our harvest party featured on Parents!

Very excited this morning to share that several of my harvest party ideas are featured on Parents.com in a 15 image slideshow!

It showcases our pumpkin patch printable collection designs, a few of  my sweet treats ideas like my acorn cookies and hoot owl donuts, plus my DIY paper and pumpkin apples and more. Hop over to see the full article including some fabulously creative ideas from the editors at Parents magazine.

And if you like the story, it would be lovely if you gave it a like on facebook, a tweet, a pin, a comment… anything! {huge thankful grin} 

As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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featured in BHG Tricks & Treats

I’ve been so very excited about this project for such a long time and now I’m so thrilled to be able to share it with you. I have been a fan of Better Homes and Gardens Tricks and Treats Special Issue for years. I would flip through and ooh and aah at all the fun and crafty ideas.

Well this year I’m so proud to announce that you can find my ideas and designs on pages 50 through 57! Okay. And I have to tell you, you can also see a small image of my cupcake printables on the cover. THE COVER! And again on page 1 as part of the table of contents. Yay! Then yet again on pages 104 – 106 with instructions. WOW! And finally on page 118 in the resources, along with my fabulous cookie partners at Sweet Tooth Cottage. It’s more exciting than I had hoped. You know how you tell yourself not to get too excited about something until it actually happens? That was me. For months now. But now I’m officially over the top excited!

Go out right now and pick one up! Please! I know they’re on shelves at Barnes and Nobles already because I picked up a copy… okay, maybe it was five. Or, if you can’t wait, my article’s name is “Wicked Easy” and you can find tons of details on the Better Homes and Gardens site at bhg.com/wickedeasy. If you like it, I’d love a thumbs up on facebook or a tweet!

But you still need to pick up the mag because it is just full of fabulous ideas from the editors! There’s a Mad Hatter Tea Party that is the perfect twist on Halloween fun. There are kid crafts and lovely black and white party details perfect for an adult soiree. The entire magazine is a must have!

And the best part of this fabulous project, I’m giving away our Candy Corn collection to readers for FREE (the non-personalized version). It includes an invitation, cupcake picks & wrappers, cello toppers, beverage wrappers, favor tags, dessert labels, a pennant banner and more! You can still find the personalized invitations, personalized printables, cookies, and orange and white polka dot table decor in the shoppe.

Download your FREE HALLOWEEN PRINTABLES and start planning your party!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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my son’s dinosaur party in Parents!

I’m a bit past giddy this morning as I now have my hands on this month’s issue of Parents magazine and I can flip open the pages and see my sweet little boy’s happy face! You may remember his Dino-ROAR birthday celebration (my original post with tons of pictures), well it’s Parents magazine’s Party of the Month!

You can hop over to Parents.com to see more pictures! And if you do, I’d love for you to “like” my little one’s party so they know you were there! By the way, sorry for the grainy images. I scanned them from my issue!

Find our dinosaur party invitation and printable supplies and templates in the shoppe.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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big news! blogger for Kellogg’s

I’m super excited to share that I’m Kellogg’s SnackPicks.com new Party Planning blogger. I’ve known since early this year and have just been bubbling over to share with you!

Being connected to a brand like Kellogg’s is incredible in itself, but you also have to understand that Kellogg’s isn’t just a brand for me, it’s a staple in my family. My favorite Kellogg’s cereal is and will always be Kellogg’s Corn Flakes, my late grandmother’s absolute favorite cookie, one that you would always find in her southern kitchen, was the Keebler Sandies Pecan Shortbread (ah, so many fond memories of sitting with her on summer afternoons nibbling those cookies… little teary), and then there is the entire family’s favorite sweet, the Rice Krispie Treat!

Most of you know that my youngest son has severe food allergies, with dairy being at the top of that list. Well, the Rice Krispie Treat has saved me so many times with class snacks, birthday parties and just plain family nights in (made with dairy free, vegan, butter… and no, you can’t tell the difference… kid tested, promise).

For those moms out there like me, you know that it’s not just about having snacks on hand that your child can eat, it’s about having something that they can share! Loved by all, the Rice Krispie Treat is my go to snack!

I’ve made them a ton of ways, with my most recent idea being my first post on SnackPicks.com. Hop over now to see more of my Rice Krispie Paint Brushes.

