Monthly Archives: March 2010

A New Home

I couldn’t be more excited for our friends Emma and Jason who bought their first home together this month down in south Seattle. Their house is absolutely beautiful and is the envy of everyone who knows them! I got the opportunity to stay the night over at Emma and Jason’s a few nights ago and I just fell even more in love with their new home. I have no doubt in my mind that Emma and Jason will create the most amazing memories in this house!

As a means of congratulating them, Adam and I made a trip to Crate and Barrel (LOVE, LOVE, LOVE) this weekend to pick out a little housewarming gift. I was so excited to wrap their gift and include one of my seed packet envelopes to the package. Take a look!

Congrats E and J!

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Something Nontraditional

Now this may sound like an odd statement coming from a person that outwardly expresses a love and passion for all things paper, but I have to admit that I am not a fan of the envelope. Yes, I said it. Envelopes.

Envelopes are boring. Plain. Usually one color or solid white without character, expression or attitude. Envelopes are lame.

Now, my mama didn’t raise no fool either. I am fully aware of the importance of the traditional envelope. How would the postman know where to send a thoughtful greeting card if it wasn’t wrapped in a plain envelope with the receiver’s location on it. And of course the infamous stamp that is needed on top of the envelope in order for the card to make it to its final destination. An envelope may also be necessary atop a birthday, wedding or shower gift in order to denote who the gift is for, right?

Well yes of course, BUT in my eyes there are other ways to personalize a gift, a card or just about anything else that needs to “traditionally” fit inside an envelope.

A couple of blogs ago, I don’t know if anyone noticed but I never mentioned using an envelope for the birthday card I created for Alexis or the thank you card for Emma and Jason. The envelope wasn’t mentioned because (eek!) I didn’t use one. These cards were hand delivered and I felt that the envelope would only take away from the personality of the cards themselves.

I am the biggest fan of leaving out the envelope all together or replacing it with something unexpected.  Every time I wrap a gift or make a card I make every effort to avoid the traditional envelope. I want every detail of a card I create or a gift I wrap to be seen in its entirety. We spend so much time and love trying to find the perfect card to go along with our gift or capture whatever moment is going on in the life of the person receiving our card, only to then cover it up by a solid and plain envelope. Why?

So, I encourage you to skip the envelope the next time you give a gift. Just tuck the beautiful greeting card into the top of the ribbon on the gift and let it sing in all of its glory. Or come up with a way to omit the envelope all together, by putting something new in its place such as a gift tag, or something that could be substituted as the envelope.

For example, a couple of weekends ago Adam and I drove to a little town called La Conner up in northern Washington to do some antique shopping (one of my all time favorite things to do…you find the BEST stuff!)  While rummaging through one of the adorable antique shops I came upon a large basket full of old empty/never used seed packets. You know the packets you buy that hold the seeds of either vegetables, fruits, or flowers so that you can plant them in your garden?

I immediately fell in love with the bright colors and vintage look of the empty packets and bought as many as I could before Adam cut me off. I thought the packets would be a lovely addition to a birthday gift or housewarming present and the perfect substitution for the traditional envelope. I couldn’t wait to get home and attach one to a gift with my greeting tucked inside.

Here’s a few pics of the adorable seed packets that I picked out. Keep an eye out for my use of these nontraditional  “envelopes” in my next blog! : )

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Spring in Seattle

I love Seattle in the spring. Not because of the STILL overcast skies, or drizzling rain day in and day out, but mostly because all of the beautiful flowers start to bloom.

This is my 3rd spring in Seattle and what I notice most is the daffodils. I have NEVER seen so many daffodils in my life! They are absolutely perfect and grow in most every yard I run past on my morning runs. Oh and there are even itsy bitsy daffodils that grow here! I never knew they could be that small! They are so cute!

This spring I have been inspired to not only take pictures of these beautiful blooms but also create wrappings and cards that have a “spring” feel to them.

Here’s some pics of my inspirations as well as some of my creations that come from these inspirations. Hope you enjoy!

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Pepperoni and Olives

If you don’t like pizza raise your hand….what??!!! No seriously, I have NEVER met a soul who doesn’t love a good old slice of pizza or wouldn’t at least eat a slice if it was offered to them.

Pizza is amazing. Absolutely A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. When Adam and I were on our honeymoon in Italy last summer we got to indulge in some of the most fantastic pizza I have ever tasted, while in Venice. One slice of this scrumptious, gooey, yummy smelling (and tasting) delight was as large as a whole pizza here in the states….it was HUGE!!! And did I mention…AWESOME?!!!

Lucky for me I’m married to man who cannot get enough pizza, EVER. He is nearly begging me every night to have nothing other than “pizza for dinner”. This man is also obsessed with playing games…ya know, board games. So I decided what better way to spend time with great friends and also make my hubby REALLY, REALLY happy than to have a good ol’ pizza party/game night!

