And the Winner Is...

Stephanie CD

Congratulations, you've won the Anthropologie Monogram Mug and a box of Nespresso capsules! Thanks so much to everyone who commented and made it even more fun to check my email every day.

In the spirit of the Monogram Mug, I thought I'd write about the classic and timeless MONOGRAM - in all its initialed glory.

It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of a monogram - I think I've gifted a monogram of some sort to almost everyone I know. I'm not sure when the addiction started, but its been years and years. The girls each have monogrammed pillows on their beds - thanks to their fabulous Mimi - initials on their walls, blankets, you name it. For their Princess birthday party I even had to Mod Podge letters with gold glitter - a royal mess, but they're still up in the family room!

There are a plethora of sites that detail the rules of monogramming, I like this one. It's amazing how many "rules" there are, but if you're a monogram traditionalist, like me, you stick with what works.

The monogram doesn't have to be traditional looking! Anthropologie always has a great selection of decidedly more modern monogrammed products, from coat hooks to journals to jewelry. Love it! Check out the full selection here.

Personally, I would be lost without a set of monogrammed note cardsThese from Crane have been my go-to for such a long time. They are simple, elegant and personal. I think it was a great friend in Atlanta, PH, that first gave me a set and I've loved them ever since. Crane has such an extensive monogrammed card selection, its almost overwhelming! Pretty much a different one for every day of the year.

Crane Hand Engraved Script Note Cards

Crane Hand Engraved Script Note Cards

My sister-in-law gave me a monogram address stamp this past Christmas - I can't believe I didn't have one before - best gift ever!

And Etsy has a never-ending assortment of monogrammed products: wall decals, pillows, hats, shirts, cups, even finger nail decals! OMG there is more than I could ever list here!

Love this!  Metallic Gold Pillow  on Etsy

Love this! Metallic Gold Pillow on Etsy

I hope you've enjoyed all the monograms! I could keep searching for my initials (or the girls' or my husband's) all day long and probably not get tired of it. There are so many awesome ways to celebrate the letters that are you!

Birthday Princess

To celebrate Toddler G's 3 year and Baby M's 1 year birthdays, I had to do it up right. Toddler G has been obsessed with princesses for what seems like forever, and Baby M is such a happy-go-lucky baby that she'll go along with almost anything. So when G said she wanted a Princess Party, I jumped in with both feet.

I can't tell you how long I spent searching Pinterest for all things Princess. I was very ambitious with my ideas since it was for both of my littles. I don't think I've been so stressed about getting things done for a party in a long time!

I started getting things together a mere week ahead. First came the princess silhouettes - I replaced a number of my pictures with Toddler G's favorite princesses and the Sleeping Beauty castle, of course!

There are endless amounts of images of princess silhouettes online, a simple Google search and you'll see. I ended up downloading some images and my husband was able to blow them up to the size I wanted. Then I simply printed them out and put my scissors to work! I stuck some to construction paper and the others to patterned scrapbook paper. I really like how they turned out!

A few balloons and a little tulle swag later, I had a fun fireplace wall. Side note, our fireplace doesn't have a mantel, instead it has 3 brick ledges that don't have enough room for much, other than placing frames on them. I try to do the best I can with what I've got!

I made a fancy "chandelier" by using our Xmas tree garland and draping it over the arms of our kitchen light fixture.

I "princess-ified" the moss wreath on our front door by wrapping it in pink and white tulle and adding a glitter tulle pom pom that I got at Michaels. The giant glass vase that I change from season to season (or party to party as it seems lately) got to wear a Dollar Store tiara and was filled with a ball garland that I used for a prior birthday celebration. I decorated our living room window with streamers, pink balloons and paper pom poms, and hung giant purple pom poms from the ceiling. 

I baked cupcakes with rings and sugar cookies in the shapes of tiaras, glass slippers, and castles. It was a lot of work, but so much fun! Especially when Toddler G had a huge smile on her face the whole day.

The piece that I'm most proud of (and took the most time) is the table tutu. This took me almost 3 hours, but was so worth it! Here's the tutorial I used. I scrapped the trim, but only because I didn't have a ton of extra time and the trim I would have used cost way more than I was planning on spending. Oh well, it looks pretty good without it!

The kids got to Decorate the Crown/Sword and Find the Jewels in the tub. Lots of fun for both the boys and girls!

I loved having the house decorated so much that I kept it all up for a week! My husband was ready to get rid of it, but I just couldn't - it took too long to put it all together!

How princess decorations get retired - fun bedroom ceiling decor! I think I'll keep it up until the girls get sick of it.

I wanted to apologize for unexpectedly missing my post last week. We had some cat drama that included the pet emergency room, surgery, and a lot of recovery time. All is now well, but my head wasn't in design at all. Hopefully I won't have to miss another post unannounced!