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This and That

I love Valentine’s Day. Not the commercialized version where you must go out to dinner and buy red roses, and be forced to be romantic one day a year. I am a romantic and I think it’s fun to celebrate the ones you love in little ways. Nathan and I usually order take out and rent a movie. This is enough for me. A cozy dinner and snuggling up to watch a movie is perfect. This year I think I might make a special dinner for my family. After all I love all of them not just my hubby! I will have to look for fun ideas.

I did see these and am thinking about making them with my kids so they can give them to their friends and teachers.

check out the tutorial here

I may need to make a little something for my friends too. Maybe a flower pin? Any ideas of cute friends valentines?

I made Lydia a really cute flower hairbow Sunday night. I will have to show you soon. I made it using pinks and whites and cut a felt heart out for the middle. I love it and so does she. I used this tutorial.

 

On a different topic I made this for dinner last night and yum, yum, yum! So good.

go here for the recipe

I used the homemade  Teriyaki sauce and made the Lime- Cilantro Rice with Pineapple for a side. It was not hard and super tasty. I also did feel pretty cool making my own teriyaki sauce (even if it was easy).

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A Fairy Tea Party

This is by far my favorite party we’ve done.  I don’t know if I can top it and I don’t know if I will ever have the energy to try. My sweet girl had a good time and that makes me so happy. When I asked her what her favorite part was she replied, “the cupcakes, gifts, scavenger hunt, and cupcakes.” So…next year maybe just a scavenger hunt and some cupcakes? 🙂

I just love this party table. Each place setting had a fairy, a fairy house, fairy dust bottle and a set of wings. The centerpiece I made using an old candelabra and tea cups and saucers. I can’t find the tutorial I used.

The boys got a guy fairy at their place.

Upon arrival each fairy found her own tutu hanging on the line. The tutu’s had a name tag with them. The boys found a peter pan hat with their name tags hanging on the line.

After finding their tutu and wings a visit to the Pixie Parlor was in order to get all fairy dusted up, pick out a flower headband, and a butterfly fairy wand.

Garland tutorial found here.

After visiting the Pixie Parlor our activities included filling a bottle with Fairy Dust, going on a scavenger hunt for things to decorate their Fairy House, and decorating the Fairy Houses.

Tea Party Menu:

Enchanted Tutti-Frutti Tea

Pink Princess Mini Cupcakes

Fruit and Muffins en Brochette

Bitsy Bacon and Cheese Rolls (not shown since they were served warm from the oven)

Fairy Princess Fruity Toast

all recipes came from this cookbook

Favors were the tutus, wings, headbands,fairy wand, fairies, fairy house and fairy dust. The boys took home peter pan hats, boy fairy pez dispenser, fairy house, fairy dust and in my nephews case his own set of “tooth fairy wings”.

 

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Party Planning

My daughter is turning 4 soon *sniff, sniff* and has requested a Fairy Tea Party. I have been planning and crafting  for awhile now and am having tons of fun with this theme. I can’t wait to see it all come together. I am hoping our home will be transformed into a dreamy place where fairies frolic and giggle.

 

This is my favorite tea party. I love all the vintage touches and am hoping the tea party part of our party looks a little like this.  I am planning on making my birthday girl her own tea cup cupcake stand. I am also loving all the tags  labeling everything. I have already made some glittery versions for our little fairies. Check out all the great pictures and inspiration here.

 

Now for the Fairy part of the party I have found inspiration in these great party photos.  I love these bottles waiting to be filled with magic fairy dust. I think I need to start hunting for vintage bottles. For more lovely party photos go here.


Here is another great fairy party with tons of inspiration and do-it-yourself ideas. We have already made some of the fairies to hang at our party and send home with the party guests and I think I will make the sparkly play dough for the favors.

Love this! Every little girl needs a place to transform into a fairy. I also like the flower headbands enough to maybe make them instead of ribbon and flower hair garlands. For more from this party check here. Notice all the indoor furniture brought outdoors. I love that! If only we lived somewhere warm year round…

I would really like to have these for the girls.  Hopefully I will have time and patience to try them out.

Whew! I better go and get busy on these projects still needing to be finished.

 

 

 

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Prayers

Here are some great prayer guides that I like to use. They are from John Piper’s blog.

For my children.

That Jesus will call them and no one will hinder them from coming.

Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people, but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” And he laid his hands on them and went away. (Matthew 19:13-15)

That they will respond in faith to Jesus’ faithful, persistent call.

