and cloth design.

What I found out is that  Dia de los Muertos is meant to welcome spirits of our ancestors.  It’s a day for you to reconnect with your ancestors, not something you mourn and instead, celebrate.  It's not Halloween in Mexico, or something meant to be scary or creepy.  
Like anything that goes mainstream or becomes popular with the masses, it's design and use might change but it's roots will forever stay the same.  They say that imitation is the most sincere form of flattery and I think as long as you understand and respect it's meaning, using it in your art isn't necessarily a bad thing.  
As for me I am glad I took the time to do a little research on sugar skulls and Dia de los Muertos. While originally I was fascinated by the colors and designs, I am happy to have a greater understanding of their meaning and appreciate what they stand for.  To me it is an interesting part of the hispanic culture and that culture also happens to be part of my heritage which I know very little about.  You see, my Grandmother (my Dad's Mom) was a Hispanic American and I was never able to meet her or learn of her culture since she died before I was born.  
The next time I use the sugar skull design I will not only appreciate the colors and design I will appreciate the meaning behind it and think of my Father and Grandmother who are no longer with me here on earth.
Oh, and check out this California artist that I found while doing my research.  What amazing work!  Artist Rob O http://ilovesugarskulls.com/
Here is my Dia de los Muertos Doll...
Dia de los Muertos Doll

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Come take a look inside. My art is on the cover of Inspiration Digital Magazine

I'm so excited to have my art on the cover of Inspiration  Digital Magazine.  Click the link on the the right side bar to read the magazine.

Happy Creating!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Pretend (my newest addition)

I really liked the piece I recently did called, "Your Journey" so I continued with this style when I made this piece. I will say it's #2 in the series.  It is called, "Pretend".

Sometimes in life we just don't feel happy.  We don't know what is wrong, we just know we aren't feeling the good vibes in life. You sometimes wear these feelings on your face or show it in your attitude but sometimes you just pretend it's all good.  This piece reminded me of someone who I love dearly. She is happy on the outside but sad on the inside. I worry about her and I hope that life will bring her all the joy she deserves so that the happy on the outside will also be whats within.
Happy Creating!

Pool Birthday Party Ideas

Jackson turned 8 this August and for his birthday he got a above ground swimming pool. For his birthday party we decided a pool party would be fun.

We kept the party pretty simple. They boys swam most of the time.

Here was the food table set up.

I used blue Power Aid for the pool water.  For snacks we had watermelon and some candy.  The beach balls were Gum Balls, the noodles were Twizzlers and there was Life Savers Gummies as well.  We had a popcorn bucket overflowing with popcorn and some mini M&M's and Skittles to add to their popcorn bag.

For lunch we served pasta shells with their choice of butter, red or white sauce.  Jackson loves his pasta!

For the birthday cake we had two items.  I made cupcakes and since we had some kids with food allergies we sang Happy Birthday using a popsicle cake.

For the popsicle cake I used two circle shaped styrofoam pieces and anchored them together with toothpicks.  I glued a glittery ribbon around it and tied a bow.  When we were ready to sing Happy Birthday,  I stuck the popsicles around in random order. I also used sparkler candles. It was super easy and the kids thought it was really cool. Literally!

I decorated the cupcakes with vanilla frosting that I added blue raspberry jello to it. (Idea found on Pinterest).  The sand is crumbled up vanilla wafers. The red beach towel was a piece of sour fruit roll up type candies and you can see the Life Savor and the Teddy Grams that were used as well.  Topped it off with a mini umbrella used for drinks.  I found the idea for the cupcake on pinterest.  

For the games they played two.

Silly string games was a free for all, they just had fun spraying each other with the string.

Balloon toss with a twist.  
I found this on pinterest as well. I tied colanders on top of baseball helmets and the boys were put into teams. One of them wore the helmet and the other tossed the balloons trying to get them into the colander without popping. They had five balloons each to try and then they switched.

For the rest of the party they just played in the pool.  Very easy and very fun!

