Friday, December 21, 2012

Our Maternity Session |

We did our Maternity session on Dec 17th, I was 34 weeks pregnant!  It had been postponed a few times but it ended up working out well as the day we did it on was mild and so we were able to stay outside longer and walk around through Springbank Park to various locations.  I love how the photos turned out and so glad we took the time to capture this exciting times in our lives! Thanks Kristen you did a GREAT job!

Blog Post of our photos on Photo-Box Photography's Blog.

Happy New Year Slideshow |

Christmas & New Years Cards I Made |

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Thursday, November 22, 2012

DIY Burp Cloths |

I couldn't find any cheap burp cloths, and I figured they would be a handy item to have once the baby comes (so that I don't have to use larger receiving blankets that take up more space in my house, diaper bag and in the wash!)

So I decided to make some.  I had some left over cotton fabric from the baby's nursery and then got $9.50 worth of flannel fabric (elephant and plain white and coral) and was able to make 16 burp cloths! That is only 0.60cents per cloth!! MUCH cheaper than anything I was able to find in stores or online!

I followed THIS tutorial!

And here is how some of them look:

My Baby Shower |

A wonderful day surrounded by such great family and friends who blessed us with so many amazing items for our little one!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Some Recent Event Designs |

I love creating custom designs for various events! It is always fun to help someone set the tone for their party with a fun invitation and make everything at their party coordinate as well as fit their theme PERFECTLY, instead of having them settle for whatever they can find at their local party shop.

Here are a few examples of recent designs I have created:

Birthday Invitation: Polka Dot Theme!

 Birthday Invitation: Cowboy Theme

A Matching Thank You Card

 Baby Shower Invitation: Spring Flower Theme

2nd Birthday Invite: Barney!

Gender Reveal Party Invitations:
 "What's Under The Big Top?"

  Dedication Invitation:

3rd Birthday Invitation: Colour/Number Theme Birthday 

 2nd Birthday Invitation: Colour/Number Theme Birthday

 1st Birthday Party Invitation: Colour and Number Theme

A Matching Birthday Thank You Card

Baby Shower Invitation: 
Vintage Shabby Chic Little Girl's Shower

Ice Cream Party Thank You Card

Baby Shower Invitation:
 Yellow, Blue and Green Fish Theme

 Straw Flags:

 Interested in some custom designs for your next event?
Email me at

Happy Planning!
- Kendel

Friday, October 12, 2012

Happy Two Years |

We have been married for two wonderful years now! I was recently creating a newspaper program for a couple and they included the quote: "Once you realize who you want to spend the rest of your life with, you can't wait to start the rest of your life." This quote is so true and I can't imagine a happier life than the one I am living.  In the last two years we have worked away on our home, updating it and making it warm and cozy. My husband has finished his Masters of Engineering and I have started an ETSY shop and absolutley love working from home. We found a church and have met some great friends in our new city, making it feel more like home. And now we are getting ready to welcome our first baby into the family in the new year!

I made a new slide show of our wedding day with some photos that I hadn't used in the last one, and used one of my favourite Hason songs (that's right Hanson) throughout it!

Thanks for a great two years! I look forward to the next 62 with you!

Our Birth Annoucement Slide Show |

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Gender Reveal Party | It's A...

Last weekend we had our Circus themed Gender Reveal party! It was so fun to have friends and family join us for a celebration and the big reveal of 'What's Under the Big Top' (i.e. my belly)!

Unfortunetely the cute carousel/circus tent looking pavilion that we were supposed to use for the party was being used for a charity run, so we had to set up in a different, less attractive, pavilion. But it was super fun none-the-less.

Below are some of the photos from the party and explanation of the details in case you are thinking about throwing a circus themed gender reveal party too!

 Slide Show of the Event: 

I designed the invitations and they were a lot of fun to create! I borrowed the wording from an invitation I had seen online as I thought it was so clever! Want to have these invitations for your gender reveal party? Check out the 'Gender Reveal Package' in my ETSY shop!

Our banner said: "What's Under The Big Top?" in 'Coffee Tin' font off of

 Straw Flags:
I designed these cute little 'Boy or Girl' flags and attached them to red and blue star straws. Want some of these cute straw flags for your gender reveal party? Check out the 'Gender Reveal Package' in my ETSY shop!

We had lots of blue, red and yellow candy options including red and blue tootsie pops arranged in a glasses with tissue paper in the bottom to look like bunches of balloons.

And we had Nutter Butter cookies and Peanuts in cute little Elephant Peanut Bags (as Elephants LOVE peanuts). 

 We also had yummy butter pop corn in blue and white popcorns bags with clowns on them as well as pink popcorn and cracker jacks boxes.  All the bags were from! To finish the event we had

A big hit was my homemade 'Dunk-A-Roo' type dip that we dipped Barnum and Baileys Animal Crackers into!  The dip is simply a box of confetti cake mix, one large tub of plain yogurt and 1 tub of cool whip mixed together! I put sprinkles on top!

 The juice we had didn't quite match the theme so I covered the labels with blue and red construction paper and added a tag/label to each with a sparkly foam star (from Michales).

Each of the guests got a 'Gifts for Guests' bag to fill with treats!

To finished off the event we had cake. I made a tinted the batter red, covered in white frosting and sprinkles and placed these cute circus toys on the top!

Me enjoying some popcorn and juice through my cute straw! Notice my blue and red nail polish! :D

I made these 'Team Boy & 'Team Girl' flags so that I could get a photo of all our guests holding up what their guess was...

 A few of our guests with their guesses...

 I framed some of the baby's ultrasound images and had the frame on the front table where the guests were writing down their votes so they could have a better look at the baby!

I found the cute vintage party hats at a local warehouse store and used them for decor on the tables.
I made little signs using circus font and images to explain all the 'stations' to guests.

I found an awesome antique squeaky clown and a Barnum and Bailey's animal cracker tin at a local antique store to use for decor as well!

I made 'Wishes For Baby' cards that matched the invitations for guests to write their wishes for the new baby on. I will place quotes from their cards in the photo book I make of the event. Want 'Wishes for Baby' cards for your gender reveal party? Check out the 'Gender Reveal Package' in my ETSY Shop!

What's it going to be?

 The Balloon Box:
The daddy-to-be put the structure of the box together. He used a box we already had (from a shop vac) and taped the flaps up to make the box taller. Then he used another box to make the lid/flap across the top. I then wrapped the box in this stripped wrapping paper that I found at Michael's and fringed it in yellow construction paper & Bristol board. We then taped on some ribbon to hold the lid down and placed a 'voting chart on the front of the box'. Guests wrote their name on a yellow ticket and placed it on the boy or girl side of the box.

 The Big Reveal:
 We had the guests stand on the boy or girl side of the box, wearing their blue or red clothing items, and opened the box!

Team Boy: 

 Team Girl:

The Reveal... It's A....


Balloons flying away!

 Mommy and Dadddy-to-be with the box/balloons!

 We can't wait to meet our precious little girl!

  Want some of these unique designs for your gender reveal party?
 Check out the 'Gender Reveal Circus Package' in my ETSY shop!

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