Monday, August 29, 2011

Still Summer...

It's been really hot here, which means lots of water and iced tea for me. Ice cold black tea with milk has been my favorite this year. What is it about the heat that brings memories of childhood? Maybe it's all those recollections of lounging all summer break long, well aware of a generally empty calendar. My sister and I did take advantage of her Summer break, and spent almost every Monday together doing something to entertain ourselves. We could usually be found at some point in the day pounding iced lattes in a desperate attempt to stay cool/stay awake.

As much as I love Summer, I am missing cooking. It's just too hot. I made scones a couple mornings ago, and just being around the hot oven almost sent me over. I love Autumn sincerely, and I will be overjoyed when it comes to town, but still I must continue to dote on Summer while I have it. Salad and fruit have been my companions for months, but when the weather starts to cool I know I will be anxious to start on some soups. And pie. My good Lord the thought of cinnamon...

Before I forget I have the winners for the glitter heart cake topper contest. I used a random number generator to get the results, so the turnout is quite fair. Ok here goes...

<< Natalie Jane
<< Katie Watts
<< Lisa Mac

Let me know which colorway you would like (pink or silver), and I will get your heart toppers off to you! I will email you to get your addresses too.


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Give Away >> Glitter Hearts!

So I've had these glitter hearts in my etsy shop for a few weeks but haven't posted about them. I keep thinking about birthday parties, and how lovely and simple they can be with just a little effort. My dad and I just shared a birthday party at the end of July, and I made these cake toppers for the occasion. Of course when the time came, I forgot to put them in the cake. But I guess it's the thought that counts!

Growing up we didn't have a lot of money, and some years we had even less than not a lot (ya it is possible). Despite our *ehem* thrifty lifestyle, my mom and dad always made a deliberate effort to make us four kids feel important when celebrating our birthdays. We had the kind of birthdays with construction paper crowns, crepe paper streamers and balloons my mom would blow up and tape around the house in the middle of the night. Homemade cakes, homemade banners, homemade party invitations - it was a little extra effort put forth by my parents to make their children's birthdays were more special than any regular old day. And then when it was all over we'd save the ribbons, wash off the candles, roll up the crepe paper and save it for whosever birthday came next.

My memories of birthdays are unalterably special to me, mostly because my parents really used their imaginations. They only used what they had or could borrow, and had a simple goal - to make sure we felt loved. I love remembering these things.

So I am giving away three sets of glitter heart cake toppers for three of you lucky winners. I hope they are something simple you can enjoy keeping in your birthday stash. All that is required to enter is to briefly share about something your family did for you growing up that made birthdays special to you. I can't wait to hear from you, and please, tell your friends!

Random winners will be chosen Saturday, August 20th. Please make sure to include a way for me to know how to contact you!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Cookies and Icing

Friday we had an all day cookie decorating party at Megan's house. The cookies were wedding favors for some friends of ours who got married on a grassy knoll and then had their reception at a rented out coffee house and restaurant (so romantic!).

So I think I realized I could frost cookies for a living, I am that weird that I loved it so much.

Friday, August 5, 2011


Learning to have a meaningful summer... it's here and then it's gone.