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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….
Wow.
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 www.thecitycradle.com 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
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If you are also interested in becoming a sponsor, (non-handmade items included) please contact me for more details.

makeitandloveit@gmail.com
Ashley Johnston
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Ashley Johnston

Owner at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with my craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!

Comments

  1. Marcia says:

    I would line these vases up on our dining table and put blooms from Mama's Garden in each vase. I would invite my grandnieces to help pick the flowers. mlwright29 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  2. Alarie says:

    alariegrace at gmail dot com

  3. Lola says:

    laurentomten at gmail dot com

    I love the flower vases/bottles and all of her party ideas!!

  4. Lisabee says:

    I went to City Cradle Design to "look around" and then didn't make it further than the most recent post. I love the silverware utensil bags. That's such a cute idea!

    I also love the ruffly party hats.

    Someone else mentioned a peep dipping station, which I tried to find but couldn't. :(

  5. Lisabee says:

    I signed up to follow your blog.

  6. Lisabee says:

    What an awesome giveaway! And those party pictures are just fabulous. I wish I could even come up with some of those ideas, much less carry them out in such a cute way!

  7. Natalya says:

    My favorite thing on her blog is all her cute and easy ideas.
    Mustangwife93(at)yahoo(dot)com
    5

  8. Natalya says:

    My favorite thing on her blog is all her cute and easy ideas.
    Mustangwife93(at)yahoo(dot)com
    4

  9. Natalya says:

    My favorite thing on her blog is all her cute and easy ideas.
    Mustangwife93(at)yahoo(dot)com
    3

  10. Natalya says:

    My favorite thing on her blog is all her cute and easy ideas.
    Mustangwife93(at)yahoo(dot)com
    2

  11. Natalya says:

    My favorite thing on her blog is all her cute and easy ideas.
    Mustangwife93(at)yahoo(dot)com
    1

  12. Natalya says:

    I also have your button on my blog
    mustangwife93(at)yahoo(dot)com

  13. Natalya says:

    I am already a follower of your blog:)
    Mustangwife93(at)yahoo(dot)com

  14. Natalya says:

    MUSTANGWIFE93(AT)YAHOO(DOT)COM

  15. Duff says:

    These vases are crazy fun! sign me up to win!!

    bacontheneggs{at}gmail{dot}com

  16. Patty says:

    Really cute ideas

  17. Jasmine says:

    I loved visiting city cradle design! She has so many great ideas! I love the hungry caterpillar idea! How creative!!

    #5

    jasminekwong@gmail.com

  18. Jasmine says:

    I loved visiting city cradle design! She has so many great ideas! I love the hungry caterpillar idea! How creative!!

    #4

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  19. Jasmine says:

    I loved visiting city cradle design! She has so many great ideas! I love the hungry caterpillar idea! How creative!!

    #3

    jasminekwong@gmail.com

  20. Jasmine says:

    I loved visiting city cradle design! She has so many great ideas! I love the hungry caterpillar idea! How creative!!

    #2

    jasminekwong@gmail.com

  21. Jasmine says:

    I loved visiting city cradle design! She has so many great ideas! I love the hungry caterpillar idea! How creative!!

    #1

    jasminekwong@gmail.com

  22. Jasmine says:

    I have your button on my blog!

    jasminekwong@gmail.com

  23. Jasmine says:

    I am a follower of your blog!

    jasminekwong@gmail.com

  24. Jasmine says:

    I love reading your blog. You always have such great ideas!

    jasminekwong@gmail.com

  25. Adam and Sarah says:

    #5 Is there anything NOT to like about her blog?? I'd have to go with a no on that. I love her writing style, her beautiful pictures, her creative decorating ideas and the fact that she just shares them with the rest of us! I love her blog! So there you have my FOUR favorite things about her blog. :)
    seli0612@hotmail.com

  26. Adam and Sarah says:

    #4 Is there anything NOT to like about her blog?? I'd have to go with a no on that. I love her writing style, her beautiful pictures, her creative decorating ideas and the fact that she just shares them with the rest of us! I love her blog! So there you have my FOUR favorite things about her blog. :)
    seli0612@hotmail.com

  27. Adam and Sarah says:

    #3 Is there anything NOT to like about her blog?? I'd have to go with a no on that. I love her writing style, her beautiful pictures, her creative decorating ideas and the fact that she just shares them with the rest of us! I love her blog! So there you have my FOUR favorite things about her blog. :)
    seli0612@hotmail.com

  28. Adam and Sarah says:

    #2 Is there anything NOT to like about her blog?? I'd have to go with a no on that. I love her writing style, her beautiful pictures, her creative decorating ideas and the fact that she just shares them with the rest of us! I love her blog! So there you have my FOUR favorite things about her blog. :)
    seli0612@hotmail.com

