November 16, 2015

Super kid turns 5

I just can hardly believe that I have a 5 year old. Where has the time gone? This year I floated a lot of ideas past Ronan for party themes and he kept coming back to...Batman...Spiderman....Captain America... I wasn't super jazzed about the idea to be honest.  But, he's old enough now to choose his own themes, so I decided that we would compromise. So I did a "Super Ronan" party.  He loved it and kept shouting AWESOME! everytime he noticed something new. I had a lot of fun creating all the details, especially the paper-mache flying Super Ronan.    

back drop fabric from Spoonflower
marquee letters from and Michaels
lightning bolt cookies from Sunshine Bakes (Etsy)
mask cake from Papa Haydn (local restaurant)
Ronan's lightening bolt hoodie from Hannah Anderson (now sold out), shoes from Converse, leggings from Target, glitter shoe lightning bolts from Shwing

Each kid got a super hero mask goody bag

 Resources for goody bags:

crocheted super hero masks Soft Stitch by Lisa 

treat bag from Collage- hand-painted by me

mask tattoo from Atsuyo et Akiko

hacky sack from The Lippman Company 

little mask necklace made by me from shrinky dinks

little wood doll from Michaels- painted and decorated by me

October 28, 2015

Boo bucket

Folks. I love candy just as much as the next guy. But I tell you what. My kid on candy is just about something like a rabid baboon on methamphetamines. Ok, well I may be exaggerating a bit... BUT.... recently I decided that I'd love to be festive for Halloween in a way that didn't involve a crazed preschooler running amok.  Last year my partner gave Ronan the cutest Halloween "Boo Bucket" and this year I decided to create one for him myself! What fun!


Lazy bones wooden collapsing skeleton by Kikkerland

Stack the Bones game by Kikkerland 

Little bat puppet- local find New Seasons supermarket

Jack O' Lantern pail from Target

Jack O' Lantern drawstring bag from Joann Craft

Bottle of bones from Michaels

I can think of so many fun things to put into these! I think teenagers could even get into them with the right stuff.  Hopefully Ronan will like his so much he won't even miss the candy!

October 23, 2015

Yearly photos

I wanted to share some of our photos from our recent session with a local photographer.  Since Ronan was born I've been trying to do yearly photos to capture his growth.  We had a wonderful photographer in San Francisco, but obviously seeing her yearly isn't going to work anymore, being that we are back living in my hometown.  Shortly after we moved back I began searching for the right photographer for us.  I needed someone with a great imagination, who was open to ideas, someone who is a master of their craft.  Well folks..I found the most amazing artist in Kim of Campbell Salgado Studio. As my former photographer Anna will tell you, I have lots of crazy ideas, and Kim was totally willing to help me achieve my vision. Let's just say that this time around it involved pounds of goose feathers! The results of our session were stunning.. Kim is amazing! Here are a few of my favorite shots.

October 22, 2015

Cutest cardboard costume

If you have followed my blog for any length of time you know that I am a huge fan of Mer Mag. She always knocks it out of the park with her cool designs.  This time is no exception. Look at this adorable llama costume! I die! She has an entire DIY tutorial on her blog. Check it out!

October 1, 2015


So the weirdest thing this year...we've had such an incredibly warm summer that all of the pumpkins around here have already been ripe and ready for a month.  Global warming?  Freak cyclical warm spell? Not sure. The result is though, pumpkins are ready NOW! So we went out this last week to check it out.  This is the first year that Ronan really was able to remember and talk about last year when we went to the patch, so he was super jazzed up to go.  We weren't able to do the hay ride or anything this time around, so I think a second visit is in the works.  Ronan has been practicing his "pretty smile" which kinda makes him look like a weirdo.

September 17, 2015

Around town: Beam and Anchor

 I just fell in love. Spoiler alert! It's with a STORE. I officially have a new favorite store in Stumptown. Beam and Anchor. This place is so speaks to the inner me... that I wasn't sure if I wanted to throw up, punch someone, or cry. Every single item here is something I would love to own. Every one carefully chosen. It's so thoughtfully curated, and the space is incredibly beautiful and well designed. I could have spent the entire day in here. Thankfully, I had to get back to my kiddo or I would have bought the entire store.  Many of their items are made right here in Stumptown, but they also carry objects from around the country and the globe.  I personally fell very much in love with a little brass bowl, a wallet, and the scent of one of Olo's fabulous perfumes. (Stay tuned for my post of a visit to their flagship store). If you are ever visiting our lovely city, remember, GO TO BEAM AND ANCHOR... (but please don't buy a house while you are here). You can also visit them online at

September 16, 2015

Dying to D.I.Y.

Friends. Listen. It's been a LONG time since I have been able to DIY much of anything. To tell you the truth, this year has been rough. I've been in school preparing for a Master's program and it's been INTENSE. At the present moment I'm taking a little break and the creativity and urge to DIY is starting to filter back into my radar. I ran across this super cool statement necklace today from Nearly Crafty and all I can say is wow! I WANT one! Kate always has the coolest ideas! Check out her blog for the full tutorial!