Thursday, October 29, 2009

Grace and Aaron

I was excited to see Grace Bonney's Savannah wedding featured in the Fall issue of Martha Stewart Weddings, and there was a tiny little photo of a sign I did for the reception included, too. Fun! She posted extensively about her wedding a couple of weeks ago on her blog. I especially loved all of the sweet attention to little details- I wanted to post of few of those photos here. Congrats, Grace and Aaron!
Grace had her invitations printed by Bird and Banner on 75 different vintage handkerchiefs, printing numbers on the leftover ones for table numbers. I loved this idea so much! What a sweet memento for guests to keep!
I loved the way the flowers were done at this wedding, down to the simple gardenia in Grace's hair. And look at those chair swags! Beyond beautiful. Flowers by Garden on the Square. Gorgeous paper flowers by Erin Heath.
Adorable flags for the straws made by Grace herself.
Favors were bags of grits from a local farm, with fabric buttons by Busy Beaver Button Co.
The signs describing the food and drinks were done by me.
Sweet ring pillow made by Llubav Choy-Duerr.
May your new life together be blessed, Grace and Aaron!

Photography by Bethalee.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


I've been feeling extra motivated to live as "greenly" as possible lately. All it takes sometimes is making a little extra effort to conquer laziness and be good stewards of our resources, you know? Hanging your laundry instead of drying it, bringing your own bags to the store, unplugging items you aren't using.....there are dozens of great little ways to change your lifestyle. But I've come to think that the key is really learning to change your mindset.

In our consumer driven society, we are trained to believe that our value is based upon our level of consumption. So we are continuously trying to upgrade our wardrobe, our houses, our cars, etc., and we are never, ever satisfied. Its a hard cycle to break out of, I'm the first one to admit. But it is crucial to start examining the excessive way we live, and start focusing on the things that really matter- our family and our friends, our spiritual life, blessing others through service, savoring the small moments, etc. Here is a link to a video called "The Story of Stuff" that really convicted me to start making some changes. What do you think?

Monday, October 26, 2009

Greetings from Hello Handmade!

Good morning! Shanna and I have been waiting for this season to roll around again for a whole year, and now it is finally time to reopen our Hello Handmade shop selling this winter's goodies! Listed starting today are the Tannenbaum Specimen Chart and the 2010 Laureled Tea Towel. At the end of November we will be listing some downloadable items, such as an advent calendar, ornament, and bunting.
It was such a wonderful experience getting to work together on these items this summer in Rochester. Creating beautiful designs with such an amazing, wonderful friend is such a giddy feeling. We are so proud of them and hope you will love them, too!

Friday, October 23, 2009


To be honest, I'm not really into the whole Halloween thing very much, I just think it is rather creepy with evil underpinnings. But I was super happy with the way these envelopes for a costume ball turned out, complete with kooky, turned-sideways-house-of-mirrors-effect "head" stamps. I loved drawing all those creepy, twisty ribbons, too.

Happy 25th!

The Monterey Bay Aquarium turns 25 this week. Here's a cool little audio slide show about it. On our trip up the coast last December, this was one of our favorite stops. We read Cannery Row in the car on the way there, to help us get in the mood. I loved the jellyfish exhibit especially much. I would highly recommend stopping there, if you are passing through!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Heather and Evie

My friend Heather is an amazingly talented writer, and I just wanted to take this opportunity to link to her lovely blog. Isn't her little baby Evangeline the cutest?

Friday, October 16, 2009

Map Quilts

I absolutely love the idea of "map quilts," and here are two very different examples of the concept. The top image of a soft map quilt is by Emily Fischer, a Brooklyn based architect and artist, and the photo below is one I had bookmarked a long time ago- a paper quilt created by Susan Stockwell. I love them both!
(Reference to Emily Fischer via Snippet and Ink)

Monday, October 12, 2009

Rachel and Michael

I just wanted to share these gorgeous photos from the June marriage of Rachel Cardina and Michael Adkins. I had worked with Rachel, who is a fabulous designer, on this spread for Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles a while ago, and then she contacted me to provide some of the lettering for the invitations she was designing for her wedding. Please click here on their wedding blog to see some more invitation details. The wedding took place at the JCT Kitchen in Atlanta, and I just love the photos, taken by Jose Villa. Many blessings on your new life together, guys!
And just as a bonus, I think it is super fun that Rachel posted these pictures from their honeymoon on her wedding blog. Looks relaxing!

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

So sad.

I was so disappointed to learn yesterday that Gourmet magazine will be closing its doors after nearly 70 years in print. This is my favorite magazine by far, and I will sorely miss it. Nick was asking what the big deal was since all of the recipes can still be found online at Epicurious, and he has a point, but I told him there is just something so satisfying about flipping through an issue, getting inspired, trotting to the kitchen with the recipe, and getting the pages all splattered with the evidence of a meal prepared with love. I'll take actual, tangible cookbooks and glossy issues of Gourmet any day over a recipe I have to print out on computer paper in the office.