The Great Gatsby

February 1, 2012



Collaborating with people I admire is a terrifying thrill. My sweet friend, and amazing photographer, Aubrie solicited my help for a wedding suite to include in an upcoming Gatsby-themed styled shoot. (I CAN’T WAIT to share the final images once it’s published. Gorgeous!). Traditional. Dainty. You got it! I daydreamed of ribbons and lace and flapper gowns for weeks. This elegant and timeless suite fit right into the shoot as it would at any modern-day affair worthy of such delicate details.



A little lady to celebrate

January 30, 2012

This year has brought an abundance of new little ones to our life. To celebrate one special one (and the only girl arriving among three boys), I designed a special suite of paper goods in pretty, pretty pink. Momma-t0-be is a bird-lover and excited to share her affections for feminine things with her little lady. So of course a pink-themed shower was only apropos.

Yes, I tied every ribbon and every diaper pin. It was worth every one! I had a blast creating a sophisticated, yet feminine collection including invitation and envelope liner, wishing tree cards and dainty little cards for the sweet treats. If only there was some of that strawberry cake left . . .  yum.

The shop around the corner

January 25, 2012


Living in a historic neighborhood means a stroll down the cobblestone takes you past beautiful homes, delicious dining and a sleiu of locally-owned shops full of southern charm. When interior designer Ashley Gilbreath decided to expand her design business into a retail location, I was flattered to help create the identity from the ground up. A classic feeling of home with a seasonal twist was just in line with her traditional and transitional aesthetic.

A classic serif coupled with fun patterns were the starting point for a collection of Moo cards we selected for the shop’s Open House celebration. This fast, inexpensive alternative to five thousand business cards on white stock gave us a little room to play. Using Moo’s alternate back option, we included multiple card backs with different textile-inspired patterns. Price tags were designed to be hand-written as needed for flexibility with ever-changing inventory. The grey divine twine is delightful touch!

The Open House was just the beginning of a great run for our neighborhood’s most beautiful shop.


Dining with Friends for Montgomery Aids Outreach

January 20, 2012


This is a cause dear to my heart. At a very young age I read Ryan White’s biography. In college I elected to take a semester-long course on AIDS in the community and political view. We read this book and I have scrunched my brow in frustration ever since concerning the politics surrounding this life-taking disease.

Our group of friends jumped at the chance to host a fundraising dinner for our local Aids Outreach program as part of their biggest annual fundraiser, Dining with Friends.” And we were going to do it right! Chili, beer, cornbread and a backyard filled with party lights, burlap-covered tables and wildflower arrangements was our gift to guests for their donation. The fabulous Magnolia Brewery in Mississippi donated some of their fine Southern Pecan beer to help us have even more fun. We had a blast gathering chilli recipes (taste-tested prior of course!) and borrowing cast-iron skillets from friends to treat our guests with a delicious southern meal under the stars.

Designing and mailing out the invitation got me excited! In a matter of an hour I whipped out these accompanying pieces (southern sayings and all) to mark the dinner and beverage options. I’ll admit, the church references are my favorite.

Sometimes we still daydream about setting back up the poles of party lights just to sit and talk beneath their glow.

A Library Baby Shower

January 10, 2012


“Puppies are Like That” is by far my favorite book from my childhood. A mischievous little pooch does everything from escape the yard to play in the mud and has his behavior dismissed with this sweet phrase. Of course this book was at the top of the list for the library shower hosted for a friend.

This special day welcoming baby (and exceptionally bad weather, including a power outage during the event) got him set for arrival and a library to enjoy for years to come. Guests were asked to bring a children’s book as well as a baby essential (diapers, wipes, etc.) Special notes written on library cards inserted into a special book were gathered for the new mom to “check out” when she needed some well-wishes and advice.

A yummy brunch was accompanied by fresh flowers, blue gingham decor and snapshots of the mom and dad-to-be as little ones themselves.

(pictured below) Only a third of the Little Golden Book collection my parents saved from my childhood. So priceless.


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