Little Sweet Sailboats for Baby Alexandra

I haven’t worked in an office setting since my first son was born in 2008. I left to stay home with him when he was born, and although I made some really awesome friends at that office, I never would have thought that five years later, we would still get together and hang out. (But I’m eternally grateful that we do!) There have been more babies, Christmas nights out, patio parties…usually accompanied by wine, food, and more wine. Recently, we had one of the funnest reasons to throw a party: a new baby is on the way. I jumped all over the invitation (surprise, surprise) and instantly thought of pink sailboats. The new Mom and Dad have a very classic, clean and chic style, like they just stepped out of a J Crew catalog, lol. So I thought a soft, nautical vibe would be perfect. I drew up a sail boat illustration with some clouds and sunshine, and a ship’s wheel for the return address. For some cute karma I incorporated leftover pink card stock from their wedding invitations as a backing mat for the shower invitation, and added a jute bow as an embellishment. I can’t resist envelope liners so I added a purple one to the inside and sealed up the envelopes with pink washi tape.

For party accessories, I wanted to do a version of the nail polish favor I’ve seen on Pinterest. OPI brand makes a pretty pink shade called “It’s a Girl!” and according to the pin, you just add a little round thank you tag and there you have it. I wanted to get a little more creative with it (and honestly, the $9 price tag on OPI polish was undesirable). So I wandered around Ulta (a makeup store) and found a nice pastel array of colors that worked perfect. I got pastel pink, yellow, purple and blue. I also found mini nail files which fit next to the bottle nicely. I wrapped them both in the same jute and attached a little flag on a toothpick that said “To Pretty Up Your Piggies”.

One of my other ideas was to drink our beverages out of mason jars. Thankfully my best friend cans her own jelly, so she had a bunch of jars for me to borrow. She also suggested putting a cupcake liner over the top of the jar BEFORE screwing the lid on, and then poking a straw through the paper. SO CUTE. I found some pink “It’s a Girl!” liners at Hobby Lobby and also picked up some blue striped paper straws. (I’m in love with paper straws.) I pulled out the jute again and wrapped the jar up to make it coordinate. We served sparkling lemonade (and wine!) in the jars and in case you’re curious, yes you can drink wine with a straw!

I popped some more flags onto cupcakes for dessert and my part was done. Our amazing party hostess (she should get paid for these things, she’s up there with Martha Stewart) served the best lunch and decorated perfectly. The weather cooperated for once and we had a great day. Now we’re all waiting for little Baby Alexandra to make an appearance so we can get together again…

Sunshine & Sailboats Baby Shower Set

Sunshine & Sailboats Baby Shower Set

Sunshine & Sailboats Baby Shower Invitation

Sunshine & Sailboats Baby Shower Invitation

Return Address Illustration

Return Address Illustration

Mailing Address Illustration

Mailing Address Illustration

Our amazing table-scape

Our amazing tablescape

Cupcakes! Yes, they're as good as they look.

Cupcakes! Yes, they’re as good as they look.

Nail Polish Party Favors

Nail Polish Party Favors

Details!

Details!

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All Hallow’s Eve + Bloody Fingerprint Mess

I love Halloween. Like, a lot. I’m not sure why, but it’s definitely my favorite holiday. I may or may not have purposely planned my first son’s birth around October. (His birthday is October 20th.) a friend of mine is throwing a Halloween party this year; the grown-up kind. No smiling jack-o-lanterns, friendly ghosts and happy vampires. Adult, spooky, scary stuff. When she asked me to make invitations I was pretty psyched. As a matter of fact she asked me around 11PM one night over FB and my brain was exploding with ideas. Way to get jazzed up right before bed!
My plan of action was dark, vague shapes, a scratchy/scripty font, maybe some landscape imagery. I tried to use some old-fashioned wording, i.e. All Hallow’s Eve instead of Halloween, and also added a big full moon. I threw in a touch of red and put a gradient on the title. The front ended up almost totally black, so I made the back the opposite. Something about the white ghosty imagery is extra spooky to me…

I opted for a Luxe Shape instead of the standard 5×7″ rectangle, and found a vintage-style newspaper print for the envelope liners. I threw the return address on the back flap inside a black gothic graphic, and combined two of the fonts from the invitation for the mailing address. Then it was time for the fingerprints. Way back at the beginning I came up with the idea for bloody fingerprints on the envelopes and I was determined to do it. I tried a few different methods, like red stamp ink, marker, etc. Finally I busted out my tacklebox of oil paints and pulled out Dark Cadmium Red. I covered my fingers and got to work. No lie, it was messy. There was red paint everywhere, which was awesome because oil paint doesn’t come out very easily, if at all. I got pretty lucky and didn’t do any permanent damage (that I know of). I think I went a little nuts, but the envelopes look pretty sweet. I was doing a lot of dabbing the next day to lift off some superfluous paint and praying it would dry quickly so my friend could get them in the mail. I even went the extra step and gave them a coat of hairspray. When in doubt, hairspray. It sets everything!

Hopefully the post office doesn’t freak out!

Hallow’s Eve Party Invitation Suite
5×7″ Luxe Shape Invitation + Envelope with Custom Return + Mailing Address with Liner

Hallow’s Eve Party Invitation Suite
5×7″ Luxe Shape Invitation + Envelope with Custom Return + Mailing Address with Liner

Hallow’s Eve Invitation, BACK

Old-Timey Newspaper Envelope Liner

Custom Mailing Address + Couple Extra Fingerprints

Fingerprints allll over the back. Muah!

Twin Birdies in a Birdcage Shower Suite…Complete!

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A few months ago, I got started on a really awesome project. It all started with an email from a pretty sweet chick, who was throwing a baby shower for a great couple expecting twins. It started smoothly right out … Continue reading