Guest Post on Cardstore

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Hey guys, today I'm an honored guest on the Cardstore blog. Stop by for free hand lettered, downloadable lunchbox notes just in time for a new school year. Be sure to take a look around for more sweet DIY's, party ideas, and tons of little ways to make every moment worth celebrating!

A Bridal Shower Toast

Friday, August 1, 2014

Got to love summer. Tis' the season of celebrations--baby showers, block parties, reunions, weddings, weddings, weddings. Hold tight because I will probably be bombarding you with printed pieces I've been working on this season within the next month or so (sorry I'm not sorry).

This afternoon I'm sharing a sweet and simple invite for a rustic Tuscan bridal shower. I actually coordinated with an incredibly well-organized and thoughtful groom in the development of this piece. He did a great job painting the picture of the venue, filled with oak barrels, burn-etched wine crates, ivy accents, and flickering string lights.

Their whimsical hand crafted lettering was carried through in the bride-to-be's name and a twisting, curling grapevine pattern that carried through to the back. Hope it was a super special day filled with friends, family and of course, red, white, and bubbly!

Happy 1 Year Anniversary of the Blog + a Giveaway! (closed)

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Holy Moley. Hard to believe it's been an entire year since I began this blog and even harder to believe I just used the phrase "holy moley." What started as a way to share side projects and random thoughts has turned into so much more throughout the course of a year. While it seems I wrote my first post only yesterday, a blog certainly demonstrates just how quickly we change as individuals both personally and professionally. Topics deviate, style shifts, it's been a journal, a portfolio, and a social network. It evolves everyday and I can't wait to see where it goes for years to come. You have all been so incredibly supportive whether you may be active participants in the blogging community or my silent yet regular readers. I'm so thankful for each and every one of you and the opportunities and relationships this blog has made possible.

So as a small token of my gratitude, I'm giving away a hand painted lettering design to one of my amazing readers with the message of their choice. To enter, simply comment below with how you would like your note to read and I will create a one-of-a-kind piece just for you. Please keep messages 10 words or less (the chalkboard is only 17"x14") and will I will make sure the work is properly preserved and ready for shipping! The drawing will close Friday, August 8th at 11:59 pm and the winner will be announced at the bottom of this post. Open to all international readers!

You're all incredible and inspire me in all I do. I wish I could create something for each of you personally but I'm not to sure my hands and eyes would cooperate much past 50 or so. Thank you for being supportive and patient with me. It's been a wild ride but I can't wait to see what's around the next turn...

(Congratulations Kelsey Herideen on being our lucky winner this round!)

Noto Fashion Show

Friday, July 18, 2014

I've been meaning to write this post for quite some time (among many others) but wedding season has really pumped the breaks on my blogging schedule as of late through both my attendance and hand lettering work. *Currently typing with sore puffy fingers, riddled with late night X-Acto nicks and misfortunes.*

Moving on, last month I had the pleasure of attending Akron's 6th annual summer fashion show (remember this post?). The event is hosted by Akron's own NOTO boutique, a hidden gem located deep in the Orangerie mall. Downtown's rustic Trolley Barn was an all too appropriate choice for this summer's show theme, "Vintage Americana."

Women were adorned in bold shades of crimson and cobalt while local vendors sold bites, booze, and goods around the outskirts of the stage. Attendees were greeted with a complimentary signature "Notini," pictured to the right. My mother was my date and it was a perfect evening of big laughs, great food, and lovely lines all in support of beautiful Akron.

While my camera was on hand, my memory card managed to miss the trip. Aside from a few photos above I managed to snap with my iphone, all images are compliments of local Studio KMR Photography.

A Prehistoric Birthday Bash

Friday, July 11, 2014

Today I'm sharing a few little moments from a little party for a little man. This past weekend, Jaron's nephew turned the ripe age of one. In celebration of his new year, his mama thought it was only appropriate to throw it back a couple thousand centuries with a dinosaur-themed bash. Above is the invitation I created for the affair and below are a few snap shots of the wild guests on the prowl.

Ready to ride! The birthday boy basking in the glow of his brand new "motor" bike. Soon he'll be dino-soarin' through the jungle. (...yeah sorry about that last one.)

Cretaceous, I mean she's terrifying! Don't get too close, you might lose a finger!

