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party animal birthday party

It's all fur and fuzzies at this party! My handsome little fella turned one and we partied like animals to celebrate!

Party activities included picking out an animal outfit and face painting to match. I bought the ears from Partyears and made corresponding tails. For the face paint, I used the homemade recipe from Mommypotamus. Agh I just loved how stinking adorable the animal outfits turned out!

A highlight of the party was our second guest of honor, Louie the rabbit. Do not be fooled—this rabbit is as big as a medium sized dog. He is sooooo amazing and a huge hit with the kiddos! Also, there were two sets of twins at the party. They make the best cute party accessories.

The food table was not complete without animal crackers & cake batter dip. I tried to limit the sugars and unhealthy foods, so I tried out this recipe by Desserts With Benefits—it was DELICIOUS.

It was such an amazing day celebrating our little man with family & friends. He had a ball and devoured his smash cake. And I, of course, had a ball putting this all together. Nothing I love more than a fun party concept coming together! Don't you agree?!


styling for this old house magazine

Sharing my most exciting styling project to date! The publication This Old House magazine hired me to style a gorgeous bathroom for their May issue.

Here's the first image from the layout—not too shabby, eh?

And another shot that wasn't used in the layout.

The "his vanity" pictured above is my favorite part, I just loved the little shaving details. And below is my name PRINTED in the issue. *pinch me!*

Such a great project and an incredible team to work with on location. Not to mention a beautiful subject (the historic/modern bathroom in St. Louis). And to make an incredible job even better—I'll be styling another project for the magazine next month! SO exciting. 

All photography/design owned by This Old House magazine // Produced by Tisha Leung

Photography by Alise O'Brien // Styling by Me // Interior Design by Joni Spear // More bathroom details on this Houzz feature


girly pink confetti shower

An exciting project for your viewing pleasure! Recently I co-hosted a sweet baby shower for a dear friend. Since my baby was a boy, I was able to channel any unfulfilled girlish obsessions into this event. Which means a lot of pink, flowers, confetti, and lace!

We kept things fairly simple, but still colorful & feminine. This could easily be a bridal shower (I'm not super into "baby" themes). Food was a simple combination of finger foods and spice cake cupcakes. I made these intricate little tissue paper flower toppers and they were SO PRETTY. Paper flowers are my spiritual gift people. We didn't intentionally top the cupcakes with flowers & nuts, but I do find it hilarious.

For activities we had the clothespin game, where you lose your pin if someone catches you saying a forbidden word (ie. baby, due, cute, etc). The person with the most pins is the winner. Another activity was baby price is right. Always more entertaining than it sounds, and mom gets to keep the goodies! Lastly we had "decorate a diaper". No filters allowed on this one—the more humor the better! New parents need a reason to smile when changing diapers at 3am.

Favors were a bag of PINK strawberry coconut popcorn for the road. Yum!

That about covers it all! These pictures make me miss the tissue paper confetti—it's just so fun! I even stuffed the invites with it. And I still love the pink/coral color palette, though only in small doses.

It was a sweet day celebrating a precious little bundle. Definitely gave me my fill of pink & posh. Now hurry up Little Miss D, I can't wait to meet you!

Photography by me. Paper products available in my shop. Paper straws from Shop Sweet Lulu. Painterly party cups diy from Design*Sponge.


front door facelift

Hello hello! I've got a non-baby related post today! During my pregnancy I spent a lot of time nesting and hope to share those fun updates with you. First is a welcome sight—adding color to the front door.

This happy door makes me smile every time I come home. And here's a GREAT lazy crafter tip > outsource the labor! By the time you research a tutorial, buy supplies, and then attempt the project (only to end up with quasi-awesome products), it makes the best sense to just skip all that. I wanted a pretty wreath but didn't want to make the flowers myself. The ones pictured were purchased from The Bakers Daughter Too on Etsy. I glued them on a wreath I owned and BAM—pretty wreath done. Low cost too! Probably the same as buying supplies. I added some filler flowers (1" was a lot bigger in my head....!), but the end product is thumbs up.

What do you think? Do you have other lazy crafter tips? Hope you all are enjoying your summer!


gender neutral woodland nursery

My sweet babe is 2 weeks old today! Which is exactly when I started writing this post...as you can guess life has been full of many changes/adjustments. I move at a much slower pace while time seems to move at a much faster pace.

