Friday, February 25, 2011

Organic + Modern Jewelry

I just discovered Christine Mighion's beautiful jewelry via Flights of Fancy. I'm always drawn to hammered metals. It just has a certain unique quality about it. Take a gander at the rest of her collection here.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Recent Project: A Farm Fresh Logo

Christine Chitnis Logo

I designed this logo for Christine Chitnis; who is a writer, photographer and environmental educator. She recently redesigned her website to coincide with the release of her first book. Since her blog header was going to feature photos from her book, Christine wanted a logo that incorporated farm imagery, as well as, flourishes for a feminine touch. Visit her website here.
Christine Chitnis' blog logo

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Christine's Little Man

I thought the bow-time/little man theme would be perfect for my friend, Christine's, shower. She's referred to her little bun in the oven as the "little man" before. So here's the invitation that I designed for her shower...

Little Man Baby Shower

A Bow-Tie Baby Shower

As I was surfing the web for inspiration for a baby shower I'm hosting, I found this adorable bow-tie baby shower on Hostess with the Mostess. That site is filled with amazing showers and parties...chock full of the cutest details. You should check it out!

Friday, February 18, 2011

V-day: Japanese Food + Karaoke

The husband I decided to try something new this year. Since we like to belt out songs in the privacy of our house and car, the husband thought that we should try karaoking (just the two of us.) I thought it was a genius idea considering I would never, EVER sing in front of anybody else. (I'm very self-conscious of my voice. I'm not tone deaf, but I'm not good either. I won't even sing "Happy Birthday"!)

So we had dinner at a quaint Japanese restaurant called Manooben. This place has a country feel to it, complete with floral fabrics and cheesy Valentine's Day heart decorations. What I love about Korean-owned restaurants is all the free food they give! I was too excited about the food to take pictures of everything though. :) We had Korean Scallion Pancakes (Pa Jun), miso soup, and a small Japanese salad...all complimentary! And even after our meal, we were given a mini Korean dessert, patbingsoo! Ahh...It was all so good!

After we were happily stuffed, we headed over to the Korean karaoke place. Umm...can I just say, karaoke is definitely NOT our thing! None of the songs sounded even remotely like the original. We had a hard time distinguishing the tune. I don't know how people do it! We tried to make the best of it though!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Temporary Wallpaper...Genius!

In recent years, wallpaper has made a comeback. But I've always been wary of wallpaper because of its permanence and the complicated application process. Whenever I see makeover shows on HGTV (my fav!) they're always peeling off layers of nasty wallpaper! Who wants to deal with that?!

I discovered Tempaper Designs via At Home with Kim Vallee (that blog has some really cool finds!) Tempaper is a self-adhesive, repositionable, temporary wallpaper. How ingenious is that?? They only have a limited # of colors and designs at this time. But hopefully, as they become more popular, different patterns and colors will be available.

Monday, February 14, 2011

All You Need is Love!

Happy Valentine's Day!

The husband and I are trying something different this year. I'll let you know what it is later this week! What are (or were) your plans for Valentine's Day?

Friday, February 11, 2011

Sweet & Sour Glazed Chicken

I discovered this amazing food blog, Week of Menus, via Pearls & Green Tea. Joanne is the incredible chef behind Week of Menus. She gives detailed instructions along with photos of every step of the way. It made cooking a breeze! I just tried one of her recipes for the first time the other night, and it was a smashing success!

I made her Sweet & Sour Glazed Wings (I only had drumsticks on hand.) The soy sauce mix was so delicious. This recipe is definitely going to be a keeper! Check out Joanne's website for her recipes!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Customized Wine Labels

I found these fun, customized wine labels on At Home With Kim Vallée. They were designed by Alicia Potter for a wedding. The illustrations of the couple and the Chicago landmarks are so cute! What a fabulous way of tying in the location of your wedding!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Pretty Design

One of my dear girlfriends got me this fabulous screen-printed tea towel from an Etsy shop called The Near Future. This was one of the 30 gifts she got me for my big birthday last year. I was blown away when I opened her package! The tea towel is so pretty; I can't bear to actually use it. I'm thinking about framing it and hanging it up on my wall. Haha.

I received this Starbucks giftcard as a prize for baby shower game. Hehe. I love the simplicity of the design and the gold added just the perfect, festive touch.

Happy Friday, everybody! My street FINALLY got plowed late last night. Whoo hoo! Now I just have to dig my car out of the snow.

Thursday, February 3, 2011


I just discovered the fantastically talented Kathryn Elyse Rodgers of PaperFashion. She's an apparel designer by day and a fashion illustrator on the side. She mainly works with watercolors and ink pens for her illustrations. Click here to see a video demo of her in action. It's amazing!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Linen Board Tutorial by b*spoke

I found an awesome tutorial on how to make an easy linen board by b*spoke. All you need is an inexpensive bulletin board (like this one from Target), a staple gun and staples, and 1.5yds of linen fabric. I was lucky enough to find the perfect linen fabric from a fabric warehouse outlet my friend discovered. I got enough fabric for a small table for only $3! I can't wait to try it out. I'll let you know how it turns out when I get around to that project!

Below is a linen pinboard from Pottery Barn. It's a few inches bigger than the Target board, but it's ridiculously overpriced at $99!

Small Linen Pinboard by Pottery Barn