Sunday, February 22, 2009

Dice and Dessert


I turned 21 last week, so some photos are in order! First off, I love our apartment's kitchen; checkered floors and wainscoting are the perfect backdrop for this. And of course the ice cream parlor chairs, which I don't think I've ever posted about - they're from that phase of crazy furniture refinishing circa Summer '08, that also included the dresser and the farmhouse kitchen table. They were originally chipped, lime green, Craigslist finds, but my roommate and I each refinished one in pale yellow - it was quite laborious, scraping paint off all that twisty metal, but definitely worth it. Anyway on to more birthday-ish things...The table setting was really just a gathering of odds and ends, loosely themed: decks of cards (for playing 21!), vintage buttons, dice and dominoes (as stand-ins for poker chips), an apothecary jar filled with other notions from thread to pearls, champagne flutes, striped cocktail napkins, mini strawberry shortcakes (made from upside down cupcakes + berries and cream), sparkling pink lemonade (Trader Joe's), cupcakes with pennant flag toppers (diy), bakery boxes for cupcakes to-go (Martha Stewart Crafts), ribbon "streamers" (just spools of quarter inch ribbon from Michaels), and finally my favorite part - handmade mini triangle bunting (I cut a bunch of triangles from double sided cardstock and sewed them together on the machine, it was a surprisingly quick and easy project).Have a lovely week!

66 comments:

J for Jendetta said...

wow, simply beautiful! happy birthday!! I can't believe how much you do at your age, wonderful!

Stacy's Designs 88 said...

Happy 21st B-Day! Love it all...as always. Such a delight for the eyes. Thanks for sharing. :)

Pfeiffer Photos said...

Happy Belated Birthday--have a great year!

Pen and Ink Calligraphy said...

Such a pretty party! I especially love the bunting and those mini strawberry shortcakes! Happy Birthday!

cookiefleur said...

happy birthday! your do looked fab. =)

Laura said...

Happy Birthday Livy, your party looks delicious!

Christy said...

Hope you had the loveliest birthday! These photos are sumptuous!

Sally said...

Happy Birthday!

I am from germany and I follow your blog. Very nice pictures!!!

Greetings from Sally

Emily@oncewed said...

Happy Birthday, Livy!!

Casey said...

What a gorgeous setting! :) Happy Birthday too!

Storybook Woods said...

Happy birtday, what a beautiful one you had. Clarice

LBB said...

Happy Birthday, Livy! Beautiful-looking party!

Ashley L. said...

This is just so cute! I love all of the soft colors :)

karen m. said...

Happy, happy birthday! Such loveliness and creativity! Warmest wishes for a marvelous 21st year and thank you for sharing the beauty.

Macy Dawn said...

I want to step right in to your birthday party from these photos! I have been planning a similar birthday party for myself in my head. There is an adorable little pastry shop here in New Orleans that I spotted weeks ago that has a parlor theme that reminds me of the party you had and the party I am planning. I will have to send you photos- you'll love!

Poesia

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Happy belated birthday! Here's to many, many more!

Rachel said...

Why is your kitchen so beautiful? I'm jealous.
Oh, and happy, happy late birthday!

caseykoester said...

What a lovely kitchen! The party photos look like a magazine spread. Looks like you had a marvelous time! Happy birthday!

boldaslove said...

Happy Birthday! These are such wonderful photos!

Hazel Designs said...

Lovely photos! Happy 21st birthday.

chelsea said...

This is SO darling!!

Helen said...

I almost didn't want to comment on here because it had 21 comments and now I'm spoiling it! But this looks so lovely. I love everything about it, the bunting, the strawberries, the pink lemonade!

And happy belated birthday too!

Rebekka said...

Oh my gosh, your blog...this picture...I don't even know where to start! I am so in LOVE!

made sweet said...

I love love love it! what great pictures.

Anonymous said...

Found your site through Oh Happy Day! Your photos are gorgeous. To quote Liz Lemon: "I want to go there". Happy (belated) Birthday!

Capable Girl said...

Lovely with a capital L! Happy birthday!

Signorina Sparafucile said...

This is sheer loveliness!

Grace@PoeticHome said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Livy!! Your birthday celebration was lovely and perfect for turning 21 (and playing the witty game). You have such a beautiful eye for making every day special, whimsical, and nostalgic.

Concrete Honey said...

Happy Birthday!!
What a divine blog you have - amazing pics and coloues, I found you via Oh Happy Day! - http://jordanferney.blogspot.com/! and will be adding you to my blog list quick smart! Hope you had a beautiful dday
xx

EverythingElseMe said...

You have such a wonderful blog I'm amazed how you even did it! Could I ask you how you took those pictures and posted them? I'm really intrigued and honestly I really want to learn!! Is it a camera or a program that assisted you in your creations?

I do understand if its too personal to share. But i still have to say... AMAZING!! =)

carboniferous said...

