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This weekend we celebrated a milestone with our oldest son–double digits!  Both our boys are huge fans of the Reality TV/Comedy Duck Dynasty, and E and his buddies love paintball almost as much!  So what better way to make our boy “happy, happy, happy” than to have a DD Paintball birthday party!


I designed his invitation with a close reference to the duck camo background in some of the show’s promotional photos.  I then created an illustration similar to the headshots of the Robertson crew used on their ad campaign.  As Ethan is now “10-and-oh-so-wise-now” he has LOTS of suggestions on how to make my projects better <little bit of sarcasm??> However, in all honesty, he’s a very creative kid and his idea of adding a birthday party hat to Uncle Si was awesome!


My very talented friend and the owner of Sweet Treats at Saladas Bakery, Tori did and AMAZING job on the cake!  I provided her a copy of the invitation and she had free reign to come up with whatever design she felt inspired to create!  I led E to believe that we were passing on a cake this year since the party was a bit bigger than usual, and my sweet boy thought snack food was the perfect compromise.  The best part of the day was when we swung by the bakery to pick up his surprise and how blown away he was by the cake.  It truly was a special moment for a very special birthday!


Other printables I created for the party were a birthday sign for the cake table, waterbottle lables, and tags for the s’more party favors.  The boys loved the set up and were especially excited about the Duck Commander “FAITH – FAMILY – DUCKS” bracelets each guest got to take home.  We are so blessed that both our sons are a part of a great group of boys; a fun time was had by all!


I love graphic design and the chance to help a client pull the perfect event or promotion together in a way that was better than they ever imagined.  But the greatest part about my job is when I get to use it to love on my family and return to them some of the great joy and blessings they bring to my life..


For those of you who may not know, last month I was blessed to become the new graphic artist at Herring Printing Company.  Lots of exciting things in store with this creative team, so look for more free printables and other fun promotionals in the near futire!!  It has been amazing to get to see what started as a hobby creating birthday party printables for my kids and cards for friends first grow into free-lance work for a teaching supply company; then I became a part of a talented online community that included getting featured on some amazing sites and opened the opportunity meet so many more wonderful people; and now I can’t believe I get to start another new and exciting adventure!  Every step along the way is even more of a blessing than the first, and I know that provision comes from above.  I am so thankful to get to go to a job where I love what I do;  I pray this same blessing for both of my sons someday.


I know that I have been MIA for some time (and quite honestly will continue to be for the most part!!)  To catch my new subscribers up, I am a stay-at-home mom to two VERY active boys and over the past year and a half our family has begun the process of fostering to adopt.  It has been an amazing experience, and we are blessed, blessed, blessed!  About 9 months ago we received the joy of caring for a precious baby girl in our home.  Every day we get to spend with her is the sweetest gift!


Today we’re celebrating her FIRST birthday and I thought I’d share a little present with you!  This past weekend was my husband’s annual family reunion and I thought it was the perfect place to share her milestone with {most of} those whom we love most.  We kept things sweet and simple with some cupcakes and pink lemonade at our family’s potluck dinner.  Don’t get me wrong, I love an all-out birthday bash, but sometimes less really is more…  😉


The patterns for these papers were inspired by the cutest bib ever that my mom purchased from a local boutique.  The designer was Room Seven and when I went to their website, I fell IN LOVE!  Inspiration struck!

To create the pinwheels, download my Vintage Garden Pinwheel PDF.  Print front and back on medium weight 8.5×11″ bright white paper.


Other supplies you will need are scissors, adhesive, small scrapbooking brads, and toothpicks.

1.  Cut out the squares between the patterns.

2.  Cut from the corner of each square diagonally inward, stopping mid-way to the center (follow the dashed line).

3.  Apply a small amount of the adhesive to the middle of the square.

4.  Fold every other corner up to the center, applying more adhesive when necessary.

5.  Poke a decorative brad through the center of your pinwheel and attach to a toothpick using glue or a small strip of tape.  These  pinwheels DO NOT spin, but are for display purposes only.  😉

Hope you enjoy!  Make every day a reason to celebrate!

This SPUNKY sweetheart just turned five and her mommy decided to give her a cake decorating party.  Great idea, huh?  And guess what the party favors were..  Individual cakes each guest decorated and the CUTEST-APRONS-EVER! I pulled my design inspiration from the Birthday Girl’s apron, and created a photocard (picture courtesy of Portraits by Jenn) invitation, a banner, a door hanger, and place cards.

This party was TONS of fun to be a part of, and I LOVE how it all came together!

And check out the goodies:  chocolate lollipops and then candy flowers and garden critters for the girls to top their cakes with!

Well. . . Actually she lives across the street and she is precious!  BOTH my boys are pretty smitten with her; but I really can’t blame them.  She truly is a doll, beautiful inside and out, and a wholesome role model for my guys to direct their affection toward.  Especially in this day and age where little girls seem eager to grow up waaaay too quickly–but we won’t go down that bunny-trail!

Last week, their sweetheart turned 13 and we got together with another friend to throw her a little birthday party from her three secret admirers. The boys took her flowers, cupcakes, and a little bag of girly goodies from Bath and Bodyworks. I designed some toppers to coordinate with the gift bag and her impromptu party was good to go! Just goes to show, you don’t always need a ton of fuss to make something delightfully unique and memorable! Love moments like this one!

I recently teamed up with Viridian Design Studio in planning a party for Hadliegh and Isaac Lankford, the two children of Jennifer from Portraits By Jenn. Aside from wanting to spoil two of our favorite toddlers, we really wanted to showcase the many, many possibilities a client has with their digital files. Stickers can be used on favors, candy, as napkin rings, and so much more. Once the initial design is created for the invitation, developing a coordinating banner or sign, gift tags, thank you cards, or food and drink labels is a breeze! It’s very affordable for me to make as many add-ons as possible for you to have an event full of personal touches without going bankrupt. Here are the printable files I designed for the Lankford Party:

And I couldn’t be more pleased with how beautifully these projects printed out!  We had the party pool-side at Comanche Trace on a perfect, sunny evening. Viridian Design, with their fun and creative event-planning team, used my Suess printables to put together an adorable, bright, and fun but also clean and polished party.  This event is one both the parents and their children will never forget!  Jennifer took some beautiful pictures of the scene, and I’m thrilled to share them with you now!

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