We all gathered for a fun afternoon, with banners, and balloons, and cake and cupcakes. (You know I like nothing better than helping with anything entertaining!)
I had a lot of fun baking the smash cake and cupcakes, and crafting up some banners, and a birthday boy hat...
....and some chalkboard style decorations...
Such a fun day!
Days like these warm my heart and remind me just how truly blessed I am.
(** I will be adding the O-N-E Banner and customizable chalkboard poster in my etsy shop later this week.)
I think I shared a short while back that both of my daughters are expecting. (Yippee! Gramma Cupcake happy dance!)
My second daughter has three boys, and we just found out that they are expecting their fourth little man in February!
Well.....The boys all share one bathroom upstairs in their home. I looked on etsy and found a perfect little sumthin' sumthin' for that bathroom.
I got them a "Gentlemen" sign to mount on the boy's bathroom door. (I wanted one that said "Men" but the only ones I found were true antiques and were insanely priced)
Now, how fun is that?!
One of the guys I work with got married last month. We surprised him with a little mini-shower. I was actually out of town the day the shower occurred, but I was asked to wrap the bottle of champagne and do a little something to hold the giftcard.
Of course you know I was thrilled to oblige.
Some of you may already do this, but I will share this anyway...my all-time fall-back bottle wrap job is always tulle.. Yes, basic netting! It is perfect for weddings, and showers, and all things girly. Just center the bottle over a larger square of tulle layered tull, (I use 2 to 3 layers) draw up the sides, and tie with a ribbon. Add a fun a tag and you're set.
For the giftcard holder, I stole an idea from Starbucks. I just edited the wording to apply to my friends wedding.
I printed it up in my cheesy little print program and voila'! All done.
Once again, it's so easy to make any gift more special by doing the unexpected, and addding alittle personal touch!
This latest change required two strong high school football players and a grown man to move a newly found treasure into it's place of prominance on the huge dining room wall.
Do you remember this room before?
And before then?
...and before that...
It's become a thing of beauty, I tell you.
I think it will be even more beautiful, and updated-vintage if...it were painted. (seriously, can you see it painted, in your mind's eye?)There is just so much wood in the room. The table. The chairs. The shutters. And now, the buffet.
So, yes, I plan to paint it.
I am just torn on the color to go with.
A weathered white would be classic, and timeless, and go well with the english pine dining set, don'tcha think?
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Then again, gray is a wildly popular "new neutral" color, and I can see it done up that way too...
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or, a color and weathered white...?
What would you do?I am really stumped and I'd love to hear your thoughts!
One of the guys I work with came into my cubical Monday and had a small box wrapped in brown craft paper. Clarence, our beloved 81 year old mail room guy, was retiring, and there was a party in his honor later that day, and they had wrapped his present but felt it needed a bit of foofifying.
Everyone seems to come to me for things like this.
That always makes me smile.
So I obliged.
Only this time I didn't have much to work with. I found a strip of green raffia in the bottom of a drawer, and a few dictionary pages I had brought in a while back for a project.
The picture above is what I came up with. My signature torn paper bows took all of 4 minutes.
My friend was happy and told me he knew he had come to the right person.
That made my day.
Did I metion it was a surprise birthday trip?
We had to come up with a rather elaborate story and we still very nearly didn't pull it off, since we arrived at her home only to see her pulling out of her driveway.
(She is one chronically early woman, let me tell you.)
She wondered what we were doing there, and we handed her the "Agenda" for the surprise getaway...
We gave her a sash and a birthday tiara.(Of course.)
We loaded up and headed off to the coast...
We shopped, and ate, and laughed the entire time.
I got everyone matching pajammies.(Sorry, the picture isn't great, but trying to get a photo when you all need to be in the photo was a challenge...here is one taken with my phone, facing a mirror...)
(Yes, she wore her tiara proudly the entire trip, which added to the merriment, as people everywhere wanted to wish her a happy birthday.)
Oh, we had such a good time.....
Happy Birthday sung off key. Sand dollars collected. Countless calories consumed. Memories made.
The only thing that would have made it any better would have been if the other two girls in the family could have been there, but we weren't able to make things work out for my daughter-in-law and grand daughter to fly up... (but soon! The entire family will be together in early November!!!!!!!)
I've been crazy busy the past month and a half, both at work and home. My department at work is short-handed and family time has been jam-packed with two milestone birthdays, (number 6 grand babe's first, and the Sewing Queen's big eight-oh!)along with a short vacation to Kansas City, MO, (We got to go to our first "away" Mariner's game!) and then a girl's weekend at the beach, followed by a five day business trip.
