two years down + a christie giveaway.

You may have noticed (or not, totally fine, btw) that I've done some housekeeping around here. I've added some pages (look above for new tabs!) and on the right, a search module, links to my favorite things and I've cleaned up the labels. Yet again.
As I was getting down to business, I realized that paper{whites'} second birthday has come and gone. Woah. Two years gone by, and totally forgotten. Maybe it was the excitement with Mari's first birthday. Or the general haze of summer. Or the mom brain, because let me tell you: it's gotten worse and not better. Regardless, we'll celebrate the big no. 2 exactly one month late to the day, if it's okay with you.

As I did last year, I'll take a stroll through the past year with a roundup of my favorite posts:

+ wishing my sweet girl a happy birthday
+ the dinner journal commitment
+ the beauty of being home
+ a bit about motherhood
+ Mari's baptism: part I, part II, part III and part IV
+ ode to Mari's godparents
+ crafting with Mari (I think a bit of birthday party foreshadowing was happening here)
+ our first 2012 dinner party
+ sunflower hand-tie DIY
+ trying to find my balance
+ our first road trip with Mari
+ sharing Mari's nursery

In honor of the birthday, I have my first-ever giveaway (glad it took me two years!): that pretty, sparkly oversized wired ribbon explosion that just might be the world's most perfect tree topper. I'm not trying to rush into the holidays, but when you see something that you know you can't find anywhere else, you've got to grab it.
Over the weekend, downtown Manhattan Beach held its annual summer sidewalk sale, and my favorite paper shop, Christie, has the prettiest things, this Mari-approved bow included.

So, one for you and one for me. A pretty bow to top your tree. (Sweet pre-toddler not included.) I'll even throw in some floral wire so you're ready to go at Christmastime.

To enter the giveaway, leave me a comment or send me an e-mail - by 5 p.m. PT Thurs., Aug. 23 - and I'll randomly pick the winner and announce it on Fri., Aug. 24.

And, if you're in the area, go see Christie and support our local shops. You'll fall in love, just like I have.

Thank you, dear readers, for your cyber love and support, especially in the past year that was filled with a lot of self doubt, nerves and utter joy. I feel your light and energy, for which I'm so grateful, for I love sharing mine with you.

Here's to another great year.

Like to see Christie in action? View my recent Christie-printed projects: Mari's birthday invitations; Krisa's baby shower invitations; Mari's baptism invitations


Mary said...

hip hip hooray!!! many more years of paper whites goodness!! xoxo

Monique Lotze said...

Congrats on 2 years!!! Love your blog and your beautiful girl. I got to see her fancy walking yesterday. She is getting sooooo big! I'm in for the contest....could use some new decorations for the new pad :)

michelle oyler said...

you continue to inspire me with your awesome sense of style and beautiful observations. i so look forward to your new posts (and i check regularly!). keep 'em coming! xoxoxoxx,

Garden, Home and Party said...

Love that tree topper...I've been searching for one for some time. You are right, when you see one you must grab it. Congratulations on 2 years, wow, time really does speed by.