Modern Bat Mitzvah Invitations

As I discovered last year, while helping my sister research invitations for my nephew's Bar Mitzvah, finding fresh and modern invitation designs for a Bar or Bat Mitzvah can be a huge challenge.  Invitation designs are often either a bit too far on the traditional side (ahem, boring) or are so theme-centric that they border on tacky.  So I was totally thrilled to see this fantastic custom Bat Mitzvah invitation by SeeSaw: 

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I love the balance of the modern design elements with the giraffe illustration by Rebeca Raney, which along with the illustrated foliage ties in perfectly to the Bat Mitzvah venue of the American Museum for Natural History without coming across as too childish.  So pretty!

{image credits: Seesaw}

{happy weekend!}

Happy Friday everyone!  We're having an unexpected spell of warm(ish) winter weather here in DC, which has me so totally excited for the weekend!  We'll be busy packing, packing, packing – but hopefully we'll manage to spend a bit of time outdoors as well.  I'm also already looking forward to next week, since that's the week of the Altitude Design Summit.  Yay!  I really can't wait.  But in the meantime…

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… a few links for your weekend reading pleasure:

That's about it for me this week!  Next week I'll be starting my Valentine's Day card round-ups before running off to Salt Lake City.  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and I'll see you back here next week!

{image credits: here comes the sun

{today I love… country chic home inspiration}

So as you may have noticed, I'm kind of obsessed with home decor inspiration these days.  Last week it was bathrooms, this week it's primarily kitchens and dining spaces.  One of the things that I'm most excited about is the amount of natural light in our new apartment, so this week I've found myself drawn to these images of light-filled country home interiors:

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I love the idea of the chalkboard paint dresser/buffet — and isn't that huge window in the dining room gorgeous?  We'll also have a tiny little window above our kitchen sink, so I can't wait until spring arrives and things start to bloom again in DC.

Is there anything particular that has helped inspire you this week?

{image credits, from left to right – top row: bjarni jacobsen via desire to inspire, just be splendid; bottom row: country living via peonies and polaroids, michael partenio via desire to inspire}

Claudia Pearson Valentine’s Prints

I'm sure that, like me, many of you have been glued to the coverage of the earthquake disaster in Haiti.  Some of you may already have donated, and some of you may be trying to figure out the best way, or additional ways, to help.  Illustrator Claudia Pearson wrote to me this morning letting me know about a fundraiser that she is doing to help victims in Haiti – 25% of all sales of Claudia's two new Valentine's prints will be donated to Yele Haiti:

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Check out Claudia's blog for additional details on her fundraiser.  For more information on other ways to help, please click here.

{image credits: claudia pearson}

Jessica Hische Drop Cap Prints

I'm a huge, huge fan of Jessica Hische's amazing typography and illustration — her Hendrix invitation was one of my picks from Bella Figura's 2010 letterpress wedding invitation collection.  Since September, Jessica has been illustrating one decorative letter per day in a project that she calls the Daily Drop Cap:

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I'm absolutely thrilled that Jessica is now offering signed prints of her illustrated drop caps!  Just choose the letter you want from one of three full alphabets:

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I'd love to pick up a few prints with my + my husband's initials.  Yet another piece I'm adding to my wishlist for our new apartment…  

{image credits: jessica hische}