isla’s first birthday

I love birthdays. It’s the only day you get to celebrate the pure existence of a person. This birthday was especially significant since it was my little Isla’s first. It also marks the anniversary of our little family becoming three.

So without further ado, here are tons of photos and details of the celebration I put together for our little lady.

I went with a glitter/sparkle theme and used the colors mint, pale pink, peach and gold to pull it off. I made most of the decorations myself and baked (with the help of my mom) all of the tasty treats.

Here is a link to my Pinterest board that I made to collect inspiration.

The invitations had sparkly bows on the front and fun, playful sparkly polka dots on back. I made each of the bows, but I promise, I didn’t individually sparkle the polka dots, I bought that paper and cut it to fit the back of the invites.

I served a dessert buffet, mostly full of cake, but there were also glitter almond sandwich cookies, peppermint patties and vanilla meringues. The large mint colored cake and the small peach cake was Smitten Kitchen’s Golden Butter Cake. The medium sized peach cake was Champagne Glitter Cake inspired by Appolinas.

I decorated the cakes with buttercream frosting, sanding sugars and disco dust. Unfortunately these photos don’t really do the cakes justice, they really did sparkle.

I found this sparkler candle from a little shop in Ballard way back in November and knew it would be perfect for this little fete.

Guests sipped on pink lemonade, a sparkling cocktail made with champagne, grapefruit juice and grenadine and small cartons of organic milk. And there were also paper straws in complimentary party colors.

I covered our kitchen table (BJ finished it just in time) in white butcher paper and lined homemade party hats down the center. I had crayons on hand for guests to draw while they were hanging out.

Inspired by Confetti System, I made tassel garland from crepe paper, mylar and rope trim. I hand cut confetti from the scraps left over from the tassel garland which I scattered down the table and around the desserts. All of the desserts were displayed on my jadeite cake stands which sat on top of a pink striped tablecloth.

I also made a Fancy Frill Balloon using crepe paper, tinsel and a gigantic 36″ round balloon. If huge balloons don’t make you happy, I’m not sure what will.

We had so much fun celebrating our little girl. The weather was perfect and we had a full house of people who we’re so thankful to call our friends. Isla rocked the celebration despite the fact that she only had one nap.

Believe it or not, this is the best group photo we got of (most of) the kiddos.

PS: thanks to my parents for all of their help. There’s no way, I could have pulled off all of this without their help. And to my husband, because, obviously. Thanks, also, to dear Megan who came all the way up from Seattle just to celebrate little I. She was also our official photographer. 🙂

PPS: Isla’s little dress was custom made by my talented mother. I don’t have a great photo of the whole thing, but it has the cutest cap sleeves and bubble hem. Thanks, Mom!

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DIY: fabric coasters

My friend Jessica pinned these adorable coasters a few months ago. I had kept them in mind as a cute stocking stuffer or hostess gift for the holidays. As I was packing, finishing Christmas present purchases and generally running around like a mad woman, crafting these coasters got cut from my To Do list.

I finally got myself together last weekend and made a set of them for a friend as a little thank you gift. They don’t take too long to make, especially if you have a rotary cutter and mat. (One of my favorite craft purchases ever.)

Supplies:

  • fabric and matching thread- I used a scrap piece of cotton, how many coasters you make will depend on how much fabric you need. You will need 2-5″ squares for each coaster.
  • alphabet stencil
  • rotary cutter and mat (not necessary but definitely helpful)
  • ruler and/or straight edge
  • fabric paint
  • small paintbrush
  • marking pencil or disappearing ink marker
  • sewing machine
Step 1: Measure and cut 2-5″ squares per coaster.

Step 2: Take one of your squares and measure where you will put your text. The letters on my stencil were 1″ in height but varied in diameter. I placed my letters 2″ from the bottom and 1″ from the right and left sides. Mark where you will put your letters. If you use pencil make sure you trace your lines lightly, it is not easy to get pencil off of fabric.

Step 3: Place your stencil on your fabric using the guide lines you just drew. Using the small paintbrush, paint in the lines of the stencil being careful not to move your stencil. If you happen to  make a mistake it is easy to fix with your brush. Make sure you give each of the letters time to dry before painting the next one. Side note: please don’t paint on your mat, I was just using this as a background for my pictures.

Step 4: Once the paint has dried, take both pieces of fabric (one will have SIP on it and will be blank) and pin them right sides together. Sew around the edge of the fabric using a 1/2″ seam allowance. Be sure to leave about a 1-1/2″ opening on one side of the fabric so you are able to turn the coaster right sides out.

Step 5: Turn the coaster right sides out. Use a scissor or other pointy object to make sure the corners are turned out fully. If needed, trim the corners to they lay better. Iron flat. At this point, you can erase any marks remaining from your guidelines.

Step 6: Top stitch around all sides of the coaster. I lined my presser foot with the edge of the coaster and sewed around the edges, turning at every corner.

