gen says...a valentine's package

from gen:

"Last week Oden and I made a sweet little Valentine's care package for my grandmother- and actually got it in the mail on time!

We are forever behind in sending my grandmother photos of for Valentine's day we decided to put together a little care package.

Of course all of our projects start with a trip to
Michael's. For V-day we stumbled upon a box of great foam hearts for $5- which kicked off our valentine inspiration. Next we purchased assorted cards in pink, red, and aqua...some with a sweet scalloped edge detail- and voila!, a color palette is born. We also found a simple wooden heart frame for $1.At home we took our finds and hunted in our craft room for additional stickers and ribbons that fit our color palette (the trophy cards are from my stash of Hicks Paper Goods invitations).

Oden placed a single foam heart on each card and then used a red marker to "customize" each Valentine. In an afternoon we were able to pull together a lovely care package for my grandmother and make Oden's class Valentine's Day cards.

...I just love a trip to Michael's!!!

Hope you all had a wonderful Valentine's Day!


(gen says...) backtracking: a christmas post

From Gen:

"I have finally caught my breath from a crazy holiday season and wanted to share a few photos from our "Cabin Christmas" in Nashville!

Christmas Dinner: This year for our family Christmas dinner, I set the table with little christmas treats for everyone! I am just in love with these Jonathan Adler Christmas ornaments- the turquoise box is adorable and adds the perfect hit of color to our red dot paper table cloth...from Ikea.

Family Photo: Ready for the holiday festivities to begin! I am a huge fan of anything vintage! I found this amazing Jade Green Silk Dress last year at a thrift store and finally had it altered-just in time for the holiday party season! Benjamin's bow tie and pocket square are thrift store treasures as well.

Christmas Tree: Our Christmas Tree is filled with vintage treasures and hand made ornaments created by our kids..I just love the eclectic feel of old meets new!

Gift details: I love wrapping christmas gifts...unfortunately I am always in a last minute rush to finish. To save time and find the best bargains...I usually stock up on my favorite wrapping paper, ribbon, and gift tags at the end of the christmas season. This year I stock piled "loads" of this Red and White dot paper from Ikea! I am just in love with this pattern!

Vintage Santa: My favorite new Christmas decoration- picked up at a thrift store for $20.

Christmas morning breakfast tradition: Every year my husband makes the yummiest Eggs Benedict for Christmas breakfast! Yes..those fabulous red napkins are also from Ikea!

Oden playing legos: My mother's christmas tradition was to give my brother and I new Christmas jammies each year on Christmas eve. This year I carried on the tradition for Oden with these darling green and red stripe PJ's from Hanna Andersson.

Hope you all had a wonderful Holiday Season!!!! -Gen"

gen wrap!

From Gen:

"I am so excited to finally be getting to my holiday wrapping and prettying up the house for upcoming Christmas festivities! Thought I would pass along some fun holiday finds in stores now.

I am in love with this mix of graphic holiday papers.... 
Modern Black Floral: Old Navy 
Drummer BoyMartha Stewart for Kmart 
Graphic Green Tree: Old Navy 
Candy Cane: Target 
Gold Star: Martha Stewart for Kmart 

Fun Details... 
Dot and Stripe Napkins: Michael's dollar section 
Dot and Stripe Paper Table Cloth: Martha Stewart for Michael's 
Cupcake Holders: Martha Stewart for Michael's 
Drummer Boy Gift Tag: Martha Stewart for Kmart 
Glittery Letters: Martha Stewart for Michael's 
Butcher Paper Cookie Boxes: Martha Stewart for Michael's 
White Gift Labels: Martha Stewart for Michael's 
Dot Ribbons: Michael's 

Happy Decorating!!!  -Gen"