Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Shop Update.

As promised my most recent birthday party invitations are now in the shop!

Strawberry Party Invitation

Know anyone who is planning a party? Tell them to take a look.
Don't see what you are looking for? Send me a message! I love custom designs!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Favorite Finds - Red, White, & Blue

In honor of Independence Day (this coming Sunday), here are a few of my favorite finds!

If you are hosting a party, here are two super cute invitation ideas.{Invitation by Sugarcoat Paperie}

{Invitation by Paper Spice}

Perfect accessories for your little ones.
{Hat by Sweet Pea Toad Tots}

{Visor Beanie by Nora and Finn}

{Hair clips by Daisies and Sunshine}

And perfect accessories for you!
{Poppy Flower Headband by Wild Poppy Shoppe}

{Eski Circle Headband by Eski Divine}

{Navy Blue Newsboy by Maison de Terre}

{Floral Print Purse by JH Fabric Creations}

Ok. So I know have an obsession with bags and purses... but let's be honest, isn't that bag AMAZING?!

What is your favorite?

Do you have a special 4th of July tradition?

Friday, June 25, 2010

Ideas for your Weekend: more projects to try!

A couple super cute ideas to try out this weekend. Click on the links below the images for detailed step by step instructions. Thanks to The Creative Place for these great ideas and tutorials!

{Fabric Postcards}
Found here via The Creative Place

{Jotter Journal}
Found here via The Creative Place

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Font Love: Bernhard Modern

This is one of my all time favorite serif typefaces. I love how high the ascenders reach, it adds a little dramatic touch... or at least I think so.
And my favorite letter? The lowercase k and the uppercase Q.

Do you have a favorite?

{You can purchase Bernhard Modern here.}

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Inspiration to Creation: Train Birthday Party!

Train Birthday Party
{for the cutest little 3 year old I know}

Train Invitation


{Decorations & the Birthday Boy}
Super fun party accessories!

A birthday sign hung on the door and a birthday banner hung in the entry way surrounded by coordinating balloons.

Cute little train favor tags.
(The bags were filled with gummy worms!)

{Balloons & Cake}
Bunches of coordinating balloons filled the house and an amazing cake decorated with green and orange frosting!

{Small Touches}
Lime slices added to the water pitcher and lemon slices added to the lemonade added flavor, color, and a touch of whimsy.

{The Party}
The party was a huge success... the little man knew he was so loved as he celebrated his third birthday with those who love him so very much! Lots and lots of fun presents and there was even a game of 'Pin the caboose on the engine...' :)

A birthday party pack for this invitation set will be in the shop soon.
Let me know if you would like purchasing/customizing information.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Favorite Finds - Photo Prints

Look what I found! Ahhh, I am in love. This self-taught French photographer, Au fil de..., sells these beautiful photographs as 8 x 8 inch prints. Each photograph communicates such peace and tranquility. Take a look at the shop to see more!

Which one is your favorite?

Friday, June 11, 2010

Ideas for your Weekend: DIY Projects

This weekend you should try your hand out on these AMAZING (Do-It-Yourself) project ideas. I love them all and have been waiting for just the perfect time to introduce them to you! The projects are all relatively simple (step by step instructions if you click on the link, along with a complete list of materials you will need), inexpensive, and would make a great addition to any home!

DIY Toilet Paper Roll Wall Art
via Design Sponge {instructions}

DIY Faux Milkglass Centerpieces
via Ruffled {instructions}

DIY Wine Bottle Centerpieces
via Ruffled {step by step instructions}

Let me know what your favorite is and if you try any of these. I would love to see how your turns out, so take pictures and send them my way. (There may be a little prize in it for you if you do!)

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Inside Look: Train Birthday Invitations

Train Party Birthday Invitations
{for my soon to be 3 year old}

I wanted to create a modern and hip little invitation for my son who LOVES his trains.
My goal was to create something unique and different. What do you think?

