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black storm clouds loomed in the distance, light rain fell from the sky and crazy winds kept knocking down my little box city, but i was determined that oscar’s first birthday be the backyard party i had envisioned from the start. the crazy weather combined with a wee case of procrastination-itis kept most of my more ambitious ideas from coming to fruition, but in the end, the sun came out, the birthday boy had a great time, and we were surrounded by so much love and laughter that “what was” was just as special as “what could have been”. huge thanks to everyone who joined us, and especially to our friend rob for surprising us with this amazing video of the festivities (seriously! his tiny camera is so inconspicuous that i thought he was just snapping a few photos) and more than making up for the fact that i hardly picked up my camera all day.

alternate title: the easter that i realized i had yet to post about christmas.

i could have just left it alone, but easter was so uncrafty this year, being on the road the whole week prior, that i was feeling the need to share something holiday-y. so here we are, a little bit of christmas in the springtime!

(none of these things will be available at the moment, given the season, but i thought i’d list the sources anyway. painted canvases: made by lila and i, trees: anthropologie, merry christmas garland: the land of nod, deer mount: la maison simons, glass ornaments: justine ma designs)

you guys! i shared this on instagram a couple weeks ago but just realized i hadn’t shared it here yet — cole’s birth announcements that i crafted are in a book! i had to change his name and did these ones with a multi coloured bunting instead of the simple grey, but it’s still his cute little mug and my little design in there ๐Ÿ™‚

i wonder if i can get oscar’s done before his first birthday… six more weeks…

in true andrea fashion, i squeaked in some valentine’s at the last minute this year. (although this time i’m actually blogging before the holiday so i guess it’s a step in the right direction!)

this year, it was a wee bit more fun than usual because i collaborated with my talented pal christine from just bella to design this fun printable to go along with some cute eyeball rings we picked up at michael’s. and when i say “collaborated” and “we”, i mean christine found the rings and the came up with the concept, and did a lot of the design work while i kept her company ๐Ÿ˜‰ (thank goodness for creative friends during a month that has mostly been filled with thinking about logos and website design all that has been going on behind the scenes!)

the two of us make a pretty awesome team and i think we came up with a rather cute final product (and according to lila, the cards and the rings were a huge hit with her classmates).

so, just in case that you have some googly eye rings hanging around and are in need of the perfect valentine to washi tape them to in time for saturday (or if you just really want to be extra prepared for next year), we have the printable available for download here.

happy valentine’s day!

november means celebrating the birthdays of lila and cole, and half a dozen of their best buddies. first up, a slumber party (complete with dream catchers) for a sweet newly six year old. happy birthday miss tessy — we sure love you!

having children has quickly made halloween one of my favourite times of year. any excuse for a celebration is a good one for me. one that includes crafting and sugar, even better.

if this post isn’t huge enough for you (ha!), you can see iphone photos on instagram (#monstersandspidersandghostsohmy). (thank goodness for the one photo of oscar with his “fire” in on ig because he boycotted it the rest of the week.)

costume prep was a little less stressful this year as most of the kids’ costumes (cupid, scuba diver, dragon and hot air balloon) were ones i had designed for my costume feature in better homes and gardens, the jet pack was a hand me down from a couple of years ago, and the spaceman was lila’s old ballerina robot costume with some modifications! (it was so fun to reimagine that one for cole this year.)

lila already has a few costume ideas up her sleeve for next year — i can’t wait!

spooky print is a digital download from hello tosha designs.
tutorials for the bhg costumes are available until november 3 here.

it’s kind of impossible to come up with the right words in situations like this — it’s definitely another of those dream [that i never knew i even had] come true moments. these are photos of the halloween issue of better homes and gardens magazine. inside, you will find a 12-page feature of halloween costumes i designed and photographed.

i don’t really know what to say beyond that. other than this is so incredibly cool. and thank you. thank you to the people at bhg. thanks to mark for putting up with the massive mess that went into creating this, and every other costume, party, and random craft i’ve ever decided needs to be done right now. and thank you to all of you. who come here to check out this little blog, and who pin and share the images i take and crafts i make, and who hire me to photograph your families. we have a pretty good thing going here in pinksugarland, and lots of that is thanks to you ๐Ÿ™‚

this is totally reading like an acceptance speech, but whatever. i’m happy, and i’m thankful.

lila picked out a succulent and a pretty pink pot, we fancied it up with some thank you flags made from wooden skewers, paper straws and card stock, and included a gift card to our favourite bookstore — the perfect send off to an amazing teacher.

(if you happen to see this post, i hope you know how much we appreciate you and all that you’ve done for lila this year. she has grown so much over the past ten months (see the evidence here) and came home from school every single day excited about what she was learning. we couldn’t have wished for a better kindergarten experience for her. thank you.)

i spent saturday evening surrounded by some of my very favourite people, celebrating my upcoming birthday — because baby is due to arrive the day before i turn thirty (!), we thought it safest to get together a couple of weeks early — with splatter paint and awesome food. i’m so very thankful to have these ladies in my life, and so excited to see our group canvas all stretched and up on the wall ๐Ÿ™‚

lila and i got started on our holiday decorating a little earlier than usual, so i thought i’d share our little creation in case anyone else wants to get up to some easter crafting this weekend!

the super simple steps:

1. create an egg shape with washi tape on a canvas (or paper!)
2. using the tape, divide the egg up into geometric sections
3. paint over the edges with white just in case any paint happens to sneak under the lines
4. paint your sections in whichever colours you like (we’re doing a neon theme this year!)
5. wait for the paint to dry and remove tape! (it took us a few coats of each colour)

happy crafting!

i’ve been waiting all winter for mild enough temps to finally spray paint lila’s old chandelier. this past weekend i did just that, and i’m so happy to have crossed one more item off the to do list for her room before the new babe arrives. this was a super simple (albeit a bit tedious, partly due to my reassembling the crystals the wrong way. . . more than once) change and it really ties everything together in her new room (which isn’t actually so new at all, considering the wallpaper and bed went up a year ago now). shouldn’t be long now before i share the finished space!