Sweet Eye Candy Creations
So I've been thinking...A LOT...about...Grace's second birthday party...never mind that's in 2009. That's just me. I like celebrations. All kinds of celebrations ~ intimate get togethers, birthdays, baby showers, backyard parties, block parties, school parties (soooooooo excited about what Grace and I will be making for her Pumpkin Patch Party at school), impromptu gatherings, family dinners, and so on.
It's in the details for me. The details that let someone know you made this especially for them, with love and care. The details that let someone know you think they're special. That's one of the things I hope Grace takes away from our relationship - that I love her for being exactly who she is and that she's so very special to me in every way and loved beyond words. That and kindness and faith. If she learns those values, I will feel like I've given her a solid base.
Once a friend of mine invited me to a girls' luncheon complete with proper vintage hats for everyone for no other reason than just to catch up and chat sans kiddos - I loved her for that. For opening up her home and inviting us in, for making the delicious treats, for making us take a break from our crazy busy lives to stop and give thanks for all the things that really matter...faith, family, friends...freedom.
I will say sometimes my attention to detail, my love for all things crafty and creative, has gotten me some not-so-nice comments. Some people interpret it in a completely wrong way, thinking that it's some sort of competition for an over-the-top Martha Stewart prize or something. It's not that at all. I just enjoy the planning, the vision, the making, the final result...and the smile on the recipient's face. All joking aside, it's sort of like the same runner's high I used to get back when I was running...I need to get back to that, but I digress...
So I've been collecting some fun pieces for the big #2 party next year - some new and some vintage - my favorite. I've finally narrowed it down to a theme I'm excited about - one that combines Grace's favorite things/loves with an added dose of vintage charm. But you'll have to wait until next year for the big reveal - geez, I feel like one of those season premiere ads on tv! But it's much more fun this way, plus I'm likely to change my mind a time or two :) I will, however, show you one of my inspirations: Gorgeous and so much fun, right?! It's from Amy Atlas, one of my favorite inspiration sites. Check it out here. Now go out and create whatever makes your heart sing!