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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.

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

Ashley Johnston

Administrator 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 the 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!

Hi, I'm Ashley

Hi, I’m Ashley—the DIY-enthusiast behind this crazy blog!

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