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Jun 23, 2011

Miss You!

Just wanted to pop in and say hello real quick. House hunting, dance recitals, guests from out of town, retirements and birthdays have made for a busy week. I will be back as soon as possible to fill you in on all of the exciting things that have been happening. I look forward to catching up on what I've missed on all of your blogs shortly too, but in the meantime tell me what's new in the comments! Cat PortraitThis is my new favorite photo. I think it looks like Olive is posing for a fancy painting here.Pin It

Jun 14, 2011

A is for _____

If you're a google chrome user then I'm sure you're also used to typing in the first letter of a website and pressing enter. Just type 'A' and viola, your favorite website starting with 'A' comes up. I started going through the alphabet to check out what sites I visit the most. What I found was a gorgeous group of, artsy, funny, fashion forward, design focused sites with some of most feisty females behind the wheel (and some rad guys here and there too). I did cheat a tiny bit by removing anything related to my full time job, cause those sites are far less interesting. Since compiling these sites in graphical form took quite some time I've decided to break this into two big posts. And now without further ado, here's A through M for your reading and/or viewing pleasure. A is for Apartment Therapy
B if for Bleubird Blog
C is for Coco & Kelly
D is for Design Love Fest
E is for East Side Bride
F is for Freckle Wonder
G is for Go Fug Yourself
H is for Hello Giggles
I is for Inkstagram
J is for Jezebel
K is for Kaelah Bee
L is for Love Me Sailor
M is for Moorea SealAny favorites in the bunch? Any that you're extra excited about and didn't know before now? I'll be back soon with N-Z!!Pin It

Jun 8, 2011

Saving Our Own Date!!

I've designed many save the dates in my day and both Duncan and I have put hours into producing other people's magnets. We love making them unique and perfect for each uniquely awesome couple. It's great to contribute in a very small way to so many people's weddings and I think doing so made making our own save the dates that much more special. It was our turn!Save the Date with Round MagnetsI was worried that I'd never be able to come to a decision on a design for myself, but I was pleasantly surprised to fall in love with the first one I created. After a few minor tweaks, font tests and sign off from the groom to be, the card design was complete! We wanted to do something that we hadn't done for anyone else so we made the magnets fabric covered instead of the usual paper with the plastic cover. Round Fabric MagnetsI used glassine envelopes and round mailing labels from Paper Source and made my own stickers to match the card. I cut a purple piece of paper to slip inside the envelope so the back of the postcard wouldn't show through. Save the DateI used a clear adhesive made especially to seal the glassine envelopes. I should note that I don't suggest using these pretty envelopes for anything other than paper. They are technically mailable, but some of the magnets broke free from them on their way to their recipients (so sad).Save the Date with MagnetsI added a 64 cent stamp and a clear return address label and they were ready to go!Saving the DateWe also created a Save the Date Video for our website. I hope you like it!

Save the Date Video from Duncan Hooper

If you're interested in getting a quote for save the date design or magnets just shoot me an email and I'll be happy to fill you in!Pin It

Jun 7, 2011

Leopard & Dots & Stripes - Oh My!

I'm so happy to finally sneak in a little bit of time to blog! I put this mixed print outfit together on the first really warm day here in Seattle, minus the sweater when I was outside. I later added some leggings underneath and wore the whole ensemble to dance practice. Two in one is always a bonus!Mixed Prints Outfit PostSpeckled Dot Romper from H & M
Dark Blue & Black Leopard Sweater from GAP
Faryl Robin Sandals via Gilt Group
Striped Scarf from Target
Amethyst Stalactite Double Ring from Moorea Seal
What's your go to outfit on a warm day?Pin It

Jun 1, 2011

6 years and 90 days

I was so looking forward to Memorial Day weekend. Duncan was finally coming home after being gone for two weeks and we were excited to celebrate our six year anniversary on Saturday. The universe decided to rock our little world on Friday though when we received a letter from our property management company letting us know that house we've been renting was going to be for sale and we have 90 days to vacate. 90 DAYS!
Little Problems Big World
We're used to California renters laws where the renters are, for the most part, in control of when they want to leave. In San Francisco you have to pay to make people move when you want to sell the property. We knew this wasn't the case here, but also never imagined our time would be cut so short. We wanted to stay here for another year (resigning a lease in August) so we could focus on the wedding and then get ready to buy a house the following year. The last thing we want to do is move especially since we were just starting to feel settled (we moved from San Francisco in August). But here I am, a mere 5 days later with loan applications, meetings with realtors and our first open houses already completed.

No matter what we end up doing- buying, renting, moving into storage unit- it all has to happen in 90 freaking days. That's really, really overwhelming. It's going to be a wild ride keeping up with my increasingly busy day job (headed to DC next week for a meeting), teaching dance (with the end of the year recital in a few weeks), weddings and showers to attend and a wedding of our own to plan and pay for. I'm sad to say so long to that fun summer hanging out in the yard we've been working so hard on and hello to new plans.

Don't get me wrong, I'm really excited about the idea of buying a house and feel so very lucky that we've been good savers and are in the position to do so even though it's so much sooner than expected. I am also extremely thankful that I have my best friend by my side to keep me sane through the roller coaster of emotions this process will surely take us on. If I could see into the future to our 12 year anniversary I'm confident that we'd both be looking back on this time and think, 'dang that was a crazy, but it definitely worked out for the best.'

Whenever I get especially flustered and caught up in the details and the todo's I just remind myself that this 'problem' is just a bump in the road and really not a problem at all in comparison to what other people have to deal with. How do you put your 'problems' in perspective and calm yourself down? Any tips? Thanks for letting me vent!

The photo above is one of our engagement shots by the always fabulous Love Me Sailor Photography. In this instance let's title this one - Little Problems, Big World.Pin It