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easter week {monday}

Hi, Friends! This week will look a little differently at Joy Ever After. I've gathered some poems + quotes in reflection as Easter Sunday approaches. It's almost a mini Advent Calendar of sorts!

I wish you a thoughtful week of pause, and a weekend full of celebration & relaxation. I'll be back next week with recent spring projects. Enjoy your week!!!


lovely bundle {easter eggs}

Easter week has snuck up on me! Are you prepared??? Here is a bit of inspiration whether you are or not!

Looking forward to *hopefully* relaxing weekend, with less than normal projects planned. How about your weekend plans? Hope it's wonderful!

Image Sources: 1. The Faux Martha // 2. Mooo (via Creature Comforts) // 3. DIY by Cupcakes & Cutlery for You Are My Fave // 4. Images by A Creative Mint for Decor8 // 5. Williams-Sonoma (via Pinterest) //


a few easter goodies

Two projects from last year that may help with ideas for next week, the Easter Peeps download and an Easter Brunch Party. Anyone already planning out ideas for the holiday?

Happy Wednesday, folks!


lovely bundle {st. patrick's day love}

To end the week, just a bit more Irish inspiration for you! And I also can't tell you how obsessed I am with this song by fun. Obsessed like back when you made an entire cd of the same song. Oh, jr. high memories.

Anyone have parade or party plans for tomorrow?! Regardless, have a lovely green weekend!

Psst, the LUCKY artwork is a free download!

Image Sources: 1. Jaros Designs (via Pinterest) // 2. Better Homes & Gardens (via Pinterest) // 3. The Crafting Chicks (via Pinterest) // 4. Eighteen25 (via Pinterest) // 5. Larissa Cleveland (via Style Me Pretty) // 6. Gracie Blue Photography (via Swoon!) //


pot o'gold rainbow cupcakes

Just a wee bit delayed on this weeks post! Gearing up for this weekends celebration with a pre-party last night, and wanted to go all out with these pretty cupcakes!

These were no small feat, even though I used a box mix. But every once in a while it's worth it to go all out, right? The buttercream frosting even has a layer of gold shimmer (sigh). Deep down I might believe these are too pretty to eat...


st. patrick's day sequin garland diy

How was your weekend?! Mine was unbelievably relaxing, including a 2+ hour game of scrabble against my husband (yep, I won!). To kick off a fun week of Irish cheer, I've thrown together this sequin garland. How festive and just the right amount of glitz! Use sewing thread to tie the sequins at various intervals—that's it! You can tailor this to fit any occasion for only a few dollars.


almost time for irish cream & cupcakes

And another week begins. It sure feels like the year is going fast, which bring us to...

These are two March favorites of mine. The Irish cream recipe can be found in this post, and I posted about the Guinness cupcakes here (from Big City, Little Kitchen).

Getting ready for the season full o'luck!


snuggle in a teepee

Happy Valentine's Day to you! I am doing my best to wrap up work and take off early for a play day with my husband. Wouldn't it be so fun to make this illustration real life? So fun!

Featured Artist: This Paper Ship


lovely bundle {red velvet}

All these beautiful valentine food images are giving me the BIGGEST craving! This weekend may have to include a trip to the bakery for a gourmet cupcake.

Wishing you a lovely weekend!

Image Sources: 1 Delectable Deliciousness (via Pinterest) // 2 Sweetcakes Bakeshop (via Pinterest) // 3 Photography by Sewell Photography, featured on Style Me Pretty // 4 Evan's Kitchen Ramblings // 5 Duhlicious (via Pinterest) // 6 Photography by Gabriel Ryan, featured on Green Wedding Shoes (via Pinterest) //


papercut heart blue valentine

Happy Monday! A pretty valentine and a quasi-tutorial for you.

Apparently I just can't get enough of this made up holiday. The creative fireworks go off at random intervals, and for whatever reason the lastest displays involve a musical twist. Original instructions and template from Martha Stewart.

Supplies & Tools // Two kinds of paper, chipboard (for cutting on), printed template, xacto knife, scissors, and tape.

The process was less tedious than I expected and took under 2 hours. TIP: Spray adhesive can be your best friend or your worst enemy, use with caution. Sadly, I butchered one area of the heart but thankfully it's not that noticable.

I might just frame it. The perfect valentine if you are looking for sweet & sentimental gift on the inexpensive side.

Also, I found a few other templates including carved initials, a pop-up card, and squirrel love.

AND my goal is to do a full week of posts this week. YAY ME!