Welp, if you follow me on Instagram, you know that we’re having a baby girl! You guys. We’re so excited. And we’re also freaking out. Everyone was so sure B-dub was a boy, but our lil’ girl is a non-conformist. She obviously lives to surprise. Logan is still in shock. I think he saw all of the dollar signs $$$$$ flash before his eyes. I guess he better get used to it because I’m starting to plan out her nursery and I’m starting with a few prints that I’m loving today.
1. Everything about this print blows my mind. I love simple shapes. And I am loving the color scheme. I could plan a nursery all around this print. Quilts. Pillows. You name it. Buy this print here on Minted.
2. Maybe my love from this print stems from my love of playing Sonic The Hedgehog on my Sega Genesis. I was that kid. I still am. Buy this print here on Shop Pigment.
3. I actually bought this print last December at a handmade fair put on by a local fabric store, Fancy Tiger. The print was designed by a friend of mine and it’s in my top three choices for nursery inspiration. Buy this print here on January Jones Prints.
4. I’m a firm believer in framing gift wrap and wall paper. Enter: Rifle Paper Co. Everything Anna designs and prints has me smitten. This print is so feminine and delicate. I just need it. Buy this print here on Rifle Paper Co.
5. These stacked gift boxes come in several different color schemes. It’s hard to choose which I love more! I love gifts and I feel like I should teach BG-dub to love gifts too. Buy this print here on Minted.
6. I never used to love pink. I didn’t. I was very boy-ish. Now that we are having a girl, I feel the need to have just a smidge of pink around the house for her. Hello, pretty balloon print!!! Buy this print on Evesand.
7. Everything about this print is perfect. I love the mountains. We’re living in Colorado so those are mountains, m’kay? Buy this print on LadybugGraphics.
Our bank account is in trouble, people. Can you recommend any print shops to me? I’d love some suggestions!
Woo! It’s Friday! April 26th!!! I’ve been waiting weeks for today because today is the day that we find out if B-dub (Baby Ward’s nickname) is he or a she! I’d love a he. I’d love a she! I’m nervous! Yikes! So I’m going to make this quick because I just can’t focus on anything else right now. :)
Fresh flowers. On top of a cake!
The cutest little circus play school.
Even if I wasn’t going to be a mama, I’d want this snack box.
Since I AM going to be a mama, I’ll take any one of these.
A 1920′s-themed wedding. Someone invite me.
I’m just now ready for Summer. It’s Spring here in Denver, but the ground is covered in Snow. I’m not happy about it and that’s all I’m going to say about that. Once Summer hits, it’ll be time for outdoor dinner parties with candles down the table. Instead of lining that table with the regular old boring votives, spice things up by adding a little color to the inside. They’re colorful and pretty! Like everything should be in the world. ;)
It’s happened. I finally tricked the fine folks at Anthropologie into thinking I’m cool enough to hang out with them. I mean, I’ve stalked their Colorado & Utah stores regularly. It’s an illness, really. I’m happy to say that I’ll be hanging out at the local Anthropologie here on the morning of May 4th and I’ll be teaching peeps how to make some ginormous fabric flowers. Make a bouquet. Wear ‘em as a brooch. Put ‘em in your hair. Put ‘em in the center of a table. The possibilities are endless!
I’m told spots fill up quick so if you’re in the Denver area and you want to come and eat lots of snacks with me, then RSVP here! I promise it will be a good time. I’ll be sharing a few sneak peeks of what we’ll be working on over on Instagram, so make sure you check there regularly (@properpinwheel)! And if you want to follow the other events, keep an eye on the hashtag #anthroevents! You can also follow @anthropologie for all the details.
Not in Denver? Don’t sweat it. Check out the Mother’s Day DIY page and see if there is a Mother’s Day event in your area!
photo cred: artwork courtesy of Anthropologie (I love it when I don’t have to draw!)
