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Mabel’s Birth Announcement

Here’s a look at Mabel’s birth announcement! It took me a while to get these out so they doubled as ‘Thank-You’s’ on the backside. I can’t believe these photos where taken when she was just 2 weeks old! Time has FLOWN by. They were shot by the amazing Kayla Adams. I’m so thankful that she took these for us, they’re perfect. This photo in particular worked so perfectly with what I had in mind for the announcement.


Outdoor Living

With our new place, we finally have a little space outside. This was something we’d always been craving. Right now, we’ve got a table + chairs (which we frequent at meal times). In fact, my old desk has now been converted to a table outside. Instead of cutting it down to fit in our new place, we opted to leave it as-is and use it outside. Thankfully, due to California’s laid back weather + the use of a tarp, I think it should work just fine. I went ahead and bought these chairs from Ikea. We decided they’d would be a good option with the salty, moist, sea air. I originally loved the White Overstock Tabouret chairs, but being metal, they’d probably rust.

We have a little space left, and we’d love to fill it with a couple lounge chairs. I’ve been on the hunt. Here are a few options I’ve found! I’m hesitant on the Ikea chair, because I’m not sure how comfy it looks?? Anyone try those out?

Threshold Faux Wood Adirondack Chair / White High Back Lounge Chair / Huron Small Lounge / Brommo Chaise Lounge 

Wire Side Table / Martini Side Table / Bubble Ceramic Side Table

We’re also planning on building a little container vegetable garden, which I’ll share on later. We don’t know much about gardening but we’re both pretty excited to give it a try. Any gardening tips?

Find the perfect chairs, string our cafe lights, build a garden + we’ll never leave outside!


All Things New

Things have been so (wonderfully) crazy over here.

Besides being busy with the little one, we moved last month!
To. the. beach. We’re stoked!

It’s been a dream of ours for a while + we decided why not? We found the perfect little rental and decided to go for it. Once we moved, and got a little settled, we flew off on vacation. Mabel got to meet all of my extended family in Wisconsin for the first time. She loved it. And so did we.

Now that we’re back and things are starting to settle, I’ve been feeling a desire to get back to work (still sticking to small projects, more on that soon), and hoping to jump back to the blog every now and then too! Now that Mabel is 6 months old (what!?), I’m feeling like we got this ‘life’ thing down. When she naps, it’s time to get stuff done!

So, hopefully this little space won’t be so quiet from now on. Even if it looks a little different than it used too…



Hey All! As you can see I’ve been MIA, and I’m sure you know why 🙂

Our little Mabel girl arrived in early March and life has changed (in a great way!) since her arrival. I haven’t jumped back into work yet but I’m starting to get a creative itch, so hopefully I’ll be around more now! Here’s a (fast) update on life in the past few months via Instagram:

+ Our girl arrived March 4th.
+ She has forever changed our lives.
+ Kayla Adams took some Newborn/Family photos of us back in March + we love every single one!
+ We showed Mabel lots of new things!
+ Kayla’s photos + Mabel’s nursery were featured on 100 Layer Cakelet.
+ We took our first family vacay to Hawaii. Babe’s first flight went well!
+ Mabel went swimming for the first time.
+ I finally got around to sending out her birth announcement (three months later) 🙂
+ She’s so much fun!

I haven’t started any full branding or web projects yet, but I’d love to begin with some smaller lettering projects. If you have any fun lettering needs, shoot me an email! I’d love to work together.

Photos by Kayla Adams


Happy Galentine’s Day

In honor of Galentine’s Day ( Leslie Knope and her lady friends leave their husbands and their boyfriends at home and just kick it breakfast style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus, frittatas!” ) I’m sharing a little download for your mobile devices! This XOXO pattern is available as a pretty large file, so you can scale to whatever size screen you might be using!

To Download:
+ Open this link
+ Save image to your mobile device
+ Set as your wallpaper

*This pattern is only available as a personal download. Please do not copy, resell or reuse in any other way. 


Pregnancy Essentials

The last nine months have flown by! Come thursday we’ll be 3 weeks away from our due date. I know I’ve been so quiet during this time, but I’m hoping you understand why. These last nine months have brought excitement, nausea, exhaustion, planning, happiness, etc. At the beginning between nausea and exhaustion, I felt I lost a lot of my creativity. Or maybe just my desire to create. Then as the second trimester came, I gained my energy back but my focus still remained solely on my clients and less on the blog and personal work. I can’t really explain why! I’m thinking it’s just a new chapter in my life. I’m hoping once baby girl is here that maybe the blog will take a  look back on more frequent posts, but we will see! Thank you all for being so encouraging!

I wanted to share with you a few essentials that I’ve been SO thankful for during this time. It’s funny how so many of these items relate to food, but during the first trimester, my way of fighting nausea included keeping my blood sugar up. Here’s a peek a few things I haven’t been able to live without over the past nine months:

Bump Nest Pillow: This pillow my #1 must have item. I’ve always been a belly and back sleeper and when you’re pregnant, you physically can’t sleep on your belly for obvious reasons and you’re really not suppose to sleep on your back either. So this little miracle pillow helps keep me in the correct position (side sleeping) and comfortable in those positions. It took a little getting used to when I first received it, but I haven’t gone a night without using it since. And because of it, I’ve never had any issues sleeping (which is a common issue with pregnancy).

San Pellegrino: This has been a favorite throughout pregnancy. Whether your nauseous or out to dinner (it’s a fancy way to feel you’re drinking a cocktail or soda, without actually drinking one). My favorite way of drinking is either with some fresh fruit or using a little of the flavored San Pellegrino’s mixed with the plain, that way you don’t overload on the sugar.

Snacks/Food: As mentioned above, my way of combating my nausea was by keeping my blood sugar up. This meant eating crackers before getting out of bed (so I wouldn’t get sick), carrying around Trader Joe’s suckers in my purse (these where SO helpful), and making sure we had Kind Bars for a quick pick me up. My other favorite during my entire pregnancy has been eating smoothies. It’s a great way to get vitamins and tons of fresh fruits/veggies.

Apps: There have been quite a few apps I keep turning to, to watch our baby grow. It’s been so fun to learn how she’s progressing as each week goes by. My favorite for this would have to be the Sprout App — this one is  well designed and they have these really amazing illustrations for each week. Another more recent favorite app has been Map My Walk. I’ve been trying to get more and more walking in to try and stay in shape and this has been a great way to track my distance and time.

Now onto Baby Essentials next! If you have little ones, what have been your go-to items?