Jon and I had a great time in Kansas City this past weekend! I'll post more on that tomorrow, but today I want to share the gift I made to celebrate our anniversary.
As you may have gathered from my post last week, I've been really inspired by artwork coming from the pages of books. And since I always say that this past year is just one of the chapters in our life together, it seemed fitting to create something symbolizing that.
So with that idea in mind (and the tradition of a paper gift for the 1-year anniversary), I decided to make some book page art. And not just any book page, but one that was personal and reflected our life together. I decided to take a portion of our wedding ceremony and vows and type them up to look just like a page in a novel. I used 24, the day we got married, as the page number and titled the book The Vows.
I wanted the page to look as authentic as possible. So after formatting the page, I went to find a real book page to print it on. Lucky for me, one my thrift store books had several blank pages in it. I tore one out and used it as my paper.
Here's what my design looked like after it was printed on the book page.
I love the authentic look of the yellowed page.
Next, it was time to frame it.
And here's the finished project!
I think this is a really personal gift that can be created for all types of occasions, not just weddings or anniversaries. It is a simple way to create artwork with true meaning. And the best part is, you don't have to be an terrific artist to make it!
It makes me smile to know that our vows will now be displayed on a wall instead of tucked away in a scrapbook. It will be a constant reminder of the promises we made to each other and the day we said "I do."
Last month I helped throw my best friend (we met in 9th grade speech class :)) Lauren's baby shower for her soon-to-arrive baby boy, Gunner. The shower had a "Southern gentleman" theme complete with bow ties, silhouettes and gingham print. Personal touches and family items were used throughout, including baby Gunner's dad's bow ties :)
Gunner's daddy's "going home" outfit greeted guests at the sign in table, along with a framed "Southern gentleman in the making" print.
A variety of centerpieces graced the tables with groupings of baby mementos, flowers and photos.
An antique baby basket helped house the gifts.
The drink menu consisted of milk, apple juice (one of Lauren's cravings), fruit-infused water and coffee.
The menu was made of a variety of brunch goodies including fruit, doughnuts, muffins, shrimp and grits, breakfast casserole and a waffle bar.
And of course no shower is complete without a little something sweet. These b…
It's only been 6 months now, but better late than never, right?
Auden turned one on November 11th and we celebrated at our home with close family and friends. The theme of the party was pumpkins and pearls. Pun'kin is one of the nicknames I called her when she was little and pearls bring a girly flair and tied into our reveal party when we found out we were having a girl so it seemed perfect.
I had so much fun creating her invitation and all of the party printables. And for a little extra adornment, the invites were tied with jute twine and placed in scalloped envelope. Invites available for purchase here.
Here's the sweet birthday girl in her homemade hat. I love how the bow on top turned out :) Her birthday stats poster is now available here.
The smash cake table with our go-to milk jars (Starbuck frappuccino glasses) with paper straws. The tree slab plate they are sitting on was also used at our wedding. The smash cake was a $10 cake from Public and Auden LOVED …
On Friday, June 28th, Jon and I headed out to see the gender of Baby Reutter. Jon wanted to find out as soon as possible, and I wanted to wait to be surprised with everyone at the reveal party the next day. So we decided that he would find out and be the one set up the "big reveal." Baby Reutter didn't want to cooperate on the first attempt but after some cold water, walking around and sweet patience from the ultrasound tech, we got the "money shot." I'm not going to lie, it was a bit torturous at first to not be in the know with Jon, but after the first few hours, I was good to go and so excited about the surprise for the next day. Here we are about to head out to the reveal appointment.
Now for the reveal party on Saturday...As mentioned before, I wanted a unique theme for the party. Since Jon is a pilot, I thought planes would be a cute idea for a boy. For the girl, I thought of pearls; they're sweet, feminine and also happen to be my birthsto…