Summer Download


Summertime and the livin’ is easy…

You know what is NOT easy during summer? Working. Especially when you are your own boss and you make your own schedule. I am at constant odds with my boss. She says I need to work to pay the bills. I say I need to take the kids swimming because it’s hotter than dogs breath and their brains are rotting from Minecraft. We spend a lot of time at the pool but my boss keeps me up all night with fun games of anxiety. It’s two am, have you thought about your debt lately?

I swear I am getting nothing done the weeks I have kids.


But I get tons done when they are gone! Sort of. Well, mostly.

The last two weeks I have been into spray-painting backdrops for parties. It’s my new thing. I think mostly because I am so tired of trying to find a blank wall in my house to shoot photos against. I’ve created my own walls! It’s amazing what kind of creative break throughs you can have just walking down the aisles of your local hardware store.

For example, paint drop cloths are CHEAP! Ten bucks for a huge canvas. Twenty for a cloth one. A roll of brown paper is nine. You don’t have to use them to protect your floor while you paint. You can paint on them!


I made this orange Wonder Woman background out of a paper drop cloth. I’m not super excited about the fold lines but it covers a big space and it only cost me ten bucks. Instant wall. Just blur the background a bit and focus on your subjects.


The following week we had a Pampered Chef party and I decided to make my own fake Mexican restaurant. I’ve always wanted to do that. Restaurant designer is on my list of coveted careers, right next to set designer and cake decorator. I love designing businesses. Running them not so much.


Of course we had Brendaritas at my restaurant, in pink plastic glasses no less. It’s funny the things that inspire you sometimes. Now we have a zillion pink plastic glasses leftover. Maybe I’ll let the kids have a sassy pink lemonade stand with them. Wouldn’t that be cute?


Speaking of kids, we are on a mermaid kick lately. Unicorns are so early 2017. We’ve moved onto mermaids.


Have you guys seen these bubbles at the fair? They are so cool.


What is especially cool about these bubbles is that they saved my day. I was having such a bad day the day we went to the fair. It was the end of a bad week. I’d gotten no work done and every day it seemed like all I did was shuttle kids between camp and swimming. I was out of sorts. Payam almost turned the car around to take me home. But I rallied.

Mostly I was just sad that we were getting to the fair so late. Same song, different day. All I really care about is taking pictures. I thought it would be stupid with blaring music and blinky lights, gross fried food, kids begging for money for dumb games that you can’t win and if you do you end up winning you get a 99-cent stuffed toy that cost you twenty bucks. I sulked like a spoiled brat.

But then we got there and the sun was setting right behind these bubbles. We were the only ones there and the kids got to go free because it was kid free Thursday or something crazy. The light was golden and the kids were having so much fun splashing around pretending to be hamsters. My bad mood dissolved with every picture I took. Click, click, click. I was so happy! It’s funny the things that cheer me up.


And then the rest of the “stupid blinky lights” and blaring music, smelly fried food and cheap toys seemed so much cooler. I may have even eaten a bacon wrapped hot dog and let Bug go home with a stuffed donut that ripped at it’s seam before we even left the fair.

So yeah. Happy Summer. Good luck with working!

Boho Babyshower Drink Charms


This weekend I hosted a boho-crunchy-mama-granola-girl baby shower with some friends at my house. I know some of you are going to roll your eyes and say, how basic but hear me out. It was actually so cute and perfect for the mama we were throwing it for. She’s such a wild spirit and a dreamer. It was sweet.


Those of you who know Maria will know exactly what I mean. I love this girl to pieces!!! I can’t wait to meet her baby.


In true Brenda-fashion I woke up at 2am with a bee in my bonnet. I don’t know if I should admit this here on a public blog but I’m actually considering seeing a therapist about my classic bipolar-esque crafting mania because I was on fire about making these charms. That’s all well and good but after the shower I crashed so hard.  I was morose for a whole day and actually had to take a nap (which I NEVER do). It might be a problem.  I get in these creative modes and nothing will stop me. Not even a dark house with people sleeping peacefully and dogs that stir at the slightest movement. If you watched my instagram stories that day you might have seen a glimpse of my craziness.

Yep, that was me, out rummaging in my garage craft cupboards looking for beads and wire at four in the morning. At least I waited until four to actually get up out of bed! I’d been laying in bed thinking about all the things I needed to do since TWO.

Anyway, I thought it was a really good idea. Instead of personalizing champagne glasses with names, why not do a little fun role-playing? I just imagined how cool it would be for the party guests to choose between being a wild child or a hippie mama or maybe a warrior princess… this idea could work for any theme party and I fully plan on executing it for my next new year’s shindig.

Speaking of parties and mania, I have asked Payam to come up with an impossible theme for me and I will execute it. I’m thinking something crazy like a Lumberjack New Year’s party or an Twilight Zone Halloween bash! Wouldn’t that be fun? Feel free to come up with impossible themes for me in the comments. I love a challenge.


Anyway, you should make these charms. They are really cute and very easy to make. And you can keep them as a charm to hang around your rear view mirror in your car if you like!  You can download my printable here. You could even use it for cupcake toppers if you ‘re not serving drinks.


Cheers! “The craziness in me recognizes the craziness in you!*”

*quoted from Maria