Friday, December 31, 2010

Fairy Giveaway Winners!! and Happy New Year's Eve

The dotters and I prepared the fairy giveaway names for the drawing this morning. Thanks for all your wonderful comments, it is always fun to hear from friends. I wish I could give something to everyone of you. My 100th blog post will be coming up soon and I plan to giveaway a beautiful crown for a special friend, so check back with me when you can. Since I have 3 dotters and I have 3 fairy treats to giveaway they each picked one. We put everyone's name in a bowl and each dotter picked a name. So the winner's are:
Bella picked Heather Richardson!
Bronwyn picked Jessica Malungahu.
Brooklyn picked Kat and Jon Robinson.

Okay you three send me your addresses and I will get these fairy packages off to you.

We are home getting ready for our big New Year's Eve bash with all our cousins. We have our party hats and horns ready. Wishing you all a Happy New Year!!!!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas

Dear Santa,

Thank-you for bringing me such a wonderful gift. How did you know that I wanted this gorgeous red velvet vintage sofa for my very own?

Oh yeah....I told you.


**Go here for my fairy giveaway. You have until December 30.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Waiting for Santa.....Christmas Eve


Okay who posts on their blog Christmas Eve? Yes, it's true...I do. It is 11:02 pm and I just got my very excited 3 dotters to bed (they are all sleeping with big sis in her bed tonight), in their brand new Christmas jammies..... and I am waiting for Santa to arrive. In order to do that I need to wait for the 3 to settle and finally fall asleep. So I'm thinking...... what can I do to pass the time...? I KNOW, I will blog!!!

I've been wanting to share our Christmas home here in Orem. This is the first Christmas in our house, and while I didn't buy alot of new decorations, I used our decorations differently and I made some as well. So here's the Christmas house 2010:

This year I bought some vintage mercury beads for my gold mirror that I love so much. I also confess to buying the amazingly fabulous garland at Anthropolgie. And please don't ask me what it cost. I love it so much, I might keep it up all year. (Close up of the garland is the first pic in the post.)

I made this wreath with a French twist.....Merry Christmas....Joyeux Noel
It would not be Christmas without my choir boys....don't you love the one with the black eye?
Christmas Eve....3dotters.....Christmas jammie tradition....I love that they all match, but different colors. Thank-you Children's Place.
All snug is big sis's bed....waiting for the guy to come....Dream of those sugarplums...or ipod touches........



Thursday, December 16, 2010

Christmas Fairies...the big 5th birthday....and a Giveaway!

So having 3 dotters has really made me into a girly girl. As a child I don't particularly remember being so girly and loving the color pink. When that first dotter was born, pink instantly became my favorite color (it still is.) I especially love the idea of fairies. There has always been something magical about them. When my oldest dotter turned 5 I decided to have a big fairy party for her. We had 15 little fairy guests. I made them skirts and wings, we had a fairy treasure hunt, face painting and really fun games. The party was a huge success. So when dotter 2 turned 5 I knew I had to have a fairy party for her. Again, it was a huge success. This time I actually put a fairy tent in the backyard decorated with flowers. So dotter 3 is my last, and she turns 5 this Christmas day. We usually have her party a few weeks prior to Christmas. This party was more of a challenge since the other dotters have warm birthdays...meaning the party can be outside.

Since this was my last fairy party I wanted everything perfect. I decorated my kitchen to look like a magical fairyland place. We had fun fairy food, the outfits were cute, the games fun and the all seemed to have a good time. Most of all my little fairy Bella, truly felt like a special birthday girl.

Today as I'm writing this post, I am so tired. December is busy month without adding a big birthday party on top of it. I'm a little sad too. No more dotters, no more fairy parties. 5 seems to be a magical age, when you are 5 fairies do exist and Santa Claus will be coming down your chimney soon.

Happy Birthday my sweet Bella!

So, I want to share some fairy magic with you as well. If you leave a comment I will share some fairy love with you. I will pick 3 people and send them wings (beautiful and handmade), a skirt, a cute crown (that I made) and some sweet fairy treats. I will take comments until the end of the month. I will choose 3 people by noon on December 30 and mail the items straight to your house.

I am going to post some pictures, if you want specifics on anything I did, I'm happy to share info/ideas.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Beehive Bazaar this Weekend

Okay I just got back from setting up my booth at the Beehive Bazaar. Lot's of great stuff as usual. Said hello to some crafty friends and met some new crafty friends. That is what I love about the craft world. Lots of fun and interesting people. I picked up a few things that I will show you later in another post.

