Illustrated Cypress Trees Birth Announcement

Posted 8 July 2016 at 9:24 PM | Comments (0)

I’ve mentioned before how much I love illustrated projects. When a client actually wants me to spend my time doing Photoshop brushstrokes, you can bet that I am in project bliss. So I guess you could say that baby Angelina* was introduced to the world with bliss from all sides—from her family, obviously, but even from this stranger, who pretends to be an artist from time to time.

Illustrated Cypress Trees Birth Announcement

*Names will always be changed.

Simple Floral Birth Announcement

Posted 2 September 2015 at 2:13 PM | Comments (0)

A couple of years ago, I designed this simple seashell birth announcement. It’s one of my favorites, to be honest. So when the adorable family of three asked me to design an announcement for their latest addition, it was a no-brainer to dig into the archives and have it complement the first.

For this announcement, we went with a family of flowers, featuring the littlest one in white.

Simple Floral Birth Announcement

*Names and details have been changed.

Pink and Gray Chevron and Polka-Dot Baby Shower Invitation

Posted 26 May 2014 at 10:08 PM | Comments (0)

When the hostess contacted me for a baby shower invitation, we talked about the mama-to-be: cute and girly. So that was the direction I went, constantly thinking about a mingling of contemporary and shabby chic:

Pink and Gray Chevron and Polka-Dot Baby Shower Invitation

The hostess was so thrilled that she asked if I could also design a matching cover for the baby shower scrapbook.

Pink and Gray Chevron and Polka-Dot Baby Shower Scrapbook

A month later, when the mama-to-be was preparing for the birth of her darling girl, we did another matching design—this time for her birth announcement!

Pink and Gray Chevron and Polka-Dot Birth Announcement

*Names and information have been changed.

Cute and Simple Pinwheel-Themed Birthday

Posted 16 April 2013 at 5:46 PM | Comments (0)

This is one of my absolute favorite projects. The theme is festive, the type clean, the color palette unpredictable. And the simplicity of the pinwheel conveniently lends itself to other manifestations—a pinwheel cake wouldn’t be hard to achieve, and making paper pinwheels is easy, too.

I wish I had used this for my own child’s birthday party!

Cute and Simple Pinwheel Themed Birthday Invitations

Blue and Yellow Retro-Style Boy’s Nursery

Posted 8 February 2013 at 6:20 PM | Comments (0)

This little boy’s room incorporates so many of my favorite nursery elements!, namely:

1) A distinctive color palette which includes light blue.
2) Vintage car artwork, specifically the Fiat 500 (my favorite).
3) Pattern above and wainscoting below.
4) Large-scale bookshelves with varying objects.

Blue and Yellow Retro Style Boys' Nursery, Adore Home Feb/Mar 2013

Blue and Yellow Retro Style Boys' Nursery, Adore Home Feb/Mar 2013

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*Images from the February/March 2013 issue of Adore Home.

Fun Retro-Bus Themed Party

Posted 7 February 2013 at 5:31 PM | Comments (0)

It was so much fun coming up with a theme for a neighborhood family fair. Of course, no one expected a “theme”—they expected a flyer! But I wanted to come up with a concept that could be translated into… well, into possibility.

So I came up with this idea of a purple bus filled with balloons. It’s a little weird but just cute and fun enough to excite the kids. Then the idea totally lent itself to a psychedelic sky, so there’s that.

Fun Retro-Bus Themed Party Flyer

There are so many more printed components, but since I don’t like to leave original details on my blog, it would have been too much text to change. However there is one more thing I want to show you. Check out this bus “photo booth” that some creative folks made from my flyer. They e-mailed me this photo so I could see my design translated into 3-D, which is exactly the kind of possibility I was hoping for!

Fun Retro-Bus Themed Party Photo Booth

Simple Seashell Birth Announcement

Posted 1 February 2013 at 8:30 PM | Comments (2)

My clients were way too easy on me! I expected at least one round of revisions, but they were satisfied with this very first draft.

They had two requirements. First, since they had photographed three seashells in the sand for their pregnancy announcement, they wanted their baby’s birth announcement to echo that concept. Second, they really liked the idea of using blue in a feminine way.

So I came up with this concept: “Our little pearl has arrived.” Cute, right? To draw attention to the concept, I under-designed—which can be risky, since some clients don’t want any pixel left untouched.

It turns out that the risk paid off. The announcement was exactly what they wanted for their little pearl.

Simple Seashell Baby Girl Birth Announcement

*Names and details have been changed.

Pretty “New Mom” Portraits

Posted 2 September 2012 at 8:01 PM | Comments (1)

We don’t have plans to have more children (boo), but if there was ever a chance I might get pregnant again, I’d love to have a maternity portrait taken like this:

Soft Maternity Portrait, Pregnant Silhouette in Front of Window

And a mom-and-baby portrait like this (I love the light and the bare skin plus strong eyes):

Gwen Stefani and Baby, Sweet Mom and Newborn Portrait

Unfortunately I can’t credit the source of these photos, because somehow they got lost in the mix (boo times two), but I hope they inspire some of you moms-to-be!

Simple Baby Girl Nursery with Pink Paper Poms

Posted 1 August 2012 at 5:34 PM | Comments (0)

Reading the online decorating magazine, Covet Garden, reminds me of an episode of Portlandia. That doesn’t mean I don’t like Covet, because I do, but with each new issue I think, “Put a bird on it!” among other things.

I just went looking for a specific image from a back issue of Covet and found it. I wanted to find the seller of the wood alphabet on the wall of this cute baby-girl nursery. (How dreamy are those pink paper poms?)

Covet Garden Magazine October 2010 Baby Girl Nursery with Pink Paper Poms

So for those of you interested, the seller of the laser-cut wood alphabet is bookhouathome on Etsy.

Annual Room-By-Room Deep Clean

Posted 29 July 2012 at 10:14 PM | Comments (0)

Yesterday we started our annual room-by-room “deep clean.”

We always start in the living room. Every single item is moved to another room (and I take a moment to relish the emptiness of the space), then we clean the empty space from top to bottom. Items are not returned to the living room until they, themselves, are thoroughly cleaned.

Simple Wood Sideboard with Art Leaning Against the Wall

It’s hard work, but it feels so good sitting in the living room—our most used room in the apartment—knowing that you could eat off any surface in here. (Not that I want you to.)

So! I thought I’d take this opportunity to open up the doors of our sideboard and show you what’s inside. It’s one of two places in our home where we store toys.

Simple Wood Sideboard for Organized Toy Storage

People always ask if it actually stays this organized. Honestly, it does. My boys, young as they are, know exactly where things go and are terrific at returning toys to their location. I chalk this up to one thing only (no, not magic): habit. We all know that children absorb everything, right? Well, they’ve absorbed my penchant (an understatement, I know) for tidiness. They see how I put things away, and they do it, too. Sometimes it takes a little nudging, sometimes it takes a lot; the point is, they’ve learned.

Think I can leave the dining room deep-clean to them?