Hey all. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year. I know I’ve been MIA for a bit but between the holidays and being sick for almost two weeks straight and prepping for my son’s birthday party, I was hard pressed just to get everything finished on time let alone write. But all that is passed and I am dedicating the next month to finishing Deadened. I’m currently a little over halfway through writing it. Then I have editing and the bookcover to work on. I’m really hopeful that I will be completely finished with it by the end of the month. (Barring anymore killer viruses kicking my booty.) I’m adding some pics of the things I made for my son’s bday party to verify my alibi (haha) and just in case anyone else is doing a Super Mario Bros party anytime soon.
I promise to keep y’all updated on the progress of book 2 and I’ll try to get a teaser out ASAP.
Here’s the Yoshi pinata I made. Yes, I know it’s crazy to spend so much time on something that’s going to be beaten into oblivion but it was fun and my son liked it. I also found really easy directions for making Mario and Luigi hats at http://www.instructables.com/id/Mario-Hat/ the only thing I did different is, I off-centered the small circle to make more room at the front of the hat for the M and L. Otherwise this was the simplest and easiest to follow instructions I found online and the hats turned out excellent.
I printed out all the decorations from online. There were multiple places that I got stuff from but here are the two that I got the most from. http://www.marabous.com.au/blog/2012/06/mario-party-decorations-free-printables/ and http://partystock.ca/blog/super-mario-themed-birthday-party/.
I didn’t take a separate pic of the bags I found on ebay but you can see them lying on the fireplace in the pic above. They were a big hit with the kids and it gave them a place to put their hats and mustaches (just black posterboard cut out and hot glued to a skewer with the pointy end cut off. I placed them in a tube I made by wrapping green cardstock around a paper towel roll).
Finally, I made the cake. I am not good with piping icing and therefore I had always bought my cakes until about a year ago when my fifteen year old asked me to make her cake for her birthday. My response was “as long as it’s not fondant”. I could see that she had been hoping for just that so I took to Youtube and started watching tutorials then I came back to her and told her that as long as she realized the cake would have defects since I’ve never worked with fondant before I would make her cake. It took a long time to make the cake but I found out that I actually liked working (playing) with it and the cake turned out way better than I expected. I’ve been making cakes ever since.
I got the little figurines off of ebay too if anyone’s looking for them. They were a lot cheaper than the other department stores around here. All in all, it took an astronomical time to make everything for the party but it was totally worth it.