It was a beautiful weekend here in the Portland area. About 70 degrees, clear blue skies, and well, perfect! We had so much to cram into this weekend, as I only had one weekend between shows this month, but we were able to do it. Yard work at our house got done, two parties to attend, cupcakes to bake for one of the parties, more yard work up at mom's, and lots and lots of laundry and housework.
The shiny bright-spot on the weekend was a birthday party for Asher! Meet Asher and his mommy, Chris.
Chris and I met in the 5th grade, and went to school together and lived about 2 blocks from one another until high school graduation. Long, long time ago. Oddly enough, George met Chris when she was in High School, at a pizza parlor where they both worked. On a total fluke, about two months ago I sent Chris some funny joke email, with other people listed on it. My cousin Jena was one of them. She knew a Dan with the same last name, who married a Jena, and wrote me back and asked me how I knew them, and if he had worked at this pizza parlor. UUUHHH yeah--we're related!
Long story short, we'd never made the connection that she knew George, as we've mainly been corresponding via email for the past couple of years. I asked her if she'd remembered our Christmas Card Photo, where George was CLEARLY pictured. She ended up digging it out, and laughed hysterically that it was in fact the same George. I went home that night, and asked George if he remembered her, and it was one of those "ah-Ha" moments.
Lucky for us, Mr. Asher here turned 1 year old. Isn't he just adorable!?! Chris and her husband Corey (who was also in our graduating class) were throwing a Luau Birthday party, and we were invited! So this past Saturday, we donned our best Hawaiian gear, and went off to celebrate.
George was so excited that he even went shopping with me for the gift for Asher. George hates shopping, so this was clearly something he was excited about. We found the perfect outfit at Target (I love their kids clothes), and off in search of a bag. They've recently re-merchandised the area for gift wrap in our Target, and well, it sucks now. They have tons of newborn baby, tons of wedding stuff, and then birthday bags and wrap for older kids and adults. Nothing cute for little kids. So, I ended up getting just a plain blue bag, and was going to call it good.
Got home, and said, I've got time while I bake those cupcakes! Why don't I make the bag a little better, and create a matching card, and forget the one we bought! So--here is my quick bag fix, and quick card idea...
For the card, I used: Card Blank from DCWV, dark blue cardstock from stash, Boxer Green Multi Dot Paper, Boxer Dino Cardstock Stickers (three round dino's), Boxer Metal Rimmed Tags (new product in many sizes coming soon), Boxer Celebrations Limited Edition Stamp Set (Happy Birthday) and Judikins Diamond Glaze (on top of the three round dino stickers--can't see it real well in the photos). I also put foam tape behind the tags to give them a little dimension off the card.
I can honestly admit that this is the first non-class project I've whipped out in about a year. It really made me happy to make it, and I knew that Chris would appreciate it. I'm seriously thinking about stocking up on those bags from Target, because they do have some fun color combinations, and they won't break the bank. I could so see myself making a ton of bags with matching cards from my crazy stash! I just might do that....mmmm....can you hear the wheels turning?
Again, Happy Birthday Asher! You've got a great mom & dad!