Home for the Holidays

My dear friend, Cathy Penton is joining in on the Creatively Made Home fun, with a new holiday edition course that will be launched this October. She and eight other ladies are hosting a new course: Creatively Made Home for the Holidays. This online course will be packed with holiday cheer and inspiration sure to get you in the holiday mood.
* Each week you will have amazing truthful videos from the nine teachers.
{Jeanne Oliver, Jennifer O’Brien, Jennifer Rizzo, KariAnne Wood, Anne Marie Klaske, Carol Spiniski, Andrea Fowler, Edie Wadsworth and Cathy Penton}
* There will be 30+ project videos.
These will be incredible videos that include everything from cooking, gift giving and decorating.
Tons of beautiful house photos from each of the nine women
*Supply lists and PDFs for each project
*A digital recipe book of the recipes shared in this course
This course is about loving your home, loving your family and blessing those around you….and having fun doing it.
Registration is open NOW and you will have access for one full year!
For the next 2 weeks the course will be at the introductory price of $48.  The course doesn’t start till October but get in early.
You can visit Cathy’s site here to read more, or use the paypal button below to register.  

P.S. One lucky commenter will receive FREE enrollment in this course, so make sure to leave a comment for your chance to be entered.

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Diana Gladstone - August 13, 2013 - 3:32 pm

What a fantastic idea! Can’t wait to see what all these über creative woman have up their sleeves!:)

Pat K - August 13, 2013 - 5:45 pm

You have previewed some great looking projects!

Lisa - August 13, 2013 - 8:30 pm

Fantastic! I always need something to get me ready and in the mood for the holidays. This course is such a great idea and bound to help holiday-challenged people like myself. :)

Monica - August 14, 2013 - 3:37 pm

Looks pretty good. I can’t wait for it.

Donna - August 19, 2013 - 7:32 pm

i love jeanne’s courses!! can’t wait for this one to start. love meeting new people through her courses. i am checking out cathy’s website now!

Sadie Olive - August 23, 2013 - 10:32 am

Lisa, you are the winner! Thanks for leaving a comment. I hope you enjoy the course!

elma - September 5, 2013 - 7:46 pm

Oh I can’t wait!!!!

Alison R. - September 15, 2013 - 3:52 pm

This sounds fabulous, and just what I need! I’m trying so hard to turn my house into a home! Could definitely use the inspiration! Thanks!

Alison R. - September 15, 2013 - 3:54 pm

Ha ha! Guess I was a bit late! lol Will have to sign up anyway!


I mentioned a few weeks ago, that my sister, Morgan and I collaborated on the latest Summer issue of Souvenir. If you haven’t already picked up your copy, you can head on over to the website, and buy an online or print copy now. It’s filled with Summer confections and refreshing treats that are sure to inspire.

Our article was on Balboa, a place we both frequented as children and still love visiting today. We took a ton of images for the piece, and of course they don’t ALL make the cut, so I wanted to share a few images that didn’t make the article.

So here goes: a little summer beach fun to get you ready for the weekend (as if you’re not already in weekend mode!)

Image by Morgan Liti



Above Images by Morgan Liti

Above right image by Morgan Liti.



And there you have it! I think this weekend calls for a visit to the beach for certain!

P.S. Check out our Facebook or Twitter page for a coupon code to the Etsy shop valid through this Sunday!

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Carol - August 9, 2013 - 8:01 pm

Oh, the memories!

Balboa bars- yummy

playing in the arcade with friends

walking past cute cottage after cute cottage dreaming of living at the beach one day

vacations in Balboa is one of the reasons we live in a little cottage by the sea today

Denise - August 25, 2013 - 10:12 pm

Thank you for a wonderful post on one of my favorite places! My husband and I had several dates walking around balboa. We brought our daughter last year for the first time and now she loves it too. I’d love to rent one of those houses for a week!

Finn’s 2nd birthday

I meant to blog the other day on Finn’s actual birthday, but the day just somehow got away from me, so I decided to wait until after his party to share pictures. His party was held on Saturday and was “Sailing” themed. I crafted, and prepared for weeks, and gathered TONS of ideas on Pinterest. (See my inspiration board here).

Well, Saturday came, and I was STRESSED to say the least! My mom and sisters arrived early to help me set up and wouldn’t you know it, less than an hour till guests arrived, and it started to rain!!! I was very close to tears, but we quickly did everything we could to move the party indoors.

By the time we managed to get 90% indoors, the rain had stopped, and the party decor was spread out ALL over the place and I was EXHAUSTED! I hardly took any photos, but luckily my sister captured a few great ones, and I managed to take a handful (including some grainy cell phone pics) so please excuse the less than stellar pics about to follow. (It’s seems so silly to care, but when you work this hard at making a party pretty, you want wonderful pictures to remember all your hard work!) Oh well, Finn had a GREAT time, and that’s all that really matters.