Below are the details of the woodland nursery that all came together just days before the whirlwind birth. I wanted a mix of modern + rustic in a very peaceful space. Here's how it turned out:

Overall we probably spent less than $650 on everything shown here (excluding the books). The tree mural was the big (decor) money saver, but a huge time investment. That wall plus the gilded feathers and woodland critters are my favorite details. I also loved the simplicity of the curtain, which you can find the diy for here (by Lay Baby Lay). If interested in the inspiration/vision behind the room, you can view my woodland Pinterest board. Being gender neutral the biggest challenge was not having everything grey (didn't do too well avoiding this!), and the room is tiny tiny so storage is a constant struggle. One last note, my husband put in a dimmer switch for the light, which I HIGHLY recommend. I do love this little nursery and it is definitely the most serene room in our home.

What do you think of the nursery? Any other ideas you've seen that fit this theme? Please share!

::: source list :::
Light fixture, crib, diaper cart, book shelves, small green canister, closet baskets — Ikea
Crib sheet, woven pouf, rocker pillow & leather bear — Land of Nod
Fabric animals — Gingermelon Etsy Shop
Dresser, rocking chair, art print, mirror — Thrifted/Antique
Side table — Target
Branch curtain tie-back Urban Outfitters
Tree painting, feather mobile, drop cloth curtain — Handmade/DIY
Rug, tree logs — Already owned


fall farm wedding {part 1}

A few days ago was the anniversary of very good friends, whose wedding I had the privelege of styling. They were married on 9/10/11. Why am I just now showcasing? OH I suppose I originally wanted to submit it to large wedding blog...but like many things in my life, that only amounted to good intentions.

But ohhhh so fun to look back and remember what a FUN event this was.

The wedding took place at the most breathtaking location—in Spanish Lake, Missouri at Kuhs Estate and Farm. When guests arrived, they made their way to the barn for cocktail hour. This barn was a thrifters dream, stuffed full of antiques of all kinds.

And while the adults mingled, the kiddos could enterain themselves over at the mini petting zoo.

I credit this event to me falling in love with floral arranging. 

Such a beautiful couple! And you haven't even seen the wedding yet! On Monday, I'll post the rest of the photos from the ceremony and reception. Worth the wait. Promise.

All photography by Dustin Davis // Wedding location at Kuhs Estate and Farm // Styling, stationery, & flowers by me


pretty gold tipped antler

Hello! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend! Where is spring, does anyone know? It's absence is beginning to make me grumpy.

But what IS making me happy—this antler I just spray painted gold tips onto.

It also doesn't hurt to be recently featured on the blogs of two idols, Emily Henderson & Martha Stewart (insert audible squeal!). Who knew decorated eggs could be so popular shortly before Easter? Yay ego boost!

Should be the start to a great week!


wrapping up spring {wreath}

Though the weather does not reflect it, spring is here and my front door will participate. Using what I had on hand (embriodery hoop & fabric scraps), I whipped up this seasonal greeting to brighten my exterior. What do you think?

It was a short work week, and now I'm off to enjoy the local vineyards with the visiting in-laws. Relaxation and merriment will be in abundance this weekend. Wishing the same for you!


large stencil letter

Happy Monday once again! Here's a project I created a while back for an event.

This is a large stencil letter made from standard foamboard that measures 20"x30".
For a dramatic focal point in any room or display, this does the job well. 

And edge the letter with neon washi tape for extra interest.

If interesed in how this was made, continuing reading the next paragraph.

To create the letter, I did freehand draw the letter on the foamboard. The secret however, was to create a digital file with the same measurements to use as a guide for measuring cut lines. To be more specific, I created an Illustrator file of the same dimensions (20"x30") then used a standard sans serif font blown up to the size I liked. From there I could measure how many inches each horizontal line was from the top and also how many inches each vertical line was from the side. Using a straight edge ruler, it was easy to draw each of the line dimensions on the foamboard. The curves were a little tricky using just freehand. Also, a large cutting matt was a lifesaver when I was ready for cutting out shapes with an xacto knife.

Sorry to be MIA last week. I think I'm still in a winter slump (as I mentioned some at the beginning of January). Both my husband and I are slow with work, so I spent most of last week working on potential income streams (new Etsy products, selling stuff on Ebay, etc). We are at a standstill waiting on job/future opportunities, so it's been a struggle for us. Hoping (paid) work projects pick up and future direction come soon! Anyone been there? Where you feel your hands are tied while waiting? Any tips? Ugh, no fun.

Here's to expecting a breakthrough this week!


office details

I cleaned my office.

You don't realize how intense this was. It was like Mary Poppin's bag, where all magical crafting things come from...except also a disaster of piles upon piles. There was no floor to be seen in any of its' 10 sq ft.

Above would be all my fabric scraps. Organized. By color.

Heart is bursting with pride. Like that feeling when the house is clean, the laundry done, and fridge stocked. As if your life is almost put together. With a bonus of bunting hung on the ceiling.

Small life victories for the win!

PS. Super fun desktop wallpaper from Oh, Hello Friend. Find it here.