#collinsturnsone

Hello World! How’s it been going? I know, I know. I’m a horrible blogger. It’s been a while but things have been going full force around here. Between weddings and events there is no time breath. In honor of my absence I thought you guys deserved to see something  oozed loads and loads of cuteness. Are you ready?!

3 Weeks ago I had the pleasure of planning a 1st Birthday for the most adorable little one year old, Collins Elizabeth. (You Might remember her from this post or this one.) When her Dad text me about planning the party, there was only one response “Of course”. So we sat out for a night of planning all things #collinsturnsone. I will always remember that night, not because KC cooked a delicious meal, or we dreamt up over the top ideas, or Zoe ran to the door screaming “Mr. Evan, Mr. Evan” when I arrived but because the power was out. YUP! We planned a birthday party in the dark with our iPhone Flashlights and mason jar candles. I’m telling you folks I live a glamorous life. 😉 I think the hardest part of the power being out was no wifi, which meant no Pinterest. But as any true professional we pushed through it and created a day that will forever be special. Collins may not remember it now but she’ll smile from ear to ear one day when she looks back on all of the pictures.

Below are a few of those images from the Collins big day. THANK YOU, THANK YOU to Maria of Lola Photography and Portrait Studio  for coming out to document this special occasion for #thegodwingang.

HUGE Shout Out to my extremely talented graphic designer Amanda Claybrook Young for designing these invites. They were perfect! Isn’t latter lettering perfect? My friend Lindsey Ryll lettered the envelope. 2014-03-23_0009 a party guest told me, “it looks like it’s straight off of Pinterest”. That’s a compliment, right? 2014-03-23_0004 Mini milk bottles with stripe straws= Perfection. The doughnut tree is always a fun way to add height to your table. Give it some visual interest so everything is sitting flat on a tray.  2014-03-23_0001 These cookies were just over the top! So perfect and yummy! Thanks to my sweet Instagram follower Lorraine for sending these over.  2014-03-23_0008 2014-03-23_0003 Let’s have a moment of silence for Acres of Hope table. This custom farmhouse table is everything. Perfect for lots of party guest!  2014-03-23_0007 2014-03-23_0012 Another fun piece lettered by my friend Lindsey Ryll. Fun little detail that can also be repurposed and used as art in Collins bedroom. Oh and YES AMERICA, those are carnations. They can be beautiful! I PROMISE!  2014-03-23_0010 2014-03-23_0011 “Now Mr. Evan, do you really think I am going to keep that on my head?”  Cute little party hat just Collin’s size that we created with some scrapbook paper from Hobby Lobby.  2014-03-23_0006 2014-03-23_0005 Now that’s one freakin’ adorable family, right?  2014-03-23_0002 No party is complete without a few iPhone pics, right?!? Here are a few from my #collinsturnsone collection.  2014-03-23_0013 It’s been almost 3 years since I met JW and his family and I am beyond grateful that God has allowed our paths to cross. Thank you for opening your home and inviting me in as family. It’s truly an honor to be a part of such special memories in your family’s life. Oh and I’ll take ya up on that lunch raincheck anyway! 😉

 

DIY Valentines Day Banner

Everyone loves a good craft, right? With Valentines Day right around the corner I couldn’t help but jazz up the office now that all of the Christmas Decorations are down. I hopped in the car and headed to Hobby Lobby. I have the PERFECT spot above the sofa to hang art, so I decided on some fun pennant “Banners”.

For this project you’ll need a few things: Buttons | Wood Letters | Red Glitter | Hot Glue Gun | Ribbon | Paint Brush | Heart Stencil

2014-01-13_0001 The heart shaped stencil I bought came on a large sheet with multiple sizes so, I cut it down to fit perfectly in the center of the pennant. Once you have the stencil positioned, use your paint brush to spread the glue evenly inside the heart. The fun part comes next. Once you’ve applied the glue, remove the stencil and pour the glitter over the heart shaped glue outline.

2014-01-13_0002 After the glue has dried you can then apply the buttons in the center of each heart. I used different colors and sizes. Once that’s settled , I then attached each pennant to the ribbon with a hot glue gun. (We chose pink and white stripe, but of course you can use whatever you have.) 2014-01-13_0005 For the “L.O.V.E” banner, I used the same technique—use the paint brush to apply the glue and then pour the glitter over each letter. Super simple.Then I used a stapler to attach each letter to the ribbon.

2014-01-13_0004 2014-01-13_0003 I think it hangs perfectly above the sofa– We had some visitors in yesterday afternoon and they complimented on festive it was. These easy banners would be perfect for a Mantle, kitchen, or even your foyer entry way.  Or if you’re a teacher it’d be a great way to jazz up your classroom. Oh, the possibilities! Have Fun with it!  2014-01-13_0006  Be sure to use the hashtag #evangcooperdotcom if you attempt these Valentines Day Banners! I’d LOVE to see! Happy Crafting! 😉

Cookie Jar Christmas Craft

Christmas is TOMORROW!!!! Can you believe it?!?! Layla and I couldn’t resist one last “Christmas Craft” before it was too late. We met Friday morning at Hobby Lobby to pick up a few last minute items for our project.

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We were inspired by a photo floating around Instagram that Tamara created for Becky. This project is super simple. All you need is a cookie jar, epson salt and a few accessories depending on the theme of your craft.

For the longest Kevin has always wanted a vintage air stream, so when Layla found this ornament at Michaels she knew it was PERFECT! We picked up a few twigs from the front yard to use for the light support and she made that adorable campfire out of twigs and a piece of translucent gold scrapbook paper. I LOVE the way Layla’s Cookie Jar turned out! Isn’t it adorable?

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Mini Picket Fence: Hobby Lobby | Airstream Ornament: Michaels | Bottle Brush Trees: Hobby Lobby | Mini Multicolor Lights: Hobby Lobby

I was SUPER EXCITED with the way my Nativity turned out too. Mostly because we had something totally different in mind, but while walking up and down the aisles at Hobby Lobby that changed really fast!

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To create this Cookie Jar Christmas Craft you’ll need just a few things. 1.) Wooden Beads 2.) Glitter Scrapbook Paper 3.) Bakers Twine 4.) Jute Twine 5.) Tapered Corks. Each of those items can be picked up at Hobby Lobby.  Below are a few step by step shots so you guys have a better idea of how everything came together!

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I can’t even handle Baby Jesus in that birds nest. So cute, right? We used raffia as hay.

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There are endless ideas when it comes to creating you Cookie Jar Christmas Crafts. Thanks again Tamara and Becky for inspiring us. I always LOVE crafting with Layla. We have a blast together. There is never a dull moment. We decided we are going to make  it a once a month date.

Merry Christmas!

Be sure to check out Layla’s full post here.