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Okay, okay! I must confess. . . I’ve been telling a few white lies lately! Actually, I told hundreds, but it was all in good fun. My adorable husband, Lincoln, turned 30 on Sunday! On Friday, I threw him a surprise birthday party! I have so many details that I’d like to share with you, but I wanted to give you a few “teaser” photos. I’m working on getting them all edited and doing a mega post on his party!!

Keep a look out for the full post with all the juicy details!


If you haven’t noticed, I closed my shop for the week. I am working on several orders and a ton of new and exciting things that I can’t wait to show you!!! In the meantime, I thought I would take a break from working (and sleeping too) to share this absolutely perfect birthday party.

Recently, I was contacted by an adorable Mommy named January! I can’t say enough about how much I have really enjoyed being “friends” with her. She is also a Mommy of BOYS and she enjoys planning parties. We are like two peas in a pod!

Her adorable son Reeves’ just celebrated his first birthday! The party was over the fourth of July weekend and appropriately, she went with a red, white, and blue color theme. I don’t think she had originally intended on it being a patriotic color scheme, but that was how it evolved and it was simply perfect.

Well, I’d like to say I had a lot to do with this amazing birthday party, but I didn’t. I was just responsible for the birthday invitations. I think they turned out perfect, but January is really the one that deserves ALL the credit!!

Here was my {small} contribution to this grand event! This was an adaptation of another invite I have in my shop (I know, I know, it’s closed, but it’ll be open soon)!

January took my invitation design one step further and created an extra special place for the invitation and displayed it at the party. Oh, how that just makes my day. Thanks January for making me feel so special. Isn’t this cute??

The whole party looks simply amazing. There wasn’t a single detail that January missed. She really went all out for Reeves’ party. I hope you have a way to top this next year!? I am just amazed with all the personal touches too. Some of my favorites include the huge cupcake stand and the paper lanterns. I also love the candy buffet! Nice work January!!

January was nice enough to send me her party collages to share with you! Didn’t she do an amazing job? I can’t wait to work with January on future projects. She’s super creative and it’s nice having someone who you can bounce ideas off of. I think this is the beginning on a new friendship. Thank you again for sharing Reeves’ birthday with us!!

This past weekend I was determined to get some “projects” done around the house. That just basically means that I wanted to do something “crafty” for my own house for once. I love candy or anything sweet. I’m dumbfounded when someone says “Oh, that’s way too sweet!” Evidently, I wasn’t born with that gene. With that being said, I love the saying “Home Sweet Home” for many reasons. One because is has the word “sweet” in it. Two because despite all the ruckus and chaos that goes on in my house, I always love coming home. And most of all because my house if full of “sweet” little men!!!!

I’ve been wanting to paint a canvas with that saying on it. So, I finally did it. This idea has literally been eating at me for probably 3 weeks now. That’s what happens to me. If I have an idea and I don’t at least get it down on paper, it stalks me!! Don’t worry, I’ve been sleeping easy now that I got this “project” finished!!

All you need is a canvas, some paint from Home Depot (I just bought one of the $2.50 sample paints), and lettering of your choice!!!! Then ta-dah!!! Isn’t it purdey???? I’m still now sure how I am going to decorate that table, but hey, it works for now!!

Did I also mention that smack dab in the middle of that wall is the thermometer? Umm. . . who’s bright idea was that? Couldn’t the builders have put that in a less conspicuous place? You’d think so, right? Well, it has always bugged me. So, I took care of that and slapped a canvas over it. How’d you like them apples? So, if you are ever at my house and you are too hot, now you know where the thermostat is hiding!

The next project “we” completed and I say “we” loosely because I didn’t really have a lot to do with this one. My sister Jamie moved out of one apartment and into another. The first apartment she totally decorated to a fault and when she moved, she decided she wasn’t going to put so many items on the walls until she lived in a more permanent residence. Don’t you all remember that? You never want to get to “settled” into an apartment! Anyways, smart choice Jamie and I get to benefit. It’s a win win! Thanks Jamie!!!

The boys have had a “blank” wall in their room since last year. I’ve been meaning to buy cute skate board shelves that I’ve seen on etsy, but the shipping on them is out of control. I was rummaging through my parents garage (I’ve checked that I did in fact type “garage” and not “garbage” like three times now) and found some cute white shelves that Jamie had left there. Immediately I snatched them up (of course after I called my sister and politely asked to “borrow” them) and took them home. They had been rattling around in the back of the van for weeks, then they took their place in the garage, and finally they made it to their permanent home. My darling husband was nice enough to hang them up for me. I just had the bright idea and he did the dirty work! Thanks honey for taking a break from working on your car to appease me!

