A Thought for Your Weekend

Friday, June 29, 2012

I just wanted to leave you with a thought from my favorite author, Margaret Becker. Her writing is poetic, honest and thought-provoking and ultimately always leaves me inspired. Have a wonderful weekend!

Wrapping on the Go

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

My wrapping bucket is an easy way to store the main items needed to wrap a gift. I found the idea years ago in a magazine, so with the help of Justin (who at the time was my boyfriend) we created this bucket. I purchased a Fiskars Garden bucket caddy, a dowel rod, and a 5-gallon bucket. You can use any caddy, but the garden caddy is nice because it has a compartment for seed packets which is useful for storing gift tags. The caddy is also a great place to store scissors and tape, so you don't have to go searching for them when you're ready to wrap!  After attaching the caddy to the bucket, Justin drilled one hole on each side so we could insert the dowel rod to hold the ribbons. After that, we added the paper and wrapping supplies and the wrapping bucket was ready for use.

Now, I will admit that not ALL of my wrapping supplies fit in the bucket. I love packaging and wrapping gifts, so I have tons of accessories that I keep elsewhere (gift boxes, gift bags, assorted tissue papers, two shoeboxes filled with ribbon, seals, bows, and all types of gift tags!). However, I will vouch for the fact that since I have lived in apartments the last few years, the wrapping bucket has been an easy way to store my (basic) wrapping paper supplies.  Plus, since I don't have a devoted craft room, the wrapping bucket has made it easy to haul my supplies into another room where I have more space to work. Granted, one day I hope to have a space to keep all of my supplies together, but for now, the bucket is doing just fine!

Grey + Pink Baby Shower Invites

Monday, June 25, 2012

I recently completed one of my favorite design projects - baby shower invitations.  The grey and pink color scheme was a fun way to keep them cute, yet chic (and according to my mom "modern"!). Below are pictures of the printed invitations and envelopes and of course, I also had to include a photo of the packaging and the Simple + Detailed note card. Enjoy!

Top Three

Friday, June 22, 2012

I once was asked what blogs I follow and why. The first part of the question was pretty easy to answer, so here are my top three: Elise Blaha :: enJOY it, Jones Design Company, and Young House Love.  These are three I read frequently (almost daily!).
So out of the millions of blogs why do I read these three? That's a great question... each of these blogs are really a personal journey of people who incorporate design into their daily lives. Elise creates mini albums, designs branding for her business, and takes on different craft projects, while Jones Design Company posts about what she wears, invitation design for friends, and home decor, and finally Young House Love is all about a couple's adventure in renovating their house (they're now on house #2). Ultimately, these are all just normal people who decided to blog about their lives. It's more than just a list of projects or DIY tutorials, its truly about them. From handling their husband's deployment, to trips to Hawaii with friends, to selling their own house... these are all of the types of things that I read about. Ultimately, I know my answer isn't cut and dry, but somehow when I was unemployed two years ago, I found these three blogs and for some reason these were the three that I continue to read and enjoy! 

Staying Inspired

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

I don't know about you... but I am constantly on the lookout for patterns, color schemes, layouts, and other fun design pieces. This is actually pretty easy because I am constantly being inspired by the world around me. From cute cafes, to colorful tea towels, to a fun business card, there are great designs everywhere.

Keeping all of my pieces of inspiration organized can be quite a challenge. For at least ten years, I have had a binder where I have kept magazine articles and pictures with design elements that I like.  My binder is predominantly filled with home decor ideas! At work, I have a file folder where I keep my collection of collateral and design print pieces. It's a great resource for layouts, types of paper, and also just a great refresher when I get stuck on a project.  Of course, I also have multiple folders on my computer comprised of design images I find online, but sometimes it would be nice to be able to remember where the file came from so I can return to the original source for more information. Thanks to Pinterest, now I can keep almost all of my sources of inspiration in one place. Fortunately, it also keeps the website link so I can easily return to the original source.

Although, I love using Pinterest (especially since it has a search function), I don't plan on getting rid of my binder and file folders anytime soon!

[top left: magazines | top right: inspiration binder | bottom: Pinterest Snapshot]

Camp Columbia

Monday, June 18, 2012

I am working on documenting some of my design projects, so below are a few promotional pieces created for a summer day camp (called Camp Columbia).  The three piece set, includes a postcard with the camp schedule, a brochure, and a business card.

House Tour [part 2]

Monday, June 11, 2012

This past Friday, I shared part 1 of our house/condo tour which featured our main living spaces, but today I wanted to share our 2 beds and 2 baths.  Enjoy!

Guest Bedroom  [diy projects: n/a]

Guest Bathroom  [diy projects: artwork]

Master Bedroom  [diy projects: side chair]

Master Bathroom  [diy projects: n/a]


Friday, June 8, 2012

Welcome to our home! I finally have gotten all of the pictures together for a house (condo) tour, so here is part one.  Come back next week for part two which will include the beds/baths. I have tried to link to the different DIY projects that are a part of each room, but feel free to let me know if you have any questions. Enjoy!

Entryway [diy projects: key frames, white table]

Living Room [diy projects: mirror frame, surveyor's tripod lamp, coffee table, white end table]

Dining Room [projects: dining table and chairs, chalkboard frame, sitting chair]

Kitchen [projects: n/a]

Patio [projects: sectional and cushions, yellow round pillows]

Time for a Change

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

If you've been around for a little while, you may notice things look a little different. I decided it was time to just Go & Do and update the blog design. I have been searching for months for different ideas and even considered taking a class to learn how to do it myself. However, I eventually just decided to do something, which for me meant purchasing a template. I must admit that I am quite excited about this new look! Of course, I'm still working out a few kinks that come with changing things up. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!  Here are pictures of the before and after.

The Urban Farmhouse

Monday, June 4, 2012

Over Memorial Day, my husband and I spend time visiting family in Richmond, Virginia. While we were there, we ate at a local restaurant that had an environment that completely suited our style. The Urban Farmhouse caught our eye the first night we were in town, so we were completely on board when we had lunch there the next day. The food was delicious and the environment was designed beautifully for a farmhouse - tall ceilings, exposed brick, big windows, and vintage accents.  If I lived in Richmond, I would totally be a regular on Saturday mornings for bagels and coffee!

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