So, here we are at THREE years old! Where has my baby gone and how has it been over a year since I last posted? I swear this is the same child featured in all other posts on this blog, she is just a hell… Read More
This past week my favorite woman in the world (who also happens to be the queen of creative), came to visit and Eisley and I were over the moon with excitement! The rest of the world disappears when Gigi is in town and Eisley was… Read More
With only a few days left to prep for the 4th, it’s time to get patriotic! This festive wreath was originally crafted for my daughter’s Madeline themed 1st birthday but I am happily recycling it in honor of the upcoming holiday! All the supplies needed can be found at… Read More
Spring photo shoots in Grandma’s garden, ridiculously yummy treats, and bunny baskets— check! A little late getting around to posting this weeks activities and I’m about to crash from a serious sugar high, but the photo montage overload begins…now! First up, baby girl’s photos! Shop the look… Read More
My heart skips a beat every time I look at her sweet face and having this little love bug as my Valentine sure ups the fun factor of an otherwise cliché holiday. Don’t get me wrong, I love flowers and chocolates (who doesn’t?) but spending time crafting Valentine’s… Read More
2014 was the year for projects and my absolute favorite, hands down was renovating this sweet (but originally way too pink) kitchenette for Eisley. Christmas has always been a special holiday to me and now that I have a little person in my life, it has become so much… Read More
I once read a card with the words, “I have an irrational fear of wasting a fabulous outfit on an insignificant day.” Well, the moment I laid eyes on this sweet-as-can be knit dress and deer hat, (complete with ears and antlers) my holiday card inspiration was born. I… Read More
A few months ago, my one year old daughter approached me and asked, “mama, mama this Halloween can I be one of the greatest female military leaders of all time?” It was the damnedest thing I’d ever heard. She mentioned that the national heroine of France she… Read More
I have been swooning over these festive balloon wreaths for quite some time and with all the DIY tutorials available on Pinterest, I decided to give it a go and get crafty. I stuck to the theme colors of my daughter’s Madeline/Parisian inspired birthday party but the possibilities are endless, making them the perfect decoration for any celebration! All the supplies needed can be found at your local craft and/or party store (I went to Michael’s) and if you have the time and patience (it took me a good 5-6 hours), I promise it’s quite simple!
First, you will need to collect the following items:
- straw wreath, left in plastic wrap
- greening pins
- a whole lot of balloons (I used close to 400 for a larger, fuller wreath)
- ribbon to cover the straw (optional)
- pipe cleaners (optional)
- rubber mallet (to save your poor thumbs from going numb)
Okay, time to get to work! If you choose to wrap the wreath with ribbon, go ahead and do this first by securing it to the wreath with greening pins. I attached two to three balloons per greening pin by simply grouping the balloons together in an arrangement to my liking and (waaaaait for it), pinning them to the wreath.
Repeat this step one thousand times over until the wreath is totally covered and VOILA!!! Easy peasy. To add your “curling ribbon”, wind pipe cleaners around a pencil to achieve the perfect curl. Attach each pipe cleaner to a greening pin and fill in any empty spaces of your masterpiece.
The finished product is so darn cheerful you can’t help but smile! I can’t hardly wait to hang this baby on the front door again… countdown to the Fourth of July begins NOW!
My baby girl is ONE and there is so much to celebrate! A year has flown by in the blink of an eye and now here we are at such a momentous milestone in little E’s life, one which she surely will not remember and I will never forget. This is my first child’s first birthday so let’s be honest, it was more of a joint party really, half in honor of the past 365 days of her life and the other half as a congratulatory pat on the back to my husband and I for surviving.
Anyone who knows me can attest to the fact that I love a good theme party and this particular theme was inspired by my favorite childhood book, Madeline. A brave little girl with an adventurous spirit, the beautiful “City of Light” as her playground and that fabulous, yellow hat! What’s not to love? First and foremost, I must confess I have a huge crush on all things French: film, cooking, pastries, music, fashion, accents, bull dogs, children’s literature…the list goes on and on. Confession number two; I am a planner. Truth be told, the wheels were already turning way back when we found out we were having a girl! Pulling together and fine tuning all the details that made this party special was such fun and totally DIY friendly if you’re up for a project or two.
Some of my favorite details were the darling monsieur and madame bibs (handmade by my ridiculously crafty mother), the Paris cityscape mural, which made a fabulous backdrop for guest photos (more props to mom), the balloon wreath (which took about six hours worth of baby E’s naps for me to complete) and of course, the ensemble (accessorized with red, glitter shoes and the cutest smile ever), worn by ma petite cherie.
Joyeux Anniversaire Eisley!