artsy fartsy,  Bug,  party party,  Shop Talk


Smells like a party is brewing around here. Not a christmas party or a new year’s party but Baby Bug’s first birthday!!!! I’ve been looking forward to this party my entire life. The trick is to not go overboard because she’s just a little kid afterall. So the guest list is pared down to only close friends and family, the decorations are simple AND I’m not even cooking forcing my mom to cook any kind of theme centered meal. Easy does it, right?

But I am going crazy with the pink kitties. YAY!!! PINK KITTIES!!!! I figure this is my last year to rock the pink. Sooner or later she’s going to be the one dictating what color and what theme her parties are, so I might as well squeeze every pinkity drop out of the whole “girly foo foo” thing while I can. I love pink so much right now. It just makes me happy. You’d think it would have worn off after this party, but it hasn’t.

The invitations were a blast to make. I’ve always wanted to make circle invitations but it was never really practical until now. Cutting circles by hand is laborious and messy (actually it’s impossible by my standards because unlike everything else I make, I do not like lumpy circles). Having a custom die-cut made is expensive and way too over the top even for a freelance designer like me. But now there is the circle cutter!

Even though I hate the whole scrapbooking industry (because they put people like me out of business and other reasons…) I have to admit the tools they offer to the mainstream customer are wonderful. It took some instruction from Toby and his amazing mechanical engineer guy brain but after a few rounds, I had circle cutting down. I recommend this tool to anybody who has a steady hand and a desire for happy paper discs in their life. Circles are fun. Customized cup coasters anyone?

I can’t wait for the party. Even though I actually like planning parties better than I like attending them, this one is going to be special. The moment I am most excited about is watching her dig into her very own cake. A round cat face cake of course, with pink icing. I have a picture of me eating my first birthday cake somewhere… I wish I could find it so I can post it but the baby is sleeping and I don’t want to wake her up so I can go fishing for it. It’s in the closet somewhere hidden. Anyway, it’s a great picture with chocolate icing all over my face. I think. Maybe it was white icing. I’ll post it one of these days.

I chose pink kitties because she seems to really like cats, obviously. What kid doesn’t? But it’s my lucky break that she learned to say “kkkkkkkkittttty” as her first word after “daaaaah daaaah”. I don’t even want to count “daaah daaah” as her first word because she says it for everything, not necessarily just “daddy”. But Toby wants to call it her first word because well, he’s her dad. So I guess I’ll give him that pleasure. Meanwhile you and I will know that “kitty” with a super rolled “k” sound at the beginning was her first word.

So anyway, that’s what’s brewing up in my brain these days. I wish I was better at solving world peace or something useful.


  • Lisa

    absolutely adorable! right down to the postage stamps…your creativity is inspiring! can’t wait to see Baby Bug dig into that pink cake. Cheers!

  • Gramma

    Birthdays are such fun, the planning, the cooking and baking, opening presents, playing with the ribbons and the paper. When your folks lived in Arcata I was able to go to your party, I think it was the second. There was a pile of presents on the end of the sofa. Grandma O and Grandpa C, Auntie K, Auntie Lo and Gramma A were watching excitedly as you tore off the wrappings while smiling and giggling…a little baby doll since your new brother was to arrive the next month. There was a big girl bed quilt, some dishes, some pots and pans. But when you got to the book…the rest of the presents lay untouched in their pile. That book HAD to be read right then and there.

  • Kuky

    Those are wonderful invitations! And I have that tool. Circles are so much easier to make now. I had a template and cutter thing before and I sucked at that. That tool is way better.

  • jen

    I love the invitations!!! They are absolutely adorable.. You are so creative, Baby Bug is so lucky to have you as a mom. Every little girl would want such a great party!!

  • jennie

    I don’t think any industry could ever put you out of business…Your party-planning skills are invaluable (and SO freaking impressive)!!!

    Love love LOVE the invitations. The cutest I think I’ve ever seen.

  • ash pdx

    Those are so adorable! I think you should specialize in invitation design, and charge a lot! I can’t believe she is one already. Time goes fast doesn’t it?

  • Wendy

    I just bought that same tool for my 1-year-old’s first birthday beach ball invitations. It took me awhile to figure out how to use it!! I can’t believe Baby Bug is almost a year. It goes so fast!! Have a great party!

  • GenE Shockley

    The pictures go so fast that I can’t really examine your drawn list/notes. You did this when you were packing for your trip too, I think.

    Anyway, you have GOT to keep all the lists and samples of each card, napkin the pics on here, everything and put it in her baby book. And samples of the postage stamps; keep those too.

    Have fun,


  • BeachMama

    I love the invitations. And all your party planning. Why not go over the edge, the first few birthdays are all about you, then they choose what they want and they are all about them. Enjoy!!

  • leanne

    those are cuuuute invitations!! i actually work at a wholesale scrapbook place :)and we used to sell those tools, they’re awesome!

  • Jennifer

    Adorable. I wish I could be this creative for my babe’s first birthday (December 30th, wheee!) haha. I can’t wait for pictures and party stories. Have a ball!!!

  • margalit

    You make the BEST invitations in the entire world. Why aren’t you doing this for a living? You are so freaking talented and creative and my God girl, those are the cutest invitations ever. I hope you are keeping some for samples. Once Bug gets bigger, you’re going to be able to work some, and THIS is the business I think you should consider doing. Because you are the best ever.

  • Samantha

    Baby Bug is so lucky to have such a talented mama as you! The invitations are just precious. I want one! :) She will have the most wonderful pink kitty birthday – and all the adults and kids who love her will have the most fun celebrating the wondrous Baby Bug!

  • Erica

    Sometimes your creativity and awsome blogging skills make me envious! You really have a good thing going, SAJ!

    PLEASE show us pics of the party! Can’t wait to see what you “cook” up!

  • josephine

    They are just regular stamps from the post office, just a few months old. I bought a bunch when they came out but ran out before the invites were done. Toby was a sweetheart and drove across town to a post office he knew had a good selection of stamps and he sweet talked some post woman to sell him her old stash.