So one of the most awesome things about the Beehive Bazaar is that they have a young crafter corner. Kids can apply to sell things that they make. Last year Brooklyn and Bronwyn made these cute bottlecap necklaces and sold out. This year they are letting younger sister Bella join in the business. They made twice as many too. Hope they sell these all out. Bronwyn has also made some really amazing masks. This year when we went to the Utah Shakespeare Festival she came along with us. The festival sells these amazing masks and she was inspired to create her own and has done a great job. Go check them out. Below are some pictures I took when she was working on them.

I was an idiot and did not take picture of the final masks, but if you live in Utah go check them out for yourself.

Bronwyn has really enjoyed making these masks and is excited to sell them. I love her creative spirit. I hope she always has it, as well as the other two dotters.

My challenge to you this week: Do something creative with your children or mother or whomever.......and also realize everyone's definition or perception of creativity is different. I always hate when friends or family tell me "I'm not creative." I don't believe that. Our Heavenly Father gave everyone the spark of creativity, it just manifests itself in different ways.

Okay enough of that, time for bed! Go check out the Beehive Bazaar!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope everyone had a wonderful day!

**This is a vintage children's print that I put out for Thanksgiving. In some ways it really speaks to me about food and holidays in general. :)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

A Good Laugh

I have posted one before, but just had to share this note as well. Brooklyn (Dotter #2) has lost yet another tooth. The note that awaited the tooth fairy.......
Have a great day! This note made mine.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Tea Parties, Tiaras and........Time

A picture of the lovely ballerina lamp in my dotter's room.

I've been thinking a lot about tea parties lately. I know, weird.

So.... since I have 3 dotters, I have hosted many tea parties. Tea parties in my mind represent fun, make-believe, sharing, pretend and magic; all things you associate with childhood.

I've been feeling so nostalgic lately and..... in a way that hasn't hit me before; that my girls are growing up, they are getting older. What happened to those cute chubby cheeks those sweet toddlers. I know you are probably thinking yes Jennifer; children do grow up, but I appreciate your indulgence as I lament. My baby...yes baby turns 5 in one month. I still remember this little 2 pound preemie fighting for life... and now 5!

I truly believe when you have children your life seems to kick in and move at warp speed. Do you feel that way?

With Christmas coming up, my dotters have started to tweet and twitter about what they want, the responses are listed below:

1) An ipod touch
2) An iphone
3) Dsi games
4) Giftcards
5) and just plain CASH

No dolls, no real toys so to speak, not even books. Yes, technology is what they crave. Have I told you my dotters are 10, 7 and 5(almost)? It does make me sad, and also makes me realize how different the world is that my children are growing up in.

So I'm back to tea parties. Whenever I think about this to much, the fact that they are getting older, the fact that all they crave is technology I remember that they still love to have tea parties.
I don't know for how long, but for today they want to put on those vintage hats, get out the teacups and have delightful desserts.

And today I am grateful for that.

Some adorable teacups I bought at Anthropologie. One for each of the dotters with their initials.
A sweet vintage tea service and crown I will be selling at the Beehive Bazaar. Start your own tea party tradition.
Another sweet fairy crown with vintage tea cups that will be available at the Beehive Bazaar.
A closeup of this glitter fairy "tiara"

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Come to the Beehive Bazaar

A lot of you know, I do very few shows, but one that I try not to miss is the Beehive Bazaar. It is the best handmade craft show in the state of Utah. There are always great things and new ideas. I am not only a vendor but a shopper of the show as well. I always get some great stuff. So I'm working my little fingers to the bone every night and sorting through all the ideas in my head. If you live in Utah it is worth the trip to Provo. Come say hi!

The BB folks sent me their press release and art, so enjoy and I hope to see you there!

Always Unique, Only Handmade & Continually The Best

It’s got the frenetic energy of a punk show, the culture of an art gallery, the community of your local farmers market, oh and lest we forget, a superlative shopping experience that is truly unparalleled anywhere in the state—it’s Utah’s own, independent arts and crafts festival, the Beehive Bazaar.

For seven years and fourteen shows, Noelle Olpin, Molly Call and Duane Call have hosted the bi-annual show providing a stage for local artists and crafters to share their unique, handmade wares with the community.

“We’re selective” says Molly Call, “If we’re going to include something in the show, it’s got to be unique, quality, handmade and most of all something we’d want to buy—it’s not about quantity, it’s about showcasing the very best, every time.”

In addition, Noelle Olpin says, “We focus on keeping a balance of new vendors and Bazaar veterans so each show maintains an air of familiarity and comfort spiked with plenty of surprise.”

