This Hmong-inspired birthday celebration (with a touch of Bohemian flair) for my 8-year old daughter was 90% DIY. Why? Because my idea was truly very, very original. Probably too original. SO original that I had to brainstorm without the help of the ever reliable and beloved Pinterest! Can you imagine?!
I also designed the stencils for the canvas drop cloth (Adobe Illustrator)and cut them out on clear craft plastic sheets using my Silhouette Cameo (best craft buddy after my sisters.) The designs consist of various Hmong embroidery symbols, like the elephant's foot and snails. Once cut, I hand painted each one using acrylics along one edge of the cloth, then blanket stitched the pompoms with colorful yarn. This pretty tablecloth requires so many different sets of skills! Funny how I just realized that after writing out my design process for just this one piece!
The artworks on the ends of the table are my own original drawings . Yes, another skill I have under my belt. Luckily, I had drawn these lovely ladies up a couple of years ago and simply sent them to Office Max to get printed as posters for the party. The style of the art fit perfectly with my theme, right? And then there is that gorgeous, hand sewn story cloth in the center of the table. I found that on my local Craigslist for only $50! Gasp! I know! These beautiful story cloths at this size usually sell for hundreds and this one was even professionally framed! Lets just say that I love CL as much as Pinterest!