Tea Towel Calendar + Seasonal Recipes

6a00e554ee8a228833012876b2746a970c 500wi Tea Towel Calendar + Seasonal Recipes

You may remember these food-inspired calendars by Claudia Pearson from my calendar round-ups a few months back, but I was so excited to learn that there is also a 12-month tea towel version!

6a00e554ee8a228833012876b27503970c 500wi Tea Towel Calendar + Seasonal Recipes
6a00e554ee8a228833012876b27523970c 500wi Tea Towel Calendar + Seasonal Recipes

Also very exciting — starting today, Claudia and chef Sung Uni Lee will be publishing a new seasonal recipe every two weeks over on Claudia's blog.  Each recipe will be accompanied by one of Claudia's illustrations, as well as nutritional information about the recipe.  I'll definitely be checking out Claudia's blog for seasonal cooking ideas!  In the meantime, you can find both the paper and fabric version's of Claudia's calendar right here.

{image credits: claudia pearson}

Today I love… bathroom inspiration edition

If you follow me on twitter, you may know that my husband and I are moving to a new apartment at the end of the month.  And while packing and moving is stressful, we’re looking forward to more space, a better kitchen, and some cool new design features (skylights! in the dining room and bathroom!).  Plus, I’m looking forward to the best thing about moving to a new space — decorating!  Right now, like Katy, I’ve got bathrooms on the brain…

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{desire to inspire, apartment therapy}

We’re still renting, so we won’t be making any significant changes, but luckily we’ve already got lots of nice elements to work with, like a black and white tile floor, stand-alone bathtub, and the aforementioned skylight.  I’ve already got our new shower curtain picked out, but I’m thinking about additional storage options for narrow spaces and artwork for the walls.  I’m also thinking about painting the walls a light, calm shade, like this pale pink or soft blue:

6a00e554ee8a228833012876ad15d8970c 500wi Today I love... bathroom inspiration edition{domino via sfgirlbybay, house of turquoise}

I promise to share photos of our new space once we move in, but in the meantime, if any of you have additional bathroom inspiration to share, let me know in the comments!  

{image credits: as listed below each photo}

KenzieKate 2010 Wedding Invitations

I’m a huge fan of the KenzieKate wedding invitation line, and Mackenzie just released some of the prettiest new designs for 2010!

6a00e554ee8a2288330120a7aa7503970b 500wi KenzieKate 2010 Wedding Invitations{copenhagen}

6a00e554ee8a2288330120a7aa7567970b 500wi KenzieKate 2010 Wedding Invitations{st. augustine}

6a00e554ee8a2288330120a7aa78de970b 500wi KenzieKate 2010 Wedding Invitations{miami}

I love the pattern details in Miami and Copenhagen, and the hand-illustrated floral details in St. Augustine are just lovely.  Check out the KenzieKate 2009 collection and the rest of Mackenzie’s invitation catalog right here!

{image credits: KenzieKate}

Whimsical Baby Shower Invitations + Announcements

After I posted these baby shower invitations a couple of weeks ago, I received the sweetest e-mail from Tovah at Brighten My Day studio.  Tovah creates entirely custom wedding invitations, Bar and Bat Mitzvah invitations, and — of course — baby announcements!  The amazing thing, particularly in this era, is that Tovah operates entirely by word of mouth and does not maintain a website (!) — and as a result, Tovah forms a personal relationship with each of her clients that is reflected in the final design.  Here are a few examples — along with some background from Tovah on each of the designs:

6a00e554ee8a228833012876a84805970c 500wi Whimsical Baby Shower Invitations + Announcements

LEAH WALDMAN

I have worked with this family for years, and was honored to create the invitation for their granddaughters naming ceremony.  They wanted an invitation that was warm and sophisticated, and while they wanted a little sweetness, they did not want the invitation to feel juvenile nor whimsical.  We letterpress printed the invitation on a heavy, nearly white board in a warm tangerine hue, a compliment both to the dcor in their home and a match to the warmth of this family.  The invitation is monarch sized and paired with a kraft colored enveloped, also letterpress printed in the orange ink.  The floral image has a hand-drawn feel, and is carried through to wrap around the envelope flap.


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JAREN ROSE

This is my daughters birth announcement.  I wanted some sweetness, but still clean and contemporary.  This one was a 4Bar announcement {petite and girly} letterpress printed in latt and petal inks.  The relief dot detail on the flowers has a great feel when letterpress-printed, and the pink was a translucent, delicate shade that I just loved.


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NOAH SAGE

This is the birth announcement of my now 4-year old son.  I wanted something that felt modern, but with a softness that still felt baby.  The announcement was letterpress printed in light blue and chocolate inks on a gorgeous soft white stock.  His name was lettered by the amazing Gail Brill.


6a00e554ee8a228833012876a84bdd970c 500wi Whimsical Baby Shower Invitations + Announcements

6a00e554ee8a2288330120a7a5e3ed970b 500wi Whimsical Baby Shower Invitations + Announcements

SCOTT AND SHANE

This couple had gone through the surrogate process and were soon bringing home twin baby girls.  We used their nursery — a contemporary room of orange and pink with vintage elements — as inspiration for the both their shower invitation as well as their baby announcement.  The shower invite (top) featured a floral illustration that was letterpress printed into heavy, nearly white board in blossom and tangerine inks.  The announcement (bottom) was a tri-fold design printed on fluorescent white 110 lb. cotton Lettra and featured a gorgeous black and white photo of the newborns. 


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ZEV MATTHEW

This couple were using whimsical animals throughout Zevs new nursery, so I used that as inspiration, knowing that Mom and Dad also had a clean, unfussy personal style.  They wanted to keep the design to  a single color {for budget reasons} and loved the sweetness of a 4-bar card.  The announcement was paired with bluebell envelopes, letterpress printed tone-on-tone in a deeper bluebell ink.

Thanks so much Tovah!  If you're interested in working with Tovah for baby announcements or Bar and Bat Mitzvah invitations, you can contact her via e-mail by clicking here!

{image credits: tovah glenn}

Jessie + Chris’s Illustrated Tree Wedding Save the Dates

Happy 2010 everyone!  I can’t think of a better way to start off the new year than with a sweet Save the Date inspired by an even sweeter proposal story…

6a00e554ee8a228833012876a33c75970c 500wi Jessie + Chriss Illustrated Tree Wedding Save the Dates

Jessica from Sublime Design created these Save the Dates for the wedding of a high school friend, Jessie.  The design was inspired by the tree where Chris proposed to Jessie, and Jessica chose to use both sides of the paper for the Save the Dates — one side with the wedding location and date, the other side with the proposal story:

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6a00e554ee8a228833012876a33e44970c 500wi Jessie + Chriss Illustrated Tree Wedding Save the Dates

The Save the Dates were mailed in kraft envelopes to complement the nature-inspired design, with custom labels.  Jessica is also working with Jessie and Chris on their wedding invitations — I can’t wait to see what she comes up with!

{image credits: Sublime Design}