Isaiah’s Under the Sea First Birthday Party

After Lauren’s beautiful baby shower in May, I was in a party planning slump which meant I ended up putting off planning Isaiah’s birthday party until the absolute last minute! The whole party pulled together only the week of the event, except for the invite of course.

I took some photos in my office of my favorite decorations before the party just in case something happened to them on the day of. I got a little caught up in them and they probably don’t really go for a first birthday but I love them nonetheless.

But first, I want to share the invite with you! It was so fun to work with such bright paint colors! And make the simple ocean illustrations all fit together like a big puzzle!

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And of course I had to paint up some Thank You cards to match! However, that did make me end up sending them months late! Just like this blog post, I’m always late nowadays! 😛

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While searching for Under the Sea birthday party ideas, I came across this saying about the ocean and loved it so much, I knew it needed to be on display at the party!

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I also came across these amazing glass bottles at Michael’s and of course I had to write all over it. I used lyrics from “Oceans” by Hillsong… it’s another one of those decor items that don’t really fit a kid’s birthday party but I just had to make it. My hands were itching to letter on this bottle!

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One very important part to any kid’s first birthday party invitation is the “achievement poster.” I loved going over all of our boy’s favorite things, collecting what’s near and dear to our guy and painting them all out. He made the perfect model as well! I had no idea what he was going to do posing with a poster over half his size but his little faces looking at his mama’s work was adorable.

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Finally, here are some photos from the actual birthday party day!

Our amazingly generous friend Anthony took the majority of these photos! It was such a relief to just be able to focus on Isaiah and not have to worry about documenting all these details! So thank you, Anthony!!

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And that’s the end of that! It was here and gone within a blink of an eye and now I have a 15 month old! But seriously, when do we stop counting months? Anyway, the day was such a joy. I love watching our boy be loved on by his family and friends. My heart just overflows.

30 Wishes

Ugh, 30?! Seriously, when did that even happen?! I don’t feel 30… does that count for anything?!

I have to say this was one exciting year though! I celebrated my birthday last year, pregnant without knowing it, in Missouri. Weeks later, finding out about the pregnancy the morning of our day at Walt Disney World in Florida… flash forward about 6 months, buying a new house, having a baby, AND THEN moving into the new house. Throw in some fun work projects like getting my lettering in Hobby Lobby (next to Isaiah, this may be my best accomplishment of my life!), and here we are. The Big Three-Oh.

I couldn’t help but assemble another Wishes post… they are just too fun! I almost didn’t make a Wishes list this year… hence why I’m posting this so close to the BIG day. The big THREE-OH. Ugh… but I figured, why not. It was fun picking stuff out for myself! And being lazy and rolling over wishes from last year haha

Disclaimer: making these yearly birthday lists has just been for fun but now that my friends and family have gotten used to them, I can’t just stop releasing them. Right….? Plus they’re kinda fun to make, it’s like window shopping but online.


 

1-6. New Books

My usual book section is a little different this year… I’ve finally accepted the fact that reading books at an adult reading level may be out of the question right now, but I really don’t mind as reading to Isaiah is just THE BEST! I get so into the rhyming books that it’s hard to talk like a normal person for at least an hour afterward.

1. No Slurping, No Burping! | 2. Let Me Finish! | 3. Maxwell the Monkey Barber | 4. Good Good Father | 5. The Incredible Intergalactic Journey Home | 6. Chick ‘n’ Pug

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7-8. Kuretake Metallic Pens and Zig Brush Glitter Markers

I have a serious addiction to pens. I must try them all, in a variety of colors. ALL OF THEM. Especially metallic ones… oh so shiny!

9. Main Street Bakery Candle

My Disneyland themed guest room was finally finished earlier this year… and then we moved. So all the wonderfulness of the Happiest Place on Earth is sitting in boxes still. That must change soon. I think this candle would be a great smelling aroma during the unpacking!

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10. Disneyland Paper Cut

Speaking of my Disneyland guest room…. this this this!

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11. Amen Paper Co’s Advent Calendar and Devotional

My favorite lettering artist, Lindsay Letters, created the lettering for this devotional AGAIN this year. Yay! This advent calendar is paired with a devotional for the month of December. Such a neat idea.

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12. Sugar & Type’s Rule the World Planner

I bought this for myself during the presale…. I just loved my planner last year so much, I couldn’t help myself!

