lovely cupcakes

so, valentine cupcakes were next up on the list!

cupcakes. moist, yummy, delicious, sweet cupcakes! just your typical mix, festive liners, sprinkles, and trimmings.

i wanted the cupcakes to be trimmed with sweet fluffy frosting, fun heart sprinkles, and cute festive adornments! i truly desired to pipe the frosting {looks more professional, non?} but unfortunately, i did not have enough frosting to do so. boo. so i used a small spatula to spread the frosting on each cupcake instead. i sprinkled each cupcake with the most adorable heart sprinkles {they are so cute!} and topped off each one with a sugar candy heart envelope or a conversation heart! voila! my fun, sweet, festive, holiday cupcakes.

i couldn’t wait to devour them once i was done decorating!

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[decorating]

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[milk and cupcakes]

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[eat up!]

next up? sweet treats for my nephews!

stay tuned!

xoxo

my valentine

valentine is a sweet holiday . either you love or hate it…and i have never hated it. it’s not just about being in a relationship with a significant other {i’m gonna say it, but a lot of single people run with this idea about v-day, which makes it such a bitter holiday for some!} but it’s about love. we always have people around us that we love, so why not celebrate it?? don’t fall into the idea that it’s only about couples! use this day to express to others how much they mean to you and how much you care about them!

i wanted to get festive but not expend too much energy into it, ya know…with a little one, it’s a bit difficult to have spare time or even spare hands! so, first things first, i bought baby girl her first valentine’s day book! it’s called, ‘olive, my love‘. how sweet is that?! i absolutely love this series…it all started years ago, here’s a short story:

christmas 2000 {yes, that long ago}. i was shopping at oakbrook one evening, as i set foot into the nordstrom there…i was instantly delighted by their holiday decor!! i was in love!  the strung lights, the little dog reindeer…what was this?! i wanted it all! i thought their decor was so darling and whimsical! i then inquired an employee about it, i wanted to know where i could buy the lights and all the fun decorations they had out, and i wanted to know more about the ‘other reindeer’. she was so stinkin’ cute! so there it was, the beginning of my obsession around ‘olive the other reindeer’ and any other book with her cute little character in it.  🙂

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i decided to make a fun garland for our windows. very easy and plenty festive. i purchased lace doilies and crochet shaped flowers. i then rummaged through my craft bins and found my red twine. i strung the doily hearts right side up and upside down, every 3-4 hearts, i placed a crocheted flower.  i just repeated it until i achieved the length i desired.

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voila! so easy peasy!

i also made a ‘kiss me’ banner out of construction paper. i just free-hand drew the words out with pencil and cut out all the lettering and the heart. i then affixed it all to my red and white twine.

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next up: a fun, bright garland!

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i then made a valentine garland out of scalloped circles to add to the festive ambience in our place. using my valentine construction paper, my trusty hole punch {um, for some reason it took a lot of energy to hole punch!  my palms hurt!}, and twine. ta-da! a fun, bright garland to lighten our moods! love how it looks!

next up? cupcakes!  moist, yummy, delicious, sweet cupcakes!

stay tuned!

xoxo

gift packages

favor bags

you can always be creative with favor bags!  endless amounts of ideas + materials to be able to make such fun, adorable gift packages!  there are so many ways to create the cutest little packaging for those fun, yummy give aways for your guests!  it’s all very simple!

first, it starts with what you will be giving as a favor, once that is settled, you’ll want to tie in the theme of the party.  for my hubby charming’s birthday, i wanted to incorporate the minor gold theme within the decor.

since it was his birthday, i decided to give away candies ‘born’ within his birth decade.  for the packaging, i chose muslin bags.  i bought them in bulk…it saves money and you will probably find another use for them in the future!

i purchased the gold ink and chevron stamp from papersource {use a piece of scrap paper as the base sheet so you don’t stain your table or counter when stamping}.  i hand stamped each favor bag front and back {let it dry for a minute before stamping the other side}.

i purchased grey paper tags from a shop on etsy.  with my stamp from papersource, i used a white based ink pad and stamped the word on one side.  i took a white gel ink pen and traced over the letters to reinforce the color.  on the opposite side, i wrote a little inscription explaining the favors.  i then tied a tag to each favor bag and filled it with the goodies!

 voila!  cute little bags for the parrrtaaayyy!

