Monday, April 25, 2016

Easter Blooms

Hi everyone! This month has sure flown by! I was putting the finishing touches on new designs and checked the calendar only to discover that over half the month is over and this weekend is my wedding anniversary :) SO how's your spring looking? Ours started off with some yummy Easter treats and family time.  I made this succulent centerpiece and decorated the table with vintage napkins & doily runner.  Yellow and green XOXO love love it. I tied the napkins with twine and tags stamped with "Blessings & Love" from the shop. Clean and simple :)

Easter at our house included an easter egg hunt and candies everywhere. Probably too many candies ;) I made cute bunny bags using the cloth canvas bags in the shop & a sticker heart for the cute nose. Too bad I couldn't send out candies to customers, we had so much candy lol!

Little R and I had fun coloring eggs for the very first time this year. I didn't grow up celebrating Easter with eggs and bunnies but I couldn't help it, we had fun and drawing/painting with my little guy is my favorite thing.  So we painted a few eggs and this is what they looked like :)

Little R made the blue egg with R's on them and mama made all the pink ones lol!

Then we made and decorated sugar cookies. If i teach rafael anything in life is celebrating every occasion with cookies and craft time :) Look at those little hands! He's not so little anymore :( 

Man these four years have flown by...My one and only baby... or big boy rather. I always ask him if I can hold him like a baby and sometimes he says yes. All 50 lbs of him. Guys he's 4 ft already?!?! I'm like NNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO stop growing!!! hahaa.. Our time is flying by, I hope I'm making the best out of the time I have. I've been seeing different doctors to figure out why I have pain in my hands and feet. Thankfully I've been doing yoga and it's been helping. But no clear answers and no real comfort from the pain. I've been referred to acupuncture therapy and still on the fence as to whether thats helping. I'm just praying through it and reminding myself to stay positive. It's not easy, I wonder how much longer I have to wait to be pain free. But focusing on being Thankful refocuses me on what is important. I'm blessed with my little family and grateful for life with them. This is one blessed mama XOXO

I was looking back at the posts this year and realized that I haven't shared my adventure in reorganizing our home. It's been a long process, back in January I joined a facebook group decluttering 30 bags in 30 days. It took me 2 months lol! But I was motivated to donate 36 bags of "stuff" from our home! And when I went through my craft boxes I discovered so many art projects I bought but never finished, like these paper flowers from Paper Source from about 6 years ago. I almost donated the supplies but I kept them and thankfully found time after Little R fell asleep to make them! yay! 

And I found some extra large flower packs lol! I finished these during lunch break :) 

Back at work, I'm loving these new large butterfly stickers. They're perfect for spring! I included a few in every order :)

And my next stamp project was inspired by my love of succulents. Here's a few I bought on sale at Home Depot a few weeks ago.  I'll show you what I did with them later :)  

For now I'll show you the illustration I created for new custom stamps available in the shop.  This is a burro succulent in a cute heart planter. I added some watercolor paint and I love it. This week only this stamp is for sale $20 (regular price $25). I think its the perfect gift for any succulent lover XO. Just in time for mother's day :)  How fun right? I am giving a custom stamp away on IG and hope to give one away here once I get my new notepads in my hands. Giving free product is really exciting :) Happy spring lovelies!

Thursday, March 24, 2016

A spring Baby Shower

Spring is here! Yay! I'm really loving this season and all it's pretty colors! Back in my teenage years you would never ever hear me saying i LOVED pink and pastels ;) But yes! I'm that same girl and give me all the pink and pastel colors! The moment I found out my sister Sara was expecting a beautiful baby I just knew I had to throw her a beautiful baby shower and guess which color palette i chose???

The prettiest aqua muffin pan + the softest pink fondant handmade by me ;) + the pretties purple green succulents in gold pots = Pastel Love

I knew that no matter the gender of the baby this color scheme would be perfect. The aqua muffin pan I got on sale at Anthro for my birthday and it's the prettiest thing in my kitchen lol!  I've yet to actually bake in it but it suited me well holding pretty handmade cupcakes topped with the softest cream icing. I even made super teeny tiny macaroons and boy was it worth it.  (I used this recipe for the macaroons). I also made sugar cookies using this recipe and topped it with fondant. I used these cute alphas to stamp the word BABY into the fondant. So cute! 

My goodness when I laid eyes on that watercolor polka dot plate at target I literally hugged it. I know. I hug a lot of things at target. I often walk around the store with them and end up putting it back because we have a mortgage to pay lol! But these, these pretty die cut plates came home with me and I am SO happy they did. I LOVED serving these pretty little bakes I made to my sisters and mom. I know they felt extra special and it was SO worth it. My sister Sara has the cutest nickname and I wanted to tie that into the cookie favors. I found the prettiest bear shaped cookie cutter around Christmas time at Target. I think the Mama on the Bear is just perfect. Mama Bear XOXO My attempts to decorate with fondant are kind of sad. But that's just me attempting my first try at 2 am in the morning hahaa! It kind of looks like a rosette if you squint a little. :)

I couldn't help myself, you know there was going to be succulents right? 

I even made the loveliest garlands! I couldn't pick just one to make. I had the cutest gold polka dot on white burlap material, so I made a garland. I had the most delicate vintage crochet doilies, so I made a garland. I had the sweetest coral colored yarn, I made a tassel garland :)
During a trip to Jo-ann's I made the mistake of wandering into the fabric section and I came home with 6 different cuts of fabric, so you guessed it.... I made a garland. ha! To top it all off I used a few paper pinwheels from the shop and it was perfect.  I had several requests after posting this picture onto my IG account to buy the garlands so I made a few more available in the shop right here if you're interested.

