It's no secret I love to shop and I'm extremely gifted when it comes to the art of spending money.  In fact the ease in which I am able to swipe my card is alarming.  Although thanks to my domestic partner Scott and our joint checking account I've had to learn to be "crafty" when it comes to making purchases go unnoticed.  I'm no expert but I'm thinking one of the keys to a happy marriage must be a Macy's credit card.  As long as I still have my Macy's card and as long as Scott is never able to see the bill, the rest must be cake...right?  Haha, as if that's not a dead giveaway to my unmarried status.

Needless to say I'm an oddball when it comes to shopping; as much as I love it I almost consider it a religious experience.  One I do not like to share.  That's right I like to go shopping alone.  Lucky Scott because in the past 7 years he has only had to endure this painful event once.  I've always been this way; it's like the one moment that I completely dedicate to myself.  I take as much or as little time as I like, I don't worry about anyone else's opinions, and I am able to make decisions with ease.  The only woman I typically include in this fun is of course my mother and as much as I don't like to admit it, I actually enjoy having her along. 

On a recent visit home we made our annual trip to one of the local department stores.  As soon as we walked in I spotted them.  A pair of Steve Madden rhinestone studded flats.  Their shape is a little retro shoe but the stones and studs make them completely obnoxious and completely me.  I happily added them to my collection and have put off wearing them, instead I've been admiring them on display in my room.  However that only lasted about a week until I broke them in and I'm even more in love with them today.  I may have also snagged a super cute Free People sweater...Cheers!

Shoes: Steve Madden Concord in Pewter
Sweater: Free People Earned Stripes Jacket in Natural / Charcoal
 
Story Time! It's the LCN Grand Opening - Michigan and the ladies have just finished up wrapping their twine.  They are now taking their wreaths over to the glue station to secure it.

Katie:  Grandma, would you like me to glue your twine down so you don't have to get up?
Grandma:   That depends...
Katie:   On what?
Grandma:   Are you going to do a good job?

That's right ladies and gentlemen, my grandmother may be 86 but she's a stickler for crafting perfection, and she's not afraid to call you out on it.   Hence her ability to see the gaps in my cousins twine from across the room.  However the proof is in the pudding.  Grandma wasn't able to finish her wreath at the party, but we sent her home with plenty of supplies to finish it up.  Two days later I get a picture on my phone and I almost fell out of my chair.  At 86 grandma just served all of us  "younger" ladies from the party, our asses on a royal craft platter, see below. 

Grandma's wreath is aboslutely gorgeous and puts us all to shame.  I was so impressed at the party watching her spend most of her time cutting out flower petals.  Each petal exact and perfectly shaped, she of course did this free hand without the help of a pattern.  I can just see her with those straight pins lining them up perfectly.  I expect nothing less from her and can only hope to be exactly like her at 86.  Enjoy!
 
Let it be said that when it comes to parenting I think Candi is a saint.  This woman is patient, loving, not afraid of a mess, and believes that kids should be allowed to be kids.  Last time I visited her house I was in awe of the life she has created with her husband, their daughter Maecy is so loved.  Everywhere you look there are art projects, paintings, beautiful family photos, books, and toys.  

This a home full of love and it reminds me so much of my childhood.  Our home was not fancy, we didn't have the nicest things, the newest gadget, and everything was not always in its place.  But we were beyond loved and anyone who came to visit could see that.  Every single yearbook photo was hung on the wall, our school art projects cluttered the shelves, the fridge was full of pictures, in the backyard was a two story playhouse our family built themselves, the kitchen table was worn out and full of dings from years of wear, the ceiling in my parents bedroom will forever have a hot pink "haha" written across it from a silly string fight, the garage is permanently dented from one to many games of swing set kick ball, and the noise level was at a constant 10.  At the time I was convinced our family was weird but looking back now it was a childhood I am grateful for.  One that many people miss out on and one most dream of.  

So today in honor of Candi "Mommy Extraordinaire" I wanted to share with you one of Maecy's most recent projects, a birthday gift for her dad.  A little paint, a blank canvas, and lots of fun and love made this the perfect birthday gift.  

Tools:
White Canvas
Sticker Letters
Finger Paint (NOTE: Candi used crayola washable paints)
Fingers

Instructions:
Place your sticker letters where you would like on the canvas.  Be sure to firmly rub each letter, making sure to get the edges. Paint away using as many colors as you wish.  Let dry overnight and remove the stickers.  

NOTE: If you are using washable paint you will need to seal your canvas.
 
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My favorite girl in the entire world is turning two, my niece Maddie James.  She is spending her second birthday being spoiled by grandma in Michigan.  If you couldn't tell, Kitty (my chosen auntie name) is less than thrilled to be missing out on the fun.  Aunt Jamie made her the cutest cake that I just had to share with you, a Rainbow Swirl Cake.  The recipe and instructions can be found here, from In Katrina's Kitchen.  

What I love most about this cake is how simple it is.  No complex flavors, no crazy baking techniques, just add a little food coloring and you have an instant birthday party hit! Jamie topped her cake with white frosting and multi-color nonpareil sprinkles.   I can't wait to try one of my own, maybe a Halloween color scheme.

Tips from Aunt Jamie: Less is more, use neon food coloring for pink/orange/purple/green, and regular food colors for blue and yellow.  
 