We did just that last night. We invited the Anderson clan over and had a blast playing games and eating…you guessed it…pizza!! The Andersons have truly become our family away from home and we love them so much. Bill and Krista actually took Adam in like a stray puppy during his time studying for the bar and he couldn’t have been more grateful. Lars was the best man in our wedding and his sister Kadi has become one of my most favorite people in Seattle.

I wanted our “pizza party” to feel like one of those fun parties I went to as a kid, so I ended the night with “goodie bags”/party favors complete with a pizza gift tag!  Here’s a few pics of the favors I created for our guests and a snapshot of the amazing pizza we ate in Italy…yummy!

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Gratitude

There are so many opportunities in life to thank those around us for all that they do. Whether it be a friend, a family member, a co-worker, or someone I meet on a random day on a random street corner, I find myself saying “thank you” A LOT. And that makes me such a blessed person! How lucky am I to have kind gestures or nice things done on my behalf that allow me so many chances to express gratitude!?!

I truly have some of the most amazing friends and am constantly flabbergasted by the amount of love and support I am given day in and day out. This past weekend was NO exception. Adam and I had a couple of our closest friends Brendan and Steph visiting us from Portland to attend Evan and Amy’s wedding. As enjoyable as the weekend was, our Bailie Bug became ill again and we had to take her back to the vet. I was VERY nervous to leave her alone all night on Saturday to attend the wedding and was brainstorming ways to come back home to check in on her and feed her dinner at 6pm.

…In steps my fantastic friend Emma and her amazing fiance Jason (love them by the way). I called Emma and left a voicemail stating my predicament and within minutes I received a phone call back saying that she and Jason would come over to our house, let Bailie out to go potty, and feed her dinner. Emma never once showed any hesitation in her ability to come and help me out. I was BEYOND grateful and Emma and Jason’s gesture assured that Adam and I were able to fully enjoy Evan and Amy’s big day. Thank you Emma and Jason!!

I decided to make Emma and Jason’s thank you card using decoupage. I LOVE DECOUPAGE and have previously used this technique on art canvas, cardboard and wood. I have never used decoupage to create a greeting card, but there is a first time for everything…right? : )

For those of you who may not know what decoupage is, it is an art technique where you use paper cutouts (from magazines, newspaper, books, pictures, tissue paper, wrapping paper, greeting cards etc.) and you create a collage using the cutouts. You then use a special adhesive to glue all of the pieces together onto the object. For this particular project I used metallic colored tissue paper and cutouts from a magazine I had lying around. Here is the end result…

I also wanted to take a moment to thank everyone for their love and support with regard to my blog. The comments I have received have inspired me to keep going and are the fuel to my fire!  I am so grateful to have such a supportive group of family and friends. Thank you!

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25 Years

I came home from work last night and immediately knew what kind of birthday card to make for Alexis.   I met Alexis over a year ago and have had so much fun getting to know her.  She is absolutely one of the sweetest people I have ever met, and she is so enjoyable to be around.  She found a wonderful job a few months ago at the Seattle Art Museum, as art is something that she is passionate about.

I wanted to make a card that was fun, vibrant, and artsy just like Alexis.  I loved the idea of using bright colors and the number 25 to really make the card say it all…Alexis is turning 25!!   Happy Birthday Alexis! I can’t wait to celebrate with you!

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A Lime Green Affair

When Evan and Amy’s Save the Date came in the mail a few months ago my first thoughts were:

1)     “Hooray for these two!  They are perfect for each other!  Can’t wait for their big day!”

2)     “Aaahh I LOVE their color combo: lime green and white!” and

3)     “I cannot wait to wrap their wedding gift!”

Well, the time is here!  Evan and Amy are getting married next Saturday (March 6th) and I just finished wrapping their gift.  I knew from the get go I wanted to include shades of green in the wrappings, but it wasn’t until I found some adorable lime green buttons that I was truly inspired.

Now as far as wedding wrappings go, I will admit that I love a traditional beautifully wrapped wedding gift in all it’s glory (white, maybe shades of gold or silver, with a big white bow on top).  BUT I also love plopping a wedding gift down on the gift table that is unexpected in detail, bright and vibrant in color, and represents the couple and (perhaps boldly) celebrates the amazing commitment they are making to one another on that day!

If you were to ever meet Evan and Amy one the of the first things you would notice is the complete charm, comedic wit and outgoing personality of Evan and the cheerful, ambitious, and optimistic personality of Amy. This is a couple that will entertain the crowd for hours…they are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

So…here is their wedding gift all wrapped up:

Congratulations Evan and Amy!  I wish you a lifetime of love, laughter and happiness!  I see only the most amazing things in your future together as husband and wife!

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