We had such a lovely afternoon just chatting. All the girls in my family. Hanging out. Eating our faces off. Laughing. Eating. And more laughing. It was perfect. And I am so thankful for it. I know sometimes it's a bit redundant to do another baby shower for the second child but one thing I've learned this past year is that we celebrate the little things. And this little baby is something special. I finally got to hold my new little niece two weeks ago and I am so thankful that she was born. A perfect little miracle baby.  She is the humblest reminder that God keeps his promises. Even when we think he's forgotten. My heart is so full...I hope this spring brings you closer to your loved ones. Chatting around the table full of good food celebrating the little things. 


Friday, February 19, 2016

Post Valentine blues XO

Growing up I was never a huge fan of Valentine's day. Now as a mama I'm tickled blue. :)
I recently started making sugar cookies using this awesome cookie recipe for "Perfect cut out cookies". Except I don't cover them with royal icing, I use fondant. I know. My mind has changed about fondant. I won't order a cake in it unless I make it or know who is making it lol! Oh but these are SO good! 

Owning a packaging shop really has its advantages :) I went a little overboard with the packaging but that's to be expected. I used Mason jar tags + Valentine Tags + Red heart stickers + red twine + Red heart doilies XOXO
I even decorated a cheesy Valentine Chocolate box with these cuties. I Loved adding photos of Rafael as tags. Sometimes I misprint photos and I don't want to just toss them so this was the perfect way to use them up! And I love that glittery pink against the red heart sticker = perfect!

I rolled out white fondant and cut out hearts using the same cookie cutter. I asked rafael what color he wanted and he only wanted to use BLUE, I was thinking.... umm that's not the color scheme! But i just went with it because Blue makes him happy :) I mixed some edible blue ink color with clear vanilla and he painted the color on each white fondant heart. So cool. And now looking at all of the pictures that BLUE makes the rest of the colors pop right? (Stamp from the shop) A little bit of Rafael and a little bit of mama XOXO 

 My fav photo of him  XO So adorable. I even taught him to ask "Will you be my Valentine?" To his grandma + aunts = super charming. I keep forgetting to record him and his little sweet voice asking - mental note! lol! Oh this year Valentines Day was pretty sweet & awesome. I can't wait for him to start school and we can make these for his little class mates. :)

I hope you're having a beautiful month of love. How crazy that it's almost over though. I'm planning my next craft party and hope to share some easter & mothers day love soon.

happy friday!

ps: What kind of crafty things are you making?

Friday, February 12, 2016

Inspire Lovely Valentine Pop Up Shop at West Elm San Diego

{ Gold foil prints }

 {New 4x6 Prints}

 { Pink Foil Print XOXO }

 Pretty Art perfect for Valentine gifting will be available at the Pop Up shop tomorrow. I'll be giving away free prints + sticker sheets and tags with every purchase! This is going to be fun! I can't wait :)

West Elm Directions & Info

 Happy almost Valentine's Day!

- d

Monday, February 8, 2016

One very blessed girl

When I was thinking about how to tell you my good news I really could only think about exclamations and CAPS and every happy dance insert I could image. September 4 was my surgery date and I was told that same month that I was in remission!

 YOU GUYS I'M 5 MONTHS INTO REMISSION!!!!!! (happy dance :) 

Thank you thank you for your positive thoughts, prayers, messages lovelies!

I remember when we were told I would need another surgery, it was overwhelming. And the thought that it would be major surgery was even worse, especially since it was scheduled so close to my first surgery that I was still recovering from.  To top it all off it was going to take place my birthday month. And i don't know about you but I LOVE birthday months. I literally celebrate all month. Just little ways and doing little things but I LOVE birthdays no matter how old ;) And this time I wasn't so excited, just tired. My surgery took place the 4th of September and my birthday was the 15th. Well it turned out to be quite a birthday healing from 32 staples ( yuck!) but that still didn't stop us from celebrating :) It was rainy and cold I remember but it didn't bother me one bit. I forced myself into one of my favorite dresses and we went out to celebrate.  I've a new appreciation for life and I'm very happy that my family celebrated with me. I know we don't live forever but I'm certain that we leave our mark on those around us. It's truly given me a new perspective and I'm humbled and blessed to live everyday with this miracle.

Even before my stage 1 ovarian cancer diagnosis I made a promise to myself that I would donate my hair for cancer patients. I kept my promise! Even though there was no need for chemo since the cancer was stage 1 and had not spread. I donated my hair for the second time in my life. I hope to continue to do so for as long as I live :)

Also, there was no need for hormone replacement since the hot flashes are manageable ( knock on wood! lol!).

What a crazy testimony. This health journey has changed me in ways I hope are only for good. It's sad that it takes something like this to wake me up to all the amazing blessings everyday. Simple small blessings are where it's at. I appreciate the mom struggle more and I hug and kiss my little R & Mr. Handsome more.  I appreciate my worn out body and am doing my best to take better care of it. I am grateful that despite this hardship my Mr has proven time and time again he loves me and has taken such good care of me and little R during this long healing process. Thank God our world didn't fall apart because of cancer. I'm thankful my family and friends helped in ways I would've never been able to ask for. That's love

My goals this year are
- to be more present.
- open our home
- show more love ( i'm shy! lol!)
- be positive
- work outside comfort zone, volunteer
- celebrate the little things
- Pray in praise. Not just during the tough times.
- de-clutter mentally, physically (our home) spiritually

So this year has been off to a good start. I'll catch you up on life around here with some post christmas stuff + baby shower fun + valentine pretties and gardening love :)

thanks for letting me share this with you. I hope to stay healthy this year as much as possible and I wish the same for you. Hopefully 2016 is off to an amazing start for you too, even in february ;)