So excited to see one of my recent notebook designs featured on Design Work Life! That’s my Wedding Day Thank Yous design at the top right. Such an exciting challenge and some seriously gorgeous winning designs. Minted plans to launch the entire collection in mid-October giving everyone plenty of time to pick up a few as holiday gifts. I already want to buy like 20!

This has been one of my favorite projects to date! My friend Emily contacted me with a few ideas for some Halloween party invites she was hoping to work with me on. Emily wanted something vintage and a little spooky, but nothing too over the top. She mentioned liking the look of stained paper, which was the inspiration behind the texture and treatment done to the front of the invite.  She also came up with the copy on the front – so creative! For the back I wanted a pattern that would compliment the front nicely but still incorporate the vintage/spooky feel. The printed versions turned out perfect and I could not be happier!

Speaking of Halloween, Minted just recently launched their Halloween stationery just in time to pick up some cute cards to send to friends. Below is a look at one of my designs for sale as well as a few of my other favorites!

Boston Trip

Last week I had the pleasure of visiting the great city of Boston to hang out with 2 of my favorite ladies, Ana and Lauren. We were all college roommates at UGA (minus 2 other gals), now each living in different cities and doing our best to see each other during the year. I had only been to Boston once before, briefly about 9 years ago, and didn’t get to see much of the city. This time I got to see it all! I absolutely fell in love with Boston. Granted I did go during the summer when the weather was lovely and not 10 below. I might change my tune after visiting in the winter. Lauren lives in Cambridge, about 3 blocks from the Harvard campus. It’s the most adorable little neighborhood. Everything is walkable (which is how most people get around) and most of the businesses are local. Cute shops, amazing food, and maybe a Starbucks sprinkled here and there. I have to say the walking aspect scared me a bit at first since I work from home and require a car to get almost everywhere…but by the end of the trip I loved it!! Walking is fun and a great way to save money on a hefty gym fee. Plus Boston also has an amazing public transit system with buses and subway lines that cover the entire city. You seriously would not miss your car one bit!

I was sad to leave at the end of the week but so thankful for the chance to go…here are a few of my favorite photos from the trip:

The first night we made Felafel, which I had never had! We then stuffed halves of pita bread with the Felafel and a salad mixture of lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, and feta cheese. A couple glasses of wine, a few candles – it was quite a delicious meal!

The next day we walked around the Harvard campus before lunch. Having watched the Social Network an obsessive number of times recently, I was a little more then excited 🙂 Lots of amazing historical buildings and beautiful architecture everywhere you look. They also had these strange clusters of chairs all over campus that I really liked- perhaps to inspire discussion? Who knows! And of course we had to stop and rub the foot of the John Harvard statue for good luck.

The next day we walked through some of the historic neighborhoods near Beacon Hill. If I could afford it I think I might move there in a heartbeat! I have never been in a city with prettier streets then Boston. I swear – every tree had its own little flower box surrounding it (and there were a ton of trees), windows had beautiful window boxes with all kinds of plants and florals spilling out. Colorful doors, antique knockers, festive wreaths…swoon!

Next was a stroll through the public garden down town where I snapped some pictures of a pair of geese and a few ducks sunning themselves. It was a gorgeous day outside! We then started out along the Freedom Trail, a route through Boston hitting all the major landmarks and historical buildings. So much history in one city! The trail also took us through Quincy Market and ended at the first North American cemetery where several important early Bostonians are buried. We also passed this beautiful tribute to fallen soldiers tucked in a little walkway. It had hundreds of blank dog tags strung across wires, surrounding a fountain.

We ended the day with some coffee and gelato and a trip to a yummy pastry store. I ate quite a few sweets that day, but I think the walking helped cancel it out 🙂

Had such an amazing time and I can’t wait to go back soon!

I was so excited and honored to be asked to participate in an interview for the Minted blog! At first I found it difficult to answer some of the questions without sounding like a rambling mess…but after some helpful editing I was very proud of the way it all turned out. If you have a second please stop by the blog and give it a quick read!