Monday, June 30, 2014

June Recap

Happy Monday . It is hard to believe it is the last day of June. It had been a pretty non eventful month until Saturday morning when I was woken up by the dogs going crazy because there was a stray cat right outside the gate, Rich went out to get the dogs and then the cat walked right through the gate and came in. The cat was very friendly but skin and bones so Rich gave her some food and water. After that the cat decided to make herself at home. Lily was not happy about it though and whined and cried for hours until Rich took it to the shelter. Thankfully it was chipped so hopefully they will find its home. 
Today I wanted to share the rest the things that went with the butterfly invitation I shared in last months post. The buyer asked me to make tags to hang on a tree branch for guests to write messages to the birthday girl and she was going to save them as a keepsake. After seeing the inspiration photos the buyer sent me I thought a birdcage would make a great centerpiece and she could put the tags in there after the party was over. She liked the idea and this is what I came up with.


She also ordered a matching door sign
 food cards
and favor tags
I was so happy with how everything came out I have listed all these things in my  Etsy shop for others to by now too.
That's all for now. I will be back next month with more to share. In the meantime I will leave you with this photo.  Emilia enjoying time in the pool Hope you are enjoying summer where you are too.
*Birdcage Caged SVG file from My Time Made Easy.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

May Recap

Happy Saturday. I hope your month has been a good one. I know they say April showers bring May flowers but this May we had a lot more showers than flowers. It is finally starting to dry out and warm up now though. 
The month started with us all continuing to be sick from the virus that started the end of April.  It was a really bad one but thankfully we all made it through it and are back to normal now.
We didn't do anything special for Mother's day because it snowed but I did get a cool new Iphone case and pj's though.  I had this card made for my mom. It is from the same person that made Emilia's birthday card. We took the photos on Emilia's birthday. My mom loves photos of us so this was the perfect gift. She loved it and now has it proudly displayed in a frame at her house. This was an extra special Mother's Day for her because she almost didn't make it to see another one. It has been almost a year since her medical nightmare happened. Thankfully she doing well now and back to her old routine. Her leg will never look normal but at least she still has it and it is usable.
Emilia is almost done with 10th grade but unfortunately she is going to have to do Algebra through the summer.  The Algebra 1 course she is taking has been extremely difficult because of this new Common Core. Neither of us has been able to help her much with it and Rich is good with math. She wouldn't even be taking this course if she didn't have to have it to get her diploma so we are getting her though it with the help of  tutor. It is still making her hate math though which is not good.
Rich's dad fell and tore both of the tendons in his quadriceps that attach the knees a few weeks ago. He had to have surgery on both of them and is immobile now. Hopefully he will be able to recover and walk again soon. It is going to a long road back though.
This month I have been working on a Garden Party Theme. I had a custom request for a shabby chic butterfly invitation and this is what I came up with . The SVG file is from The Cutting Cafe. The buttons were made with the new Button Stack Dies from Papertrey Ink.
I have some matching party decor items that go with it but are not done yet so I will share them with you next month. Until then I hope your last day of May is good one.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Sweet 16

Happy Wednesday . It is hard to believe it is the last day of April. The months are flying by. Spring is definitely here which makes me very happy but the last few days have been very windy though.
Emilia turned 16 on April 2nd. Where did the time go? She will always be my baby.
I was having a hard time coming up with a card to make for her. After giving it some thought I decided I wanted to have a chalkboard card made for her documenting all of the things she loves since this is a an extra special year. I was able to find this seller on Etsy who created the layout for me and then I made it into a card.I loved how it came out and everyone else did too especially Emilia.
 Emilia is definitely a girly girl so I hired a professional stylist  to come and do her hair and makeup. She did a great job and Emilia really enjoyed it. 
Later that night we had an Italian dinner delivered from Magino's a popular Italian restaurant in Downtown Denver. The cake was made by a local Cake Decorator here in Denver. Johns Deserts. She wanted a Tiramisu Cake and he made it into shape of a purse. He did a great job.Her presents this year were mainly fashion related. Her favorite store now is Forever 21. She got some books and movies too. Rich even surprised her with a special amethyst necklace.  Below is a collage documenting most of the day.

Overall she had a great day and a sweet 16 that she will always remember.
She also got her drivers permit on April 21st along with her cousin.  We were going go right after her birthday but my sister and niece got sick so we had to wait until then. The DMV was hell but we made it though it in less then 2 hours and they both passed their tests so we have 2 new drivers in the family now. Emilia has gone out a few times so far.  Rich is the one that is teaching her. I just ride in the back seat with my eyes closed most of the time.:) She is doing well though just a little heavy on the gas. Unfortunately my sister was still sick and shared the crud she had with us so we are sick now. Emilia has it worse than us though. Hopefully she will be back to driving again soon.

