Tuesday, February 15, 2011

a miss lolly birthday!!

The last few weeks I have been a busy bee planning my sweet Savannah's birthday!! I've never been the one to throw parties and usually my kiddos have a simple birthday with a cake (usually bought from the store), some presents and we invite a few family members over. With all the inspiration online and cute party ideas I decided to go for it!! Maybe with getting older and wanting to prove to my self that I can be a good hostess. :)

After throwing around a few ideas I decided to go with the adorable Miss Lolly theme!! The possibilities were endless with such an adorable print by Tasha!! How could I not succeed, and it was perfect for Savannah!!

For the Miss Lolly illustration, I had found a vintage frame at Goodwill, sanded it and painted it aqua. I then made a cute patchwork border to go inside the frame. I love the way it turned out!!

I made the sweet little bunting hanging below, and found some yummy candies that I put in a vintage jar so the lollies would stay in place.

Displaying all the yumminess at the party!!

Savannah in her cute little apron and appliqued lolly shirt I made her. :) I love seeing her cute little smile. She is just as happy as can be!!

Savannah and her Little Red Riding Hood!

The cake!! I made the bunting, and then had the cute Miss Lolly custom made from the SweetiePieCaketopper shop on etsy . The cute little lollies are from Marilee Jane Designs. The adorable cake stand is made by Stands for all Seasons.

The cupcake tree!! The lollipop toppers are from Marilee Jane Designs, and the cute Miss Lolly toppers are from Tasha! Aren't they so cute!! I purchased the cupcake tree at Macy's. :)

For an activity I taught the girls how to embroider. For the embroidery I used Tasha's Lollies embroidery pattern!! I think this was one of the girls favorite parts to the party!! They sat there for almost an hour working on their embroidery!!

Maya working on her embroidery. I made Maya a matching apron and lollie shirt so she wouldn't feel excluded.

Tasha gave me this wonderful idea for the little ones. Use burlap and have them just freely stitch with a large darning needle. This one my little guy did and he LOVED it!! :)

The cute cups embellished with Miss Lolly stickers!!

The yummy goodie bags that were sent home with all the kiddos!! :)

Even though it was a bit nerve racking planning and putting it all together it was a lot of fun. In the end I felt it was a real accomplishment for me and am so glad I did it!! I can't wait to start planning another party!! Maya is already talking about hers. :)

Monday, February 14, 2011

winners & happy valentines days!!

THANKS so much to everyone who participated in my dreaming of Spring giveaway!! It was a lot of fun and I loved reading what everyone is dreaming about. Right now I can't wait for all my family to be healthy again!! It has been a brutal winter with sickness in my home. The last few weeks it has really seemed to hit. Also, last week I was busy getting ready for my daughters Birthday that we celebrated on Saturday (lots of cute pictures to come). So between sick kiddos and getting ready for a birthday, I think I'm literally exhausted and can't wait for SPRING. :)

Now to the winners!! I'm sure you have been waiting! :)

1. The adorable pin topper set by Gigi of Pinks and Needles. The winner is-

# 209 peaknits

she said..

Holy moley - what a giveaway! I am looking forward to spring because I want to feel the breeze on my face, I can stop having to run from buildings to my car fast because it is so cold. Green grass - even mowing the lawn beats all of this snow!

2. The super cute Dandy Day print from Lucky Nelson. The winner is-
#289 Marcia W. said...

I'm hoping for the warmer weather of spring and quilting or sporting one of these lovely prizes as I enjoy the sunshine outdoors.

3. The wonderful fat quarters from Laurie Wisburn. The winner is-

#266 Colette said...

I am dreaming of going on lots of hikes (without snow!!!) and having picnics with my family :D And WOW this is the most AMAZING giveaway ever!!!

4. The cutest little baby polka dot beanie hat from Deusprovidebit. The winner is-

# 314 Mrs. Doodle said...

I just ordered from Sarah Jane. the 2011 calendar. I got one last year and loved it and I think I will be collecting them for my girls for many years to come:) Love all of the shops above! like LOOOOOOOVE!