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13. Lettering Prayer Journal

I only recently discovered Krystal Whitten because of the release of her lettering prayer journal, but as I’ve followed her on Instagram… I’ve come to love her! Her posts are always so inspiring as she shares her walk with God with the world. She created this journal to letter through the Bible while keeping a place to write down your prayers. It’s so beautiful!

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14. Sliderwriter

This would be so incredibly useful during the season of envelope addressing! However, I’ve seen letterers also share about using a laser level from a hardware store… to each their own! Sliderwriter image by @pishposhletters

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15. Full Set of Tombow Dual Brush Pens

Ooooooh the colors! I want all the colorsssss! I only have one set of these markers, and I’ve come to find out that 9 is just not enough. I want need them all!

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16. Jenny Rijke Ceramics

Jenny Rijke ordered a logo stamp from me last year and I just fell in love with her clean yet textured style of pottery. I just had to include something from her shop on my list, but it was hard to choose!

jenny rijke PLATTER. Modern, textured, organically formed white ceramic platter_plate with gold rim

17. Jerry Seinfeld Tickets

A night out sounds nice… with Jerry or not 😉

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18. Disneyland Entrance Plaque

This is so perfect for my Disneyland room. So so perfect.

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19. ”Partners” Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse Statue

And what’s more even more perfect is this Partners statue.

20. Holiday Photo Session with Jessica Rose

This wonderful lady (and one of my closest friends) is taking holiday photo sessions again this year and this year I am totally taking advantage of it! Andy and I haven’t had a professionally taken Christmas card photo in years… who knows if we’ll actually make it on the card. Isaiah tends to steal the show and I’m totally okay with it! See our newborn photo session with her here!

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21-22. Laser Printer & Paper Cutter

My lists are never complete without a handful of very boring business related items… this time a fancy paper cutter and laser printer. Must haves for my growing stationery shop! You could even look at as being an investor in Your New Friend Sam 😉

23. Area Rug

I can get lost on the Magnolia website and since we’ve been looking for an area rug, and the infamous Joanna just came out with a rug collection, I can’t help but drool over them.

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24-27. King Size Bed

All Andy’s been talking about wanting for HIS birthday is a king size bed… we were too spoiled during our road trip last year with all the hotels. I guess he just wants his space 😉

PLUS he did go from having a king size bed to sharing a queen size with a growing pregnant mama haha

Bedframe | Bedspread | Sheets | Mattress

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28. Disneyland Pass

Our passes are about to expire—next month! We’ve already gotten to take Isaiah once to the Happiest Place on Earth, but I’m looking forward to years and years of more memories with my little Mouseketeer.

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29. Wacom Tablet

For the past few months, I’ve had the luxury of borrowing a Wacom tablet. I’ve officially become addicted and so dependent on it that I don’t know how I’ll function without it. So I’m going to start saving… and saving for one of these little babies of my very own!

My favorite use of the tablet has been how easy it’s made making my monthly milestone charts for Isaiah! (plus I was just looking for a shameless way to insert some cute baby photos!)

30. Chevy Equionox

For the last 4 years, this car has been on my list. Three years ago we ended up buying a truck, and 2 years ago a new smoker for catering, and last year another new truck… in other words: BBQ, BBQ, BBQ! And then this year…. we bought a house—and had a baby. So maybe next year. 🙂

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Happy Birthday to Me!

Another year, another candle on the cake, another list of wishes!

 

 

 

Molly’s Bright and Colorful 2nd Birthday Celebration

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You guys… In my last post about working with Trisha, I mentioned how much I adore designing for her! With all this hand lettering and painting going on, Trisha is my #1 customer (no offense to all my other #1 customers though!). She is such an encouragement and makes me strive to keep doing better and better, while still surprising her with each design. And now that I’m in the midst of working on her daughter’s 3rd birthday invitation, I thought it was time to post about the 2nd birthday invitation!

Trisha was really open to the direction to take the design. She wanted it bright and colorful though! So after showing her a few ideas, we went with a fun and whimsical direction and I got to hand write the whole piece! And then the best and final and most perfect touch, Trisha punched out and sewed on a few bright and colorful flags. Oh I love them so!

