Endless Summer Projects: Firework Tablecloth | Classic Play - Pars Caeli - Lulu the Baker - Alexandra Hedin - this heart of mine

Hurray for the stars and stripes! Just in time for Independence Day, Alexandra Hedin has together a tutorial for a firework tablecloth the whole family can help with. It’s so fun! It will definitely add some pyrotechnic flair to your holiday fete.

I’m really looking forward to taking the children to a fireworks display this year. They already adore sparklers (see Instagram) and fireworks will make them totally giddy and fill their eyes with sparkles, like it did mine when I was little. Being a parent is so fun.

So get out your red, white and blue paints and try this action painting project together. USA! USA! USA!

This project is a part of Endless Summer Projects, a collaboration between Alexandra Hedin, Classic Play, Pars Caeli, Lulu the Baker, and this heart of mine to bring you fabulous summer projects for the whole family for the whole summer.

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Camping Made Easy

June 30, 2014

Camping Made Easy | this heart of mine

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I have admitted it before: I am not a camper. A glamper, maybe. I am not one for ‘roughing’ it. Call me what you will, I know my limits. However, I do find parts the camping experience fun and that would be the cooking, enjoying nature and being away from electronics. To take advantage of this summer season and the beautiful parks nearby, we did a ‘camping made easy’ version recently. It’s a version for the weak of soul like myself. It consisted of the parts I like and left out the parts I didn’t. The children absolutely loved it and I lived through it so I guess we’ll have to do it again.

We started out by collecting items we would need. Our ‘camping’ list was much short than the diehards but still sizable. There was the food, the food prepping items, the food cooking items and the food cleaning up items. Also chairs, towels, clean up supplies, place settings, water, kindling, a tool for igniting things among other items. We were out in the day but a lantern sure looks cool and is super helpful at night (similar lantern).

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Vintage Posters with Design Mom | this heart of mine

A tutorial I did on creating vintage-looking posters went up on Design Mom a few weeks ago. They are reminiscent of the old roll-up classroom posters used a few decades age. The project turned out great and allowed me to use my seashell collection as applicable props. My collection is a point of pride and joy for me. Not only did I find all the shells myself but I found them on the beaches near where some of my family resided in Florida. MJ, Bug and I traveled there a few years ago and if there were a hall of fame for vacations, ours would have definitely been inducted. It was perfection. And the shells remind me of that time.

Vintage Posters with Design Mom | this heart of mine

Get the full details for the posters on Design Mom.

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Creative Coterie of MN | this heart of mine

Photos by Kristine Erickson

I am terribly delinquent with this. No matter. A good time was had and I’m very excited to share it.

Back in May, I planned and hosted the first gathering of the Creative Coterie of Minnesota with the help of Christine of Foxglove Market & Studio. As it says under the tab up there at the top, the Creative Coterie is a gathering of creatives in Minnesota. All kinds of creatives. Content creators or bloggers like me, stylists, florists, designers, planners, photographers, small business owners, branding professionals plus a few on their way to figuring out their creative places in the world. The point of the group is to create a local community of creative professionals, a place to find professional support and network. There is a lot of good happening here in the cities and I want people to know about it.

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Halfway Through: Bold. Brilliant. Beautiful. You. | this heart of mine

We are (over) halfway through with our year of Bold. Brilliant. Beautiful. You. Can you believe it? The year is rushing by but we’ve done a lot. We’ve shared our goals for the year (January). We wrote and declared our I Am statements (February) and then we got extra vulnerable with I Need statements (March). We examined what boldness means to us (April). And most recently, we discussed people who inspired us with their boldness (May).

Now we are half done so let’s reflect:

What have you learned about yourself?

Have you discovered/uncovered anything you weren’t aware of before?

Are you still searching for something?

Is there something you would like to discuss?

Halfway Through: Bold. Brilliant. Beautiful. You. | this heart of mine

I have enjoyed the community we’ve built. The willingness to be openness and the outpouring of support is lovely. It’s like what the world should be like – open, honest and supportive. Thank you so much for jumping in on this journey with me. Thank you for your excitement, thank you for your sharing and thank you for your energy. You’ve made this project better.

We have more planned for the coming months and I look forward to continuing the journey.

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