When I was a little girl my dad woke me up before dawn one day for one of my most memorable childhood experiences. I had no idea what he was up to, but I could tell he was excited to share something special. After a short drive, we were surrounded by the hustle and bustle of a real life circus train unloading before my eyes.
We huddled on steel bleachers in the fog of this cool morning, and watched as elephants lumbered down ramps, where they gathered in a large dirt parking lot. They made their way across the street, trunks holding tails, where they helped to raise the large circus tent I’d find myself inside two nights later, beaming with excitement while munching on popcorn.
For my cousin’s baby shower, her first boy, I wanted to recreate those childlike feelings of anticipation that rise within me whenever I think about my first circus.
A nudge from a friend and her offer to co-host the shower was just the spark needed to start the fire of preparation. Enjoy the look around the event!
What feelings do you like to conjure for your gatherings?
Photos: upper) assorted cupcakes & gold giraffe; lower: 1) wax paper cups with cupcake liners, flavored popcorn; 2) homespun fabric pennants on jute twine, washi tape flags on sticks; 3) mini succulents wrapped by paper tickets, washi tape “thank you” flags on toothpicks, chevron paper gift bags to-go; 4) momma & party straws for mimosas and juice; 5) guests paint blocks for baby instead of games.
Need a quickie gift idea? A craft for one of the under 4-foot-and-under set?
Grab any frame with a smooth edge (beveled doesn’t work so well) and your washi tapes and get to work. No messy glue and a sleeker look than decoupage ever gave.
I was initially inspired by a pin showing an entire table covered with stripes of Washi tape in multiple colors. It gave sort of a butcher block look but in fun colors instead of shades of wood. I instantly knew this would be fun on a frame as well!
I tried covering the frame in a few different ways—in one place, just the corners, all over… but eventually landed on two accents being the most fun. However, for a kid’s room or a shower gift it might be fun to go all the way around. I also think if I’d have stuck with tapes all in one family of color, dropping the turquoise from the mix, it would have looked less circus-y when I went all the way around. Plus, change your mind like I did, and it peels right back off!
PS) Cute whale art by blackcottagehandmade.com
Pretty flowers. If you asked my mom she’d say those were my first words. Probably something more like “pitty fauers” but you get the idea. As she recounts the story, she laid me down on a blanket under the lilac bush while she worked in the garden and I batted at the blooms and uttered my first words. Those were the days.
Having fresh cut flowers around the house feels like a luxury to me most of the time, so it’s awesome when something blooms in my yard and I can simply snip-snip and bring them inside.
This morning I grabbed an old jelly jar, spun on some washi tape and plunked a bloom down to brighten up the bathroom. What’s blooming in your yard right now?
Oh – and of course, happy Mother’s Day weekend. Mom, thanks for remembering the little things and reminding me to be present for them in my life.
So we all know I have a penchant for Russell + Hazel binders, organizers and their mini datebook. The other day I was gazing at my google calendar, the bright bars that pepper my every day, and wishing I had a calendar that was of a higher-level view, so I could see the ebb and flow of projects, understand when I was likely to be swamped, and when I could say yes to small single-day projects to keep my creative energy up.
So I combined two of my faves, the Russell + Hazel mini date book with washi tapes! Hooray!
I mark multi-day projects with various colored tapes and write over them to label. Now I smile when I look at my month-in-view and can’t help but get excited rather than overwhelmed by what is coming up next!
OK, I admit it, I’m one of those people that actually loves Valentine’s Day. And it’s not because I was a girl who was always struggling with a huge bouquet from a boy on my way out of junior high, because I wasn’t.
I love Valentine’s day for all of the girly reasons that have little-to-nothing to do with boys. I enjoy sending Valentine’s to nearly everyone I know, flowers to best friends, cupcakes to the office and such nonsense as felt-heart bombing my husband or close friends (never give me keys to your house/car).
I think things thrown together the night before in a mad panic spark awesome creativity and communicate much more than a mini-roll of Life Savers stuck to a punch-out Cherub.
So think of anyone who you appreciate, do something big or small, anything, just send some good karma out today and let someone know they make your life even slightly more enjoyable.
To all the haters, at least I don’t dress up for it (this fuchsia cardigan is by complete coincidence). xoxo
PS) Semi-unrelated: In fourth-grade on Valentine’s Day I had chicken pox and then-boyfriend (he let me wear his Swatch so it was pretty serious) had his mom drive him to my house so he could hand off my box of valentines from school along with a teddy bear holding a heart that read “I LOVE YOU” – we got married. Just kidding. The man who is now my husband and true love got me a wireless router for our first Valentine’s day – THAT’s romance people. ;)
How do you celebrate (or not)?