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Getting Close

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Launching the new Fine and Dandy collection is getting super close. A couple of the must-have products to add to your list (and tell your fave stores to snag for you) include the Bow Dieset. I used all papers from the collection in the above pic. The patterns include confetti, flamingos, floral and polka dots.
Another must-have is this 52 list journal! Each week you will answer a thought provoking question and then you can spend the week thinking about it or jot down whatever comes to mind. There’s a page with each question that will have room to add a photo, doodle or keep it simple. I have some fun things in store for this little book. So stay tuned. We finished the design last summer and I’m excited that it’s about time to get one to all of you!

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Life at home is at its usual fast-pace where I struggle to keep up! Last weekend it was dance competition for Quincey and her team took 1st place with both of her routines. One they were dressed up like the darling sailors and the other pirates. Cutest ever! She practiced so hard and some days would go straight from school to dance. Proud momma moment.
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Pretending these animal gloves are puppets is why he keeps them on. We’ve had such a mild winter I was wondering if I should put all the snow gear back in storage. But now it’s been snowing all day so I think I jinxed it. dear lizzy blog


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Last week I gave away an Instax on my Instagram feed along with some Dear Lizzy products. (If you want to connect on Insta my username is @dearlizzy.) This little cutie posed for some pics. Did I mention at the top of her wish list for Christmas was Chuck Taylors? Actually she said black shoes with laces and stars on the side. haha Wha?! No Barbies or Calico Critters? Next stop: college.

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Button Up

Don’t forget to button
so the snowflakes don’t sneak in and tickle you.
(From a poem book she loves: A Meal of the Stars)

While my sister living on the East coast has been buried in snow for months like an eskimo… we’ve had such a mild winter! My tulips are so confused and have already sprouted from the ground.
Looking back, I’m glad that I got off my lazy bum on a sunday afternoon to follow my Q-bear outside on her scooter while she caught snowflakes on her cheeks. Because mother nature hasn’t presented this opportunity very often since then.
There’s just something quite magical about fluffy snowflakes falling from the sky.

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Trying to catch a snowflake on your tongue takes real talent… and a big mouth.
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Happy Sugar High Day!


So much sweetness going on here today… and not just the sugar coated teeth smiling in these pics. Love my girlies! Hope you’ve had a Happy Valentine’s Day! Collin and I celebrated pretty low key last night at our favorite thai restaurant and then followed up with some Rita’s custard. Today’s been even more chill. I even snuck in a quick nap when no one was looking.

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Self-Timer Shenanigans

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Spent some time in Park City this weekend visiting my great grandma who’s in town from San Diego at my Auntie’s house. During our excursion, I bribed my crew to take a self-timer pic when we stopped for a potty break. (Yes, it’s only an hour trip and we have to stop because someone always has “to go.”)
Scrolled through the pics later and couldn’t believe how perfect everyone’s personalities were captured. I didn’t even know Lola had jumped until I looked at the photos later.
Such a fleeting moment I’ll look back at in ten years and forget how tired I was… and instead ache to experience this day all over again. Just even for one minute. Until they’re all crying at the same time and someones hungry and someone needs to pee and someones throwing a fit then poof—take me back to the future, Ghost of Christmas Past!

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Chic Camera Bags

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The best part about Johansen Camera bags is that they don’t look like a camera bag. I’ve owned a few of these beauties and am a raving fan. Not only are the dividers inside perfect for camera gear, when I’m on vacation or around town and have to add some personal or kid items and it keeps everything separated.
I brought the Siena on date night last weekend to dinner at one of our favorite mexican restaurants and then grocery shopping. Yeah, it was a sexy night out on the town with groceries and meal planning.

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Window Display For Shabby Apple


Shabby Apple is a darling shop made of all things a fancy girl dreams of, I’ve been a fan for years. So I was excited when they approached me about doing their window display.