First off, I wanted to show you the work-in-progress sketch of the design before it was fully inked. It was really important to plan it out in pencil to really get the layout and how the words and lines would interact and flow together.

Mollys 2nd Birthday Handlettered Invitation Sketch

And then the fun and festive color was added to match the scrapbook paper that Trisha found for the banner.

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I love how Trisha sewed on the paper banners, it was such a fun handmade touch to the invitations.

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Can’t wait to share this year’s invites with y’all! Hopefully it won’t take me a year to post about them though! Ah!

29 Wishes

This is gonna be strange birthday as my hubby, Andy, and I will be celebrating our shared October birthdays away from home. Plus it’s my last birthday in my twenties… waaaaah!

Just forewarning you, this is the most geeked out birthday wish list yet! This year it’s all about the work tools and fun “girl-boss” apparel, feeding my Disney fan girl side, with a large splash of books (but even those have work related and Disney snuck in!)

Disclaimer: making these yearly birthday lists has just been for fun but now that my friends and family have gotten used to them, I can’t just stop releasing them. Right….? Plus they’re kinda fun to make, it’s like window shopping but online.


 

1. Gold Vintage Scissors

This is a random one to start this list off, but I’ve been looking for some small gold scissors to use in my greeting card photos in my shop and finally found a small pair that doesn’t have a crane on it (since birds just aren’t my favorites!).

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2. Lettermate

This handy little tool is such a neat idea… with little windows to aide in addressing envelopes!

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3-14. New Books

Kindle Books: It took me awhile to go the e-book route, but I am so glad I finally did! The convenience of it just on these road trips alone have made it so worth it. These books have been hanging out on my Amazon Wish List just waiting to be devoured!

3. #GirlBoss | 4. Creativity Inc.  | 5. Americanah | 6. All the Light We Cannot See | 7. A Northern Light | 8. The Goldfinch | 9. Yes Please

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Printed Books: There’s certain books that just need that tangible feeling…

10. Hand Lettering Ledger | 11. DIY Type | 12. The Art of Disney Golden Books | 13. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland | 14. The Hidden Art of Disney’s Golden Age

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15. Peter and Wendy Kiss Necklace

I love this necklace! It’s too adorable! Love the wood acorn and the bronze thimble and that it’s like the play with the acorn. Love it!

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16. walt before mickey

I’ve been following this project for sometime and its finally available for preorder! Whoo!

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17. It’s Mailing Date tote

This bag is far too perfect. I love love LOVE it.

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18. maker and Dreamer Shirt

After finding the Mailing Day tote, from the same shop I found this Maker and Dreamer top. Adorable!

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19. Ampersand Tank

Not too long ago I started following Cake for Breakfast on Instagram. I loved following along with her wedding and then her office tour… and of course her collection of ampersand tanks and tees in her shop!

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20. Wood Poster Hanger

Love these vintage like poster hangers and I love how easy it is to trade out work. Hope to use it to update some shop photos too!

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21. Acacia Wood Cake Stand

It’s been really hard to find a cake stand that matches our house… for the one or two times I’ve needed one, I was quite excited to find this guy at Target!

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22. Naptime Diaries Advent Calendar and Devotional

I released my birthday list right before discovering Naptime Diaries’ Advent Calendar last year. My favorite lettering artist, Lindsay Letters, created the lettering for it last year and AGAIN this year. Yay! This advent calendar is paired with a devotional for the month of December. Such a neat idea.

Naptime Diaries Advent Calendar and Devotional

23. Jenny Rijke Ceramics

Jenny Rijke ordered a logo stamp from me a few months ago and I just fell in love with her clean yet textured style of pottery. I just had to include something from her shop on my list, but it was hard to choose!

jenny rijke PLATTER. Modern, textured, organically formed white ceramic platter_plate with gold rim

24. Jerry Seinfeld Tickets

Too bad Jerry will be in L.A. the weekend of my birthday this year… too bad because I’m not in California! So maybe next season 🙂

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25. Disneyland Entrance Plaque

This is so perfect for my Disneyland room. So so perfect.

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26. ”Partners” Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse Statue

And what’s more even more perfect is this Partners statue.

27. Disneyland Pass

This is happening. For reals. Good timing since the passes just went up in price again though! It’ll totally be worth it though!! Yay!

