Friday, November 19, 2010

bijou market

Introducing RedRoko Kids debuting at the Bijou Market in Provo today and tomorrow!

Featuring our fun Play Crates in 5 different themes....

Mr. and Mrs.



ABC Toss
- 26 bean bags with felt uppercase and lowercase letters

Come check us out and watch for RedRoko at the Beehive Bazaar December 2nd, 3rd and 4th!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

halloween costumes

For this Halloween, we were on a trip to Tennessee and Kentucky to watch my sister Lauren play volleyball, and my brothers, Matt and Sam, play football. Elle and Liv dressed up as Auburn cheerleaders and my nephew Case was Aubbie the tiger - the Auburn mascot - complete with jersey signed by Cam Newton. Unfortunately, Liv fell asleep at the beginning of the match significantly reducing our photo opportunities of the three of them together. Why does it always seem that whenever you want photos - they just don't seem to cooperate. :)

Lucky for me, I went home to my parent's house in Washington a few weeks before the trip so my mom helped sew the costumes. I'm sure it would have taken me much longer if she hadn't stepped in. Go Auburn!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

hmmm...i've seen this before.

Almost exactly 2 years ago, the exact same thing happened...I stopped posting on my blog. While work, kids, life, projects are all partly to blame, I really think it's due to...

...a baby. We're expecting baby no. 3 at the end of April.

It seems that the blue balloons and numbers subconsciously got featured more than pink -maybe a sign that a boy is on the way???

On a creative note...I love the parchment paper cupcake wrappers. I didn't have any on hand so I creased parchment paper around a glass and inserted it into a muffin tin. It worked great, and I love the result. Balloon numbers were made with adhesive vinyl and placed on the already blown up balloons. Cupcake picks are diecut numbers from cardstock with a strip of metal wire glued in between.

Friday, June 25, 2010

baby projects

I love these two tutorials. I don't think you can ever have enough diaper covers (thanks for the link Cissy!) and these tights seem like they'd actually last more than 1 wear.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

speaking of DIY popsicles...

Have you seen this - the Zoku Quick Pop Maker? It freezes popsicles in 10 minutes.

Definitely think it would be interesting to try. I love the patterns and designs you can create. I've been wondering what the next big food thing will be after cupcakes...maybe this summer it'll be "gourmet" popsicles?!?

freezer pop molds

I've been looking for a healthier alternative to Otter Pops and found these molds. I think they look perfect. Has anyone tried them???

I also think these ring pop molds are fun...maybe for a summer party!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010


This is what Adam gave me for my birthday. It came yesterday and I don't think it's been put down since...I'm even writing this post on it. Now to find a stylish case that doesn't cost a fortune....maybe I'll make one. I've seen some cool DIY cases for the iPhone I'm sure I could modify.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

twine and tape

Check out my guest post on Sweet Symphanie where I talk about some of my favorite twine and tape finds.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

liv's 1st birthday

Liv turned 1 the day I got back from New York so we stuck a candle in a frozen Otis Spunkmeyer cookie to celebrate. She loved it, but I still wanted to do a little more for her birthday celebration at Sunday dinner. I didn't have much time and was way too lazy to even go to the grocery store (thanks Rachel for supplying more eggs Sunday morning when I ran out!). There are definitely a lot of things I'd like to do better or try in the future. Fortunately, we always celebrate with a porcupine theme for 1st birthdays (it all started with my first birthday and my parents made a chocolate cake with a cupcake head and decorated it with 6-month-old candy corns).

CAKE and CUPCAKES: Chocolate with pink marshmallow frosting. Small individual porcupine cake for Liv; cupcakes for everyone else.

PARTY FAVORS: I had resigned myself to the reality that I just didn't have time or energy to do much for this party. But when I woke up Sunday morning, I once again couldn't stop myself and decided to try making some party favors. I had to come up with something that used supplies I already had at home so I thought of no-bake chocolate cookies turned into little porcupines. In theory, I think the idea could still work - my execution this time around not so much. Next time, I'll buy chocolate kisses to use as the head - chocolate chips were too small so I tried using melting chocolate wafers. I wrapped each chocolate porcupine in a clear bag and attached a die cut pink paper porcupine printed with birthday text.

APPAREL: Pink porcupine shirt for Liv.
THE PARTY: After dinner we sang to Liv. As you can see from the photos she wasn't so sure about the whole thing. Papa pulled her hand away from the cake after she tried to grab it which resulted in lots of tears (no nap that day didn't help either!). Elle stepped in to help blow out the candle and then Liv got to eat the cake all by herself.

We love you Liv. Happy 1st Birthday!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

What the L is That?

