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(Another) DIY Birth Announcement

fredfrontIt seems like only yesterday that I was posting about my first baby’s birth announcement, but it has been over three years now!   I had a lot more time on my hands that year, so when I gave birth again this past October in the middle of getting ready for holiday sales and fairs, I figured there was no way I would be able to pull off an announcement for this second little guy.  One day, while working in my studio between feedings, I grabbed a roll of chalkboard paper, really just some black kraft paper, that I had lying around and quickly sketched up his details.   I set the camera without him in the photo and then waited until he was milk drunk to plop him down in the middle of the paper for a couple of shots.  It really only took a few minutes of his time and I love the result!

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Last Minute Valentine: Slice and Bake Butter Cookies

IMG_0683I adore a simple, crunchy, lightly sweet slice and bake butter cookie.   They are lovely rolled in colored sugar, chopped nuts or coconut.  For a quick Valentine’s Day treat, I rolled my cookie dough log in homemade colored sugar and shaped it into a heart when it was partially chilled.  Once it was completely firm, I just sliced it, revealing darling heart cookies with a red sugar edge.  Super simple and a gorgeous little gift!   Recipe after the jump. Continue reading

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Finally, Our Own Baby Quilt!

IMG_7836After making three community baby quilts this year, I was so happy to finally be able to make our own baby quilt.  IMG_7845I decided on a chevron strippy pattern because of how many adorable vintage and new prints I had leftover from all of the other quilts, and the chevron is simple and modern looking no matter how many different prints you use.   IMG_7837I backed the quilt with a navy and red woven ikat dot print and bound it with navy cotton chambray.  The backing and the binding are really what help to make it look modern and cool.    Here’s how I pieced the strips!  Continue reading

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It’s My Birthday…Time for Lemon Velvet!

Time for my 2nd annual Lemon Velvet recipe post!  This has been my birthday dessert ever since I was able to express my opinion.  So…for a really long time.   It is trashy, easy, and quite possibly one of the most delicious things you will ever eat.  I’ve tried a fancier version of this with real whipped cream and homemade lemon pudding but it honestly couldn’t hold a candle to my mom’s original recipe.

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Lemon Velvet: The Best (and Most Trashy) Dessert Ever

This has been my birthday dessert ever since I was able to express my opinion.  So…for a really long time.   It is trashy, easy, and quite possibly one of the most delicious things you will ever eat.  I’ve tried a fancier version of this with real whipped cream and homemade lemon pudding but it honestly couldn’t hold a candle to my mom’s original recipe.

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Quick and Dirty DIY: A Surprise Party Favor

Whether you’re throwing a big surprise party, or just a small birthday dinner, whipping up these masks of the guest-of-honor will make for some unforgettable photos!  I happened to have this great photo of my friend, Jeff, from our wedding.  I enlarged it in full color on card stock and cut it out with an Exacto blade.  Then, I simply taped some bamboo skewers I had from my kitchen onto the back and placed one on each place setting at his birthday dinner party table.    It got me thinking…imagine walking into your own surprise party and seeing your shocked expression on 40 other faces…amazing!!

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