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28. Walt Disney World

10 years ago I stepped foot in one of Walt Disney’s last projects, Walt Disney World. And I am so thankful that to end this giant road trip, I get to go back but this time with my husband in tow!

Thanks Mama for already crossing this one of my list! Eeeek!

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29. Chevy Equionox

For the last 3 years, this car has been on my list. Two years ago we ended up buying a truck, and last year a new smoker for catering, and this year another new truck… in other words: BBQ, BBQ, BBQ! Maybe next year. 🙂

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Happy Birthday to Me!

Another year, another candle on the cake, another list of wishes!

Happy Two Years to My Little Shop, Your New Friend Sam

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Wow, just wow. Each and every day, I still can’t believe what’s blossomed over these last two years.

Starting out, I didn’t think I’d have time to ship product, so I only listed printable, downloadable invitations. Then, while helping my best friend with her wedding, I added some various new items—like an address stamp that I hand lettered. From there my shop exploded from just printables to a rubber stamp and lettering shop. Nothing that I even started with. I can go weeks without even selling a printable invite, but daily, I’m selling things I’ve handlettered. Where? What? How?

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Starting out, I didn’t even know I could letter. That I could write in a way that people would want to buy it. Buy it for their weddings, for their businesses, for tattoos on their arms! It’s such a a simple concept and it blows my mind daily. And I thank God for giving me that skill. Yes, I’ve studied and practiced like crazy, but truly, if I can call this a gift, it all came from God. There is no other way to explain it. And that’s the only way I can even try to fathom how I got to where I am now.

A year ago from this moment, I never ever ever everrrrrrr would have anticipated what was about to happen in that second year.

  • I never would have guessed that the first month of the [second] year of my shop, I would get 50 orders—10 more than the whole first year combined!— let alone that the last month of the year (January) I would have nearly 300!
  • I never would have guessed that when I created my “made with love” stamp with my friend Trisha in mind, it would launch a whole series of “love” stamps or the style of the writing would draw so many inquires to have logos and other related items done in a similar way.

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  • I never would have guessed that when I saw what the minimum amount of sales was to file taxes for Etsy was that I would meet and far exceed that amount. I specifically remember laughing and scoffing at that, thinking there was no way that would even be feasible.
  • I never would have thought that something I hand lettered would become a tattoo! A permanent art piece on someone’s body!
  • I never would have thought that when my friend (Trisha, again!) asked me to design her sister-in-law’s shower invites, it would inspire and launch a whole line of glitter embossed greeting card cards… almost 500 bridal party cards sold since mid-October to today!

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  • I never would have guessed that my shop would be featured on the David Tutera blog (twice!) or even international blog sites like Fanny Staaf’s (twice!).
  • I never ever would have thought I’d reach 500 sales within the year, but that marker was passed in the summer and by November, I hit 1,000 sales! The Christmas rush came and went and things have only gained speed. With having my 1,700th sale last night, 2,000 sales is just around the corner in a matter of a few short months or even weeks! I seriously can not even believe it. No really, I can’t believe it.

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If so much could happen in just the second year, while making hundreds of contacts and relationships with clients all over the world… I can only imagine what is to come this third year. This has been the most overwhelmingly insane year of my life—work-wise—but the most wondrous, amazing, and rewarding year as well. It was a year of taking chances, seeing what worked and what didn’t work and finding help and support from my friends and family in such sweet and endearing ways. It was learning to refine the craft of hand lettering with each order and discovering new writing styles. With each step of faith, God has just confirmed over and over again that what is happening is all from Him because there is no way I could have had any success at this apart from Him. I am ever so thankful…

Happy birthday my sweet little shop, how you’ve opened my eyes to dreams I never knew I had. To a future, I never knew could exist. To endurance that I never knew I had.


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Your New Friend Sam, Etsy Shop: It’s a Frozen Celebration

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Now that it’s December and really starting to feel like winter here in Southern California, I thought it was a perfect time to post about my new Frozen inspired invitations!

Several months ago, I dreamed up a list of all the items I’d like to add to my shop, a Frozen themed invitation being one of them. Not long after that, an old friend inquired about having a Frozen themed invite custom designed for her daughter’s third birthday party. Divine, right?

I started dreaming up how I’d want the invite to look, but as I am not much of an illustrator, I called upon my wonderful friend Rachel, a student at University of California Irvine. And a very familiar face around this blog.

