Our oldest boy is 3! We had a great time celebrating with our friends and local fire department. I've had several people ask me how we got a fire truck to come to our house and I want everyone to know that they offer it as a service! The fire fighters love seeing the kids and enjoy educating the public. The little ones loved climbing onto the truck and seeing a fire fighter put on his gear. Big thank you to the Vestavia Hills Fire Department! We are thankful for your service!
I made a (very homemade looking!) cake in the shape of a fire truck and Hal loved it so much that it made the late night very worth it! Mom made me number cakes for some of my birthdays growing up and they are so memorable that I am carrying on the tradition. Shape cakes are easier than you think. I made the cake in large jelly roll pans then cut out and pieced together the shape. Once the icing's on top you would never know!
Thank you to Hartzog Embroidery for stitching out our shirt and bubble!
...to send your season's greetings! Orders placed today will ship in 5 to 7 business days. Merry Merry!
Today I'm sharing a cellophane gift wrap tutorial I created a couple of years ago. Cellophane bags are perfect for small gifts and quick! Here's how...
Start by laying your tissue paper out and placing your gift in the center at a diagonal, with the bottom of your gift lined up with the midline. You should have more paper below the gift than above.
Take the bottom corner and pull it up and over the gift. If you're working with square tissue paper you can match the corners. If using a rectangular piece of tissue paper like I am you can just match it closely to the top corner—the uneven corners just add more fluff at the top!
Next, hold your hand on the gift and fold the paper over from the left.
Then, repeat on the other side, folding the paper over from the right.
Take your loose end of tissue paper and fold it behind the gift.
Place the tissued gift, along with a gift tag if you'd like, inside the cellophane bag. Tie off with a bow and you're done!
Calabash is thrilled to have teamed up with one of our greatest inspirations, artist Susan Clanton, to create our watercolor holiday cards and notepads. Although her main medium is oil, Susan expertly painted our watercolor motifs. Susan specializes in portraits and pet portraits but also creates landscapes, still lifes and pencils. Susan says,
"My paintings are an exploration of how to use color in realistic and expressive ways. In each piece, I am trying to capture a mood and arouse curiosity or evoke a feeling in the viewer."
There's nothing Susan can't paint, draw, bake or create and her unlimited creativity inspires us every day. Susan is also Anna Kate's mom and Anna Kate attributes her creativity and close attention to detail to growing up surrounded by her mom's artistic ability.