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Winter Wedding Invitations

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I had the joy to design invitations for a friend of mine and her now husband. When I asked her what she wanted, she basically said, she wanted reds and winter greens. She left me to figure out the rest. I love getting let loose on designs. It’s fun. :) 

I lettered the names and painted the foliage, then scanned and designed. I didn’t have a whole lot of time to budget for these invitations so I kept them simple. I wanted something a little more visually impactful than center-justified text, so I designed the text on a slant. 

If I had had more time, I think I would have refined things just a little bit more, but I’m happy with the end result. Happy enough to post them here, right? ;)

I enjoyed adding more dimension to the art by including watercolor details to the artwork. I used techniques from a watercolor class I took from Natalie Malan in the fall. We’re going to be team-teaching a workshop! Learn calligraphy and watercolor on March 4th! Register here. Looking for more workshops? See the 2017 schedule for updates. 

Japanese Puzzle Eraser Valentines

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Most holidays I don’t go all-out. But Valentine’s Day is a day for me to have fun with puns and little gifts. I tend to give myself unrealistic expectations (all the time. Constantly. 24/7), I’ve gotten better at ignoring them and being more realistic with my time (because… umm… naps). But for Valentine’s I love doing something a little bit on the ridiculous side. I mean, come on. I could have gone to the grocery store and picked up any number of things that are already done. But this is like a hobby to me. An annual one, but a hobby nonetheless.

Last month while in San Francisco, I made it a point to visit my favorite Daiso store and as I was walking past the aisles of adorable-ness, I spotted a wall of assorted puzzle erasers and piled them in my basket. It just came to me that the kiddos in Penelope’s and Felix’s classes needed these things. And hey, they’re not candy, so my practical mom-self said, “The kids with dietary restrictions will get to enjoy these, too!!”

I found these darling clear plastic pillow boxes at my local packaging supply store (Pak N Wrap), if you’re not in my same area, you can get them on amazon right here

They’re so darling, the temptation to put them in your mouth is real, so I put a little note on the bottom that said, “P.S. This is an eraser.:)” Because heaven forbid a little piece gets lodged somewhere. 

 

My first inclination was to do some fancy-pants lettering like what I did above (I love the snap, so I wanted to throw that in here). But it’s for Kindergarteners and Third graders. They won’t be able to read that, let alone really appreciate it. So I busted out my more casual single-case lettering instead. 

Coming up with something clever to say was just about as stressful as naming a newborn. But instead of something timeless, I wanted it to be clever. Unfortunately, I’m not known for my quick wit. That’s okay. Because this girl can’t be perfect at everything, right? So I phoned it in with a “Hello, adorable”. And I’m happy with it. I wish I had done something a little more fancy and creative with the design of it all, but done is better than perfect any day. 

I didn’t complete these in time for you to use the idea this year, but this could be fun for a little party favor or little gift for future use. I hope you use the idea! Feel free to download the lettering by right-clicking the image below. And you can purchase an adorable assortment of puzzle erasers right here, if you’re like me and don’t have a Daiso store near you. Thanks Amazon!! 

Printable and its contents are free for personal use only. Any alteration or distribution of the file (beyond adding your own text) without permission is prohibited. 

 

Bye Bye Gallery Wall

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We’re dealing with a little scope creep at our house at the moment. What started as a kitchen update, has turned into a full-scale kitchen gutting.

Sad to say, I don’t think I ever blogged this wall before we tore it down. 

As our contractor tore down the cabinets on the other side of this half wall, the stability just went to crap. He told us he’d have to rebuild the wall. Understandable. Because… code. You know, it’s kind of important. 

But yesterday, as I came upstairs just after he tore down the old wall, I couldn’t bare the thought of a new one going up. The open-ness is just too much. I need it. I need more light. I need more space. It’s going to be amazing. But that means this gallery wall will only live on in the images captured. Well… and the artwork that once filled said wall. That, I still have. It’s in boxes. And will, once again, find its way back to our walls.  

Artists represented in this wall: 

Me, Ashlee Mae, Penelope, Brittany Scott, Annie K Blake, Colt Bowden, Emily Adams, A collab between Brittany Watson Jeppson and me, Leslie Duke and Nic Annette Miller. All pieces I’ve collected over the course of 12 or so years. 

I had my friend Eirene Henderson help me put the wall together. And by help, I just gave her boxes of artwork to choose from and she worked her gallery wall magic. 

I scored this gorgeous bird from Leslie Duke on an Instagram sale. Super proud of this one. 

This one is an Annie Blake original. I love the geometric figure. 

I’m a bit sad that this wall is gone, but I’m very excited about what’s to come. The whole upstairs is going to be so open and perfect for gathering with friends. Stay tuned!! 

Freebie: Printable Baby Shower Invitations

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This post is sponsored by The Baby Cubby. Baby Cubby is the go-to for fantastic nursery and baby must-haves.

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Baby cubby isn’t just for new moms. I stocked up for Junie for Christmas with all sorts of darling duds and tactile toys that leave her entertained for hours. 

A friend of mine is expecting a baby, and all of us in the neighborhood are so excited for her! 

I had fun designing these invitations, they’re feminine, but the blues and pinks in the design still keep it open-ended. 

This was the inspiration behind the invitations. I took this photo at my cousin’s baby shower around 2 years ago. I love this bright and cheery combination. 

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The download includes a fill-in-the-blank version and a design your own version that you can pull into word or any other editing software and add the text yourself. Invites are 5×7, and work with A7 envelopes, like these pretty teal ones.

Printable and its contents are free for personal use only. Any alteration or distribution of the file (beyond adding your own text) without permission is prohibited. 

2016 Christmas Candy Box Printable

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This printable is coming to you a bit on the late side, but I figure now is better than never. :) 

Here’s what I used for this year’s Christmas box. I love the pillow box design. It’s easy to cut and assemble and it holds just the right amount of caramels for a small treat. I’ve done this shape in the past, but figured I’d give it a fresh new look with some calligraphy and watercolor foliage. 

As I assembled the boxes, I noticed that some of the boxes started to come undone. The double-stick tape wasn’t cutting it with the fuzzy letterpress paper I had used for printing. So I used some cheery red tape to keep the edge closed. It added a festive touch. 

I got extra fancy, and busted out the gold ink and penned the names of the household. I only put 4 caramels in there, so it wasn’t meant for sharing with the whole family. ;)

Want to see previous Christmas Candy Box printables? Click the years below: 

2007 • 2008 • 2009 • 2010 • 2011 • 2012 • 201320142015

I rounded up the kiddos and we started walking around the neighborhood to drop off the treats, but the 9º wind chill made that excursion last for 2 houses. Felix and I popped in the car and drove the rest around. I was kind of bummed that the weather was too yucky for a winter stroll. But such is life! 

I hope you use these boxes for next year!! Click the link below to download. The download includes a printable for cutting by hand and files for the Print & Cut feature on Silhouette. Enjoy! 

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The freebies in this post are free for personal use only. Alteration or distribution without written consent is prohibited.

Want to learn more about the brush calligraphy used in the download? Check out my online class right here!

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