I feel like things are starting to settle down a bit on all fronts, and my mind keeps flooding with ideas for my little booth case at Camas Antiques.
Tomorrow is the monthly "First Friday" in my sweet little Camas, and that means that all the shops will stay open late, and the community all comes out to meander up and down 4th avenue. I want my space to look good and be completely crammed full of eye candy.
My passion for creating little somethings (banners, tags, flags hats...) has been reignited and I am looking forward to revamping things in my space at dealer's night after work today. It's funny to me how creating one item inspires another and another, and the energy, excitement and inspiration grows.
Sometimes it gets so I can't even fall asleep at night, because my mind is reeling so.
All in all, not a bad problem to have.
My most favorite-est season is autumn, with October kicking things off.
Crisp, cold, evenings spent eating chowder in bread bowls by the fire.(It's the ultimate comfort food season.)
Oh, the rain.
I never tire of gazing out the window at the rain come down in buckets here in the Pacific Northwest.
Yes, I'd say October is one cozy month. It brings out the nester in me; the baker, the decorator, the let's-curl-up-on-the-couch-and-watch-football-by-the-fire girl.
How about you? Does autumn do that for you?
What's your favorite season?
Aah, delicious, wonderful, crisp-cold-air-and-apple-cider autumn.
I found the most fabulous coat the other day in a catalogue, (Ohmygosh! Do you love the details on the back?!)
...and that is when I realized that my love affair with the hideously hot warm summer weather and long days was over.
That, and the fact that we spent very nearly all of our Sunday watching football, (Go Seahawks!) and it feels not-quite-right when it's so warm outside that you have the fan on, and are sporting a sundress. The weather-guy on the news last night announced proudly that we are going to be hotter the next three days.
There's possible rain in the forecast next Sunday, and I am crossing my fingers that it does.
I have lots to share from the incredible baseball themed party my daughter pulled together for Keaton's big first birthday, but today I just had to share the portion of the party where the little birthday "Smash" cake came out...(Made with love by a very crafty and talented friend!)
...and we all sang "Happy Birthday".
He loves music, and when we all started singing, he began to chair dance a bit, and was smiling and laughing.
My daughter asked that we get him new storybooks, and I wanted to be sure the book from me was extra special.
I decided to create a picture book about counting.
I enlisted the help of his brothers...A few weeks back I spent the weekend with the little men while their parents were out of town, and we had a lot of fun posing with a vintage suitcase, and balls, and trucks, and storybooks and bananas....
...along with photos from this past year with his cousins...
....the book takes him through his numbers, counting from one through ten...
... and it was all very easy to create!
I used an online company called MixBook for this project, but plenty of other companies, like Shutterfly and even Walgreens offer the same concept. They all have templates for you to use if you're not comfortable doing the layout yourself. I had an absolute ball creating this book, and I am very happy with the way the book turned out!
I am in Gramma heaven these days, with the big news announcements from not one, but both of my daughters.
Grandbabe number seven is due to arrive in mid February...
....and grandbabe numner eight will be here shortly after, due to arrive in mid March! (Another adorable way to make the news known to friends and family!!!)
Needless to say, we are all feeling very blessed and happy!
Thanks to everyone who entered! I am very anxious myself for this fantastic online class to begin. With summer winding down, and just the slightest hint of autumn in the air makes me think of the holidays. I want to be ahead of the eight ball this year, and I know this course is going to inspire me and motivate me to do just that!
(Check out the course again here to see if it seems like something you might find inspiring as well!)
When my son married the love of his life, some six plus years back, I got to help make these darling cookies, (in bags of raw sugar for sand!) for favors at the reception....remember them?
My company picnic was last weekend, and we had our second annual Bake-Off, so I got out my cookie cutters and made a batch of seashells and starfish, and then tossed them in raw sugar for a sweet little beach scene.
I took second place, behind a friend that did the yummiest individual little blackberry cheesecakes.
Some of us take face painting seriously.
When in doubt, let your big brother go first with the full-face Spiderman.
(And watch the process like a hawk.)
Aaaaaah, it's Spiderman! (in street clothes....)
Do I go with the traditional black Batman Mask, or the neon-ish blue one?
I'll go with the blue, please....
...just like this picture. Do you need to see the picture again?
Just like this picture.
After 20 minutes or so (five years in 3 year old time) we're ready to fight crime, as soon as we're done in the bounce-house.