birthday lessons

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how do you throw a “frozen” party for your newly minted 5 year old, without it being a “frozen” party?!

first things first, remember that my kid, luckily, doesn’t really care about elsa plates and olaf cups. she wants to see her friends, have fun, eat cake and get presents. sooo…that means i got to have a little leeway with the decor.

all around the porch were huge paper snowflakes in shades of blue and white.  (martha has an easy tutorial for cutting snowflakes) i filled our west elm planters with plates, forks, napkins and supplies. (great way to make more room for food and drinks!) above it hung a $2 target paper banner.

the turquoise faux mason jar beverage dispenser held “melted snow” and beside it was a bowl of “snowman snack” (mini marshmallows, pretzel sticks, orange candies and chocolate-covered raisins).  i used green and blue paper dixie cups for little hands to fill with the snack mix. lesson learned: next time pre-fill the cups so that kids aren’t digging into the bowl for their snack…fishing out just the candies and leaving the pretzels. and yes, there were two very large spoons to help, which went mostly unused. next time, i’d make a big batch of the mix, but only use half of it at a time, that way i’m not left with a huge bowl of food that’s been dug through and not quite appetizing anymore!

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to keep the kids cooled off we borrowed a little pool, sprinkler and slide. we also filled as many water balloons as our hands could handle. lesson learned: start filling balloons earlier! we had a huge stack of towels for drying kids off and kept one by the back door, in hopes wet toes would get dried before coming inside. for the pizza picnic and breaks from splashing, we laid out several large blankets in a shady spot of the yard.

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final wintery touches were fairy lights and pale blue cupcakes in snowflake liners with little pearl candies on top.  the party favor/craft was clear acrylic ornaments from a.c. moore with permanent markers in all shades for decorating.

all in all, an awesome time! i feel so very lucky to get to share these milestones with good friends and family…especially family that will arrive an hour early to help and go on last minute ice runs!

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creature comforts

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i’ve always been drawn to creative folks, so it’s no surprise that my instagram and pinterest feeds are full of awesomely talented folks like ez pudewa, founder and editor-in-chief of creature comforts. her charming “stanley makes friends” print topped my christmas wish list, is the founding piece of my ongoing attempt at a gallery wall & inspired the colors for one of my embroidery pieces…just to show you how much i adore her work. and then, to make it even better, ez is this awesome, friendly, thoughtful person to boot! she gives me hope for the whole social media thing and is a great role model i’m continually inspired by.

cheers to ez and creature comforts!

( the sweet thank you notecard “maxwell’s midnight snack”  given by ez inspired the color palette for my owl piece. and is framed, sitting on a shelf in monroe’s room.)

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(here’s stanley taking his pride of place on my gallery wall…which i’m slowly building!)

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(one of ez’s gorgeous photographs)

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(you’ll find all kinds of fun and beautiful diy projects on her site, like these envelopes)

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(and the girl can bake!)

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colorful vintage

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sometimes i feel like vintage gets a bad wrap. think stained lacy doilies, mustard yellows and all things drab. quite the contrary! there are lots of great finds with beautiful colors to brighten up your home.  my current faves in my home are a collection of turquoise mason jars, the red spindle shelf in mun’s room, a green corduroy chair in the den (formerly my poppi’s!) and of course, my embroidered pillow cases. no drab in sight! here are some of my favorite colorful vintage finds on etsy right now (can you spot posy’s?!):

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turquoise shelf

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redclock

dishware

pushpins

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chairs

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scandinavian

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it seems that everytime i see something i like in a design book or pin, it’s scandinavian. with all the chaos of two kids in a small house, i’m really digging their simplicity philosophy and as a fabric lover/addict, i can’t get enough of their patterns.  it seems like the gist of this design style is natural elements, clean lines with function and longevity as top priority, those last two elements seem especially good with the whole small children thing! and while, to me, it can lean a little excessively in the neutral color scope, i can appreciate the idea of having some bigger expanses of white or neutral so that the colors i do add really “pop!”

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christmas in july

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posy elves have been hard at work (already!) prepping for the holiday season. for someone who was a “tad” unorganized in her early years, i’m pretty darn proud of myself about this. i’ve just got a few more pieces left to cut and off to my talented helpers they go! to remind me of how awesome the end result is, i’ve been looking over pictures from posy’s holiday past.

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light

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a year ago, on a beach trip with my family, my folks were talking about how better things will be once the kids start school. this was when i was only getting two 30 minute naps and a night of at least 2 interruptions from monroe. they actually high-fived each other, i’m assuming in remembrance of how good their life got when suzanne and i were in school…all. day. long. so, now that i’m on the edge of monroe being in school three mornings of the week and olive starting kindergarten, i’m doing my own high-fives. i may actually get an inventory together. and have a faster return on custom projects. and go the bathroom in peace, that sort of stuff. as much as i mostly love my time with these crazy kids, i really like having the space to miss them too.

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