School is back in session!
Their first day of school Collin put a note in each of the girl’s boxes with a clue to a surprise he’d planned for them on Saturday. After lunch they met up at the purple slide to share what their note said and figure out Dad’s surprise. This idea was brilliant because we knew Avery would find Quincey and see how she is doing. They ended up playing together at recess even. It’s heartbreaking to picture your kids at the first day of school all alone, trying to make new friends and figuring out the routine. Even though I think the whole experience of going back to school helps them grow, it was comforting to know they have each other.
These cute envelopes would be perfect for a lunch note-even add a little treat inside. They were made by the darling Amy from Inspiration Ave.
First, choose a few pieces of coordinating Dear Lizzy papers. Use an envelope cut file from Silhouette Studio and the Cameo to cut your shapes. Last, embellish with tags and stitched hearts.
After a long day of school we sit in the window seat and she tells me all about it.
This year we headed up to the glorious mountains for the back to school feast. It is a celebration for the ending of summer and beginning of another school year. My sister, Camille, and Collin helped put it together for our kids. Camille made the yummy caramel and white chocolate cinnamon apples as well as a delicious quinoa + mango salad. I pulled together some crowns and special details. Before hand, we chose a theme for the year and shared it with them. During the feast we also talk about their excitement and concerns. Making new friends and how to be a good student. My great grandma Charlotte happened to be here visiting from San Diego and I saw her watching with wide eyes as we carried the chairs and table to our perfect spot. Then I had to laugh and holler to her, “Grandma, I promise I’m not crazy.” Actually we kind of are. But it was memorable and that’s what we were striving for. A million giggles, many clinks of their bottles with a loud “Cheers!” through out the night and a couple hilarious quotes proved the night to be a success.
Matthew: “We should do this more often…”
Quincey: “This is the best day of my life!” haha Mostly because there was an unusual treat of cream soda involved. Not to mention, a tower of R A D donuts.
“And now,” cried Max, “let the wild rumpus start!”
Our first Back To School Feast here
Here’s to another year, my sweet girls! I am so proud of you. How brave you face the up-coming months. How set your eyes are on the goal of being a friend to others and striving with all your might to grow and learn. Love you, Momma!
One of the most consistent crafty trends over the past couple of years has been the banner. It’s gone from triangles to circles to tassels and everything in between! I’m always trying to think ofnew and exciting ways to push the trend even further, so I was psyched when I found this awesome 3D geometric ball cut file
designed by Amy Robison in the Silhouette
Studio store. Here’s how I took the simple shape and turned it into a festive banner for my office.
3. Once I had the cut files arranged in the Silhouette
Studio software, I let my Cameo
go to work and cut out a bunch of the 3D geometric balls.
5. Using my fingers to carefully fold along all of the perforated lines, I began to create the geometric ball shape with the help of a solid tape runner.
6. Before sealing up each of the geometric shapes, I used a needle to thread the baker’s twine
from one side of the ball to the other.
7. Once I had all of the 3D geometric balls strung along the baker’s twine
, I hung it up over a floating shelf and called it good. I love the way it adds a playful touch whimsy to my office!
Since I find it nearly impossible to pass up a great design or a hilarious sentiment, I tend to collect greeting cards everywhere I go. I love keeping a stash on hand for impromptu card-giving occasions, but I never had a great system for organizing my collection. That is, until I got the idea to designate a small box as a landing place for all of my favorite cards! Here’s how I made it:
2. Next, I ran the embossing folder
and the dies
through my Cuttlebug to create accents for the cover of the box.
3. From there, I grabbed two of my favorite 3 x 4″ Project Life cards and created a loose composition with my embossed
4. Once I had the composition laid out, I added a title with Thickers and a little extra pop of color with three enamel dots.
5. To reinforce the composition and add in another design element, I stapled though the layers and then glued the entire grouping onto the cover of the box.
6. Now I have a designated home for all of the amazing greeting cards that cross my path!
The darling Amy from Inspiration Ave is guest posting today with this You Are Loved card. She used the Dear Lizzy diecut to cut a heart from the base card and “love” then sewed it all together with gold thread… because gold makes everything better. And you can quote me on that one. ; )
The You Are Loved stamped sentiment is one of the phrases from the Dear Lizzy roller phrase stamp.
Days like today I really appreciate my own thoughtfulness. Immediately after opening this shiny new toy from the box I was jumping up and down– like I hadn’t known it was coming since Wednesday. Sheesh, I’d been tracking its every move since it left New York. And now that my kids are in bed I can thoroughly enjoy setting it all up. Though it is both a good & bad thing when most of the instructions for your techy toy are in Japanese. We’ll see how this goes.
For years I’ve been sharing my love for Instax and I still love that little camera!
But, you guys, this prints from your phone. So you can make sure the picture is good before you print. How many times have I forgotten to change the dial on the camera from the little house to the bright sun? Far too many. But I love over-exposed polaroids for writing notes on so it doesn’t bother me too bad. How many times have I taken a picture and my kids blink their eyes at the exact same moment? I swear they do it just to bug me. ; ) This printer also runs on batteries… little CR2′s, I mean, even the batteries are cute.
Excited to share how this all works, details of the little machine, & the quality of pics.
The best prices I found for it were on Amazon: INSTAX share // B&H Photo INSTAX share
How thoughtful is this gift of handmade laundry soap?! Love. it.
Amanda made them for graduation presents for girls who are heading off to college… but this could be darling for anyone, really. Even someone like me, who despises laundry more than anything, would appreciate such cuteness. Actually, I like the washing and drying part, I just suck at the putting away. They can sit in a basket for days until all the clothes are dirty again. How hard is it to put it in the drawers?! Lola is my neat freak. She’ll carry her clothes and put them in her drawer for me. The other girls couldn’t care less.
I love the tiny measuring cup she included and my Dear Lizzy jar paper was perfect.
Cut out the jars and use a typewriter to print a message on the paper. Or if you don’t have a typewriter you can print it on a piece of paper and then use washi tape to temporarily attach the jar to the paper where it printed and print again so it’s on the jar. Because, let’s be honest, the typed message really adds to it.
I like American Typewriter font or there are some free ones at dafont.com
Project + Photos: Amanda Rydell
I know what you’re thinking, hanging by a thread is referring to me… especially since it’s Monday and my husband’s been gone for work and I almost brushed my teeth with Desitin, again. But actually this darling garland is. (Ok, maybe I am a little too.)
Such a cute + quick project to brighten up your workspace or a corner of your home.
Start with a string the length you want the finished project to be. Hang the ends with a push pin the color of your wall and tie a knot on the push pin and trim the slack.
Next, begin adding different elements.
There’s folded paper lollis, dimensional circles, feathers, ribbons, layered butterflies and tulle. Even keep some sting tied in a knot.
The feathers and tulle give it a dreamy feel from a distance that I love.
Also, did you know you can find really cool colored string at Home Depot?
Thanks so much for the project idea Jesse!
Concept and Photos: Jesse Lohof