5. The sweetest My Little Lamb print from Sarah Jane Studios-

# 371 marian said...

Hi Kerri, OMGosh what gorgeous eye candy and fabulous giveaways!!
i live on the other side of the world in sunny Australia so i'm really looking forward to Autumn [Fall] lol!
However, what i always look forward to and LOVE the most about Spring is seeing the annual bulbs coming into flower and the garden come out of its winter slumber...it truly is a delightful sight and the fragrance is intoxicating!

6. The adorable Spring flower and trim set from Precious Paper! The winner is-

#286 ThirdMargaret said...

This giveaway is full of spring-y goodness!! I can't wait to put away my snow boots!!

7. The adorable Bunny Love illustration from A Little Sweetness! The winner is-

#84 Katie B. said...

Wow! What a giveaway! I'm dreaming of daffodils starting to bloom! And warmer weather. And more sunshine!!

8. The spectacular Sugar Dish pattern from Cluck Cluck Sew! The winner is-
#25 Poppyprint said...

Kerri! Wow, what an amazing spring giveaway parade. I am most looking forward to the cherry blossoms which in Vancouver, are the most beautiful sign of spring!

9. The cute bobby pin set from The Ciao Bella Boutique. The winner is-
# 232 Mama24Monkeys said...

I am dreaming about warm days at the park (sitting under a tree reading a book while the monkeys play)sigh...soon very soon...

10. The lovely Flower Sugar bundle from me!! :)

#145 Chris {frecklemama} said...

I have purchased something from Allison of Cluck Cluck Sew before. Love her!

All the winners, make sure to contact me by the end of the week so I can send on your info so you can receive your lovely prize!! :)

Thanks again for all pariticaping!! I hope you are having a wonderful Valentines Day!! I'd love to hear your plans!! Do you have any Valentines Day traditions you do with your family?

Here are a couple cute vintage valentines cards!! :)


Monday, February 7, 2011

dreaming of spring ~ giveaway!!

In the last week or so I've really been hit by the bug!! The dreaming of Spring bug!! Seeing all the lovely pictures and handmade items on Etsy, and all the pretty spring items in the stores has got me mesmerized. I really can't wait to see the trees start to blossom, feel the fresh warm air, and see the lovely tulips start to pop up!! To help us get to those warm Spring days I've worked with some of my favorite Etsy sellers to bring all my lovely blog readers a FANTASTIC giveaway!! You wanna see what I have for you?? ;)

Gigi from Pinks and Needles makes the most adorable pin toppers!! I have fallen in love with just about every pin topper in her shop. Not to mention that many of them look just as tasty as they are cute!! If you haven't seen all Gigi's lovely toppers before you have to hop on over to her shop and take a peek!! They are the CUTEST!! Here are just a few!!

Gigi specially made this adorable pin topper set of the sweetest butterfly, and the most adorable deer just for the giveaway!! Isn't it absolutely DARLING!!

Seriously the cutest little pin toppers!! I adore them to pieces!! :)

I first spied Lucky Nelson on Flickr with her adorable mushroom houses and was instantly hooked!! Now she has started selling the sweetest Nora prints, and paper dolls!! I absolutely adore the whimsical cuteness of each one!! Make sure to check out her blog to see more of her amazing work!!

Lucky Nielson is giving one of her lovely Dandy Day Giclee prints!! I just love how sweet little Nora is whisk-fully being taken on an adventure by a lovely little dandelion!! Isn't it just the most adorable whimsical print!!

Now to one of my favorite fabric designers, Laurie Wisburn! You'll have to check out her shop for some new fun and modern fabrics she just listed!! They are gorgeous!! I can't wait for Laurie's new fabric line to come out with Robert Kaufman this Spring!!

Look at these cute lambs and bunnies, from her Modern Whimsy collection in the color storey park!! It is the sweetest spring fabric!! I love the modern design that is incorporated into such a cute fabric!!

Laurie is giving a fat quarter of the cute Rabbits Trellis and Lambs in park!! I love the beautiful colors combined in these, robin's egg blue, chartreuse, and rose!!

