Pretty Swell is my fave (giveaway time!)

May 28, 2010
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My love of florals and garlands is well documented so it comes as no surprise that the entire Pretty Swell shop ranks somewhere between peanut butter cups and rainbows on my fave list. I mean really, just look at those photos, could any celebration be complete without a fabric flower garland? I think not.

To enter a chance to win a custom fabric flower garland of your very own:
Please leave a comment on this post before next Friday, June 4th. If contacting you is hard because your anonymous, please leave an email address. All winners are chosen randomly.

And congrats to Laurel, the winner of the Bird in Flight giveaway.

Have a picnic filled weekend chums.

A Thiebaud cake spread is my fave

May 27, 2010
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People who are cooler than me:
Oprah
Tim Gunn
the guy who plays Hurley on Lost
the entire Novogratz family (even Major)
my 12-year-old nephew
Lisa, the bride that thought up this Thiebaud cake table

Spotted and hearted

May 26, 2010
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Sunday Suppers can do no wrong spotted on A Cup of Jo
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The contents of a surprise ball spotted on Hula Seventy
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Sometimes I wonder how many pretty things one person can create spotted on Cakies
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Make your own fabric tape spotted on Creature Comforts
books
A magical place spotted on book lovers never go to bed alone
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Chocolate pudding cups for summer spotted on I Heart You

Photo booths are my fave

May 25, 2010
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I decided that instead of passing diapers around with various candy bars in them (who thought of that game?!) that we would instead have a photo booth for our form of entertainment. Since I’m not your everyday Bob Villa, I enlisted the help of the new daddy’s daddy. He did an amazing job and even added the wainscoting touch. I gave it a little spray with chalkboard paint and then pulled out my skills from seventh grade art class. Please don’t judge too harshly and just admire the cute new family instead.

Looking to build something similar? There’s a tutorial here.

And yes, I do see the little nails hanging out of the wall in the background. I’m on my parent’s computer and don’t have Photo Shop. Deal with it. I mean that in the nicest way.

A party for Parker Patrick is my fave

May 24, 2010
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The little pots of grass were just popcorn seeds planted. I kid you not.

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My mom sewed these book bags for favors. They were filled with pencils, a bookmark, book labels and little bags of cookies. I forgot to photograph the contents!

I had plans for this shower. Grand plans. It involved long tables in my parent’s blossoming backyard with strings of lights and women in party dresses laughing while sipping lemonade like a commercial for Nair. And then my mom called and gave me the forecast. Fifty degrees and raining. So I sucked it up and with my mom the side kick. We channeled Tim Gunn and made it work. It wasn’t what I dreamed but it was dang good. So good that when it was all finished, I just sat back and smiled and snuggled with Parker. I think my title as favorite auntie has been established.

More to come from the photobooth tomorrow.


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