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I’m really sorry about not getting posts up. 
In all honesty I’ve been really struggling with this being a mom thing. 
Don’t get me wrong.. I love it and I love my little guy, but it is HARD.
I don’t know if my little one has colic or is just having several growth spurts. 
He’ll be great some days and I’ll get the house cleaned, posts written, dinner done and start making plans for the future. 
Then, other days (like the past couple) he cries all the time. And, I mean ALL the time. We are assuming they are growth spurts because he is also hungry all the time on these crazy crying days. 
But, he is lovely and healthy so I am very thankful (even if he can rival me in screaming volume). 
But, enough excuses… onto the projects!
Etsy Shop
I know I’ve said it before, but I think it may actually happen this time. I should have my Etsy shop up with handmade party supplies by the end of October. I’ve been gathering inspiration, making lists, and collecting supplies over the past few months. I will be starting production THIS weekend! 
Is there anything in particular that you would like to see in the shop?
What type of party supplies do you look for when shopping Etsy?
Another Blog
Are you asking yourself, “Really!?! She can barely handle this blog!”
Well, you’re right… this is something in the long term project file. But, my {Mommy Monday} posts have been fairly popular and have (at times) received more comments and page views that my other posts. That is really exciting for me and I LOVE talking about being a mom. But, this is a party blog and I would like to keep its focus on parties. So, I am thinking about starting another blog that focuses on being a mom and more about my personal life.  

I’m completely stumped on a blog name…. suggestions?
Would you read a blog that was more about being a mom or do you think you’d just stick with the party blog?
If you can’t tell from previous posts… I love Halloween.
It is my holiday to throw a party EVERY year. 
Three years ago I threw a Haunted Halloween Dinner
Two years ago I threw a Bewitching Ball.
Last year we had a Mad Tea Party
  Plans are now in the works for a Spirited Cocktail Party.
I’m currently pinning away Halloween ideas and beginning my menu planning. 
(Getting the newest Martha Stewart Halloween magazine sure did help get the process going!)
What are you doing for Halloween?
Do you have any suggestions for a 
“Spirited” Halloween Cocktail Party?
A Portland Blogger’s Meet-Up 
I read a LOT of blogs daily. 
Several of the bloggers that I read happen to live in Portland (where I reside). Some of these people I’ve been following their blogs for so long I feel like I know them better than my own RL friends. 
Weird, huh?
I’ve been thinking about the possibility of meeting a few of these bloggers IRL, but don’t want to come off as a stalker. Recently reading THIS POST from The Little Things We Do has inspired me to try to get a Portland Blogger Meet-Up organized.
Have you been a part of a blogger’s meet-up of some sort? If so, what did you do? 
 Are you a Portland Blogger who would like to be a part of this? If so, when would be a good time/place to meet? E-mail me!

As always… thank you for reading and sticking with the blog even with my recent sporadic posting. I’d love it if you would take the time to help me with my projects by answering some of the above questions.
And, if you have a project you need help on… 
feel free to tell me all about it!

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Jenni is a freelance writer and media assistant based in Portland, OR. A Well Crafted Party is a blog about all the little things to celebrate in life. Follow Jenni or A Well Crafted Party with BlogLovin, RSS feed, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest.
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    • kira
    • September 15, 2011

    You are so ambitious! I don’t think I will be able to do much for a while after my baby girl comes.

    A blogger meet-up sounds fun, but with the due date coming up and things getting crazy, it would probably be a while before I could commit to one. It’s definitely something that should happen though 🙂

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    So many Questions!
    I love the idea of a mommy blog separate from party blog. I will admit to be a tad biased since it would mean updates on my grandson and daughter! LOL
    For halloween I am dressing up as a “hot grandma”. For you spirited party I would suggest a photobooth. You always get such great pics from those!
    I am not a Portland Blogger but think any support system get together would be helpful and fun for all involved!
    And I need your help with ideas for the photo booth back drop and props for the sip and see! E-mail me some ideas!
    Love, MOM

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    I think you should try starting another blog! I know a lot of people would love to read about your personal life and about being a new mom. Go for it!

    I’m a new follower by the way! Love your blog. Check mine out too!

    Come say hi! 🙂

  3. I’d love to be a part of it!

    How old is your baby boy? Have you talked to a lactation specialist? Our daughter didn’t have any major issues but the lactation consultant said a lot of times babes only get the first sugary part of milk so it’s the equiv. of them downing juice all day but they aren’t getting any protein or much fat so they are always hungry and they have bad tummy aches. You could totally have an “over milk production” issue. I’d look into it. I’m so glad we saw a lactation consultant. It helped us a lot. Our next door neighbors had a baby the same time as us and called her “Jesus” because she was such a life changer for them.


    • Jennifer Ruden
    • September 26, 2011

    Do you read Cup of Jo? She usually writes about fashion, New York, Design, etc… but also has a Mommy-specific post every once in a while. The varied topics is what keeps me reading.

    You’re in the thick of the most challenging part of being a mother. Let me know if you guys need help with anything. 🙂

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