Tuesday, April 23, 2013

A Procrastinators Spring Wreath

As the Philadelphia region welcomed the REAL arrival of Spring, (none of this one day 20 degree temperature swing nonsense) I found myself simultaneously unusually busy and in need of a Spring time wreath.  The glittered shamrock hanging on my door is quite cute, but perhaps time to retire until next year.

Over the span of a month (yes actually a month) I made up my mind on a design, purchased my supplies and completed this very annoying project.  It certainly shouldn't have taken that long to complete but c'est la vie. I am THRILLED with the results so the annoyance was worth it.  I may declare this my favorite wreath project ever.  Let's jump into the tutorial.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Julianna's Mermaid Lagoon

This past Sunday, I had the distinct pleasure of photographing the 1st birthday party of a sweet, expressive, blue eyed cutie named Julianna.  I am lucky enough to know Julianna's mom (or Lauren as she was known pre-baby) from working with her at a Philadelphia event planning company waaaaay back in 2008 -2009.  I know, I know - not really waaaaay back.  I was a fresh college grad then, and my life has changed so quickly, it really seems like a lifetime ago.

The last few days Lauren spent with that company, were with me, stuck in a hotel for 48 hours straight running a conference.  I don't think either one of us would want to re-live that particular weekend, but the time is indeed, something I look back on fondly.  I learned a ton professionally and got to know Lauren a bit better as well.   Through the magic of Facebook, we've been able to keep up with each others lives.  It seems that 5 years  was sufficient enough time to recover from being trapped in windowless rooms together with clueless, hungry conference goers.  If we could survive that, certainly a one year old's birthday party would be a piece of cake.  Smooshy, drooled on, cake. 

Here is a little sneak peak of some of the photos from Sunday's festivities.  The theme was Mermaid Lagoon which was expressed in the loveliest touches throughout the party. A fishy themed make & take candy bar, sand castle centerpieces, beach pails for the favors and Ariel even made a cameo appearance!  Can you tell Lauren does this whole event thing for a living?  Julianna is certainly a loved and lucky little girl!

Lovely theme setting invitations so party guests knew to bring their best sea shell bra!
This hat.  Seriously the best.  Accompanied by the aftermath of cake + baby.
Cake, beautiful cake
Oh, you thought the cake part was over?  Check out these lovely purple frosted cake pops.
Auntie, Julianna and Mom
Julianna figures out what icing feels like.  Isn't that high chair just darling? Labor of love by Dad!
As the party was winding down, we went outside for some quick extended family shots.

It was a beautiful day and a beautiful party.  I am so glad that I got to play a little part in it!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Floral Arranging for Dummies

One hour.  Under $20.  Three arrangements
It's not you, it's me.  I am the "dummy" because I require a fool proof method for arranging flowers in a vase.  If I didn't have "rules" for this task, I'd probably spend an inordinate amount of time exploring every possibility for each stems placement.  While that is not the worst way to spend an afternoon, most of us don't have that sort of time on our hands. 

 Picture this: Easter Sunday, T -minus two hours until dinner is served at my mom's house, a mess of flowers on my dining room table with a goal of making three gift worthy arrangements.  READY? SET! GO!