ten on tuesday + a giveaway!

1. Somehow Sarah’s birthday party completely snuck up on me and now we’re sitting on four days away. Anyone have cute and girly cupcake ideas?

2. I’m tempted to try Bakerella’s cupcake pops for party favors but I’m afraid they’ll completely send me over the edge. Has anyone tried them? Is it possible to create them and stay sane?

3. Just a friendly PSA for today:  If the tank of your toilet happens to have a little problem that you think you can easily fix do not lift the lid of the tank and prop it up against the back while you take a look. It just might slip down into the tank and break two large porcelain chunks out of the bottom. Sending water flooding everywhere, your three year old screaming down the hall and your unhappy husband to Home Depot for a new toilet tank. There’s a reason they call it porcelain, people.

4. If you do happen to find yourself in such a situation I’d consider loaning out my handy husband. Turns out he can replace an entire toilet tank in under 20 minutes. Who knew?

5. When I arrived home from a session last weekend Brent reported that in the midst of a B-Ro meltdown Sarah turned to him and said, “what are we gonna do about your son?”. I guess that would be funny if I actually knew the answer.

6.  Yesterday Sarah received the sweetest most unexpected early birthday gift in the mail from a former classmate of mine, Toni. Inside was a precious bow holder and Halloween bow. Talk about thoughtful! Toni and her sister have opened a little shop featuring tons of cute little things. You can check them out on Facebook. Thanks Toni!

7. I kicked off holiday minisessions on Saturday with nine families. Sneak peeks are coming fast and furious over on the business blog if you want to take a peek! I’ll be posting like a mad woman all week. And I have ONE minisession slot left for this Sunday if anyone wants it. After that I don’t have anything until 2010. Grab it if you want it!

8. I’m intrigued by this. Must learn more.

9. If you live in Huntsville check out our newest consignment shop: Snickerpoodles. It’s fun and cute and if you take things in to consign I guarantee you’ll leave with more than you’re dropping off.

10. GIVEAWAY!!! Last week after I blogged about my sewing projects with Sarah, Linda of LittleFishBigPond who created the fun little kits emailed to say that many of you had mentioned me when purchasing your own sewing kits from her. Thanks for the plug peeps! =) She has generously offered to giveaway a kit of your choice to three different commenters on this post. So if you have a little girl in your life who might like to take on a project like this OR if you have a little girl inside you just dying to rekindle her domestic side drop me a comment and you’ll be entered to win. I’ll let random.org choose a winner next time I blog. Thanks Linda!

heatherOctober 20, 2009 - 7:26 pm

you know I need another thing to sew so why not enter the drawing!! 🙂

StaceyOctober 20, 2009 - 7:47 pm

I love the sewing project idea and know my sweet little girl would too!! So wished I lived near you to grab that last mini session. What I wouldn’t give to have you photograph my kiddos!

MeganOctober 20, 2009 - 8:00 pm

That’s funny about the toilet thing. When I was pregnant with Mazie in Ohio, I did the same thing when I was cleaning. I also broke the towel hanger off the wall. I guess I was stronger when I was pregnant! What about lady bugs for cupcakes. You can decorate with mini oreo halves for the “spots”. I think you could do the Bakerella pops. They look like fun. Good luck!

ToniOctober 20, 2009 - 8:09 pm

You are pretty handy too…go for the Bakerella pops, I’m sure you can so it!

KristenOctober 20, 2009 - 8:25 pm

Oh I’d love to win a kit! I haven’t ever tried the Bakerella pops but what about cute little mini cupcakes with the same theme as the party?

KellyOctober 20, 2009 - 8:29 pm

I’d love a kit to try my hand at sewing. Those outfits are too cute! 🙂 I’ve made Bakerella’s cake balls and they were fairly easy and cute! The cupcake pops are cute, too, though. Decisions, decisions!

SarahOctober 20, 2009 - 8:33 pm

I’m helping my best friend plan her daughter’s 1st birthday party so I feel like my brain is overflowing with party ideas! I think these cupcakes are cute: http://beckstromfamily.blogspot.com/2009/09/celebrate.html If you’re having a cupcake theme, this has several fun ideas: http://projectnursery.com/2009/05/cupcake-crazy/ This is an awesome shop for sprinkles, cupcake liners and other awesomeness: http://layercakeshop.com/ You might not have time to order though, if her party is in 4 days 🙂

DanielleOctober 20, 2009 - 8:34 pm

I love the outfit you made – I love the crafty projects that are made easy!

As for cupcakes I say go for it – you aced the sewing project so I am sure this one is do-able as well!

