Monday, April 09, 2007

The first step....

Chenille cake by crazycakesMy dearest little Chloe turns two on Saturday. We're having a very small gathering, and of course I want to make her big day special, so I'm going to decorate the house up with *big* birthday style! It seems that whenever I start any sort of "project" whether it's planning a party, making a piece of art or decorating the house, I always start with a color palette. It seems that pink and blue/green are the colors of the moment and I haven't been able to keep my eyes away from them all spring. I decided to start getting together things that I had around the house in this gorgeous color combination, just to get my creative juices flowing. Here's what goodies I found.


Chloe and I were even decked out in the color combo for Easter:)

Tammy Gilley gave me this wonderful spring banner. Then I opened up my copy of Rachel Ashwell's Shabby Chic and of course I found loads more inspiration!





I thought you may like a peek inside my creative process....and some yummy eye candy too!

21 comments:

Laurie said...

I LOVE that Rachel Ashwell book too! Happy Birthday to Chloe! :)

Holly Stinnett said...

I have so enjoyed scrolling down and getting caught up on all the latest since your first ArtFest post. I nearly flipped a cartwheel when i saw the Souvenir window! Oh my goodness.... I would have been in heaven - what a gorgeous window! I want that image!!! And love all the eye candy you have shared. The photo of you and adorable Chloe is just too cute. Happy birthday Miss Chloe!

MyMosaicMind said...

OMG, Kari, I can't believe she's turning two already! I swear you were just pregnant with her! Happy Birthday, Chloe!!!! She's lucky to have such a wonderfully creative mommy to decorate the house in beautiful colors for her big day. :-)

beth said...

oh yummy inspiration ! thanks for leaving a note on my blog !! I love your blog too and I am going to link to yours if you don't mind !!
bethquinndesigns.com

Lilli said...

Goodness! It looks like you're all set :)

FrenchGardenHouse said...

Oh! Chloe is such a darling!! I am sure that her special day will be the prettiest one around. The colors are just sublime. Enjoy each and every minute of it, Kari, it just flies by, those sweet childhood years.


Thanks for sharing all the luscious colors in the photos, I love all of them! Lidy

Tammy said...

Delighted to be a part of the festivities, in a remote, prop sort of way. Have fun!

Lilia Meredith said...

Loving that tin girl!! all that shabby chic stuff is making me swoon!

LisaOceandreamer said...

What a beautiful child and what a lovely array of inspiration and colors. I LOVE that chenille cupcake. She's a lucky little girl!

Tammy said...

OK, first of all Happy Birthday to that DOLL Chloe! Second, its fun to see things thru your creative eye. Lovely as usual.

Laurie G. (morningk) said...

Beautiful photos, thank you!

Tricia Scott said...

chloe, happy birthday!

kari, such wonderful inspiration yet again! thank you,

crafty said...

Love the chinille cake better than my real ones which were a first attempt, see photo on my blog http://craft-e.blogspot.com
Whilst I went to get the camera the frosting began to melt !!!!!! as stupidly I left the cakes outside !!!!
your daughter soooooo preeeeeettttyyy...compliments.
hugs
joan in italy

BonnieRose said...

thks for the inspiration Kari... love it all!

Merci-Notes said...

What a very special time, A childs birthday!!! And as one of my sisters pointed out on HER birthday...A very special time for the mother!!! And she gave our Mom a gift!!!
Love Rachael Ashwell's Books.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO CHLOE!
AND Congratulations to the Mom and Dad!

PresentPast Collection said...

Lovely color combos! I haven't looked at the RA book for years. I think it's time to sit down with it again. I'm sure your sweetie's birthday will be spectacular!

Gypsy Purple said...

Oh wow...these are wonderful.....and that little cutie is beautiful!!!

Cerri said...

You can always turn to Rachel for inspiration. I have all of her books, and love them all.
Do you have the party planning one? Sumptuous Settings.
Love your color choices. Can't wait to see what all you do for her birthday! I bet it will be amazing!
She is such a beautiful little girl!!
~Cerri xoxo

Shona Cole said...

that is a lovely photo of you and your daughter.

Melissa Lobdell, Little Melfred's Studio said...

Happy Birthday to your sweetie pie little girl! I love your color palette and all of your incredible eye candy!! That cupcake is too cute! xo-Mel

Allison said...

Hi Kari, the objects around your home in the pink, blue, green color palet are all so pretty - especially the picture of you and Chloe - she is darling and you are beautiful. I really love that cupcake pin cushion - It's so cute!And the pictures from Rachel Ashwell are very inspiring. I don't have that particular book (I have two others), but I think I will need to get it.

allie from minneapolis
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