July 2011 Archive

Sneak Peek • Charlotte Wedding Invitation Designer

I am SO beyond excited that these invitations are now in the hands of a very special bride. I honestly think it might be one of my favorite designs yet. The paper, folder piece, envelopes–it all came together in such a pristine and whimsical way.

They are a bit of a departure from my usual style, but still lovingly hand embellished with a few surprises.

I wish I could show y’all the entire design right now (because believe me, I’m DYING to), but I want to be sure the bride and her guests are the very FIRST to see how cute they are! Until then….

Stay tuned for a much more dramatic unveiling!

Make It Mysefff Monday • Washi Tape Straws

Happy Monday everyone!

Already planning next weekend’s backyard sip-sip? I know I am. Big Morgan is putting the finishing touches on a BEAUTIFUL outdoor space and I am already thinking of fun ways to celebrate its debut.

These little guys are. so. cute. Seriously. You’ve probably seen them around, but I bet you didn’t know just HOW easy they are to make yourself. I promise, it’ll take ten minutes for a party of 6!

Washi Tape Straws

What you’ll need:
6 straws (more or less, depending on the number you are entertaining)
Washi tape in varying colors and/or designs (I get mine here)
scissors (regular or fun edge cutters)

1. Cut a 4″ piece of tape (you’re going to trim some off the end)
2. Place the straw in the center of the tape

3. Roll the straw around until the two sides of the tape join together.
4. Carefully smooth the tape together, taking care that it is aligning as you go.
 5. Trim the end in any design you want– I like to cut to snips off the end, for an inverse triangle.

6. Repeat steps 1-5 up to three times per straw: too many and your flags get wet!
7. Enjoy with a refreshing beverage!




Summer Comfort Food • Stationery Designer

It’s Friday, and I’m in an honest mood. I love my craft and I love what computers give designers the ability to do, but sometimes I crave screen-less creativity. Often times, that is reflected in my work: collage, sewing, etc.

Other times, I need to leave design behind completely. This mood strikes fast and is usually accompanied by pangs of hunger. At this point, I’m usually halfway to our tiny kitchen….Gimme a biscuit, a scone, a danish, a cupcake, a pastry….baking is probably not the best solution to a protein-deficient freak-out, but definitely a delicious one.

A few days ago, armed with TONS of fresh picked blueberries from this awesome place, I decided to pull out my mom’s blueberry muffin recipe. Mama Mary has made these muffins my entire life and while not the big, fat, bakery ones, these are my absolute favorite. She graciously allowed me to share the recipe with you- just in case you, too, are sick of your screen and in need of some breakfast! (Or lunch…or whatever.)

Mama Mary’s BlueBerry Muffins

2 cups whole wheat flour
2 tsp baking soda powder (thanks for the catch, mom!)
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup blueberries, frozen

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin in with paper liners.
2. Mix dry ingredients.
3. Mix wet ingredients.
4. Blend gently until moist all the way through.
5. Pour batter into lined tin, approx. 3/4 full
6. Bake for approx. 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Eat them, or, take them on a little photo shoot with your Retro Cam app like I did!