ClaireOctober 20, 2009 - 8:37 pm

Oooh, I was DROOLING over the one you made Sarah! And I can’t sew to save my life, so I am hoping I could at least pull this one off!!!

ChristiOctober 20, 2009 - 8:50 pm

Go to Gigi’s cupcakes and give yourself a break!

CrystalOctober 20, 2009 - 8:59 pm

That is too cool of her to do a giveaway! Those outfits were so adorable! I have a birthday girl coming up that would love a project!

nickiOctober 20, 2009 - 9:06 pm

I did try the Bakerella pops…you can see them here http://www.photoblog.com/nickiw/2008/12/21/reindeer-friends.html

They were just really time consuming. I guess it depends how many you want to make? Whatever you decide, it will be adorable 🙂

Love the ides of #8.

elizabethOctober 20, 2009 - 9:19 pm

ooh! ooh! i have three girlies i was considering trying those patterns out on : )

i made the easiest cupcakes ever for a halloween party tonight–they look cool, are kind of healthy, and turned out perfectly. it’s a martha stewart recipe: 1 box yellow cake mix, follow the directions except substitute a can of pumpkin for the water. ice with 2 cups powdered sugar/2 packs cream cheese mixed into frosting, top with candy corn. there are very cute halloweenie muffin papers at target right now, and you could make a toothpick birthday topper to finish it off.

AndreaOctober 20, 2009 - 9:52 pm

Go for the cupcake pops, I think you can handle them 🙂 I have been wanting to try a new sewing project…I think these would be perfect. Thanks for the giveaway.

LaurenOctober 20, 2009 - 9:52 pm

My mom is a master seamstress. Somewhere the genes missed me. Those kits look so easy, even I could find some sewing skills! BTW – thanks for the iphone advice from July. Was able to use that tonight after my iphone thought it needed a bath.

shelbyOctober 20, 2009 - 10:32 pm

I was one of the ones that ran to her shop after reading your post and I started sewing today. I have not sewn anything in years and I certainly have never sewn clothes and she makes it so easy! I bought a dress kit for both of my girls and I am already excited to make more!

LisaOctober 21, 2009 - 3:23 am

I doing a little dabbling in the quilt world and have always wanted to try sewing dress for my just turned 4-year-old. Nothing says encouragement like pre-cut patterns with detailed instructions!!

AmberOctober 21, 2009 - 4:10 am

I have twin 3 year old girls that would really love one of those outfits! 🙂

AndreaOctober 21, 2009 - 4:37 am

I ordered and made 2 of Linda’s kits a few weeks ago after reading your post. I love them and would love to make another for my little girl 🙂

LeeOctober 21, 2009 - 5:22 am

I would love to win one of those kits! I love reading your blog by the way!!!!

KyraOctober 21, 2009 - 5:46 am

Ooooo! Me me me!!!

CaroleOctober 21, 2009 - 5:50 am

I would love to give it a try! Thanks for the opportunity!

SusanOctober 21, 2009 - 5:55 am

I tried Bakerella’s cupcake pops and they take SOOOO long! I was in the kitchen for 4 1/2hrs making them. I will not do it again. If you do try them a tip I wish I had known….don’t use a full can of frosting even though she calls for it. It made mine way too “wet” and the texture was not cake like.

I read on another blog that a Mom put marshmallows on a lollipop stick then dipped the top in melted chocolate then decorated them with sprinkles. They looked the same and would save you 3 1/2hrs!

As for the giveaway, I cannot sew at all but I’d love to learn!

Amy S.October 21, 2009 - 5:59 am

Oh, I would love to try this out and I am sure my just-turned-four-year-old would too!

Annie S.October 21, 2009 - 6:02 am

The cakepops arent’ terribly difficult to make, just time consuming but you can break it up into steps so you don’t need as large a chunk of time. I also didn’t stress too much about perfection so they weren’t as good looking as Bakerella’s however they were still cute. They taste so good so it’s worth it!!

The shirt you and Sarah made is too cute!! I would love to make one for my friend’s little girl.

VanessaOctober 21, 2009 - 6:17 am

I love those kits. Good luck with the party!!

KimberlyOctober 21, 2009 - 6:20 am

Last time I used a needle and thread was 10th grade 15 years ago but I’d be willling to give it a shot!

TawnyaOctober 21, 2009 - 6:38 am

I’d love to make a cutie pie outfit!!

TammyOctober 21, 2009 - 7:20 am

I looked at her site. She has some really cute stuff! I know my 3 1/2 would love a project like that!

