birthday circus sideshow

max and bee had a big circus sideshow to celebrate their birthdays this year! i was originally planning on two separate parties, but max wanted to celebrate together and who can argue with that? we had it at the roundhouse in the park...which is built just like a circus tent. we scattered the place with bouncy balls and hula hoops. there were lots of popcorn and cotton candy and calliope music, peanut shells and corn dogs and kids running around in funny hats and clown noses. bee ate a million and a half cupcakes and both kids conquered their fear of clowns when matt's mama hired mr. funny bones to come and do magic tricks and make balloon animals. most non-threatening/non-"keep you up at night" clown ever!

we photo-boothed and danced and made one big spectacle for these two crazies, it was a true circus...

helpful links + shopping sources- roundhouse information here // vintage circus mural image found here. i painted it on 2 4x8 sheets of lightweight insulation bought at home depot. // balloon wall inspired by you are my fave! // invitations are homemade, stamps available at the USPS // clown toppers and napkins found at shop sweet lulu // hula hoops from the dollar store (my favorite place to shop for party stuff!) // party hats are homemade with pom poms hot-glued on // stilts diy found here // peanut bags here // bozo the clown inflatable, candle sparklers found on amazon, here and here // marquee numbers made my max's stepmother sara, edison-bulb string lights found at hobby lobby// circus calliope music playlist here //



max and bee had a birthday this week. we've been whooping and hollering and cheering and celebrating, with an extra side of cupcaking, everyday since their party sunday! i'm a firm believer in making a fuss over good people, and these two take the cake.

they are wild and funny and ornery as can be. they scrap and dance and nuzzle together like the truest of friends. max at 10 is witty and handsome--sensitive and stubborn and smart as a whip. he teaches me how to throw fast balls, has given his heart to a girl, dreams up all sorts of cockamamie hypotheticals on a daily, and still belly laughs at the best/worst kind of jokes. he has the best sense of humor in town. he's at that beautiful age where the world is your oyster and potential is boundless. being first baseman for the reds or becoming a youtube gamer celebrity is a possible as anything...and my goodness is it the best to remember what that feels like!

phoebe bee at 2 is funny and determined, independent and guarded and wise. she's still our old soul with the weirdest and best of quirks---like fake sneezing when she's excited...or asking to make eggs every 20 minutes (but never eating them). she's a true lady with her purses and her polish, but won't think twice about ripping your face off or rolling in the mud. she lives to nurture and care for her boys and her babies...to sing with eyes-closed-conviction into anything microphone-shaped...to go off adventuring on her own, but checking back every once in a while to see if "muk" is back yet (this gal is still on the boob...i'm officially the worst at weaning!). she is our darling and cherished girl...getting the hang of life and forging a bit of her own phoebe-shaped path.
together these two make life rich and full and hilarious. they are a gift through and through!

hoping your summer is going swimmingly, friends. birthday party pictures coming soon!


summer day

1// summer stripes // new colors /2// crowded garden greens /3// work taking over the house /4// an afternoon boy and his room /5// a girl dancing in the kitchen. our favorite these days is listening to nancy dupree and learning to do the twist /6// trimming leaves // squat and pose- a portrait by max

James Brown by Nancy Dupree on Grooveshark

happy happy weekend. friends!


new print in shop

hi, friends! hoping your june is starting off real fine! max is officially out of school and we've been easing our way into a summer routine...

i put a new print in the shop this morning! you may remember it from a blog update a few months ago. my spring print update went by the wayside when commissions and work for KINFOLK stacked up...but i'm so happy to get to throw this piece into the mix. "Laura" is a bundle of vintage-tea stained cream peonies and olive leaves...streaks of greys and greens. i just saw a sample of it at my printers last week--oh, it looks really lovely on paper.

as for us, it's been forever rainy days and stuffy noses around here...a bursting garden, pajama days, paint and popsicle sticks every which way. max and bee are getting ready to turn 10 and 2, respectively. it's definitely a time to stop and soak things up. or sit and eat my feelings. haha. either one.



strawberry picking

the strawberry fields are finally open for picking. it's a tradition that i like to keep...remembering how much i loved going with my mom and sisters when i was a girl. my sister amy and her boys came along and despite max going to sit in the car 5 minutes into picking...my nephew juju trance eating berries...and bee putting everything but strawberries in our bucket (dirt, crayons, her baby doll)...we made a memory! and nothing is sweeter than that, especially when it comes with a bucket full of strawberries warm from the sun on the side.