We had some big family news this week (if you follow me on Twitter you already know):
we adopted a dog and brought her home on Wednesday.
Allow me to introduce you to Laverne.
(Insert Lenny & Squiggy joke here).
She’s a sweet, affectionate dog – about 8 months old. She’s already doing her puppy duties: she ripped up a pin cushion, tore a bow off of a shoe and shredded a one dollar bill. But she’s also earned her keep already. Somehow (and somewhere – we don’t know where) she found the lost container of fish food for the little fish pond in our backyard.
It’s been five years since we’ve had a dog (we used to have a yellow lab with a very big personality), but we felt that the girls were really missing out on something by not having a pet to love. And let me tell you, I have never seen Elena so filled with joy as the moment she walked in the door and Laverne was there to greet her. They knew that we were adopting Laverne, but I surprised them with which day I actually brought her home.
I hope I never forget that look on Elena’s face: so happy, she was on the verge of tears.
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Speaking of Elena, her 9th birthday is right around the corner, and we’re having a birthday party for her tomorrow. Remember the woodland forest theme pics/inspirations that I posted awhile ago? I downloaded the Tiniest Garden digital kit (digital art that is yours to make into whatever you want) from A Print A Day. Her digital shop is currently closed for updating, but it’s worth checking it out when she re-opens.
Here are the birthday invites I sent out for Elena. I’m really pleased with how they turned out:
I made these bookmarks as part of the party favors. They say, “Reading takes you to magical places.” (Thought of that all by myself – high five to me.)
Party favors are my favorite – I always splurge on them.
And you might remember from Rosa’s birthday party a couple of weeks ago that I do this wacky thing with decorating the walls in our dining room. I left most of Rosa’s party decorations intact, taking away the bunnies and replacing them with gnomes, fairies, and forest animals. Here’s one wall:
Tonight, I am trying my hand at making these cookies (probably not the whole set) and frosting them with royal icing, which I have never done before. I can guarantee that the cookies will taste good, but I have my doubts about them looking pretty.
I’ll take some more birthday pictures, show you the favors, and share my sources of inspiration on Monday.
Hope you all have a terrific weekend, and I hope to see you back here on Monday.