Five! {In cocktail umbrellas}

Miss Clementine turns five years old today! Time flies. This year we are having a small hula girl party to celebrate. While searching for some tropical party inspiration I came across a wreath covered in cocktail umbrellas. A cute idea that I customized to suit our party.

Instead of buying one large piece of 1" styrofoam I opted for two smaller pieces. I put them together, drew out my big 5, and then cut it out with a sharp knife. (They do sell special foam knives but I just used what I had.) Styrofoam glue and some toothpicks helped my number five stick together. Crepe paper streamer was the perfect size to glue around the outside of the number so it had a more finished look. Now the fun part: Umbrellas! I ordered a box from amazon. One by one I put a dab of glue on the end of the umbrella pick and stuck it into the foam trying to vary the colors a bit and not create too much of a pattern. This would be easy to do for any number/age and looks so great hanging on the wall or even a door. 

wood grain easter eggs

The mister said neon. I said wood grain. I have two days to figure out a way to combine the two. I like challenges and lucky for me I love neon with neutrals (like wood!).

Yes, I could've just bought wooden eggs. Where's the fun in that? I started with a blown out white egg, used a brown crayon and drew some lines and swirls for wood grain. Then came the dipping and sometimes over night soaking in a brown liquid of choice. I tried many. Making brown with food coloring never really gave me the color I was looking for. Thanks to a little friend's science project on the effects of certain liquids on the enamel of your teeth (where she used an egg to represent a tooth), I learned that caramel coloring in good old soda pop is a great way to turn both your teeth and my wood grain Easter egg a perfect shade of brown! Tea, wood oil, brown water color, and a nice cup of Stumptown were also used. It's good to keep in mind that a hot liquid will melt off your waxy wood grain! 

It was a fun experiment. 

I also tried some tonal wood grain using bright pink and neon green. 

Moss, mushrooms, and neon embroidery thread are also part of the plan. We'll see how it all comes together. I was worried that the little miss would be disappointed with the lack of sparkle, and general disregard for any typical Easter colors, but she told me she loves the 'wood' eggs and it all looks so beautiful. Thank you, woodland fairy phase!



easter prep

I used to plan Easter weeks in advance. Somehow, it has creeped upon me.  Last year's eggs really made me smile! (What can I say, sprinkles have that effect on me.)

So what to do this year? We're going with a woodland neon theme. Let's see if I can bring it all together in a simple, fun way.

I made the bunny terrarium again this year. It's been sitting on the counter smiling at us. Clementine keeps talking about the rainbow sprinkle filled eggs. Guess I'll add those to my list. I also found some cute, tiny cookie cutters and plan on making a springy version of these shortbread cookies.

Here's some more inspiration from the past.



our very heart filled day

Just a recap of our very heart filled Valentine's Day which sort of spilled over into a heart filled long weekend. 

From heart shaped scrambled egg sandwiches to sweet homemade valentines; our day was busy and filled with love. We made cookies and had red velvet pancakes for lunch. Even the toys had a heart party!