Baby Sis is tying the knot and kicked off the festivities with an engagement party at my folk's.

Because Deb is a party planner extraordinaire I didn't have to do much except DJ, Photograph, Stuff Favor Bags, Ribbon Tie, Part - Time Bartend, Make- Up and Speech Write.

DJing to the 60-65 year old engagement party crowd. It's called Temptation's Pandora Station.

I'm currently looking into the legislation of bridesmaid labor laws.

My parent's house has a pretty solid long driveway. So I decided to do up the hashtag huge down it.
Dad [cardboard biz] offered to laser cut the letters for me. He even asked for an Ai file. WHAT. 
New ingenious idea - noise canceling headphones at drown out the family... 
of birds...in the tree...
This should have gone smoothly except Dad shorted me an"E" and an "R" so 2 hours before the party I was free handing an E and R with a box cutter and spraying painting them white.
No one [Dad]  told me that the soil in my hometown is essentially concrete and nicknamed "Camarillo Clay". So driving those garden stakes was a labor of L-O-V-E. 
And my arm workout for the week.
I couldn't get it all in one photo so here is a video!
Enjoy my shaky ass shot. I wish I would have jumped in the car to fake a dolly. Oh Wait. I don't have a car. Dad made me sell. it.

It's ok. It was a clunker that I kept in their garage. 

Back to the Bride! This bad boy rolled right down the drive. 
Oh I love you two so mucho! #Engaged #Explainingwhythepoundsign

BASEBALL! Home Run Gift Wrap

I LOVE SPORTS. Actually, I like attending all sporting events that include snacks and a costume jersey.

I also like keeping up with current events. Like Boston Red Sox and those beards. 

My Cardinal fan friend Graham had a beard when I met him 13 years ago when we were babies studying abroad. I told him then that he should never grow a beard again. 

Do you know what he just did? 

Yup. He DID. 

It doesn't look that bad so I might have overreacted.  

For his birthday I decided wrap his present up in a baseball theme.

I did a crazy easy cute version and a more intense advanced version.

little white gift bag
Use anything circular to draw your baseball stitch guidelines.
For the easy version - draw your "stitches" on with your sharpee. 
Ta- Da! So easy! 
WARNING. Advanced -ish version:
 Draw your circles onto embroidery cloth. 
 Use red embroidery thread to stitch a trail of little "v"s! 
Wrap it up using a perfectly square box so it all aligns appropriately. 

Looking forward to Sports Season! 

This post makes me happy because it's not wedding related. Because this blog is about to get real bridal up in here. 

Stay tuned for an engagement party post that involves crafting with my father. Good lord, wish me luck. 

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