April 28, 2010 § 2 Comments
April 28, 2010 § 1 Comment
Another post about plants, yes. Right now, I’m obsessed. Currently on my radar are succulents. I love love love them. I have them in little pots on my window sill in my kitchen. Mr. Essl requested an aloe plant, I suppose he’s planning on using it to sooth a sunburn or two this summer? Anywho, here are some glorious pictures of the wonderful, easy plants that are succulents.
love this picture with the teeny deer
this is a vertical garden, incredible!
April 26, 2010 § 6 Comments
After 15 months of agonizing over the details of our wedding, everything came together (almost) without a hitch. I wanted to share with you some of my favorite things we did (with a ton of help from my mother) to make “our big day” special and personal.
We found these letterpressed initials by Color Box Design and snatched them right up for the sign in table.
Family wedding photos flanked the table with vintage vases, bird figurines, and, of course, pictures of Olive.
My sweethearts by Ann Wood Handmade, Greta and Marshal. The very first thing I bought for our wedding.
Truly love at first sight.
For over a year, my parents and I scoured antique malls, estate sales, and antique shows searching for cool, kitschy vases.
You’ll our finds throughout these pictures.
The good ol’ Kelsey 5×8 came in handy with the table numbers. I used vintage wood type to letterpress all of the numbers and did the calligraphy to complete the look.
Another vintage vase.
In lei of escort cards, my family came together for a team effort on this one. My dad painted all of the frames, I did the calligraphy, and my mom got the antique “Take a Seat My Dear” piece framed.
My mom and I found a bunch of vintage hankies in our wedding colors and opted to make pillows out of them for the lounge area. I hopped onto the internet and taught myself to embroider then my mom took over and made the pillow. (As well as all of the amazing tablecloths).
My grandmother, Mimi, was an amazing cook and in homage to her we had Lemon Meringue Pies, which we displayed on vintage cake stands. Yum yum.
The vintage typewriter came in handy for the next two. Mr. Essl pitched in and helped type each menu individually on a brown paper sack. I think some typos made their way onto the plates. ;)
A simple stamp, great typewriter lettering and a kraft label finished off our wine favors.
(Truly simple, I made one sheet and copied the rest at Kinko’s)!
April 20, 2010 § 3 Comments
April 19, 2010 § 2 Comments
This spring I planted Ranunculus in my garden and am so enjoying the new addition. Mine are yellow and purple, with one surprise red bloom last week. What I love most about having them in our garden is that I can cut them and toss them in a bud vase to lighten up the house. There’s nothing like fresh flowers, especially from your own backyard!
April 16, 2010 § 2 Comments
One of my dear friends, Carolyn, asked me last week to create her wedding invitations. I’m so honored! Anywho, her affair is going to be beautiful, classic, with touches of purple and damask details. I spent last night conjuring up some inspiration as I plan on starting on the calligraphy this afternoon. Ya know, there are so many talented people on the internet. It’s amazing.
Inspiration board created at Style Me Pretty
April 13, 2010 § 1 Comment
I took this picture outside of our hotel room the morning after our wedding at the Belmont Hotel. We had an after party at our room after the reception so I threw our Just Married sign out on our porch for the celebration. If you can, I definitely recommend hanging out with your friends and guests after the wedding. It’s such a fun, memorable experience. Plus you get to actually talk to your guests!
April 12, 2010 § 2 Comments
Last year I bought my first vintage typewriter. I say first because I could definitely see myself acquiring another (or four). I love the look of the type that comes from a vintage typewriter and they’re great to use in your own paper crafts. I used my typewriter to create a few things at my own wedding, including the menus (typed on brown paper sacks) and the wine labels (on kraft paper) seen below.
Prior to the wedding, I also used the trusty ol’ typewriter for our website inserts in our wedding invite:
But there are so many other great sources of inspiration for this look, should you wish to incorporate it into your own wedding or event. I’m digging these:
Save the Dates using old childhood photographs are so cute from Paper + Cup:
Altered books that can be used for programs or even invitations from Elizabeth Ann Designs:
You really can pick up a typewriter for a reasonable amount (I got mine on eBay for about $30) or you can invest in a beaut on etsy (or try your local antique mall). However you obtain one, the crafty opportunities are endless. And it’s pretty darn fun to type on them, to boot!
April 11, 2010 § 1 Comment
Today I woke up to very sad news. My former roommate, Kit Kat the papillon, passed away this morning. She was a wonderful dog. So smart, dainty, and sweet, sweet, sweet. She was the best companinion to her mommy, Courtney, who gave her a wonderful life. Her passing was for the best, but it doesn’t make it any easier. Why must dogs live such short lives? The pain we experience at the loss of a pet is only a testament to the pure joy they give us during their time with us.
Olive, Travis, and I will miss you!
April 7, 2010 § Leave a Comment
Today I received the most beautiful words in the mail from a complete stranger. Since August, I’ve been participating in the Benevolent Postcard Society, a postcard club where I send and receive a postcard every month. Today, my postcard read:
“You say grace before meals. All right. But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink.” – G.K. Chesterton
Just a beautiful reminder of gratitude and awareness. Thank you Megan from Oxford, MS.