I saw a photo of a formal dining room where they hung these shelves all around the room and decorated them with cookbooks. You better believe it that I will be doing that some day when I get a formal dining room! For now though, they will be decorated with some of my boys’ favorite kids hard back books. I just love hardbacks. Plus, our book shelf was getting way too crowded. I think these look nice on the wall. Functional, get decorative and practical all at the same time. I’m just waiting for the day that Jackson decides to hang from them or climb them!

My last project was putting up an ‘oldie, but goodie! I hate solicitors with a passion. Especially the ones that come during nap time and ring the doorbell and wake my sleeping children up! Thank you! That was MY time! Now you ruined it!!!!!! After a few choice words I’m left with a crying grumpy child and a brochure or whatever that ends up going immediately to my recycling bin! Needless to say, I’m totally over solicitors.

We just got our house painted a month or so ago and when the painters came, I had to remove my “No soliciting” sign! I just got around to putting it back up! I absolutely love it! It’s perfect because the solicitors stay away and I only get the occasional neighbor kid that is selling cookie dough or better yet, my favorite, Girl Scout Cookies!!! Yum!!!

So, those were the projects that I got done this past weekend. I’m not sure what projects I have in store this weekend, but if I do anything exciting, I will let you know!! Thanks for listening to me ramble. I just got back from wine night and I’m ready to hit the hay! Enjoy your day!!!

Good night all!


PS- This late night, early morning blogging is getting a bit old. Do any of you blog? What time of day works well for you! It sure is quiet at 12:57 am, but then I have to do some major editing to my hap hazard writing!!! HELP!

I’m so excited to be sharing this with you!!! Kristin is this adorable women that I met through my partner-in-crime-and-fellow-crafter-cousin Julie!!! I’m pretty sure that I’ve blogged about her already! She is a woman that keeps me very busy!!! She is super fun to work with and I welcome all of her future projects. (We already have one in the works, stay tuned) Plus, she totally pimps my Scrabble tile charm necklaces. I should put her on the payroll. Wait? No one actually gets paid around here! My husband is still convinced that when the kids are all in school I should get a “real” job. Whatever!? This is a real job, but the proceeds just fund all of my craftyness!!!! Nothing wrong with that, right?

Okay, so where was I? It’s late and I ramble!!! Plus, I am out of chocolate! Okay, okay! Back on track! Kristin had decided to do a Pirate theme for her son Carson’s 4th Birthday Party!!! I designed the invite, the goodie bag labels, and the thank you cards. Oh, I almost forgot that I did the label for Carson’s t-shirt too. Kristin printed it on iron-on t-shirt transfer (Krisin, what brand did you use?). It was an excellent last minute addition! I LOVE how everything came together in a nice cohesive theme. I’m all about party planning and themes (Nod to you January! I got your back on this one girl!).

The invites and thank you cards were press printed on linen card stock. Have I mentioned how much I love the linen card stock? Well, it’s true. I do love it! It’s my go to card stock finish. When in doubt, print in linen!!! It’s like your trusty comfy jeans. It just fits!! Here are all the items I created for her party. What do you think of them? I see a pirate party in our future with three boys, I am always in need for a new party theme! Check them out. . .

I must say that I love the thank you cards. Julie was making a banner to hang at the party and I thought I would somehow incorporate that into the thank you cards. I think it turned out really nice!

Here are the labels that I designed too! Kristin used these on the goodie boxes.

Carson’s party took place this past weekend! Does anyone notice what time the invite says? No, the party was not in the middle of the night. Unfortunately, I made a typo and wrote “pm” instead or “am.” Oops! Always double check my work! It’s late and I tend to make things up at night! Sorry Kristin!! Regardless, it looks like the party was a blast and all of your guests showed up on time. The party photos are compliments of Kristin and her hubby (thank you Kristin for the fun pics). I am so happy I was able to play a small role in this amazing birthday party! I’d also like to add that Julie helped out too! We make a good team, right? WIthout further ado, here are the party photos. . .

Umm. . . can I just comment on the fact that Kristin’s boys come from a good gene pool? Aren’t her boys adorable. I mean, I would know since I have beautiful boys too! Seriously, Kristin, you make super cute kids. Maybe you should catch up with me?? I figure I am doing my good deed by adding beautiful people to the world?

I just wanted to finish off my telling Kristin. . .

I really appreciate all of your business and wonderful referrals!!!

Hello tomorrow, I’m going to Bed today! (I’m not sure if it shows the time when I blog, but it’s 12:40 PST)