Welcome to Potter and Butler! We are creative makers of handmade goods for merry celebrations, and this is our diary. In this cozy space, we collect and share the beauty, joy, fun, inspiration, and creativity of the handmade life - and all the jolly celebrations that adorn it. We're glad you've joined us.


March 11, 2013

Love This Little Bundle

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March 11, 2013

Shop Open March 11-13

Hello, party people! We’ve been getting so many requests from you wanting to know when the shop will be reopening. While I’ve not yet determined an official return date (my little bundle still has my full attention. so in love!), I’m excited to share that we are opening the shop March 11, 12, and 13 to create as many orders as we can accept in order to honor your early spring party and wedding visions, which include our goods (we are truly flattered!).

Visit the shop here.

February 18, 2013

Milo: Two Months


Chubby cheeks and thighs.

Sleeping in our arms.

First trips to the grocery store, candy shop, bakery, and coffee shop.

Loves walks and long car rides. Excellent at loudly communicating his needs (wink, wink).

We love this Milo Andrew.

Thank you to all of you for your well wishes and for your patience while I take this time to focus on my baby boy.

As always, I am sending you all love and good cheer!

January 8, 2013

Meet Milo Andrew

My son has arrived! I’m thrilled to introduce you all to Milo Andrew. With a zest for life so strong that he decided to get a five week jumpstart, we are all doing well.  He is amazing. Life is amazing.

Potter+Butler has momentarily turned out the lights in our creative shop while I give my full attention and creative energy to my little boy. The lights will be flipped back on and the creative merriment will resume in early spring (or when it feels right, whichever comes first).

Until then, may you be surrounded by joys that are too deep to put into words. Cheers, all!


December 14, 2012

Gift Guide

Needing last minute gift ideas for your foodie friends and party planning peers? I’m serving up a few ideas on out other great ideas from dessert and party people, like Duff of Charm City Cakes, Maureen Anders of Anders Ruff, and Jessie Senese of Shop Sweet Lulu.

December 14, 2012

Christmas Tradition: Cutting down the tree

We selected our tree for this holiday season! Obviously, we had to choose the one waaaay in the back of the farm so that Adam could have the joy of carrying it waaaaay to the car. Heading out into the Oregon countryside and selecting first a tree farm and then a Christmas tree has become one of my favorite traditions since moving to this lush state, which is abundant with perfect evergreens this time of year, three years ago.

With a baby on board and due in January, each tradition we have is taking on a new feeling this year – with a big ol’ nod of gratitude to Christmas traditions as we’ve known them for 32 years mixed with  much anticipation for the refreshed sense of merriment each Christmas will take on as a parent from here on out.

As they say, it’s the most wonderful time of the year.

May the joy of your traditions be felt more deeply than ever before, friends. We are grateful for you!

December 3, 2012

Sugared Cranberry and Popcorn Holiday Dessert Garland DIY

Hello, all! As you plan for delectable and festive desserts for holiday gatherings, check out my DIY tutorial for making a Sugared Cranberry and Popcorn Holiday Dessert Garland unusual pokies and puffies galleries over at the exceptional Best Friends for Frosting blog. It’s fun, easy, and is sure to add  classic holiday style to the top of your tasty seasonal creation.

November 27, 2012


Rudy the Christmas Mouse Pokies by Forest Blue Factory

November 8, 2012

Holiday Shop Now Open

The ready to add handmade merriment to your holiday gatherings. Cheers!

November 8, 2012

Holiday Preparations

Do you feel it? It hit me today – big time. I think it’s the combination of the nip in the air along with the excited Thanksgiving menu talks that are transpiring. In addition, the holiday-themed work I’ve been creating and shooting this week for my first two contributions to me feeling pretty pretty jolly. The photo above is a sneak peek of creative holiday goodness that’s been going on around here.

How about you? Have you made the transition in feeling from October harvest-y to winter holiday-ish? If so, what brought it on?

Have a delightful day, creative friends. I’m sending you goodness and love. Cheers!