Favorite Etsy Shops

It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of Etsy. I find the cutest items on there and I love that you can get virtually anything personalized and custom made to your specifications. Plus, I love the idea of supporting someone who has a creative talent.

I always love to see what others find on Etsy so I thought I would share my all time favorite items/shops I have worked with. I honestly have only had good experiences with Etsy, but for the sake of keeping this post short I will just share my top favorites.

1.)  Posh Paints:  Jennifer Sosik

My all time favorite item in Elin’s room is this beautiful personalized painting from Posh Paints. I chose simple pink and white bedding for Elin’s room, and after a long time of searching around for pictures and coming up empty handed, I found this Etsy shop and told the shop owner, Jennifer what I wanted and she made it come to life. Jennifer is so talented and she was awesome at letting me pick everything from the colors of the birds, to the font, even to the exact color of the tree branches. I won’t even tell you how many times she sent sketches of Elin’s name in different fonts for me to choose from. As Elin grows older and her room changes, I will definitely be coming back to this shop to commission a new painting.

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2.) Dainty Couture: Janet

I have bought a few items from the Dainty Couture shop and they are always great to work with. I got Elin’s first birthday hat and bib from her and they were so stunningly beautiful. It is a wonderful keepsake from her special day. 

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3.) Amy Lou Baby: Amy Bartell

I just received these beautiful shirts a few days ago and Elin hasn’t even gotten to wear them yet. I was blown away with how beautiful these shirts are in person. My pictures do not do these shirts justice at all. They are so beautiful and I am dying for Elin to wear them. Not to mention, I literally gasped when I opened up the box and saw how beautifully they were packaged from the seller, Amy. They were packaged beautifully for gift giving. I cannot wait to order future shirts for Elin or other items as gifts. Amy was wonderful to work with and was very quick with communication.

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4.) Jo Studio Party Paperie:

Have you ever shopped for party printables on Etsy? There are a million beautiful options out there, yet I have a hard time finding exactly what I want or narrowing it down to the perfect printable. When I was planning Elin’s tea party theme last year, I had a hard time finding what I wanted until I stumbled upon Jo Studio Party Paperie. Jodie was so awesome to work with and all her party designs are just beautiful. I am hoping to work with her in the very near future as I am planning Elin’s third birthday now.

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5.)   The Papier Studio: Jennifer Del Rios

Another party paper good that I have loved were the fans I purchased for Elin’s second birthday party. Jennifer was wonderful in helping me find the perfect shades to match my other printables and she was excellent in corresponding to me and working on a quick turn around time with me. I was so happy to have found her shop.

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6.) Fallen Star Couture Inc:  Shannen Caldone

Another item that I have bought a lot in on Etsy is bows! Oh how I love all the adorable bows on Etsy. I have some in every occasion and color. My favorite shop for getting the basic simple bow in many different colors is Fallen Star Couture Inc. I think the color selection was great and the bows have held up so well. I think these would make a beautiful gift for a baby or young child to start her on her bow collection.

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7.) Dazzlin Dresses: Erin

Last fall I decided that Elin needed a nice Halloween bucket that would last her throughout all her trick-or-treat years and I love this personalized sturdy bucket I got from Dazzlin Dresses. Erin was just getting ready to make a big move to Japan, but she was great in making sure I loved the font and design of the bucket before she temporarily closed her shop down. This bucket is nice and lightweight but still sturdy.

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These are just a few of the many awesome items I have purchased from Etsy. What awesome items have you purchased through Etsy?

Easter Bunny 2015

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Someone was  a lucky girl and got to go visit the Easter bunny at the mall. She has been looking forward to it all week and finally the day was here. She talked the whole way in the car about how she was going to sit on his lap and smile for a picture.

I picked her up after work and we went with her Nana and Papa to the mall and luckily there were no lines. Apparently there is not a lot of love for the bunny like there is for Santa–which I totally get, but it still was shocking to not have to wait.

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They took many photos and it was so hard to narrow it down to two favorites. I love that Elin is not scared at all with Santa or the bunny.

