“I Heart Valentine’s Day” Collection Photo Shoot

Valentine’s Day is around the corner and we wanted to repost this feature from our popular Valentine’s day Collection last year….
From January 2011… we wrote:
Well, it seems as though our “I Heart Valentine’s Day” shoot has been seen by many of you (THANK YOU to all of the featuring blogs for your support!)…. however, we still need to share it on our OWN site! Becca Bond Photography did such an awesome job, and I can’t wait to share all the photos…
This is by far one of our favorite projects that we’ve done. We included LIVE subjects this time (mostly our children ;)) to show off some fabulous clothing by MiniMooh.
That posed a whole new aspect of styling, but it was SO much fun.

This post is image heavy…

We had major inspiration to do something different for the hanging decor. The paper plate polyhedrons are SO easy to make and we were pretty excited to create something unique.
You can find the tutorial on Disney Family Fun….
We used the printable logos as hanging detail on all of the apothecary glass jars.
Cotton candy made a GREAT filler display in the tall glass jars. The cookies from Allyson Jane were strung with ribbon and hung over these fabulous glass apothecary jars…. Don’t you just LOVE the cookies!?
Here are some more of the beautiful cookies from Allyson Jane. She baked them with a hole in them so we could embellish with a ribbon. I love adding another texture to the cookies!

This cake was from a regular plain-old bakery (seriously – $8 at Target!) and we dressed it up with fancy and beautiful fondant from Sweet Petal Bakery. We love this option to decorate our own cake with professional decor/fondant!

Lollipops with the printable lollipop covers were stuck into the fun layered jello (SO easy to make!)
Patterned papers were used with heart craft punches to create this super fun garland that hung on the front of the table.

How cute and simple are these awesome fabric layered flowers….
the beauty is – they never die! 😉

Don’t you love the mini chocolate bars with the printable wrappers?
Also, the hershey kisses labels!?

These adorable lollis were from This Charming Candy
They were GREAT props for the kids, too!How cute is the dress from Mini Mooh!?
…and the bow tie on my son, Jeffrey! (Mini Mooh)

We got this chalkboard at the Dollar store near us… what a fun prop it made for the kiddos….

Printable folding labels…

The cupcakes from Cupcrazed Cakery in Baxter….
Heather does such an amazing job making the most
unique flavors of cupcakes! These were scrumptious!

We love party flags – they looked really cute on top of the paper straws (from Bake It Pretty). Drink wrap wrapped around the Jones Soda….
Here is my little Peanut (Pierson)….

Are you smiling yet?

This is funny. The first photo Becca took of (my son) Pierson and Arden was this…
… the second shot….
It just took Arden’s mom coming into the room and doing something cute to light up their faces!

Arden and Grayce showing off their MiniMooh dresses….

Here is Adria’s adorable daughter, Grayce…. so cute!

Jeffrey (Anders) and Grayce (Ruff)… best of buddies!
Playin a little xx0 😉
Jeffrey LOVED the macarons from Sparkles Kitchen.
So did Grayce!

We used the patterned papers to make these hearts that
we topped the oreo truffles with….I just love all of the patterns!
(PS. I made these oreo truffles with my cookie girls – we get together every Christmas to make cookies and this year we made these! So fun, right?!)

We included some new design accessories in this package. Favor hangtag, and a template for a box with heart closure…. and a COOTIE catcher / fortune teller…. (bringing back memories yet?)
We used the twine from The Cupcake Social to create a sweet little pom on top.

Printable valentines with a folding pocket envelope to put around the valentine…

Patterned papers, again, being used! Aren’t these little bottles so cute!?

Beautiful macarons from Sparkles Kitchen

I’ll leave you with this sweet shot….
Thank you to ALL of our fabulous contributors!
Get yours HERE….

Credits and Sources
– Styling and Printable Graphic Designs Package by Anders Ruff

– Photography by Becca Bond Photography (www.beccabondphotography.com)

Talented Contributors:
– Handmade Dresses and Bow Ties by Mini Mooh (www.minimooh.etsy.com)
– Cupcakes by Cupcrazed Cakery in Baxter (www.cupcrazed.com)
– Lollipops by This Charming Candy (www.thischarmingcandy.etsy.com)
– Fondant Decor by Sweet Petal Bakery (www.sweetpetalbakery.etsy.com)
– Macarons by Sparkles Kitchen (www.sparkleskitchen.etsy.com)
– Sugar Cookies by Allyson Jane (www.allysonjane.com)
– Cupcake Liners and Twine from The Cupcake Social (www.thecupcakesocial.com)
– Paper Straws from Bake It Pretty (www.bakeitpretty.com)

MiniMooh – a place for handmade clothing

August 12, 2010 by  
Filed under DIY, Etsy, Good Finds

Jen, the owner of MiniMooh, on etsy (formerly Growing Up with Charissa) has a blog that is a must-see! www.efootprints.com is her inspirational blog full of eye candy and DIY ideas as well as great ideas on home organization and cooking! (Can I just say that her recipes all look fantastic – I can’t wait to try!)

Jen is going to be working with us soon on something spectacular. Can’t get into details just yet, but we are SO impressed by all of her ideas on her blog that we just had to share this great blog/find with all of you.

The first thing that caught my eye was her etsy shop that has the MOST adorable handmade clothing and accessories. She seriously could be the most unique clothing designer for handmade clothes that I have seen in a long time! She also sells patterns and instructions, which is even better for those of us who love to sew!

I am sure I will be posting again about her, but I just wanted to introduce her and share a few of my favorite posts and DIY projects on her blog include the below. (head over there for instructions, I’m just sharing the eye candy) I am so impressed by how she reuses simple things to create beautiful things!

1) Hanging BOOKS (inspired by the PB Kids catalog)

She couldn’t have been more creative! She used soap boxes! SO creative!

2) Stilts!


3) She shares great finds… .like THIS one… (I am obsessed w/ cute bento boxes recently and this one is just oh-so-cute!)

A big favorite (and adding to my to-do list) is…

4) Purposeful Play – she explains REALLY interesting ways to organize your house/playroom into zones for learning. REALLY makes sense! She is such a great mom! I need to set aside a weekend to do something like this (oh, alright, maybe a full week!)

5) Fabric Floral Necklaces
I can think of a bunch of my friends who would LOVE to make these…. You just have to see her instructions – so easy to follow, and what a CUTE idea!

Now, we all LOVE to shop, right?
You really should check out her shop, on etsy, because her dresses that she designs are so divine!
You should check out her old shop, too, because she has some other items on there as well! (including patterns and DIY kits!)
A few of my favorites:

Thanks for being such an inspiration, Jen. Not only as a crafter, but as a mother and a homemaker!