Fridays are for Favorites

fridays are for favorites

As hard as it may be to swallow, I have accepted that my little baby girl, who I swore I just gave birth to last month, is going to be one in less than two months. It has also recently occurred to me that a birthday party is probably in order. And I would be the one to plan it. I’m still getting used to this whole parenting thing. We have decided to hold it at a bowling alley, since it’s not like she can do a whole lot right now anyways. That, and bowling is a lot of fun.

Since this will officially be the first time I plan a child’s birthday, I thought I would share my experience with you. And maybe even get some advice. First thing is first: we need invitations. Sticking to the homemade theme, I have found some lovely invitations on Etsy and wanted to share them. Keep in mind…these can be used for anything, not just first birthdays.

Image belongs to bee's KNEES design shop

Image belongs to bee’s KNEES design shop

Circus themed birthday invites from bee’s KNEES design shop – I was already planning on going with a “life’s a circus” theme, since I feel like my life is literally a circus. So this invitation would be perfect! This shop is owned by Misty Chaote, who designs everything by hand. No clip art is used, and she emails you the digital version within 24-48 hours of receiving payment.

Image belongs to Longfellow Designs

Image belongs to Longfellow Designs

Baby firsts birthday invitation from Longfellow Designs – I like the chalkboard look to this (of course) and I also like that it lists all the baby firsts. Although, I fear that it will just say “I like to eat paper and destroy the house” on there. This shop is owned by Lisa Longfellow, who is a graphic designer and painter, and makes everything by hand.

Image belongs to oodles and doodles

Image belongs to oodles and doodles

Polka Dots Owl Girl’s Birthday Party Package from oodles and doodles – After going to the party store for my friend’s daughter’s first birthday (you know who you are, friend), the idea of purchasing a party package and not having to frantically search Party Crazyland or whatever it’s called for decorations that may or may not match sounds pretty amazing. I know that I could probably make all of her decorations at home, but as a student, mom and business owner, I would rather support someone else who is running their own business…and can do all that for me. And Cecilia’s baby shower theme was owls, so this would be a good fit. This shop is owned by Bridget, who started it after she had trouble finding what she wanted for her son’s first birthday. Good idea, Bridget. Good idea.

Image belongs to Pink Dahlia Paper

Image belongs to Pink Dahlia Paper

Girl birthday invitation from Pink Dahlia Paper – I love how simple and clean this design is. And I love cupcakes. Everything in this shop is made by hand, and it’s all made to order. You will get your first proof within 48 hours and there are some additional charges for design changes.

So which one was your favorite? I still haven’t decided. Please keep small and handmade shops in mind when planning a party, or anything else, for that matter. The market is so open that you could literally find something for any event. The price is not really that different, it’s made just for you, and you don’t have to write the same information on every single card. But most of all, you are supporting someone and their business. You get to know the person you are purchasing from, and you know that your money is going to someone’s family, not to some large corporation.

Do you have an awesome print shop in mind that specializes in birthday invitations like this? Please let me know! You can post in the comments and on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #handmadebirthday. Find more first birthday inspiration on my Pinterest!

crafty time, day one

I am used to making crafts out of old vinyl records. However, I’m currently out of records and needed some inspiration for what my next project would be.

This is when I opened my trusty Big-Ass Book of Crafts and started looking for projects to do with the supplies and skills I already have, which are both pretty minimal.

The first project that I thought I would try is the “Random-Cut Paper Mask,” which you can find on page 15 if you have the book, or if you’re planning on buying it.

The supplies needed for this project were pretty simple, and I happened to have all of them. You just need some paper to have as your background and different colored 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper to use as your shapes.

You also need scissors, a glue stick and some frames.

So, I got out my supplies and got to work.




Step 1: Fold your paper in quarters and make a crazy design. It doesn’t matter what your design is, as long as it’s crazy.








Step 2: Here’s where I differed from the book (I’ll admit. I’m not the best at following directions.) The book said to cut around the shapes but I decided to cut the shapes out and therefore, got 2 different shapes.






Step 3: I cut out the “face” part from a different piece of colored paper. My “face” didn’t really look like a face but I figured, eh. That’s what art is about. It’s whatever you want it to be. And this is how I wanted my “face,” dang it!







Step 4: For the final step, I glued the black pieces to the paper and then glued the red on top of that. I wanted to add a little something, so I took one of my stamps and inked with my embossing ink pad then added some glitter.






Now all I need is a frame and my work is ready to put up! I might add a little something more to it, but for right now, I’ll stick with it.