press: honored as Martha Stewart Dreamer Into Doer

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I’m beyond thrilled today to announce that I’ve been selected as a Martha Stewart Dreamer Into Doer. I have such an appreciation for the creative talents of the Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia editors, crafters, stylists and producers, making this honor so very humbling. The beautiful and clever ideas that they publish almost daily are an inspiration to all who love to entertain, bake, cook, craft and simply keep a lovely home.

I’m so very flattered to be chosen by the editors! You can read all about how my company came to be, how I try to balance my company and my family, where I get my inspriration from, and more in my full interview with Caitlin Losey, the Martha Stewart Dreamer Into Doer editor.

I’ll also be attending a Martha Stewart Dreamers Into Doers event in mid-January where we’ll have the opportunity to discuss how to grow and nurture our businesses, meet editors, attend a Martha Stewart taping and even meet the lady herself! This opportunity has left me speechless. Thank you to all of you who have supported me, encouraged me and cheered me on. You mean more to me than you could know!

And for those of you not familiar with Dreamers Into Doers, it’s a community of more than 6,800 talented and creative women who are turning their dreams into careers. So if you’re dreaming, or already doing, there is a place for you in this community where we support and mentor each other. Please come join us!

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press: Columbus Parent Magazine

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I’m so excited to announce that I’m a new contributor to Columbus Parent Magazine. I’ve been a fan of this Central Ohio monthly publication ever since my boys were born. It’s chocked-full of all things family from what events are happening around the area to tips on identifying childhood illnesses to planning the perfect family movie night and all that is in between.

For my first assignment, I had the opportunity to share my son Alex’s sixth birthday party where we mixed, bubbled, poured and tested our way through several real experiments and then several bowls of ice cream! To read the full article, you can flip to pages 44 and 45 of the virtual issue, or you can view the online version of the article and leave me a comment, which I would LOVE and APPRECIATE since this is my first contribution. (Update: Thanks to everyone who commented on the magazine’s website, unfortunately they updated their online branding and all comments were lost. In any case, I did get to read them before they were gone and I truly appreciated every sweet word!)

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And for much more on the big day including many more pictures, read part I (party overview and dessert table), part II (science experiments) and visit my shoppe for science printable party supplies. Plus, the craft post is coming next week! Join me on facebook and twitter for regular updates about what’s coming next, including a fabulous freebie in the December issue!

And if you want to know more about Columbus Parent Magazine, you can connect with them on twitter and facebook too!

Visit our press & praise page to see where else The Celebration Shoppe has been featured! Like us on facebook and follow us on twitter too!

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press: styled bbq for Mom mag

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The backyard BBQ article I styled at the request of the fabulous Natalie Klein of Hot Moms Club for Mom magazine is finally here!

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The assignment had two parts. First, create a look that could be perfect for the upcoming July 4th holiday, as well as all summer long. My immediate thoughts went to mixing traditional patriotic patterns and colors with traditional summer colors, hence the pops of yellow and green! The second part of the assignment was to involve the kiddos.

My tips are in the blue boxes to the right on each page and here on the first page of the two-page spread. You can see my lemonade service and apron craft (the burgers belong to Chef Sam) in the images.

  • Lemonade service - mason jars are a charming way to bring the party outdoors and colorful straw slips are the perfect way to help your guests tell their beverages apart (get these FREE printables).
  • Flowers - I went with these beautiful sunflowers, the traditional yellow and a vibrant red (dyed by the florist), nestled in a bright blue tin vase to give the table a little pop.

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Here’s a closer look at the apron craft. I stopped in the craft store and picked up white, child-size aprons, fabric paint, stencils (you can find just about any shape and lettering) and sponge brushes. I set the boys up outside and placed wax paper (to contain any paint that may bleed though) between the apron and the table. They held the stencil in place with their hand, then using a round sponge brush dabbed the stencil on. It was really quite easy with quick clean up.

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And here on the second page you can see my ice cream service idea, my choice of primary dot plates and napkins from Inviting Company and the invitation craft.

  • Ice cream pails – For the ice cream I picked up some red and white mini pails and some clear plastic cups. I’m a big fan of pre-scooping your ice cream before your guests arrive and refreezing the scoops on wax paper. It just takes too much to scoop while they’re there; I’d rather be mingling myself! For serving, I arranged the pails on a tray, filled each about 1/3 way with ice, inserted the plastic cup and then popped in my cones. And if you have a variety of flavors you can take orders and use a cute little tag (get these fun tag/placecard printables FREE) so you don’t get your orders mixed up.
  • Invitation craft – since I own a custom invitation company my first reaction was to design something fabulous, but since the assignment was to make something the kids could help with, I went “old school” and used scrapbooking supplies (cardstock, vellum and ribbon) and a fun star tablecloth weight as a little favor.

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Make sure you pop over to my post from Monday to see closer shots of the printables I used to style this article!

Thanks again to Natalie and the wonderful ladies at Hot Moms Club for giving me this opportunity. And thanks to Jennifer Sbranti of Hostess With The Mostess for mentioning me to Natalie. I’m honored to be in these fabulous ladies company! And finally, thanks to my little boys for sitting still long enough for us to get these fabulous pictures of them. Of course the ice cream helped! {wink}

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

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free printables for summer!

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I mentioned in last Wednesday’s post that there is a real buzz around here in anticipation of getting our hands on the July-September issue of Mom magazine. I’m so excited to say that I styled a backyard bbq for the issue at the request of the fabulous Natalie Klein of Hot Moms Club! Well I don’t have a high res file of the full article yet (and it’s already out), but I did get my hot little hands on the cover and a low res (that’s why the article is so small here)! I should be getting the full article very soon and I will definately post it so you can read every word! {wink} UPDATE: Full article and more pics!

