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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!

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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…  😉

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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.

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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!

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Thought I’d share a happy topic to distract everyone from how SADLY neglected the blog has been!  And the website is even more deprived!! MAYBE when my boys go back to school I can have a vacation from my vacation and will be able to upload all the FUN stuff I’ve created this summer!! I have had the best time helping people celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, engagement parties, baby showers, announcements, and (a new thing to me!) gender reveal parties!  And somewhere in all those festivities, I’ve made a few more logos and a couple more t-shirt proofs!  TONS and TONS of great designs I need to add to my online galleries! AND several party previews full of GREAT photos I hope to put on storyboards and post for your viewing pleasure!  Which day of the week is Someday?  That’ll probably be the soonest I can get everything here on the web!  But first, here’s the latest and greatest for my littlest customers… Since most of my close friends are expecting additions in their families this fall (seriously, at least a baby a month through the new year!) I think these collections are JUST the beginning of the cuteness delighting my blog this season!

And, giving credit where it is due:  The Sip n See invite was insipred by a design the hostess loved from Pen and Paperflowers.  Jess is a SUPER talented, fellow designer!  Go check her out!

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