This season the Beehive Bazaar will be held at the Women’s Center in Provo Utah, “It’s always been a place where the community has gathered—it’s at the heart of the town, close to the park, the city pool and the baseball field. We love supporting local culture, and think it’s the perfect place.” Duane Call said.

The Winter 2010 vendors offer a wide variety of arts and crafts including paintings, prints, jewelry, glass, paper, felt, glass, ceramics, bags, skirts, aprons, dolls, cards, home d├ęcor, ornaments, jams, cookies, cupcakes and oh-so much more. This season’s vendors include:

Alma and Mike Loveland

Amber Perks

Amy Elise Feisthamel

Amy Redden

Andy Chase

Angela Flicker

Anne Scott

Annie Kershisnik Blake

Annie Wheeler

Arinn Aanderud

Ashley Giessing

Ashley Isenhour

Ashley Mae Hoiland

Beccy Bingham

Bren Jackson

Candace J. Andersen

Caroline Drake

Carrie Poulsen

Colette Yarro

Colt Bowden

Dallas Russell

Dave Hamilton

Debbie Thompson

Emily Cooper

Emily King

Eva & friends

Jennifer Reed

Jennifer Wakeland and Heather Van Dam

Jessica Berrett

Jessie Huish

Jill Swensen

Julie Gillrie

Kanani Hayes

Keri Rainock

Krista Schmitz and Shelly Perkins

Leia Bell

Luze Howse

Lynlee Price

Mari Spiker

Melanie Elyse Brewster

Michael Phipps

Michelle Rasmussen

Monica Dennis

Morag Kawaskai

Nicole Choules

Nikki Jackson

Paula Hogan

Rachel Schutz

Samantha Kelly

Sonya Evans

Stacey Foster

Steve & Michelle Hunt

Susan Petersen

Suzanne Clements

Suzi Bates

Tami Thornton

The Estes Girls

Tonya Vistaunet

Trista Millette

Zoe Jacobson & Jeremy Josephson

Visit to learn more about the artists, preview what they’ll have to offer and learn how to get involved yourself—the Bazaar is always scouting new talent.

The Beehive Bazaar dates, times and location:

- Thursday, December 2, 9PM – 12AM

Entry fee of $4, Thursday evening only

- Friday, December 3, 10AM – 10PM

- Saturday, December 4, 10AM – 8PM

- The Provo Women’s Center | 310 West 500 North

For additional information please email us

Monday, November 1, 2010

Halloween Sock Monkey....and Fall

So this year's most inspired costume goes to Dotter #1. She wanted to be a sock monkey. Go here and you will see how much see likes them. October is a really hard month for me and time, so I looked online to buy a costume. I could not spend the money they wanted, so I told her we had to do something else.

Coming to the rescue was our beloved costume designer friend Kelsey. She whipped that costume out in a day for her, and all because she is a good friend and loves Bronwyn....and Bronwyn loves her. Thanks Kelsey for the cutest costume ever.....also a big thanks to Seaver (her husband) who helped cut it out.

So here it is:

We found the red furry clogs at a yard sale!

I love Fall, we had some snow last week but it has melted on the ground and is just on the mountains. We got back that beautiful crisp, sunny Fall day. I am taking a photography class and was practicing....the results below.

Oh Fall why can't you stay?

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Artful Thursday on Saturday (ughhh!!)

Okay, so the trying to post something on Thursday night for Artful Thursday didn't happen. But I will not give up so here is my Artful Thursday project (which was done on Thursday, thank-you very much, just not posted until Saturday.) I saw something similar to this project on another blog and it just spoke to me. It brings together so many things I love, wreaths, vintage "stuff", birds and Christmas. So here it is:

I thought that it turned out really cute. It's not really hard, just takes some time, (especially wrapping the yarn around the straw wreath) and collecting the vintage items and putting it all together.

Closeup of the wreath
So I loved making the wreath, and decided to make another Christmas Bird decoration. This time I used an old bobbin I picked up at the antique mall. (Thanks Rosie for the great deal on them!) I am going to add a little Joyeux Noel banner to it.
The closeup:

Pretty cute huh? So I'm going to be selling these beauties at the Beehive Bazaar. Mark you calendar for the first weekend in December. It is the best craft show in Utah and I love being a vendor there.

These projects have definitely got me in the holiday spirit and I'm looking forward to Christmas decorating. Hope you are having a creative week!

***Come back next week and see Bronwyn's darling sock monkey Halloween costume our costume designer friend Kelsey made.