Hi friends.

Just wanted to pop in and wish you all a day of love and gratefulness! I'm sitting here at the store on Thanksgiving Eve, the doors are locked until Friday, and I'm just so, so grateful. Grateful for all the events that have happened over the past two-and-a-half years that have led me to where I am now. Grateful for the constant flow of support from family, friends and a neighborhood that has welcomed the brick-and-mortar store with open arms. Grateful for the repeat customers whose faces and lives become more familiar to me with each visit. Grateful that I am getting a chance to try out my dreams and see how they stick. And grateful that tomorrow and — thanks to my dear friend Chelsie — Friday I get to rest and commune with my family.

I hope that tomorrow (or today, if that's when you're reading this), amid all the food and fervor, we all take a moment to be grateful for the people and circumstances in our lives right now — and remember to love one another. There is a lot of good in the world and in people if we just take the time to notice it. We just need to open our eyes and our hearts.



Modern Vintage Travel-Themed Party (Or Happy First Birthday, Nora!)

This past August the hubs and I traveled to Omaha for our niece Nora's first birthday party, and I've finally gotten around to editing the photos to share will you all!

My sweet sister-in-law asked if I would help plan the big day, and she wanted it to have a travel theme, so we did a mix of modern prints and colors with vintage elements like old suitcases and globes, an old pull-down world map and blue Ball jars.

We also took some embroidery hoops, filled them with vintage fabric, and sewed pieces of vintage trim on them to create a hot air balloon. Then we tied some teal berry baskets from them to complete the look!

Mom and dad put their baking skills to good use and made a variety of cupcakes in lieu of one big birthday cake, and we put some hot air balloon picks in them to tie in the travel theme.

My sis-in-law also put together some super cute favor bags with inflatable globes, and her family cooked up some amazing dishes, which we happily ate with Sucre Shop utensils.

When it came time for little Nora to dig in to her first cupcake, she carefully pondered and poked it before happily offering bites to mommy and daddy.

Once everyone was hopped up on sugar, presents were opened, drinks tubs were played in, kids ran amok in the backyard, and then everyone went home with happy hearts and full tummies. :-)

Our other niece, Phoebe, had quite the cute celebration, too, just a week before! Be sure and hop over to Camille's blog and check out the fun!
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