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Fall Inspirations: Soon the leaves will start falling, the cider will be flowing, sweaters will be unpacked, and the smell of fall will fill the air.  What better way to get ready for the season than quality time with your girlfriends preparing a fall craft.  Here are some fall craft party ideas: Halloween hair bows, Halloween tulle wreath, candy corn wreath, handmade holiday cards.  Schedule your party today, LCN shows up with all the required tools and instructions, along with a variety of supplies to choose from.  Remember the host crafts for free and returning customers can use the coupon below to receive a 10% discount.  Follow us on pinterest to see even more fall ideas.

8.3.12

Meghan's Bachelorette: LCN was happy to host a bachelorette party this past week for Meghan, a seriously gorgeous bride to be.  The craft for the night was beaded key chains, who knew that beading could be such a lively event.  The room was filled with laughter the entire night and the ladies got creative with their key chains.  Check out more photos on our facebook page.

8.11.12

Grand Opening - Michigan: LCN is thrilled to announce that we are now officially open in Michigan.  We kicked off our grand opening with a great group of ladies making twine wreaths.  The wine for the night was a girly selection of rose wines, so good!  We were able to introduce new felt flowers at this party and couldn't have been happier with the ladies finished products.
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Pink Moscato: One of the wines we had at our grand opening, and loved!  Rich berry, delicate tropical and flora notes dance on the tongue for a luscious taste and juicy finish.  This wine is made to be sipped with a wink and a smile.  Plus the bottle is really cute so I wouldn't mind it sitting out on my counter, perfect for a girls night.

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Hot Glue Gun Strings: Ever finished a project using a hot glue gun and found yourself suddenly in a web of glue strings?  Problem solved, run a hair dryer over the project and watch the strings shrink.  Strings be gone!

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I've got to give credit where credit is due, thank you mom for finding this on pinterest and thank you to Taste and Tell for the red velvet weight I put on during my trip to Michigan!  Prepare yourself, your lives are about to be changed, for the better.  My mom found this on pinterest and when she told me what she was making of course I gave her the usual "you're absolutely the battiest women I know are you sure I wasn't switched at birth" look.  Which 27 years later still ruffles her feathers, my goal in life.  Anyway against my disgust she made it.  

Not only was it beautiful sitting out on the table it was delicious.  I instantly went on pinterest and pinned it to my baking board.  It's like a red velvet cupcake and cream cheese frosting all mixed into one, to top it off it's served with vanilla wafer cookies.  It was very simple and quick to make, bonus!

We took it to 3 parties in one week, and never once was I sick of it.  It's such a fun way to serve dessert and something most people haven't seen yet.  How amazing would it be to sit down with a group of girlfriends, some good wine, and this red velvet yumminess. 

Here is the recipe from Taste and Tell:

Red Velvet Cheese Ball
Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes
Yield: 16 servings

The ultimate dip for red velvet lovers!! This sweet version of a cheeseball will have you going back for more!

Ingredients

8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups red velvet cake mix, dry
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
assorted cookies and crackers (my favorite was Vanilla Wafers)
Instructions

In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add in the red velvet cake mix, the brown sugar and the powdered sugar. Beat until smooth and combined.  Turn the mixture out onto a piece of plastic wrap. Wrap up into a ball and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.  Put the chocolate chips on a plate or in a shallow dish. Remove the cheese ball from the refrigerator and unwrap. Roll in the chocolate chips. (This might get messy!) Place on a serving plate and serve with cookies or graham crackers.
Maddie James caught red handed...literally!  Turned our back for one minute and BAM cheese ball destroyed.  At least she is attempting to use a utensil!
 
Maybe my favorite felt flower of all time, love these little guys.  I'm tempted to glue them on everything I own.  Perfect way to add a pop of color to any project.  Check out some of the wreaths our ladies made using rosettes at our grand opening.  Check out some of the wreaths the ladies made using rosettes at our grand opening - Michigan.

Tips: the more uneven your cutting is the more dimension you give your flower.  Try using 1/4 of your sheet of felt for a medium sized rosette.
 
It's our very first Mommy Monday!  A perfect way for you to get your little one ready for fall and Halloween while enjoying some time with your girlfriends.  Schedule a Halloween Hair Bow hosted LCN party today.  Learn basic bow making techniques that you use throughout the entire year.  

Don't have time in your schedule for Halloween Hair Bow party then consider another holiday.  Planning a girl baby shower, what better way to get a mommy ready than a whole new set of hair bows for her little one.  

Schedule your party today, don't forget to follow our blog.

Check out Maecy, the LCN baby, sporting her Halloween Hair Bow!
 
I am so excited to say that Ladies Craft Night hosted their first bachelorette party last night.  It was the most wonderful group of ladies and the bride was one of the sweetest people I have ever met.  The night was filled with laughter and it couldn't have been more fun.  It was wonderful to women of all ages enjoying each others company. I give big kudos to Alex & Jackie, the hostess's, for all the work they did and thinking outside the box.

The craft for the night was beaded keychains.  I am always impressed with the finished products and how creative people get.  They were people turning their keychains into bracelets and purse pulls.  The bride extended her keychain to make it doubled in length and added extra beads to give it a "chunky" feel.  I think that this is part of the beauty of crafting with girlfriends, you are inspired by eachother and bond while creating something beautiful with your own two hands.  

Here are some photos from the night, check out the entire album on our facebook page!