Category Archives: be crafty

double duty decorations to help us celebrate both of our family’s special occasions on the 14th ๐Ÿ™‚

the kids and i watercoloured our little hearts out this year, which made this mantel extra special — it’s so fun to involve them in the process as they get older and more interested!

hope everyone had a love-filled weekend (as every weekend should be)!

we didn’t bring many of our own christmas gifts on our holiday road trip — a combination of knowing that lila and cole would have plenty of goodies to open between two sets of grandparents and their various aunts/uncles/cousins, and the fact that we decided at the very last minute to head out and there was no way any of them were getting wrapped before we left — so we had our third (and final!) little christmas celebration this morning with the wee ones! it’s been such fun spreading the joy of the holidays out over the last week and a bit, and getting to share it with so many of our friends and family ๐Ÿ™‚

now it’s time to pack everything up until next year, when we’ll have three little hankis to spend the holidays with!

a number of people on instagram have requested the ‘recipe’, so here it goes:

1. prepare your favourite white cake recipe per the instructions (we just used a boxed mix!)
2. divide batter into three bowls, tint one bowl each orange and yellow and leave the third
3. layer batter in cupcake cups
4. bake according to your recipe
5. top with your favourite frosting (we use the recipe on the back of the roger’s icing sugar bag — never fails!) and a piece of candy corn
6. peel papers off when ready to serve

ridiculously easy and crazy cute. just the way i like it ๐Ÿ™‚

individual pizzas, pinata making, cupcake baking, a quick movie and bedtime stories.

i’d say it was a success ๐Ÿ™‚

ps. technically their second sleepover, but the first time the moms had a sleepover too, so that doesn’t really count ๐Ÿ˜‰

inspired by this pin (i wish i knew the original source!), we collected some leaves from the lone tree in our front yard and got to work ๐Ÿ™‚

two quick tips: if you’re having your kiddos do the punching, i’d recommend using small punches — it was quite tricky getting the leaves all the way into the larger heart punch. also, if you want the art to look good for more than a day, try preserving the leaves with glycerin. (we didn’t and our hearts are looking rather crinkly now!)

yes, you read that right!

never in my wildest dreams did i ever imagine that my little holiday crafts would end up in the pages of a magazine, so it has been pretty surreal (and awesome) to find the halloween issue of better homes and gardens on shelves this week and open it up to find our house and sweet kiddos ๐Ÿ™‚

thank you to all of you for the support and encouragement over the years (first over on my business blog, then on lila was here, and now here in pinksugarland), thanks to anyone who has ever pinned one of my photos (without you, the people at bhg would never have stumbled across my work), and a huge thank you to better homes and gardens magazine for featuring our little family in your amazing publication.

i’m not feeling the pressure this halloween season at all… ๐Ÿ˜‰

this was the day (seven months ago) that lila turned four. it was a very good day.

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custom painting (based on this photograph) by erin darcy
tiny gift bags, polka dot washi tape, heart stickers, plastic milk bottles and gold twine c/o confetti sparkle party shop
balloons, cupcake liners, favour boxes, paper straws and tissue paper for the garland from local party shops

(anything i missed, just ask!)

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can’t believe we’re already over half way to five — slow down year!

five months ago, we had a super awesome day of friends and food and triangles and cake, and it was so great to share it with so many of our favourite people. when cole got crabby (as most one year olds do) birthday cake made everything better!

a big thank you to all of the lovely friends who picked up my camera or sent photos of the party happenings while i was busy partying ๐Ÿ™‚ love you all.