Happy New Year's Eve everyone! has your December been wonderfully full of family, friends, and fun?! I can't believe tomorrow is January...and the beginning of 2012...the year I turn 30. It's a big one folks. Here's to goals, resolutions, change, and a new beginning to a great year!
Last weekend, my friend Ryan I hosted a sweet Baby Girl shower our friend Morgan! Yes, SHE'S HAVING A GIRL!!!! I happen to know A LOT of pregnant people these days and she is the ONLY one I know having a girl! so of course we busted out some pink!!!
Ryan hosted it at her lovely home...especially lovely this time of year because it's decorated for Christmas! Ryan and her husband are both super talented and creative people and they never disappoint with home decor ideas! I LOVED what she had done in their living room that I just had to share!
she spray painted 3 pieces of wood and placed them on the mantle ...in front of the TV no less! the real tree sits next to the lovely mantle that is draped with yarn and ornaments. It makes for such a cozy atmosphere!
also in their living is a lovely vintage piano. it is beautiful by itself...but at Christmas...well...
ryan used and tube of outside lights to form the word "peace" above the the piano. It's clipped on to the same clips you would use when attaching them outdoors! so fun!
the piano also serves as their advent calendar. Each day has a different name for God as well as an ornament to put on the tree. It's all just precious Ryan! So creative and inspiring!
11 days until Christmas folks!
Hope your decorating, cooking, buying, and wrapping is all going well!
whew! Helllloooo December! what is up?! Did November fly by or what? Pretty sure I just had the busiest fall to date, but I loved every minute of it. You can stay up to date on my goings over on photo blog to see what I'm doing every weekend...and I am LOVING every minute of it. I've met so many wonderful people, families, and sweet children! I couldn't ask for a better adventure!
Now that December is here, I'm not sure life will slow down much with all the Christmas festivities. One of my favorite blogs to read is by Lindsey over at The Pleated Poppy (I am in LOVE with my tiny pouch!) and she always links up for insta-friday. so, as a fun way to show yall what I've been up to, here are the past few days...instagram style! (Instagram is one of my favorite iphone apps...gotta love fun photo apps!)
Josh tried to be all Mr. Grinch on me and not let me set up for Christmas because the house is on the market. bah-humbug I'd said. I'm pretty sure my feistaware holiday plates will be what sells the house!
we added this super cute wool penguin to our ornament collection as well! Isn't he cute?!
and...we officially have presents under the tree. sticky notes are perfectly acceptable gift tags, right?! just kidding...fun tags to come!
since the house still is on the market (do you want to buy it?!?!) we still have showings almost every week, so Dylan gets to tag along for car rides...
we got a fancy iMac. we now can talk to the rest of our generation...kind of...at least talk about having Mac, not necessarily know how to use it! but...it is handy when I'm working on pictures AND want to watch TV with my husband...just set up shop on the coffee table!
Dylan and I took a field trip to the park during a showing last week! It was such a pretty afternoon!
he LOVED our little photo session :)
Last Saturday myself, Josh, and my friend Molly ran the Jingle Bell 5K! It was so fun...
Molls and I had awesome coordinating socks
(this or may not be the first time we have matched outfits...on purpose...who can know!)
I ran a personal best time of 31 minutes! who knew awesome socks had magical running powers?!
so we had to have a celebration brunch with our sweet friends who came to cheer us on!
We got Josh a Christmas bow tie!!! Jealous?!
those things can be tricky to tie...thanks youtube!
I got dressed up myself and we had a snazzy christmas date!
We had the pleasure of attending Christmas at Belmont. 7 years after I graduate I finally get to go!!! It was beautiful and all the students did such a wonderful job! Great way to kick off the month of Christmas!
as if I wasn't begging josh and the weather man enough... some yard "friends" of ours gave us the "go ahead" to get rid of fall decor this weekend...
yeah, we have some very full squirrels at this point. josh would come home from work and they would just be sitting on our porch chowing down on some pumpkin. they wouldn't move or scurry...just keep on eating. When we went to discard the half eaten pumpkin I realized they may have been living in it for all I know...
JEEPERS! they ate the entire inside of the pumpkin! DANG! needless to say, we pitched the pumpkin and made room for this...
josh was kind enough to show off his manly muscles ...
while Dylan supervised from the porch...
we put the tree up ...lights, garland, and all...and were excited to add a few new ornaments to our collection this year...
josh is a big Griswold fan so I surprised with this hallmark ornament that plays the theme song to the movie!
this was our "obligatory ornament from vacation spot" ornament. cute little light house
duh! of course I'm going to have a pineapple ornament :)
and last but not least...our first Christmas together ornament. our names our on the back. I love it!
