Happy Blog Birthday to Me

Clip art b-day photo

Holy Smokes! Do you realize I’ve been blogging for a year. I was so scared to begin as I figured I’d have lots to say but nobody would care.  Instead you’ve showered me with love, likes, shares, follows and pins.  I’m truly thankful.

If you’ve missed something feel free to read the archives or sign up to follow my blog so you see all the good stuff that is sitting in my drafts folder awaiting final touches this year.  Can’t wait to see/hear from, you all at another year of posts, fairs, rentals, facebook follows, events, and youth classes.


Milk & Cookie Monster Birthday Party

Nom Nom Nom, he like cookies… and our adorable little boy is turning 2. IMG_9718 Welcome to our Milk & Cookie Monster party.  This idea stems from a picture I saw on Pintrest years ago that just made me giggle.  It was cookie monster in the cookie jar and the plate of cookies on the outside.  Of course this than became the center piece of the table.  Let me show you around starting at the door, because we have to welcome our guest in style.


My mom has always been a big fan of Cookie Monster so she graciously let me borrow some of the super soft and super fuzzy stuffed animals she had.  From there it was a matter of a trip down the cookie isle and finding fun dishes to display them in.  My mom and sister did make the special #2 cookies so there was some home baking going on.  IMG_9708IMG_9707IMG_9723

What’s a party without cake?  Of course we did cake with a twist.  Had cupcakes and cookie cake made by our local grocery store Stop & Shop.  They all came out great the packaging of the cupcakes was awesome each plastic tray came with a clear top so those that didn’t enjoy it that day could take it home.  IMG_9700IMG_9695IMG_9719

What about the milk? We couldn’t leave that one out, but we couldn’t drink from any old plastic cups.  I hot glued googlie  eyes onto the cups.  Why? Why not!

Making the personalized milk bottles is where the work began.  My husband and I and a few good friends along the way drank 3 cases of Starbucks Frapachinos in order to make these.  Click here for a DIY on how to get these little gems to look great!

This is where I have to give a big shout out.  We use Munroe Dairy for our weekly delivery.  That’s right we have a milkman and he’s awesome!  I placed 2 big orders one because I knew I wanted the empty bottles for displays and holding the balloons on the table and the other, cause well it’s just SO yummy.  I ordered whole milk, strawberry milk, and coffee milk; we’re from Rhode Island.  (It’s the official state beverage)  A cute little bucket from the Dollar Store and I was in business.


We thanked our friends for coming with these perfectly themed bags and pens thanks again to Munroe Dairy. The kiddos and I stuffed them with a cookie cutter and Famous Amous cookies.  They were the perfect size to carry home memories and their personalized mini milk bottle.


What an awesome way to celebrate my little man turning 2.  Time flies when you’re having cookies and milk.  I’ve had this brain child for a bit and of course had so much fun finding details and goodies.

Until next year nom, nom, nom don’t forget to brush the crumbs off your craft table and happy crafting.

I loved your holiday photo card but… Now what? 

What do you do with all of the beautiful holiday cards with the precious family photos? 

We have a large wall maps of the United States and world at our house and use it to learn our states and geography.  I’ve now started to cut those photos and sprinkle them all over the map adding visuals for the kids to learn where our friends and family live both near and far.   
 It’s fun to see everyone across the country and even around the globe. Do you have a great idea for all those photo cards?  For ideas with the traditional cards check out my post here.   


Can you handle my mantel? 

Here are 12 months/attempts at decorating my mantle.

January– I went with a snowflake theme which was super cute.  Ended up using a painting that my son did in early December. If you want direction on making your own snowflake  click here.

February — Sprinkle it with love. The red looked bold against the yellow wall.  
March — This is where I started thinking thru decorations for the mantle last year. For the blog post that started my mantle adventure click here.IMG_3763

April–  I found to be hard because my motivation and creative juices were low.  I made due with a ton of lush greens and pops of Easter colors thanks to eggs in clear vases.      

May & June– will share the same design as life just gets so busy. This year I’ll used a 12 meter boat hull that my uncle made for me many years ago.  The craftsmanship is amazing and he didn’t finish installing the 6ft rig and sails as a project for my husband and I.  Needless to say we have not found the time to commit to doing it right. 

July– My favorite holiday and I did not have a shortage of option to pull from. 

August — Raced by as all summer months do.  Keeping it simple and beachy was the name of the game.  

September — In our house it is time for back to school and football.  I raided the back to school supplies and my son’s toy stash.

October–Playing with black and orange was the focus for this month.  Next year I’ll invest in a few more skulls and black cats. 

November– I find it the easiest if I just pull from nature.  Pinecones, mums and beautiful colored leaves did just the trick.  

December — Nutcrackers seemed to hit this spot this Christmas.  Rich reds and golds worked perfect with the Christmas tree my husband had from post college days.  The vase of chestnuts became an entertaining evening as my kids tried to crack them open with little success.  

To see last year’s Christmas mantle which featured a beach and nautical twist; using a brown, silver and cream theme click here.  I must say I’m excited to start again in 2017 with adding on to last year’s ideas or throwing them completely out the door and going in a whole new direction.  We’ll see what the next 12 attempts hold in store, stay tuned.