The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. (2 Peter 3:9)

That they will experience sanctification through the transforming work of the Holy Spirit and will increasingly desire to fulfill the greatest commandments.

And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:37-39)

That they will not be unequally yoked in intimate relationships, especially marriage.

Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? (2 Corinthians 6:14)

That their thoughts will be pure.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. (Philippians 4:8)

That their hearts will be stirred to give generously to the Lord’s work.

All the men and women, the people of Israel, whose heart moved them to bring anything for the work that the Lord had commanded by Moses to be done brought it as a freewill offering to the Lord. (Exodus 35:29)

That when the time is right, they will GO!

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)

When I feel the need to refocus on the Lord I pray these.

1. For the desire of my heart to be toward God and his Word.

Incline my heart to Your testimonies and not to gain. (Psalm 119:36)

2. For the eyes of my heart to be opened.

Open my eyes, that I may behold wonderful things from Your law. (Psalm 119:18)

3. For my heart to be enlightened with these “wonders.”

[I pray] that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened. (Ephesians 1:18)

4. For my heart to be united, not divided, for God.

O Lord, I will walk in Your truth; unite my heart to fear Your name. (Psalm 86:11)

5. For my heart to be satisfied with God and not with the world.

O satisfy us in the morning with Your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. (Psalm 90:14)

6. For strength in this joy, and endurance during the dark seasons.

[I pray that God] would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man. (Ephesians 3:16)

7. For visible good deeds and works of love to others.

[I pray that you] will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord…bearing fruit in every good work. (Colossians 1:10)

8. For God to be glorified.

Hallowed be thy name. (Matthew 6:9)

9. In Jesus’ name.

He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, will he not also give us all things with him? (Romans 8:32)

This greenhouse is just the place I would want to spend time in prayer. Just not sure if I would choose the couch or the chair…

All photos from Country Living.

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Tristan Turns One

My nephew, Tristan, turned one recently and I helped his mommy and daddy throw a great party. They live several states away so we were happy when they came home to share his big day with us. The theme was Big Red since that is what his daddy calls him due to his red hair. The theme was supposed to include balls since Tristan loves balls, but somehow I didn’t get balls into the mix. Oops

There is something nice about a homemade cake. Lots of love goes into the baking and the decorating. I prefer the taste of a homemade cake over a store bought cake any day! Actually, until my mom started baking my kids birthday cakes for me (and this one) I didn’t think I was a big cake fan. Now I know I just prefer a homemade one.

Tristan’s own smash cake. He like it 🙂

Fondant is great to work with. Pretty easy, just roll it out and cut out your desired shape. I used a sharp knife to cut the one for the big cake and the T for the smash cake. No template needed.

Another easy decoration. I downloaded a flash card template and typed ones and phrases, printed them on card stock and cut them out. For these I stuffed tissue paper in the bottom of little red cups, stuck in the pin wheels in the tissue paper and attached the one flash cards with hot glue.

On the flash cards I highlighted the T’s in red to emphasize the color and the birthday boy’s initial.

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Baby Shower Brainstorming

I’m sitting in Picasso’s Coffee House sipping iced tea and searching the web for some baby shower inspiration. I love me time! Here are some of the pictures I think are pretty and inspiring. Oh and the shower is for my sister and she’s having a girl 🙂

Fun? The tutorial can be found here. My favorites are the ones with the button centers.

I think I may need some fun fabric for the tables and bright flowers like these. My sister is a big orange fan.

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I think I might just need to make these adorable birdies and cages for the nesting mama and her little birdie

So cute! Here is the tutorial.

Oh how I want this cake!

Wow

The cake won’t happen. I am not that talented and I don’t have enough money to pay someone for that. Oh well.

I will post more on the shower as I plan. Share your fun ideas with me please!

(The two people that read this blog)

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A 50th Birthday

My SIL’s mother recently turned 50. I had the honor of helping out with the party details. She wanted an Asian influence in the decorations. This is not my usual style so I was excited for the challenge of thinking outside my norm.  The party was held at a local restaurant and we just incorporated our theme into the centerpieces and cake. While I had to come late due to work, I heard the surprise went well!

Our centerpieces were these flowers in jars with pieces of Asian inspired fabric squares in the middle of each table. Pretty fun if I do say so 🙂

Here is what the cake looked like. Made by my mom.

These were the party favors set at each place setting.

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