1.29.2013

return address stamps


my custom designed return address stamps are now available through the store, or just email me directly!!

stationery

two sets of hand made stationery that i made for a fundraiser for my daughters school.
the first... hand printed in blue on vintage vellum with a linoleum block that i carved...
 the vellum was then sewn to a crane's lettra folded card...

and paired with a navy envelope.
 next... hand sewn stems sprout individually hand painted leaves...
 paired with a sap green envelope. the envelope is lined with waxed tissue and sewn around the edge to secure. 



 the duo was auctioned with a custom return address stamp of the winning bidders choice. 

1.07.2013

number four

ella has been into colors lately. if you ask her what her favorite color is, she will answer you with at least 10 different colors including lavender and violet. so, with color being her most recent obsession, we decided to go the traditional route for her fourth birthday party, with every color we could think of popped with bits of gold. 
the invitation was done simply with painted circles in every color...
and since we were going with the traditional birthday party theme, you know... with confetti, crepe paper streamers and the like, i wanted to convey the feeling of a fill-in-the-blank party invitation. i made the lettering look like good old fashioned pencil, imperfect and including only critical information. gold glitter graced the insides of the envelopes.

what traditional birthday party is complete without a birthday banner? instead of buying a pre-made letter banner, i cut my letters from heavy kraft stock and layered them with the gold glitter paper i used to line the envelopes. i attached the letters together with little brads and hung it up to spread the cheer. 
party hats for the guests, in every color.
and the confetti. big circles of tissue spread across the entire house and backyard. 

the cake was covered with sprinkles and little edible glitter stars. a pile of brightly colored candy mounded in the middle with a traditional numeral birthday candle. 
we set up a table for the kids with paper on each side and markers and crayons down the center. 
the favors were crayon rolls sewn from with mixed patterned fabric. each held 8 bright crayons and folded up with a little notepad for coloring. 

we ordered pizza, and got a bouncy house. how could we resist. honestly, my favorite, most relaxed ella party yet. 

1.03.2013

sweet number 1

i cant believe my baby turned one already. to celebrate, we had a sweet and tiny rose party. 
 the invitations... a tiny square invitation hides in a glassine envelope attached to a small soft pink card. little rosebuds were hand painted on each card. 
the invitation unfolds to reveal all of the party information. 
rosewater vanilla bean cupcakes are topped with a pink tinted glaze and a candied rose petal.
more rosewater cupcakes, this time baked in tiny candy cups, topped with buttercream and a tiny dried rosebud.
libby's cake... a miniature version of the cake that i made for the guests, plated on a vintage limoges saucer. 
the table was adorned with white treats and soft pink garden roses.
with sweet sugar cube details...

the cake for the guests was four layers of rosewater vanilla bean cake filled with raspberry jam and fresh raspberries and slathered with buttercream. the combination was magical, fruity and floral scented. 





choosing the favors was tricky. we wanted something that both the older and young kids would enjoy, so we settled on beanbags. my 4 year old still plays with the ones that i made her years ago. they are  great for playing catch indoors, to add to your hopscotch game, and safe for babies too. 
i packaged them up in little wire closure boxes hand dyed silk ribbon. 
we decorated with a simple sewn garland of vellum circles. perfect for the party and perfect to transition into the holidays. it is still up, and reminds me of libby's pretty party every day.