After giving Rachel a sketch and some images to inspire the look and feel of the invite, she went to town painting up the background of the invite on several pages for me to digitally piece together. I just love the look of these in person, the depth and texture to each layer of paint… it’s just gorgeous and so tactile.

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I just loved how the piece came together and since we didn’t use the actual characters from Frozen, the invite can be created for a variety of winter themed parties and showers.

But first and foremost, we created it for a very special 3 year old’s birthday party… I love working on custom designs, the client gets to work hand in hand with me, getting a say over the color choices and overall look of the invite. We also upgraded the envelopes to a pretty “ice” silver. They were literally called “ice”—how meant to be is that?!

Frozen Inspired Birthday Invitation from Your New Friend Sam on Etsy

It wasn’t until I started to work on the lettering for the invite that I was struck with the idea of creating this same invite with a variety of type treatments to allow the invite to cross over from just being a Frozen invite to winter parties and showers. So we then created Winter One-derland/Wonderland for first birthdays and Oh, Baby It’s Cold Outside for baby showers.

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And to close, here’s a close up of those icy envelopes, addressed to my favorite Frozen character and her main squeeze.

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All these invitations and options are available in my Etsy shop!

Interested in your custom invitation design? Contact me!

28 Wishes

How did October get here so fast? No, really? Wasn’t it just, like May or something?

October means autumn coming in full force, which around here means that we might be able to start wearing cardigans. And pants, just at night. October, also means birthday month for me and the hubby. I’m sure you know where I’m going with this… birthday wish list time! Indulge me as I fire off my fun list of wants, not needs of course!

1. Friends Peep-Hole

Oh I totally want this… almost to the point of needing it. I think every Friends aficionado needs one really… but the question is, would Andy even let me hang it on the door?! DIY here.

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2. App: iFontMaker

Oh how I’ve always wanted to make my own fonts! How fun would that be?!

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3-6. New Books

3. Once Upon a Dream  | 4. Creativity Inc.  | 5. The Art and Flair of Mary Blair | 6. Little Book of Lettering

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7. Alphabet Calligraphy Tea Towel

How amazingly simple and classy is this tea towel covered in Flourish and Whim calligraphy?!  Found on Lilikoi.

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8. Made to Create Necklace

I’ve loved this necklace ever since Lacey and I worked on a stamp for her business cards a couple months ago. It’s been on my birthday wish list ever since! Her hand stamped jewelry is so darling!

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9. The Lego Movie

In July, I only saw bits and pieces of this movie and loved each second of it. So once I finally got to sit through the whole thing, I just fell in love with the imagination and creativity of the movie. And the hilarity of Chris Pratt from Parks and Rec. I put it on my birthday wish list right away, but then ended up just buying it for myself! Whoops!

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10. Disneyland Coasters

PERFECT addition to my Disneyland guest room: coasters! It took me forever to decide between this set from newspaper ads or the Magic Kingdom map ones… but it is a Disneyland room, not a Walt Disney World room after all. 🙂

Disneyland coasters

11. Paint and Painters Please!

But first things first, I need to paint the Disneyland room… I want to go with a light light yellow, like a lot of the exteriors of Main Street, USA. (this is turning into a very weird list…)

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12. Travel Tripod

How cute is this little tripod? I’m the queen of auto-timer selfie shots with friends so this would be a must have!

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13. Ampersand Tank

Not too long ago I started following Cake for Breakfast on Instagram. I loved following along with her wedding and then her office tour… and of course her collection of ampersand tanks and tees in her shop!

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14. Camera Strap

I loved the camera strap I found last year but it doesn’t look like the shop still carries it… so I got to shop around again and found this fun but neutral double sided pattern design with chevron and polka dots. And of course it has the lens cap pocket too. Bonus!

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15. Just Dance 2014

Oh how I have loved this “game” over these last couple years… and just when I start to tire of the songs, a new one is released. Thank you Just Dance!

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16. Set of White Floating Shelves

Now that the walls are painted (haha see #11), time to hang shelves! I found this shelf at Hobby Lobby and it helped me dream up the final wall for my Disneyland themed guest room… but I want 3 of them in a range of sizes. Hoping to get them custom made from one of my new favorite Etsy shops: Rooftop Wood Works.

