Inspiring me today...

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

So, somehow today I got inspired by this color palette. It feels so fresh to the first signs and feelings of spring. It may very well become my next inspiration for the shop. I loved it so much, I perused etsy and came up with a treasury list that includes several really wonderful finds.

I just love this piece as well. That salmon and spring green beauty sitting behind a big lazy tree. I guess the fact that the photo was taken in my hometown of New Orleans is partly what speaks to me. I just want to relax under that table umbrella with a nice glass of sweet tea.

And speaking of color and inspiration, I listed a couple of new items in my shop today. Something for the cupcake lovers out there(waiving hand wildly!) and a DIY photo block(ok, semi-DIY).

I hope something inspired you today, in whatever form that may be, to take action on something or to create something that makes you happy and brings you absolute joy.

 “For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.”
~Vincent van Gogh

Passion for Popcorn

Sunday, March 27, 2011

So, if you know me, you've probably already heard all about my adoration for both popcorn recipes and cinnamon recipes as well. When I discovered this recipe for Cinnamon Roll/Cinnabon Popcorn I was over the moon excited! I could not wait to try it out. I found the recipe a few months ago and have since made it no less than 6 times, maybe more. My mother-in-law requests a batch completely for herself, my son's teacher requested the recipe after receiving it for Christmas, and my sister-in-law asked me to make it for her twin boys birthday party that took place yesterday. It's good stuff, people. Trust me. You wanna make it. You need to make it. In fact, it's so good, it deserved it's own mini photo shoot! So here it is...

....a sea of yummy cinnamony goodness....

I thought it rightfully deserved to be dressed up in a cute little popcorn box too.

So, do yourself a favor and head over to Our Best Bites for the recipe. Those ladies know what they're doing. Amazing, amazing recipes to be found over there. I've made several of them and have always been thrilled with how they turned out.

Thought for Thursday

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Every kid loves a party....

Sunday, March 20, 2011

...and my two are no different. A very close friend of mine from highschool had a party for her little girl yesterday at Gymboree. My boys had THE time of their lives at that place! Bubbles, music, maraccas, slides, tumbling, shooting hoops...what's not to love, right? Here they are, along with the birthday girl livin' it up!

So, my friend, Natalie isn't a self proclaimed "pink girl"(what's her problem, anyway??..just kidding, love you, Nat) like I would probably label myself as so buying/creating gifts for her two girls is tough for me. Having two boys and not many other little girls to buy for, when the opportunity to buy or make something for a little girl comes around I want to go CRAZY with the pink gifts and wrappings! But.....I contain myself and settle with my next favorite color for any little girl(and consequently, it's my friend's favorite too. whew!)....the softest of lavenders.
So I came up with a little trio photo block gift set for the birthday girl's room, which you can see here in my shop if you're in the market for one supercute gift for any lucky little girl.
Sorry, couldn't help myself. Ha!

So, anyway, I thought I'd share a quick gift wrapping idea that's pretty quick and pretty cute if I do say so myself!
I created a little "Birthday Girl" image via my computer that I cut out with one of my circle punches. I initially couldn't decide on a pale lime border or a chocolate brown border. Although I love brown, I ultimately decided on the pale lime for my friend.

Next, I made a small tissue flower pom pom to add to the top of my box. It's really simple and always makes a nice presentation. Martha Stewart has a nice tutorial here. Easy peasy.
Then I just added a fat ribbon to my box and some little 3-D sticky doos to the backside of my circle and it was a done deal. Simple, pretty, easy. The way I like it. Ok, I admit it. I like complicated and time consuming as well. I've always been weird like that. :)

A sweet gift for one extra sweet little girl!


I hope everyone is having a wonderful first day of spring! The weather is beautiful here!


Thought for Thursday

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Here we go!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Well, I'm so excited to have a place to share shop news, promotions and slices of my life as I juggle creating my little "pretties" and taking care of my two little ones. Exciting things are on the way! Stay tuned, won't you? Until then, here's what's newest in the shop...the perfect gift for a first birthday gal who already has every toy and dress under the sun.  :)

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