Tuesday, July 29, 2014

An Organized Logo


It's a bit difficult to design a logo when you haven't been given many "wants" from a client. Other than telling me that she liked a couple casual fonts I really had nowhere to start. Oh, except to have the design look like the tagline "making space for your life". What on earth does that look like? I don't know. Do you?

She's a professional organizer so the file folder and the sketched boxes would be things she deals with on a regular basis. Do you like that corrugated cardboard underline? Yep, upper right logo. She's had her hands on plenty of cardboard boxes over the years. And those cherries? Well, "life is a bowl of cherries" so that's the playful reason for those! 

It has been fun working on this, I must say.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Put a Bow on it and make it PINK Baby Shower!








A diaper baby shower invitation is just so darn cute. This mother-to-be saw the "Bee" themed one that I did and asked for a hot pink bow instead of the bee. Hello! It's a girl so we might as well embrace the pinkness! and all those big bows that little cutie will be wearing. And she wanted polka dots too. Personally, I like the damask and polka dot combo so I carried it out through all the other paper party details.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Beachy Bridal Shower Invitations



With a focus on the honeymoon on St. Lucia in the Caribbean this bridal shower brunch went "beachy"!  It can be difficult to shower a bride with gifts in San Diego when after the wedding the bride and groom will be living in London.  How much would it cost to ship all those kitchen gifts? A boatload, I'm sure. So this shower focused on the honeymoon and the things this bride might be packing in her suitcase and also packing the "honeyfund" with some extra bucks. St. Lucia means aqua blue waters and pretty sunsets in peachy shades so that set the color theme. The aqua string gives a nod to a fishing net as well as "tying the knot"! Ahhhh, someone bring me a mimosa!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Feather the Nest... a Baby Shower




nesting bingo was played as the mom-to-be opened her gifts
moss balls, wine boxes, branches and some baby's breath decorate the dessert table


the paper feather, included in each invitation, is a raffle ticket for the diaper raffle
A different theme for a baby shower, that's what my daughter was looking for as we planned this bash for her BFF Kendall. Feathers, twigs, wooden boxes, and of course nests!  The invitation was done in moss green and khaki papers with moss green twine and a real feather. The feather printed paper I used as an envelope liner was a great find at Paper Source. It had a rustic, natural feel to it that lent itself to the theme of the shower. And that is what the feel of the baby's room is as well. The mom-and-dad-to-be have got the cutest nursery waiting for their little bundle. Neutral colors, gray and khaki, are the backdrop but the coolest thing is it even has a teepee in it! I'm in love with this twist on feathering a baby's nest.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Rehearsal Dinner Chalkboard Invitation


The MOG had a different invitation in mind for this rehearsal dinner invitation. Something more Mexican-fiesta-like. But the groom really wanted the chalkboard style. So she requested subtle strands of colorful lights to be added and this is the final result! Let's party!!

Monday, May 12, 2014

She's Turning Eighty, yes she is!



She loves peonies. Pink ones as a matter of fact. So that's where we started with this 80th birthday invitation that includes a shimmery green background paper to compliment the shades of green in the watercolor. She's a pretty hip grandma so a playful font was chosen for her. You go Gail!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Wine Not? A Birthday Party Theme




She's turning 50. He's turning 60. So "Wine Not?" do it up right in the Napa Valley wine country. It will be the perfect setting for four full days of recreation, wine tasting and celebrating this couple and their BIG birthdays. Rustic and playful were two words that this client used to describe the vibe she wanted in a save-the-date. A corkscrew in a logo and wine drop stains bring in the event location and theme even more. The formal invitation is coming soon!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Just Peachy! A Bridal Shower Invitation


Spring will have just sprung when this bridal shower happens next month. The pretty peach tones with just a touch of pink were chosen because not only does the bride like peach (one of her wedding colors) but the lovely home where the shower will be held has white and orange decor. What a beautiful backdrop for all the lovelies that will be in attendance!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

A Couples Wedding Shower given by The Godfather




Every now and then I get a strange request. This was one of them. But when it was explained to me it made me chuckle and say "oooookay". The Godparents of this engaged couple (a Filipino wedding custom of the groom's family) are Italian (their niece is the bride) and so of course they are giving them a wedding shower with "The Godfather" theme! I know. It's making sense to you now, right?

A classic movie such as this has some unforgettable lines so I just had to incorporate a couple of them. And it starts with "We're making you an offer you can't refuse." So I'm sure everyone that gets this invitation will feel the pressure to attend. Ha!

The textured woven paper lends some casualness to the formal looking wine label and helps to bring out the party's outdoor, vineyard-like feel. Some good Italian food and wine and guests dressed in the theme and this will be some party!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

"Favorite Things" Christmas Card


It isn't a Christmas song but somehow has attached itself to Christmas. I'm talking about "My Favorite Things" from The Sound of Music. The outside of the card has that "brown paper package tied up with string" look. And when the card is opened the text on the tag has the kids' "favorite things". Rave reviews came in on this one.Makes me smile.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

A Nautical Christmas Party Invitation




How lovely, a Christmas Party Brunch on a yacht on San Diego Bay. The chances for excellent weather are quite good in San Diego all year long so why not cruise the bay while celebrating the season in December? The color theme for this party is a cheery green, silver and teal which combines "Christmas" and "ocean" rather well. It's is a light and bright feel for a daytime party, don't you think?

Friday, November 8, 2013

A Lace Bridal Shower Invitation




An invitation that I designed 5 years ago needed some tweaking before I could put it in my Etsy shop. So here it is, newly re-designed with layers of loveliness for a linens and lace bridal shower! And of course there are color choices for the background paper and the flower! You can find it right here.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Again with the Pumpkin Scarring




The color changed from a light yellow to this lovely orange

This guy is my favorite!

Three years ago I became fascinated with pumpkin scarring. So much so that the next spring I planted my own little pumpkin patch and scarred some of my own. I've learned a few things along the way, and I'm still learning. I've included photos of the day I scarred some of them to give you an idea of how small they are and what color they are at that time on the vine. Fairy tales, Cinderellas, Luminas and Musquee de Provence are a few of the varieties that I planted. I already have seeds to plant for next spring!

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Moving Again to a New Address

Breaking news! Our daughter and her husband moved again. It's been a handful of months ago, actually, but I'm finally getting around to posting this fun "we've moved" card.  They wanted it to include where they started and where they met, Idaho Falls, and their progression from there. Also they wanted the TV stations that they have been employed at to be included too. They worked at the same station in Idaho Falls, Idaho, but when they moved to Spokane, Washington they worked at different stations. And now in Denver they are at different stations as well. It's a friendly rivalry so that's the good news. And who doesn't prefer good news?! They just want you to watch the news!