Tuesday, June 30, 2009

if only...

If only I had a bathroom large enough to hold a dresser...

and could paint it this pretty shade of blue.

found via homesweethome

Monday, June 29, 2009

the sky planter

I know this idea is nothing new; I've seen the topsy-turvy tomato planter commercial hundreds of times. The sky planter, however, has really stepped it up a notch by making their planter ceramic. If 90% of my plants were not dying at the moment and I thought whatever I planted in the sky planter stood a chance of staying alive, I would order this in a second!
(I even have empty ceiling hooks longing to be useful)

found first on swissmiss, sold here

throwback baseball

This season the MLB teams are really embracing their history. The Pittsburgh Pirates (the Grays) and the Kansas City Royals (the Monarchs) sported throwback uniforms during this past weekend's play.

I like that they aren't afraid to switch things up for a game or two.

Both pictures from mlb.com

Sunday, June 28, 2009

alice in wonderland revealed

Please forgive my sudden obsession with movies...

Tim Burton's vision for the upcoming Alice in Wonderland is slowing being revealed. I think it is safe to say that you can expect nothing less then his usual dark and surreal take on a classic story. We have a long time to wait, however, the movie does not open in theaters until March 5, 2010.

Sneak peek...

Saturday, June 27, 2009

a new season of necklaces

I am all about the new necklace trends out this season. I really like the mixed materials and layered style that is cropping up. Here are just a few of my favorites that can liven up any outfit!

left to right: Sun Rise Nectar Necklace from Anthropologie, assemblé from dejarnette new orleans, Pretty in Pink from Dejarnette, Windflower Necklace from Anthropologie.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

wedding invites...in process

I am in the process of designing my friend's wedding invitations and I took advantage of a very rainy morning to make the map that will be included in the invite booklet.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

making old traditions new

My love of weddings started early because my first job was as a caterer at the local golf course which hosted about 60% of our town's wedding receptions. Each weekend (sometimes twice a weekend) I got to see an entirely different approach to the traditional wedding reception. Each couple had a different style, theme, or idea for their big day and it was interesting to see how they each took the same space and made something completely different out of it.

These days it seems that weddings are becoming more tailored to the individual style of the bride and groom. The creativity and do-it-yourself-ness can be overwhelming but creates some great new takes on some old traditions.

Why stick to just one style of wedding cake when you can choose several? Or why have cake at all? It is becoming customary to use family recipes and serve bundt cake, angelfood cake, pie, or pound cake at receptions. The left from Zack and Lauren's lovely rustic wedding, who also served cookies and milk shots to guests. The right is from OnceWed as well.

Fabric backdrops are popping up to spruce up the traditional required posed pictures. This one is from Lena Corwin's wedding which was featured on Martha Stewart. As the first impression that your guests get of your upcoming wedding, the wedding invitation lays the groundwork for the theme or feeling of your event. I see a definite shift from the traditional wedding suite to more creative look at what you can accomplish with paper and unusual goods. This invitation is from the wedding of designer/illustrator Anna Bond of Rifle Design. (Go look at her cake, it is the world's greatest cake!)

Unique wedding favors to thrill guests. From OnceWed

Thursday, June 04, 2009

shop additons

Two new additions to my shop this week. Finally finished the rug I've been meaning to make for MONTHS. I am also embarking on a line of correspondence goods. I posted some fun mailing labels and they will soon be joined by address labels and other fun paper items.

Hop on over to my shop and see more pictures of both items!

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

illustration goodness

I've been really inspired by illustrations lately and finding that I am incorporating hand drawn elements into my work as much as possible. Watching Antiques Roadshow a few months back I realized that I was introduced to one of my favorite artists at a very young age. Madeline was one of my favorite books as a child. I think the series is what initially drew me to my love of France and probably had a lot to do with my choice of studying French as my foreign language throughout school. I had never realized that the author and illustrator, Ludwig Bemelmans, had a career far beyond that of Madeline and Ms. Clavel. A quick google search showed me a lifetime of his illustrations just waiting for me to fall in love with.

The original illustrations brought to Antiques Roadshow that inspired my search. Very jealous! They are absolutely stunning. From pbs.org

Illustrations from the Madeline Series, from http://www.vinland.org/scamp/nuns/clavel/

Additional illustrations by Ludwig Bemelmans. Left: Children's Book Gallery, Right: From The Books of Exlibris

Eric Sturdevant's Flickr Photostream