ON A ROLL

Jill-Smith-wrapping-paper-01Cards can sometimes get separated from their gifts which can leave a guessing-game for the receiver trying to match who’s card to who’s gift (especially at kiddo parties). That’s why I really appreciate that Tiny Prints has customizable gift wrap that puts who the gift is from right on the wrapping paper. I’ve designed a pattern with words and expressions that make me excited when gift-giving. The slight sheen in the paper is a detail I love and color options will fit any occasion you need.Jill-Smith-wrapping-paper-02Jill-Smith-wrapping-paper-03Photography by Brooke Schwab.
Wrapping paper for purchase at Tiny Prints. Available in black, fuschia, red, light pink and turquoise.
Rolls come in 2.5’ x 6’ or 2.5’ x 10’ sizes. There is a grid on the back for easy cutting.

PLAY PLAY PLAY

“I really regret playing,” said no one ever. Here is where I will share a photo that could make me happy forever. If you’d like to see all of the photos in my PLAY, PLAY, PLAY series, click here.

{ Playing on this beach with my family fuels me. }
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Feliz fin de semana everyone!
Photograph from my husband’s iPhone, Limantour Beach, CA.

ON YOUR MARK, GET SET, DRAW

Call me lazy, but I often shy away from fancy crafts with my kiddos. Remember the easiest Valentine project ever? It’s not that I don’t appreciate exploring different media and investing time in a well thought out project, it’s just not always realistic for our every day. And there is something magical (and scary) about a plain sheet of paper. I can still be intimidated by starting from scratch myself. But I also know that the more you do it, the easier it gets.Jill-Smith-letter-writing-01So this summer I have found myself offering up thick white paper and markers to the kiddos more often than anything else. One day last week, I threw some easy snacks in bowls and threw out a blanket so we could draw. We seem to have a lot of friends with summer birthdays, so I asked my kiddos to draw some cards. It was good because it gave them a goal or at least a starting point for what to draw. And a nice stack of pre-drawn cards around here will cut down on me saying, “We have to leave in 5 minutes to get to the birthday party. Put on your shoes, brush your teeth, go potty, oh and draw a really meaningful card for your friend…you have exactly 43 seconds to do it!”

Simple summer drawing for the win!Jill-Smith-letter-writing-02Jill-Smith-letter-writing-03Supplies needed: Paper and any type of crayon or marker. We used some color-changing ones, very similar to these.
Photography by Rebecca Sanabria who makes a great pen pal.

WELCOME HOLT FISHER

Jill-Smith-Holt-shower-05On July first, I became an aunt again. This time to a little boy named Holt Fisher. I love being a mom, but Holt and his big sister Harper have shown me how much I love being an aunt too. It is such a fun bond.

Before Holt arrived, we threw a baby shower for him. My sister-in-law chose the most beautiful color palate of cobalt blue and purple. The whole day was gorgeous. You can see more of the party planning details on her site.1 horz 1 vertI designed the shower invitation, which I wanted to be completely personal and something that they could save for his baby book. We decided since we knew what his name would be that it would be fun to include it on the invitation. I hand lettered all of the details with brush and ink then scanned them in. I had them letterpress printed on a century-old press which added to the overall charm. The ink was mixed especially to match the cobalt blue on the fabric, and I chose a double thick cotton cover stock paper to print on so that you can see and feel the ink impression on the paper. I love how they turned out and feel they were a perfect first impression for guests.Jill-Smith-Holt-shower-08We had such a fun time celebrating (and attempting to get a photo of our little family of four…see the best we could do?! It’s imperfect silliness is just perfect to me.)Jill-Smith-Holt-shower-01

Jill-Smith-Holt-shower-03Welcome sweet Holt! You are already so loved.

Event photography by Elizabeth Messina.
Invitation photography by Rebecca Sanabria. (Event address changed to be an imaginary one.)

Food by Maili Halme, desserts by Solvang Bakery, fabric by Guildery, Flowers by Moon Canyon, Rentals by Found, tableware by Casa de Perrin, favor bags by Maika Goods.

Jenny from the Block - OH how I love this! Holt and big sis Harper are beyond precious, as are you and your sweet, silly family, and I **LOVE** the blue & purple baby shower palette. (Blue is my favorite color.) Beauty all around!

Jenny from the Block - P.S. I also love being an aunt to my two nieces-to-pieces. It is a role I cherish separately and distinctly from my role as mother to my own two munchkins!

Amber - Omg.. That’s so beautiful, I want you and Tiffani to be my party planners..lol. Jill, you really did an awesome job. The invitation was perfect too, everything came together perfectly. Best wishes and congratulations Tiffani, Holt & Harper are just adorable.