Friday, August 5, 2011

Insta Friday!

hello insta friday!  I missed you last week so here's a double dose of what's been going on around here...

Jam makin day.  We of course made our fave Blueberry Ginger.  I think last year someone asked me what crystalized ginger looks like.  Well here you go,  crystalized ginger.  Better late than never.  Ivy also requested strawberry.  We ended up with 30 half pint jars of jam.  Hope they last!

I just don't think cousins can be better friends than these two.  Finishing each others sentances, and getting along.  All the time.  Rare for 4 year olds.  That is the very reason we decided it would be best for our family to move here.  

Thanks to Mel I caved and got an old fashioned ice cream maker.  Our favorite so far has been Rocky Road from the Our best Bites cookbook.  Seriously the best cookbook, besides my trusty BHG one.  

I got a new photo app {thanks for the tip, Mom!} called Pocketbooth.  It takes four pictures in a row and spits em out like a photostrip.  My nephew Wyatt has the best cheesy grins.  

My baby girl had her birthday last week.  FOUR years old.  Oh man.  I spent an hour ruffling up some streamers.  I'm not a huge crepe paper crafts fan but these were actually super cute.    The things we do for little girls... 

Baby girl's birthday was fabulous.  Daddy date to the free movie and lunch.   Mommy date to the bookstore which is hours of reading but this time she got to pick a book of her very own. She chose Ladybug girl.  Mama also snuck Blueberries for Sal out the door for her blueberry girl.

The day after your birthday is always a bit of a downer don't you think?  We spent the afternoon glamping in Ivy's tent.  Whipping up batches of pretend cupcakes and cookies.  And of course reading piles of books. Its her favorite past time besides swimming and I'm always happy to indulge her.

I checked this book out from the library.  I have only read the first 5 chapters but it has made a huge difference already.  I highly recommend it.  Even if your child isn't that spirited. Although I can't think of a three or four year old that isn't.

I just love this picture.  This is our summer days exactly and we wouldn't have it any other way.  {If you haven't tried the tilt shift in instagram you need to.  its my favorite feature}

Art in the park.  Butterfly wings and a fairy crown compliments of our friend Karly.   Our wings were barely making it so new ones definitely brightened this butterfly girls step.  

My brother and his fiance' rolled in to town this past weekend so we loaded up the bikes and headed to Walla Walla for some cruisin and some ice cream.   This picture is exactly how I feel when I'm riding my bike.  I love it more than anything.  Especially with my family on gorgeous tree lined streets. 

My little brother and Shanari, ahhh.   Darin took their engagement photos while we were in Walla Walla.  I'm thinking they should use these.  I can't tell you how happy I am to see my brother so happy.  And Shanari is a doll.  Yay for new sisters!

I've got my bracelets all wrapped up and ready to go in the mail to my bracelet swap partners.  We had over 100 people sign up, and I can't wait to see what everyone came up with.  

Happy Camper.  

This tells you two things.  She does not like to get her hair done.  As in I have to threaten her with cutting it off every time we comb it.    Braids are optimal for swimming every day by the way.  And two she does not like me to take pictures of her wearing stuff I make for her.  Little stinker.  

Happy Insta Friday!

life rearranged


Thursday, August 4, 2011

Hello Friend! {printable}

{in case you missed it at the Modern Marigold...}

Somehow our summer seems to be getting busier and busier.  It is our favorite time of year so we try to spend as many hours of the day outside as possible!  So I know when it comes time to mail my bracelets I'll be scrambling to have some cute packaging.  I took a few minutes this weekend to come up with a simple way to package up your friendship bracelets to your new friends.  Then you won't be scrambling if your summer is anything like ours!

I got to practice my photoshop skills {cuz they definitely need practicing} and used this letterpress tutorial from Pugly Pixel to make a sheet of cards.  

All you have to do is cut them up.  Easy peasy.
This one is for one of my good friends from college.  I wrote a little note too, to let my friend know I've been thinking of her.  

Then I used some of my Modern Marigold fabric tape to stick my bracelet right to the card.  It fit perfectly  in a card envelope so I sealed it up with a little more fabric tape and mailed it right away.  I got a little excited to send it so I forgot to take pictures.  Oh well!  

Don't forget to sign up for the bracelet swap!  And be sure to stop by some time.  I'd love to have you!

{and thanks Amanda for having me! xoxo}


Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Cupcake Month

mmmm... cupcakes.   Want to make some of the guilt free kind?  Come visit me at my friend Malory's!  She's having a cupcake month and I'd love it if you stopped by and said hi!



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