MartyOctober 21, 2009 - 7:45 am

I have 3 nieces – all the same size….the other two need clothes also! 🙂

MeredithOctober 21, 2009 - 7:58 am

Love those kits! They’re adorable! I attempted cake pops for my 2 year olds party in August. They turned into cake balls :). They were too heavy to stay on the stick (I think the cake was too moist from me baking it at night and then covering it and letting it sit until the next morning). But they still tasted yummy and no one knew it was a failed attempt!

Bobbi-Jo G.October 21, 2009 - 7:59 am

I would love a chance at winning! I’m one of your blog stalkers – I especially love your photography.

rachel marquetteOctober 21, 2009 - 8:12 am

have yet to try the cake pops- they scare me! Oh I have tons of nieces and a sewing machine from my meemaw that is waiting to be used on something more than a scrapbook page!

JanelOctober 21, 2009 - 8:21 am

I definitely have a little girl who likes projects!

Shannon RiggsOctober 21, 2009 - 8:35 am

The 3/50 project is interesting. I work for a independent store and I can’t imagine if it closed. Not only would I be upset as an employee but also as a customer.

Those kits are adorable! I have made a few outfits for my daughter but am always on the lookout for something new.

ChelseyOctober 21, 2009 - 10:40 am

LOL! I just blogged about her kits! Well that would be icing on the cake wouldn’t it! Fingers crossed 😀

kellieOctober 21, 2009 - 10:43 am

would love to be entered in that giveaway. i have a 2-year-old, who already loves clothes and dressing up. I’m trying to get back into sewing 🙂

SarahOctober 21, 2009 - 10:57 am

I love that seller, she has so many cool things!

On another note, I was looking at your business blog today and I really think that you should consider (if you’d want to) letting us in on where on earth your clients get their oh-so-trendy clothes. I love Gymboree, but there are other clothes on there that just leave me drooling and having to know where I should shop next! 🙂

NovaOctober 21, 2009 - 11:05 am

I’d like to enter!

GuenevereOctober 21, 2009 - 11:17 am

My friend’s daughter would love this!

Tina ROctober 21, 2009 - 11:37 am

I’m sure Miss G would love to try her hand at sewing…her mommy…I’m not so sure. But I know a certain Abuelita who could help her if we were to win a kit!

AmyOctober 21, 2009 - 11:40 am

I can picture the entire toilet scene in my head (right down to Sarah running away!) and think it’s all pretty funny. And I know that I would have done the exact same thing. Including telling Rich he had to fix it when he got home!

You have such awesome giveaways and find the coolest stuff out there. I look to you to keep me in the loop on all things cute and hip. Can you find anything good for boys, though? Hair bows and pink ruffly shirts probably won’t do it. . . 🙂

j.j.October 21, 2009 - 12:02 pm

we get that all the time with alla: “daddy, look at your son” usually when he’s up to no good. ha!

JanieOctober 21, 2009 - 12:11 pm

Those cupcake pops look adorable! Too bad I just had Samantha’s 2nd birthday party. (I used a lot of your ideas by the way from your previous parties, so no new ideas from me!) But, I’d love to win a kit to get me sewing again. I go in phases, and I’m currently on the not-sewing phase. Thanks!

Meridith S.October 21, 2009 - 12:25 pm

Oh, I would love those kits. My least favorite part of sewing is the cutting out. Plus her fabrics look so pretty!

I have never heard of anyone staying sane while making those cupcake pops just so you know! That would definitely be an after the kids are in bed project!

MichelleOctober 21, 2009 - 1:28 pm

Our local community has a small business district with independent owners. I had informally heard about the 3/50 “project” and always keep it in mind when we go for our family walks. What better reason is there to grab a cookie or hot cocoa than to support the local community. Maybe we don’t reach the $50 each month or visit, but every little bit counts to keeping our local businesses thriving!

JoeyOctober 21, 2009 - 1:32 pm

I have never sewn…except in junior high home ec. class. These kits look like a perfect way to ease myself into learning something new, rewarding, and fun! I have two little girls who would sure love to help their mama out on this project…they are the perfect ages!

Beatrice KillamOctober 21, 2009 - 1:42 pm

Eeek, I love to sew! Thanks for the chance…

andrea f.October 21, 2009 - 3:28 pm

Love your blog!! Don’t comment often but who can pass up a chance at such a fun giveaway 🙂 Thanks!

ShawnaOctober 21, 2009 - 3:42 pm

I think you should totally go for the cake pops… I suspect you can live up to that challenge 🙂 And they are so darn cute!!
Thanks for the fun giveaway!!

