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Christmas 2016

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

I hope everyone had a happy and healthy Christmas!  Amalia requested an Arctic theme this year, but I kind of turned it into an Arctic exploration theme with paper boats, icicles, polar animals and sea creatures.  Amalia has already claimed the globe, which we found at Target.  I think my favorite thing was the giant knit polar bear, which was adapted from Donna Wilson's 35 Knitted Animals and Other Knitted Creatures book.  We followed the pattern using thicker wool roving and bigger needles.  He was extra-huggable!  The whale ornament (third photo) is available as a pattern from Mimi Kirchner on Etsy.  Instructions for making the paper icicles can be found here.  With our white walls it made the living room look like an ice cavern and they were a big hit with the kids.  Looking forward to lots more fun and creativity in 2017!  xo

Featured!: The Kitchn

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Show off your prized pie recipe and make your Thanksgiving dessert table just a bit sweeter with this "Thankful" banner in hand-cut paper.  More colors are available in the shop.  This one was recently featured in a post on Thanksgiving pie toppers on The Kitchn.  They have some super recipes that you can check out as well.  Thank you so much for including me and Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Customer Photos: November 2016

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Thank you so much to a lovely customer, who sent me this photo of their custom cake topper for a baby shower.  I'm always thrilled to see the end result.  How adorable is this woodland theme?!  

Customer Photos: October 2016

Friday, October 14, 2016

Here's a photo of a sweet woodland-themed cake sent in by a lovely customer.  It's just magical!  
I love the tiny deer, and also the rustic sticks used to hold up the bunting.  

This lovely customer sent me a photo of the travel-themed baby shower that she hosted.  We worked on creating bunting in pink and aqua blue that would work with her hot-air balloon centerpieces.  They look so pretty! 

 Thank you so much to both of you for sharing - I love seeing all the creative ideas you come up with, and I hope lots of happy memories were made!

New Items: Autumn Celebrations

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Here are some new items in the shop for your autumn celebrations.  The cake toppers feature fall shades of orange, peach, tans, and browns in floral and leaf prints.  These would be perfect for an October wedding, a pumpkin-themed birthday party, or your Thanksgiving pie table.  I'm also so excited to share a new wedding cake card that I've designed with an autumn theme and a cute little pair of woodland foxes as a topper.  Hope you like it!

Pumpkin Spice cake topper

Happily Ever After wedding card

Autumn Leaves cake topper

New Items: Nautical Style

Friday, September 16, 2016

Ahoy there!  Here are some new embroidery hoops and a cake topper in ship-shape nautical themes.

 "By the Sea" embroidery hoop 

Nautical cake topper in red, white, & blue

"Ahoy" embroidery hoop set (with whales!)

New Items: Ombre Embroidery Hoops

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

I've been working on some new embroideries for the shop and here are three ombre variations on my "hello" hand-lettered design.  These have all been embroidered on an aqua-mint fabric and have been placed in three-inch hoops.  Hope you like them!

"Hello" hoop in pink ombre

"Hello" hoop in pink & purple ombre

"Hello" hoop in blue ombre

Customer Photos: August 2016

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Thank you so much to a lovely customer who shared this photo from her daughter's pony-themed party.  So very pretty in pink and ruffles.  I hope the day was super-special, from one pony lover to another!  

Treasury Time: I Love NY

Sunday, June 26, 2016

I made this cake topper in black and yellow with a construction or cars theme in mind, then thought that it would look awesome as part of a New York City theme as well.  This theme would be super cute for a baby shower or kid's birthday party.   I put together the treasury below for some inspiration, Big Apple style: taxi cab favor boxes, pretzel cookies, and Statue of Libery confetti.  I just love the city skyline photo backdrop from Type and Love Paperie, and the "City Kid" t-shirt from The Yellow Cabinet would be really fun for the birthday boy or girl to wear!  

Yellow Black Checkered Paper...

New York City - 8x10 photogr...

Empire State Building NYC - ...

big apple card - you're ...

New York Taxi Cab Card, A6 S...

Number Cupcake Topper Girls ...

New York Pillow, Black and W...

New York City skyline, vinyl...

Pencils New York City NYC Wh...

Gift box 6 Vanilla - Manhatt...

Mini New York Taxi Cab Knitt...

Pigeon - A3 - Printable Wall...

I love NY Baby Head wrap bab...

Taxi Cab Favor Box : DIY Pri...

Statue of Liberty Confetti |...

City Kid Hand Pulled Screen ...
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Opa! A Greek Island Party

Saturday, June 25, 2016

We had a Greek island theme for Angelo's birthday this year and it felt like we were transported to the Mediterranean for the afternoon.  There's no place quite like Greece in summer!  The simple white, blue, and sunny lemon yellow palette was so bright and inviting yet so serene.  I used a lot of amazing ideas from around the web so here are the decoration details:
1.  We just happen to have small orange and lemon trees, but terra cotta pots of traditional Mediterranean herbs like rosemary, basil, bay, and oregano would also be perfect.  I cut some rosemary and bay and used them in glass vases as well.  You will find succulents growing among the rocks in Greece and in pots as outdoor decor, so our little collection fit in well here.  I even made a paper succulent to decorate the chandelier using this tutorial from Craftberry Bush. Bowls of lemons and oranges added some bright color to the decor. 
2.  I found DIY instructions for these beautiful crepe paper anemones at Ash and Crafts.  Anemones, or windflowers, are connected to Greek mythology and I thought they would be a great fit.  Paper flowers are awesome because you can make them whatever color you like!  Plus, if I wanted fresh cut flowers this particular kind would be really difficult for me to get a hold of.  I also made some yellow poppies, shown in the next set of photos, from a petal template that I just kind of estimated.  
3.  I made a wall display of hand-weaving using embroidery hoops.  My yiayia and I had made these for another occasion.  Learn how to make your own here at the Living Crafts blog
4.  We made the "Opa" sign from papier mache letters purchased from A.C. Moore and painted white.  "Opa" is a Greek expression of joy and you'll hear it quite often during a celebration! 
5.  I loved these driftwood boats from Alisa Burke.  We didn't have driftwood so we just cut down some wood strips instead.  We used painted watercolor paper for some of the boats and patterned paper for others.   
Hope you enjoy the photos!  


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