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September 22, 2015

onesie decoration


My friend since sophomore year English class, Laura, is due next month with a baby boy. Words cannot express how excited I am about this. New baby smell! New baby snuggles! I get to go home after a visit and sleep soundly through the night! It's really a win-win for me.

Laura's mom and four of her friends (including me) worked so hard to throw her the BEST. BABY. SHOWER. EVER. And it was! Truly. Delicious food, great people, amazing cake, and hard cider! Yum!

Inspired by this post (after googling "onesie decoration that doesn't suck") I convinced my fellow baby-shower-planners to let me set up a onesie decoration table. It was AMAZING. They turned out gorgeous! Everyone had fun!

This is Mary. You can tell she's having so much fun. She's also super ultra smart. 

This is Kim. You can tell how proud she is of this newt onesie. So very proud.

The process involved using peel and stick fabric fuse to turn quilting squares into stickers. I made stencil shapes in cardstock ahead of time - hearts, moons, animals, etc. - to help give people ideas and a starting point. To create the onesie you just trace a shape on the back of the fabric sticker, cut it out, and stick it on. It is really that easy. 

I also had fabric markers and lettering stencils for anyone who wanted to write a message or draw free-hand. By using a mix of colored and white onesies of varying sizes, we ended up with a very unique collection. 


It was so fun to plan this and have it executed exactly the way I envisioned. So many sweetly designed, homemade onesies that are beautiful to look at! 
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September 21, 2015

greeting cards

Check out these empathy cards by Emily McDowell. She is a cancer survivor who was inspired to create cards with these spot-on messages. They are honest, funny, and sometimes heartbreaking. Perfect for anyone going through a very hard time.





They're beautiful and I adore the hand-made feel. You can buy them from her website and be sure to check out her other gorgeous items!
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September 18, 2015

history of typography

Take 5 minutes and watch this video by Ben Barrett-Forrest. It is superb. Cut paper animation! The history of typography! What's not to love?



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April 22, 2015

book signing

Last night I got a chance to meet Gabrielle Blair (Design Mom) at her book signing in Boston. I've never had a book signed before and I wasn't really clear on the point of it but I'm so very glad that I went. 



I enjoyed hearing Gabby and Christine Koh (Boston Mamas) do a Q&A - we got to hear a few behind-the-scenes anecdotes about the book writing process. And when it came time for the signing I was thrilled to have a chance to talk to Gabby.


She is just as delightfully warm in person as she is online. It was a great experience! (Special thanks to Laura L who insisted on taking a photo!)

If you don't already have it, you should buy her book!
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March 31, 2015

framing

I was so inspired by Design Mom recently. I took photographs of some of my artwork and got two pieces beautifully framed at Framebridge.


They turned out so perfectly, I am kicking myself that it took me this long! Do you have things lying around that you would like to frame? Do it! They will help you mail in original artwork or work with photographs to get a beautiful, professional, finished look.

And a hand-written thank you note. Amazing!
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