She got a lot of extra time with the bunny since there was no line and I was taking forever to choose my photos. I love this photo of her waiting patiently for me to finish. Thank god for iPhone cameras to capture photos quickly and easily.

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The bunny handed out the cutest little coloring and activity book.

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I cannot believe Elin has been around for three Easters already! Look how much she has changed from all her photos. The bunny hasn’t changed a bit.

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Easter Basket Goodies

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This past weekend I went and ahead and assembled Elin’s Easter basket and made sure that everything fit in the basket. I thought I had bought less than last year, but I still had trouble getting everything to fit in there!

I think the item that Elin is going to be most excited for is this Cinderella Magic Clip set. Elin loves everything about Cinderella right now and this set is so adorable. I thought all the clothes were spot on and Jaq and Gus are included! That is the mice, if you did not know. You would know this if you watched the movie at least ten times a week like I do.

This set is a Target exclusive:

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I always make sure to include a few books, and this one is so cute! Elin thinks bunnies are the cutest, so she is going to flip over this book.

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Another item that is sure to be a hit are these pink, sparkly sunglasses. Elin already has so many different pairs of sunglasses, but she wears them all the time. It’s seriously hard to get her to take them off!

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Other than some gummies and jelly beans, the majority of her candy will be in her eggs that she will hunt. I think the Easter bunny found some awesome goodies again this year!

Spring/Easter Decor

I finally put out our Spring/Easter decor yesterday and I thought I would share since I like decor and getting ideas from all sources. I am slowly starting to purchase items since Elin has been old enough to enjoy them. I was purposely waiting until now so that she could help pick items out with us and be a part of the process.

This year I have some spring blooms out with a bunny frame I purchased last year when we went to get our Easter bunny photos. As soon as we see the bunny this year, I will replace the photo.

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I purchased this bunny plate from Hobby Lobby and the little bunny in the cloche is a little bunny I purchased for Elin last year from Von Maur right after she got her picture taken with the Easter bunny. I was so thrilled with her smile during the photo that when we walked by this little bunny on display, she just had to have him. Unfortunately, he is not intended  for children and he was already starting to fall apart, so I just made him a part of our decor this year. She already spotted him and wanted to play with him, but I talked her out of it.

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I love the bunny garland we got from Pottery Barn Kids last year and I put it up again in the same spot across the fireplace.

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I used an apothecary jar from one of Elin’s birthday parties and just put in some Spanish moss and pastel Easter eggs from Michaels. I love all the creative ideas for using apothecary jars and for changing them out often.

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These sweet bunnies are from Von Maur. I thought they were perfect for the sunroom.

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My newest addition is this boxwood bunny from Von Maur. He is so simple, but I love him!

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Elin’s room decor is her egg snow globe she got when she meet the bunny with her picture in it and her little bunny bank from Pottery Barn kids. I have a feeling we will craft a few items for the walls.

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2.75 years old or 33 months

When people ask me how old Elin is, it is so awkward because she is over 2.5 but not yet 3. I am now referring to it as 2.75 even thought that sounds super nerdy. However, I feel like this is a significant age to record because she is changing lots!

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She has always loved books, but now she can spend 30-45 mins just looking at her books and reading them to herself out loud. I love to hear her reading the stories and making it up with the pictures. It is seriously the cutest thing ever! We have a lot of books about bunnies that aren’t even Easter-related and those are some her favorites. As she flips through the pages, she talks about how cute and soft the baby bunnies are.

She has been extra affectionate lately with everyone and especially her puppies. She loves to cuddle with Fifi and she gives her little kisses all the time. She has learned to be especially gentle with her.

The winter has left us with mostly indoor activities like coloring. Coloring and drawing are something we do daily. She has gotten much better with her skills lately. She always asks me to color with her and she really studies how I color. You can tell she is trying to mimic my movements.

On the occasion we do get outside, Elin loves the snow.

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Elin loves playing with her friends. She is a lucky girl because she is involved with a lot of activities and has lots of playdates.

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Elin is starting to get more into all things Disney and princess related. Just the other night, she sat and watched all of “Beauty and the Beast”, and as soon as it was over she asked, “Can I watch another Disney princess now, please?”

