70th Birthday Party Invitations

We talk a lot about wedding invitations here, but I'm a huge fan of celebrating any major occasion — from milestone birthdays to anniversaries — with its own shindig and corresponding custom invitation.  So when Minna from Minna Designs sent over these invitations for a surprise 70th birthday party, I just couldn't stop smiling.  Not only is this Texas-inspired invitation design a ton of fun, but it appears to be perfectly suited for its guest of honor.  Scroll on down to the bottom for a bit of background on the design inspiration…

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From Minna: The inspiration was using elements from the Wild Wild West. The guest of honor is very passionate about Texas history, an avid Texan art collector, a gifted speaker and adores his dog who accompanies him while pheasant hunting. One of his favorite quotes was added on the back flap of the envelope which states You will never lead until you first learn to serve. The family also came up with a clever poem paying homage to their father which we placed on the belly band. Vintage Texas stamps were added as a final touch!  

So cool!  I love the way everything works together, from the map enclosure to the western typography details, and of course all the personalized design elements.  Thanks Minna!

{image credits: Minna Designs}

Lovely Ribbon + Gift Wrap

I'm a huge fan of Angela Liguori's beautiful Italian ribbons (I even used her ribbons to wrap my wedding bouquets!) and I pretty much fell in love with the patterned paper from Pikku at the National Stationery Show this past May.  So I was beyond thrilled to hear about this fantastic collaboration combining Angela's ribbons with the Pikku wrapping paper — and just in time for the holidays!

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Each package from this collaboration includes four sheets of Pikku wrapping paper — each in a different color and design — and 10 yards of Angela's ribbon in your choice of red, pool, neutral or chartreuse.  Available for purchase in Angela's shops here and here

{image credits: Angela Liguori}

{happy weekend!}

Happy Friday everyone!  Today is a bit of a special day for me – it’s the four-year anniversary of my first date with my husband!  (Isn’t that complicated? Those of you planning your wedding on the anniversary of your first date are sooo smart)  We’ve been out – either on the road or just away from home – a lot lately, so I think we’ll just cook dinner at home and maybe take in a movie as our way of celebrating.  But in the meantime…

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…here are a few links for you to enjoy this weekend:

And a very Happy Hanukkah to those who celebrate!  I’ll be lighting my candles at home tonight!

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{image credits: top photo from flickr via mary ruffle, bottom photo via casasugar}

2009 Holiday Cards, Part 9

Since I still have a few holiday cards to share with everyone, I thought I'd help end the week with one more holiday card round-up.  So just in case you're still looking for the perfect holiday card, here are a few more for you to choose from:

6a00e554ee8a22883301287644a15e970c 500wi 2009 Holiday Cards, Part 9{wild ink press}

6a00e554ee8a2288330120a741874b970b pi 2009 Holiday Cards, Part 9{nib and tuck}

6a00e554ee8a2288330120a7418775970b 500wi 2009 Holiday Cards, Part 9{albertine press}

6a00e554ee8a228833012876443744970c pi 2009 Holiday Cards, Part 9{ruby press}

6a00e554ee8a22883301287644376a970c pi 2009 Holiday Cards, Part 9{louella press}

6a00e554ee8a22883301287644378d970c pi 2009 Holiday Cards, Part 9{bespoke press}

6a00e554ee8a2288330128764437ad970c pi 2009 Holiday Cards, Part 9{design des troy}

6a00e554ee8a2288330128764437e6970c pi 2009 Holiday Cards, Part 9{naomi murrell}

 6a00e554ee8a2288330120a741373a970b pi 2009 Holiday Cards, Part 9{ave9river studio}

6a00e554ee8a228833012876444b39970c 500wi 2009 Holiday Cards, Part 9{sunshine and ravioli}
 6a00e554ee8a228833012876445785970c pi 2009 Holiday Cards, Part 9{the beautiful project}

6a00e554ee8a2288330128764457bd970c pi 2009 Holiday Cards, Part 9{karolin schnoor}
 6a00e554ee8a22883301287644a278970c pi 2009 Holiday Cards, Part 9{vandalia street press}

6a00e554ee8a2288330120a741886d970b pi 2009 Holiday Cards, Part 9{hijirik studio}

{images from their respective sources}

Paper Snowflakes

Absolutely beautiful quilled paper snowflakes by Kristen Earl

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Found via Rebecca at Moontree Press — check out the Moontree Press blog for an even better photo of Kristen's gorgeous work!

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