Finn and his cousins (above). I painted the signs as decor for the party with some old wood I had lying around.

My sister captured this one (above) of Finn in the boat my awesome neighbor built for the party. Can you believe he did it out of a single sheet of plywood, and some scrap wood we had in the garage!?? The sails are made from a pair of king size pillow cases I never use. Josh painted it with paint we had on hand, the whole project was $30 (the cost of the plywood).

This idea was straight from Pinterest. White beverage tubs from Target, a little water, and some DIY ships from Oriental Trading Co. (which I trimmed the sails and added stripes to). It was surprisingly a big hit with the kids too!

The metal boats are filled with white (wintergreen) lifesavers and are from Beau-Coup. We added a craft paper top of the plastic tablecloths to give the kids a place to color. The little chevron striped buckets are from Oriental Trading Co.

I also used the little buckets and filled them with goldfish crackers and added a “Catch of the Day” sign. And instead of cake or cupcakes we did donut “lifesavers”. The silverware was also wrapped with twine and white lifesaver candies. My Mother in Law also made a fruit salad in half a watermelon, which we added a sail to (and didn’t photograph, darn it!).

Finn had a special sprinkle donut and I made a little bunting to make it a bit more festive.

He almost cried at the end of the birthday song when everyone cheered for him (he hates that) but no tears were shed, and the donut certainly perked him right up.

Paper boat hats, and a few presents to open with my help.

Some of the chalkboards I had around the party as decoration. I made these using a chalk pen I bought at Michaels. My new favorite thing!

Sailor Finn, tolerating (just barely) a few pictures in his boat.

Finn’s little friend, Austin, enjoying some of the party’s activities.  (Austin is our neighbor and Finn learned to say his name, and says it at least 139 times a day). We had sailor hats for the kids to write their names on and keep.

My mom, sisters and I dressed in our nautical garb for the party. I was a sweaty mess at this point, blech!

My sister, Denise and my nieces, Hailey and Makenzie.

The little goodie bags were also from Oriental Trading Co. Each one had a wooden boat (from Amazon), some colored pencils (from Shop Sweet Lulu), a coloring sheet I personalized with Finn’s name, and a little telescope.

We also made rice crispy treats which had paper sails, and a welcome aboard lifesaver on the door, and the large chalkboard from Finn’s playroom which a giant 2 made from washi tape, as well as a small color station with crayons and printed sailboat coloring pages for the kids.

All in all, it was exhausting but so fun! Can’t believe my little one is 2!

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Candace Bertalan Horner - July 22, 2013 - 5:02 pm

Oh my gosh, so sweet…! The pic of him while being sung his birthday song, so precious! Made me Cry!! I may be a tad weepy, my youngest is off to college next month…!! Everything looks lovely and your crafts were amazing for this milestone in Finn’s life. Oh, and a Chalk Pen??? Really??? I am off to Michael’s for that one, thanks for the tip!! Your family is lovely, too….Congrats!!

Rita C - July 22, 2013 - 5:14 pm

Your little Finn is so handsome! And sensitive! – what a nice trait – I hope it serves him well in adulthood. :)
The party details were fantastic – I used to shop OTC when my girls (28 & 25!) were little!
The photo of you with your mom & sisters is a real keeper…and you do not look like a sweaty mess – be kind to yourself! You so deserve it!
I have a Fall wedding to plan, and think I’ll go take a look to see what OTC has to add to a rustic theme. I know where I can find a chalkboard pen! Thanks for sharing!

Patty/BC - July 22, 2013 - 6:10 pm

A very Happy 2nd Birthday Finn! What a fun, beautiful theme for a party. Yes, it is hard to believe Finn is 2. I hope you were able to relax after all that work, the day was probably a blur, thank goodness for pictures. Wishing you all the best!

Jody - July 22, 2013 - 6:51 pm


It looks like everyone enjoyed the party! Happy 2nd Birthday to Finn :)

Jo - July 23, 2013 - 4:22 am

It looks like a wonderful party. You did an amazing job.

Linden Townhouse - July 23, 2013 - 9:19 am

Wow! What a beautiful and fun party. My little granddaughter also cried when we all sang Happy Birthday to her recently on her 3rd birthday. Sometimes all that attention stresses out the little ones!

joanne nixon - July 23, 2013 - 12:41 pm

always a pleasure to see finn and his mom and dad…..happy birthday to finn ! he is growing up so quickly……xxxx

Candice - July 31, 2013 - 2:58 pm

Oh honey, I feel so old.
He is growing up way too quickly .. or are we aging way too quickly !
Give him a kiss for me .. I can imagine the way those little cheeks feel :)
besitos, C

katie clooney - August 6, 2013 - 11:28 am

What an adorable party!!! Soooooo cute!

Kim @ VintagePretties - August 21, 2013 - 7:42 pm

Oh my goodness, he is a little boy now, not a baby! How times flies. Happiest of 2nd years to Finn.