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Ode to Summer

Thursday, September 30, 2010

I know, I know that summer has really been gone for a month now, but when October comes around I always feel like that October is the start of fall (especially since southern California hasn't really had any summer weather this whole year). As record heats have been blazing across the country little southern california has been mighty cool and chilly at the beach. But this last week we have hit and bypassed all records set... talk about heat wave!!! We have already started to cool down yet again. So I welcome the Fall and Halloween with loving arms... how could I wish this fall season away.... Halloween really is my favorite holiday of all time! Eek!!! I'm so excited to share all my findings with you.
Here is the most beautiful bug I have ever seen in person (we found him as we were leaving the Great Wall in China). Bugs in general remind me of summer days and especially their beautiful colors... so this is my Ode to Summer and hope the next one is warmer!

ps. for all those concerned about this little guy....
A. we did not flip him over to capture his beauty... we found him like that and
B. YES we did flip him over so he could fly away and have a grand life.
the end
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things we love

Monday, September 27, 2010

I love these... all of them! Kate Spade is.... is incredible! Everything she touches is magic. It has a fun, energetic, eclectic twist while still being sophisticated without being too sophisticated. It defines a truly classic look. These "things we love" have inspired me to do the same, of documenting the items I love. What items do you love?
Kate Spade's clutch bag
election pins
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I'm back for reals!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Hi and sorry for disappearing like that. Can you believe that China doesn't allow you to open ANY blogspot blogs at all!!!! No AmyAtlas, no Oh Happy Day.... none! I was so sad and frustrated, then grateful for the freedoms we have here in our country. So needless to say I was unable to post or update Wants and Wishes for quite some time. Since I had some down time I made a few new things for the Wants and Wishes shop on Etsy. Go check out the fun superhero collections and halloween collection! They are a must have.

I was planning on showing you all the full party of my big 3-0 a couple of weeks ago so without any further interruptions... here is the complete party.

The event was at my house and I wanted to block off the kitchen to create a more fun atmosphere so I put a white piece of fabric with thumb tacks to create a divider and bought yellow, light pink, hot pink and white balloons and tied them to yellow vases.  I then strung a garland that I made of little 30's. It was a perfect place to have people mingle and have drinks!
The garland was so simple. I cut out 30's in all the shades of pink, yellow, orange and white. Then strung them together with a sewing machine. I wanted an eclectic look so I did a random pattern. 
Here are the party favors I had for each of my guest that came to my birthday bash. I filled them with bright yellow candies and a little note to each person.
I wanted the dessert bar to reflect my likes and life over the past 30 years. So I included my favorite treats: 

mini popcorn balls... I swear I can eat those all day long- every day!
cherry chip cookie sandwiches with buttercream frosting. Very simple to make and delish! Just take two cookies and pipe frosting in between. If you don't have frosting bag and tips to pipe you can take a ziplock bag and cut diagonally at the corner... and tada you have a disposable pipping bag!
I had to include individual apple pies since for about six years I was obsessed with Apple Dumpling and couldn't go anywhere without it! 
And last, but not least my favorite dessert... the Brownie! I individually wrapped each brownie in decorative cellophane, but to insure it stayed "pretty" and clean so you could see the pattern of the paper I first wrapped it in wax paper. (this also will not allow the wrapper to get greasy).

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