a good friend of mine sent me an email with the subject line: "art project $"(<-- teehee). he wanted me to take this picture (below) and do some sort of drawing or charcoal. it's of his girlfriend and her much beloved dog that may not be around much longer. sweet, right? i was SO glad he left it open ended enough for me to decide to NOT do a charcoal drawing or any kind of drawing but instead do a loose watercolor. so freeing! i really enjoyed doing this and i think it makes it a little more special then an exact replicate precise drawing. besides, i'm out of practice for that so it might have ended up looking just off enough for you to say "oh thats nice" instead of "incredible!". i've done this once before for my parents and their dogs and i loved how it came out. i wish i had a picture of that to throw up here too.
just for fun i'll add a drawing i did for my mother-in-law as a present for mother's day two years ago... yes, two years it took me to do this. to be fair it did take a while to get a picture but still i'm pathetic. i guess my motivation for drawing got lost somewhere in the mix of being a first time mom (yes i will take advantage of that excuse, thank you very much).
so most likely you know we are expecting another baby girl in october. therefore i am currently pregnant and meet the qualifications for "nesting". whatever you want to call it, we are in the process of making way! we (i) decided to move emily into a new room and keep our nursery the way it is for our new darling hannah. why? because it's a lot of work to redo something and its a lot of fun to plan a girly room for emily and she just needs to move OK! even now though, when theres no turning back, i think about how emily gets TWO new rooms and hannah gets emily's old one and feel... i dont know.... (insert sad face emoji). BUT its for the best and i still haven't ruled out a redo for the old room too (don't tell ricky). so heres the plan:
^ heres my inspiration board filled with pins i found and the actual design i created for emily's accent wall (top triangle thing). i also bought this fabric that has little gold sparkly triangles on it to make into curtains...needless to say i'm excited. here is the progress so far:
belated: happening later than should have been the case. late. overdue. behind schedule.
but its better late than never right? i think so! this baby girl had to wait awhile for her birthday chalkboard which her parents requested after she turned one. but honestly, its still going to be a nice way to remember this special year in her blessed little life.
so a very happy (belated) birthday to bailee!
please, read the title of this post in a snooty accent. recently, i finished two chalkboards for a wedding and i'm in love with them. mostly because because working on a real chalkboard is so much better then working on anything sprayed with chalkboard paint. also- i loved all the blueberries in these designs. the wedding had a "Maine style with a little classy prep feel". i never knew there was a style for the state of Maine but i think i got the gist and it was just so courtney - it was perfect. these were really fun and aside from having my sister-in-law point out about 10 spelling errors (errrrr, but i love her for it) it was a very smooth process.
i also design the programs, name cards, and wine label table numbers ...
i loved her idea for incorporating their two home states on the programs. some may say quirky but i think its adorable. also- the tiny name cards she got in two different designs to help the caterer distinguish which meal each guest ordered (super smart and convenient).
our friends sam and shane recently tied the knot and now i can reveal the invitations i designed for them!
a word on these two people: they have captured our hearts because not only are they fun and easy to hang out with but they love on emily so much! so, i kind of think of them as her unofficial god-parents. the two of them are so genuinely nice and we love everything about them. shane used to be a guest at our dinner table quite often and we are sad to see them move so far away (30 mins is more than you think with a toddler).
i also got the honor of not only designing their programs but also handing them out at their wedding! thats right- ricky and i were guestbook attendants, baby!(or guestbook attendants with baby... emily came too) check out the matching programs below.
once again i realized what a privilege it is to attend the weddings i get to create for. i get to see the vision described to me months ago come to life! i have to say that i think the invitations matched perfectly. this was such a beautiful wedding and it was so great to see two friends from high school tie the knot and hang out with lots of friends and family too! (actually we've known them since elementary school) every time we get to spend a little time with kaila and joey we end up saying how we wish we could see them more often. if only PA was not so far away...
this set of invitations was like magic to create- probably the first and only time i seemed to "get it right" the first time and had to make very few changes (in fact i don't think i made any to the save-the-date). it was also really cool to find the invitation matched exactly what the wedding was - modern, simple, classy, fun, and relaxed. the bride happens to love polka dots just as much as i do :) being that we traveled 6 hours with a 16 month year old to get to this wedding i feel like our little family conquered columbus. it was worth all the effort though. i cried (no, not just a tear- CRIED) while they cut their cake - who does that? not really a traditional mushy part of the day i think. but listen, i couldn't help myself! all i saw was my one very deserving, honorable friend standing with his beautiful bride as happy as he could be and i kept thinking about us freshman year of college and how far we've come...(sigh)...what a beautiful, fun, and special night!
this past weekend kicked off our wedding season and it was so much fun. we had the privilege of spending the entire day with the bride and groom because we were the unofficial friend videographers (wait, no, we ARE officially friends though). basically we had all the perks of being in the bridal party without having to stand up front and it was SO FUN! I also had the honor of designing their lovely wedding invitations. ^ seen above. the colors here are NOT what they look like in real life and i honestly have no idea how to ... pause while i come up with an idea ...
here enters a picture of our fridge - the current resting place of all of our save-the-dates (oh hey THATs the bride and groom), invitations (sneak peek for next week's post on the left there), adorable doctor picture frame magnets (emily is a JDC kid! for sure), and apparently robert downey jr... this is way more accurate depiction of the invitation colors. they chose to print them on linen paper and that just made the black ink stand out SO GOOD - i believe the words "letter press" were hinted at when someone described these babies. thats a compliment in my book. (disclosure: they are not letter press)
a word on the bride and groom:
they are so fun to be around and we are LUCKY to call them friends. we don't get to see them often but when we do its always enjoyable - both of them bring so much life and confidence into a room. we happened to be at a memorial day barbecue after the big day, one which they would have normally attended if they weren't on their honeymoon, and i distinctly missed their presence. i can tell their marriage will be deeply blessed and a blessing to others - you just know these things, you know?
i'll call this design "the aristocat" style since it resembles the disney movie character to the left. for the record, i'm more than ok with that.