Maddie Dean Turns ONE

I can’t believe how fast time goes! Just a second ago she was tiny and couldn’t even lift her head, and now she is a bundle of energy, walking, talking, and exploring everything – I feel like I can’t keep up with her!

We had a sweet birthday party for her with family and friends a few weeks back and it was so much fun. She loved opening presents and eating her smash cake.

I wanted to share a few of the things we did for the party, in case any one is doing any party planning of their own!

Since it was at 11:00am, we had both sandwiches and donut holes, because…well…donut holes. We decided those could be dessert as well, so we skipped a cake/cupcakes and just had a little smash cake for M to “eat”.donut first birthday party
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I wanted to stick with a simple party and not really have a theme, but it is just so fun to have a girl so I decided to go with a color theme of gold and peach. I made a gold polka dot “happy birthday” burlap banner (available in the ETSY SHOP) and a “#1” banner for her high chair with gold, peach, lace and glitter tassels (also available HERE).

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For the rest of the decor, I just used mason jars as vases (surprise surprise) and got some peach and cream flowers from Trader Joes. If your looking for some mason jar vases in lace or gold glitter, I sell them too HERE!

Another thing I loved having was old pictures of M around, especially the monthly photos we took of her throughout the year. We hung them on a clothes line at the entrance so people could see how she had grown. I also made the ONE glitter letters as decor (also work as a great photo prop too!)
monthly photos - first birthday party - loveinamasonjar.com
For the smash cake, since M hadn’t had any real sugar yet, I decided to go with a carrot cake and cream cheese frosting. I used the recipe from the Modern Day Homemaker blog and it turned out great. It didn’t get eaten much, but it looked cute!

For the cake topper it was so simple – I cut out letters to form “ONE” from gold glitter paper I got at Michaels and used a needle (actually my husband did this part!) to thread through the letters. Then we tied it to 2 skewers and used peach ribbon on the ends. That’s it!

gold ONE first birthday cake smash cake topper - loveinamasonjar.com gold and peach first birthday - loveinamasonjar.com

The last fun detail I wanted to share was our photo backdrop! I am so glad we had this! It was an excuse to get photos of everyone at the party! We had a camera out on a table near the backdrop and people snapped photos! I didn’t come up with the idea for the backdrop (I found it on pinterest :)) but I followed the instructions from the Oh Happy Day blog.

gold and peach first birthday - loveinamasonjar.com

We had such a good time (and I think M did too!:)) and we were so thankful to all our family and friends who came! We are so blessed.

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Using rustic antique pieces to make craft organization a part of your decor

Happy New Year everyone! This time of year I always get the urge to go through my things, organize and purge. How about you? I’ve recently been working on how to best utilize our space in our second bedroom – that functions as our guest room, garage, office, and my craft room. Which has been quite challenging! The space gets most often used by me and my etsy projects, so I tried to make my supplies as accessible as possible, without making it look like the crafts are taking over. I decided to make the way I stored things a part of the decor. Here is what I came up with!

Using clothespins and wooden spools to wrap my ribbon and fabric scraps and placing them in large mason jars.
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Using pretty baskets to store fabric and scraps.  And check out my vintage sugar and coffee tins that I found at a garage sale! Those hold all my adhesives and office supplies! You’d never know! 🙂

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Turning coke crates right side up makes for a great wall piece and creates slots to organize pretty pieces like my bakers twine, washi tape and tag collection.  Use short mason jars to fit in the slots too!

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And I found this lovely card organizer at the long beach antique market and decided I would just put my card collection on display!

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And I love this piece we received as a wedding gift from pottery barn. It’s been a great way to organize crafts and it looks great hanging on the wall! Again, using mason jars in a slotted piece gives each item its place!

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I know this space of ours will constantly change, but for now it’s working pretty well! Happy organizing!!

Wedding week – Vintage Prop Shopping

I cant believe it’s almost been a year since Matt and I were married. Time flies when your having fun I guess! I thought since we will be celebrating our one year anniversary this week, I’d feature some wedding posts about the DIY projects we haven’t featured yet from our wedding.

First up: PROP SHOPPING. I had a ton of fun scouring antique markets, flea markets and garage sales for perfect wedding decor with friends and family.  We were mainly looking for crates, mason jars, large frames, a mailbox, chalk boards and little knick knacks that gave a rustic, homey feel.

This was a corner of my bedroom before the wedding – ha!
Here are some photos of our finds and how we used them…
We used slotted coke crates for displaying our cupcakes and apple crates as stands to add height for our dessert and drink table displays. To order the banner shown click HERE!

Chalkboards were great ways to direct guests, give them options, and welcome them!


Our guestbook table was a combo of coke crates, mason jars, chalkboards, a type writer and even an old mailbox!


We also looked for old signs and large frames to use for our photo booth! It was so fun to see our guests use the open frames to take fun pictures!
My dad painted this sign for me.  I love the photo above.

And of course, we collected mason jars for our centerpieces.  All shapes and sizes to use as vases and candleholders.
And now we have a ton of rustic antique decor for our home! We use the mason jars, coke crates, frames, and chalkboards to decorate!

Next up – behind the scenes wedding craft parties!! Talk to you soon!

New uses for old things: 1 – Rake

I thought I’d start a new series on “new uses for old things” since we have used so many old things in our house that double as decor and for practical uses as well. When you have a smaller house all spaces are important!

So, with that, we have ended up with a rake in our kitchen. Yes…a rusty old rake… in our kitchen.


I had seen a rake head used for other things in the past (to hold necklaces, craft supplies, etc.) so whenever I was at an antique market I kept my eye out for one thinking it might come in handy one day.  Actually, the day Matt and I got engaged is the day that I finally found this rake at an antique farm in Big Bear so it’s kinda special to us!

So when we began making our house a home, we noticed we have this space above our stove that needed something, but it had to be something that was practical, not just decorative.  And then we remembered the rake!  What a cool look it had sitting there above our stove… but what to fill it with??  Why – kitchen utensils of course.

We previously had all those lovely kitchen utensils stuffed in a drawer and not so easily accessible.  But it turns out – they all had holes in the top, in case you do want to hang them!  And since we have a ton of utensils and not a lot of drawers or counter space, we thought it was a perfect solution to hang some of them.  Check it out!

A great way to save space and add to the decor of your home.  I love how old antique things add so much character.

And here is a full shot of them hanging over the stove – exactly where you need the utensils anyway!  So easy to just grab one a stir a pot or flip a burger.

What old things have you used in new ways?  Stay tuned for more in the series of new uses for old things from this end of the screen!