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  • samuel turned two.

    He's two! Man, it's true that they grow up fast. Those grownups weren't lying. I didn't think Laura and I were going to be able to top last year, but what you are about to see is sweet, sweet victory. I am so pleased with how this party turned out. It's adorable, fun and has the greatest pops of color. Laura's home has the perfect, neutral palette to really let the decor shine.

    These hats were really fun to make. We used this template again from Oh Happy Day and I just randomly hand-cut the spikes for a little extra fun.

    Aren't you just dying over how cute these dinosaurs look in handmade party hats? I am.

    Laura glued plastic dinosaurs to the top of baby food jars and spray painted them in orange, teal and lime to match the party. We filled them with "dinosaur eggs" and each guest took one home along with a bag of dinosaur cookies. Adorable and yummy, a great combination.

    I love the way my dino illustrations look cutout. They brought the party to this mantle for sure.

    I have to be honest, I really had no idea that those "prehistoric rocks" were edible. Laura's Mom started to eat some and I instantly freaked out that she was going to choke. Turns out, they're chocolate. Hilarious.

    The cake was made at a local bakery to match the invite I designed. And those adorable dinosaur cookies were made by Laura and her mom. They are becoming cookie decorating professionals.

    I think what really made the party extra special this year was Samuel. He understood what was happening more than last year and was so excited when he entered the room. He kept saying, "I got ba-woons" and "I feed T-Rex". It melted my heart.

    So, what do you think? You want to have a dinosaur party now, don't you? I thought so.

  • dinosaurs like to party.

    These dinosaurs are ready to party. Next Saturday, my friend Laura's son, Samuel, will turn 2. We are celebrating in style. This is just a taste of how cool this party is going to be. Last year, we decked out his first birthday with an adorable woodland theme. I have to be honest, I didn't think we could top it, but how freakin' cute are these dinosaurs in hats? The answer is VERY. I had so much fun creating the T-Rex illustration and the invites (top image).

    Get excited. This party is going to be awesome. I'll share the entire party next week. Yay!

  • the heidelberg project.

    The Heidelberg Project is a hidden gem in Detroit. Well, it's not exactly hidden, but it's definitely off the beaten path. A few weeks back, my friend had a visitor from Greece/Germany who wanted to see it. I was more than happy to take him. I have been a handful of times, but it had been years since my last visit. It's always nice to rediscover something in your own city.

    You can read all about what The Heidelberg Project is here and if you ever visit Detroit, make sure you pay it a visit. There's nothing else quite like it.

  • photos and cards and such.

    A few weeks back, Amanda Jane Jones emailed me and asked if I could be a part of a photo shoot. I said yes for multiple reasons, but mainly because I was excited to finally meet her in real life (!). Folks, let me tell you, she's a doll.

    She is teaming up with MammothBooth and Dose Market on November 11th for a Holiday Card Pop-Up shop. If you're in Chicago, you should go!

    These are some outtakes that made me smile. I asked my buddy Gordon to come and be my "plus 1" for the evening. He's a trooper.

    For more information on the event and to see more (adorable) card designs, visit Amanda's blog here.

  • brooklyn to philly. day 4. girl crush!!!!

    Photo by Something's Hiding In Here

    Ah, yes. The long awaited Girl Crush Tea Party with Shauna and Danielle. It feels like forever ago that I purchased my ticket and now it has come and gone. But people, this event was bananas amazing. So, so good.

    I mean, come on. As soon as you walk into Shauna and Stephen's loft, you can't help but be inspired. The light. The surroundings. It's simply incredible. I could totally work in this space. In fact, I'd like to move in right now.

    We started the day off with coffee and treats. Followed by more coffee and treats. It was definitely a day of indulgence. It was awesome.

    Photo by Something's Hiding In Here

    Then, we all settled together and started to get to know one another. Everyone that attended was incredible. For serious. What a great group of ladies. And let me just tell you, Shauna and Danielle are even cooler than I could have ever imagined.

    We did some small group activities, but spent most of the day talking together. Danielle asked us to talk about who we are jealous of and why. Then we all tried to help each other figure out how we could make changes in our own lives, in order to not be so jealous anymore. It was all inspiring. Everyone was so supportive and encouraging. It was truly amazing to connect with new people and not feel so alone. It really gave me the extra push that I need. I can do this.

    Photos by Something's Hiding In Here

    Then, we ate more treats. Lots of treats. Including some amazing whoopie pies from coco love. I die. Later in the afternoon, we all made something. I was so busy eating whoopie pies and chatting, that I honestly didn't finish my project. It will get done at some point. It will.

    Photo by Something's Hiding In Here

    Pffft... these gift bags. Increds. Look what was inside...

    Are you serious? This was the best gift bag in the history of gift bags.

    crinkle fans by BHLDN//truffle plates by BHLDN//field specimen press by Seed House//candle by Greenmarket Purveying Co.//tea towel by Girls Can Tell//pouches by Made By Hank//twinkle sparkler by Giant Dwarf

    Don't tell, but we let Dexter and Stephen hang out, too. I even caught Stephen eating our food. We let him slide, 'cause he's cool.

    I have a lot more to say about this whole event and what I took away from it. I feel like this will come out in the coming days on my blog. For now, just know, that it truly was the kick-in-the-butt that I needed. I left feeling magical and inspired. I have been able to bring that feeling back to Detroit with me and now I'm just trying to keep the momentum going. There are big things to come. Big things.

    Girl Crush rocks.

  • hello, you. let's be friends. #9.

    I made a personal project! Yay! I find that they are the hardest, but tend to be the most fulfilling. Don't you? This all started because I wanted to give the girls at Girl Crush (I will blog about that soon!) a little something to remember me by. I'm really happy with the way it turned out. The whole thing, including what I took away from the event itself, is kind of leading me in a new, exciting direction. I can't wait to share more with you.

    Also, I'd like to think this addresses #9 on the list and it makes my about page look prettier. Which is awesome.