Thank You Cards for Evan

Spent the long weekend catching up on some stationery projects. First up were some fun Thank You cards I made for Rance's nephew, Evan. He just celebrated his first birthday with a huge party, so it was time for him to thank everyone for attending. The front of the card has his favorite two words he likes to say and the inside reveals the translation, "Thank you for celebrating my first birthday with me!" Tomorrow, I'll show you some baby shower invitations I made for a friend and a cute way to address the envelopes.

Inspired By...

...this month's Uppercase Magazine. The magazine is always full of inspiration but this time, it was the busy bee on the cover that caught my attention. I needed to make a card so I carved out a hexagon to stamp the background pattern, then I cut the bee out using scrap pieces of paper. The neon pink scrap is from a flyer I kept when we visited the Tate Modern. Added some gemstones for the final touch. P.S. Katrina has a fun freebie she created that was also inspired by Uppercase!

Happy Friday!

Despite it being Friday the 13th and all the blogger issues earlier, I'm still having a pretty great day! The weather is gorgeous, I finally got an iphone, and  I'm leaving work early today to spend the weekend in Dallas visiting family and friends! The cloud mobile and raindrops doll have been in the works for a few weeks now and so happy with how they turned out. Hope you have a lovely weekend!

A Little Vacation...Part Three: Springfield, Massachusetts

Loved being surrounded by so much nature.

Rance's mom got Pepper a little doggie-pedicure...I don't think I've ever seen a poodle with blue nails!

Craft session with Rance's grandma, Eunice. We had so much fun making cards together. Photo by Rance.

Basket of Rance's childhood toys and my reading material for the week. Fun fact: Dr. Seuss was born in Springfield, Massachusetts!

A strawberry fribble at Friendly's.
At the airport waiting for our delayed flight. Our lazy week in Springfield was the perfect way to end our trip after doing so much in London and New York. I slept in every day, watched a lot of tv, cooked, and finally felt like I was on vacation.

A Little Vacation...Part Two: New York

Eggs Rothko at Egg in Williamsburg....sooooo yummy!

Coffee and sunshine at Blue Botttle Brooklyn.

Love this color combo.

This "F*!@ you, I'm Batman" sticker cracked me up.

Blue and yellow.

Colorful pots of flowers.

Purl Soho! I wanted to buy the entire store!

An Obama stamp spotted at the awesome Kiosk.

View of Canal Street from our hotel room. Photo by Rance. We only had 3 short days in New York but we definitely made the most of it. The weather couldn't have been more perfect! We hung out with awesome friends, ate very well (thanks again Lin for the Brooklyn food tour!), and shopped! After all, I had to make up for the things I wasn't able to buy in London. Ha! Next stop: Springfield, Massachusetts.

Happy Mother's Day!

Photo of me and my mom circa the 80's. Lots of love to all the mothers out there...enjoy your day!

Made It Into the Top 10 Finalists!

The Umbrella Prints Trimmings Competition 2011 finalists were announced earlier today and my owls made into the Top 10! Voting begins today and and closes on May 10th. There are some amazing entries, check them all out and cast your vote here. P.S. Hope you vote for me! :)

A Little Vacation...Part One: London!

A Cath Kidson storefront window celebrating the Royal Wedding.

Will and Kate face masks were everywhere!

People watching on Brick Lane...

Loved this eyeglass shop mural.

Can you spot Mr. Potato Head in this window display? It cracked me up!

 On the way to Portobello Market...made you look.

Patterns spotted along the tube.

Walked by this pink house every day on our way to Putney Bridge station.

Ai Weiwei's Sunflower Seeds at the Tate Modern.

Millions of hand-painted porcelain sunflower seeds.

My friend Kwong contemplating two paintings.

Rance photographing me, photographing him. We did this a lot on the trip. Behind him, an awesome installation (can't remember the artist or title of the piece!)

A blurry photo that I love because it that's what our 5 days in London felt like. A big blur! It went by so quickly but we had a great time visiting with friends, eating+drinking, and window shopping (lots of it because we couldn't afford anything!) Next up, photos from New York and Massachusetts...stay tuned.