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press: Totts magazine features train collection

Totts, Fresno California’s Lifestyle Magazine for Modern Moms, hosted a real ”All Aboard” birthday bash last month for a handsome little guy, Reed, who is just in love with trains. I was so honored when I learned that the editors chose our train birthday party collection for the big day!

That’s Reed and a little friend on the first page of the article, those are our custom train birthday invitations, thank you cards, table decor and printables on the second page of the article, and on the third is a lovely cake created by a local vendor, Stade Mueller. She did such a beautiful job I had to give you a closer look at that fondant train. How adorable is the heart shape coming out of the smokestack?!

You can read the entire article here and you can see a few more pictures on Tottsmag.com. Happy Friday everyone!

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FREE Easter printables designed for Parents magazine

For my “Crafty Easter Tabletop Ideas” article with Parents magazine we created a few FREE Easter printables. The “Happy Easter” wrap is perfect as a napkin ring, beverage wrapper, or

vase and craft jar wrapper. Download the Easter wrappers and two pattern sheets (used to make the mommy bird craft seen at the beginning of the article).

Other ideas for the table include surprising your guests by dressing up their cups with colorful straws and a Murray Sugar-Free Shortbread Cookie (YUM!),  

and by embellishing the backs of the chairs with fun and simple crepe paper ruffles. And if you didn’t see the other crafts included in the article, here’s a quick recap:

Make sure you hop over for your FREE Easter printables and as always, I hope you’re inspired!

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Easter egg flower craft for Parents magazine

This is probably the craft I loved creating the most for the Parents magazine ”Crafty Easter Tabletop Ideas” article. These DIY felt and Easter egg flowers are so simple, the kids can help and you can color coordinate them to any Easter color palette!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Egg
  • Felt
  • Scissors
  • Craft paint
  • Hot glue
  • Lollipop sticks

Easy steps:

  1. Hollow out your eggs and wash gently (see the pictorial in yesterday’s post about the mommy bird egg).
  2. Let the kids finger paint the eggs and set them to dry on lollipop sticks. (You can also paint the lollipop stick to look like a stem if you want to display in grass or moss!)
  3. Cut petals out of felt.
  4. Hot glue petals to the base of the egg (near the larger hole) and display on lollipop sticks.

You can see more craft ideas and download FREE PRINTABLES from my article at parents.com. As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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press: Easter ideas for Parents magazine

I couldn’t be more thrilled and feel more blessed to finally share that I wrote a contributing article for Parents magazine, titled Crafty Easter Tabletop Ideas. It’s currently the first idea listed under Easter parties on parents.com {still reeling from excitement}!

I would LOVE for you to hop over, scroll through the article and if you like what you see, click the facebook “like” button for me, or if you’re a parents.com member, leave a comment! And if you do, please let me know and I’ll send huge virtual hugs your way! Oh, and did I mention there is a FREE PRINTABLE in it for you? Yep! You didn’t think this was going to be all about me did you?!

The article includes a colorful Easter placesetting idea, two easy Easter craft ideas, a fun Easter treat idea and three FREE printable sheets.

And here are a few images to go with the “how to” steps listed for that cute little mommy “egg” bird in the feature image. By the way, step 1, hollowing out the egg, is actually pretty easy. You just pearce both ends with a needle, making one end large enough to put a lollipop stick in. Whirl the stick around a bit to break up the egg yolk and it will come right out. As the final step, wash the egg throughly, and gently, with anti-bacterial soap and allow it to dry before letting the kids finger paint the body.  

I’ll be sharing more images and details for the other crafts and ideas tomorrow.

As always, I hope you’re inspired and thank you so much for supporting me and my dream. You all make my heart sing every day with your follows, likes, tweets and sweet comments! I couldn’t ask for a better support system!

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Dreamers Into Doers event ’11

I posted last Monday that I was off to meet Martha Stewart for the second annual Dreamers Into Doers event in New York City. I admittedly expected it to be exciting, entertaining, and to get the opportunity to peek in her prop rooms (not that I did that…), but what I didn’t fully expect was how much I would enjoy spending time with so many talented and mentally beautiful women entrepreneurs. They were beautiful on the outside too, as you can see from these pictures, but I was so inspired to find that they were equally lovely on the inside. I’m excited to say that I made many, many new friends.  

