Wednesday, May 20, 2009

On My List

This project is definitely on my list. I love how it feels homspun and sophisticated all at the same time. Also, I love that I could complete the entire thing in an evening. Check out this amazing blog for some more free patterns and a peek at the author's Etsy shop.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Love Birds Shower

My beautiful little sister (on the left) is getting married . . . .
So I begged and begged her to let me (on the right) plan her bridal shower. And she's so nice, that she agreed.
It was a love bird theme. The invitation read: The love birds are getting married, and they need help feathering their nest.

We had little edible birds nest favors (chocolate covered chow mein noodles), a beautiful cake (which I did not make), little birdies everywhere, and a blue chair for the bride to sit in.

Little touches all over the room really brought out our color scheme (blue and brown), and made it feel special. There was an "advice tree" for everyone to write a message to the bride, a paper birdie garland (made from the same birds that are hanging on the tree), and lots of birdhouses.

And finally, a special keepsake gift to help her remember the day:

I'm not a quilter, so this was quite a feat for me. My good friend, Carrie, was invaluable in helping and encouraging me through this project.

This shower was held the day before Easter, and I thought it really captured the feeling of spring.

Congratulations sis, and thanks for letting me be a part of this special time!


I recently decided to reuse some of this decor when I had to put on a last minute baby shower for a friend of mine. It turned out just as lovely as the first one, so I had to share a few pictures:

The beverage bar, and beautiful buntings (made out of fabric left over from my quilt).

Setting the mood--this theme fit perfectly with my existing decor, so it was simple and tasteful.

This was the backdrop for the food table. Unfortunately, no pics were taken once all the food was arranged.

A few little details. I think it's these type of small touches that really help to carry a theme and make things special.

I had so much fun reusing this party theme, and I plan to tuck these things away for the future.

My Outlet

I've been blogging for a couple years now (sporadically), but it's mostly just been mommy-blogging. It's been great in many ways, and it serves an important purpose in my life, but I'm starting to want more. I want a place where I can call my own. A place that I can junk up with all my projects, and ideas, and blog-stalking finds, and party planning, and anything and everything else that I feel like putting in my place.

This is that place--my outlet.

I'm an accountant by trade. It's not a glamorous job, but it suites me in many ways--and it pays the bills (or at least, some of them). However, it doesn't give me the outlet that I need for the creative. Accounting just isn't creative. It's about rules, and order, and putting numbers in the right little boxes. And believe it or not, I actually find all that stuff fun. But there's more to me than just the mousy accountant (that is, more than meets the eye). And I like to dream too, and I can dream big dreams I tell ya.

And this is my place to write about those dreams, and show pictures of those dreams, and maybe even occasionally to record when I make one of those dreams come true.

Like I said, this place is for me--me, me, me, me--but if you find anything here that interests you, or that helps you to dream just a bit, then you're welcome to join me here. After all, us blog-lurkers have to stick together.