Step 7: Repeat for each coaster. Package up and send to a friend. 🙂

I could see doing these little coasters in all different variations- mix and match fabrics, different words and/or phrases, etc. This project is really versatile. As always, let me know if you have any questions or if one of the steps isn’t clear.

Anthropologie inspired Christmas decor

When my friend Angeli was in town a few weeks ago we saw these adorable Mason Jar Snow Globe holiday decorations at Anthropologie. We both looked at each other and said “you could totally make that,” and definitely for less than $38. It took a total of 5 minutes to make them. And here’s how they turned out…

Here are the supplies you need:

Mason jars, salt shakers, etc. of different sizes

Bag of fake snow

Bottle brush trees (we got ours from JoAnns) they are typically used for Christmas villages or train sets

Glitter, optional

The super easy steps: Clean out your jars. Spoon fake snow in the bottom of your jar. I suppose it would be cleanest to do it with a funnel, but I just used a spoon. Stick your tree or other cute minatures in the bottom. Sprinkle with a little glitter. Screw on the top. Voila! Cute Christmas decor Anthropologie style.

We didn’t use any glue or anything, although I’m sure you could if you want it to be a bit more permanent.

I looked for tiny animals (like deer) to stick in them for some variety, but I couldn’t find anything. If you do, I’d love to see how they turn out!

They look super cute in bulk. Here’s my final shelf decor. (it’s the closest thing I have to a mantel) Happy Christmas decorating!

 

kitchen remodel comments

Thanks for all the feedback and ideas on the first edition of our Mini Kitchen Remodel post. Just to answer a few of your ideas and thoughts…

We wouldn’t take out all of the upper cabinets and replace them with open shelving, just the ones starting at the sink and ending at the refrigerator. These cabinets hold our glassware, plates and bowls, so we don’t have to worry about finding a new place for our ugly kitchen stuff like spices, baking items, etc. I’m most concerned about keeping the shelves clean and not dusty. Here’s a little visual for you guys (sorry, it looks a little blurry to me).

We would take out the dinky little shelves near the window and above the sink and the next two cabinets over. We would probably extend the open shelving to over the refrigerator.

For the countertops we’re going to go with a laminate, purely for cost saving purposes. I happen to love the most expensive and unpractical countertop materials like marble, so we’re going to save some money here and maybe upgrade for our next home.

The tile will be for the flooring. We’re planning on installing the countertops and tile ourselves- thank goodness I have a handy husband. I think we’re making some progress on our upgrades. I’m so excited, it’s going to look SO different in here!

Thanks for all of the feedback on our plans, I love to collaborate on design ideas. Stay tuned for an inspiration board soon!

Steppin’ Out Saturday: Moore Wedding

Don’t worry, I didn’t forget about Steppin’ Out Saturday, I just decided the photos I had from Saturday weren’t link worthy. I meant to get a really great photo of my ensemble that I wore to Steve and Jamie’s wedding, but it just didn’t happen. It’s hard to get out of the house with a baby, y’all!

The wedding was beautiful, as was expected, it was so fun to see another couple move into marital bliss with the rest of us. Seriously, being married is one of the most fun things about my life. I love it. I know long after Isla (and whatever kiddos we are blessed with) leave us BJ will still be there with me all old and wrinkly.

Anyway, I’m not going to blab too much about this wedding but I’ll share a few photos from the evening. I didn’t manage to capture half of the details, but I did get a few good photos. (sorry for the massive photo post!)

All dressed up and ready to go.

Some of my girlfriends outside the ceremony. This is the best picture I got of my dress, which Steve made for me.

My view from my seat at the ceremony. The ceremony and reception was out at a private residence near Lynden.

It was a perfect fall day but it was chilly out there, luckily they had hand warmers, pashminas and hot cider to keep everyone warm.

The adorable flower girls, times 7. Aren’t those dresses adorable? There are 12 layers of tulle in the skirts.

Jamie’s grand entrance. Steve made her dress after the first dress she ordered came in 5 inches too short. No joke. She looks amazing, though, right?

And the back view.

Our little family photo.

The tables had loaves of bread on them personalized with the couple’s monagram or their wedding date. Don’t worry, I tried it, it was real bread, but clearly for decoration. 🙂 

The desserts and lounge area.

This was the view from my seat. The flowers were very neutral, lots of candles, baby’s breath in mass quantities, vintage silver trays, layered tulle tablecloths, ghost chairs (I die for ghost chairs), tons of macarons (a dozen per guest as a favor), the details were endless and perfectly Jamie and Steve’s style.

For the grand finale everyone came outside the barn and let off these lanterns as a goodbye. I don’t know if you guys have seen the movie Tangled, but it was exactly like the movie. It was a very magical goodbye.

I can’t wait to see the “real” photos which were captured by Michele M. Waite (who else?!), I know they’ll capture the feel of the day much better than mine ever could. I’ll be sure to post a link to her feature as soon as I see it.

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