As per usual, I’m going to slap this collage down at you in the place of a lot of words. Words are not my thing. And after a long day of chasing tiny people around, they are REALLY not my thing. My brain functions in pictures, so pictures it will be.
As you can probably tell from the photos—it was a great day. Good weather, good friends, popsicles (although melty and kind of broken), water slides, splash pads, and cupcakes. Daphne had the best day ever and she’s sure to be talking about it until her next birthday. I’d definitely make this a repeat.
I’m hoping to post about the gradient popsicle garland, but in short, it’s made from paint swatches. Whoever holds the job of refilling paint swatches at Lowes must hate me.
Happy 3rd Birthday Daphne-girl!
edited to add: All photos were edited via A Beautiful Mess App!
This little one’s birthday is sneaking up. And I’m going digital. What can I say? I haven’t had very much time to work on printed invitations. Plus the money. Plus this was easy.
Our pools don’t open until May 25th, which means I’ll be waiting at the gates that morning to book this party. Basically everything is subject to change at this point except the date. Thrilling. Living on the edge.
It’s pretty grey outside today, but I’m seeing bright summer colors and popsicles. And Mother Nature is smiling down on me for saving the trees.
Man, do I love a collage. Grouping photos. Seeing everything as a whole. An opportunity to post in list form. All great things.
Maddox’s birthday party was a success! We had our first beautiful day in what feels like FOREVER. It couldn’t have been more perfect. So, let’s get to the list:
1) The spread.
2) Closer view of the treats. My mother in law contributed those gorgeous white chocolate dipped pretzel sticks.
3) Reverse sprinkle cake. Confession: I didn’t bake that. Or the other cake. I purchased two plain round cakes from Giant’s bakery. No piping, no decorations. Pinterest inspired.
4) Balloon cake. Also Pinterest inspired. Small balloons taped to wooden skewers with washi tape.
5) Gluten-free chocolate cupcakes. Basically, these were for me and our friend, The Book of Jimmy‘s, Natalie. I baked and iced and sprinkled.
6) We have a chalkboard wall. I had dreams of people taking their own photos using it as a backdrop, but as those things go, it didn’t happen. I didn’t mention anything about it and also kind of forgot. We took a few of our own before the party.
7) Another look at those pretzels. Not gluten-free, but I have no doubt that they were scrumptious.
8) The favors. Finger puppets from Ikea. Tags are cardstock, gold paint, and white gel pen.
9) The birthday boy. I mean, seriously, how cute. No other words.
Well, it’s here! Our little boy turned one today, and I know it’s always said, but: I. CAN. NOT. BELIEVE. IT.
Maddox came into our family on March 28th, 2012. We left for the birth center at 5pm, arrived around 6pm, and he was born at 10pm. To our surprise, yet again, we had another blonde baby. This time, with blue eyes that will melt your heart.
Growing up with only sisters, I never imagined myself having a son one day. I knew as soon as we found out I was pregnant that it was going to be a boy this time. I just felt it. I never realized how different it could be than having a daughter. I figured a baby was a baby…was a baby. I was so wrong. I completely understand what a “mama’s boy” is now. I get it.
In the last few weeks, I’ve seen many signs that he is becoming a toddler. Noooooo! He walks around eating from a snack cup, he carries toys around, he says “Mama” and “Dada”, and sings “bapa, bapa” when the Dora backpack song comes on. He loves our cats, has an unhealthy obsession with our dishwasher (seriously, he can hear Brian loading it from a mile away), and he loves to “chase” (term used loosely) and be chased by his sister. He’s found his place in our family and we love him so much it hurts.
Happy Birthday, Maddy. You are so special!
I hope you sang the title to this post as Montell Jordan would. That was my intention, at least.
As mentioned in the post about M’s birthday invitations, addressing the envelopes this way took quite a few steps to complete. I’m going to share them here. After the fact, I did think about how I may have been able to use carbon(less?) copy paper to do this. I didn’t have any on hand, and I also wondered how dark the transferred letters would show up on the envelope. At the end, even the pencil peeked through the white gel pen, but I was able to remove them easily with an eraser after the white ink had dried. With that all said, let’s get started!
First, I printed a template of my 5×7 envelope. I tailored each envelope to the particular address I was sending it to. The template needs to print at 100%—so be sure that your printing presets are not set at “scale to fit paper” or anything of the sort.
Now, turn the template over and use a pencil to scribble over each character/letter. Push hard. If you don’t have carpal tunnel after doing about 20 of these, you didn’t do it right!
After you’ve finished, the back of the template should resemble the above photo. Grab your envelope, flip the template back over and line it up with the front of your envelope. I held both up to the light to do this.
Using a ball point pen, trace over each letter using a lot of pressure.
When you are finished tracing, it should look a bit like this: (and your hand should be throbbing)
You are ready to put that gel pen down to paper!
If any of the pencil shows through when you are finished, wait until your ink dries and go over each letter lightly with an eraser. When someone asks if you wrote them all freehandedly, you say ‘ABSOLUTELY I did!’