i seriously can’t believe i’m even old enough to have a daughter getting married… but I DO!!!
she’s almost 21, her and her fiancé are both graduating college in May and are planning to marry in June.
they seem so young. but, i was 20 when i got married, and we’re still married… happily. thankfully.
we are excited for them and proud of them both.
i’ve never planned a party like this before. let me just say, pinterest makes party planning easy AND hard at the same time! we did a dessert bar with chocolate fondue. the sweet love banner i made from old doily coasters that i stamped on and then taped to a ribbon.
me and my sweet girls before the festivities commenced. (thank you mom for insisting on the pic!)
i used white gel pens to make the little signs for the tables.
the bride-to-be herself made these beautiful french macarons.
inspired by this i just had to do a mimosa bar. i scoured thrift shops for pretty glasses instead of buying plastic ones for close to the same price, and it worked out perfectly. it was super fun and interactive! i’ll definitely be doing this again.
we had the party in the upstairs of our Allen Designs studio so the lights and tassels were already set up, which was really nice. it just adds to the party feel instantly.
i’ve had this piece pinned on pinterest for a long, long time and throwing this party was the perfect reason to make it finally happen.
it was a lovely time and my daughter was immensely blessed. i couldn’t ask for anything more.
it’s late and i’m tired.
besides a few short breaks, i’ve been sitting at this computer all day long.
but i’m on a roll and figure i might as well finish it off with a blog post!
be your own light inspired self portrait
i’m currently in the middle of a 4 week ecourse, Be Your Own Light,
created by the talented and inspirational Vivienne McMaster.
and i am loving it!
the daily prompts, the creative play, the treasure like hunt for light.
i’m taking pictures that i would have never considered taking before.
this is the kind of thing that makes me HAPPY, HAPPY!
picked up this old aluminum locker for the Allen Designs/Close2myArt studio last week.
okay, junk makes me happy too! crocheted earrings by moss handmade, a gift from my husband.
we’re preparing to celebrate our 20th year of marriage in the next few weeks.
wow, how time flies.
perhaps there are many things that make me happy…
lastly, i’ve finally jumped on the green smoothie bandwagon.
thanks to the dear Lacy Like.
it’s been 2 weeks of eating healthy (no sugar, bread, pasta, preservatives) & daily green smoothies.
i was feeling really great until yesterday, where the wheels felt like they were falling off the bus!
since then i’ve been having the overwhelming urge to go out and get myself some spicy cheetos & a milkshake.
i have barely, BARELY i tell you, kept my self control.
i’m trying to last 30 days.
from decorating inspiration to yummy healthy eating ideas, pinterest seems to have it all!
the challenge is- not just spending all that time perusing the beautiful pics, but actually putting ideas into ACTION.
this week, i’m promising myself to either make this beet sandwich or delicious looking salad.
hello december!!! are you feeling it yet?
since i really haven’t done much in the holiday way yet,
i thought i’d show you these snowman cupcakes i made for my youngest daughter’s class a few years ago. at that time we lived in an area that you could still take homemade goodies to school.
obviously they were a big hit.
what kid doesn’t see tons of sugar and color and get excited?
i used twizzlers for the nose and the scarf.
a little tube of gel frosting from the store for the eyes and buttons.
bell shaped chocolates for the hats.
marshmallows for the body.
pretzels for the arms, support up the middle of the body and for attaching the body to the cupcake.
make sure to give yourself plenty of time for assembly.
as i remember it, approx. 34 of them took me a few good hours.
coming here a few times a year gives me the opportunity-
not only to be hands on in the sculpting & painting process of the newest lines-
as well as the chance to check quality & go over any issues that may have come up.
i also think it’s been really important for the factory to know that they will be seeing me face to face a few times a year.
my first meal here included this delicious dish made up of beans, eggplant… and bitter melon.
did you know bitter melon is actually a fruit and is highly nutritious?
unfortunately i haven’t developed much of a taste for it yet.
my second meal was probably not the healthiest but oh-so-yummers.
these sticky rice dumplings with sweet sesame seed filling are one of my favorite treats here.
i just found this recipe and can’t wait to attempt making them for my family.
or probably… just save myself a lot of frustration and work and buy them from a local asian market.
ya, that sounds like the better plan.
until a few days ago i had never made nor had pumpkin pancakes.
i didn’t realize what i was missing!
i found this recipe from annie’s eats -and it is delish. (her recipe didn’t call for allspice but i didn’t have the ground ginger or cloves. not really sure if allspice covers those but it sounded good.)
i doubled the recipe and it made enough to feed 5 big eaters with a few left over. and i did end up having to add some water just cause the batter was so thick.
my kids said they were the best pancakes they’ve ever had. crazy huh.
have you had them?
am i the last to know about these things?
for the acorns i heated the little caramels up in the microwave just enough to make them pliable.
then hand formed them into somewhat-acorn shapes.
dipped the cap part in some melted chocolate and then rolled them in the chocolate sprinkles.
simple and relatively quick.
i think i like the white frosting a little better than the slightlytoxic blue.
maybe i’m just finally growing up?
well… probably not.
so a few weeks ago we had a few friends over for dinner.
we try to get together with these two couples about every other month, rotating houses.
this time it was my turn.
let me just say, the two other gals are AMAZING cooks.
i’m not so much.
i try. really hard.
i’ve slacked in the past, but this time…
i even set the table.
which, i still felt needed help!
please tell me. what am i missing? a runner? colored mats? table cloth?
we finally had a sunshiny day here in the portland area!
in celebration, my mom and i took a little walk around the neighborhood with our cameras.
my husband and i celebrated our 19 yr. wedding anniversary a few days ago.
19 years, oh my!!!
AND we still love each other. (well, most of the time anyways)
we tried out the recommended tapas restaurant- toro bravo for dinner.
it proved to be a hoppin’ place with yummy, creative food and awesome atmosphere.
well, i’m off to make today super productive.
lot’s of artfest prep still to do.
my norwegian friend janne is coming tomorrow!
let the ART-ing begin.
my friend reenie of peculiar ambitions gifted us some beautiful eggs from her farm the other day.
these little guys were even standing on their heads they were so excited!
the fabulous egg cups are by artist alison palmer.
i’d love to visit connecticut and take one of her workshops someday!
i’ve had an obsession with ceramics for as long as i can remember.
i did take some classes once.
i very quickly came to the realization that…
i should just stick to purchasing other people’s.
all this really makes me want chickens!
my husband would NEVER go for it.
i will have to settle with living vicariously through you reenie.
st. patrick’s day is already almost here!
these cute & funky st. patrick’s day cupcake toppers are ones that i previously designed for a party. i’ve included the free downloads for them at the bottom of this post. i haven’t quite gotten around to this years yet… not sure if it’s going to happen.
do you have any big plans/traditions for st. patty’s day 2012?