It’s all just a game of LIFE

It’s been about a month since we moved our family into our new home. Our second move for the year, this one was a bit easier seeing as most of our things were already packed. Settling into the new home, however, has been a bit more difficult for us. We’re getting there though… slowly but surely!

Unfortunately, with everything we have going on I think my original plan of opening my etsy shop up by the end of the month is going to have to be postponed. In the mean time, I’m going to be sharing more of my new (and some not so new) projects. This particular post would fall in the “not so new” category.

A little over a year ago I had the pleasure of co-hosting a couples shower for some very dear friends of mine. Bridal showers involving the guys are always a little tricky (they can be such complainers!), so we tried our hardest to find a theme that didn’t just scream bridal shower.  The result? A Game of LIFE shower!

None of us had played the game in ages, so we had a bit of recon work to do. Luckily one of my co-hostesses knew several families who were gracious enough to let us borrow their games. After a few days of research and planning here is what we came up with!

The invitation. Mostly, anyway. The actual design of their invitation was slightly different, but very similar to this one.

We created larger versions of the game pieces to decorate with. It took a bit of planning (and a lot of scotch tape), but I was so excited with how they turned out! Continue reading

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Happy (late) Independence Day!

We finally got internet again! I’m so stinking happy about it I can’t even begin to tell you! I’m obviously a few days behind on this post, but my poor little 3G connection just wasn’t going to be able to handle a new blog post.

Anyway… Independence Day. An awesome holiday, and one that I appreciate more and more each year as I realize just how many people have payed for the freedoms that I am able to enjoy each day.

This year was especially exciting for me professionally because I was able to design my very FIRST set of wedding invitations! The happy couple tied the knot in Mexico over the holiday, and celebrated with friends and family following their return. They wanted something red-white-and blue without being too over the top. Here are the designs that they finally decided on!

 

THANK YOU to the happy couple for allowing me to be a part of this memory, and of course to her sweet daughter for the referral! I appreciate you guys so much!

Take One Down, And Pass It Around

I am not much of a beer drinker.  No particular reason why.  For some reason it just hasn’t ever really appealed to me.  I DID, however, happen to graduate from a college whose senior tradition involved drinking a pitcher of beer as quickly as you could to get to the ring that you had dropped to the bottom. Not very appealing when you don’t like beer, so I chose to dunk my ring beneath 8 delicious scoops of ice cream instead. It was glorious. I’d definitely do it again if I didn’t know any better.

My husband on the other hand? He went the traditional route, and downed his pitcher in just eighteen seconds. Definitely a beer drinker (with very proud parents I might add).

A couple of weeks ago I was asked to design a couples shower invitation for a {soon to be} husband and wife who both happen to be beer drinkers, and are looking forward to their upcoming honeymoon to Canada. Fun, right? Never in a million years would I have thought to create something like this!

A little help from the internets was definitely required. Normally, this is not something that I would share with you guys. However, while doing my research, I realized that beer might actually deserve a little more respect than I’ve been giving it! Seriously… This stuff is legit.

  •  Beer is the world’s most widely consumed[1] and probably oldest alcoholic beverage;
  • It is the third most popular drink overall, after water and tea.
  • [It] is one of the world’s oldest prepared beverages, possibly dating back to 9500 BC, … and is recorded in the written history of ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia.
  • Archaeologists speculate that beer was instrumental in the formation of civilisations. (obviously not written by an American Archaeologist).

Now, I do have to share with you guys that the lovely ladies I am working with ended up going with one of my other designs. BUT, I had such a great time making these that I just have to share them with you all!  Both were inspired by canadian beers. The first by Molson. The second by Carling Lager (albeit very loosely).

Too bad I don’t have any Canadian friends. I’m thinking a Texas version of this might be fun too though. Shiner Bock maybe? Any takers? Let me know!