This month instead starting a new party theme I added on to an existing ones. I had a request for a door sign and a 12 month photo banner to go with my farm theme. This is what I came up with.
 

That's all for now. I will be back next month with more to share then.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Little Lady

Happy Monday and the last day of March.The sun is shining but it is very windy here so it looks like it is going out like a lion. At least we made it to spring though.  Hope all is well were you are. It feels like the month flew by. My 45th birthday was on the 25th. Since it was a Tuesday we did not to anything too exciting. It was a beautiful day though and we were able to go to the park for a nice walk. I did get to celebrate with a few of my favorite things though.
My sister got me the tulips and Pinkberry. Emilia baked me some gluten free cupcakes. They were good but I have decided that I like to look at cupcakes more than eating them though. Frosting is just not my thing. Too sweet. I was able to eat just the cake part with strawberries and whipped creme though and it was really good that way.
This month my party theme was ladybugs. This is what I came up with
If you remember I  made the invitation in March of 2011 and used it for my inspiration. The wings on the ladybugs open and close to reveal the number.
Emilia's 16th birthday is Wednesday and we have some fun things planned to help celebrate it so I will be back soon to share that with you. Until then I hope your week is a good one and thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Over The Rainbow

Happy Sunday. Hope all is well where you are. It snowed a little last night but the sun is out and it is all melted now.  I can see signs of spring but snow is in the forecast again for next week. At least we are getting closer to spring though.
My mom's leg is continuing to do well. The biggest problem is trying to keep her from doing to much. My sister got sick again this time with a stomach thing but is doing better now. Hopefully we are done with sickness in the family now. 
We don't usually celebrate Valentines day because I think Love should be celebrated every day and not be commercialized one day of the year. I thought Rich was on the same page but last week the doorbell rang. I thought it was the postman but when I opened it a woman was holding these.
I thought it was a mistake but she said they were for me so I graciously accepted them. They were from Rich. He doesn't usually do things like that but it was a welcome surprise and greatly appreciated especially because they were some of my favorite things.  He also sent Emilia these.

  This month I decided on a rainbow party theme. It has been on my list for awhile now. I am very happy with how it came out I hope you like it too.
That's all for now I will be back next month with more to share then.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Lots of Love

Happy Monday. Even though it is the end of January I hope the New Year has started off well for all of you. It is hard to believe January is almost over. At least that means we are closer to spring. The weather has been pretty mild here we have had a little snow though.
My mom is doing well and is hopefully going to get to put her foot in a shoe and be released on Tuesday. We are very grateful that she is doing so well. My sister and I still worry about her doing to much though but there is nothing we can do to stop her. We just hope she continues to do well.
My sister got very sick a few weeks ago with the flu. She had the flu shot but it didn't work. She has a lot of other health problems so I was very worried about her. Thankfully she is doing better now though. Hopefully she will stay that way and nobody else catches it.
I have been busy working on Valentine things. I listed these in my shop about a month ago. Click on the photo to see them close up. 

That's all for now. I will be back next month with more to share then.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

2013 Year End Review

I can't believe the year is almost over. I wish I could find a way to slow down time. What a year this has been. One I will never forget. The worst part was everything that happened with my mom. Thankfully she is doing better now and still has her leg. I hope that she will continue to do well in the New Year and we never have to go through something like that again.
The best part of the year was my Etsy shop finally took off. I found my niche with party decor for kids, specifically 1 year old's. I never imagined it would get this big. I am now doing something I love as a  full time job. I am just trying to keep up with the demand and not burn out. I need to be better in the New Year to not take so much on and make time for myself and family but it is hard for me to say no.
I have been so busy with work that I have not had much time for posting on my blog so today I thought I would share some of my favorite projects this year and some that I never had a chance to share until now so without further ado here they are.
January: Finally got the chance to try the Chalkboard technique.

  February: Monster birthday party.


 
 March. Monkey Birthday party.



  April: Custom invitations for a nautical birthday.

 May: Pink Party

June: Floral Birthday
                                                                        
July: Princess Birthday

 August : Turtle Party, Sunshine Party, Owl Party


September:Elephants

October: Gingham


                                             

 November: Penguins for Boys and Girls, Winter Onederland


December: Birds and Ribbons and Bows

Which one is your favorite?

It was a lot of work but very rewarding too.  I am also very thankful for Emilia and all her help especially with the cutting and Rich for taking all the packages to the post office to try and solve the shipping problems. I still have a long list of party themes to work on next year so be sure to check back then. I hope you enjoy the last few days of 2013 and 2014 is a great year for us all!