1. Sunday, March 9th, 2014

    I have never been to camp, so this camp themed birthday party was more for me than for my son.   

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    One of my favorite things from the party were these homemade bandana favor bags.  I know how to use my sewing machine just enough to be slightly dangerous!  It’s a start.

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    The kids loved earning activity badges (stickers) after each activity and placing them on their cards.

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    Sugar frosting bullseye stickers on top of the chocolate covered oreos to match the hunting station.

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    And the best part…the whole Camp Nate party theme graphics are available for custom order. Contact me for pricing and details.

  2. Friday, October 11th, 2013

    Gatsby Roaring 20s Invitation

    Gatsby Roaring 20s Invitation

    Gatsby Roaring 20s Invitation

    Vintage Newspaper Invitation

    I had a wonderful time designing this Gatsby or Roaring 20s inspired invitation for the San Francisco Auxiliary for Children’s 61st Annual Jewel Ball benefiting the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. The invitation package also features an informational insert inspired by an old newspaper. I also love the feather patterned invitation backer (can also be used as an envelope liner).

    It’s not too late to help this organization reach their fundraising goals. To purchase tickets to this Roaring 20s Gala on November 9th, preview and bid on auction items, learn more about how to buy raffle tickets for a chance to win the SF Giants Luxury Suite for 12 people (one game, preferred parking included), or to make a donation, visit sfjewelball.org.

  3. Friday, September 13th, 2013

    Kids Art Home Decor

    Supporting my little girl’s love of art doesn’t mean that our refrigerator is covered in kids art or that we have tons of artwork in our keepsake box. Instead, we scan them all from our home printer, and save them to her personal usb drive (so, technically, we can throw them in the recycle bin guilt free and still keep an organized archive). We have also provided some empty frames in the homeschool area for her to hang artwork deemed by her as “special”.

    Kids Art Home Decor

    A few weeks ago, she created a special work of art that I knew would make a perfect home decor piece for our family room. I took her geode (rock art) and had it enlarged to 24x36 inches for under $25 at Vivyx Printing, a poster and large format printing company. I loved watching her look of pride when she saw her enlarged art piece hanging up.

    Since this won’t be the last piece of art that she creates for our home, I am already starting to get ideas of other ways to incorporate her work. I love the idea of the kids art tea towels shown by Heather of Setting For Four, and the kids art duvet cover made by Jen of A Thousand Words.

  4. Monday, June 24th, 2013

    Airmail Envelope Wedding Favor

    While out shopping for clothes hangers with my husband, I spotted these Coppenrath Traveller Cookies on Tour, and got way too excited. Each cookie is imprinted with a different city, making them perfect for a travel themed party, tea, or wedding. I could see these cute little vintage airmail envelope cookie favors that I made as wedding escort or place cards, with each table being a different destination. At $2.00 per bag (each bag has about 40 cookies) at Big Lots, this is definitely a high impact, low cost project. I also enjoyed eating the cookies as much as looking at them. They are mildly sweet, crisp, and available in vanilla, and toffee (shown above).

    Airmail Envelope Wedding Favors

    Coppenrath Traveller Cookies on Tour

  5. Friday, May 24th, 2013

    Artichokes

    Artichoke Color Inspiration

    If this is what happens when you don’t eat your vegetables, I might consider not eating them more often. I love the colors that burst from this artichoke bloom. When the artichokes are still tightly closed, they are more tender for eating, but should you happen to “miss” their tender point, sit back and enjoy their beauty.

    Tagged: everyday garden
  6. Thursday, May 9th, 2013

    St John Knit Skirt

    This is just so bittersweet. I love this St. John knit pencil skirt that I found for $1.99 at the Salvation Army. Now, somehow purchasing anything less fabulous for a penny more just seems so wrong. If you have yet to find your St. John in your grandma’s closet or you don’t have the patience to thumb through racks of ugly, thrifted sweaters, you can pick up a similar skirt from a more recent St. John Collection at Nordstrom for about $500.

    St. John Collection

  7. Monday, May 6th, 2013

    Home School Homework

    In today’s compare and contrast lesson, I think I just learned what kind of girls my son may be interested in. After he read the story, I asked him to describe the similarities and differences between the twins and he said, “Holly wears clothes that are sporty, and Polly wears clothes that are cute.” The word “sporty” was actually used in the story to describe Holly’s clothes, but “cute” was not used to describe Polly. Poor athletic Holly.

  8. Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

    High Top Sneakers

    A dress and high top sneakers. My kind of girl.

  9. Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

    When you get three eggs a day from your hens, you end up with this.

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    So it’s only right that you make this.

    Quiche

    While I have heard that real men don’t eat quiche, it seems that real kids do! Using the very easy Paul Deen Spinach and Bacon Quiche Recipe for inspiration, I substituted half & half for the heavy cream and turkey bacon for the regular bacon. From our garden, I had the kids grab fresh spinach to use in the quiche and green onions to topped it with once out of the oven. Next time, I will consider making the crust from scratch like my mother-in-law whips up. But just as time waits for no man, three hungry, hovering little ones wait for no homemade crust. They also didn’t save any for me, so I will just assume that it was good!

  10. Friday, April 5th, 2013

    Cauliflower

    As usual, this cauliflower from our garden made its way to our stomachs long before I had a chance to bring it in and cook it. But I look forward to setting some aside next time to make cauliflower mashed potatoes like these made by Jaden Hair over at Steamy Kitchen.

    Mashed Cauliflower Steamy Kitchen

erika caldwell-meeks

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I'm Erika, Graphic & Event Designer, creator of Teal Bird Concepts, and author of this blog space. I am passionate about sharing all of the wonderful ideas that pop up in my personal and professional life, and how these ideas are brought to life in a big way! Keep dropping by for constant inspiration, clever diys, and unique free printables.

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