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sunday dreaming / 42.

dreaming of…

less distance between someone i love.

I did something kinda crazy this weekend. After a super long and busy work week I decided to hop on a VERY last minute red eye flight to Chicago to surprise my best friend Vanessa. It’s been over 9 months since I’ve seen V in person and she just announced a bit ago that she and Dr. T are expecting a little baby girl in August! How freaking exciting is that?!!!

I couldn’t wait even a second longer to get my hands on her baby bump, so I had Adam drive me out to the airport late Friday night to see if I could make a standby flight. After being given a ticket by the gate agent, having my ticket taken back and then being given a ticket again, I took the very very last seat out of Seattle and arrived on Vanessa’s front door step early Saturday morning without her knowing I was coming. It’s the BEST feeling in the world surprising someone you love especially when you get to see the reaction on their face in person and give them a BIG gigantic hug!

We spent all day yesterday and today catching up on life, eating yummy food, watching scary movies and talking all things baby. I even got to help V pick out patterns and fabric for her baby nursery! Let’s just say the last 48 hours have been some of the best EVER! I hope you all had an amazing weekend!

photo cred: {moi iPhone}

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bow tie wednesday / 34.

how lucky am i to have this gorgeous baby as this week’s bow tie wednesday post?

i’m even luckier to call this little man my nephew!

emryk a.k.a. “Mr. E” has to be the most adorable baby i’ve ever laid eyes on…EVER! i just want to gobble him all up!

i got to see the most amazing video of him on monday night rolling from his tummy to his back, and i just can’t believe how quickly he is growing! i’m so proud of him already.

happy wednesday friends!

photo cred: {savannah chandler photography}

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friday find : oh baby!

A couple months ago I had the pleasure of supplying some vintage finds to my dear friend Laura Marchbanks baby shower. Her sister-in-law Leah reached out to me with the desire to create a vintage inspired dessert display and I was dying for the opportunity for my white dresser to make a splash at an intimate affair.

I was so excited to see how the dessert table turned out and was even MORE excited to provide my china collection to the shower. Laura is such a dear heart and I know she is going to be one amazing mama!

Laura is due in a matter of moments, and I wish her the very very best in her & Billy’s delivery experience! Yay for baby Brady!

photo cred: {moi iPhone}

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emryk.

He’s here! He’s here! He’s here! My nephew Emryk Micah Colborg is officially here and I am so excited and proud! My sister went into the hospital last night (earlier than we all expected!) and as much as I wished I could have been there, I am just over the moon happy and delighted!!!

So crazy overjoyed by the news that I couldn’t help but share him on the blog and celebrate this new life today!!! Can’t wait to meet him! Oh and isn’t he just gorgeous?!?! I think he looks just like my sis when she was a baby!

photo cred: {Papa Tristan}

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a zoo themed baby party.

With only a little over a week to go until my sister’s anticipated delivery of baby Emryk I am over the moon excited with anticipation. As the days have ticked closer and closer, and as Sarah’s belly has grown bigger and bigger, the realization that my sister is about to embark on this grand new adventure in her life is becoming all the more apparent. And it is SUPER exciting!

Back in August I had the total pleasure of co-hosting her baby shower (although we called it a baby party) along with my Ma and little sis Coli and it was SO much fun! I was given full creative liberty which felt nothing less than AWESOME, and was totally stoked to really see where the zoo animal theme could go. The whole design was inspired by these adorable cardboard cutout zoo animals my Mom stumbled upon during her last visit to Seattle, as well as an animal invite I had fallen in love with from my favorite paper company: rifle. Lucky enough for us Sarah was also decorating her nursing in cuddly animal prints so the theme just made total sense. I wanted the party to be personalized and unique but most of all I wanted my sister to feel loved and adored.

I envisioned the use of a bright primary color palette (think red, blue, yellow, green) and intermixed unique and whimsically textured florals as well as little paper details for unexpected pop’s of color. I was so excited about the possibility of doing not just the paper details and decor but also to dip my hands into the floral aspect of the event as well. Let’s just say I loved EVERY second of it. It was one of those designs and weekends that just made me feel totally alive and bubbly with excitement! It was MOST exciting to see the total shock and awe on my sister’s face when she walked into the party. B-E-S-T feeling in the world to have your “client” thrilled with your design!

I used milk glass, as well as eclectic jars and bottles from my scout. vintage collection to sporadically place cheery florals around the party. I wrapped the eclectic vases in varying colors of yarn for added texture and a little extra whimsy. I continued the zoo animal theme onto the paper details by labeling each “station” or table with a different animal….i.e. “w is for walrus, w is for wishes” or “g is for gorilla, g is for grub” for the entrance and food tables.

