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…
Over two months later, I'm finally getting around to posting on my nephew Cohen's first birthday! Because he was born just six days before Christmas, it was important to my sister, Meredith, to have a party to make him feel special, separate of the normal seasonal celebrations. And I'm always up for a planning a good party!
Since Cohen was little baby, he has loved giraffes. First introduced with the paper mache bust hanging over the changing pad in his nursery(here), my sister says he's been a fan ever since. Using that as the inspiration, the party planning began. Meredith found an invitation she liked at Tiny Prints and thus the color palette of green, yellow and brown was established.
Cohen wore a monogrammed yellow chevron coverall on the big day, and the cheerful pattern was also used throughout the party. To create a prominent backdrop on the fireplace mantel, we covered a remant piece of beadboard with chevron fabric. It made a big statement with little…