Posts from — January 2012
Editing photos of my new cards. It’s amazing how a lens can make cards look so pretty.
The shop should be updated soon!
January 31, 2012 2 Comments
One year ago I did the hardest thing I had ever done. I felt pain that I had never felt before. I pushed myself to where I had only hoped I could go. And at 4:51 in the afternoon it was all made worth it when this little man came into the world. I would do it over and over again if it meant getting the joy of living with this little chunk of love each day. Happy birthday, Declan. It brings me more joy, love and peace to be called your mother than you will ever know.
January 30, 2012 1 Comment
January 24, 2012 No Comments
Tropical green smoothie success today. Some days I don’t get the ingredient ratios right, today I did!
Update: here is what is in it!
About a cup of orange juice
2 heaping spoonfuls of vanilla greek yogurt
About a half scoop of vanilla protein powder (I get mine from Trader Joe’s)
About half of a banana, sliced and frozen
A handful of frozen pineapple
Four or five frozen mango chunks
A handful of spinach
A splash of water
I found that a whole scoop of protein powder makes it too grainy, and that the extra splash of water makes it a bit smoother, allowing for usage of the straw!
January 24, 2012 2 Comments
With the family party behind us it was time to start planning party number two, the friend party! Declan has six or seven daycare buddies ranging in age from almost two years to three months and we also have other school friends that are a little bit older (pre-school to second grade or so). Keeping kids in that wide of an age range entertained with the same activities is nearly impossible so we decided to do a super low-key play date at a local park this upcoming Saturday. I wanted to do a cute invite but was low on time so I put to use some of the extra striped straws and some of my washi tape to make little flag invites. These were taken as I put them together on my pump breaks at work on Friday. When I picked the little man up from daycare that afternoon I placed a little flag on each child’s clipboard for their parents to find Monday morning. Easy, fun and free!
I took the type from his family party invitations and re-worded it for this party. I created a little pennant template with four to a page and printed them on card stock.
I used double sided tape to adhere the flag and cut the ends.
Green striped washi tape was added to the edges to help hold it together (and add some cuteness, of course).
And viola! Little flag invitations.
January 23, 2012 2 Comments
Hello! I hope you all had a nice weekend! We are starting to feel winter here with cold weather and a little rain on Saturday. Once it cleared up I took Declan to an antique store and then for a quick trip inside the San Juan Capistrano Mission. On Sunday Bryan took Declan out for a few hours, giving me some much needed alone time with my sewing machine! I finished a lot of cards and once I photograph them I will be restocking my etsy shop! To top it off the Giants won, which makes Bryan happy. All in all it was a good weekend!
January 22, 2012 No Comments
Party one: the family party at our home. Guests were welcomed with a few balloons and ONE in white letters. I saw this on Pinterest and loved it. I found the letters at JoAnn’s and Bryan spray painted them white for me.
I displayed most of the weekly/monthly photos that I can have taken over the last year.
I made party hats using this fringe tutorial. I had grand plans of making 25 hats and everyone wearing them. I ran out of time, made 12 and only two were put on by guests. The rest served as very cute (if not very time consuming) centerpieces. I will keep them and maybe use them at party number two, the kids party! I also cut up streamers to be fringy, used streamers as table runners and cut some up for confetti.
(notice the mini cake stand. His cake sat on that, but I didn’t get a picture of it. Those little sticks were also going to become a mini banner, but time got away from me and it didn’t happen. So bummed!)
Looks who’s walking! I tied a few balloons to his highchair and set his crown there until he was ready for cake. I whipped the crown up in one night using felt I had on hand and I love how it turned out! I could have added a backing but again, I just didn’t have the time. Stupid full time job!)
I set up a little drink station including cups with cute striped paper straws. Of course only three cups were used. Looks like I will be drinking out of really cute straws for a little while!
We ordered Mexican food from a local spot and enjoyed cake afterwards. Following in suit with the cake banner and striped straws the cake didn’t turn out the way it was supposed to in my head. I wanted to make it from scratch for two reasons. One, because it was going to be Declan’s first real taste of sugar and I felt better knowing exactly what was going into him. And second was pride. I felt so bad when I bought him his first halloween costume rather than made it, and am having a hard time coming to terms with the fact that working full time means not having the time to devote to all of the crafty mom things I want to be able to do. So making him a cake from a box seemed to me like I was failing him. (I know, I know. Silly.) So I found this cake recipe, which my friend Jessie made for her son’s first birthday the week before and said it was great so I went for it. (Just gonna say it, I am not the best baker and Jessie is an amazing baker.) I completed the cakes feeling pretty good and then it was time for the frosting. Maybe my melted chocolate was too cool, maybe the sour cream wasn’t quite at room temperature. Maybe it just wasn’t meant to be. I called up my sister who was on her way to help set up and asked her to run to the store for some chocolate frosting. Which is the only part Declan ate anyways. So much for controlling what was going in him! Next year I will make a boxed cake. Or maybe buy a cake. I gave it a good try, right?
All in all it was a success! Now on to planning party two, the friends party!
January 17, 2012 4 Comments
With round one of Declan’s first birthday celebrations behind me I am feeling pretty good! The family party went well and I will have all of the pictures from it tomorrow! Today I wanted to share the invitations I created. This first party was a family party which meant I was only sending out about ten invitations. This allowed me to be a little more creative and include the candle on the outside, with the entire thing going inside a bubble mailer.
If you follow the Pinterest board I created for Declan’s birthday you saw all of the Noah’s ark pins. I really wanted to go in that direction but just didn’t have the time. Instead I focused on the colors green, blue and yellow, party hats and crepe paper. Since Christmas was less than a month ago I let guests know that they didn’t need to bring a gift, but that if they did to bring a favorite book or movie.
I am very pleased with how they came out!
January 16, 2012 1 Comment
Declan’s first birthday party (round one: family) is this weekend. Here is a peek at the preparations going on over here.
January 10, 2012 4 Comments
I’m participating in a photo a day challenge! Here are my images from the first eight days.
January 8, 2012 No Comments