Friday, April 29, 2011

FONT FRIDAY: ISSUE 9

Hello, hello! Time for another fabulous Font Friday!  I loved the latest from Anthropologie and am dying over the colors in this photo.  I just love the photo.  Every now and then I am undyingly SMITTEN with Anthro.  ::sigh::





At just $20 over at MyFonts.com, HT GELATERIA  is a outstanding buy and a must have in any collection.  I can't wait to see what my other font obsessive pals have lined up this week!


ALEXANDRA  {THE AERIALIST PRESS}
STEPH {BUBBLEROCK}
SOFIA {BRANCOPRATA}
JENNA + ELIZABETH {LITTLE BIT HEART}
LAUREN {PALM PAPERS}
KERRY {SUPER SWOON}

and our new badge coming soon with some new participants...

Don't forget to follow #FONTFRIDAY on Twitter!!



Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Moving...

 TIM WALKER found via Pinterest

Yes, it's true.  We are moving a few states over so things will be a bit quiet over here.  Just too much to do and not enough time.  I will be posting randomly as my DIYs pop up here and there and when I just find something AMAZING.  Coming next week...be sure to go check out my Surplus Shop, filled to the brim with some fabulous party props, goodies and garland that I just ran out of room for.  Some have never been used, some only for prop shoots.  Great bargains to be had...really.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Super Source: SWEET LULU

Oh heaven...it's been a bit since I've cruised the pages of SWEET LULU...but oh my! I love how this little lady finds goodies that you just can't get ANYWHERE else.  See this?  OMG its freakin' CHEVRON!!


DIAGONAL Stripes??? Ooooohhhhhhh! It's taking everything I have not to order some because I am moving and already have two boxes full of party goodies...but it's sooooo hard...



Gorgeous little candles, short and tall. Swoon!



I just love this site. Pretty little flags, precut, ready to assemble? Ever have one of those ideas, and then BOOM there it is? Fabulous.                                                          ...and SPORKS??? Yes, please!



LOVING. IT. Go now, HERE.

Forest Clearing Works

Have you seen these gorgeous doilies that are covered in porcelain? These are from FOREST CLEARING WORKS on Etsy. I love how you can see all the details of the stitches, what a perfect catchall for keys, no?
I happened upon these lovelies, by Kristen Wicklund, last weekend and just love the delicate little waves.  So pretty! I love the wall installation!
 These lovely little doilies really speak to my girly side, but the stiff texture makes it more modern.  A fabulous Mother's Day gift...hint, hint.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Love is in Bloom over on Sparkle and Hay

Hello Lovelies! I hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend! Today, I'd like to share with you a gorgeous spring inspiration shoot that one of H + H garlands was lucky enough to be a part of.  This little bit of  fabulousness is over on SPARKLE AND HAY. It was styled by Nicole of FLORABOND, also including some of her pretty little hair accoutrement, and photographed by KAREN SCHLINK PHOTOGRAPHY, just plain gorgeous work.  I'm loving the the chalkboards made by Erin, super awesome work missy!! Love it! They even wrangled the gorgeous Paloma, of the wonderful blog PAPERGARLAND, to be a model... Go check it out now, what perfect inspiration for any fete this season!  Mother's Day is coming up quick...

Friday, April 22, 2011

FONT FRIDAY: ISSUE 8

Hello! Happy Good Friday, and it's extra good cause we have FONT FRIDAY. Fonts make everything better. I wanted to welcome our newcomer from last week Lauren of Palm Papers.  Love this girl and I can't wait to do my rounds as soon as I get this post up!! WOO HOO. My pic today is PACIFICO from Font Squirrel, which is a FREE commercial font site, so that makes our font today, F-R-E-E! Which is really good for the pocket book.

As far as free fonts go, it's pretty clean.  I did modify them a bit in AI when I did the outlines, but thanks to one of my favorite tools, the shape builder, easy peasy.  This font is really easy to modify, a BIG plus! I'm still a newbie at AI, and I adore the shape builder tool. If you don't know what it does, let me explain.  You can take two shapes, drag the mouse across both, and it magically makes ONE. How simple is that?  No messing around with anchor points or the pen tool.  LOVE. IT. Almost as much as I love fonts, so let's get on it, shall we?



Have a perfectly fabulous and Happy Easter!
The my favorite fiesty broads...and have INCREDIBLE FONT FRIDAY picks too...

ALEXANDRA  {THE AERIALIST PRESS}
STEPH {BUBBLEROCK}
SOFIA {BRANCOPRATA}
JENNA + ELIZABETH {LITTLE BIT HEART}
LAUREN {PALM PAPERS}
KERRY {SUPER SWOON}
Don't forget to follow #FONTFRIDAY on Twitter!!

**WARNING: Following FONT FRIDAY can put a ding in  your pocket book, but SOOOOO worth it!**

**ADDED TO POST: Here's my entry for the FONT FRIDAY BADGE,  Go check out everyone's entries!**



Thursday, April 21, 2011

la boom arts + crafts

This month Hank + Hunt is over on Papernstitch, which is a fabulous venue for selling wares.  It's like a very cool craft market, but online, and Britini is just the sweetest and most inspiring girl ever. psst...we also have a coupon...go see us here.

