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I’ve had a few good trips to GW and SA lately! Like I mentioned before I found a mini cloche (that I’m still trying to decide what to fill it with), two super cute fluted vases, an Eiffel Tower for the girls’ room, and my most favorite find lately, these:
Both of these were bundled together for, get this, $7.99! The reason I’m excited? I have that smaller oil intro kit on the bottom, and I paid $20 for it when I was in college. The pencils retails for about $30. The best part is they are both UNUSED! I snatched that bundle up as soon as I saw it.
Now, I understand virtually all photo touching can be done on Photoshop, and I LOVE that. But there’s just something about the traditional technique of hand tinting photos that I love. When I took my photography courses a few years back I asked the teacher if we could learn this technique and happily she obliged. I’m really glad she was nice enough to teach us, because it’s a skill I really enjoy using.
I tried to find examples of my previous tints, but I can’t seem to locate them. So instead, I’m going to do my best to get some photos printed up and show you the process on here. It should be fun! Dig through your favorite digi prints and actually send them to the printer so you have the physical photos in hand (I know, who does that anymore?!) if you want to try it for yourself.
I’ll be back later in the week with a tutorial!
While I haven’t had much time or motivation to craft, I have still been picking up things for the house to decorate with. I’ve managed to pick up a few awesome things at the GW from vases to mini cloches, and various pitchers for the lemonade social baby shower that I am throwing.
Yesterday I added something I’m really excited about. At Jocelyn’s Birthday Party I took portraits of the girls in their pettiskirts in hopes of capturing two that would be wall-worthy. Luckily I got two that I really liked.
I had these printed in 11×14 size and I’m really pleased with how they turned out. While they’re not mounted in their permanent homes, I hung them up to see what they would look like.
(don’t mind my messy table back there.)
I love them! The color of the pettiskirts is the accent color in the living room so they coordinate really well. (not that pictures HAVE to coordinate, I just thought it was nice)
What do you think?
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The hubbub is over, the parties have all wrapped, and we can finally breathe a sigh of relief. I have a love/hate relationship with parties. I LOVE putting my all into them; the details, the finishing touches, the personalization. It’s all fun for me. Even more so, I love to see the smiles on the faces of the children when they walk in and they see everything. Then, there’s the hate part. I don’t know why I take on so much. I guess I’m one of those “go big or go home” type of people. If I’m going to do something, I’m going to do it well. It’s hard for me to just throw something together when I know I could have put more energy into it. It’s weird. My friends have said my party planning is a sickness. It consumes me. I can’t deny it.
Jocelyn’s party was today. Contrary to Abigail’s party, this one came together pretty easily. Sure, I made a ton of bath and body products by hand, but it still didn’t seem like as much work as the French Lavender Party. This was pretty nice. No staying up till 3am the morning before the party. I managed to get to bed at 1, instead. haha
The feel of this party was much cleaner, and less indulgent than the previous party. The layout was much simpler.
On the left you’ll see the epsom salts we dyed and scented with some essential oils. I found these heart containers in the wedding section of Dollar Tree. I believe they were 4/$1. They worked great! The teal buckets were from the dollar section of Target. I filled this one with the excess salt and stuck the signs into it.
Next to that, you will see the custom lotion I made for the party. Well, let me clarify. I didn’t make, as in compound, the lotion. What I did was take some plain, unscented lotion, warm it in the microwave, add some essential oil, a drop of food coloring, and glitter. Then I used a funnel to put it into these cute bottles and labeled them with these custom made labels. See my Party Prep post to find out where to get your own party printables for FREE. (they definitely made this party so much easier!)
Then you’ll remember my Cupcake Bath Bombs. They certainly added a whimsical touch to the table. The pink squares on top were strawberry scented soap that I made using a melt and pour soap. It was VERY easy to do. You simply melt it either on a double boiler or in the microwave and add your essential oil and color and pour it into a mold. I poured in into a 9×9 casserole dish and cut it with a knife once it was set. It was a great, quick project.
Behind that you’ll see those amazing teal jars. I found those at GW for around $1 a piece. I love them! The little pink boxes around the base of the cupcake stand were found at the Dollar Tree, again, in the wedding section. I placed a little flower, butterfly, or other mold shaped soap into each one.
To the right of that were some pumps of hand soap. I threw in some pretty little beads just to make it fun and added some more custom labels.
I also made some blue soap with an Ocean Rain scent that I displayed in some more of the teal buckets from Target.
I have to admit, my favorite custom bath and beauty product I made was the lip gloss. There’s something so nostalgic about the slidey lip tins that brought me back to my own childhood. I especially loved the labels on these. They read “Joss Gloss” which made Jocelyn smile. To make these, I bought some easy melt and pour lip gloss to which I added some sweetened bubblegum oil.
Lastly, I had some white bags to use for all the goodies.
I have to say, I believe the “dessert table” was a big hit! One guest said “Joci, this is the best party in the world!”
I made cupcakes and an individual cake like I did for Abby’s party. This time, Joss chose funfetti for her personal cake. I covered it with fondant and made some fondant salon essentials. (someone couldn’t wait to take a bite out of that comb!)
The cupcakes were either chocolate or funfetti.
Of course, there were the custom cupcake toppers to fancy them up.
It’s still hard for me to believe that my first born is 7!
It isn’t even hard for me to remember what it was like being pregnant with her; going two weeks past my due date because she was too stubborn to go when she was “supposed” to.
27 hours of labor…
Only to have an emergency c-section.
I should have known right then she’d be a girl with a mind of her own.
And while her stubborn nature makes for some head-butting between the two of us, I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Happy Birthday, Joss! I’m so proud of you and the little person you’ve become. I can’t wait to see what you’ll be like as you grow older or what you’ll accomplish. The world is your oyster.