Thursday, September 30, 2010

Cake Vintage

I was perusing my favorite store, The Wishbasket (located in Newburyport), when I stumbled across these awesome place mats by Cake Vintage. They're pads of paper place mats- what a novel idea! I wish I had thought of that!

These place mats could spruce up any meal and would be perfect for picnics. Best of all? Easy cleanup!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Busy Bee

Hello, hello... I'm still here! I apologize that I've been neglecting you all for the past few days. It's just that I've been super busy maintaining my little (but growing!) business.

I've been working on a large wedding stationery suite for an amazing client in LA. I absolutely cannot wait to share it with you, but in the mean time, here is a sneak preview.

I've been working on some new calligraphy styles.

And making calligraphy kits that include my rate card and calligraphy samples.

And finally, you may have noticed my new logo! I'm re-branding and organizing all my business collateral.

Whew! It's a great feeling to get everything in gear. Tell all of your friends: I'm ready and open for business!

If you or anyone you know are interested in my wedding calligraphy or design services, please email me at Thanks!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Zed & Bee

I absolutely love the gorgeous stationery styling of Zed & Bee. One thing I've learned while trying to photograph my own stationery is that it takes a lot of work to make paper look interesting. These vignettes are unbelievable detailed and are styled to perfection to make the stationery pop. I definitely appreciate the amount of time and work it took to make each of these shots come alive.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Frenchie + Letterpress = LOVE

I found these adorable letterpress cards on Etsy today by We Heart Paper. Could there be anything better than a letterpress Frenchie notecard?! I think not.

Not only does Janie make the most adorable letterpress stationery, but she also has a great blog!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Serena & Lily Flokati Rug

Just ordered Serena & Lily's Flokati rug for our bedroom. I've been looking for a plush rug to put by our bed because while the hardwood floors in our apartment are great, they're a little cold. And with the winter months fast approaching I want to make our place as cozy as possible. As I've been searching for the perfect rug, I've either come across 60's shag or sheep skin with nothing in between. However, The Flokati rug seems like the perfect combination of plush but not too shaggy and warm but not too furry. I'll let you know how it turns out!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

I'm working on a big wedding project (that I can't wait to share with you!) so I'll be away for the rest of the week. See you on Monday!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Kaleidoscope Heart

I love, love, love Sara Bareilles' new ablum Kaleidoscope Heart. It's one of those albums that just puts me in a happy mood. Take a listen here.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Navy Friday

Happy Friday everyone! See you Monday!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Michaela's Wedding

You've followed me as I've chronicled Michaela's wedding, from her bridal shower invitations, to her wedding invitations and now I'm so excited to share the stationery from her stunning wedding this past June in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Starting with the bags that every guest received upon arrival to the hotel. We created a monogrammed sticker and a simple note, welcoming everyone to Saratoga Springs. You'll see the M&J monogram incorporated through the rest of the stationery. I always try to maintain a level of consistency throughout, it essentially "brands" your wedding and makes it that more special and memorable.

The hotel bag contained tasty treats from Michaela and Joe's respective hometowns: Philadelphia and Saratoga.

Michaela found these awesome bird cages from one of my favorite online stores, Save on Crafts.
They were also a complete bargain for 2 for $30, so she decided to use them for her guest table.

We created signs for the cages which were mounted using the same purple ribbon from the invitation belly bands. We also made matching stationery so guests could write a note to the newlyweds. I love this idea because it's much more personal than a signature in a guest book. The notes will be a cherished keepsake from the wedding.

Moving on to the reception... first of all, how stunning is the ballroom? The reception was held at the Canfield Casino right in the heart of Saratoga. The historic casino was an absolutely gorgeous location for the wedding.

The head table's menus were also the seating cards. I love the quirky titles that Michaela and Joe put on their menus.

The wedding favor was a deck of cards, fitting with the casino location. We created a fancier version of the monogram that covered the front of the package.

Guests were seated at round tables surrounding the head table. I absolutely loved the yellow and gold color scheme. And I always love a menu tucked neatly into a napkin.

Michaela made these cute chair covers to incorporate more yellows into the color scheme. It also created a layer of texture. This is a great idea because it isn't too fussy and bows are not required. It's was a simple and elegant way to differentiate the head table chairs.

Flowers were another huge element in the decor and I loved the different mix of fresh cut and potted plants. Since the ballroom ceilings were so high, the height and textures of the flowers were a dynamic part in bringing the entire room together.

No detail was overlooked and the memorable day went flawlessly. Michaela and Joe, thank you for letting me be a part of your gorgeous wedding!

Most photographs by Michaela & Joe's wedding photojournalist,
Mitch Wojnarowicz. If you'd like to see more photos, visit their online wedding slideshow.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Creative, Inc.

Sometimes I get completely overwhelmed by trying to start my own business. The creative world is definitely the road less traveled and I find myself wishing there was a Martha Stewart University. A place where you could get a degree in the world of entertaining, cooking, home decor and the creative arts. If there was, I'd already have my masters by now! I especially get wistful when I see the straightforward path that my husband has taken to get his MBA and find a job that he's excited about. Not that it was easy, but it was definitely more conventional. So as I wade the rough waters of starting my own business and trying to figure out what I really want out of a career, this awesome book has come along.

I got my copy yesterday and I'm blown away by how informative it is. Creative, Inc. The Ultimate Guide to Running a Freelance Business is exactly the kind of book that I need now that I'm trying to grow my design business. It's informational, encouraging and has filled me with ambition to continue along the path that I've chosen. It is co-authored by one of my favorite bloggers, Joy Deangdeelert Cho of Oh Joy!. She has definitely paved the road for the creative types like me and is a huge role model. Even her stop motion trailer is inspiring!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Navy Friday

Happy Friday everyone! Have a great long weekend!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Weather Ballons

Jordan Ferney at Oh Happy Day did an amazing post about weather balloon signage and I think this idea is just adorable! I wish I had thought of it myself for my wedding. I never cease to be amazed by Jordan's creativity... she comes up with the most delightful and whimsical ideas for events!
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