December 12th, 2013
As a graphic designer, I have this complex of wanting to design everything myself… because, well, I have the skills. But last year I finally came to terms with the fact that I just don’t have time to design everything. So the next best thing of course is Minted.com . I’ve been a fan of Minted for a long time, they have gorgeous award-winning designs and even design competitions for graphic designers like me (maybe one day I’ll take the time to enter too).
Last Christmas, we had a new baby, and I really wanted to send our birth announcement/Christmas card, but again that no-time thing (x10 because of the new baby). I’m not sure where I heard about it, but I heard that minted does address printing on your envelopes FOR FREE. My ears perked up and that was the end of any need to have to design my own card. I love sending out cards, but man it’s a lot of work to print, stuff, (find your addresses), address, stamp, and mail them.
But with pre-printed addresses, matching return address labels, and everything shipped to my door, I really didn’t have much of an excuse. I mean really, how much work is it to upload a photo, change some text, and order the cards? And a few days later, I got all these lovely cards at my door (have I mentioned I hate leaving the house?).
All I had to do was stuff them (while catching up on a new BONES episode), and stick on the return address stickers and stamps. I didn’t even make it through the whole episode.
Anyway, I just have to say that I couldn’t be more pleased with the process. Even their online design customization works so incredibly well. I was able to drop in this photo, input my text, and update all my SAVED addresses from last year in less than 45 minutes. All from my cozy work chair. Thanks Minted.com for being so awesome!
A special thanks to Michelle of Clover + Mustard for the beautiful family photos that she took this summer. And also Annalisa Photography for our fall photos that I was able to show-off on the back of the card:
It’s so wonderful to have one part of my holiday season simplified, and checked off my list. You still have time to do this. Right now! It won’t take very long, and you can have it checked off your list! You can even send Happy New Year cards AFTER Christmas (I totally did this one year). Lets keep the tradition of beautiful stationary alive even if it’s just one time a year.
Disclosure: post contains affiliate links. But seriously Minted.com is amazing.
December 12th, 2013
If you didn’t know that gold is trending (trending BIG), then you’re probably hiding in somewhere or at least you’re not on instagram, I have to say that I might be completely obsessed myself. Of course that means that gold & shiny Brass hardware is back in style. I have been planning antiqued brass hardware in parts of my kitchen. But as much as I love gold, its a little hard for me to just JUMP back into shiny brass hardware (hello 90s!) But a little bit of warm bling never hurt anyone. So I’ve picked out and ordered a few unique hardware pieces that I’m going to use in my own home. The first three will go in my Linen Niche, and the label holder will be going on my craft room cubbies.
Now I just have to decide if I’m going to paint the linen niche white or black, and what I’m going to paint the craft room cubbies. Decisions decisions!! I’m always scared to pick out paint!
So what do you think about the GOLD trend, and how do you really feel about BRASS hardware?
1. Van Dykes – Restorers 3/8 Inch Offset Cupbord Latch
2. Amazon – Round Flush Ring Pull
3. Amazon – Large Recessed Chest Handle
4. Amazon - Brass Label Holder
December 10th, 2013
The holiday season is upon us. This year we are in transitional housing with all of our decorations packed away. We’ll be moving into our new home in a few weeks, and I just don’t have the motivation to decorate. So in an attempt to feel Christmas-y, I created a cute chalk art “Cover Photo” for my Facebook page. It’s a small thing, but I feel a little bit more Christmas spirit already!
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