Pi(e) Day

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Image from somekitchenstories.com

Today’s date gives you the perfect reason to treat yourself…to some pie. You may think you’re not a traditional pie fan. But you haven’t experienced the Twix Tart from Some Kitchen Stories. They’re twist on pie will change your view of pie (and so many other dishes).

Image from somekitchenstories.com
Image from somekitchenstories.com

If Twix aren’t your thing (we won’t judge) they offer many other great pie recipes. Spend some time on their blog today drooling over the photos for all of their recipes. You’ll be very happy you did. Then, get baking! Try out at least one of their recipes – you won’t regret it!

Springing Ahead

Image courtesy of Brit+Co
Image courtesy of Brit+Co

With signs of Spring popping up in the past week (depending on where you live!) there are a lot of great activities you can look forward to now that the weather is breaking. Getting outside after the long winter months is definitely a top perk but also taking advantage of the extra daylight to get more done from your to-do list, motivating yourself to get started on spring cleaning, and spring decorating easily round out the list.

Today’s round up: Easter Egg tricks! Easter is just a few weekends away and this is such a fun tradition that can liven your tablescapes. Not interested in the (messy) idea of using dye? There are plenty of alternatives. My personal favorite: temporary tattoos.

Brit+Co provides an easy to follow tutorial using the amazing Tattly temp tattoos but you can follow this for any tattoos you might have around the house from your kids or pick up at your local craft store.

Image courtesy of Brit + Co
Image courtesy of Brit + Co

Eliminate the mess and decorate your eggs with a more sophisticated touch this year!

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide: Cards!

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner you may be searching for a card that says what you want without being overly mushy. Skip the traditional big stores and check out these options for some great cards!

Etsy

There are some great shops with awesome cards + you get to support a small business! Here are just a few suggestions to narrow your search if you’re new to Etsy. But, simply typing in the type of card you’re looking for into their search bar will provide you with so many options.

DangerDust  Be Mine Chalkboard Card Everything in this shop is originally hand drawn on a chalkboard then reproduced for you to purchase. Crazy talent and simply beautiful cards

Image courtesy of DangerDust on Etsy
Image courtesy of DangerDust on Etsy

The White Lime Keep Love Poppin’ card is friggin’ great! They have other great Valentine’s cards in stock right now, too so check out the entire shop.

Image Courtesy of TheWhiteLime on Etsy
Image Courtesy of TheWhiteLime on Etsy

Rifle Paper Co.

All illustrations featured on Rifle Paper Co. items are hand painted by owner, Anna Rifle. Her process brings great texture and color palettes to each item and the greeting card line is no exception. Check out the entire line to find the right card for your Valentine.

Image courtesy of Rifle Paper Co.
Image courtesy of Rifle Paper Co.

Paper Source

Whether you’re looking for a clever card inside and out, a blank inside to jot down your own special message OR the tools you need to make your own card, Paper Source has it all. If you’re lucky enough to live near one of their stores treat yourself to a visit. They have lots of great unique gifts you can pick up as well. They have a huge variety of cards – everything from funny to romantic to slightly inappropriate. Perfect for Valentine’s of all types!

Image courtesy of Paper Source
Image courtesy of Paper Source

You can also check out local shops + boutiques in your area. They tend to support local artists and other small businesses to offer a unique selection of cards.

Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies

Image from justataste.com
Image from justataste.com

Even though the holiday season has passed I’m still making cookies often. Why? Because I found such a delicious recipe on Pinterest a few months ago and can’t get enough. Plus, they’ve been requested multiple times by friends and family.

What makes these cookies turn out so well? A secret ingredient of…cream cheese. I’ve found it keeps the cookies tasting fresh even a week after I’ve made them. The other trick: refrigerating your dough. I’ve been doing that with all cookie dough I’ve made since discovering this recipe. It really makes a difference and I find it’s easier to find time to bake so many cookies when I break up the process over a few days. I recommend refrigerating your dough for at least 2 hours and up to 3 days.

The recipe is very easy to follow and available on Just a Taste. Try it out this week. You won’t regret it.

Get the link now! http://www.justataste.com/2013/09/secret-ingredient-best-chocolate-chip-cookies-recipe/?crlt.pid=camp.AoDmpKy9Dhjw

Embrace those Winter blues

The days may seem endless but winter is here to stay for a bit longer. You’ve packed up your holiday decorations and you’re counting down to the first day of Spring. Beat those winter blues by bringing them into your home! Below is a round up of winter decor pieces in a brisk, cool, color palette for every home (and budget!).