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[muslin bag .. ink pen .. stamps .. gold + white ink pad .. grey paper tag]

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[stamp chevron pad with the gold ink]

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[ta-da!  gold chevron]

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[use the white ink pad to stamp the grey tag]

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[trace over the letters with a white gel ink pen]

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[tie the tag to the muslin strings .. if you want, you can write an inscription on the other side]

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[fill the bag with candies or any goodies you prefer!  i accented the bag with a festive button in honor of hc]

happy crafting lovies!

xoxo

save the date

yes, our wedding day has come and gone but that does not mean my love for the loveliest day ever dissipates!  i love all things weddings {really, i do!}.  i only wish everyone could experience such a euphoric day as we had experienced!

the moment you become engaged, your mind races with ideas {yikes!}…what colors will you choose?  who will be your bridesmaids?  what will your dress look like?  when will the date be?  which photographer will you hire {kate headley, of course}?!

once you settle on the big question…the date!  your brain starts to brew a slew of ideas.  what kind of save the dates will you choose?  you definitely want to set the tone of your wedding with your save the dates.  it doesn’t have to be all encompassing or completely idyllic of your wedding theme {your ideas will evolve so much, what you originally thought you were going to do or have will probably change 10x!}.  it just has to represent the both of you in the moment.  no more, no less.  make it fun, make it quirky, make it unique!

here are some fun, lovely save the date ideas…

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[tea towel // weddingchicks]

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[canvas on an easel // bklynbride]

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[trinket box // my favorite // michiemay ~ etsy]

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[pencil us in // blueenvelope ~ etsy]

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[viewmaster // melangerie ~ etsy]

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[hankies // weddingchicks]

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aren’t these ideas just adorbs?!  it makes me want to get married all over again {hee}!  it’s not just for weddings either!  transfer these great concepts to your party invites and voila!  snazzy invitations for your guests!

i love how wedding styles have evolved so much; that it’s more about you and your fiancé’s style than so much about the tradition you should carry.  the old school stuff that might not really suit you or really mean that much to you and your partner.  don’t get me wrong!  i love a clean, classic, all american traditional wedding.  but adding your own twists and quirks can make it really stand out and truly represent the both of you!  that’s what it’s really about, right?!

xoxo

easter crafts

hello lovies.  easter is just around the corner!  wow…i felt like lent flew by!  well, with one week left, there’s still plenty of time to get crafty!  get crafty with the kids, get crafty for yourself, get crafty for someone else {homemade items are always the best gifts!}.

so, here are some easter craft ideas you can get started with…

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[flower paper wreath // hello lucky]

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[egg terrarium // the house that lars built]

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[paper masks // oh happy day]

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[fabric easter eggs // purl bee]

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[little peep pal // michaelann made]

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[plastic egg cups // creativity in progress]

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[photo print easter eggs // a subtle revelry]

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[easter bunny garland // minie co]

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[bunny finger puppets // purl bee]

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[decoupaged flower pots // christine chitnis]

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[egg flower pots // better homes and garden]

i can’t wait for easter!  i’ve got cute little baskets hiding up my sleeves for my nephews and gracie.  i’m looking forward to some colorful egg dying {how pretty!} with the hubby.  i’m excited to have brunch with les familles {squared}.  i can’t wait to see my cute little nephew’s faces.  i’m contemplating my bright easter ensemble.  i can’t wait to spend time with my hubby {hurry home!}.  i’m thinking about how i will carry on my lent commitment.  i’m wondering how many peeps, cadbury eggs, sour candies, gummy bears, and peanut butter eggs i will consume.  i’m looking forward to celebrating holy week at st. clement.

phew!  so much to look forward to!  i hope you have many blessings to count and that your upcoming easter is full of love and happiness.  the easter bunny may just drop off baskets of goodies for you, too!

i will take some time this week to reflect on this past lent season.  everyday has been filled with prayerful thoughts and internal guidance.  happy palm sunday!

with that, get out your crafting scissors and get crafty cray y’all!

xoxo