Woodsy Whimsical Baby Shower

This past summer we had a few backyard parties and one of my favorite celebrations was for my dear girlfriend and her baby BOY #4…We showered baby Duke with a Woodsy Whimsical party, featuring lots of sweet lil’ bucks, antlers, pine cones and woodsy elements.invite 1


I found these adorbs Kraft Brown invites from Tiny Prints, under the theme “Forest Dwellers”. Tiny Prints is my go-to site for cards and invites.  They have the cutest designs and are so easy to customize through their step by step site. Plus they always have a great coupon or promo codes.

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craft projects

I designed and created a few simple craft projects for above the food/dessert table. My goal was to create a few cutesy items that the momma-to-be could use in the nursery/home for decor. The wooden name sign is a super quick and easy project that would be perfect for an woodland, cowboy, rustic or nautical themed baby shower. I pulled a piece of barn wood from our scrap pile and cut it down to my desired size. Next sketch the name of your choice in pencil and begin using your hot glue gun to glue down the jute rope. You may need a few finishing nails to hold the rope, while the glue dries.

Chalk Art


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I love these over-sized chalk boards for outdoor parties, they come in handy for charming sayings, menu boards or welcome signs. One of my summer obsessions was MOSS letters… all you need a is a wood letter from the craft store, a little sheet moss, and some hot glue. VIOLA! You have a sweet moss letter for a wreath or party decor, such as a baby shower, bridal shower or wedding.

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For the shower favors, I purchased splits or mini champagne and apple cider bottles from Costco and attached a paper straw with a cutesy Kraft paper tag, which reads “Oh deer…(enter momma-to-be name) is about to pop” or thanks for popping by”.

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Bring on the food and sweet treats… Our 1/4 mile farm driveway is lined with stunning birch trees and every winter several limbs fall off the trees during our wind storms.  But the not so stunning part to my daddy and hubby is when I beg and plea with them to cut up the limbs in to nice clean edged logs, solely for decor purpose. Therefore, I raided my gorgeous birch log stash and drilled several holes into a few limbs for cake and s’more pop holders.


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I hope you enjoyed my version of a Woodsy Whimsical Baby Shower and the most whimsical part was welcoming baby Duke into this world. Congratulations Ellis family on your new addition, making now four sweet and handsome boys.

Attention all MOMS

To all my mommy friends, please check your cupboards and inspect your PLUM Organics Baby Food.  They are having a voluntary product recall for spoilage.  These are my munchkins favorite baby foods and snacks… Unfortunately, I had to throw all of my pouches away because they fell between the spoilage dates and from the production plant labeled “AT”.  However, they are offering an online replacement voucher.


Pumpkin Patch

pp 2013This last weekend was a gorgeous sunny weekend for October in Oregon.  I just love how ALL four seasons vividly occur in Oregon. Therefore, our little family strapped on our boots, loaded up the Radio Flyer Wagon and headed to a local pumpkin patch. One of our many local pumpkin patches, Wooden Shoe Farms, has an amazing annual pumpkin fest.

First and foremost we headed straight for the pumpkin field.  This was our little munchkin’s first visit to the patch. Last year he was only 5 months old, so instead of going to the pumpkin patch we brought the patch to him.  We even carved a pumpkin just his SIZE. ..Literally. What a chunk…yes both the babe and the pumpkin. one arm faded pumpkinedited darkroom 5 month

This pumpkin patch was perfect for little tiny hands, looking for the perfect petite pumpkin.  We, the young and inexperienced parents, were under the impression that picking out the PERFECT pumpkin would be quick and easy… Boy, were we wrong. We were pointing out pumpkins left and right to Cason and he kept telling us “NO”…”NO”… “NO”! Til’ finally he found one and picked up this nice round pumpkin out of the field and turn to us and yelled in his ever so serious, but kind voice “GO” and started heading off towards the gravel road to place his pumpkin into the wagon.pp 2013 2pp 2013 3

Now that we had our pumpkins, we tromped out of the patch and headed over to Cow train or “MOOOOO TRAIN”, according to Cason.  This cow train was adorable, made out of 50 gallon drum/barrels with wooden cow heads, Cason and I cruised throughout the corn maze in the cow named “Bossy”, which the hubby thought was hilarious and way too fitting. (I am not bossy …I just know what I want and when I want it! LOL.)  This train was such a hit…WE HAD TO RIDE IT TWICE.  Of course 3rd stop was the petting zoo area, where Cason fell in love with the goats and chickens and rabbits.  He was shouting at the other little kiddos and animals, “Cock a doodle doo” over and over. Cason is a total farm boy…. he only wants to read farm animal books and play animal sound games on the IPAD.  However, he doesn’t understand why other kids are not as interested in talking back to him via animal sounds. pp 2013 4

We had way too much fun at the pumpkin patch…now onto decorating our pumpkins.  Stay tuned for some DIY Decorating Designs for Pumpkins.

Vintage Farm Animal Nursery

Cason's Nursery  (2)Decorating a stylish Nursery that can grow with your bambino is a challenge, especially if you are not looking for the commercial blue stripes with elephants, pretty pink princess or even the gender neutral jungle zoo animal theme.

Challenge #1- Which room to convert into a Nursery?…finally decided to use the guest room with a LARGE CLOSET for my stylin’ tot.  Took some major arm twisting on the hubby from me.

Challenge #2- Theme?- Once we found out the gender {boy}, I wanted a nursery that would blend in with the rest of our farmhouse style. My design style is the “Vintage Farm Animal Nursery”.

Challenge #3- What furniture do you really need in a nursery? The musts include: a crib, a dresser (with a changing table topper), and a rocking chair.

This nursery décor was possible with the several shopping experiences from Restoration Hardware Baby (bedding linens & stuffed cows), Home Goods (frames and wall art), Etsy (farm animal artwork & burlap ottomans), Antique Farmhouse (dresser), Craigslist (rocking chair), Target (art supplies inside cubby box) and my all-time favorite local flea markets and antique shops/fairs.

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Looking closely into the mirror you will notice some pretty black cows in the pasture right outside the nursery window. They serenade the babe to sleep at night with hungry attention seeking bawls.cason nursery 1

My best girlfriends threw me a fabulous baby shower, in which the theme was to bring your favorite book, instead of a card, with a special heartfelt message to Cason inside. All of these books now rest on the gorgeous barn wood bookcase, made especially for this nursery by my girlfriend’s daddy. Super Sweet Gift!

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These photos were taken right after the arrival of Mr. Cason…now a year later this room is covered in massive amounts of loud noise making toys (which this crazy mama insists on putting them away every night before bed…only to be taken back out of the closet the very next day).