Camping Themed Baby Shower

I’ve told you about my two little sisters, Katie and Liz, the ones that I absolutely adore. Well last weekend they gave me another reason to just cherish them – they threw me the most dreamy baby shower you ever did see. Is it weird that I’m going to take all their hard work and post it on my own blog? Maybe?

Y’know…I don’t care. They did a damn fine job and it deserves to be shown off.

Deer, camping themed baby shower invitation

Okay, so I did insist they let me make the invitations. Because that’s sort of my thing.

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My littles came up with the idea of doing a camping themed baby shower. Katie and Liz spent weeks  gathering, collecting and shopping for adorable little rustic accents to decorate the space with. It was all these little details that beautifully brought the theme together.

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The centerpieces included glass bottles collected from thrift stores filled with woodsy flower arrangements and metal pails from Ikea which held a copies of our ice breaker game.

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The antique lanterns are my dads because he’s cool like that.

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 The party was held at The Center – a quaint community space located inside the beautiful, historic Christopher’s Herb Shop building on Main Street in Springville Utah.  I loved the charming tin ceiling and thought it was the perfect setting for the baby shower.

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Most of the food was catered by Ginger’s Garden Cafe, which is conveniently located in the same building. Gingers is an absolute gem – an unlikely find in Utah county.  Their menu is vegan/vegetarian/gluten-free friendly and with a focus on whole, natural, and local ingredients their food is real and real good for you. Gingers provided a delicious white bean chili, turkey pesto wraps, and a veggie tray accompanied by freshly made basil garlic hummus and their signature ranch dressing. Side note – Their ranch dressing is so delicious I could see myself being in a committed relationship with it. I also requested a giant batch of their freshly made lavender lemonade – my favorite. The food was so great, and with several of our guests having food allergy concerns it was amazing to be able to tell them to go ahead and dig in without fear.

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We also served yummy cornbread muffins, trail mix, mixed berries and fruit. My sisters even found a way to serve s’mores at our camping themed party by way of a handy chocolate fountain.

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Props to my sisters for coming up with baby shower games that did not involve 1) me revealing my weight, 2)melted chocolate bars in diapers or 3)creepy plastic babies – all those awkward things at baby showers that just make me squirm with embarassment. Instead we did a fun game where you match up animals with their baby animal counterpart. (Did you know a baby monkey is called an infant? I hate that so much.) We also did a baby food taste test game where we were given six samples of baby food flavors and had to guess which was which. Liz came up with the genius idea of serving the food samples in these cute disposable artists pallets.

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The third activity was decorating onesies. We provided our guests with an array of iron fabric and stencils to create appliques as well as embroidery hoops and thread. They came up with the cutest ideas! Mike especially loves this Utah Jazz creation lovingly made by his sister. It was great to do this activity last because it allowed people to stay and mingle while they worked, or if they had to get going that was fine too. It also gave me a chance to get to talk with everyone who came which was so nice because I love and miss all those ladies so much.

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My sisters allowed me to help in one other way – the thank you favors. I filled 8 oz canning jars with homemade granola, and finished them off with a navy gingham lid insert and a little thank you tag. You can purchase a digital download in my Etsy shop to make these favors yourself!

Again, a very huge thanks to my sisters and mom  for creating the baby shower of my dreams. It was such a blast sharing this day with so many of my amazing friends and family.

I’ve received several requests for some of the materials I used for the baby shower. I was unable to locate where the baby animal guessing game came from, so I’ve designed a similar one myself. Below you will find links to download PDF files of the baby animal guessing game and answer key, baby food game forms, and the welcome sign.

Baby Animals Guessing Game

Baby Animals Guessing Game Answer Key

Baby Food Taste Test Game

Baby Shower Welcome Sign

Thank you Favor Kit – For Sale on Etsy

It’s NOT Okay, Cupid

Several months ago I was hired to create a logo and some promotional materials for the web series “It’s Not Okay, Cupid!”  Each episode is based on a real life message received from a real life creep on the online dating site OKCupid.com. The series is written by/created by/stars Stefanie Grassley and Julia Tokarz – 2 seriously talented ladies whom I loved working with to create these items. 

When the series was accepted into the Independent Television Festival, Stefanie and Julia decided they needed some materials to help promote their screenings. The ladies provided me with some great photographs which I used to create a poster and post card.

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Julia and Stefanie wanted a design that was girly, fun, and bold. I used similar colors as the OKCupid website to draw a relation between the site and the series and repeated the “talk bubble” graphic to illustrate the girls being inundated with messages from all manner of weirdos. 

The postcard design was really similar but with a little more information. The blank talk bubble on the back was left as a space for the girls to write in specific information about screening times or other text depending on the event. 

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Here’s Julia and Stef with one of the posters at the festival. 

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This project was a lot of fun especially because it was different from what I usually do. Julia an Stef are so creative and funny, working with them was a dream. Check out their web-series at www.itsnotokaycupidtheseries.com

 

 

“I need a ride home”

I have two sisters who are quite frankly my favorite. First there’s my little sister – bold, funny, and brave she has an inexhaustible sense of adventure and a killer smile.Then there’s my littlest sister, a genuine tender heart, an old soul, who’s as sweet as she is savvy. The three of us together is something magical – an interesting and intricate balance of wit, inside jokes, criticism, and general weirdness.  Last week we fulfilled a dream long held by each of us. A dream born on sick days and lazy summer mornings. Yes, we were part of the studio audience at a taping of The Price is Right.

