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A brand new sponsor and GIVEAWAY!

!!!!!!!!!!!!!Giveaway Closed!!!!!!!!!!

Are you ready for some whimsy?

Some incredible taste and style?
Vicky, from The City Cradle, is a wife and a mom to twins……with a sweet sense for all things beautiful.  Vicky plans and designs the most incredible parties that can be used for large celebrations, or for the sweetest of gatherings with friends.  Once you begin browsing her site, you will instantly be inspired by what you see.  
Take this Pinwheels and Pearls party for example…
Vicky created the most magical backyard party for one sweet little girl.  The details are amazing and every corner you turn, there are more and more ideas waiting to inspire you.
I just got a kick out of these Starburst candy pinwheels.  She rolled some Starburst out flat and folded each one like a pinwheel and attached them to skewers.  Darling detail.
**For a full review of the Pinwheels and Pearls party, go here. (Scroll down until you see the pinwheel party.)  There are links to many of her party element tutorials and many more pictures to view.
And I couldn’t help but share this Sly Little Fox party too.  Vicky shares a complete view of a little boy baby shower here.
(Just scroll down a bit to see all of the links for this party design.)
Whimsy can be incorporated for the sweet little boys in our life too.  
Just look at this darling set up.
There were details in every corner.  These mozzarella and tomato toad stools sat on top of the salad greens.  Darling.
And the party food was soup themed.  These bread spoons were the perfect match.
Can you even help yourself from sitting at your computer with your eyes wide as can be?  I think what excites me most about Vicky’s ideas, is that she breaks them down and shows us how to create affordable parties and shows us that each step is very do-able.  I am definitely not a party planner but can hardly wait to plan something.  I just love all the details.
And Vicky has a goal to plan 30 parties before she turns 30 next year.  So follow along here, to watch the 30×30 challenge take place.
And a complete sampling of all of her events here.
Vicky also has a shop here, where she offers many of her design elements for you to purchase.  Perfect for those of you who are short on time to make things yourself.  The shop is on a mini vacation but will re-open in July.
But also don’t forget to visit her blog regularly for party updates, giveaways, and sweet photos/dialogue about her own life.  Such a lovely person.
Vicky also recently explained her love for picnics.  She is inspired by them and thoroughly enjoys these warm summer months.  So she is hosting Picnic Month over on her blog here.  
To participate, you must enter some photos of a picnic of your very own, to share with everyone else what your picnics are all about.  You don’t have to have a blog to participate, you just need to submit a photo.  (Full details found here.)
But there will be 3 different winners and some of the prizes include a $50 gift card to Pottery Barn, a gorgeous picnic print, some picnic hair pins, a picnic necklace, some gift cards, and more….
And on top of all that, Vicky is also offering a giveaway right here at Make It and Love It.  
She is offering a set of her spring in bloom vases 
(Which are normally for sale in her shop.  So make sure to check back in July, when the shop re-opens.) 

Can’t you see these used in any room of your house?  Or your next party?  So bright, so cheery, so perfect for spring/summer time.
**Please note: You must enter in a separate comment for each entry. (Example: If you’d like 5 extra entries for visiting a shop, you must enter 5 different comments, in addition to any other entries/comments.) Thanks.

How to enter?
  • Leave me a comment with your email address (so I can contact you if you win).
Want to be added in again?
  • “Follow” my blog. Add yourself over on the right sidebar……scroll down a bit. (Already are? You’re automatically entered in again. Just remind me.)
Another entry?
  • Put my button on your blog. Directions for how to do so are on my right sidebar…….scroll down a bit. (Already have one? Just remind me in your comment.)
Another entry?
  • Make a post about this giveaway on your own blog with a link. Yup, share the love with your friends.
Okay, another 5 entries?!?!

  • Go on over to and look around for a while and choose your favorite thing about her blog. Tell me your choice in your comment.

The giveaway closes on Tuesday, June 8th, at 11:59 p.m. (mountain)

Good luck!

And thanks again Vicky for sponsoring Make It and Love It. Your site is filled with so much inspiration and whimsy, I can hardly wait to begin planning.

You can find The City Cradle, along with my other great sponsors, along my sidebars.

The city cradle

If you are also interested in becoming a sponsor, (non-handmade items included) please contact me for more details.
Thanks for checking out my A brand new sponsor and GIVEAWAY! post. Check out my full collection of DIY Sewing articles. Find even more sewing projects, patterns, and tips for beginners and advanced sewists by Liz Call, Mariah Leeson, Randi Dukes and Tauni Everett.


  1. L&M says:

    #5 visted shop

  2. L&M says:

    #4 visted shop

  3. L&M says:

    #3 visted shop

  4. L&M says:

    #2 visted shop

  5. L&M says:

    I love the oh, so many (not to mention incredible) details that she adds to each project/party!

  6. Heather McCurley says:

    I love all the party ideas on the blog! I've been thinking about a polka dot party for my daughter. Great ideas!


  7. Heather McCurley says:

    I'm a follower!

  8. Heather McCurley says:

    A picnic proposal…how sweet!


  9. leardonsbelle says:

    What a talented woman! I love the vases.

  10. L&M says:

    posted on my blog

  11. leardonsbelle says:

    I am a follower

  12. L&M says:

    I have a button too!

  13. L&M says:

    I follow your blog!

  14. L&M says:

    Yay! Lots of fun!
    emollenhauer at gmail dot com

  15. the thrifty ba says:

    already follow you!

  16. the thrifty ba says:

    im just so happy it is above 70! i need a picnic!

  17. Elizabeth says:

    I am a blog follower!

  18. Elizabeth says:

    I love the vases! They are so bright and cheery!

  19. Chris and Melissa says:

    I love being a follower of your blog! -Melissa

  20. Chris and Melissa says:

    So excited to be included in this giveaway!

  21. *Sarah says:

    I also follow your blog
    PS. My captcha is "flashme" LMAO

  22. bboutique says:

    I like the ruffle party and the polka dot party!

  23. bboutique says:

    I follow your blog

  24. Ashlee says:

    The pinwheels & pearls birthday has been my favorite entry so far!
    (I follow your blog.)

  25. Katie says:

    I put a button on my blog!

  26. Lance and Nikki says:

    My favorite thing about her blog is all the cute party ideas! So creative, I love the very hungry caterpillar one!

  27. Jessica (aka--MOMMY!!!!) says:

    I ama follower.

  28. Lance and Nikki says:

    Your button is on my blog

  29. Lance and Nikki says:

    I follow your blog

  30. Jessica (aka--MOMMY!!!!) says:

    hmmmm….summer–I love it!!!

  31. Hound Girl says:

    Im a follower

  32. B. Fidler says:


  33. B. Fidler says:


  34. B. Fidler says:

    How creative. Wow!

  35. Kylee says:

    your button is on my blog.

  36. Kylee says:

    I follow your blog.

  37. Lauren and Brian says:

    So cute!

    and I already follow your blog!

  38. n8'swife says:

    Super fun ideas!
    rhkimbler at gmail dot com

  39. Jessica says:

    Great idea! I love picnics too!!

    jesslinq at gmail dot com

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