Happy Creating!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Hunger Games Birthday Party

Wow summer is almost over, I can't believe it.  It's been a busy one.  For this weeks post I thought I would share my sons 13th birthday party that we gave him this year. Matthew turned 13 and this was the first year without his friend Madelyn to celebrate and have a party together. Last year they had a Minute to Win It party with 24 of their friends. It was a huge event but Natasha (Madelyn's Mom) and I shared the planning and duties. It turned out great. (I think I might do a post on that party too).

So this year without Natasha I was on my own. Matthew decided he would like a Hunger Games party and I set out to explore the Internet to see what ideas I could find.  The biggest help was a blog post from Out of the Attic, check it out here. http://atticgals.blogspot.com/2012/06/how-to-throw-ultimate-hunger-games.html.  I used a lot of her ideas. I tweaked some to work for us but I want to make sure I give credit where credit is due.

Below is Matthew's 2013 Hunger Games Birthday Party.

1.  Matthew invited 15 of his friends to his party so we had 16 thirteen year old boys to play the game.  Jackson, Dylan and Sophie all younger siblings helped out by being the game makers.  Below is the invitation that we mailed out to all of his friends.

2. A week before the games I sent an email reminder with the following message.

3.  Pre-Game planning consisted mostly of creating their game bags/party bags and planning the games.  The bags consisted of the following.

  •  Sleep Syrup: I created a sleeve in Photoshop to go around the Coke bottles.  I got the smaller single bottles, they were 16.9 oz obviously smaller than the 20 oz.
  •  I picked up small water pistols and little finger lights from Amazon and put one in each bag.
  • Each bag also had one Smores Candy bar.
  • I found a template that I purchased from Party Scribbles on etsy for Tracker Jacker anti-venom labels you place on Bath and Body works mini hand sanitizers.  http://www.etsy.com/shop/PartyScribbles.
  • 1 can of Silly String ( this was a hit during the battle)
  • I used brown paper lunch bags and made labels of pictures of each district that I found on the Internet.

4. My Husband decided to dress up as Ceasar and I dressed up as Effie. Mike just wore a suit and tie and I found a wig and attempted to re create her make up.

5. Party time.
We held the party at a near by park that had some great hiding places that we thought would work well for the games.
We had a tent set up with the food on a table underneath.  The snacks consisted of fire fries, atomic bombs, Mike and Ike's, cheese puffs, fruit, sodas, birthday cake and pizza.

  • Register for the Reaping: 4:00 to 4:15
As the kids arrived we had them register for the reaping. I had my game makers Sophie and Jackson helping with this.  We set up a table in front of the tennis court ( the court was surrounded by chain link fence so it was a nice addition that added to the feeling they were entering the reaping. 
Each kid signed their name and for the blood portion we used a red stamp that they used to leave a thumb print on their paper. They put their name in the fish bowl and waited inside the tennis court area. We had the Hunger Games theme playing as well.

Items needed:

Fsh bowl
Small paper strips (sign in papers that go into the fish bowl)
Red stamp pad
Baby wipes to clean off their finger

  • Districts Announcements:  4:15 to 4:25
After everyone arrived, we announced who would belong to what district by pulling names out of the fish bowl. I made two buttons for each district so when their name was drawn they received a button to wear and gathered with their teammate.  Since we didn't have enough players for all the districts we used districts 1 through 6 and districts 11 and 12. 
I used a bull horn which was a good thing because there was a band playing at a party that was being held at one of the houses behind the park.

  • Training:  4:30 to 5:00
To prepare for battle we set up training areas for each tribute to practice their battle skills.   We had three training areas.
  1. Berry Picking:
Each tribute was able to test their abilities to pick the correct berries for eating in hopes that they would be able to do so in the arena.

Items needed:

Small cups

Half the raspberries were filled with sugar and the other half with salt. The tributes would do their best to guess which one was the sweet one. If they guessed correctly they got a sweet treat, if wrong a nasty surprise.

2.  Katness Target Practice:
Since we didn't have any bow's and arrows we created a training session using red solo cups and rubber bands.  We set up a table and stacked up three cups on the table. We had the tributes stand behind the line and use rubber bands to try to shoot and knock off the cups.

