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Happy Birthday! | Micah's Birthday Candy Carnival

I started planning my son Micah's 3rd birthday in my head a few months in advance while perusing Pinterest late at night. So I had plenty of time to make hundreds of those little yarn pom-pom balls. I love taking inexpensive items & jazzing them up with the help of the craft and hardware store. I think I probably went to Michael's 4 or 5 times throughout this process. The good news is it's only about 4 blocks from where I live so it wasn't a huge deal :)

The invitations and all the paper goods I designed and printed myself, even the envelope liners!


I've been on a chalkboard-paint kick ever since Thanksgiving when I created chalkboard coasters for each guest at our dinner. I bought an ornate frame from Ikea, primed & glossed it with bright green spray paint to make it candy-coated, and painted the center with chalkboard paint. I am in love with this frame. All the brightly colored bunting flags I created for super cheap! I bought 8.5x11" pieces of felt in each color (they're only 29 cents each!) and some white string. Each piece of felt makes 10 flags, so with 7 colored felt pieces I had a ton of flags and was able to create several long strands. The white letters are also sold at the craft store and already have adhesive on the back. Super simple, and all the flags were under $10!


The food and dessert was the main event. I wanted to keep everything miniature...mini sliders, mini hot dogs, mini donuts, and such. I've been collecting soup cans for months because I wanted to do a dish served in individual cans. Micah and my husband love tater tots, so we did seasoned tater tots in cans and they were a HIT!


For dessert I made rice krispy pops because the idea of making cake pops seemed too daunting what with all the other things I had planned. (I ended up making about 20 little cake balls with the tops of each cake layer when I was leveling them out and I must say they turned out pretty good). We bought the wooden dowels from the craft store and cut them to size for the candy popcorn balls (which I ordered from Kernel Encore) and I created the little flavor flags too. The cake I colored with actual fruit (recipe here) which was one of my favorite items. I loved that each layer had a flavor...strawberry, blueberry, lemon, orange... I also did a layered jello in mason jars using this recipe, which was rather time consuming but well worth the effort. Who knew you could create white jello with gelatine and sweetened condensed milk?! I'll be using this technique for years to come.

I saw some gorgeous cake plates by Iacoli & McAllister, but they are super expensive! Instead, I shopped around my local thrift stores for several different sized candlesticks. I primed them and painted them with high-gloss spray paint and they look so great. The red one looks so shiny like a candy apple! I found completely flat white platters (I didn't want the angle of a dinner plate) at Ikea for under $10 each and I used gorilla glue to secure each plate to the top of each candlestick. Presto, I have hundred+ dollar cake pedestals for under 20 bucks each which I used for the cake and dessert pops.


The photo collage idea was 100% inspired by Pinterest and I had to do it. We have so many amazing photos of our little guy taken by our good friend Amy Stone, and I wanted to share them all with everyone at the party. It also was a conversation topic, a timeline of Micah's 3 years, from being a newborn, to walking, his first trip to Disneyland, to potty training, all leading up to now. I bought glossy photo paper and printed these all on my inkjet at home and cut them out to arrange them in the shape of a 3. Another very affordable decoration idea.

Overall the party was a giant hit and everyone left in a giant sugar-induced coma :)

Printables, Styling, Food & Desserts: Kiira Turnbow of eyeheartprettythings
Photography: Amy Stone


Get your Family Christmas Cards TODAY!

Haven't gotten around to getting a Holiday greeting card yet? Don't wait until it's too late! Get custom cards designed this year. Check out some of my designs, or send me some ideas and I can create a custom design just for you.

Contact me at eyeheartprettythings@gmail.com for pricing :)

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My T-shirts | Selling at Kohl's

I'm so excited to announce that I've got a few more designs selling at Kohl's this month! Check them out :)

Tiger Stripe
Free as a Bird
kohls-mudd-free bird-blog
Music Tee
Tree Tee



Happy Thanksgiving!

