October 16, 2014

A Parisian Sweet 16!

A couple of months ago I had the pleasure of being invited to my friend Alyssa's sweet 16 party. It was so lovely! When she told me ahead of time that she was planning a Parisian theme, I knew it wouldn't be your run of the mill, black and pink, fleur-de-lis and Eiffel Tower decor. Instead, it felt like we were in an elegant Paris flat, snacking on fresh baguettes and cheeses that I can't pronounce. Alyssa and her family just exude elegance, and it is so peaceful in their home, I absolutely love being there. The party was inspired by the Parisian themed party in Jennifer  Shea's book: "Trophy Cupcakes and Parties" Which, btw, is an awesome book. Here's a shot of the inspiration:
Isn't that just gorgeous? Ugh. I wish I could just plan parties all day every day.
Alyssa and her mother outdid themselves with delicious foods, we enjoyed French music in the background, and since all of the guests were older than Alyssa, we went around the table and shared advice that we would give our 16 year old selves. Some funny advice, some serious advice, lots of motherly warnings to stay away from boys for a while, haha. I think I rambled about trying to keep her sweet, positive spirit no matter what life throws her way. Because sometimes life tries its hardest to take that from you. Oh dear. Hopefully I didn't sound that depressing when I said it! As a gift, we all pitched in and bought her a beautiful blue KitchenAide mixer. It hadn't arrived yet, but we showed her a photo on the iPad and she was so excited! She is a wonderful baker, so of course the gift came with the stipulation that she would have to make us all brownies when she received it. Only fair.

My goodness. Alyssa was just 11 years old when we moved here. (And about 11 inches shorter, I think!) She has grown up in a blink of an eye to be one of the loveliest young women I've ever met. Makes me wish I had a teenage son...oh wait, no boys for a while, that's right! ;o) I look forward to seeing where she takes her life and in which ways she'll show God's love to the world.

Happy (late) birthday, sweet Alyssa!

And happy regular day to you! Love you. :o)

October 9, 2014

Pumpkin Topiary DIY!

I got a lovely, surprise email last week from Joann Fabric and Craft Stores inviting me to participate in their Trick or Treat: A Halloween to DIY for! campaign, yay!! I love doing projects for them, and our brand new Joann store JUST opened in town, so it was perfect timing!! I love when the world throws that kind of perfection at me. :) My theme was "everything pumpkins", which is fantastic because I have a hard time being inspired by eyeballs falling out and anything that looks...not alive. Heh. I love the pumpkin topiaries that I've seen gracing the doorstep of pinterest-worthy homes and I thought I'd make a slightly smaller, more elegant version for my dining table!
Wanna make one? Sweet! Let's go.

You'll need:
Three sizes of foam craft pumpkins
Off-white spray paint. (I like rustoleum brand)
Krylon gold glitter spray paint
Silk autumn leaves
2 Small winter berry wreaths
Small feathers
White pearl corsage pins
3 Yards of pleated or ruffle trim
Hot glue gun

Cake plate with a flat top OR:
Plastic Wilton cake plate (12'')
Medium terra cotta pot

  • Saw the stems off the larger two pumpkins.

  •  Paint all three pumpkins and the terra cotta pot with an off-white spray paint. 

  •  Cover the medium sized pumpkin with glitter. I created a subtle ombre effect by spraying a light coat all over, then another coat 2/3 way down, then a third coat on the top.

  •  Glue winter berry wreaths to the top of the large and medium pumpkins.

  •  Glue the medium pumpkin to the large one, then the smallest one to the top of the medium one.

  •  Push pearl pins into middle pumpkin.

  •  Glue leaves and feathers sporadically around the bottom of each pumpkin.

    • Cover the top of the cake plate with trim using hot glue.

    •  Cover the bottom of the terra cotta pot with glue.

    •  Quickly press onto the bottom of the cake plate and let dry.

    Then light some candles and enjoy!! When you create your Halloween awesomeness this season, use the tag #DIY4halloween to see it on the tagboard on Joann's share page! I love the pumpkin vase that Jess from The Sewing Rabbit made. So beautiful!! Check it out.

    Happy crafting, guys! Love you!

    This post is sponsored by JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores. They paid me, but the opinions are my own, blah blah blah. You know what I'm saying. :o)

    October 3, 2014

    Book Signing at Hastings in Moses Lake!

    Just wanted to let any local readers know that I'll be doing a book signing tomorrow (Saturday, Oct. 4th) from 11am-3pm at the Hastings book store here in Moses Lake, WA!

    Hope to see you there! You could even meet the famous Paige, who will be hanging out with me and working on her latest crochet project. ;o)

    Love you!

    September 29, 2014

    Sweet Butterfly Garden Shoot!

    All of my friends have such beautiful children!!!
    Of course, I don't know if I've met a child that I didn't think was beautiful. But seriously, my friends kids' faces are just begging to be in front of my camera lens. It's almost obnoxious.
    I was telling my friend that I really wanted to do a butterfly themed shoot for her daughter, and today we made it happen! She brought over spaghetti and I bought ice cream and then after dinner the girls and I hopped over to our back property and had a little "just for fun" photoshoot! This little girl is a DOLL when it comes to picture taking. Not only is she adorable, but she comes with her own poses. Girlfriend owns the shoot like a seasoned model. It cracks me up! She's such a little angel. Don't kids just make you smile? Perfect.

    Photography is so therapeutic for me, I love, love, love it. I would do this every day if I could. :)

    Love you!


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