Whew...now that the boutique business is over I can reveal all and and tell all and thank all of you who came out and spent part of your weekend with us! We had such a fun time!!! You may remember when I extended this invitation to come to my house and shop and spend time with friends and cross gifts off your Christmas list and eat yummy treats, etc. Well, it turned out to be just be that!
For those of you that couldn't make it I wanted to make sure you got a chance to see all the lovely merchandise and if you needed something had the information you needed to get your hands on some of these quality items.
Ryan is such a talented artist! She had a few options when it came to her original artwork: the collage artwork inspired by bright colors, fabrics, and her sweet grandmother. and her original stamp art collection. Ryan hand carved the stamps herself and then created the art on canvas.
Ryan also offers personalized collage art that you can have done for you, your family, or friends. It seriously is too cute! So fun!
We tried to group everything else by "like" items together. So we had quite the adorable "kid's corner" in my living room:
Caitlin made the cutest onsies with little animals and ruffles. I love me a baby in ruffles! They were all so well done...kind of made me want a kid...(not really though mom, calm down!). She also made some baby blankets that matched some of the onsies with the little animals. too cute. seriously.
Lele made adorable dresses for little girls...all different sizes. The one pictured above with the navy and white polka dot was my absolute favorite! She does such a great job on the dresses. She also made coordinating burp cloth and paci-clip sets which completely sold out! These make great little baby gifts! as well as some pillows and baby blankets.
I painted a few canvases that I thought would be sweet to have in a nursery and made a wall full of hair bows! The bow ranged in sizes in prices and were a huge hit! every girl loves a hair bow!
we busted out the Christmas tree just for the boutique! I loved our little Christmas section.
I made ball ornaments to help celebrate the season, baby's first Christmas (boy and girl), and first Christmas together. growing up my mom's tree was always filled with so many special ornaments that represented wonderful memories. I was happy to help put memories on other people's trees this year! I also painted a Christmas canvas!
Lele made the cute little owl ornaments...aren't they precious?!
Caitlin made the beautiful paper Christmas wreaths. I LOVED them! she also made a coordinating garland that matches the wreaths. AND a snowflake garland as well as red and green crepe paper garland (sorry these aren't pictured).
The rest of the dining room were more of the "home goods" type items:
Caitlin made pillows of all sorts...aren't the birds cute?! It's a grey pillow with yellow and cream birds. so fun! Lele also made a few pillows and the handbags. I painted the canvases and made the wood picture frames. I sold out of my wood frames, so if you have a custom order, let me know!
Caitlin made the pennant dish towels. It's a flour sack towel with stitched on pennants of such fun fabric. She gave me one for Christmas last year and I get so many compliments on it in my kitchen! She also made the dish mats! LOVE THESE! (the red, pink and blue on the right is my FAVORITE! it makes me want to paint my kitchen blue and keep that towel out). The mats are great...terry cloth on one side and cute fabric on the other. They are great for helping clean up big meals and dry dishes...oh wait, I think big meals are in everyone's future...contact Caitlin to get one today!
I hand stitched some dish towels. I had a few Christmas ones as well some that said "faith hope love" all of them sold out so let me know if you need more. and I hand stamped some stationary.
lele made these super cute zipper pouches and towel aprons. I gave the towel aprons as some hostess gifts back in March for my wedding and they were such a HUGE hit. These are practical and cute...perfect for all your baking around the holidays while company is in town!
To those of you who came, thank you so so so very much! We had such a great weekend and are looking forward to the 2nd home boutique (stay tuned!)
My brother-in-law is getting married in almost 2 weeks to sweet Lorie! Lorie has been a great friend to have ever since I started dating Josh...she, like me, was not a Drake and was an outsider dating an insider. It's been great getting to know her and in a few short weeks we'll officially be family!
Josh's sister knew how much Lorie loved Sweet Cece's (can you blame her? seriously...what's not to love about froyo?!) so she thought a cute little ice cream shower would be fun and fitting. I came up with a cute little invite and we were on way with shower plans.
Josh's mom and sister did a FABULOUS job getting things together...they made the cutest cupcake pops I have ever seen. (there are cupcakes in the ice cream cone and then covered with icing/candy coating) adorable.
they served the ice cream out of the cutest mini mason jars I have ever seen...
and then had toppings galore for everyone to choose from...
everything was super cute. I was happy to help out with my talents of banner making and petitfours...
I think Lorie had a great time and I loved being to a part of this fun day and help celebrate Lorie and Jordan!