Category Archives: my pad

lolo’s nursery

lolo’s nursery
When Lolo’s birth mom chose us to be the parents of her little one she didn’t know if she was having a girl or boy but when we found out it was going to be a little girl, I must admit my whimsical soul did a little dance. You think I would have my fill of decorating happy places since we have three fun shops, but this space was special.    There is no .

pennants, posies and pom poms

pennants, posies and pom poms
I’ve slowly been working on some fun DIY nursery projects over the past few months to make Lolo’s nursery a wonderland of whimsy.  There is no particular theme for her room but I will say pennants, posies and pom poms are well represented. The first project was dressing up our curtains.  I liked the look of our office curtains so I snatched up some butter colored ones and added pink pom poms to girly them .

our latest firefly family member

our latest firefly family member
With much anticipation and excitement we are happy to introduce you to our adorable addition, Miss Marlo.  This small bundle of love arrived in our lives this spring and stole our hearts. After 15 years of marriage our parents were beginning to wonder if fireflies and four-legged furry friends were going to be their only grandchildren from us. We surprised them with the news of our adoption plans last Thanksgiving and six short months .

delightful diy wedding shower

delightful diy wedding shower
I enjoy hosting parties… especially girly ones so when my friend, Suzanne got engaged recently I volunteered my nest for some wedding shower fun. First, the garland.  I believe this sets the tone for a festive environment.  Whether it’s party pennants, paper streamers, or puffy posies… stringing this happiness through the house says ‘party time’. I chose to make my pretty puffs with tulle.  I’ve made poms with tissue paper before, but honestly using .

I like exchange students

I like exchange students
Three years ago about this time Steve & I made the decision to host our very first exchange student.  It was a little scary and exciting all at the same time considering it had been just us two since we tied the knot over 10 years ago.   Now we are happy to say our little international family consists of three lovely European daughters… Tessa, Jule and Iitu. It’s been over a month since .

my office makeover

my office makeover
Steve and I will have lived in our 1950’s cape cod for a total of 10 years this summer.  We have done some remodeling and moving things around a bit over that span of time but one room was always ignored… our office.  It had an old love seat (aka our basset hound’s bed), extra coffee table, Ikea saw horse desk and a small file cabinet.  It worked but it was over crowed and .

our own celebrities take on hollywood game night

our own celebrities take on hollywood game night
At the end of every holiday season, we like to throw a party to celebrate another year of making days brighter.  The past couple years we tested our team’s skills with minute-to-win-it challenges which proved to be quite fun and entertaining.   This time, we decided to play some fun games from Hollywood Game Night… after all these gals are the super stars of our little company. Take the Hint: Select one player from your .

walking in a winter whimsyland

walking in a winter whimsyland
Creating clever and fun Christmas cards is sorta my thing.  I take it on as a creative challenge from year to year always fearing I will someday run out of ideas.   Luckily my international daughters have been my inspiration the last few years with our campy Christmas sweater picture and also with our fun North Pole photo booth. The spark for this year’s card was ignited when our Finnish exchange student, Iitu started .

darling diy baby shower

darling diy baby shower
A good friend of mine will be welcoming her first little one into the world next month and we wanted to celebrate this happy time with a few of our  friends. I haven’t had the opportunity to host a baby shower since Pinterest came into existence so I was a bit excited to explore and get inspired. For the decorations, I came across loads of pom pom tissue cluster photos but I decided to .

a toast to great neighbors

a toast to great neighbors
Once September arrives we like to host a little backyard party for the neighborhood.  It’s a great time to reconnect and catch up on summer adventures.  Everyone brings a little something to snack on and here’s what we served up. This festive recipe for ladybug crackers called for black paste food coloring that I couldn’t find so super small diced olives had to work for the spots.  Luckily Iitu is the master of splicing .