I paired up with my good friend Jessica Burns this week to create a delicious pre-thanksgiving dinner party for all of our friends before the real Thanksgiving, which we all spend with our families. This was my first time hosting a Thanksgiving style meal at my house, turkey... ham... stuffing... So I was definitely intimidated by the task, until I observed the grace and talent that Jessica has when preparing for an event :) Jess and I settled on a rustic autumn theme, and I started by designing these invitations (yes! actual paper invitations that I mailed with a stamp, no evite this year!) I also created custom paper envelope liners and little details to match throughout the entire party. eyeheartprettythings-thanksgiving-1 We took an old steamer trunk and lined it with burlap as our drink station. I wrapped rustic mason jars with hemp twine and patterned paper liners that I designed and printed from my home printer. I found my favorite paper straws in gray and white stripes and I created little flags for each one.eyeheartprettythings-thanksgiving-2 For the table we used a simple white tablecloth with a burlap runner and autumn colored pomegranates, crab apples, pears and persimmons that we picked up from the local produce market. I love the simplicity of the green and white floral arrangements that Jessica created in the mercury glass vases. For each place setting I created mini chalkboards with each guests name written on them. I cut small pieces of wood into squares and bought chalkboard paint at the hardware store. These are such a cute takeaway for your guests, and super easy and cheap to make! Our intent was to have everyone go around the table and draw something that they were thankful for, but we ended up having so much fun that we forgot to do it! :) eyeheartprettythings-thanksgiving-3 Now for the food... All thanks goes to Jessica for making this delicious meal happen. I can't say enough how amazing she is in the kitchen! She set up a gorgeous cheese, meat and fruit platter, and I can't forget to mention her signature Burrata in a jar...yummmm! It was an amazing meal complete with a perfectly golden turkey, ham, roasted root vegetables, celery root stuffing, brown butter mashed potatoes, minted peas and carrots. I'm blown away that it was all done from my quaint little kitchen! I painted a slab of wood with the leftover chalkboard paint to create a double sided chalkboard menu for dinner and dessert. It added rustic charm to the table overflowing with good food.eyeheartprettythings-thanksgiving-4 For dessert Jessica made her Pumpkin Swirl cheesecake squares, I made a Spiced layer cake with molasses cream cheese frosting, and we had, of course, a pumpkin pie. This was such a fun and creative dinner party. Thank you again to Amy of Amy Stone Photography for taking such stunning photos of everything! I am so blessed by the friends that we have surrounding us and cannot wait to do this again! :)eyeheartprettythings-thanksgiving-5 Follow my blog with Bloglovin


Fly Away | My design now selling at Kohl's

I'm so excited to share that a graphic I designed for the Mudd brand is now selling at Kohl's in their stores and online :) How fun! Check it out here.
Mudd Fly Away


Families | Holiday Stationery

Here's a few family holiday cards I created last year. I'm really looking forward to fall and all the festive holiday spirit surrounding autumn and winter (except for all the spiced holiday starbucks drinks, I am definitely tired of hearing about those daily)  :)

Message me at eyeheartprettythings@gmail.com if you have any interest in having custom Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or just plain old family stationery, cards, invitations or announcements designed for you or your family this season!



Birth Announcement | Judah Edward Turnbow

Judah is here! I am so pleased to announce that our little bean is here! He arrived early in the morning (3:18am) on August 17th. We are so blessed by his life and excited to be a family of four now! :)

Announcement design by me :) 
All the vintage books were passed down to me by my wonderful late aunt Barb
Photo by Amy


Wedding Invitations | Vintage Americana

Fourth of July is right around the corner! I am so excited to spend the long weekend with family and friends. Recently I designed some wedding invitations for a styled wedding photo shoot inspired by Vintage Americana. The shoot was captured by the very talented Amy Stone and styled by the amazing Jessica Burns. I am so excited to work with these girls, and the shoot was picked up by the Green Wedding Shoes blog!
Check out the full post here!


ESP No.1 unisex kids apparel

I am in love with this new unisex kids line. I've always loved simple tshirt and jeans. Check it out, ESP No.1. So adorable!



Wedding Invitations | Fall Vineyard Wedding

I'm so excited to say that I'm helping plan and coordinate my good friend Kimi's upcoming nuptials this Fall in the Santa Barbara Wine Country. So beautiful! We've been crafting and creating for months and I can't wait to show some of the stuff we're doing. Kimi, you are going to have such a unique and wonderful wedding, and I can't wait to spend the day celebrating with you! :)

Here's a peek at the invitations I designed


Wedding Design | Beach Details

Some details that I helped to plan and create for Amy's special day. A personalized wire hanger that I hand crafted with her future last name, so cute! Also I got old wood palettes and created hand painted distressed signs for the ceremony and reception. Thank you to my husband for being the carpenter on this project! :)


Wedding Invitation | Beach Wedding

My great friend Amy got married to her best friend Josh this past month on the beach in beautiful Santa Barbara. It was such a joy to be a part of this wonderful event. We created some super cute details that I will post a little later.

Here are the invitations I designed. Amy and Josh have such unique personalities that it was only fitting to design a unique invitation :)