Just a taste to start, but then he just went for it with a carnivorous bite right out of the middle! Who has time for these spoons and things when you have a face? I respect his perseverance because by the end of the day, that cake was extinct!

Sippable Rocket Pops

Friday, July 4, 2014

As a kid, on hot summer afternoons, I would hound down the local ice cream truck with my eye on a prized Rocket Popsicle. Today I don't quite have the drive or incentive to hit the street all for a frozen treat, so when I discovered these AND realized I could make them alcoholic, see ya later Jingle Brothers. Here's my adaptation of an American classic...

Sippable Rocket Pops
  • 1/3 Cup Red Cranberry Juice
  • 1 Tbsp Grenadine
  • 1/2 Cup Sobe Coconut Water
  • 1/3 Cup Blue G2 Gatorade
  • 1 Oz Vodka
  • Ice
    You can really use any red, white, and blue beverages you want, the key to this recipe is sugar content. The higher the sugar content, the heavier the liquid. This is simply the concoction that has worked for me and tastes exactly like the popsicle! Feel free to trade out ingredients upon your preference just be sure to check the label before you pour.

    Pour the cranberry juice (32g of sugar) in first. Add about a tbsp of grenadine syrup just to add a bit more weight.

    The second key to layering this beverage is ice...copious amounts of ice. After you've added your "red" to the tumbler, fill the rest with as much ice as you can. Slowly pour the coconut water directly over the ice. You'll need a bit more "white" than your "red" and "blue" ingredients because seeing how the white is in the middle, a small layer will distribute into your "red" and "blue." This is also the time to add your shot of vodka if you see fit.

    Last but not least, the "blue." Top the tumbler off with your G2 Gatorade and there you have it, a patriotic punch with a touch of nostalgia. Add a few straws and watch the colors fuse together.

     Happy Fourth of July!

    The Little Things 3

    Wednesday, July 2, 2014

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    1. Remember when you were a kid and one of the major feats of sleepovers was seeing if you could stay up all night? We would pinch each other, sing songs, play truth or dare, do all we could to keep our puffy little eyes open until day break. Seems silly now but I have to say, this summer I have pulled just about as many all-nighters as I had in elementary school, and the satisfaction of seeing that sun peak over the horizon while knowing you spent the entire night in good company still tastes like sweet victory...and it's always nice to know you can still do it. I double-dog-dare you to try.

    2. Baseball season was just the excuse I was looking for to knock my vegetarian kick right outta the park. Dollar dogs will always trump eight dollar quinoa.

    3. Bonnaroo was a lot of things and I'll be honest with you, easy wasn't one of them. Camping has never been a bother to me but five days in the relentless Tennessee sun will quickly remind you of just how much of an inexperienced camper you really are. It was hot, dirty, and sleepless but amidst the chaos and confusion was an incredible sense of camaraderie. Everyone was so supportive and kind, it was almost surreal. It reminded you of how beautiful humanity, perfect strangers, can truly be.

    ...oh yeah, and Elton John and lots of light beer helped ease the blazing pain.

    4. Fun little collaboration in the works. Can't wait to share with you soon!

    5. My boyfriend and I have been dating for several years now yet have always been "too busy" to take vacations together. Road trips and weekend getaways would come about here and there, but never a few full straight days of basking in...well, nothing. No work, no obligations, no worries. This summer we're making a point to change that.

    6. I'm about to get weird with these antique postcards, and consequently, the blog may follow. Hold tight for changes.

    7. This summer I plan to go full-on tourist just about everywhere I go. I know, it's so cliche to visit all the pivotal landmarks in a city and hidden gems the locals love are so much more on trend, but can't I have both? I recently had the chance to visit The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. They really gave you a sense of where you came from and how far we have progressed as a nation, matters we tend to take for granted everyday. Now Lady Liberty won't just be some monument stamped on a postcard, she deeply means something to me.

    8. The few post-college years are an extremely strange transitional period that (before Girls of course) no one really seemed to acknowledge. Friends move, relationships get "real," and career goals shift. All these extreme changes can be exciting but frustrating. Instead of resenting others for these shifts, embrace the time you do share together and hold tight to the friendships that truly matter. I spent this past weekend visiting my former college roommates in NYC. Though we live in different cities and states now, it's nice to know when together, we're still those free-spirited freshmen that met nearly seven years ago at Kent State University. 

    Hope you have a great short week and be sure to take time to slow down and appreciate the little things.

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