{happy weekend!}

Happy Friday everyone!  The sun is shining and the weekend is rapidly approaching, both of which make me very happy.  I’m looking forward to a relaxed weekend just trying to beat the summer heat, but in the meantime…

summer cottage bedroom with quilt

…a few links for your weekend:

That’s it for me this week!  I hope you all have a lovely weekend, and I’ll see you all back here on Monday!

{image credits: lake house via mary ruffle}

A Modern Eden Nursery Poster Series

Ryan Clark from A Modern Eden sent over this super-cool series of stylized animal posters that they recently created – each of which is screen printed in five bright (and kid-friendly) colors on French Pop-Tone paper:

The poster series is actually part of a broader collection of art and educational tools for children – all of which emerged from Ryan’s desire to create things that he would be proud to hang in his son’s nursery.

In addition to these three posters, the series also includes flash cards, tote bags, and even an educational iphone app!  So cool!  Learn more, and check out the rest of the collection, over at A Modern Eden.

{image credits: a modern eden}

Geometric Summer Prints

I’m a proud subscriber to the Satsuma Press mailbox monthly – I wait patiently for the little surprises that Lynn sends our way each month.  This month I’m super-excited for these geometric note cards (I’m loving the gorgeous color combinations!) and print to arrive in my mailbox:



satsuma press geometric bicycle print

You can sign up for Lynn’s mailbox monthly right here – or pick up the note cards and prints in the Satsuma Press shop!

Also?  I would so love to get a bike this summer.  We finally live in a more bike-friendly neighborhood – and it would beat riding the metro every day, particularly now that I’ll be working entirely from home.  Maybe as a present to myself for moving to full self-employment? 

{image credits: satsuma press}

Winged Wheel

I can’t think of a better way to start off the morning than with beautiful stationery from Winged Wheel in Tokyo, Japan.  From elegant wedding invitations to softly patterned stationery to animal note cards and floral business cards, I’m having a really hard time picking just one favorite!



I just can’t stop staring at the wedding invitations with traditional Japanese floral paper – or the soft letterpress details (on cotton paper produced at the foot of Mount Fuji, no less) on the calling cards.  All available over on Winged Wheel.  Thanks Rumi!

{image credits: winged wheel}

Nikki’s Navy + White Dessert Bar

Back in April, I featured Nikki’s awesome navy and white wedding invitations.  Well, Nikki’s wedding took place over Memorial Day weekend (Congrats Nikki!) and she’s back with a few of the lovely details from her wedding!  Nikki decided to incorporate a dessert bar into her wedding reception, so she created a tiny cookbook full of family recipes to give out as favors as well as corresponding signs and labels for each dessert.

wedding dessert bar ideas cookbook

From NikkiI designed these cute little 3″ x 4″ 12-page cookbooks as wedding favors, which were placed at the seat for each guest at our reception.

wedding dessert bar ideas favor box

Along with the cookbook each guest received an empty box that had a small note telling them to go to the dessert bar to try any of the recipes out of the book.

wedding dessert bar ideas jar and container label

wedding dessert bar ideas container labels

On the dessert bar itself, I designed tags to go on each jar or to stand as signs.  Each dessert was given a clever name, like “Mother of the Groom Chunky Chocolate Chip Cookies.”

wedding dessert bar ideas signs and labels

wedding dessert bar ideas signs

There was a big sign placed in the middle of the table that tied it all together with the cookbook that also read “Love is Sweet”.

wedding dessert bar and buffet ideas 

wedding dessert bar ideas

We made TONS of desserts for everyone to try, but people loved the concept so much that we were out of everything two hours before the end of the reception!  Everyone was talking about how cute it was and asking if we had extra cookbooks for them to take home.

Don’t forget to check out Nikki’s blog for a full list of desserts (and recipes!) as well as some additional how-to info.  Thanks Nikki!

{image credits: 1 + 6 by jimmages photography, all others by amy barry photography}