Toy Trains (Ikea)

I photographed his little trains, printed the photographs, sketched/traced over the printed photograph, created a line drawing using tracing paper over the photograph/ink image, scanned the tracing paper into my computer, and then very carefully vectorized (definitely not a word) the line drawing. (I highly doubt that he will appreciate the amount of work that went into this very seemingly simple invitation. ha.)

{My Helper}
While I photographed and traced, my little one colored his own train in his little coloring book.

{Finished Product}
I love it. I think it is super chic and unexpected for a little boy who loves trains. I like that the color scheme is different (well from normal boys, not to my son, his room is decorated in those colors) and gives it a retro feel.

{So fun}

I will be creating a birthday party pack for this invitation set and will have it in the shop soon. Let me know if you would like purchasing/customizing information.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Favorite Finds - Recipe Cards

{ r e c i p e c a r d s }
These make me want to design my own (and organize my recipe box...)

{a la bouffe}
These cards are just beautiful.
I love the repeating pattern for the index card and how it coordinates with the design of the recipe cards.

{Up Up Creative}
The graphic quality of these cards are so fun!
The whisk pattern could easily be printed and hung as artwork in a kitchen... it really is that cute!

{Dezign Daze}
Again, the graphic quality is adorable.
What a great idea to use everyday kitchen dishware, utensils and/or accessories to create a pattern...

{Saddle Stitch Studio}
Love the layout of these cards with the ingredient list on the left and the directions on the right... and of course those adorable little icons in the top left hand corner.

I LOVE these letterpress recipe cards...
the color scheme and paper choice matched with the letterpress printing adds such an organic feel.
{one canoe two}

Which one is your favorite?

I am going to go organize my recipes now... haha.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Ideas for your Weekend: Give a Gift

So, this week I received the sweetest package from a friend... for no reason at all. I had so much fun opening it and exploring all the little goodies she had packed inside. There were gifts for the entire family... each so thoughtful!

My weekend idea? Send a gift to a friend or family member. It doesn't have to cost a lot of money... you could even make something that you know they would love.

My package included so many goodies:
  • a couple issues of her favorite magazine
  • the cutest binder from liberty of london
  • inside the binder: a planner that she printed out and filled in for me... I am thinking I will start using this to organize my blog ideas/craft projects
  • a jotter journal with changeable cover (tutorial to make your own here)
  • mini custom file folders
  • large fabric covered file folder
  • LOVELY paper scrap packs and journal making kits
  • and of course, a pack of buttons (I love buttons.)
  • Gifts for my son: see picture below
  • Gift for my husband: a cd of one of the earliest church services of the original Aletheia Church... we had so much fun listening to that cd... (See my sweet friend who sent me the package, her husband was one of the first people my husband met when he moved from California to Virginia to start a collegiate church... Rob & Ashley were instrumental in helping to start the first Aletheia.) What amazing memories were brought back by that cd.
Needless to say this gift was so very thoughtful and so very appreciated. I cannot wait to start making little things from all the craft goodies she sent my way. (You can check out Ashley's work here... so talented. I strive to be like her ;) )

A few ideas of things you could send to someone you love (even if you aren't crafty):
  • A couple fun magazines that you know they would love (not expensive to give as a gift, but a splurge they probably don't ever buy for themselves)
  • A mini photo album for a family member filled with fun pictures (especially if you live far away... it's such a great way to keep your family up to date)
  • Recipes of your favorite meals: you could just fill out some index cards with your favorite new recipes. For a special touch, add a photo of the recipe or fun paper to the back of the card.
  • Books: go through your collection and find a couple favorites that you know the receiver would love.
  • From a child to a child: have your child pick a couple toys from their toy box to send to their friend. What a special way to teach your child what it means to be a giver!
Just a couple ideas of a way to bless someone you love for little to no money.

Gifts for my sons:
The Foot Book, by Dr. Seuss for Asher
& a sweet little matchbox car for Andrew (his most favorite thing!)

Even the packaging was cute and thought out... she used sewing pattern tissue paper.

Thank you so much Ashley, Rob and Jimmy for the sweetest surprise!
We loved opening up all the treasures. You are such a blessing to our family!

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Do you have any fun and creative gift ideas?


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