Sunday, July 31

Color Me Inspired {pink + navy}

This color scheme became the inspiration for my daughter's fourth birthday party, which I will share soon.  However, here are just a few sneak shots of this wonderful color combo.  Seriously... how can you not love it?

(Please forgive my bad applique job here.  It was my first try.  I promise to improve.)

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Thursday, July 21

Read Me Inspired {Pinkalicious Tea Party}

"Let's make cupcakes!  Pink!" I said.  "Pink, pink, pink!"

We love to read Pinkalicious in our house, so what better excuse as a get-together for some of my little princess' friends and their dear mothers than a Pinkalicious Tea Party.

Of course a tea party requires invitations (even if they are sent to the Mom's via facebook messages).

And then it needs cute little jam sandwiches (pink strawberry jam, of course).

And the signature pink cupcakes, complete with pink icing, sprinkles, and a cherry on top.

And maybe a few other "cupcake" treats

And a little green just in case anyone gets a case of pinkititis.

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Monday, July 18

Celebrations: Pink M&M Sweetness

So, during my blogging break, our family had a number of celebrations, including the first birthday of my niece, our own little M&M.  So what better than a pink M&M party full of all the sweetness that she brings to our lives.  I was honored to help her mother with the party.

As a warning, my "detail photos" were not great since I wasn't blogging at the time.  But here's what I captured.

Painted wooden letters with two Easter M&M canisters spell out the birthday girl's name.

I created little m&m toppers for the cupcakes that my sister-in-law created.

The splat cake created by the birthday girl's proud mama.

Assorted M&Ms were a must, and easy to find in pastels since this was around Easter.  My favorites... peanut butter M&Ms.

I wish I had gotten better pictures of the circle garland.  Sewing paper... who knew.  This may become one of my favorite party decorations.  It takes a little time but is fantastically cheap.

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Thursday, July 14

Color Me Inspired {navy + yellow}

I am officially beginning a new series called "Color Me Inspired" where I will share color combos that I love, and I'd love to hear some of yours as well.  To kick it off... one of my favorite combos of the Spring/Summer.
It feels so classic.  A yellow umbrella, yellow and navy wellies, and a fun navy and yellow skirt... what a perfect ensemble to brighten a rainy day (or a sunny one if the weather isn't cooperating with your photo shoot)

I love this skirt.  I used Prudent Baby's Layer Cake Skirt pattern, and it has become an absolute "go to" one for me.  I love the volume of it... perfect for swirling and dancing.  Just add a simple cotton t-shirt and you have a fantastic summer ensemble.

What are your favorite patterns?

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Tuesday, July 12

Inspired Again

If man has no tea in him, he is incapable of understanding truth and beauty.  ~Japanese Proverb

I'm back!  The big work project that has consumed my life since last Fall has finally completed and my family is enjoying a much needed beach vacation.  I will share more about what has happened since February, but for the moment, I am finding inspiration and beauty in the world around me...

... be it a little boy who has left his baby days behind and now charges forth to explore the wonders of the world around him

... or a thoughtful little princess growing up faster than her Mommy is ready for.

And I just sit and watch, and treasure those moments when they still climb into Mommy's arms for a hug, a cuddle, and a story.

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