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17. ”Partners” Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse Statue

I’m almost done in collecting something from each “land” for the Disneyland room… this Partners statue will be the perfect finishing touch.

18. Brother Sewing Machine

Now that I’ve completed, somewhat successfully, like 4 sewing projects… I obviously need to get my own machine! Oh brother…

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19. Disneyland Pass

Oh how I miss the Happiest Place on Earth. I want… need… to have a pass again! (Actually, I don’t even know why I put this on the list, I stopped going because I didn’t go often enough.)

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20-23. Silhouette Cameo Products

Thanks to a certain someone 🙂 the seed has been planted and now I really really want this amazing tool. I’d love to be able to cut out my intricate lettering designs and create my own rubber stamps, magnets, chip board table numbers… tattoos!! The list can go on and on… after shopping around I kinda settled on these as my immediate must haves. Except I chose 3 paper stocks but we’re just going to count them as 1 today okay?

20. Silhouette Cameo Starter Kit Bundle | 21. Stamping Starter Kit | 22. Vinyl Starter Kit | 23. Temporary Tattoo Paper, Printable Adhesive Kraft Paper, Adhesive Magnet Paper

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24. Macbook Pro

Since I just can’t work enough, I saved up for a laptop to work on the go. A MacBook Pro! Just waiting for the new one to come out… ETA January hopefully!

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25. Adobe Creative Cloud

A new laptop, means new programs…

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26. Everlane Snap Backpack

And of course, a new laptop means a new laptop bag! I’ve had my eye on this backpack from Everlane for some time now.

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27. Tokyo Disney Sea

This was totally on my list the last couple years, but I’m not giving up! After seeing this post on Micechat with the Top 10 Scenes at Tokyo Disney Sea, my yearning as only increased! Who wants to go with me??

28. Chevy Equionox

For the last 2 years, this car has been on my list. Last year we ended up buying a truck, and this year a new smoker for catering… in other words: BBQ, BBQ, BBQ! Maybe next year. 🙂

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Happy Birthday to Me!

Another year, another candle on the cake, another list of wishes!

Here’s to the 28th year of my life, I’m most officially in my late 20’s now!

Splish Splash, Amelia’s Under the Sea First Birthday Bash

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Amelia’s first birthday party was a few weeks ago now, and I have been so anxious to post photos from the event.

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Under the Sea Birthday Party Invitations

Of course, we must start with the invitations. I have to say these are pretty much my most favorite invitations I’ve ever designed. From the hand drawn illustrations to the layers of color and texture… I just love them.

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Rachel picked up these fun coral envelopes (and pearl clasps for the invites she personally handed out). Then each one was hand addressed and stuffed with a white pearlescent envelope liner. I just love them!

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Under the Sea Birthday Party Centerpieces

I wasn’t able to help nearly as much as I did with the baby shower, and with school finals and life in general, Rachel and I decided to tone it back for the birthday party decorations. We tried to just focus our energies on a few tables and ideas.

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All the centerpieces collectively cost less than $15! We bought a few fresh succulents, collected sand from the beach, and then picked up a couple of the glass bowls at Joann’s for 99 cents! The rest of the centerpieces were random decorations from my own house (thank you, nautical themed office!) and the trays were recycled from Amie’s wedding in November. Easy!

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Rachel also hung some clear ornaments in the trees to look like bubbles. The little babes loved those!

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Under the Sea, Splish Splash Pendant Banner

I then made a banner for the fence along with some fun fringe letters for the gift table.

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On the way inside, Rachel hung a net and clipped photos from the year to it. It was really fun having the bubble maker going during the party too, it was a festive entrance for sure!

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Under the Sea Bubble Balloon Wall and Cake Table

Once inside, the guests were greeted with a bubble wall… created with a mixture of pearlescent balloons and a few twisted green streamers for seaweed.

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In front of the bubble wall, sat the cake table. Rachel spent the day and night before the party creating this art piece. It was so pretty! I loved the scallop frosting she did! We had a few other knick-knacks on the table as well as a few more photos. And as my gift to Amelia (okay, its really for Rachel)—I commissioned Emily from Yellowstring to create a watercolor portrait of Rachel and Amelia from the first birthday photo session at the beach. I just love how it came out and had fun finding a matching matte and frame at Hobby Lobby.

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And you can’t have a first birthday without the birthday cake smash!