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She also loves to sing all the times. She sings to herself and asks me to sing to her all the time. God only knows when the thought of me singing with her will embarrass her to death. Probably sooner than I think. Her favorite songs are, “The Itsy Bitsy Spider”, “The ABC Song”, “Frère Jacques”, and “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”.

This is one of the best ages yet. I love every minute of it. So far we have be escaping too many tantrums.

Snowy Weekend Fun

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Elin has been dying to get out in the snow and play all winter long, but we hadn’t got much snow; or when we did, it was too cold to play in or it melted before we got much time outside. But, finally this weekend we got a a few inches thrown on us and then the weather warmed up and it was perfect weather for actually playing in the snow.

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Elin got to play on and ride her sled that was her Nana’s when she was little. It looked good as new!

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Perhaps the most anticipated event was making her her very first snowman. Elin watched Frosty the Snowman too many times to count over the Christmas season and she loves Olaf so she was more than excited to make one of her own for the first time.

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This little guy was modeled after Olaf. Although I won’t blame you if you can’t see the resemblance. Elin loved him! She loved when we brought out carrots for the nose (and arms apparently) because she loves to eat carrots so she enjoyed snacking on about 4 of them out in the snow! I was shocked at how many she ate since they were huge.

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It was such a pretty day for playing in the snow! Elin throughly enjoyed it. We never got to play in the snow last year and the year before that she was too little to do anything but sit in the snow so it was so exciting to watch her get to really enjoy and experience the snow for the first time.

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Valentine’s Day Weekend

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Since Elin is enthralled with all things Valentine related, I decided to have a Valentine themed playdate. When I floated the idea by her, she was beside herself with excitement! She knew one thing for sure….that she wanted cupcakes and balloons. She got a lot of inspiration from all the Valentine books we have been reading.

I made some heart garlands out of some pretty glittery scrapbook paper to make the house more festive. I have no idea why I decided making my own was better than finding something in the stores, but I love how they turned out and the scrapbook paper was super thick so they should be durable to use year after year.

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We then got got some yummy cupcakes for dessert after our lunch of peanut butter and jelly cut into hearts, strawberries, and carrot sticks.

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Last but not least, some pretty springy flowers were needed to brighten things up.

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She was expecting two friends from ballet and story time, but sadly one could not make it due to a medical emergency. Although that was sad, Elin was super excited for her friend Lydia to come!

Lydia came bearing some very nice Valentine sweets! They both looked so cute in their Valentine attire.

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The girls enjoyed eating at their little table by themselves. They switched spots a few different times and ate off each other’s plate.

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Then they were eager to get upstairs and just play kitchen for awhile.

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We coaxed them to go back downstairs to work on making necklaces. They enjoyed Valentine gummies and heart marshmallows while we mostly made their necklaces for them.

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At this point, it was evident that both girls were getting tired and ready for naps. So they sat quietly on the couch for awhile and read and then watched a little Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.

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I love how they have the same expression in this photo. They were both staring at the television, enthralled by it.

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Even though the girls were tired they hated to part ways, they gave each other many hugs and held hands for awhile before Lydia left.

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I think they had a good time together! I was thinking about how I should do this again next and then I realized that since Elin will be in preschool next year, she will start having holiday parties at school!

After a little nap, Elin was excited to have her cousins stop by for awhile. They exchanged Valentines and had some sweets. Elin got right to work playing with her new Minnie Mouse stamp set she got.

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Then on Saturday, Elin went to a birthday party for her friend, Frances. The theme was My Little Pony and her mom and grandma outdid themselves with beautiful party decor and fun games! This was the first birthday party Elin has been to where there were games for the kids and Elin loved it! She wasn’t quite herself during the party due to a runny nose, but she had a great time and talked about the party the rest of the weekend.

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They also made necklaces, wands, and got manicures. Elin will never let me paint her nails but she did it!! She let me paint them and seemed to love it! She let them dry and kept showing me her pink nails, but on the way home she sort of bit her nails and ate the polish off! I hope if we try it again I can prevent her from doing that!

