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[Birthdayography], More Printables, Costume Winner & Playdough Warning
January 12, 2005

January 12th, 2005
Issue #020
Subscribers: 19,176

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Table of Contents:

1. New Free Printables

2. 2004 Costume Contest Winners

3. Homemade Playdough Warning

1. New Free Printables

Many of you subscribed to the Birthdayography e-zine in order to get free access to our printables section. And since launching the printables last year we've been asked many a time when we'd be creating more. So, if free printables are such a needed commodity, we're here to provide just that.

We started out with A5-sized invitations and envelopes. Now, we've added foldable A4 and Letter-sized invitations, foldable greeting cards, thank you cards and even certificates. We've covered most of the popular themes and the rest are in the making.

Here's the new and improved free printables section...

Enjoy them all, let us know if you have any ideas for other cool printables and don't forget the username and password to access the printables section:

Username: coolest

Password: parties

2. Costume Contest Winners

The winner of our 2004 Coolest Costume Contest is…

Lori from Canada and her “Peas in a Pod” baby costume.

It was a tight race. There were over 3000 votes from visitors to the site. Lori won a $150 gift certificate at Amazon. Second place was won by another Lori, this time from North Carolina, and her daughter's soccer ball costume. Third place was also Lori… just kidding… it was Melissa from Ohio and her baby's chicken costume.

Take a look at all three…

If you've submitted a costume photo and can't find it in our Costume section – it's my fault. I'm still working on getting them up and setting up a gallery like the one in our very popular cakes section.

Posting all the photos and tips onto the site will be an ongoing process, so visit the costume gallery once in a while and you'll always find new costumes and how-to tips.

I'd like to thank all those who participated in the contest, sent us their costume photos and took the time to share how they made the costume. They are all GREAT! If you have any cool costume photos from last Halloween, don't let them get buried in your hard drive. Send them over along with how-to tips (Here's the Costume submission form...), and I'll make sure to put them up online for all to enjoy. Once in a while we'll also have contests with cool prizes and anyone sending in their submission will be automatically entered into the next contest.

3. Homemade Playdough Warning

On our site we've got an entire page dedicated to homemade Playdough recipes. I've experimented with them all and they're lots of fun for the kids.

I recently received an email from Joseph Nardone, one of our readers, regarding a certain risk involving non-edible homemade Playdough.

According Joseph, non-edible homemade Playdough may be potentially toxic to animals, such as dogs. Here's his email in its entirety and here's a link to an online article that discusses the issue.

I don't have any way of verifying the veracity of this information (besides the online article). However, I find it important to relay it on to you if only as a reminder that you take adequate precaution with your homemade playdough as you would with anything else.

Have a wonderful year and I'll “see” you again in the next edition of Birthdayography!

Elad the Birthday Dad



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