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Happy Halloween!

31 Oct



Schrödinger and his cat hope you ate lots of great candy tonight, and avoided any flasks of poison! [...]

Potted Flower Favors and Flags

14 Jul



As I've mentioned before, I love favors. For a recent baby shower, I bought a few six packs of annuals and potted them in biodegradable pots to give as thank yous. The mass of favor flowers also served as an instant decoration, beautifully covering the cabinet in my entryway. [...]

French-Themed Baby Shower

13 Jun



I recently had the honor of hosting a baby shower for my friend Grace. I particularly enjoyed planning this shower knowing that Grace's affinity for Europe meant I could make the party a little fancy and a little French and not necessarily the typical baby boy party! [...]

Polka Dot Easter Eggs

29 Mar

Polka Dot Easter Eggs


I just can't get enough of polka dots. Just like the polka dot pumpkins that I made for Halloween, I decorated a batch of eggs with a little gold paint. [...]

Play Donuts and Donut Pops

1 Mar



Our goddaughter's second birthday was a Sunday-morning donuts-and-coffee celebration. The kids were adorable with their donuts, sugar rush and all! [...]

A Birthday Banner

20 Feb



This shape is my new favorite for banners! I don't know what it's called — notched rectangle? Forked flag? But it works well with plain or patterned paper, with letters or not. It's so much more fun than triangles, and so much easier to hang than circles! [...]

Two Baby Boys, One Manly Theme

12 Feb



Way back in the fall, two of my dear friends had special parties on the exact same day. There was a baby shower for a friend's first boy here in LA and a first birthday for my friend's son 2,000 miles away. I already had my tickets to St. Louis (to be in this starry wedding!), so I had no choice but to miss the LA baby shower. (Otherwise, I may have been tempted to attend two parties across the country in one day, like what Greg and I often do on Christmas!) [...]

2012 in Review

9 Jan



Bird Seed Snowman [...]

Mini Pumpkin Vases

15 Nov



If you have mini pumpkins left from Halloween and you're up for a tiny bit more carving, these vases make great Thanksgiving decorations! [...]

Eiffel Tower Pumpkin Carving

26 Oct



What's Halloween without pumpkin carving? Just an excuse to wear a costume during your Saturday morning surfing session. (No, seriously that's a real thing.) While I love the idea of pumpkin carving, when it comes down to it I always struggle coming up with a design that is sufficiently cool to merit disemboweling that poor, innocent little—or not so little—pumpkin. Last year I managed to tap my Mexican ancestry and carved a calavera (skull) for Día de los Muertos, which also gave me a good excuse for why I had carved my pumpkin several days after Halloween. (Día de los Muertos is November 2.) [...]