I second EverythingElseMe's comment. Do you just use photoshop for the pictures? They're amazing!!!

Emily said...

I'm going to third that request for a photo-how to. I love the scalloped edges...I find those on my ancestors photos (pre 1950s) but not so much anymore. If you're using a physical printer I'd love to know where you find the paper.

and I'm going to say that your party was lovely. Happy Birthday!

Livy said...

Hello!
thanks for all the lovely comments everyone!In response to your questions... the photos are all digital. I use a pretty modest little point and shoot digital camera - it's a Nikon Coolpix LX - and only photograph in natural light or with the help of daylight bulbs (with some thin white fabric to diffuse the light) in places that are too dark (like my kitchen). After I upload the pictures I do some basic editing to correct color and brightness. The borders, text, and page layout arrangements all happen in Photoshop elements. Sometimes I add scans from my own collection, found-free-to-use layers, or scans of my artwork. To give photos the "old" look, like in the "Pete Post," I experiment a lot with using different layers and altering colors.

Livy said...

* Opps, that's a Nikon Coolpix L1

Jen said...

Wow! Everything looks deliciously festive. A-mazing. I am so inspired to do something special for my May birthday. Love the yellow chairs — worth the hard work.

Lynne said...

Happy birthday! You are just so talented. It just looks like the prettiest little party. You have a great future ahead! I'd love to figure out how to do scalloped edges in Photoshop - I really have no clue. This makes me ashamed to post any of my photos on my blog!

wide open spaces said...

couldn't be cuter. really, really adorable.

Kami said...

Adorable! HBD too! :)

belinda said...

So stunning! And so is your blog, I had to come back after a long perusal and re-read your age - so many skills and achievements at 21! I'm in awe. And a tiny bit jealous!!

Concrete Honey said...

Me again - just wanted to let you know I tagged you on my blog - http://concretehoney.blogspot.com/2009/02/tag.html
xo

tj said...

I can hardly believe you're the same age as me. Wow, I really admire you. Happy Birthday hun!

Helen said...

Holy heck-a-molie! This is *too* cute. I just found your blog and am thrilled to bits.

Happy Birthday!

tristan said...

Happy 21! What a lovely little set-up so bright and happy. Did you use flash? Or do you have that gorgeous light in your kitchen?

lialeebarcelona said...

I like so much! feliz cumpleaƱos! from barcelona,spain

citysage said...

Wow wow wow! What an incredible birthday spread. I am so impressed not only by the set up but also by your amazing photos. What a talent you are!

And those floors make me miss my old apartment--the new one has carpets, which makes me long for my checkered floor even more!

Rachel said...

I wish my 21st had been so lovely! Well done you!

Rachel said...

Wow... I am in awe!

robyn@marryme! said...

amazing! i wish i had a party like this when i turned 21.

Kara Phillips said...

BEAUTIFUL!!! I would love to have a party like this! So happy and lighthearted and I am SO envious of those chairs! Sounds like you worked hard to get them to be as lovely as they are, so you deserve some serious kudos!

Anonymous said...

That is simply the cutest thing, could you come set up something for my bday, the big 26 in June :>)

Melissa de la Fuente said...

Absolutely gorgeous Livy! Only 21 and so incredibly talented! Happy Birthday my dear!
xo
Melis

Elsa said...

Looove that !!!

And I really really LOVE your blog ! Such beautiful pastel colors, decoration, cakes, design... <3

I'll watch you now ;)

natasha said...

so sweetttt

courtney brooke photography said...

I am going to be turning 21 in a little over a month. I might just have to steal some of your lovely ideas!!

London Belle said...

yummy!! these are amazing pics!!

Vina Puspita said...

cute design & great balance! :D


http://valentinavinapuspita.blogspot.com

Molly said...

cool pics & blog! happy birthday too and congrats on blog of note!

check out my blog anytime: www.xoxoimawriter.blogspot.com

love,
molly!!! :) have a goooood day!

Elion T. said...

You have a beautiful blog! It lifts my heart to look at it! :) Happy really late bday!

Jessica Claire said...

totally precious! gorgeous colours and tons of whimsical touches

love the kitchen floors too!

:)

Jennifer said...

You should work for Martha Stewart. You are far more creative than her current creative director.

Sara Ellen said...

This is adorable!! Great job. : )

18november said...

you're awesome, really, what can't you do? :D

Cherry Runway said...

So So pretty!! And so so late to comment. :)

zabetheli said...

i love this!

Jasmin Wilson@Cute Love Quotes said...

I appreciate that you shared these tips. It just looks like the prettiest little party. You have a great future ahead! I'd love to figure out how to do Jasmin Wilson@Cute Love Quotes scalloped edges in Photoshop - I really have no clue.

kanishk said...

Happy 21st B-Day! Love it all...as always. Such a delight for the eyes. Thanks for sharing

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