{happy weekend!}

Happy Friday everyone!  I’m heading out a bit early today, since my husband came down with a really nasty cold (or maybe the flu?) and I’m doing my best to take care of him – and try to squeeze in a bit of housework (something I’ve sadly neglected over the last couple of weeks while things have been bananas-level busy).  I’m also hoping to swing by a food truck cook-off a bit later today, and then later this weekend we’re hoping to accompany our friends and their adorable 6-month-old son on his first apple picking and pumpkin patch expedition!  Hooray for 3-day weekends, all very much needed to catch up on my to do list and give sick husbands some time to feel better.  But in the meantime…

…a few links for your weekend!

…and just in case you missed it, a summary of this week’s posts:

That’s it for me this week – but I’ll be back next week with more 2011 calendars, a few more Halloween cards, and of course beautiful wedding invitations.  Since it’s a long weekend here and in Canada (Happy Thanksgiving!), I’ll be back with new posts on Tuesday.  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

{image credits: emmy lou photo via mary ruffle}

BBQ Engagement Party Invitations

A fun party invitation seems like the perfect way to help end the week, don’t you think?  Particularly when we get to combine the joyfulness of an engagement party with the yumminess of a backyard BBQ.  Bonnie from Tenn Hens Design created the fabulous invitations and labels, and the family provided jars of BBQ sauce (based on the family recipe, of course) as favors!



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I’m also totally loving the burlap table linens and succulent centerpieces in vintage tins – simple, yet really lovely all together.  Thanks so much Bonnie!

{image credits: tenn hens design}

Spanish Style Laser Cut Invitations

Molly from Paisley Quill sent over these gorgeous wedding invitations inspired by the Old World style and iron detailing at the wedding venue in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico.  The bride was particularly inspired by the architectural details and iron gates around Old San Juan, so Molly incorporated an ornate laser cut gatefold and beautiful scroll elements – all while utilizing several different printing methods throughout the invitation suite.  So pretty!


From Molly:  The wedding will take place in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, and the bride wanted her invitations to reflect that Old World, Spanish style – charming, romantic and elegant.  She especially liked the architectural iron work that you see so much of there, and that became the overall influence on the design.  The wedding will be held at Castillo San Cristobal.


The design incorporates various ironwork details.  The scrolls on the response card are actually replicas of spanish door hinges.  The scrolls on the invitation are replicas of part of a candelabra.  The patterns on the timeline enclosure are taken from Spanish tile design.




The bride is using vintage stamps and hand-lettered calligraphy for the envelopes.  The graphic on the back flap of the envelope is the same design used on the wax seal.


Molly has a few more photos and background on the making of these invitations, which you can find on her blog right here!  Thank you so much Molly!

{image credits: Paisley Quill}

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Vicki Hartman Ceramics

Vicki Hartman makes beautiful ceramic pieces up in Rochester, New York, and I was lucky enough to come across her booth at Crafty Bastards last weekend.  I love the delicate tumblers and beautiful vases – and a customized house would make a wonderful wedding or housewarming gift, don’t you think?

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modern ceramic houses wedding gift

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So pretty!  Check out the full collection right here.

{image credits: vicki hartman ceramics}

Welcome Baby – Announcements!

I thought I’d continued today’s baby theme with a few baby announcements that have caught my eye over the last couple of weeks.  First up,  Brandi from Sweet Harvey sent over a custom baby announcement that she recently created in a modern pool and orange color palette.  And how cute are those tiny little baby feet?!

custom letterpress baby announcements

custom letterpress baby announcements

{sweet harvey}

Kathleen from Twig & Thistle created these gorgeous letterpress baby announcements for her new niece.  I love the simple layout and flower details – so pretty!

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{twig + thistle}

Also in the photo baby announcement category, this blue baby announcement from Duet Letterpress would be perfect for any baby regardless of gender:

custom baby announcements

{duet letterpress}

Back in the non-photo category, I couldn’t resist these elephant baby announcements from Pearenthetical Press.  So cute!

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{pearenthetical press}

I love this floral baby announcement from Bella Figura – the design is based on one of their wedding invitations!

floral letterpress baby announcements

{bella figura}

If you have a baby announcement or birthday party invitation that you’d like to share, please feel free to e-mail me!

{all images from their respective sources}

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