2.24.2011

getting to know Peapod Photography


Tina, the amazing photographer behind PeaPod Photography, captures a variety of subjects in her photos: families, wedding parties, and graduating seniors. Her infant and kiddo pictures are some of the best I've seen!



Tina says, "I want to capture...the innocence of childhood and beyond." - she certainly does so!



If you'd like to see more of Tina's work (of course you do!) check out her website or look her up on Facebook: PeaPod Photography by tina.

Have a lovely weekend and I'll see you back here on Tuesday with an idea for inexpensive and oh, so adorable wall art!

2.22.2011

these oranges are always in season


When I saw this adorable idea for orange gelatin wedges on the blog avery and augustine I ran out to the store to pick up jello the very next day so my girls and I could give it a try! Check it out.

Serve these up at your next children's party or play date and you'll win the coolest mom *ever* award. You will, I promise.

By the way, I followed the directions exactly except for the "add 1/4 cup less water" part. They still worked out flawlessly!

As for the kiddo stamp of approval: the girls totally enjoyed this fun treat - there were orange smiles and giggles aplenty!

Let me know if you plan to give this simple tutorial a try in the comments section! And, I'll see you back here on Thursday when we'll be getting to know one of my favorite photographers!

2.17.2011

getting to know oh, buckets


Each Thursday I will share one of my very favorite small businesses with you in the feature *getting to know...*

Since we are still getting to know each other, this week's featured business is my sweet shop - oh, buckets.

On oh, buckets' website I offer decor, gift, and party items for kids. My products are crafted using mostly recycled and/or FSC certified papers, glues that are non-toxic and water based, and packaging that is recycled, recyclabe, and even biodegradable!

Many of the paper cuts are done by hand, by me. But, I do have a lovely machine that helps me out with the objects I can't make on my own. My paper-cut embellishments are always set against a white or kraft backround so their simple structure and lovely patterned papers can really pop! My biggest thrills are custom requests - there is something absolutely gratifying about making someone else's idea tangible!

I love the work I do for my little shop - oh, buckets - and I hope you will too!

Enjoy the weekend - see you back here Tuesday for more crafty goodness!

2.15.2011

3, 2, 1...blast off!


I am so excited to launch my new blog today! I can't wait to meet you back here each Tuesday and Thursday with eco-friendly/handmade decor, gift, and party ideas for the special kiddos in your life!

Let's get started with a crafty tutorial - DIY rocketships! (you see the theme, right?!)

I found this adorable idea on Martha Stewart's website. But, I got to thinking...wouldn't it be ever so eco-friendly if you used a left over paper towel core for the body of the rocketship?!

You could use these clever little guys for:

* a space themed birthday party craft project

* decorations for the very same party - a few hanging from the ceiling, maybe one on the cake table, even one launching out of the cake

* decor for the bedroom of a space loving kiddo

* hours of imaginative play

Click here to check out Martha's tutorial...and don't forget to swap out the shipping tube for a left over paper towel core (unless, of course, you have an old shipping tube laying around...).

I'd love for you to say *hi* in the comments and I'll see you again on Thursday!
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