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In the meantime, I don’t want to give it all away by showing you the images used in the article, but I will show you these tight shots of the printables that I used to style the shoot. I chose a variety of patterns all in primary colors so they can be perfect for the fourth and all summer long!

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Here’s a closer shot of the straw slips I used, which can also be perfect as toothpick skewers in sandwiches, etc.,

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the napkin rings, and

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the placecards, which can also work great as favor tags.

And since I love giving things to my friends: those who read my blog, follow me on twitter and friend me (like me) on facebook, I’m giving these to you!  I’ve posted a download link to these freebies on facebook and I’ll be tweeting the link for several days to come. We’ll also be sending e-mails this week to everyone who has purchased from us in the past and is signed up to receive “special offers” (box in the upper right corner). And if you’re new here, please come join me on facebook, twitter, or sign up for offers so you don’t miss out on future freebies!

I hope you have a wonderful week and that you swing back by to read the full article!

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featured in Mom magazine

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The 2Q 2010 issue of Mom magazine showcases our bugs & butterflies birthday party collection. Mom editors used our collection to style a “real” planting birthday party they hosted using the Mini-farm Box growing kit. {Excited giggle!}

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Here’s page 2 of the article and more about the Mini-farm Box.

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And on page 3 you can see our bug cupcake picks and cupcake wrappers, along with our polka dot cake plate and table runner. These items and more of the bugs & butterflies collection can be found in our shoppe. Oh, and if you can’t read the 4 pt. font in these screenshots, you can check out the complete article on our press & praise page.

Happy Monday everyone!

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featured in Pregnancy magazine

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I’m a little giddy to announce that we’ve been featured in Pregnancy magazine’s April 2010 issue. The Shower Diva, Susan Newton, was interviewed and asked to style a baby shower for the article. She chose our peapod bassinet invitation!

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And not only did they share our invitation, they also shared our peapod carriage thank you note, gigi pink beverage napkin, peapod carriage printable cupcake picks,

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and they used our peapod carriage printable beverage wrap to cover votive holders in this shot.

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And that’s our green grosgrain dessert plates and hot pink crepe paper placemats in the background! Here’s a look at our entire collection of peapod table decor in our shoppe. (For the complete article, check out our press & praise page.)

Oh, and when I flipped over a page, our friends over at Project Nursery were getting a little love. Check out the April 2010 issue to read all about it. Congrats Melisa and Pamela!

Thanks again to the wonderful people at Pregnancy magazine and Susan Newton, The Shower Diva!

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radio guest today!

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I should have posted this days ago… darn dinosaur… and peapod… and oh, yes… owl (haven’t told you about that one yet) photo shoots. Anyway, the wonderful ladies over at Mommy on a Shoestring were kind enough to invite me to be a guest on today’s radio segment! The show starts at 2:00 EST/1:00 CST.

I’ll of course be chatting about birthday parties. And if I told you too late… sorry! You can catch it after the show on Toginet. Look to the right, under “Recent Shows” and play the 1-21-2010 show.

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baby shower crafts how to video

On our NBC Daytime Columbus craft segment last week we made {so sweet} baby bird nest cupcakes and candy cone favors.

If you didn’t catch it, I’ve got you covered. Here’s a clip. Please leave a comment. We would love to know what you thought of the segment and what you think of the craft ideas. And don’t forget to check out our baby shower custom invitations and party décor too.

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bugs & butterflies how to video

This week’s segment on NBC’s Daytime Columbus with Gail Hogan was a lot of fun. We made buggy headbands and wings, but with our tips you could make butterfly or even dragonfly wings; it’s all in how you bend the wire.

If you didn’t catch it, I’ve got you covered. Here’s a clip. Please leave a comment. We would love to know what you thought of the segment and what you think of the craft ideas. And don’t forget to check out our bugs & butterflies custom invitations and party décor too.

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buggy headbands

bugheadbands2This morning we’re going to be showing Gail Hogan of NBC’s Daytime Columbus how to make these soooo cute, if I do say so myself, ladybug and dragonfly headbands. These are wonderful for bugs and butterflies party favors or just for pretend play.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • ¾ inch (at least) headband
  • ¾ inch ribbon, grosgrain is shown
  • pipe cleaner (one for straight antenna and two for curly)
  • pom poms
  • glue gun

And here’s how you make these super easy buggy headbands:

  1. Bend your pipe cleaner in the center and then again about a half inch on both sides so that you have a inch to inch-and-a-half base. Apply the base of your pipe cleaner to the middle of the headband with a strip of hot glue. (TIP: If you want curly antenna, use two pipe cleaners. Curl one end around your finger and bend the ends about ¾ inch to apply to the headband.)
  2. Bend the tips of your pipe cleaner outward about a ¼ inch and hot glue on your pom poms.
  3. Clip two one inch sections of ribbon to cover the ends of your headband. Apply each piece with a dot of glue on both sides.
  4. Apply a dot of glue on the inside of the headband, on top of the ribbon you just placed to cover the ends, and wrap your ribbon around in a straight line to cover any exposed headband. Continue to wrap your headband angling your ribbon with each turn and gluing as you go.
  5. When you reach the pipe cleaner, get your ribbon as close to it as possible and then overlap it on the opposite side being careful not to leave exposed headband.
  6. Keep going until you’ve covered the entire headband and end your ribbon on the inside.

If you prefer to see how this is done, we’ll post the “how to” video here on our blog by Friday.

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