Wonderland Birthday Tea Party

It’s been almost a year since my baby’s first birthday.  But I wanted to share a few photos from her party before she turns two next month.  I am not really a “theme” type person and I don’t really care for all the fluffy kid’s cartoon stuff.  So, I chose to do a whimsical tea party, Wonderland inspired. I designed her invitation and many of the printed details on the food table. A big thanks to my sister and mother for helping me put the final touches together.

June's 1st Bday-01
Tea Party spread
Tea Party detail
tea and sugar

June open presents
June playing
June cake
June new toy




Celebrating our Heritage

This past weekend, our little family ventured out to the Kielbasa Festival, held by and in the parking lot of Kramarczuk’s Deli. Both my husband and I have Polish in our blood and grew up eating cabbage rolls, borscht, sauerkraut, and various sausages. Kramarczuk’s was not a foreign place to our families. So, of course when we heard about the festival, we just had to go.

We enjoyed our food and drink and the entertainment — traditional dancing and music. Chatted with some folks sitting at our table, and enjoyed the company of my sister and her husband. And on our way out, we stopped in the Deli to pick up some meats to enjoy at home. This might have to become a family tradition.

Dream Flea Market


I’m a sucker for antiques, vintage stuff and sales.

It was only a few years ago that I found out about the Elko Trader’s Market.  If you live in Minnesota and love antiques and vintage items, have a home that needs furnishings, or simply like to “window shop”, I highly recommend checking it out.  A few weekends in the summer, hundreds of vendors set up their goods outdoors in Elko, right off I-35. You’ll find anything from old tin buckets to beautiful antique furniture. There are also food vendors with hot dogs, tacos, mini donuts and kettle korn. 

My sister and I wandered out for a morning at the Market with little June.  We indulged in some mini donuts and brats and made our way to each vendor’s “store.”  There were so many things I would love to make mine, but, knew I didn’t absolutely need.

My husband and I have been trying to simplify and de-clutter our home from decades of collecting. For the past 6 years of marriage, we’ve mostly been making due with our random belongings and making them work in our space. But, now that we own a home, it would be nice to furnish it accordingly. So, I knew I had to resist the temptation to buy until we are ready to purchase those perfect pieces. I did end up buying a vintage puzzle (pictured above) for when June gets a bit older. 

Know of any other must-go-to flea markets or sales in the Twin Cities? I’d love to hear about them.

Bits & Pieces of Home

This is the small town Iowa house where I grew up. The governor of Iowa once lived in it. I remember when we moved into the house in 1990, we would find bits and pieces of history beneath the wall paper and in the attic. My parents have put a lot of work into it over the years and I love spending time there. While it seems my Mom and Dad are always building, changing and redecorating, it always feels like home.