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While I’；m in Florida this week， I actually get to meet Melinda! That’；s the true gift in blogging…；.you have so many friends around the world that you’；ve not yet met in person and when you do， it’；s SO fun! Melinda is such a talent and today she’；s sharing her DIY Pom Flair! It will be fun to have breakfast with her and just learn more about what makes her brilliant mind work.personalized grandpa gifts
I met Carmen from The Flair Exchange a few years ago when she was Pom Flair. I fell in love with her products and have been a supporter ever since. Her company and product line have grown into a distinctive brand. Recently， I became an ambassador for the Flair Exchange and will be putting together a few projects using the items her company provides. (The items were gifted to me and comply with FTC guidelines.)
My first package arrived and was cute as can berustic pillow covers， the packaging is even well branded! In the box， was the new spring colored (orchid， teal， green and metallic copper) tissue paper tassel garland， confetti， and a confetti-filled balloon. It was perfect timing because my daughter was having a birthday within that week. I created a birthday centerpiece using the tassels and confetti.
I placed painted white curly willow in an oversized clear glass container that I filled with iridescent glass marbles and combined it with the confetti. I then tied a few of the tassels on to the curly willow， giving the centerpiece a tree-like appearance. Seen here is my first attempt at shooting a video. I wanted to capture the tassels blowing in the wind. I have not mastered the art of being able to block sound out， so you are able to hear my neighbor mowing his grass. ？？
Here is a close up image of the base of the centerpiece that contains the confetti mixed with the iridescent marbles.
Thank you Melinda!
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When we received our photographs from Kristen Clayville, I immediately texted a friend and told her how much I loved them. Her response was “It’s kind of a miracle when the mother of 3 young children says she loves her family photos.” It’s true, photos can be challenging with kids because they easily become camera shy, have a short attention span and just don’t want to cooperate. That’s why I took a different approach to our recent winter family photos. I am excited to share our family photos and my family photo tips today!I made it an activity, or as Adalyn would say “a fun thing.” It encouraged?the girls to relax and have fun and allowed our photographer to capture the personalities of everyone in our family. Instead of feeling exhausted and frustrated when our session concluded, we talked about how much fun we had all the way home.A few minutes before our photos, I set up a little picnic complete with hot chocolate, cinnamon rolls and plenty of marshmallows. It was COLD outside, so we cozied up with pillows and blankets, using one of my vintage sleds for seating. Rather than dressing up, we wore what we do on a daily basis, which made the girls more comfortable. I wish I had done the same for Adalyn’s Christmas program at preschool…she itched her legs and adjusted her tights the entire time she was on stage!A cinnamon roll face is a happy face!To maximize the time and attention span of the girls, we did something different every few minutes. First, the girls were in amazement to find a picnic set up just for them nestled behind the trees. Once that wore off, we had breakfast, followed by hot chocolate.We had SO much fun and I’m thankful to have this photograph to remember this moment.Sweet little Isla bear.Adalyn and Aniston have so much love for one another, they just can’t help but show it. Best of friends and sweetest of sisters.Adalyn is such a beautiful child – an old soul.Even packing up was fun!?For more creative ideas, follow me on?Bloglovin?and?Facebook, pin with me on?Pinterest?and go behind the scenes on?Instagram.
This week on the podcast, we’re talking to stylist and self-proclaimed hoarder Ginny Branch! Ginny helps style the rooms for our catalog, and she’s worked with some of the most beloved brands across the country including Southern Living, Country Living, Coastal Living, Design*Sponge, Cooking Light, and Martha Stewart Weddings. We sat down to talk with Ginny about how she started styling, why she loves hats, her most recent travels, and her favorite accessories!
It seems that Quilt Blocks seem to be “the” topic on the blog this week! ?I hope you’re already stitching away on your January Blocks! ? Today I’m going to chat a bit about?the new book, Sister Sampler Quilts by AnneMarie Chany, and show ?you some blocks that I made from the patterns in her book.