Wedding Hair

Last February during my Valentine’s Day Julie & Julia Party, two of our dear friends got engaged…. right in my dining room! I’ve never been up that close to a proposal besides my own. Tomorrow is their wedding day, and Clark and I are performing the music for the ceremony. The wedding is outdoors, which means that while the bride and groom and the bridal party are tucked cozily beneath the shade, Clark and I will be baking in our little patch of sun-scorched concrete where the musicians are positioned to play. Such is life. But before I beat the heat by singing in my bathing suit, I thought I might try a few new updos. Here are a few of my favorites.

The Chestnut bun{image via Joanna Goddard}

The Noble Hair Knot

{image via Schwarzkopf}

The Side Chignon

{image via Martha Stewart Weddings}

This picuture makes me want to run out and test my luck as a redhead.

The Romantic Twist

{image via Refinery 29}

You all have such great taste. Which style would you choose? Speaking of choosing…. you all voted for your favorite font for Amelia’s 1st birthday party invitation. Pea njh Whimsy takes the cake! Thanks for your input everyone.

You can click on any of the above images to get the hair style tutorial for each updo. If my hair turns out ok tomorrow, I’ll take pictures and post on Monday. Wish me luck!

Calling in for Reinforcement

It’s official. I am a bona fide word nerd. I’ve spent the better part of my morning at Amelie’s penning the verse for Mia’s birthday party invitation. Once again, I am calling in for reinforcement. You were all so helpful in choosing the font for Ginny’s baby shower invitation that I am now enlisting your font suggestion for Amelia’s tea party invite.

Do you like…

Option A

Option B

… or Option C

You decide…. I’m worded out!

Coffee Theme Shower

Please forgive me for not posting yesterday. I was still recovering from the weekend. And what a glorious weekend it was! My coffee-themed baby shower was a hit! I was so caught up in the excitement that believe it or not, I didn’t snap a single picture. Not one! So, I bummed a few off some friends just to give you an idea.

The table display was gorgeous complete with coffee inspired sweets… mocha flavored cake frosting and dark chocolate covered espresso beans. I haven’t had that much sugar or caffeine in ages. I was flyin’ high!

In addition to my “baby love” bouquet and my baby banner bunting, these coffee filter wreaths made by my dear friend Tracy were the conversation piece of the afternoon. Aren’t they brilliant?!

I intend to give this wreath a new home above my kitchen window.

As you know I’m a huge fan of Jones Design Company. These beverage labels are a combination of Emily Jones printable baby collection cards and Kevin & Amanda’s Claudia Jean scrapbook font.

I used rhinestone iron-on letters to make this onesie banner for little Lottie.

And for a sentimental touch, I clothes pinned baby pictures of Ginny above every window and door frame.

I may have had a misty-eyed moment seeing photos Ginny as a little girl knowing that in just a few weeks, we will get to hold her little girl, Charlotte. Tear… sniff… sniff.

If you’re anything like me, you absolutely dread baby shower games. I’ve played my fair share of guess-the-size-of-mom’s-belly, and I’m admittedly hopeless when it comes to saying the forbidden word “baby” which usually results in my forfeiting all of my clothespins to some competitive party-goer within the first five minutes of the shower. Needless to say, I was bound and determined to avoid any and all annoying baby shower games. So, we had a onsie decorating contest instead, and the girls loved it!

Two or three girls teamed up to design and decorate a onesie using colorful fabric markers. We strung them up all around the house and Ginny got to vote for her favorite. The winners received a prize {gourmet coffee of course}, but the best part about it was that half of the girls didn’t know each other when the shower began, yet they bonded while doing something creative and hands-on. I appreciate parties that take into consideration that not everyone enjoys making small talk. This is a great way to get people to relax and enjoy themselves while expressing themselves in a unique way. As you can see by the Arabic on this particular onesie…. this was a pretty eclectic bunch.

And last but not least, I put together a “Thank You Card” basket for Ginny with a pen, some stamps, and of course the same blank printable cards I used for her invitations and the beverage labels. They come in 4 different designs and they’re all adorable!

Well, there you have it. I had an absolute blast preparing for Ginny’s baby shower {even if I can’t stomach the thought of another chocolate covered espresso bean}. Ha!

Baby Banner Bunting

It is getting down to the wire for Ginny’s baby shower tomorrow, so I’m putting the finishing touches on some of the decorations. What better to go with my “Baby Love Bouquet” than baby banner bunting?!

{Like my scratched up wood floors? Our house is 100 years old and I’m pretty sure this is the original flooring. Gotta love rentals!}

I’ve always loved banner bunting {flag banners}. I think they’re so festive and perfect for showers, parties, nurseries, and play rooms. So I made one for little Charlotte out of colored card stock, some decorative gift wrap, and paper glue. I’ve become pretty partial to my new Claudia Jean font, so I enlarged it to create a stencil for the name banner.

I found this bunting banner tutorial to make one out of fabric, but until Ginny is decided on her nursery theme and colors, card stock will have to do. In my attempts to make my own stencils this week, I stumbled across the video tutorial by DIY Dish to create your own fabric stenciling using freezer paper. Check it out!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend! I can’t wait to tell you how the shower went. Wish me luck!

We’re having a baby…

Shower, that is… heavens above! I just finished being pregnant. This body needs a rest!

The vote for your favorite handwriting font for Ginny’s baby shower invitation was nearly unanimous! Thanks for the input everyone. Paired with these adorable baby card printables from Jones Design Company, we now have a one-of-a-kind invite for Ginny’s special day!

And the best part is…. no pink!

If you like this font, you can download it from Kevin and Amanda’s blog, and purchase the baby card print from Jones Design Company. Download it right to your computer and print off as many cards as you want!

{Sorry for the twisted “We’re-having-a-baby” joke. A girl’s gotta have some fun on a Monday every now and then.}

Free Cool Fonts!

“You have the handwriting of a serial killer.”

— Clairee from “Steel Magnolias”

 This is one of my favorite movies {and quotes} of all times. In fact, I think if I put my mind to it, I could write a post comprised entirely of quotes from Steel Magnolias since I’ve practically memorized every line! Ah…another post for another day perhaps.

I am working on a baby shower invitation for a dear friend. This is the perfect opportunity to experiment with some of the free handwriting and scrap booking fonts on Kevin and Amanda’s blog. If you have any interest in cool fonts {not to mention delicious recipes, inspiring photography, and note worthy blog tips} you can check out their blog here. There are so many cool fonts to choose from that I’m having trouble deciding. Here are the samples that I like the best. Can you help me decide?