Yesterday was my favorite (I only have one) sister's birthday and I had this beautiful blog post all thought up for the occasion. As you can see...that didn't happen. So instead I'll just tell you about it instead.
A few years back I emailed everyone in our family and asked them for their favorites in all kinds of dessert categories. That way when their birthday came around, I had a list of yummies to choose from in making something for them. Well, last year, my sister, Carrie asked if she could instead get a fruit bouquet ala Edible Arrangements. She just knew that I could make one every bit as good as theirs for a fraction of the cost, so I ate up her flattery at my skills and set out to make one. While it didn't look anywhere near as nice as those expensive ones (my arranging needed a little tweaking), my sister loved it. So this year, she asked for one again.
Yesterday, the kids and I hit up the grocery store for the best looking fruits and I set to work. I cut my skewers into all different heights and used a bunch of different fruits to arrange the "bouquet." It was cute, still not professional, but cute. Then I used my silhouette cutter to cut out a Happy Birthday tag for the front of the container (which was an old formula can I'd saved for just the right occasion and covered with scrapbooking paper) and a scalloped frame on the back that we signed our names in. I filled in the can below the fruit with shredded paper. It was looking good! Then I forgot to take any pictures at all. And then, I forgot to take my camera with us to dinner with my sister and her husband and some friends.
I've also ordered a very special something for my sweet sister with a birthday in March that should be arriving any day. I had a gift in mind and it took me awhile to find something like it on Etsy, so I figured it was better to get something good and have it arrive late than buy just anything to have it on time. I'd love to link up a picture, but that favorite sister of mine reads this little blog and that would give away the surprise, don't you think?
So since I have no pictures to show of my "completely beautiful and award-winning" fruit bouquet or the gift that's in the mail, I thought I'd make a small mosaic of pictures of Care from the last couple years. Girl, you've got to get in front of my camera a little more often...I had to go back to our last trip to the beach for a few of these! ;)
Happy Belated Birthday to my favorite sister! You are sweet, caring, kind, and a friend to all you meet. I am blessed to be your sister and your friend. I pray that God will grant you with the blessings you seek and that we all wish for you in this upcoming year. Love you!!