first mate photo co is my fave (giveaway!)

April 30, 2013

first mate photo giveaway

first mate photo giveaway

first mate photo giveaway

After months of letting our wall go very bare and seeking your advice, I decided to hang one large print to occupy the space. It fits the clean aesthetic I’m trying to keep in the house and isn’t it soothing to look at? It’s the treetop print from the (brand new!) shop of First Mate Photo Co. To celebrate their shop launch, Rebecca and Chad (the husband and wife team behind the business) are offering up one print (up to 16×24) to a lucky reader.

To be eligible to win all you need to do before eod Thursday, May 2nd is:
– Comment on this post telling me what print you would choose from First Mate Photo
– For an additional entry: pin one of the prints then let me know in the comment section

Winner will be chosen randomly and then contacted by me via email. I think I need the sail boat for my bedroom and this deer print would be pretty in a nursery.

a snack box is my fave

April 26, 2013

snack box for new moms

snack box for new moms

snack box for new moms

One of the things I appreciated most while I was going through post partum chaos was the gift of food. I had to keep a stash of snacks next to my bed because I would be so ravenous when I woke up. So I created this snack box for new moms that is super easy to put together and would earn you lots of brownie points. The full post with the free label downloads (courtesy of Kirsten) can be found right here on Julep. FYI: don’t buy chocolate covered almonds at Sprouts, the chocolate/nut ratio is totally off.

Here are some more posts from this week you just might like:
– My best friend shared the story of her baby girl who received a life saving liver transplant at six weeks for National Donate Life Month
12 months of Beck (5 and 10 months are my fave)
– Cinco de Mayo is an excuse to eat excessive amounts of guacamole and to make one of these fiesta worthy projects
Seven toddler approved books
– I love a good party diy, so I rounded up 23!
– Admit it, a custom address stamp would be super useful

Lastly, I’m teaching a new class for the Alt Channel on Monday – Contributing 101. Let’s make it a date!

rainbow string lights are my fave

April 25, 2013

diy rainbow string lights diy rainbow string lights

I love the colorful bulb lights from La Case de cousin Paul (first seen on Oh Happy Day) but I don’t make it to France as often as I would like to and high shipping fees aren’t my jam. So I came up with a way to get a similar colorful and textured look (the texture is what makes the lights different from other rainbow bulbs) with a few supplies that are easily accessible from anywhere and you can get the tutorial right here on BuzzFeed.

Fair warning: if you click over you’ll most likely get sucked into the catchy headlines on the site and waste loads of time.

a mother’s day wreath is my fave

April 24, 2013

Today’s post is from sweet Joy, the gal behind Frock Files

mother's day gift ideas

From my mom, I inherited a lot of things, including a love of paper and flowers, and an interest in writing. So it only seemed fitting to combine the two in a project for Mother’s Day this year.

This wreath houses three big paper flowers using straws for stems, which act as compartments for notes. Each year you and your loved ones can roll up a different love note for your mom to place in the stems of the flowers.

Supplies:

– Straws
– Petal templates (small & big)
– Tissue paper (12 sheets)
– Scissors
– Tape
– Green felt (4 12” x 12” sheets)
– An embroidery hoop
– Hot glue gun
– Ribbon (2 feet)
– Paper (for the notes)

mother's day wreath

1. Stack several sheets of tissue paper and trace the shape of small and large petals on them. Cut around them.

2. Fold the tissue paper back and forth like an accordion to give the petals texture.

mother's day wreath

3. Wrap the base of the petals around the straw, starting with the small petals and ending with the large ones. Glue or tape in place. Continue with as many flowers as you’d like to make. Trim if desired.

mother's day wreath

4. Cut leaf shapes out of the felt. I used just under 100 leaves measuring about 2” each on my embroidery hoop, which measures 14” in diameter. You may use more or fewer depending on the size of your hoop and your spacing.

mother's day wreath

5. Beginning with the outer rim, hot glue the leaves so that they overlap. Once you’ve worked your way around, do the same with the front rim.

6. Trim the stems of your blossoms and hot glue them to the hoop

mother's day wreath

7. Write love notes to your mom on small pieces of paper and slip them into the straws at the center of the blossoms.

8. Have your siblings write notes too. Tie with ribbon and hang on your mom’s door.

mother's day wreath

9. Pat yourselves on the back for being excellent offspring.

What would you write on the note to your mom?

See more from Joy on Frock Files

a first birthday party is my fave

April 23, 2013

On Saturday we held a small party for Beck. He loved the attention and just kept on clapping in excitement. While a majority of the guest list couldn’t make it, the dear friends who did come made it a special day for Beck and us. Here are some of the details:

you are my fave: first birthday party

you are my fave: first birthday party

Kirsten designed this accordion folded invitation that I loved right away because it captures Beck’s personality. On the backside there is a repeat 1 pattern so it acted as an invitation and envelope in one.

you are my fave: first birthday party

you are my fave: first birthday party

I thought and thought about decorations and kept on having party planner block. I think it was the fact that I had looked forward to my child’s first birthday before I was even pregnant. The day before I decided on the marquee style 1 sign and the addition of the 1s on the balloon strings, nothing too over the top but it achieved the look I was going for and Beck was delighted by it all.

For the marquee sign, I followed Jordan’s vintage marquee diy instructions and it was project success. For the balloon strings, I cut 1s out of paper and hot glued them on the end.

you are my fave: first birthday party

you are my fave: first birthday party

you are my fave: first birthday party

you are my fave: first birthday party

The party was held in the morning so breakfast food was served (which I didn’t get many photos of). We had a make your own waffle station set up so they stayed fresh and there was also quiche, blueberry muffins, sausage and juice. A simple menu but everyone left full and I didn’t have to stress over it (mostly because Ryan helped a lot, we’ve been watching Barefoot Contessa).

you are my fave: first birthday party

I printed Beck’s round little face onto glassine bags and set a stack of them next to donuts to take home as favors.

As I look through these photos I can’t help but smile and think of what a perfect weekend we had celebrating our little guy. I have to admit that as a blogger I can get caught up in having every detail be just perfect and stress about coming up with something innovative. While deciding on details for this party I kept on feeling overwhelmed by it all and I realized that that was silly and I should be simply enjoying the day. So I let some things go and stuck with fairly low key decorations and I really loved how it all turned out. Goes to show what combatting overthinking can do for you.


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