But the best part about this exhibition? I find out about the coolest shops...LA BOOM ARTS + CRAFTS is one of them.  You know I have a thing for little paper flags and banners...
 These two are LIGHTBOXES and something special appears when lit.  Brilliant!

 
  How perfect for a modern birthday cake topper or decoration at a shower? 
I just want this to send to a friend...just because it would make them smile.

   Tatiana is amazing and go see her CRAFTING THE DAY, a craft a day project over on her BLOG.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Funny Bunny Cookies

So, I finally remembered to pull out an old recipe for Easter...this one I've had since I was a kid.  I love the FUNNY BUNNY font and I am saving it in my memory to practice lettering styles in AI. 
I went through my stash of my mom's old recipe cards.  I love the photo styling, right? right? I think this is early 80s, you know when everything was still kind of 70s, before new wave hit...
I would have bet money it was a Pillsbury recipe, but I guess not. *I tried this with Pillsbury dough, but it spread into giant chubby bunnies, so big the boys couldn't eat it all.* Here's a picture, it's too funny not to include.
I guess that's what I get for being lazy and not making my own...

When I redid this, I used the best ever cookie dough recipe from Meaghan, over at The Decorated Cookie.  It works every time, doesn't spread one bit, and tastes yummy.  I rolled the dough in waxed paper to chill.  Then I just sliced a bunch of 1/2" circles, cut some of them in half.
Place a circle on the baking sheet and add two halves on top, for the ears.  Smooth the line slightly with your fingers. Bake.  To decorate, I lined the cookies with white royal icing, also from Meaghan, and sprinkled with nonpareils.  Then, I drew an x and stuck a pink jelly bean in the cross for the nose and whiskers.  I added two candy eyes that I have from Bake It Pretty and voila.  Easy.  Not quite as kitchy as the original, but just as yummy.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

DIY Sew in Love Favors

Hello! Remember that sneak peak I gave you a couple of Font Fridays ago, well, I think this might be the EASIEST DIY EVER. A FAVOR for a crafty bride over on The Sweetest Occasion.  It's as easy as print, iron, and stuff.  Go check it out NOW.  Enjoy!

Egg-cellent Party Toppers

How adorable are these little PEPPY EGG TOPPERS by my dear friend Emily over at Potter and Butler?

Monday, April 18, 2011

Real Party: Jenny

Remember the lovely little STRAW GARLANDS I showed last week?  Well the entire party has ARRIVED over on Crossing the Bugger-Dixon Line.  I love this Jenny.  I adore the RAIN PUDDLE CUPCAKES, amazing!

 Go NOW and check out the rest of the party for her son HERE.

Real Party: Chelsea

Hi! I have a pretty party for you this morning from Chelsea of The Alexanders. She used my RUFFLED GARLAND DIY from The Sweetest Occasion and I just love this gorgeous little BOW TIES + PEARLS DINNER PARTY she created for her hubby's birthday.

 A BOW BAR??  I'm floored.  It's super cute and what a great idea. 
 

Go see more of the goodness HERE! Thank you Chelsea for sharing XOXO!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Bunny Bunting DIY

Have I got a goodie for you! Easy printable BUNNY BUNTING over on THE SWEETEST OCCASION, made by yours truly. Enjoy!

FONT FRIDAY: ISSUE 7


We interrupt our regularly scheduled FONT FRIDAY pick for this awesome one I found minutes ago...
I often get distracted by fonts and this is a perfect example. A little font in the corner of this picture caught my eye...
I saw something that resembled a flag, and so I clicked on...all the while thinking *wow, that's a crazy deal!* I found it.

A lovely little ribbon font, that I have no idea what I'll use it for...but it is AWESOME! The ABIGAIL font family is by Fonthead and you can get two fonts, with and without dots, for $29.

I would already own this bad boy...but alas I must wait.  If I keep buying fonts just 'cause they are cool I will end up in the poor house, or at least in the dog house with the hubby.  Am I the only one who keeps buying all these font friday picks?  It's an addiction. So, it is my mission to find an application for this little piece of awesome.

The girls that understand me...and have INCREDIBLE FONT FRIDAY picks too...

ALEXANDRA  {THE AERIALIST PRESS}
STEPH {BUBBLEROCK}
SOFIA {BRANCOPRATA}
JENNA + ELIZABETH {LITTLE BIT HEART}
LAUREN {PALM PAPERS}
KERRY {SUPER SWOON}
Don't forget to follow #FONTFRIDAY on Twitter!!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Pretty as a Picnic

I'm in love with gingham and these gorgeous little napkins that you tear off a roll...now in a pretty simple plain red check.  The best part is they are made of fabric so you can wash them and use them over and over. How perfect for a picnic would a little savory pie be served with some sweet tea?
I found them at one of my favorite sites to browse from the UK, Cox and Cox, which is full of lovely things. I've had picnics on the brain all week because of Chris over on Postcards and Pretties.  She has been having an entire week devoted to picnic inspiration and I am just dying! You have to go see it NOW.

PS if anyone knows where to find these napkins stateside, let me know! I am collecting goodies for a picnic basket.