Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Juliette's Vintage Candy Shoppe Party...

Oh wow.....ummm I wonder why I never got around to this post of Miss Juliette's 2nd Birthday party...I am sure any mom could relate...way too much going on!! But, any ways...Juliette (we call her Juju) turned 2 at the end of April and I spent a good bit of time creating a little Vintage Candy Shoppe for my little momma!!

I previously posted about the invitations I made and where you can purchase some awesome DIY invitations on etsy!

I also made a post about finding great birthday products and where I got my inspiration! The color scheme was aqua, red, and pink!

Photo from TomKatStudio

So here are a few collages I created of her special day!

I wanted to try out different filters on my pictures...so please excuse the variation in pictures! 

So I have broken down this post into a few categories...

1. Cupcakes & Candy (which includes the food/cake/candy of the party)
2. Decor (all the details and decorations)
3. Party Details (games, goodie bags, invites, etc)

So one of my most favorite things about her party was her ladder display of cupcakes!! I decided to use an old vintage 12 foot ladder that I have acquired since moving into our new house! I put wood planks across the ladder horizontally for the cupcakes to be displayed on!  I have a friend at work who makes the best cupcakes...Lainey can bake like no body's business!!! She is super talented and I always tell her I am ready to invest in her business because I know she would be a huge hit!! Here is a picture of the Cotton Candy Cupcakes (complete with individually wrapped cotton candy on a stick!!) I found little mini chalkboard planter sticks at Michael's a while back and they really came in handy for the party!!

We had three types of cupcake flavors:
1. Cotton Candy

2. Pink Lemonade
3. Strawberry Cream Cheese
The party was of course complete with a Vintage Candy Bar...
We had blue, red, and pink candy of course...blue and pink jelly beans, gummies, rock candy pops, sour cherries, pink malt balls, and strawberry wafers to name a few.
 We also had a fruit bar with various dips! The food was a success...it was truly the first party I threw in which I didn't have tons left over...I like the idea of simple party foods...stick to a small menu, but foods that everyone loves and you can't go wrong!! I mean who doesn't like cupcakes, candy, and fruit...prefect for your sweet tooth!!
The small cake in the middle was also made by my friend Lainey! It came out precious + it was delicious!!

I created banners by taring fabric and knotting it to twine...and then voila...I hung it up!!  I also created Dollie banners and draped them from side to side. I created a cluster of tissue balls and hung them from the center of the ceiling!
 Here are some pictures I took with my iphone too...
 of the tissue balls, garland, and Dollie banners

They were so super easy to make...you can find a ton of tutorials on pinterest helping you with this task!!

I decorated old wine bottles and also spray painted mason jars...and put flowers in them for added touches!

With the help of the hubby...I spray painted a large plank of wood with chalkboard paint and created a large chalkboard for all the kids to use (and a large place to display "Happy Birthday Juliette!") Plus...the kids are still using this chalkboard!!

I also set up a spot in which the kids could take a quick Polaroid using my instax camera...I made sure to include props and lots of jewelery for the kids to put on when taking pictures! It was the home made version of a photo booth!!

I set up a section at the party for family members and friends to leave a birthday wish for her! Some of the notes were so sweet and I will save them for years to come...and look forward to the day she can read them!!
After the note was complete they were able to use a clothes pin to clip the little birthday note to the old screen window!

Here is the birthday girl!  I bought her birthday dress from the etsy shop called Rock-n-Baby Boutique

From Rockn Baby Boutique

Lastly, the kids favors....what else other than toothbrushes...right?? Couldn't think of anything better!

 It was alot of work, but thanks to Juliette's Nannie for helping me out with all the set up and after looking at this video again...it makes everything all worth it!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

New CHA-S round up...my faves!!

Oh my goodness...have the scrapbooking designers down well or what this season? So many great products are being released this season and I am way too excited!! I can hardly wait to get my hands on some new products....

So I recently made a blog post about one of the new Glitz lines called Cashmere Dame (quite in love with it)...any ways...I have decided to do a product round up of all my favorite releases this year...hope you enjoy! Make sure to click on the links for even more product review and pictures.

(**I am not posting any holiday releases right now....even though I have found some really great ones...waiting to do that on another post**)

1. Jenni Bowlin

First things first...these adorable feathers...

Second...I am in love with these new stamps stickers and journal cards! Jenni Bowlin also released some awesome Die Cut and Perforated Papers and new file folders and various tags!!

2. Studio Calico

Ok I can seriously just about die over everything this company makes...seriously...they make some great products!! Here are some of my favorites from the line titled "Yearbook"

Mini Album books...that you can add various types of page protectors to it! The page protectors are made by Simple Stories...

They have a lot more that goes along with this line...but I just picked out a few of my favorites!

3. Dear Lizzy & Amy Tangerine's Lines  (w/ American Crafts)

Here are a few embellishments from Dear Lizzy's new line called 5th & Frolic

Amy Tangerine's new line called Ready Set Go

Amy Tan's mini albums are awesome...can't wait to get another one!

Hope you are inspired...I know I am dying to go out and get new products!!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Glitz Design new release...part I

So it is that time of year again...when scrapbook companies release there new products for the Summer CHA show (which means the fall / winter lines are released).....

I love new scrapbooking products and especially love looking at all the new lines being released....I always get so inspired! If you are a scrapbooker....you have probably collected way too much stuff over the years....hundreds (maybe thousands) of sheets of paper and everything else that goes along with this great hobby! But....yet....anytime something new comes out....we just can't pass it up...right? (Please tell me I am not the only one!!) When I had my store...I always knew the exact date each scrapbook company was releasing and shipping out the new stuff...but since I have closed my store and since I don't have a local scrapbook store around my area....I am left to waiting until it releases online...my favorite online scrapbook stores are Two Peas and Studio Calico....
But, I must say shopping at a local scrapbook store is so much better than online!!

Throughout this month scrapbook companies will be releasing there up coming lines (so that is why I titled this Part I)....because as companies release great products....I will post about my favorites!

My favorite thus far....is Glitz's release called Cashmere Dame....oh my goodness....I am in love with the colorful retro feel of this collection!! I love it all....make sure to check out there website for even more photos!! Here is a little sneak peak....

Please check out there website for more products and other collections that will be releasing soon!

You can also check out the Scrap Review....for all the newest releases in the world of paper crafting!!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

The Ruby Girls

So I did a blog post here....and have included a tab on my blog...Labeled: The Ruby Girls!

Well, what is that exactly? Click on the link for more details....but just real quick....

It is a creative design team made up of family members (me, my sister in laws, and our cousin in law!) with the hope of inspiring others with creative photography, art, and design! All of the design team members have various talents and interest, but we have come together to form the Ruby Girls! I go into detail about the reason behind the name at the above link!

We recently did a creative photo shoot. (1940's inspired)...and I wanted to share with my fellow bloggers some of the photos we took....

Creative Team:

Me...acting as if I am not really sweating my butt off!

My sister in law - Mandy Holloway - and owner of MandyLens Photography -  and where the Ruby Girls will be creating!

Love this beautiful picture of her...taken by her husband....Shay (I like to call him Shay-Lens!)

Rachel - love these beautiful pics of her too! Rachel is joining Mandy Len's Photography and is soon graduating in Art Education!

Here is my other sister in law - Semonne - and she loves everything about photo shoots and modeling! But, I would too...if I was this photogenic!! Beautiful!

Inspired by Proverbs 31:10

Thanks for looking...be sure to check back for more updates from the Ruby Girls!

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