Friday, October 17, 2014

baby ruby {turned one}




 

















 this has been the fastest and one of the very best years. it's hard to believe that ruby celebrated her first birthday towards the end of September. how do we have a one year old? i couldn't tell ya. but she is the sweetest, spunkiest, cutest little nugget and we are so thankful to be her parents. i knew i wanted to throw a little first birthday celebration for her and some of her little friends {who also happen to be the littles of some of my dearest friends}, and some of her bigger friends too. we didn't want to go over the top, but i did want to make it a really special day and enjoyed the challenge of doing it on a budget. i was able to borrow those fun peach paper fans that are hanging above her high chair, and had fun crafting some of the other things. i found the high chair at a thrift store and painted it peach with paint that we had left over from her nursery, i crafted some little paper party hats for the animal cupcake toppers {thank you pinterest}, and paper lanterns for the backyard out of some inexpensive construction paper, and glued artificial flowers {on sale for 50% off; wahoo!} to the Oh Joy! party hats that I bought at Target last spring. i had also set up a photo booth in the backyard, but unfortunately wasn't able to snap a photo of everyone before some had to take off. thankfully i was able to snag this fun group of those who were still there at the end of the party; love our friends!

For her birthday gift, Jeremy and I found a little wood play kitchen on Craigs List that I painted with other leftover paint from projects around our house, and I enjoyed hunting for odds and ends to outfit the kitchen on my various thrift store excursions. i was happy with out it turned out, and ruby loves pulling everything out ;) i also found a vintage fisher price record player on craigs list for only $10 which was really exciting. I'd been on the hunt for quite a while too!  my mom made her darling little dress, as well as the little felt strawberries and donuts. so sweet! i'm proud to say i made her little felt flower headband too. it's one of the first handmade things that i've made in a long time and i have to say it was a lot of fun. 

oh; and the cakes. how could i forget the cakes! grandma marilyn worked her magic, and whipped up a homemade funfetti cake for ruby, some funfetti cupcakes, and a full sized funfetti cake for the grown ups. and at my request, she also made my personal favorite cake which is a chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream. um, yum.
all in all it was such a wonderful day, and just what I had envisioned for my sweet girl's first birthday party. hoping year two doesn't fly by quite as quickly but somehow i expect that it will.

xo










Saturday, September 27, 2014

100 Layer Cake {Feature!}



fun news for the week! earlier this summer I posted some photos from a farmer's market/vintage picnic shoot that i styled with Shelly Goodman Photography using quite a few pieces from my vintage prop collection. i also tried my hand at some film shots and thought i would post these little gems for you. just a couple of weeks ago Shelly was notified that our shoot was going to be featured on one of our favorite wedding blogs 100 layer cake {and 100 layer cakelet is one of my favorite family blogs}. and yesterday it went live! view the photos from the shoot here. wahoo!

happy weekend, friends!

Monday, September 15, 2014

la paz, boliva {on film}









one year later exactly, and I {finally!!} developed the film that I shot in Boliva last fall. woot! i was happy to see that there were indeed images on each roll, and that for the most part they turned out really well. as much as i adore color photography, some of these b&w's turned out to be my favorite. as you can see it's a little more forgiving which is helpful when shooting in manual mode in various lighting conditions. but i love the color too!

Now I'm on the hunt for another medium format film camera and a proper light meter, and hope to have more film shots to share in the near future. seriously, so much fun. can't wait to go back!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Mackinac Island, MI {family vacation}















our first family vacation was so lovely. jeremy and i haven't had a legitimate "just for fun, get out of town" vacation together since we traveled to India in 2011 {which he may still debate whether or not Kolkata counts as a vacation; ha}. we started to plan this last fall in celebration of my in-laws' 50th wedding anniversary. little did we know that ruby would be part of our family by the time we took the trip. yay! she was a champ, and was SUCH an amazing little traveler. and Mackinac Island is such a beautiful island. we enjoyed good food, a sweet bed & breakfast, beautiful scenery, cooler temperatures, and jeremy and i even squeezed in an afternoon bike date and took a ride around the island. all in all it was a wonderful first vacation as a family of three. can't wait until our next trip!