A few weeks ago, Erin of Art Social and I held our first EAT DRINK CREATE event at West Elm here in Denver. We’ve been planning this event for several months and we were so thrilled to finally let the secret out! I know! There are so many secrets being spilled over here! We wanted an outlet that would bring bloggers and other creatives in the Denver area together. It’s been quiet around here for too long. I’ve met many of the people who attended the event and I wanted some kind of party where they could all meet each other! Erin and I decided that these events were going to happen every quarter and we’re already planning the summer and the fall! It’s gonna be good. ;)
**Make sure you watch the video at the bottom of this post. It captures the party so perfectly! And the music is so fun to dance to. ;)
EAT – There were donut kabobs. There was popcorn. In TWO flavors! Have you ever had Doc’s Popcorn? The kettle corn is to die for. A little salt. A little sweet. My mouth just filled with saliva typing about it! We also had regular butter flavor for those who love movie popcorn. Again, these were mostly accommodating to my taste buds. And I ate (no joke) 5 bags of the stuff before the night was over. I’m unstoppable. I’m a machine!
DRINK – We served Mexican Jarritos in assorted flavors. We attached little tags with our logo stamped on. We also had bottles of water for those who were driving.
CREATE – What. The. Fringe. We gave everyone cute mini lanterns that could be covered with fringe to make pinatas/fringe decor with. There was so much fringe. Everywhere. We had it all pre-cut and my house was filled to the brim with the stuff in the days leading up to the party. Luckily, it got all used up and I didn’t go home with any! Phew. I’m not into fringe storage.
Consumer Crafts was kind enough to donate a goodie bag to each attendee. These things were filled with some serious goods including baker’s twine and washi tape. Two necessities when considering serious crafting. (Huge thanks to Katie of Lemon Jitters for helping us with the hook up and for also donating the cutest little “hello” signs! We couldn’t have done it without you!)
Kate Donaldson was our awesome photographer for the evening and she took so many great photos it was hard to pick which ones I wanted to share with you! The girl has a great eye and took a lot of fun photos of our guests!
Look at all the ban.do flowers! I’m coveting all over again… To see more of what’s inside these goodie bags, hop on over to Erin’s recap. They were seriously LOADED with goods.
The dangerously delicious popcorn that I had in my hands all night. Five bags, people! I am beyond happy with our logo for these events. It was designed by the wonderful Sarah Fritzler! We also worked with her on designing the invitation for The Hello Social! The girl’s got game. I mean that.
We all know that strawberry is the BEST flavor of this stuff. Artificially sweet. There’s nothing better in life.
How cute is Erin? And how intense am I?
These lovely ladies had me laughing all night. Their instagram captions were nothing short of hilarious. Go here to check out all the photos on the instagram feed! (#eatdrinkcreate)
The awesome folks at Artifact Uprising gave away a custom Instagram book to one lucky attendee. Congratulations to Tara from Modern Maven for winning that lil’ sucker! Again, I’m so so jealous! Have you heard of Artifact Uprising? They have an amazing aesthetic. If there is a list for who to follow on Instagram, they’re at the top! @artifactuprising
This table looks neater than my house at the moment. Oh boy.
See? The popcorn. It was amazing.
This is cute Jayne. She’s 1/2 of the October Ink equation and we were so happy she could come! She just moved to Denver and we wanted to welcome her properly. With a party, of course!
I can’t thank West Elm of Cherry Creek enough. Those folks love to party and we had a lot of fun working with them! PLUS – the store looked amazing and it was hard not to spend all the money that I don’t really have. Did you know that West Elm has a blog and that it’s filled with loads of useful decoration information?
These two make me want to chop my hair off and dress really chic and stylish. I envy them and their coolness.
Erin is a total dreamboat to work with. I couldn’t have picked a better partner for these events. She’s creative. She’s cute. And she’s oh-so-friendly. I can’t wait to start spilling the beans for the summer event! If you are in the Denver area, we want you there! It’s going to be big!