These pics in this top collage were all taken at the Meet & Greet on the first night. In the top picture, left to right starting in back: Andrea & Toni of  The TomKat Studio, Lindi of Love The Day, me, Jill of Modern Cupcake, Kim of  The TomKat Studio, Nancy of A to Zebra Celebrations. Front row: Courtney of Pizzazzerie, Caryl of ROAR Events, Kelly of The Party Dress, Rebecca of Fresh Chick Design Studio and Andrea of Dolce Drive.

The next picture is me and the very sweet (she’s a southern girl like me!) Courtney of Pizzazzerie. On the left top is Caryl of ROAR events and the spunky (and hilarious even if she doesn’t think so) Rebecca of Fresh Chick Design. On the bottom is me again (sorry… there are a bunch of me) with Nancy of A to Zebra Celebrations.

Day 1 of the Martha Stewart Dreamers into Doers agenda was packed with MSLO editors speaking on a number of inspiring topics. I wish I had pics of the speakers, but as you can tell from the varying quality of the images they’re not all from the same camera. My new girlfriends shared with me because I didn’t haul my SLR all the way to NY like I should have! Anyway, I digress…

Top image is from the entry to the the MSLO headquarters. Second row, left: Me, the lovely Caitlin Losey (community experience editor for Dreamers into Doers) and Rebecca. Second row, right: No need to tell you that is THE Martha. She was talking to us about philanthropy. Third row, left: me… again… Kelly and Rebecca. Fourth row, left: Jennifer of Passion for Parties and Nikki of Nikki in Stitches (both absolutely darling ladies!) Fourth row, right: me with the sweet Danielle of A Few Of My Favorite Things.

We ate at a fabulous little pizza joint on Tuesday night called Ovest (a Martha Stewart recommendation via Caitlin). I wish I had a pic of that, but I think we must have been too involved in the yummy pizza to take many. 

Oh and day two… well I think the pics tell it all! We attended a live taping of the Martha Stewart Show and were seated in the front row. It was absolutely fabulous and the episode was perfect. There were crafts, flowers and cooking all wrapped up in what they called the ReMARTHAble episode. I think we all fit the bill pretty well. {wink} After the show during lunch I had the opportunity to meet the editorial director of holiday and crafts, Hannah Milman. Honestly, it was a highlight for me. She was not only generous with her time, she was very humble and just a joy to speak with.

Top row, left: The sign outside the studio. Top row, right: Courtney, Nancy and me. Second row: Courtney, me, Rebecca and Caryl standing in front of one of the many Martha images in the studio waiting room. Third row: Me asking Martha a question after the show was over! (I asked about how to care for my grandmother’s quilts. She recently passed and I want to make sure and take care of the treasures she left me.) Fourth row, left: Nancy and I seated in the front row. Fourth, right: We were seated right next to the lovely Kelly of The Party Dress and Vana of Le Papier Studio. Fifth row: A shot of the beautiful flowers discussed during the show. Sixth row, left: The darling Anders & Ruff duo and me. Sixth row, right: The very talented and breath of fresh air Stacy of Scrumptious Swirls and the sweetie Andria again.

There were so many other talented ladies present and I so wish I had pictures of all of them to share with you. AND there were so many talented friends that didn’t make it to New York. I won’t name names because I inevitably would leave someone out and then I would feel terrible so I’ll just say “Thank you so much to Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia for being so very generous!”

I’m now at BlissDom, a fabulous blogging conference in Nashville. I’ll share this event with you next week. Happy Thursday everyone!

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off to meet Martha Stewart

The day is finally here! Today I am traveling to the Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia headquarters to attend a two-day Dreamers Into Doers event. I was honored as a Martha Stewart Doer back in November and have been eagerly awaiting this trip ever since.

Day one will be filled with meeting many of the Martha Stewart editors in various business related workshops and day two will be filled with attending a Martha Stewart Show taping and a few more business sessions. And on top of the fabulous agenda for the two-day event (thanks Caitlin!), I get to meet a number of smart and talented women business owners from around the country. I can’t express my excitement in words!

Stay tuned later this week for all the details of my trip here, on facebook and on twitter. Happy Monday everyone!

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