Turning 7 & Unicorns

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We celebrated Anna’s 7th birthday 2 weekends ago with a Unicorn party. We had a small party at home for our family and a second party at Chuck E Cheese with her school friends. Two parties can be a bit much but having her friend party out of the house worked best, they come, they play, they go home.

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Have I ever mentioned how much I love a themed party? ♥

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I put a lot of love into this cake, had a little meltdown when I couldn’t get the outside smooth but when I finished I was so freakin’ happy and proud of myself! Anna’s mouth fell open and she squealed, Unicorn cake for the mom win!

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I created the unicorn banner and the gift bag (below) using my Silhouette Cameo. It was the perfect decor piece.

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My friend Sharla made these fabulous cookies for the goodie bags.

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It’s become a bit of a tradition to go to Famoso for her birthday dinner with the three of us. I brought in a sparkler and hoped we didn’t smoke out the tables beside us too bad. This photo makes me so happy, it shows the pure joy that radiates from within her! ♥

It’s good to celebrate a birthday in our house.

Happy Birthday Sweet Girl, we love you so much. xo

Cards for kids.

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These cutie patootie cards were designed as a kid’s card kit for Treasured Memories. I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out various animals and then added in unique touches to make them my own, google eyes, ribbon scarves, gems for snow and candy canes. My favorite cards are the two holding candy canes and as it turns out they were the kid’s favorites too. 😉

 

Winter Wonderland Card Kit

I used Graphic 45’s newest Christmas collection for my latest card set. These papers are gorgeous and have beautiful birds and poinsettias that made the perfect embellishments once I cut them all out.

These cards are available as a class spot on Thursday, October 26 at Treasured Memories or as a class kit to take & complete at your leisure. All the details can be found here.

This is 39.

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I celebrated my 39th birthday on Monday. Cory, Anna and all the wonderful messages I received made my day so lovely. I am just so grateful and I look at each passing birthday and each new day as a redo. A chance to put my best self forward.

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Realizing this and putting my best self forward is not always easy. I started having quite a bit of anxiety about this birthday back in August. Thirty nine means I’m just a hop, skip & a jump to forty and that made me acutely aware of my gremlins. Gremlins that speak to me about lack and insignificance. It was hard.

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I’m like anyone, I want to be better. I want to do better. For me this looks like putting myself first and that is not an easy task for me. While on a trip at the end of August I told Cory about these gremlins and then I made some very big, very bold proclamations about what I wanted. It sounds dramatic and it was. I was standing on a mountain, overlooking a gorgeous valley with the sun beaming down on me. I had tears streaming down my face. I was having a moment. I made promises to myself in that space that I have been working on since I got home.

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Choosing me and putting my interests first has been a struggle but I’m slowly easing into it. One day at a time, reframing my thoughts at each step.

I look forward to 40, I have a plan to stand in the ocean as my best self and then to raise my arms to the sky and say thank you. As I blew out my candles on Monday I wished for the guidance to lead each day with love, compassion and kindness, for myself and for everyone around me. I truly believe that with these three things we can change lives.

♥ Nadine

Recommended reading for a little soul work: Brene Brown’s Rising Strong & Braving the Wilderness 

In the Christmas Class Zone.

I am deep into Christmas class prep. I have taught 2 classes already and have the third booked for mid October. I find customers either love it or hate it when the Christmas paper starts showing up as early as July. Maybe it’s the same disgruntled feeling I get when I see the snowsuits arrive Costco before we even get out of school for the summer.

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Product: Kaiser Craft’s Christmas Jewel collection.  Sold Out.

These cards were a huge success and ended up being my most popular card set with me making the most card kits for one class ever. The purples with the silver foil were so beautiful together.

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Product: Echo Park’s Twas the Night before Christmas Vol. 1 & 2 collections. Sold Out.

This set of cards were the first ones where I really added layers upon layers of paper to bring them to life. I also did a huge amount of “fussy cutting” to create all the embellishing pieces and I love how they turned out.

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Product: Kaiser Craft’s Christmas Edition & Letters to Santa collections. Scheduled Class: October 12, details here.

I love! these black & white papers and with the added pops of red and red foil I think they’re my favorite.

This creative season is my jam! The only problem is that I have more ideas then time and before I know it the holidays have come & gone.

I read somewhere the other day that there were only 12 Fridays until Christmas…. insert a loud sigh. I should probably go offline and put my fall decor up before the snow hits and I’m digging out my inflatable Santa.

What about you? Are you a love it or hate it when you see the holidays hit the stores well before their time?

♥ Nadine

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Fresh Starts

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Today was the first day of Grade 2. New grade, new teacher & fresh starts. I love this time of year, I have loved it since I myself was going to school. September has always felt like a new beginning to me, a fresh start, the new “New Year”. A time where you can reinvent yourself, make new plans and set new goals. It’s refreshing and it inspires me.

This morning our house was full of excitement and nerves as Anna walked into Grade 2 and I walked off to realize a few of my own new goals.

Cheers to this new year.

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Anna: Age 6

When she grows up: Wants to be an animal rescuer but specializing in kitten rescue. ♥

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Supplies for Grade 2. I love these days of markers and crayons.