I’m so grateful to everyone who came! We had a blast getting to know you better and can’t wait to see you this Summer! Woo!
We also had Annabelle Mintz from Evergreen Lane Productions hanging around catching some vids for us. This is by far the funnest video I’ve ever seen. Maybe I’m biased, but it’s cute. The music is super chipper. I dare you to watch it! It’s a quick little snippet that gives more insight into the fun we had at the first EAT DRINK CREATE!
A huge thank you to all those who contributed:
photo cred: all photos by Kate Donaldson Photo
Woo! Another week has gone by. It was a blizzard here in Denver the first three days of this week and so I’m in a Mexican fiesta kind of mood! I’ve linked up to all things Cinco de Mayo. Are you having a party? I kind of want to, but only if you come. I hate having parties and then no one shows up. In my dreams. :)
The photo above was spotted here on SVPPLY. These handmade serape bows used to be made by a little shop on Etsy, but that shop no longer exists. But you could totally make these bows! Serapes are everywhere. They’re going to start sprouting up. You’ll see. Cut some little bows and attach them to mini boxes for your party favors for guests! ¡Olé!
A fringe table runner. Heck yes.
Celebrate with Chipotle Popcorn with Avocado Butter!
Every fiesta needs a tissue banner.
Piñata cookies, of course!
photo cred: Unknown Shop via SVPPLY
I have nodes. I mean I have news. (Anyone seen Pitch Perfect?)
I’ve been dying to tell you guys for months. We’re having a b-a-b-y in October. I’m starting to spell words out loud for parent p-r-a-c-t-i-c-e. The news actually came as a huge shock to us. This is something I’ve wanted for a long time. A long time. LONG. time.
Before I left for Alt Summit, I was feeling super crazy and emotional, but I just chalked that up to my lack of sleep and crazy stress from preparing for that huge mother of a conference. I came home and was feeling super tired and fatigued. I learned that tons of people had caught the flu at Alt and that we were all under the weather. Two weeks later, I was still super sick and on my death bed. People were better and I was still sick. And guys, I have the immune system of a dog. Dogs have GREAT immune systems because they eat anything and everything and build antibodies. That’s my theory. I eat anything and everything too, and so I rarely get super sick. But it happened. I was sleeping all day everyday and dropping weight like it was my job. Then one early morning, I took a test and it was positive. I took another! Positive. Logan was out of town and so it was just me and lil’ Tagg in the bathroom. I was talking things through with Tagg.
“We must be pregnant, Tagg. There are two lines on the tests and two lines means we’re pregnant. There are two lines. We’re pregnant. Don’t you agree?”
“By the way, Tagg, you have the strongest immune system I have ever seen.”
I went to the doctor and had it confirmed. I kept it a secret for another week before telling Logan. I wanted to tell him on Valentine’s Day in some cute way. Instead, I gave him an empty box of chocolates and blamed the emptiness on the fact of my pregnant-ness.
When I first returned from Alt, I worked to convince myself that I was glad that I wasn’t pregnant. I had just gone five days without sleep and was drinking 5+ Diet Cokes a day. I was dancing my buns off at all the dance parties. I was a crazy person. I told myself that it was a good thing I wasn’t pregnant because there is no way a baby would have survived the insanity that was me at Alt Summit. But this bebe is a total fighter. I can’t believe he/she stuck around. I must be really great company. PS – we find out next week if it’s a little he or a little she. :)
Since then, things have been really crazy. To say I have been sick is a total understatement. That’s why things were so quiet around here! I had absolutely no energy to create. I’ve lived in bed for the last 7.5 weeks. Living in silence all while wanting to scream “I’m with child!” is tricky business. I’m starting to feel like myself again and have had a lot of time to plan some great projects to come in the future. I hope you’ll stick around now that you know my deep, dark secret. I’m back. I’m blogging. I’m having a baby. Ready yourselves. :)