One of the little details I was most excited about was the cake push pops. I’d found these super rad containers through the adorable party supply company shop sweet lulu. Aren’t they fun?!

We baked some confetti cake, punched out the cake in circles to fit down in the containers, and then squeezed in yummy icing to the containers. Finished ’em off with some sprinkles and voila! SUPER EASY!

I did have to get a little creative to get the little suckers to stand up, but with a little floral foam and one of my antique pepsi crates from scout. they were a HUGE success at the party. Everyone was so delighted by them! The kiddos were gobbling them up!

With sewing help from my ma (I have never been a wiz with the sewing machine) we hand-crafted little favor bags and attached thank you tags to them. I placed them atop the antique high chair that has been passed down for generations in our family for that extra special touch.

I loved the idea of decorating both the inside and outside areas of the party with paper chains. I stocked up on tons of bright colorful patterned paper, as well as a bunch of solid sheets and got cutting. A bazillion hours later I had NO clue how many pieces I had actually cut, but we ended up having enough chains to decorate the entire dining area and the outdoors…3 gigantic fences in all! I also cut smaller pieces to create tiny chains that could be used to accent the chandelier over the food as well as to hang from the umbrella tables outside as a substitute for centerpieces.

The one thing that Sarah said she absolutely had to have at her baby party was a “onesie” station. I will admit that I was just a wee bit nervous to see what type of “artsy” creations Sarah’s nearest and dearest would come up with but I was actually pleasantly surprised! The tiny tees were super personalized and were the sweetest touch to the day.

I wanted everyone to have the chance to display their masterpieces so Coli helped me create a “clothesline” effect with mini clothespins and some string.

I’m so thrilled with how the party turned out and was so grateful for help with the day of prep from my family. So excited for Sarah and I can’t wait to meet Emryk next week!!!

photo cred: {jenn elliott blake} event & floral design + styling: {bow tie & bustle} vintage rentals: {scout. vintage rental company}

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sneak peek: lions, tigers & bears.

lions, tigers and bears & cute party details oh my!

back in august i had the total pleasure of designing and hosting my sister sarah’s baby shower along with my mom and little sis coli. it was such a thrill to be back home in colorado, but to also have the opportunity to share in one of the most exciting times in my sister’s life was such a gift. i’m so proud of all her accomplishments, but i think i’m most proud to see her step into motherhood…she’s gonna be amazing at it! and her baby bump??! too darn adorable.

here’s a little sneak peek of the details from her zoo animal themed baby shower….more to come later this week!

photo cred: {jenn elliott blake}

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meant to be.

For as long as I can remember it’s all she has wanted to be. She had a passion and a gift – something everyone saw in her. She had compassion and an ease about her that people, especially little ones, gravitated towards and gobbled up. She had a laugh that was infectious and a smile that felt as genuine as a hug from your best friend. She had set her sights on the bigger picture of life: a family. And nothing would stop her from someday creating her own.

My sister Sarah was destined to be a mom. I don’t think there has ever been a day when I doubted her desire to be one, and I’ve always anticipated that she’d do a far better job at it than I ever would. Kids love her. A LOT. And not in one of those “oh she’s so nice” kinds of way, but in a “this person is something special – someone I want in my life always.”

I’ve always assumed that as a Mom she’d love harder, play wiser and encourage louder than anyone I’ve ever known. She’d be one of those women that just knew what to do for her children without ever being told how to do so. She’d love her kids with every fiber of her being and without a question or doubt in her mind that a mom is what she was meant to be.┬áSo on the day that I found out she was pregnant I knew her biggest dream had come true – I could hear the joy in the way she said the words. It was one of those moments that I wished I could actually see the look on her face vs. settling for what my imagination provided me from miles away.

Last week I saw my sister for the first time in months and she looked more in her element than I have EVER known her to be. She had an air about her that just rang “this is exactly where I’m supposed to be” and it was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. I was so happy to see her so happy, and it was the craziest experience in the world to feel this little person that she’d waited so long for kicking inside her. And despite my years of interacting with expecting couples this was different – it felt different and it was different. There was a connection I had to this belly, to this baby, to this joy that I’d never felt before and it was totally amazing.

And since Sarah was absolutely glowing during our two days together, I just had to snap some pictures of her growing belly and she and Tristan’s love for their soon to be little man.

Sarah and Tristan I am beyond thrilled for you both. I can’t wait to meet Emryk and watch you grow together as a couple and as new parents. This new adventure will come with challenges, but I see you flourishing in your new roles. I wish you a lifetime of family joys and adventures. Love you both and Emryk too! xoxoxoxo – jb.

photo cred: {jenn elliott blake}

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