June 13, 2019

Father's Day Gift || DIY

Fathers Day gift DIY

For the second year in a row now, I’ve done this gift idea on Father’s Day for Steve and since it’s his favorite gift to get (I only know this because he told me) I thought I'd share! Especially after hearing over in Instagram that all of you were interested. 

 A personal slide show seems very much, like yeah Steph. I get it. Slide shows are something anyone can put together! 

However for Father's Day, I make sure to keep each photo and the overall theme focused on Steve and his girl (soon to be girls!) Along with a few other ideas to make it fun and surprising for him.  

So below are the 6 categories I set for myself in helping me deicide which photo to use and or take as it makes the entire process so much faster! Easier, and more enjoyable.

|| 6 Photo Categories || 
For Making A Special Father's Day Slide Show

Fathers Day gift DIY

 ||  1  || 
 "Steve & Abby"

Fathers Day gift DIY
 ||  2  |
"Just Abby" photos (Steve's favorite ones)


||  3  ||
3-4 video clips of our favorite moments captured. 
(Our full gender reveal video is here)
Fathers Day gift DIY

||  4  ||
Secretly recreate 3-4 photos from last spring/summer. This could also just be done as a gift too! Side by side comparison shot.
(Warming: it's really fun yet emotional)

Fathers Day gift DIY

||  5  ||
A few candid moments (catching emotion such as laughter here)

Fathers Day gift DIY

||  6  ||
A few favorite family moments/times from the year
(The main focus is fatherhood!)

Fathers Day gift DIY

The Details: Putting It All Together

Organize photos in order from last years June to now.
Add music
Adjust speed
Give your slide show a title
Connect slide show from computer to T.V. using a display adaptor cable
Supply tissues, lots! : )

This project takes me 1-2 hours to complete, although I already have all the images downloaded onto my computer. It's just a matter of dropping them into an album and organizing them. Hopefully this gave you idea on how to create one that can be a bit more personal, emotional, surprising, and fun!

Happy Father's Day weekend to you and your man.

Warmly, Steph








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June 4, 2019

Abby's 3rd Birthday PAWTY


Birthday Pawty
Birthday Pawty
Mint tableware C/O Ellie & Piper
Birthday Pawty
Hooray plates sold out (these are similar) C/O Ellie & Piper ||  Pink napkins C/O Ellie & Piper || Mint green cutlery set C/O Ellie & Piper


Birthday Pawty
Birthday Pawty
Birthday Pawty
 Cake name topper C/O Modern Birch || Pink cake stand
Birthday Pawty
Birthday Pawty
"Let's Pawty" Balloons C/O Ellie & Piper
Birthday Pawty
Abby's Great Grandma : )

Birthday Pawty
For the theme I kept it very minimal only because I'm 37-38 weeks pregnant and needed to simplify everything. (Balloon arch was a great easy decor pick!) The invitations and gift bags included dog images and stickers along with inviting the kids favorite "dog stuff animal" and real family dog to the party. It was so much fun to have a handful or sweet pups running around our backyard with the kids. Plus, family really enjoyed being able to bring there dogs while we supplied doggie treats and dog bones. 

 In all, I can't believe we have hit the milestone of a BIG THREE year old little girl in our household! Time is quickly pulling us by and it feels very serial to be celebrating her while also days away from her sister arriving. The emotional hormonal mess that this brings should never be allowed for any pregnant mama! (The tears are heavy and strong these days friends).

It was truly a great day (despite ending up in the ER) because Steve and I realized we did something right when Abby kept asking for another PAWTY every minute since it was over! So she can dream.  :  )  Our sweet, energetic, and wild imaginative little girl is now THREE! Happy Birthday my sweet Abby!! (And now... the details)


||  Chalkboard  ||
 I can't do fancy wording on a chalkboard to save my life! Truly, not one of my strengths in life so I did a short step-by-step photo tutorial on how to do "faux chalkboard lettering" which you can see by clicking here. I hope this fun trick helps you too!


Sources & Links:

DIY Chalkboard Lettering || Abby's Birthday

DIY chalkboard lettering

Chalkboard lettering DIY

Supplies:

Chalkboard lettering DIY
Directions for Folding Menu Sign:

||  Step 1  ||
I painted the folding menu sign frame white paint with 3 coats (if you want white!).

||  Step 2  ||
Next, I painted the folding menu sign with chalkboard paint to get that true black color.


Directions For Fancy Chalkboard Wording:
Chalkboard lettering DIY

||  Step 1  ||
First, I ordered the custom wording on Etsy here.

||  Step 2  ||
Then I enlarged the image (16x20) at FedEx and printed out the enlarge image.  

Chalkboard lettering DIY

||  Step 3  ||
Next, I scratched the back of print out with compressed graphite.

Chalkboard lettering DIY

||  Step 4  ||
Then I taped the print out to the menu sign with painters tape.

Chalkboard lettering DIY

||  Step 5  ||
I traced the letters with a pencil.

||  Step 6  ||
Then I removed the print out and tape.

Chalkboard lettering DIY

||  Step 7  ||
Lastly, I traced & filled in markings with a chalk marker.

||  Step 8  ||
Style & enjoy!


This entire project takes a couple of days only because the Etsy shop needs 24-48 hours to send you the custom design and get your approval before emailing the final downloadable image. It was much cheaper than you think! $10-$15 well worth it if you're like me and can't do fancy chalkboard lettering to save your life. Once I recieved the personalized download image, it took a day to complete.

  Let me know if you have any questions! 

Warmly, Steph