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And one last photo, after the party was over we had to get one last shot of Miss Mia in front of the bubble wall before bathtime.

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Sunshine and Lemonade, Birthday Party Invitation and Party Photos

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sunshine and lemonade birthday party invitation processIf I haven’t said it a thousand times already, Jess and I make a great team! So when she came to me with the idea of a vintage summer birthday party for her son’s second birthday, back in probably November haha, I had many months to get excited to get started on the project. This time, she left it fully in my hands on what to do. She just gave me a photo of a lemonade stand that she wanted to make and then said go. I thought about it for a month or two—seriously, she always gives me plenty of time—and came up with using watercolor as a way of coloring in the invitation. And since her colors started as being yellow, gray and white, I thought a simple line art illustration would work perfectly.

sunshine and lemonade birthday party watercolor invitation processJust to show Jess the layout I wanted to go with, I sketched out a rough idea. Once she saw it, she suggested adding the pendant banners. Love! And then we also decided to add the blue and green to add some more color and make it more kid like. It was for a 2 year old’s birthday party after all.

I then traced the photo she had given me of the lemonade stand, added a kid’s big wheel bike and voila! The invite was almost done.

Then came the fun part… I first tested water coloring straight on the invitation. We ended up not going that route for two reasons: 1. who has time to paint each invitation? and 2. the paper just got too warped from the water.

So instead, I painted on a blank page with the general idea of what I needed. I then scanned that in and added it the drawing. I really am happy with doing that, it allowed us to have the lemonade stand wood in solid white rather than having the green grass show through.

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But to still give it that tactile feel, we printed all the invites on watercolor paper from our home printer.

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Then my part was pretty much done. Except for a few more graphics for the party, the rest was up to Jess’ magical party planning hands (see her Pinterest board here).

It’s always fun to hear about all the planning that goes into such an event and then get to just show up and see it all brought to life!

I took a few hundred photos of the party… the day couldn’t have been more perfect for a sunshine filled party celebrating little Grayson! Hope you enjoy…

And thanks Jess for sharing some of your photos with me too… hers are marked below. Read her post on the party here, and then invitation here.

Since this was a lemonade party, the focal point of the decorations was this amazing lemonade stand that Jess and her hubby Scott made!

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Then Jess took a few old bicycle tires, found at a garage sale, spray painted them white and adding dozens of photos of G through the years. Such a cute idea!

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Then she had the treat table…

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Along with the “guest book,” a sun I designed based off the invitation that was filled with fingerprints of all the guests (like last year’s caterpillar!).

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And then of course, a party couldn’t be complete with cake!

Grayson seriously makes the sweetest faces! Here’s just a few as he was so adorably admiring his cake…

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And any good 2 year old’s party includes lots of kiddos running around… so let’s end this post on the cutest of notes!

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You remember baby Parker?

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Grayson had the sweetest reactions to his presents… especially his new Toy Story pajamas.

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Little Grayson,

Hope you know how much you are loved… how much you have been prayed for. I love your sweet demeanor, those sparkly eyes, and your flirty show-off side… may you never lose that sparkle and precious little smile that shows us all that dear heart of yours.

Love, Auntie Sam

Loving Life thru My Lens

This past week was just so fun… from Disneyland trips to the birthday celebrations over the weekend… I spent a lot of time behind my camera capturing the moments. I feel so incredible blessed to call these people friends who are really more like family.

I just wanted to share a few of my favorite photos from this last week, just a glimpse of the joy I saw thru my lens.

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Molly’s first trip to Disneyland.

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Just the cutest little profile of an almost 2 year old on a break from playing with the ducks.

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Eli runs home at his weekly baseball game.

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Trying to capture all my last moments [for awhile]  of the Happiest Place on Earth.

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Amelia’s happy grin in her mama’s arms.

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Eli’s first pinata experience.

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And a dad’s extreme joy and getting to pull the pinata out of reach. 🙂

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How cute are two 2-year olds!? I mean really, is there anything cuter??

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And then spa splashing fun!

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Eli’s fun with his new bubble machine from Auntie Yoyo.

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Hudson’s backward binoculars experience.

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The big boys playing ball games.

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And to end the weekend, our new two year old Owen being so happily embarrassed during his happy birthday song.

Hope you enjoyed loving life thru my lens!