I've been back from the Stationery Show in NYC for a little over a week and a half now. I think the show went really well, and the product and L brand got a lot of attention and support. There are so many fun products and ideas I want to share with you on the blog.

At the show we were lucky enough to be right across from Envelopments. Envelopments is a great company with fantastic products and even better people (both of my sisters used their products for their wedding invitations). Mark, one of the owners at Envelopments, has been a long time supporter of QuicKutz and the products we create. I've had several opportunities to meet with him and collaborate on new ideas and concepts. He wrote a really nice post about the letterpress on his blog. Check it out and visit their website to see their product line. You'll definitely want to incorporate their products into your next invitation, announcement or event!

Friday, May 7, 2010


I've been crazy busy getting ready for this. Lifestyle Crafts will be at booth #2558, and I'll be doing one of the show's Daily Demos on Sunday at 2:30. If you're going, be sure to come to the Daily Demo and stop by the booth. I think the National Stationery Show is one of the coolest tradeshows out there. Not only is it held in NYC each year (which I love any chance I get to go back and visit), but it is full of such fun, creative, inspiring products and people. Other than the fact that I've still got a lot to do before the show, I can't wait!

Monday, April 19, 2010

opposite party

This week is this girl's birthday...
We have Sunday dinner at Adam's family every week and celebrate a lot of birthdays with 2 parents, 8 siblings, 6 spouses and 20 grandchildren who regularly attend. Elle's birthday is only one day after her cousin so the plan was to celebrate both birthdays on Sunday. I told myself to keep it simple this year (I don't want to set an expectation for her that she gets a big party every year) and have a cake for her at Sunday dinner and then Pinkalicious cupcakes and dinner on her actual birthday for just our family.

But...I just couldn't stop myself. It became quite apparent I have issues. Friday I called my sister-in-law with an idea to throw an Opposite Party. I thought we could play off an "opposites attract" concept because they were born only one day apart but are opposite in so many ways...he's a blonde/she's a brunette, he's blue-eyed/she's brown-eyed, he's a boy/she's a girl. Luckily, she was on board and I think we pulled off a fun party in basically one weekend. I think it may become a tradition for our Sunday birthday celebration for Elle and Ayden.

Party Invite - sent by email.

Party Favors -
for the boys: gummy worms, gummy fish and candy rocks
for the girls: candy necklaces, candy lipstick, candy rings

Table Decor:
Elle side: pink, girly, flowers, sparkles, white ornate frame with photo, pink dessert plates, pink napkins
(notice the opposite silverware! thanks megan for that added touch)

Table Decor:
Ayden side: blue, boyish, rocks, sticks, simple
silver frame with photo, blue dessert plates, blue napkins
Table Decor:
We made the center of the table between the pink and blue more neutral and added dessert snacks to eat at the table.
silver candlesticks with white candles (big/small)
clear vases filled with chocolate and white opposites
white chocolate and milk chocolate pretzels (dark/light)
yogurt raisins and chocolate raisins (black/white)
hershey kisses and white chocolate chips (big/small)

Birthday Sign:
Happy: big, blue, uppercase letters, print
Birthday: small, pink, lowercase letters, cursive

Elle's Cake:
pink frosting (girl)/chocolate cake (brunette)
cake (round and small)/cake stand (square and big)
white sprinkles (small)

Ayden's Cake:
blue frosting (boy) /white cake (blond)
cake (small and square)/cake platters (round and tall)
white sprinkles (big)
Food (unfortunately only one picture):
The food was served on a variety of white square platters and white round bowls.
pink lemonade (sour)/blue rasberry kool-aid (sweet)
grilled chicken with dipping sauces
buffalo sauce (hot)/ranch (cool)
barbeque (red)/honey mustard (yellow)
peas (small, round)/sweet potato fries (long, square)
sticky white rice scooped into round balls

I printed out opposite words to describe the food, punched them into circles and squares and taped them to the serving dishes. I wish I would have had more time to really make this element better.

Party Outfits: I like our clothes to coordinate. I know it's cheesy but I can't help it. :)
Mom and Dad in blue (Adam had on a yellow tie that morning. When he came home from his meeting he saw our pink and blue and changed his tie to blue without me even asking him. He's learned that the tie must coordinate!) I used one of Adam's ties as a belt because I didn't have anything else blue. It worked great.
Elle and Liv in matching pink dresses with bows.

The two 3-year-olds

The Party Details:
We had dessert first (white ice cream with chocolate sauce)
Usually the mom's get food for the kids and themselves before the men, so we had the dad's get food for the kids and themselves first followed by the women.
Everyone sat on opposite sides/ends of the table from their normal seating place.