  29. Adam and Sarah says:

    #1 Is there anything NOT to like about her blog?? I'd have to go with a no on that. I love her writing style, her beautiful pictures, her creative decorating ideas and the fact that she just shares them with the rest of us! I love her blog! So there you have my FOUR favorite things about her blog. :)
    seli0612@hotmail.com

  30. Adam and Sarah says:

    I also have your button!
    seli0612@hotmail.com

  31. Adam and Sarah says:

    I follow your blog.
    seli0612@hotmail.com

  32. Adam and Sarah says:

    Wow! Those are so cute! And her ideas are genious! seli0612@hotmail.com

  33. Estee says:

    I follow your blog through google reader.

  34. Estee says:

    Love it!

    stkavdiel @ gmail . com

  35. Midwestern Gone Idahoan says:

    I love the Handcrafted party, Ruffled style!! I have a party coming up and will be doing this!!

    suzannebake@gmail.com

  36. Midwestern Gone Idahoan says:

    I love the Handcrafted party, Ruffled style!! I have a party coming up and will be doing this!!

    suzannebake@gmail.com

  37. Midwestern Gone Idahoan says:

    I love the Handcrafted party, Ruffled style!! I have a party coming up and will be doing this!!

    suzannebake@gmail.com

  38. Midwestern Gone Idahoan says:

    I love the Handcrafted party, Ruffled style!! I have a party coming up and will be doing this!!

    suzannebake@gmail.com

  39. Midwestern Gone Idahoan says:

    I love the Handcrafted party, Ruffled style!! I have a party coming up and will be doing this!!

    suzannebake@gmail.com

  40. Midwestern Gone Idahoan says:

    follower

    suzannebake@gmail.com

  41. Midwestern Gone Idahoan says:

    I am so excited!! I hope I win!!

    suzannebake@gmail.com

  42. Mrs. Short says:

    My favorite part of The City Cradle site was the numerous ideas for parties. Especially the children's parties. I get tired of generic ideas for my little one's parties and these will be fun and the kiddos can participate in the crafting of their decorations.
    kelseyt@ptsi.net

  43. Mrs. Short says:

    I also have a button on my blog!
    kelseyt@ptsi.net

  44. Mrs. Short says:

    I follow your blog too!
    kelseyt@ptsi.net

  45. Mrs. Short says:

    These are so fun!
    kelseyt@ptsi.net

  46. Jenn says:

    Love all the party ideas
    jema0m@live.com
    #5

  47. Jenn says:

    Love all the party ideas
    jema0m@live.com
    #4

  48. Jenn says:

    Love all the party ideas
    jema0m@live.com
    #3

  49. Jenn says:

    Love all the party ideas
    jema0m@live.com
    #2

  50. Jenn says:

    Love all the party ideas
    jema0m@live.com
    #1

  51. Jenn says:

    have your button too
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  52. Jessica says:

    I already have your button on my blog :)
    Jessica_nordhagen@hotmail.com

  53. Jessica says:

    Wow her parties look so cute! Love the decorations too! Perfect for decorating a house and adding some fun color to it!!
    Jessica_nordhagen@hotmail.com

  54. The Blairs says:

    I really liked the cute things. Her Birdy salad for the baby shower was so cute. The cookie spoons are a must! chelsbsb@hotmail.com

  55. The Lone Dollier says:

    The photography on her blog is wonderful! World class! Plus, she has some great ideas.

    Smiles~
    Marilyn

  56. The Lone Dollier says:

    I'm a follower already.

    Smiles~
    Marilyn

  57. The Lone Dollier says:

    Awesome. How creative!

    Smiles~
    Marilyn
    mcgoo4(at)gmail.com

  58. missy says:

    I loved the Handcrafted Party-Ruffled Style… post on the City Cradle blog. So cute, all of it, but the party hats … adorable!

  59. missy says:

    I don't have a blog but I did tell several family/friends/coworkers about your blog!

  60. missy says:

    I clicked to follow your blog : ) .

  61. missy says:

    here's my email for an entry: missybackues@gmail.com thanks!

  62. Stephanie says:

    Love, Love, Love your site!!! I'm sharing it with everyone I know!!! daisy1188@yahoo.com

  63. Celeste says:

    #5 Loved the caterpillar party on her blog — too cute!

    celeste@mail4me.com

  64. Celeste says:

    #4 Loved the caterpillar party on her blog — too cute!

    celeste@mail4me.com

  65. Celeste says:

    #3 Loved the caterpillar party on her blog — too cute!

    celeste@mail4me.com

  66. Celeste says:

    #2 Loved the caterpillar party on her blog — too cute!

    celeste@mail4me.com

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