Monday, September 22, 2014

{Gender Neutral} Fall Baby Shower

Last Fall (yes I know I waited too long) Ashley & I hosted a baby shower for my cousin's wife Jen! My cousin David found out what they were having, but Jen didn't want to know. I think that would be really hard for both of them, but neither caved.

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mock up of  cream baby shower invitations I created (not sure why it looks green)

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Burlap squares were glued on the back of the invites, giving them a little something.
They turned out perfect!! Sorry that this is the only photo of these, I deleted the actual photo of the invite.
I designed the invites myself, printed them at Vistaprint, and then glued burlap squares to the back. I did have to order bigger envelopes for them to fit into, so that was the only downfall. The invites stuck to the burlap just fine.They turned out just as we had imagined! We received so many compliments on them, and best of all Jen loved them!

While planning this baby shower, we decided we didn't really want to do the traditional pastel gender neutral store bought themed decorations. We wanted to tie into fall colors, keep it rustic, and make it Jen's "style". We had so much fun planning her shower with the help of Pinterest, it couldn't of gone better! We were bound & determined to keep this party to a minimal cost (compared to other showers we've done). We made things, we borrowed stuff, and used what we already had at home. I provided/made most of the decor, and Ashley made all of the food. Here is a run though of photo's from the shower, I hope you enjoy! Sorry, these are pics from my phone; I didn't have my nice cannon yet.

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Table set up: Wood slice with burlap wrap mason jar adorned with orange rafia
tree limbs with "advice for the mom to be" cut out onesies
pint mason jars with babys breath
mini pumpkins as guest favors adorned with a "thank you" tag

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gift table: vintage suitcases & vintage train case for the Cards
Vase with tree limbs, and pumpkins, burlap & lace table runner

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drinks & meat table w/ Baby burlap banner

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drinks: Tea, Water, and Apple Cider Punch
This Apple Cider Punch was delish, perfect for a fall shower or fall party!

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Plates, napkins, forks (in mason jars of course), cups, fruit & veggie tray, & pickle rollups

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Individual potato chip servings in white paper bags, so fun!

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Cupcakes: Pumpkin cupcakes adorned with a candy pumpkin, and Vanilla Cupcakes
I used a template to cut out the cupcake liners (sorry, I can't remember exactly what site, but google it and you'll find several)

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Guest Thank You favors: mini pumpkins!
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the mother to be and all her gifts!

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the mother to be

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us with Jen

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I cut out all of these by hand...omg it took forever!! We used these for advice for Jen

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baby shower chalkboard!

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Vintage suitcases topped with a vintage train case for the cards


Last January 28th, Jen & David had a very healthy baby BOY!!! His name is Walker, and he is the cutest, chubbiest little thing I've ever seen. He weighed in close to a whopping 10lbs, just like his daddy when he was born.




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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

House is FOR SALE!

Not sure many of you read my post back in January about things that have been going on/us working towards...but we finally listed our house for sale last week and it goes out in the local newspaper this week! Eeek so exciting, nerve-racking, and bitter-sweet all at the same time!

The last couple months we've been busy going back & fourth with our future house stuff, got that contract signed, and waiting on the title company to do their thing. And we've also been busy getting our bathroom & kitchen redone/updated, plus other little things to get the house ready. In the middle of all of that, I've help hosted one of my besties (Mel) baby showers in KC (I'll do a post on that soon), we celebrated our 2nd anniversary this last weekend (crazy time is flying), seen George Strait in concert for the 4th time (and apparently the last), D busy with his Fire Fighter 1 classes & test, D passing his Fire Fighter 1 test (now he's certified and registered -- so unbelievably proud of my husband) and tried to stay completely sane while being so darn busy. Well we've survived, now just to get our house sold! :)




Oversized detached garage

living room area

Bathroom (you can't see all of our updates, but the toilet is one of them.
The shower/tub we completely ripped out and put a new tub & shower walls up. It looks so much better!

Bedroom

Kitchen - we added the backsplash finally, and we LOVE it! We wished we would've done it sooner!

Our home is a 2 bedroom, 1 bath, with oversized detached garage. The house has been recently renovated/updated, partial basement w/ crawl space, and completely fenced in backyard with a small garden shed. The oversized garage measures 30'x48', has concrete floors, heated, and was built 3 years ago. If you know anyone looking for a home in "smalltown" western ks, please have them contact me for more details.


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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Burlap Bubble Wreath makeover

Last year I made this bubble wreath at a wreath making class. I never really liked it, but I didn't want to just toss it. This last fall when I was in Hobby Lobby, I picked up some brown wire mesh ribbon, and some leopard print ribbon to update it. I finally got around to doing it this weekend, and I just love how it turned out! It's so me, and everything I love...burlap & leopard print! D and I think it would really neat with a fun cross or a monogram in the center. If I find one I like, stay tuned, I'll be updating it once again. But for now, I LOVE it! It will be a cute wreath to hang out for Fall and Winter, just an everyday wreath.

Here it is before...
before
 And here it is after...

after



So much better, don't ya think?!




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Monday, February 17, 2014

Corny but Cute gifts for him

Here is what I gave D for Valentines Day this year...corny, but cute!

6pk Blue Moon beer, Trail Mix, and a new travel mug 

Yummy adult beverage!

Great snacks for work!

He actually needed a new one of these, he lost his last one.
He was thrilled!

These gifts are great not only for Valentines day, but for birthday's, Christmas, Easter, or just because.


Lovely Crafty Home 


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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Tracy & Steve are getting married!

My good friend & co-worker is getting married this May! D got me a new camera for Christmas (Canon Rebel T5i), and she asked me to take a few "engagement" pictures for their invitations. In all honesty, she only wanted one photo for the invites, but I told her we were going to make an engagement session out of it to make it worthwhile. After all, they weren't planning on having any taken, so it worked out! It turned out to be a win-win situation for both of us, they got some engagement pictures, and I was able to practice with my new camera!

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A cord of three strands is not quickly broken - Ecclesiastes 4:12
This bible verse goes beautifully with her ring!



Here are some of my favorites from that gorgeous sunny day we had last month (it was perfect weather for January)....





















Tracy & Steve, I wish you nothing but the best for your future together! I can't wait for your big day (as a guest, not a photographer)!










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