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Weekend Recap / 8

6 Jan

Well Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! It’s been a joyous season and I hope you’ve been able to have a few happy adventures as well. Thanks for giving me a little break on the blog. Bradley and I had a busy 2 weeks traveling to Indiana for Christmas and coming back just before the new year. We spent New Year’s Eve with Brooke and Levi, which was a ton of fun.

IMG_4840Thursday afternoon it started to snow and continued into the night.

IMG_4865 IMG_4904 IMG_4869 IMG_4866This is how I look when it snows. My husband can attest to the fact that when it snows I’m like a little girl who got all she ever wanted on Christmas morning.

IMG_4861Last night we watched the Colt’s game with one of Bradley’s friends. If you watched the game or heard about it, you know it was quite the emotional ride. I’m definitely a fan, but I’m not as much of a fan as these guys. ūüôā

IMG_4919 IMG_4908Thank you Colts for pulling that win off. You made these two guys very happy!

What was your weekend like? Football, food or fitness?


Weekend Recap / 1

7 Oct

Don’t forget to live in the day you are in. Some day, it’ll be gone and all you’ll have left is the memories.

Brooke turned my new age last week. Celebrated with wine, cheese, cake and buckets of laughter over our favorite games. I love that they like games as much as Bradley and I do. I’m convinced that laughter over catch phrase and charades brings people together. (Also, this is my favorite picture of us now. He’s so handsome!!)

ImageBradley played football under the stars and the big lights on Saturday. While it was a Student vs. Alumni game to round out our Alma Mater’s homecoming, it felt like a real stadium game and he still has the aching shoulder to prove it!

You’ll hear more about Sharpie Therapy this week. I promise. I’ll even explain what it is! For now though, this was yesterday’s doodle. I love this song and have been listening to a lot of Norah Jones lately. I aspire to try to capture the feeling of the song in the sway of the typography.¬†

ImageWhile I’ve been sick for the past week, I had a great weekend with my Love and our friends. Follow me on Instagram: JoodlesDoodles to keep up with all my weekend (and daily) adventures! Did you spend the weekend doing what you love with friends or family?

Event Planning / Gala: Tissue Paper Flowers

15 May

Today, I bring you an update on my Gala preparations for Generation Joshua’s iGovern camps this summer. If you’ve been following along, you know that I work for an amazing organization called GenJ and have the¬†privilege¬†of planning a large party for the students this summer. Catch up here and here for more details!

In this Gala Prep update, I’m going to show you how to make simple tissue paper flowers. They will have a large, colorful impact at my ¬†event and are quite easy to make! I’m using them in many varieties, colors, and places at our Gala. Of course I’m staying in our color palette, bright greens, vibrant yellows, deep oranges, poppy reds, and hints of a neutral white.

1) Gather a few different colors of tissue paper and fold them accordion style. Make sure you include at least 2 sheets of each color. Cut them various lengths to achieve the desired flower look in the end.

2) Unfold each tissue bunch and layer them from largest to smallest as shown below.IMG_9810IMG_0075
3) Then fold them back up (accordion style) and tie in the middle with string.IMG_50984) Pull up gently on each layer to flair them out, creating the flower effect. 

IMG_4880You may like the look of taping the two sides of each color together (it gives them a completed bloom look).


There you go! A simple way to incorporate color in to any event. For our Fiesta themed gala, they work perfectly in their color and style!

I love how they look in this picture!


How would you use them?

Event Planning / Gala Planning 2

9 May

So I’m planning a large Gala event for summer camp. You can catch up by reading last week’s post where I introduced the organization I work for and the purpose of this Gala. Let me talk a little about how we started planning.

In the beginning stages, every party needs a theme. Themes are important to throwing a party. There has to be a central idea or inspiration behind your food and decorations. You can base an entire event around a picture and a flower or an article of clothing and a piece of produce. Last year, our Gala was set in Tanzania. Yup, the Tanzania in Africa. Trying to capture the feeling of that country, we used a lot of natural products like wooden bowls, dried grasses and burlap runners for decoration. Then, needing to introduce earthy colors, we incorporated bright red, orange, and yellow pops of color in our drinks and flowers.

This year the theme is: Fiesta! I’m touching on aspects of Cinco De Mayo, outdoor fiesta themed weddings, and natural, organic gatherings to encompass this concept. This theme allows me to use many bright colors found in nature such as reds, oranges, yellows and greens, tons of succulence and plant life, and delicious fiesta food! I can’t give it all away, but I’ll leave you with a few more inspiration pictures.

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Next week, you’ll see my first tutorial on making lovely things out of lowly tissue paper! What do you think? I’m so excited about this theme and the decorations to come. Stay tuned!