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All the kids were spoiled with awesome favor bags that were filled with lots of goodies. Elin is now a huge fan of “ponies” as she calls them and we watched a few episodes on demand when we got home. Elin also wore her party hat all evening long and we finally took it off her when she went to bed!

It was such a fun weekend with all the parties and festivities!!

Blogger Valentine Card Exchange

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Do you remember making and buying Valentine cards to pass out at school in elementary school? Wasn’t it the most exciting day ever when the teacher would pass out the white lunch bags to decorate and set up as a mailbox to collect cards in? I can’t even imagine how much more awesome it probably is now with all the creative ideas floating around on Pinterest and on blogs.

Emma from Harper and Will and I partnered up to put together a fun blogger Valentine card exchange. Our mission was to create some homemade and creative Valentine cards with our children and then exchange them with some of our blogger friends who all have children around the same age.

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Elin and I had a blast making heart shaped crayons and packaging them up with coloring books. Check out this post to see how we made our heart shaped crayons. I found the printable here.

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We mailed off our cards all throughout the country and had fun seeing all the cards arrive for Elin. We waited until we had received all our cards and then Elin sat down opened up all her goodies. She was so excited at seeing all the beautiful cards.

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After she had ample to time to admire her cards and play with them, I decided to hang the cards up so we can appreciate them more and use them as decoration. I love how our little garland turned out.

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Check out everyone who participated in the exchange and see how they made their beautiful cards.

Five Recent Purchases

I haven’t done a five on Friday in awhile and I thought I would join up today. This is one of those weeks were I just happen to have purchased a lot of random items. I love to see what other people buy and so I thought I would share five items I purchased this week. As a disclaimer, I don’t shop like this every week.

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 Kenneth Cole Boots

I was at Von Maur early in the week and I noticed some Kenneth Cole brown boots in the sale area that I had considered getting Elin in the fall. I passed on them earlier but to my surprise, the $50 boots were on clearance for $12! I thought the price was a mistake and that they must have marked them wrong but when I asked the clerk he said they weren’t! Since brown boots like that won’t go out of style any time soon, I made sure to get some in Elin’s size for next fall/winter.

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West Elm Blanket

Another deal I came across this week that I could not pass up was this beautiful ivory throw blanket. I need another blanket like I need a hole in the head, but I love this blanket and….wait for it……it was normally $100 marked down to $24.99! Say what?!?! It has sequins! I think it’s just to die for. Doesn’t everyone need a sequin blanket in their life? I went to find this online and sadly it’s not longer on line, but perhaps still available in stores.

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Valentine Chairbacker

I don’t have a lot of Valentine’s decor around the house, so I decided rather late in the season to buy this chairbacker. It’s adorable and I don’t know why I didn’t order one sooner. Bonus: they went on sale this week. Sadly, I bought mine right before they did. I guess you win some and lose some.

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Kendra Scott Earrings

I love Kendra Scott earrings and I checked out their site and saw they had their Spring line out. I had to get this rose quartz  color. However, I love so many of the spring colors that are out!

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YSL Tint and Oil

No shopping trip to the mall is complete without a Sephora run and somehow I can’t leave without finding something amazing and life changing. This lip product is seriously like nothing I have ever tried before. It looks like a lipgloss on but is an oil and, although that sounds weird, it feels very moisturizing on. But the best part is it leaves a stain that seriously lasts forever! I only bought one in the Peach Me Love color, but I think I love it so much that I will purchase another for sure.

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Valentine Mini Gifts

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I’m a sucker for buying cute holiday related items for Elin.  The Valentine stuff especially just calls my name with all the pink and heart adorned items.  The past two years I just bought her a gift or two and gave it to her on Valentine’s Day but since I saw so many cute smaller items this year I decided to get her a small gift item for each day of the month of February leading up to Valentine’s day.

Most of the items are books because we are working on growing her Valentine book collection. Then some items were found in Target’s dollar section. What would I do without that section? Why is Target’s dollar merchandise so much better than anything you can find from any regular old dollar store?

So far Elin is enjoying getting her little gift each day.  It’s something fun for the entire Valentine season. I’m a few gifts short but I plan on doing some more shopping.

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