JenniferOctober 21, 2009 - 3:47 pm

Glad you posted this on facebook because I’m now loving reading this blog too! And the sewing project would be cute!

Mandy MooreOctober 21, 2009 - 4:26 pm

I am all about supporting the etsy community! Wishing you luck on your party, and Congrats on the new toilet! LOL

TracieOctober 21, 2009 - 4:55 pm

Grandma would love another sewing project. Anything for a special little girl.

DonnaOctober 21, 2009 - 6:02 pm

My 2 year old girly girl (with 3 brothers) would love one of those!

jenneyOctober 21, 2009 - 7:24 pm

I would love to win a kit! I know nothing about sewing so it sounds like a great first project for me. =)

sonjaOctober 21, 2009 - 7:41 pm

Well…I have three girls that love to dress up and I like sewing…so a precut little girl dress would be fantastic!

I made cake balls for Thanksgiving. (I’m Canadian.) They weren’t hard to make, but I melted the chocolate bark in a mini crock pot I have. Bad idea–the bark melted well, but dried out quickly and got lumpy as I was dipping. The last ones looked pretty rough. I’m not sure why–maybe it was too hot? I think the white merkins bark would melt way better than the stuff I had. Good luck.

JodieOctober 21, 2009 - 7:42 pm

I’d love the chance to jump into sewing clothing! And my daughter certainly wouldn’t complain!

JodiOctober 21, 2009 - 7:46 pm


Erin, i love this site for cakes. It’s all homemade stuff and you can get an idea of how complicated designs are and how good YOUR version will turn out.

Pick me, pick me!

MarileeOctober 21, 2009 - 9:10 pm

cupcake pops!!! yes, i have made them many times…. they are a lot of work, so have a friend help you! i have found that red velvet cake tastes the best (i think she demos chocolate, i can’t remember). if you want to eliminate a lot of work, get a reeses pieces mold (many) at a craft store. then you put the melted dark chocolate in the bottom and a ball of cake in it. once the chocolate hardens you can take the ball out and dip it in the colored chocolate and add sprinkles and stuff. they are still really cute, and if you are short on time or energy, it’s a great shortcut. you will be the talk of the town if you make them. people love them, they are delicious and super cute!!! go for it!!

~KimOctober 21, 2009 - 9:28 pm

Me me me! I would love to learn how to sew along with my little girl. I fear she will be better than me! : )

KristinOctober 21, 2009 - 9:38 pm

Having attempted cake pops, i would say go ahead and try them, but not for Sarah’s birthday! They will stress you an and make you cry and keep you up until midnight the night before and you will only end up with 6 presentable ones!! (Don’t ask how I know, just trust that I KNOW) They are fun but they take practice and patience!! Hey is ephriam still walking around with his bike helmet? My bonnie won’t take hers off!! We did manage to hide the life jacket so she will stop getting into it, and not able to get out of it!!
Oh, I almost forgot, cute cupcake ideas (haven’t tried these but they look much easier than cakepops!) but when Bakerella went to meet the Pioneer woman they made darling cupcakes with fondant and they are simply lovely! Good luck on that, and keep us posted!

AmyOctober 22, 2009 - 6:24 am

Love the cupcake pops! Those kids will love them or whatever you make. At our party they just licked off the frosting and left the cupcakes – I could have used a box mix and no one would have noticed 🙂

Jaidean BakerOctober 22, 2009 - 7:30 am

Ohhh…I have no idea how to sew, but those are so cute, I think I could learn! 🙂 Thanks!

SamanthaOctober 22, 2009 - 8:28 am

We bought one of th Little Fish Bog Pond dress kits this summer, and we LOVE their stuff. I’d love to win more, but I never win so I’m not counting on it.

Amy JOctober 22, 2009 - 9:02 am

Loved the project. I have a little girl that would like to try her hand and sewing.

robinOctober 22, 2009 - 9:09 am

re: #5, your sarah cracks me up!!!!!!!!! she is too funny.

would love to try to sew! that’d be awesome. plus, the shirt you made sarah was super duper cute. LOVE it.

MarciOctober 22, 2009 - 9:36 am

The sewing project is to cute and I have two little girls that I’d love to do that with.

SarahOctober 22, 2009 - 11:40 am

I love the winter ruffle pants – great giveaway!

JanieOctober 22, 2009 - 12:32 pm

I know I already commented, but it occurred to me that http://www.skiptomylou.org/ is a great place for quick and easy ideas of all sorts – decorating, baking, you name it. Check her out!

KristinOctober 22, 2009 - 2:07 pm

I would LOVE one. My girls would love something special made by mama!

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