Items needed:

Solo cups
Rubber bands (sold at the dollar store in a big bag)
Duct tape or chalk to draw out the line to stand behind

   3.  Tracker Jacker Keep Away:
This was a really fun game that I took from Out of the Attic blog.  We coned off a grassy section for the boundaries. The districts went up against each other in this 1 minute challenge.  The first team played the tracker jackers. They were given a sheet of dot stickers and they had 1 minute to sticker/sting the other team as much as they could. Then when the minute was up they switched. They had to stay within the cones. This was so much fun and exhausting too!

Items needed:

Dot stickers ( dollar store find)
Cones or something to line up the boundary lines
Watch or stop clock to keep track of the minute.

   4. Wardrobe Design: 5:00-5:15
The tributes gathered with their district teammate and one of them had to be the designer and the other the model.  They had 5 minutes to come up with their costume and then model the costume.  We then all voted for who we thought had the best design. If you are a crafter like me, you will have a ton of stuff that you can put out for them to use. I piled up anything and everything from fabric, tape, pipe cleaners you name it.

Items needed:

Anything for them to use to create a costume.

 Pizza time and Interviews with Ceasar: 5:15 to 6:15
 At this point the pizza had arrived so the tributes took a break to have a feast.  We gave them a few minutes to get their pizzas and then we headed over to the area were they would all be interviewed from Ceasar.
In this game each tribute would come up and sit in a chair next to Ceasar.  Ceasar would ask them silly questions or make them do something silly and the tribute could not laugh or smile, they had to play it seriously or they would lose.  After each was interviewed they would receive their gifts (aka. the party bag) from the audience of Panam.

Examples of questions used:

Twins:  As the only pair of twins we have ever had in the Hunger Games you are very intriguing to the viewers.  We have learned that you are very close friends, so close in fact that when you were your mom's womb you actually sucked each others thumbs and toes, how did you do that? 

Tucker:  We have high expectations for you in this tournament.  We all know you are a tough warrior, but we have heard you have a sensitive side as well that we would like to see.  We have learned that you helped train your sister for her participation in some beauty contests. Could you please show us the beauty contest waive, walk and curtsy that you taught her?

Hunger Games pre-game instructions: 6:15 - 6:30

At this point we told the kids to hang onto their bags that they received because they might need to use the items in battle.
For the first round of Hunger Games I took the idea that Out of the Attic used for their battle. Each tribute would draw a name out of the fish bowl. The name they drew was their target and they could only shoot and kill their target. They were not to let anyone know who their target was. If they killed their target they would take the dead tributes target and go after that person. About half way through I would call for a free for all and they could kill whoever they wanted. Note: after playing the game this way, the boys told me they preferred the free for all way to play the game. The next 3 battles they played after were all the free for all style.

Hunger Games Battle: 6:30 till finished

We used a half dome pop up tent for the cornucopia.  We loaded up the cornucopia and surrounding area with all sorts of weapons. Nerf guns, water guns, squirt guns, inflatable hammers, water bottles and bows and arrows. We filled back packs with some of these items and scattered other items all around the area leading up to the cornucopia.  In a semi-circle around the cornucopia we put black construction paper squares on the ground for each tribute to stand on. 
We instructed the players that every time they heard the gun shot that would mean that a tribute was out of the game. We used a cap gun for this.  We also told them that not to worry if they were out because they would be come part of the game makers and we had plans for them.  We also let them know to be aware of the tracker jackers (aka. Dylan, Sophie and Jackson who were armed with Hail Fire Nerf guns) if you were shot by one of the jackers you needed to use your tracker jacker anti-venom on the sting before you could return to the game.  (This was in the bags they received at the interviews with Ceasar).
The last one standing would win the game.

Tracker Jacker Jackson

When there were about 5 tributes knocked out of the game, we announced that the game makers were sending in a storm.  We gave the dead tributes/now turned into game makers a cooler filled with water balloons and told them to go after the living tributes and flush them out of their hiding spots.

The winner of this years Hunger Games was........ 


After the first game was finished the boys wanted to play again and again. We had plenty of time left so the boys played the games two more times.  After they ate cake and opened presents.  
The cake was made by a friend of mine Stacey. https://www.facebook.com/StaceyCakescupcakes

The party was a lot of work, but so much fun and I was very happy how it turned out. The boys had a blast, some said it was the best birthday party they ever went too! That made me smile!

Happy Creating!