preschool valentines

Avery is officially a preschooler and has many valentines to give out this year to new (and old) friends.  Her birthday falls right around Valentine's Day, so whatever she gives out usually serve as both birthday and Valentine's treats.  Her little Valentine's gifts are diamond ring erasers and pirate erasers (not pictured) from Target, encased in red vending capsules from Bake It Pretty.  Vending capsules are always a fun surprise for kids to open, and can be used to store little treasures later on.  I printed a simple Valentine's message on 1 1/4" round labels from Paper Source, stuck them to red hearts (made using this Marvy heart punch) and attached a little bit of red and white twine from Crate and Barrel.  The red paper was also from Paper Source (one of my go-to stores for paper goods).  Avery can't wait to give these out!

a summer shower

I was glad to be a part of this baby shower given for some good friends last summer.  The color palette consisted of warm reds and oranges, partly because the shower was for a girl and partly because those colors seemed to evoke summer.  A summer sunset, perhaps?  The shower was a great team effort and much attention and care went into the planning.  Most of the foods served were also red and orange, which added to the summer sensibilities and feel of the gathering.  The favors were candy-filled cherries made from tissue paper, floral wire and floral tape.  The paper used to make the pennants and lanterns was from Paper Source.  This was a great example of how color can inform and inspire all aspects of a party, including food!

watercolor collage

I cut a couple of Avery's watercolor paintings (that she did a little while ago) into rectangles and squares.  She chose a colored piece of paper and glued different pieces of her painting on it, creating a collage of bits of watercolor.