Great! I'd love to see the directions. I have one of those spool cartridges that are supposed to work with the larger spools but I find that the thread doesn't run through them smoothly and it breaks. The pictures are of them at different stages and at different beaches or tropical places we've visited. The theme for their party is tropical beach so I thought that the pictures were appropriate. The candle lighting is part of the party. The girls invite 12 groups of people who were significant in their lives up to each light one of the candles. They usually include grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins, friends, teachers, scout leaders, etc. It is a way of honoring them and thanking them for being a part of their life. Then the 13th candle is for themselves and the the future. Some people add a 14th candle in memory of significant relatives who have passed away but we are lucky enough not need to do that. Don't tell them until you are much closer. Having worked with young children, they don't understand time in the same way as adults. You will have to answer the question, "Are we going to Disney today?" for every single day between now and when you actually go next fall. Everything turned out great! Your bag looks perfect for a laptop and I am sure it will get a ton of use. And your daughter's bird for the school project was very creative. I hope she got a good grade on it. The pjs for the party are adorable! I've made my girls pjs before but they never seem to like them very much. I can't figure out why. And the upcycled skirt is so clever. I love that you are using it now for Iron Man and that you will use it again for HP. I don't find that my spool holder for the larger spools works very well. Maybe I need to buy a second one and try it out. Maybe I just don't have a good one. Your Star Wars shirt is great and I love the bag you did for your friend's birthday. I made a bunch of those last year for birthday gifts for my girls' friends. Then I would tuck a small gift card inside to an ice cream place or Starbucks. Love the designs! The shirt is adorable! It is a large Styrofoam ball. I've seen something done for a Minnie Mouse party with two smaller balls attached for the ears. But they covered the balls with gumdrops.