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1. Threshold™ Demijohn Vase in Blue from Target 2. Sepulveda Mural Wallpaper in Graystone from West Elm 3. Chevron Throw in Aqua / Twighlight from Pottery Barn 4. Tied Warp Napkin from Terrain 5. Winter’s Eve Dinner Plate from Anthropologie

Stay warm and embrace winter in your home! Spring will be popping up before you know it.

// All thoughts posted are my own //

08.30.14

As two graphic designers, we had high expectations from all of our guests for our wedding – from invitations to decor. We got married over Labor Day weekend and it was truly a culmination of many hours of planning, designing and hard work. The day turned out to be fantastic (weather was a big worry for us as we planned to have our ceremony outdoors!) and we had so much fun celebrating with our family and friends.

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My husband Mike and I knew we wanted a day full of personal touches and everything from start to finish that our guests saw had been made by hand in some way. I designed our invitation suite, choosing to hand letter them in watercolor for the ultimate personal touch. I carried this look across the RSVP card as well. I loved creating the small icons for our dinner selections. I used the same style for our wedding programs which we made into fans – planning ahead for warm summer weather.

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Our ceremony was held in the backyard of our venue, The Manor House at Commonwealth, and was officiated by one of my older brothers. As part of the RSVP card, we asked guests to write in marriage advice for us. We chose 8 family members + friends to read these as part of our ceremony. My brother also had Mike and I secretly send him memories we had of each other, meeting for the first time, and some insight into our relationship that he worked into the ceremony. It was such a beautiful, personal ceremony for both of us. I wore a full lace gown from Yes to the Dress in Huntingdon Valley and opted for a headpiece from the same shop over a traditional veil. Mike and his groomsmen wore grey tuxedos with gingham shirts and polka dot ties from J Crew. My bridesmaids wore J Crew chiffon dresses in the eggplant color; each girl chose a different style dress. We finished off their look with patterned Seychelles shoes.

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For our cocktail hour and reception, we filled the venue with hand made items. We created banners and jars of decorative flags for photo ops in the cocktail space. We sliced birch logs to hold our table seating cards and our guest book was a hand made birch tree stump piñata. We supplied our guests with pens and paper and let them know we’d be opening the piñata on our first anniversary. For our centerpieces, we knew we wanted groupings of bottles on wood. We spent the entire year of our engagement hunting for unique bottles and our florist, Maura Rose Events, made amazing arrangements. She even cut each wood slab herself for the bottles to sit on in the center of the table. We then sprinkled each table center with paper hearts cut from old books. I hand lettered the table numbers in watercolor as I had done for our invitations and programs. Maura also created gorgeous bouquets for myself and bridesmaids and boutonnieres for our groomsmen from wildflowers and succulents.

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Our venue provided fantastic catering and our signature drink, a blush sangria, that we named Comic Sansgria – a play off our profession. Bredenbeck’s Bakery in Chestnut Hill provided us with delicious cake. We had 5 tiers of chocolate chip pound cake with buttercream icing. Three tiers had a buttercream filling and the other two tiers had nutella filling. Dessert hour also featured cookies and milk served in champagne fluters. We ended the night with a candy bar for our guests with over a dozen different candies to take home in bags stamped with a custom stamp we created for the wedding.

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We danced through the evening with our wonderful band, Second Vision. All of these moments were perfectly captured for us by Sharyn Frenkel Photography. We’re so happy we can look back on our wedding day and all of the personal touches we put into the day to make it incredibly memorable for both of us.

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Quick Hello + Introduction

I’m jumping into a blog (for the second try) and aim to be much more consistent with posting this time around. I’ll share everything from current work to current events in our life. I’m starting off with some sketches of the first of six pieces I’ve been commissioned to do for a bride. The bride, Amanda, contacted me looking for personal gifts for each of her bridesmaids. She sent me quotes she feels fits each girl and over the next 6 months I’ll be taking these from sketch to completion and share the progress on here.
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This commission comes on the heels of another wedding gift commission. Darcy, a former classmate and friend of bride Rebecca reached out to me to create a unique gift for Rebecca and her husband Scott. Rebecca shared a Shel Silverstein quote she really enjoyed with Darcy who turned it over to me. Rebecca and Scott love nature and have a lot of blues in their apartment so the sun print idea came to mind instantly. I wish Rebecca + Scott the happiest of starts!
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Interested in ordering a custom piece? You can contact me through my Etsy site.