Monday, December 21, 2009

Crafty Christmas III

Another year has gone by, and it is already Christmas week! Since my husband and I are new homeowners, we are trying to be more conscious of our spending. I always do something for my coworkers, but this year it had to be something that was not too expensive. I decided to attach a tag to a candy cane, and write a little note on the back. I used scissors with scalloped blades to cut a design on the edges of each tag. I then finished it off with a red ribbon which was tied to the candy cane. I am very pleased with the results!


Saturday, December 12, 2009

O(ur) Christmas Tree!

I just wanted to post a picture of our Christmas tree. It's gold and black this year. We might put some lights outside, so I will post those pics if we do.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

A little tardy

It has been a busy month, but I wanted to post a few pictures from Thanksgiving. The actual turnout looks a tad different from the inspiration board, but that's okay, life is all about changes!







Tuesday, November 10, 2009

My Little Pony...

I don't know if I'm late, but this is totally new to me. My sister showed me a site today that sells modified versions of My Little Pony. The creator is Finland artist Mari Kasurinen. She starts with a regular pony, and adds costumes, hair, makeup, etc to make them into celebrities and movie characters. I love it! Here are my two favorites-

My Little Lady Gaga


My Little Bride (Kill Bill!)




Sunday, November 8, 2009

Thanksgiving Inspiration Board

Since we have a house now, we decided to host Thanksgiving this year! My grandma got us a beautiful set of china (similar to the image below, but our set has a beautiful red, gold and peach design on it), so I am going to base the rest of the design off of it. I created an inspiration board at Polyvore to try to get started with ideas of the feel that I want.

Thanksgiving

Thoughts?

Monday, October 26, 2009

One down, many more to go!

At this exact time last year, I was in the bridal suite getting my makeup and hair done. I wasn't nervous oddly enough. I was more concerned with taking my own pictures on my camera (go figure!). Of course I was wondering how everything that I had planned over the past eight months was going to turn out, but it wasn't taking over my mind. I was also thinking about the pending vacation (Puerto Rican honeymoon!), and having my soon-to-be husband by my side through everything in our lives.

Well, everything turned out beautiful. Although there were things that I would have liked to have been different, I still wouldn't trade that day in for anything else. This first year of marriage was wonderful. Some people say that the first year of marriage is the hardest. I can't say that I agree. It was a very smooth transition for us. People always ask me "How is married life?" I always say that it is great and that nothing has changed. I think that is the key to a happy marriage from my experience so far. If the two of you stay true to yourselves and don't try to be something/someone that you aren't, you are on the right track to many happy years together. It's beautiful to see couples that have been together for years and years that still act like young teenagers in love. That is what I want, and I feel confident that we will have. So to you, loving husband, happy anniversary!



photos courtesy of Marlo Herring

Sunday, October 18, 2009

First House Project!

With the suggestion of a dear friend of mine, I decided to write a list of all things that need to be done to the house (mainly so that I don't forget anything...and maybe so that I can scare myself into doing it by looking at the long list). I decided to start somewhere with it yesterday. The chandelier that is in our dining area was pretty plain. I want to change it out at some point, but in order to save money I decided to just add a little something to it in the meantime. I mentioned to my grandma that I might want to put shades on it, and she told me about a local thrift shop that had a good variety of them. I decided to go there yesterday and I got them for one dollar each!

This is before...


...and this is after.



I feel like I accomplished something this weekend!

Adieu!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

I Heart Moving...

...kind of.

I have been totally out of sync with this move, but I am incredibly happy and so thankful for this blessing! Now I'm just trying to finish unpacking and trying to tie a few loose ends (getting termite protection set up, gas deposit, first mortgage payment, computers set up in the office, etc.). It's coming along well though. I finally have the internet back after a month without it. It's funny how we can't seem to live without the things that we didn't have, say, 20 years ago, these days...but we survived somehow. Maybe we're just getting lazier? Or...maybe we just want to capitalize on all 24 hrs of the day, so we do it by utilizing the things that make life a little easier. Yeah, I'll stick with that one!

I want to share a few pictures of my husband and I after closing, and my family helping us move out of the apartment and into the house. Many great design ideas are to come, and I will be posting them here before, during and after.









Thursday, September 10, 2009

The Long Awaited Website

It has been a while, but I have still been at it! Along with working on projects, my husband and I have been in the process of buying our first home! I'm so excited because I will have my own office that I can decorate like I want! I will keep you all updated on the progress and the before and afters when the time comes.

As the title states, there is a long awaited website that is now complete! It is for Milestone Events, an event planning company. You can see some of the work that I have done for them here and here.

Here is a sneak peek of the site:



If you have a special event approaching and are looking for a reliable, creative event planner, contact Milestone Events! I definitely recommend their services; this is the company that we used for our wedding coordination and from the images from our wedding that I posted you can see what a great job they did.

Adieu!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Moroccan Romance

I went to Disney World two summers ago. The first park that we went to was the Epcot Center. I had not been there since I was about 10 years old! The place looked so familiar, yet so different. We enjoyed the rides, and I especially enjoyed our lunch. We decided to eat at the Moroccan restaurant, Marrakesh, at the World Showcase. I had a chicken gyro with couscous and tabouli. It was so delicious, and oddly enough it was the best meal that I had on our vacation! This became the beginning of my love for all things Moroccan. The designs inside of the restaurant were such an inspiration, so I decided to design an invitation that had a Moroccan flair to it but was still romantic. Shown are the invitation, rsvp, and envelope with matching liner. I hope you enjoy!





Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Packaging Love!

I came across the Annick Goutal website today and absolutely looooved the packaging! It gives me the feeling of being in love in a beautiful city on a mild fall evening

I'm a packaging freak by the way. Packaging is very important when you are selling a product, so the better packaging you have the better for your business. Think about it like this: If there were two products that were made of the same ingredients, were the same size, had the same quality and had the same cost, how would you decide which one to buy? For most people it would come down to the packaging. We're just vain like that I suppose? Or we just like to have nice stuff? At any rate, I have never heard of this company, but I am officially in love. Here's why...





Monday, July 13, 2009

Modern + Elegant = A Sweet Invitation

Hello out there. This is the latest invitation that I have completed. It is a booklet style invite with a band around it to keep it closed. The inside has a pocket which holds the rsvp and directions, and the physical invitation is on the opposite side. I hope you enjoy! Remember, if you or anyone you know has a special event coming up, send an email to Occasions@LrnMDesign.com to find out about our Event Branding!

Adieu!

















Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Landscape Love

Design portfolio = a never ending book that you continually update to prove that you are still relevant.
Wow, that's deep {good job, Lauren!} I am still trying to complete mine after 3 years. I'll get there one day!

To make a long story short, I received a beautiful portfolio cover for my birthday 1.5 months ago. I had been meaning to post the pics but never got around to it. I decided that my portrait portfolio wasn't going to do it for me, I needed a landscape...so that's what I got! {ask and you shall receive} I'm not a label whore, but it happens to be a Pina Zangaro! Owwwwww.








Tuesday, June 9, 2009

My new favorite song (and dancer)

I'm a So You Think You Can Dance fan. I loooooove to watch it not only for the brilliant dancers and their talent, but also because they have the best songs showcased! The contemporary dancers seem to choose the best songs and they are usually new songs to me. One dancer, Kelsea Taylor, had what I would call one of the best if not THE best auditions this season.



The dance was beautiful, crazy, creative, unique, etc. and the song she chose was perfect. The song is called Tore My Heart by Oona.

Here's a link to her audition
Here's a link to the song {of course you have to click on the song on the right of their page}

It's stuck in my head...it's been there since I heard the song last night.