7.20.2014

Lavender & Peach First Birthday Party

A few weeks ago I mentioned my one-year-old, but I was rounding up a bit. This week she officially turns one, and we had a small family party for her.


I wanted to keep things fairly simple- a backyard gathering with good food and pretty decorations from around the house. 


As I was rounding up items, I came across a lot of lavender, purple, and peach supplies. We already had balloons, crepe paper, ribbons, garden flowers, napkins, and a few scarves to layer for a tablecloth; plus, it's prime season for nectarines and blueberries. I thought this color scheme was a fun twist for a girl instead of the traditional pink or purple.  





Since our party was smaller, we set out our "real" dishes, which made it feel more special. I made these chicken salad sandwiches, which have a sweet, dainty flavor. We kept the sides easy and kid-friendly. 



This is our first summer baby, and it was so great to have an outside party. The weather was perfect, and the garden supplied the lovely yarrow, flowering oregano, hostas, and hydrangeas (the show-stealer). 


It's my little tradition to hold off on giving my babies dessert until their first birthday cake. I baked her a mini cake (in a soup can) to make it extra special.


There was plenty of cake for everyone else. And, oooooh was it good! A whipped cream cheese frosting with fresh blueberries and nectarines and black raspberry ice cream provided the perfect summer refreshment. Recipe to come...


This party was so fun to put together, and it's always rewarding when guests enjoy your efforts. The highlight of the evening was watching the birthday girl blow out her own candle (after the big kids showed her how). 



One-year-olds are the best :). 


All images by Nicki Hawes

7.17.2014

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Simple and stunning hydrangea arrangements from The Farm Girl Gabs

A great way to make use of summer peaches from Dearest Love




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7.16.2014

A Print for Our Master Bedroom

I stopped into the thrift store today for in search of something for a project, which I had no luck finding.

Instead, I came across this little print, peeking out from behind a stack of high school art, Van Gogh posters, and a grandma's cross stitch (as is always the case in the thrift store).


Framed nicely, I thought.


Turns out, the colors are perfect for our master bedroom. The soft, loose brush style fits a restful space. The spot over our bed has never had quite the right thing, but this might fit the bill.

The art on the right should probably find a new home, don't you think?
Our home is such a work in progress. I can't say with confidence that any room is finished, including the master. However, with time, patience, and a lot of trial and error, things come together.


Sometimes, when you least expect it, the perfect piece finds you.


If you're lucky, it finds you for the right price too.

Talk about a steal. A STEAL!

I'll sleep on it (no pun intended), but I have a feeling this picture will stay put.
Have you had any great finds lately, thrifted or retail?

---> Nicki

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7.13.2014

Tiny Sacrifices


While some may outgrow fireworks, I still soak in everything about 4th of July at dark. The crowds, punctured with neon glowsticks, the salty wafts of popcorn, the soft blankets laid out on prickly grass, the haze of smoke hanging in the thick summer air. And the sparkle and glory of stunning fire. It hasn't gotten old for me yet.

This year, I watched a limited view of 4th of July fireworks alone from my deck. I stepped out from washing dishes and wiping counters to catch a few sparks between tree branches. This is not a foreign ritual for me since becoming a parent. My holiday tradition attendance has been, at best, sporadic over the last few years.

Experiencing a fraction of the firework display from my yard, yet again, was a bit anti-climatic. I didn't mind though. My solitude meant a small, warm body in our crib. A little one who would have seen fireworks through glazed, heavy eyes. It meant my older children, who anticipated the event all week, could be there, under the careful watch of their dad. This year, dividing and conquering was the best solution for our family.

Parenting, or just growing up in general, shifts priorities. Some changes, like not attending a firework show, are tiny. Other shifts are more of a sacrifice. Bit by bit, we give up pieces of our former lives, for a time, or sometimes forever. In my short grown-up life, I've learned that relinquishing does not have to leave us empty. Rather, it can contribute to growth and refinement. Often what we let go is quickly filled with something much better.

This summer I traded in the big fireworks show for our little backyard spot and a few crackles in the distance. However, I felt grateful. Grateful for our large, full trees, a country I love, and the sweet little girl fast asleep in her crib. 

7.10.2014

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7.09.2014

Wrapping Gifts With Baby's Breath


We are in the thick of wedding season. Between showers and receptions, there are plenty of gifts to wrap. 



I tend to wrap presents with the simplest papers and bags, and add a unique element to make them special. Baby's breath is soft and romantic, not to mention inexpensive, hearty, and long-lasting. It's delicate simplicity pairs well with natural packaging like Kraft paper, grosgrain, and raffia. 






The lacey tags are a perfect match. Simple. Elegant. Romantic. Perfect for the bride and groom.


A classic flower in a modern context.


Happy wrapping!

---> Nicki

Brown bags, Martha Stewart gift tags, tissue paper, and raffia from Michaels
Grosgrain ribbon from our local dollar store
Similar white and green wrapping paper at Nashville Wraps
All images by Nicki Hawes
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