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A new announcement!

Last month we announcement the news that we are expecting again to friends and family. As soon as I found out I was expecting (New Year’s Eve to be exact) I started thinking of the whens and hows to announce the news to everyone. When I did the math I realized I would be 12 weeks right around Valentine’s Day! And what better day to tell the world we are filling our family with more love than Valentine’s Day!?!?! So I started thinking of card ideas, browsing the internet and (of course) Pinterest to find different ideas. I finally found something that sparked the idea of what I ended up doing.

One morning I set up my tripod (for the first time), got out my chalkboard and got Afton and I dressed. We then spent the next hour or so snapping (timed) shots in front of the camera. This was not an easy feat to accomplish with a toddler and sure enough she started getting tired of it and cranky in no time. So to ensure I got a least one usable shot I made it into a game…when the time started beeping we ran in front of the camera and smile and then ran away. This she liked! And I ended up getting a shot I could use.

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I took this shot and put it on a Valentine’s Day photo card and mailed it to friends and family, but Afton hand delivered the cards to all her grandparents because we really wanted her to play a special role in the news. She had a blast going from house to house and visiting everyone and handing them a card. She especially loved everyone’s reactions. Let’s see how she feels about it in 6 months 😉

‘Tis the Season

In October we had our fall/holiday photos taken (yes, I said October and yes I am a freak when it comes to the holidays). I start planning for them in September/October and hence, started driving all the people around me crazy. I spent what seemed like forever trying to figure out what we were all going to wear for these family photos, one of which would eventually end up on our Christmas card. I was determined to buy as little as possible and make the most of the clothes and props we already had and with the help of my BFF I think I did a pretty good job. I started out with a color scheme in mind and about two weeks before the actual photos it all went out the window. Not to mention I was making things for this shoot until about an hour before we left. So here is the finished product:

Merry Christmas!

My husband’s entire outfit was found in his closet, Afton’s dress was in her closet and actually from last season but the rest (tights, boots, headband) were all new, I already had my sweater and shoes but bought new jeans and the lace tank. Now for the props. The antique rocking chair is ours and was actually handed down to Afton on her first birthday from my Godmother. The blanket and chalkboard we had, I made the felt flowers and the “presents” are just empty shoe boxes that I took my boots out of. So there you have it…holiday photos on a budget.

My Christmas Angel

Again, another holiday photo. The only things added in this one are the bear (which was a gift when Afton was born) and the “Tis the Season” banner, which I made. I already had the twine and mini clothespins from the banner I made for Afton’s first birthday party so I just spend $9.99 and bought a scrapbook paper tablet for the background paper and I printed the letters from my computer and just cut out circles around them.

Tis the Season

Oh and one more thing, I made the accessories Afton and I are wearing. The red ruffle headbands and the felt flower belts (you really can’t see mine in the photos I posted and Afton’s is tied to her shoe). Thanks to BFF it went from being a belt to shoe decor. See I can’t do it ALL by myself! So I hope I inspired someone to look within before going out and spending a lot of money on clothes and props for holiday photos, because even though you want that holiday card to look good, you still have gifts to buy!

Afton’s First Birthday Party (Part 1)

When I thought about tackling a post about Afton’s first birthday party and all the DIY decorations and things I made for it, well frankly it made me out of breath, which is why I haven’t posted it. I knew sooner or later I had to post something on her party or all the hard work I put into it would not be documented. So to save myself (and you) a lot of headaches I decided to break it up into two possibly three posts. In this post you will see shots of all her party decor. It was almost a month ago now, how time flies, and it was held under a big wooden pavilion at a local park. It was a lovely warm and sunny day with a cool breeze (a nice break from the 90+ degree weather we have all been sweating through). Here are some photos of her day:

Happy Birthday, Afton!

Afton’s smash cake!

Cookies! Yum!

Ruffle cake!

Inside the cake: a pop of turquoise!

Party favors!

Table runners and center pieces

More vases!

Card basket and gift table

Photo table

 

High chair! This may look familiar!

It’s my party, I’ll cry if I want to.

This was Afton’s party in a nutshell. I can’t take any credit for the food at the party since we had it catered. The cake, cupcakes and cookies were made by some talented individuals I had the pleasure of working with for this party. They really got the look I was going for and didn’t look at me like I was crazy when I said the theme was: pink vintage shabby chic. The cookie lady just blew me away…all I told her were the colors I wanted and explained to her the textures I was using (twine, lace, glass jars, doilies, etc.) and she took it from there. I crafted the following items for her party: birthday banner, tissue flowers, favor bags, table runner, vases, chalkboard, rice krispie pops, doily stars (and I also made paper rosettes that, along with more doily stars were hanging from the trees outside the pavilion), card basket, gift table fabric, and photo table (this was supposed to be a photo banner but as we were setting up time just got away from us and it was either wear my set-up outfit or scrap the photo banner). In Part 2 of this post I will share more photos of these crafts along with have I created them.

Thanks for reading!

Afton’s First Year

I put together a short video for Afton’s first year. Just a compilation of photos from newborn to now. I keep watching it over and over thinking, “where did this time go?” I just can’t believe it’s been a year. It seems like yesterday I was doing laps around my neighborhood because Afton was three days past due, thinking “will she ever get here?” And now, a year later, and I just want time to stand still again – like it seemed to do that last week before she was born. Undoubtedly the best year of my life, I look forward to all the happiness ahead and just hope my heart can hold it all! I love you Afton Pamela.

Mother’s Day

Since this was my very first Mother’s Day I wanted to make so I will always remember it. I received the nicest cards from my friends and family (and even my brothers) so I decided to keep all the cards and make them into a book. I didn’t have to purchase anything to create this keepsake because I already had everything I needed: paper doily, pink construction paper, glue stick, hole punch, ribbon and scissors. I arranged all the cards in the order I wanted them and made sure all the folded sides came together evenly. Then, I picked each one up and started punching holes in the spines (two holes in each card, one in the small cards). I folded my piece of construction paper in half and wrapped it around my card stack and trimmed whatever edges I didn’t want. (If you have fancy scissor that cut designs this would add to the piece). Then I punched holes in the construction paper, threaded my ribbon through it and it looked like this:

The cards should all be easily readable. Flip through it to make sure. And there is no right way to arrange the cards, some might do it smallest to largest and some might do it in order of importance (me). To each his own!

Once that is done, take your paper doily and arrange it however you want it on the cover. Depending on the size of the doily you might have to cut it (see picture below). Before gluing it down take your marker and write on it (I wrote: My 1st Mother’s Day with the year). Put some glue on the back of your doily (smooth part only or the glue will get caught in the “webbing” of the lace). Smooth it over the cover and there you have it, a Mother’s Day keepsake you can come back to each year and remember your very first year as a mommy!

Keep in mind that this idea is not just for Mother’s Day, you can use this throughout the year and throughout yours and your child’s life. For example, I saved all of Afton’s first birthday cards from close friends and family and I plan on making something similar for those. I also saved my husband’s cards from his first Father’s Day and I plan on doing this too!

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