Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Car Themed 1st Birthday Party

Birthday parties don't come around too often at our house.  We always do something small with the family, but usually I barely even decorate for those.  So, when I have the opportunity to decorate for a "real" party, I get so excited!  I get to add decorator, baker, caterer, and designer to the usual hats that all moms wear on an everyday bases.  Thank goodness it's only for a little while, because I'm busy enough!  I sure love it though.  

My son recently just turned one, and I'm pretty sure this party was more for me then it was for him.  What one year old actually cares about decorations?  Am I right?  Regardless, I love how everything turned out, and I wanted to share it with you!

You can't have a party without cute labeled food!  Ok, maybe not, but it sure adds a cute little touch.

Now, before you look at this next picture, I need to add a little disclaimer: I am NOT a baker.  I like to pretend sometimes, but usually my creations look better in my head then when I actually try to execute them.  That being said, here is the car smash cake that I made.  For some reason the buttercream frosting separated, and I didn't have time/the ingredients to make it again.  So, I had to use what I had.  Lamo-o...  Anyway, here is the completed car.  Honestly, I think it looks like one of those "Pinterest Fail" photos.   I almost cry laugh every time I look at the one I attempted.  Oh well.  You can't win 'em all, right? 

(If anyone has an amazing fool proof buttercream frosting recipe, please send it my way)

Here's what I was going for... 

For some reason, it is absolutely impossible to find checkered paper!  I don't know why I had such a difficult time, but not a single store had anything even remotely checkered.  What's a girl to do?!  I ended up just finding a checkered background and printed my own paper :).  These flags were made with toothpicks and the folded over paper.  Super easy, and much cheaper then buying them from a specialty party store.

This kid had no problem digging into his cake.  I sure love him to pieces!
(Please be careful when putting a Bumbo on a chair like this!  They are not very stable, so please stay close to your kiddos while they sit in them!)

The table cloth was super easy!  All it was was a black $0.97 table cloth, which I then taped yellow paper to to make it look like a road.  You could use yellow duct tape too!

This was my favorite decoration!  It was fun to see the month to month growth progression.

I don't know when my next party will be, but I'm already looking forward to planning it!

Thanks for stopping by!

(You can find this invite or request your own custom design at Puddle Design on Etsy)

Friday, 6 February 2015

All You Need is Love

Whether Valentine's Day is your favorite holiday, or you would rather refer to it as "Single Awareness Day", there is one thing that is true for everyone: All you need is love!  Can you imagine what the world would be like if we just simply loved each other? 

You can love your spouse, your parents, your kids, your friends, or your dog, but I believe that it is important to love someone and receive love from someone.  Now, I'm not talking about lust, or sex, or whatever else some people try to replace with love.  I'm talking about the true love that you would walk through fire for.  Love that no simple one night stand can create.

I admit, I am a hopeless romantic, and I may or may not have had a crush on a couple of fictional men (Mr. Darcy *sigh*).  I also believe and know that love is real!  I feel it everyday when my husband looks at me and simply smiles his special gorgeous smile.  I feel it as I play with my children, as I read them stories, as I change their diapers (I do not love this task, but I do it because I love them.)  Love is not easy!  As with anything worth having in life you have to work for it.  You have to fight for it!  But believe me, it is worth the fight.

Anyway, that's my quick two cents.  Enjoy the free printable.  And Happy Valentines Day!

You can find this printable in both 5x7 and 8x10 sizes here.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, 1 January 2015


The year has come to an end!!  I can't believe that I made it. 

 Here is the final card to finish up my resolution.  What kind of resolution should I make next year...

My brother is a bow tie lover!  Not all guys can pull off wearing a bow tie, but he is one of the few that can!  I made the bow tie from some scraps of paper, and the "happy birthday" is made of beads and wire.  I love how simple this card is.  Simple, but nice.

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas, and a very happy New Year!

Thursday, 11 December 2014


I was able to visit my family in Utah in November!  Of course it was awesome, but I forgot about my crafting resolution until we were just about to leave.  So, I quickly grabbed a couple cards, some paper, and some stickers, and away we went.  I needed to make 2 cards while we were there, with very limited supplies.  Here's what I came up with:

 It's amazing what you can put together with stickers, paper, glue and scissors.  No fancy stuff needed!

  My nephew is a Minion addict!  So, I knew that I needed to make a Minion card for him.  I think this Minion's name is Bob, or is it Dave?  I have no idea, but my nephew sure did! 
(All shapes completely cut by hand.)

Now, on to December cards!  I only have one birthday card to make in December, so I am pretty much done!  


Oh boy, I am so behind.  I am finally getting around to posting October's cards.  Christmas card season is in full swing, so I have been pretty busy lately!

In October I only had a couple of cards to make.  I can't believe that I am almost done with my crafting resolution.  I think I am going to continue making as many cards as I can, but I'll only post the awesome ones.  Hopefully lots of them are awesome...

I would love to see some of the wonderfully creative cards that you have made!  Send me a picture and I'll make sure I post it for others to see too!

 Sometime my creative juices aren't exactly flowing, so I just have to use some fun stickers I have on hand.  I think it still turned out cute!

I don't have a fancy cutting machine, so I had to trace this unicorn and cut it out by hand.  It just proves that you don't need fancy equipment to get the job done!

Oh, and here is the inside of the card.  My daughter really wanted to make a card like mommy, so I had her decorate a piece of card stock, and I put it inside.  This card was for one of her favorite cousins, so it worked out great!

Only 2 months left!  Woah!  Where did the year go?!  

Tuesday, 21 October 2014


Another slow birthday month in our family.  Just one, sad lonely card.

Sometimes all you need is a simple girly card.

I can't believe that there are only three months left until I complete my New Years Resolution.  Where has the year gone!?

Friday, 17 October 2014

Halloween Printables

Happy Halloween!!

This has got to be one of my favorite times of the year.  Probably because it finally dips below 85 degrees here in Arizona.  That, and my kids get free candy (which I get to eat too!)

I wanted to celebrate by giving away these Halloween printables.  You can print one, print two, or print all of them if you want!  It is my Halloween gift to you!  No tricks here!  Just treats!

Find both the 4x6 and 5x7 size files here.
(Just click on the link and it will take you to Google Drive.  Select the file for the size you want, and download each design.  If you need help, just send me a message and I'd be happy to help!)

Happy Halloween!!!!!!!

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