Purple Party

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

For my daughters birthday this year, we had a purple party. Purple is her favorite color so we colored everything in purple. It was a fun theme. We asked all the guests to dress in purple. Thankful for sweet people who got into it!

I made decorations from construction paper ( ala Planting a Rainbow by Lois Elhert ) to hang in the cased openings. I painted and cut out and then sewed the flowers together. 

We kept it simple with chocolate cupcakes and icing with purple sprinkles. I had a friend say-
" you can always count on a homemade cake here."

Blessed words.

I want to be humble but for all of the late nights saying choice words at my baked goods, I needed to include this quote. 

I sewed purple fabric into a happy garland that I put around this mirror and on my mantle. 

We made a purple paper chain for the chandelier and put purple fabric on the table. 

And pretty flowers from our yard. 

It was a happy purple party and I highly recommend going with one color for a birthday theme. Purple is the color of royalty and my gal is a daughter of the King. So very thankful for her. 

What I am reading

Monday, August 3, 2015
Because I am busy taking care of littles and rarely am I in reach of doing some arts and craftin' by myself ( try hot gluing while holding a baby), I have been reading more. And even reading can be difficult. I take a book with my everywhere I go. You never know when you might get stuck in traffic or there is a quiet lull while waiting in the grocery store line. 

With that being said, here is a list of books I recommend, for a read to relax, for some healing for your heart and perhaps, a good read aloud for you and your kids( or you read by yourself like I do sometimes.)

I found this author through a friend and I am loving this book. Because I pick up a book and then have to put back down, this one will have to be reread but that's ok because it has been that helpful. I can tell I liked a book when I have a pencil in hand and I am underlining passages. This is one of those books. 

This author I read many years ago, a book called The Bright Side of Happiness, which I like as well. I found it at Target. I love when you find good books on a whim. Forget the title of this book too. I didn't think it was a good description. However, it was a mild book describing a domestic life with some romance but cleaned up. I appreciate that. 

I finally read this one. I don't understand why I didn't read it before. She gives helpful hints on how to decorate on a budget but also reassuring folks to let it go. Just as the tag line says, it doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful. I did think it had to be clean but she changed my mind about that, too. Thank you.

This author is a friend of some friends and whether you are catholic or anglican or baptist or not, we could all use some more freedom through Jesus. She tells her story and asks insightful questions. For being a heavy topic ( although freedom is...light!), this book is doable and not overwhelming.

This was an unexpected delight. I was into books about books for awhile. The beginning of the story I wasn't so sure about but I hung with it and I am so glad I did. I wanted to go to this bookstore. 

For an artist and one who loves the Lord and appreciates His creation, I am adoring this book. I have to really pay attention when I read it because the meat in this book is so good. This is definitely carry a pencil around with you kind of book. I think I have read the first chapter four times, partly because I can't focus like I want to because I am watching kids in the yard, but it is that good. 

I started writing this post a couple of weeks ago and already have a few others I have thought of to add to this list. I will have to make another post! Love my library and my amazon prime account. 


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