I absolutely adore cute knit or crocheted hats!! I loved putting sweet hats on my newborns, and they sure did make those newborn pictures even cuter!! Some of the cutest I've seen on Etsy are from Deusprovidebit! From the cutest Polka Dot hats, to the sweetest Striped ones to the fluffy pom pom hats!! They are all so cute!!

I'm so excited that one winner will get this adorable red and white polka dot hat!! Doesn't it look like a mushroom cap!!! EEK!! I just LOVE it!! I need one in an adult size!! ;)

Aren't those simply the sweetest pictures!!

Sarah Jane Studios has been one of my favorites since I first found out about Etsy!! Her illustrations are absolutely beyond ADORABLE!! Now with the news of Sarah Jane coming out with a fabric collection through Michael Miller this Spring, I can hardly hold in the excitement!! I can't wait to see what this lovely collection will look like!! Most definitely, it will be CUTE!!

Sarah Jane is giving her My Little Lamb illustration to one of you!! I think this has to be one of my favorites!! It is simply the sweetest!! I wonder what will happen when the sweet little Mary gets to school when along side her is her adorable little lamb? But how could she leave her with those sheepish eyes??

This time of year I love anything flowery!! Especially pretty flowers made up of felt and some of my favorite fabric!! If you add in a little ribbon, then it truly is blissful!! Take a peakie at all the lovely flowers, and ribbons from Precious Paper!! Oh, the possibilities!!

Tessa put together a lovely Spring set just for one of you!! :) Look at all those pretty spring colors!!

I love the cute pink and aqua flowers!! Yum!! For lots of ideas and inspiration check out Tessa's blog!!

If you want to be over loaded with cuteness then visit Tasha's shop!! Everything is absolutely adorable and in the sweetest color combos!! You'll find illustrations, embroidery patterns, fabric, note cards and tags!!

Isn't this Bunny Love illustration the sweetest!! A perfect Easter illustration! Tasha is giving one of her sweet Bunny Love prints to one lucky winner!!

Next we have the very talented quilter Alison from Cluck Cluck Sew. All of Alison's patterns are fresh and modern, but have the traditional feel to them!! I just love modern yet traditional quilts!!

One of Alison's newest is Sugar Dish!! My favorite part is the strip of Dresden Plates. Making a quilt out of all Dresden plates would be a daunting task for me, but with the Sugar Dish, you are only making 6, and I love how they pop out!! One lucky winner will get Alison's new pattern, The Sugar Dish!!

The Ciao Bella Boutique is one of my new favorites!! I have to confess, I've spent many hours browsing Lindsay's shop, and now have a fun little collection started of my own!! I absolutely LOVE hair pretties, and cute little earrings! That is a good things since her shop is full of them!! Make sure and stop by to see the most lovely items to beautify you or a loved one!!

Lindsay is sweetly offering this lovely spring trio of bobby pins in pink, aqua and lime green!! They would be perfect combined with a lovely spring blouse!!

Last, but hopefully not least, I'll be giving away a fq bundle of the new Flower Sugar!! Wouldn't those look so pretty as a Sugar Dish quilt!! YUM!!

Aren't those some of the most AMAZING prizes!! And it's even more exciting since there is going to be 10 winners!! Hip Hip Hooray!!!

Here is watcha do if you'd like a chance to win.
  1. Leave a comment on my blog and let me know what about Spring you are dreaming about.
  2. Have purchased from any of the 10 Etsy shops that are participating in the giveaway. Let me know which one(s).
  3. Have recently commented on my blog ( on one of my last two blog posts).

If you do number 2,or 3 please make a separate comment on this post for each letting me know what you have done so as the comments are your entries. So if you do all three you need to leave 3 comments.

The giveaway ends Friday, February 11th, which I will announce the winner soon after!

Good Luck!!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

dreaming of...

...gardening in my new polka dot boots!!

matching easter dresses for my girls from these pretty fabrics!!

aren't they all so dreamy!! to help us get to those blissful spring days, i'll be having a dreaming of spring GIVEAWAY on Monday, so make sure to come back. also for my lovely blog followers if you comment on this post you'll get an extra chance!! i just LOVE it when my sweet friends win!! ;)