We did our research and knew that contestants are not picked at random – in order to “come on down” you have to stand out in a crowd.  Our first step was to create a bold, clever and original t-shirt. We probably spent more time coming up with this then we did planning the spontaneous trip.  Accounts vary on who’s genius brain actually arrived at the solution, but when it came out of her mouth we all knew it was gold. Behold.

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With each of us sporting one of these beauties there was no way any CBS producer would pass up putting our mugs on TV.

The day of the show we arrived at the studio at 8:30 and were ushered into waiting area one. We filled out paper work, got our iconic name tags and chatted with the pages (who really did look exactly like Kenneth Parcell that one time he worked at  CBS).  After 2 hours we were moved to the second waiting area where we…waited. and were constantly reminded by staff that anyone, anywhere could be a Price Is Right producer so you better behave if you want to win a car. This is probably just their way of bribing tired, cranky strangers to get along.

As hoped, our T-shirts got us a lot of attention  – several people commented on how clever they were and they made for great conversation starters.  Around hour 4 when we were finally interviewed by THEE all powerful producer our shirts did spark some silly banter between us and I thought for sure he would remember our cute little faces come “come on down” time.

After 5 hours of waiting we were finally let into the studio and yes, it was fabulous, tacky, magic. We were beyond excited when we were led to our seats in THE VERY FRONT ROW. The show started and the room erupted into chaos. The cheering and screaming and clapping was so out of control I couldn’t even tell what was happening. It was thrilling and exhausting. As we watched the reactions of each person called down, called on stage, or told they had a chance to win “A NEW CAR” it became apparent to my sisters and I that being a contestant on this show required a level of crazy we did not ourselves possess.

We didn’t make it to contestants row after all, but the folks at The Price Is Right must have thought we had something to offer viewers at home. Our front row seats put us right in the middle of the action  hugging and high fiving each person as they made their way to the stage to play a pricing game. We got to feel like we were a part of the show and and got an above average amount of camera time, which in my opinion was like the crew giving us an honorable mention. During one of the commercial breaks Drew Carrey himself struck up a conversation with us –  “So you need a ride home?”

Better luck next year right? And to all of my elderly and unemployed friends, the show will air mid October – look for us on TV!!!

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Confetti Wedding Invitation

Kristin and Nathan’s wedding invitations were a blast to create. This fun couple chose a palette of beautiful jewel tones for their wedding colors and wished to incorporate all of them into the invitation design. Lots of bright colors –  An intimidating prospect for this neutral-loving minimalist, but a worthy challenge.

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To create a joyful and fun feel I chose a confetti theme. To elevate the design from the birthday party realm I wrapped the invites with a band of vellum and pink baker’s twine.

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The suite included an invitation, a ceremony insert card and a second insert with registry information and a map on the reverse.  I also created a custom wrap-around label to match.

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I printed on a bright white, heavy card stock. The paper is matte, but the ink is nice and glossy giving the invitation a clean and polished look.

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Those confetti dots may look simple, but they were the most difficult part of the design.  Designing something to look random and unintentional is a lot harder than you would think. It was a painstaking process, but it was important that the circles didn’t look too perfect and I’m really happy with the way it turned out.

Best wishes to Kristin and Nathan!

The Quirks of Being a Pug Owner: Part 1

pug sitting on top of couch cushionsI believe pugs are born with a genetic disposition to perch themselves on the top of the couch cushions.  My first couch was a hand-me-down from my husband’s parents who’s pug Jojo spent so much time lounging in this position the cushions became deformed beyond recognition. I thought my new couch would be spared the same fate until one day, totally out of the blue, the seat of the couch was no longer enough for dear Ruby. No matter how hard I try to break her of this new habit she can’t be kept down.  Am I the only one dealing with this strange quirk?

Brittany + Anthony

My brand new sister in law Brittany is one of the most joyful people you will ever meet. She is beautiful, bright and always bubbling with enthusiasm for something. She’s an artist with a bold and whimsical sense of style. Her creativity, distinctive taste and fun-loving spirit made for an absolutely dreamy wedding this past June.  I’m so happy I was able to lend a hand with the invitations.

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The ever so talented Brittany came up with the concept herself.  The watercolor background was her (genius) idea. The hand drawn illustration was created by the bride

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Brittany wanted to incorporate polka dots – a prominent motif at the wedding – into the invitation design. I came up with the idea of including a sheet of translucent vellum with hot pink polka dots to separate and protect the invitation from the photo. We also included polka dots on the custom mailing label.

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I wish so much you could reach out and touch this paper –  luxurious, uncoated, heavy weight card stock. The texture was perfect for the watercolor effect.

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The invitation suite included a 5 x 7 invitation, vellum sheet, photo, two insert cards and a wraparound mailing label.  To me these invitations perfectly represent this fun, happy couple and the great party that was their wedding day.

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Plus – as a bridesmaid I got to wear a hot pink dress – and all of my dreams as a child in the 90’s came true.