Saturday, July 23, 2016

Craft Camp::Day Three, Four And Five

The girls had such an amazing week at craft camp! Each day they came home with three projects and each project was more lovely than the one before it (and they were all beautiful). On day four, the girls each surprised me with a necklace they had made- one of which even had an anchor on it! I loved all of their creations but my most favorite (of the ones they made for themselves) was definitely the sweet dragonfly bracelets they made on the last day. They are very enchanting and so very Grace and Emma.

Their only complaint about this week was that it went by way too fast! And although this summer still has several more weeks to it, they are looking forward to next summer, and another week at craft camp, already! xo

Friday, July 22, 2016

{This Moment} Officially Ten

{This Moment} A Friday ritual. A single photo -no words- capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you are inspired to do the same leave a link to your moment for all to find and see. We wish you a wonderful weekend. xo

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Craft Camp: The First Two Days

Craft Camp Day One was a smashing success! The girls had a blast and came home with two beautiful projects. An ocean themed necklace and anklet. The group ran out of time so the bracelet had to wait till the next day.

Day Two was even more fabulous than Day One but that may be due in part to the fairy theme! Today's projects: earrings, necklaces, bracelets (the one they didn't have time for yesterday) and soap! xo

Monday, July 18, 2016

A Birthday Gathering

 When it came to Grace's tenth birthday gathering, we knew that we wanted it to be something that was "very Grace."As a family we had tossed out lots of ideas but nothing seemed "right". For this gathering, Grace really wanted it to be a drop off party and she wanted it to be small. Those were her only requirements. Meeting the first requirement was easy enough, but trying to find a place that's willing to do a small gathering is another story. And then one day it hit me- maybe our favorite flower shop would be willing to host this gathering and teach the girls the art of flower arranging. It couldn't hurt to ask I figured, so unbeknownst to Grace I sent an email to Heidi to see this idea would be possible. She wrote back saying she'd love to do this for us,  and I then shared this wonderful idea with Grace. She was over the moon! Her tenth birthday gathering at the flower shop?! What could be better?!
We decided that instead of having a cake at her gathering it would be more fun to walk down to our favorite ice cream shop! It was fun to walk in there with balloons and flowers and Grace wearing the birthday tiara! Everything about this day was so very Grace. Flowers, ice cream and a small group of friends truly made for a most fabulous tenth birthday celebration! Thank you to everyone who came and to everyone who made this wonderful day possible (espeically Heidi at The Purple Violet)! It was a birthday gathering that will be remembered and treasured for years to come! xo

Sunday, July 17, 2016


Enchanted by the fairy Grandpa Gene made for the birthday ring. 
"Mama, Grandpa Gene is so talented! This may be my most favorite one ever!" 
 "Grace, it's you and your sun pet!"
 A beloved book from the library was the perfect gift from Emma to Grace.
 Her most favorite page.
She was thrilled to be gifted a kit to make a needle felted unicorn!
 Opening her gift from Mrs. Fadden.
 "Mama, they're sister fairies!"
 We had intended to plant a tree after each girl was born. Since that sadly never happened we decided to begin a rose garden instead! This is the rose Grace chose in honor of her tenth birthday. On our way home from the garden center Grace decided that she'd like to use her birthday money from Gramma Terri and Grandpa Gene to buy a second rose for the rose garden (most likely a light pink English Rose).
 After an absolutely magical gathering with her friends (more on that tomorrow) we ended our day with the birthday ring and cake. We clearly need to come up with another way to display all the lovely birthday ring pieces my dad has made over the years as there's just not enough room for them and all the candles!
And, of course, no celebration is complete without a cake. This incredible creation came from our most favorite ice cream shop!

It was an absolutely amazing day and the perfect way to celebrate ten years of this sweet soul walking the earth! Everything about this day was "so Grace". From the plants and book Emma chose for her, to the felting kit, the rose for our new rose garden, the celebration with her friends and the sweet and enchanting fairy carved by her grandfather. As I tucked her in last night she said to me: "I had a great first day being ten, mama! I loved everything about this day!" I couldn't agree more! Happy birthday, sweet girl! xo