I was thinking since it was the end of January it would need to be decked out in hearts with all things red and lovey dovey… but they needed the window pimped out for a Garden Party hosted by Brandi Burkhardt from the TV Series Hart Of Dixie. Flowers and springtime were on the recipe instead. I started off by knowing I wanted some dimension to the backdrop and then flowers but how to hang flowers and no clue what would work for the base of the design.
Somehow I decided on rolls of paper hanging and I found a window display on Pinterest using bike wheels! Perfect! I went to a local bike shop for two wheels and snagged another one from our garage (don’t tell Collin).
The flowers were fun to put together using Tim Holtz cardstock… Spun Sugar is my favorite color. Also, some pretty American Crafts cardstock mixed in and Dear Lizzy patterned paper in the center of the flowers.
I found the hanging ball lights from Bright Labs but didn’t plug them in because the colors matched perfect without using the lights. I wanted to use primarily pink so it wouldn’t clash with the dresses they wanted to highlight. I wired all the flowers and honeycombs to the wheels  so they wouldn’t fall off during transporting and hanging.


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Margot and Lexi were amazing help!! Lexi kept saying, “It’s ok it’s ok it’ll come together” when I was freaking out in the beginning. And Margot just got the whole vision from the start and her humor kept my mind off the stress. Although I think they both despised my idea towards the beginning of the process since it was taking longer than we anticipated. ; )

Finishing the paper. I ran out of the rolled paper and so I asked the cute sales girl if they had any copy paper in the back. Thank goodness because it filled in some holes and added to the look.


Hanging the bike wheels with clear wire and then added some tulle.



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This was such a fun project to work on! If you are in the area check out the Shabby Apple shop at the Fashion Place Mall and pick yourself up something pretty too. Hopefully everything will still be hanging and have not fallen down.
I will put together a tutorial and show a closer look on how to make the flowers.

This one is stamped for you

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Merry Christmas Ya Filthy Animal!

We tried to watch Home Alone with the kids but Collin and I were cringing the whole time and kept informing the kids, “we don’t say that” or “that’s not good” to the point that we couldn’t even enjoy it. haha It’s still such a classic though.
Isn’t it funny when you watch a movie from when you were a kid and didn’t even notice the cuss words.

I waited until it was freezing outside and decided I was too much of a wimp to attempt pics again in the snow. Soooo, one Sunday afternoon Collin set up a tripod and a light and these cards happened. The girls still giggle about how they got to crack an egg on dad’s head. It took two shots and egg all over him.
Sending mailbox merriment is definitely one of the best parts of Christmas!
Here’s ours for you! kisses!

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… Christmas is over but I just wanted to share some of my favorite photos from the month. I am working on a December Daily album but it was put on hold with other stuff I am doing. It’s one of my favorite things about Christmas so I couldn’t completely forget about it! Here are some moments from 12-14.dear lizzy instagram

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Quincey and Lola were in The Nutcracker this year… their dances were fleeting but I loved every second.

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Miss Lola bug turned four yesterday. My mind is blown by how fast the years are racing by leaving a trail of giggles and sparkles and tantrums with this girl. She’s seriously is the most cheerful of my kiddies. Pure joy streams out of her and she’s like a bouncing ball of silliness. Then in the blink of an eye she can throw a tantrum and from a mile away you would run and hide scared of this toddler gremlin. haha just kidding. Kind of.
Friday night we took her out on a daddy and mommy date. Collin let her choose any toy from the Disney store then they skipped through the mall. I am always the third wheel when fun dad is around. Then we had dinner and she wore her crown and wanted us to tell everyone it was her birthday.
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The smaller flowers on the crown were made with my Dear Lizzy flower die set that should be shipping this week! You will love it.

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And here she is about four months old visiting her Great Grandma Charlotte in San Diego and also the last time we saw my Grandpa before he passed away. Such a blessing that they got to see this chunka babe in all her rolls of glory.
Need I remind you she weighed 9 lbs 6 oz when she was born. (Here’s that blog post oldie) Literally born with rolls. I have this lady below, my Greek grammy, to thank for the good birthing genes. No stretch marks even. I am basically Elasta Girl. But seriously what I would give to go back in time and squoosh those cheeks one last time.
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I also watch the birth video Collin put together every year and shed a couple tears when she takes her first breath and opens her eyes for the first time… how overwhelmed I am with love to have her call me momma. xoxo