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Hubby’s 50th Birthday

Hubby’s 50th Birthday

We celebrated my hubby’s birthday a week after we got home from our annual spring break beach vacation. FYI it is crazy to plan and execute on a party for 45 people a week after you get home from vacation. It is madness!

In any case, as always I had both moms and my cousin to help. We have thrown many parties together if the years. They are awesome support.

Hubby had a fabulous 50th celebration. It started Mid-week with a Bo Saam dinner. Then Friday, his actual birthday we had an impromptu brunch at Trois Familia with his sisters, the moms and us. It was a fun way to start his actual bday. Then we had dinner for 17 at a favorite Mexican restaurant.  But really this was a lead up to his party. Saturday afternoon pool party which lead to a very late and celebratory night.

Over the next week I will share pictures of his cake, party favors, decorations, wall art, and menu. It was a great time. Happy Birthday (again) honey!

Sometimes We Need Rainbow Cake

Sometimes We Need Rainbow Cake

Sometimes we need cake! This is a tasty cake made by Nothing Bundt Cakes.  Why bake on a hot summer day?

My clever boy added a rainbow of color using candy melts and food coloring.  As you can see he did a marvelous job adding color to an otherwise very tasty cake.

Sometimes…things don’t have to be difficult to be creative.



Spring Banner


It’s a Spring Banner!  It’s “springy” without being cutsey which I love.  I find it hard in my creating to stay away from cutsey.  My kiddos are older and we no longer need cutsey for them so now I am stretching into being less cutsey.  This banner is a great example of how project vision is often different from completion.  And most times, for me anyway, the final product is better than the initial vision.

So here is the initial starting tools.  Including string.

Spring Banner Start

String altered letters in rainbow

Gessod String Letters

Spring Banner Layers

Spring Banner Silk layerSpring Banner Rosette & Paper LayersSpring Banner with LayersSpring Banner Final "G"Hanging Spring Banner

Celebrate Pi Day on 3/14


What the heck is Pi Day?

Pi Day is an annual celebration commemorating the mathematical constant π (pi). Pi Day is observed on March 14 (or 3/14 in the month/day date format), since 3, 1, and 4 are the first three significant digits of π in decimal form. In 2009, the United States House of Representatives supported the designation of Pi Day.[2]

Pi Day has been observed in many ways, including eating pie, throwing pies and discussing the significance of the number π.[1] In our home, we celebrate Pi Day by eating pie (really, it’s a perfect reason to eat pie if you need justification), both savory and sweet.  Since, there really are no “rules” or traditions in my home except to eat pie I thought this year I would make a throwback to my childhood, homemade tamale pie in a cast iron skillet and individual skillet cherry pies–we will talk about pi in our geeky family banter during dinner and since 3/14 is also Einstein’s birthday anniversary we will toast him as well (we love us some geeky).  Nothing fancy just a fun opportunity to add a dash of celebration into your everyday life.


St Patrick’s Day Graphic Shamrock Skull Wall Art

St Patrick’s Day Graphic Shamrock Skull Wall Art

It’s funny…now that I have some free time and I fancy myself at least on occasion an artist, I find that I often try to complicate simple visual impactful pieces with all the layers and creative stuff and techniques I know. The truth is sometimes I get all Rube Goldberg on my pieces.  I make easy stuff hard just for the sake of it or because I can. This piece is an example of exactly that.

But sometimes what makes for the best art is seemingly simple. Impactful. Graphic. Like Kenny says, ” you gotta know when to hold them, know when to fold ’em, no when to walk away, no when to run.” This was one of those “hold ’em” and “walk away” times.

” Hold ’em” because the graphic skull medallion was cut from a t-shirt that one the boys have outgrown.  It’s been a while now but I just really liked the image.  I put it away for a couple years until haha inspiration struck.  That’s holding em fur sur.

Once I decided I wanted to make a piece of wall art I knew I wanted to use a canvas or board with deep sides so that I wouldn’t have to frame it.  Then I started gunking things up.  I was going to layer it.  Add stuff over the image, etc.  Luckily I hadn’t started to adhere anything as I sometimes do.  Not sure how I managed to forestall my impatience but I did.  That’s when I realized this was going to be one of those quick and simple but oh so impactual pieces.

I went through my scrap of paper and chose a piece that I liked best … Dots too cute? not really but I wanted something with a little green; thin stripe not the right scale; fat stripe– like it a lot but again where is the green?




Mitch’s (remember he is the artist child) watercolor with pencils was tempting. I like the idea that it was a piece of mommy and Mitch art. But I decided his watercolor pencil piece was just too sweet of a piece to adhere a St. Patrick’s Day skull too most of it.

Shamrock Skull on rainbow watercolor

When I finally decided on the paper (they were all good but I did find the “perfect” one for this time–green but still a little dark), I adhered the scrapbook paper to a 12 x 12 deep sided board. I fussy cut my skeleton and attached him him to the board . Adhered some scrap paper to the sides of the deep sided board.   It took me a very short amount of time once I finally decided what I was going to do.

Tada! Simple, fun, a little edgy (would you call the fellow lucky? maybe) and maybe a little holiday. A fun piece that I can hang even when the boys are teenagers.