NYC Blogger Social

NYC Blogger Social

I attended my first blogger’s social last weekend! It was hosted by the lovely Rebecca of A Daily Something, and designer/stylist Michelle Edgemont, at the breezy M. Wild Studio. There was food, drinks, door prizes, goody bags…and lots of creative, talented people to meet. I talked with the guest of honor, lifestyle blogger Victoria Hudgins of A Subtle Revelry, who was very sweet and excited about her weekend in the city. She is my new idol, as she has made quite a nice business of blogging (in two short years). And she has 3-yr old twins!

I took some photos with my iPhone 4S (somehow missing a photo-op with Victoria). Here’s what I experienced:

The beautiful studio filled with equally beautiful people / Rebecca’s enticing name tag station / Yummy bites by Kumquat Cupcakery / Invitation by Laura at Red Table Stationery / Waiting for the train on Track 3 / Grapefruit Basil Lemonade by The Stand in Brooklyn (so delicious!) / Momtrepreneur Erin and her sweet baby from Knot & Bow / Rebecca’s birthday serenade / Making new cards for Art Bar / A mini craft kit by Rebecca, found in the goody bag / Wendy and her son from Doodads & Noodles do exquisite work / Vintage openers from Patina Vintage Rentals

This was such a fun event! I feel inspired and energized and ready for Fall. I hope I can see some of these cool ladies again soon!


Handmade Baby Shower Invitation

Handmade Baby Shower Invitation

This week I’d been given the distinct honor of creating a baby shower invitation for my SIL, the esteemed Marysue Rucci of Simon & Schuster. Lucky me! After hours of late night thinking and scouring, I finally decided on a theme: Shabby Chic. I have had an obsession lately with rubber stamping, flag bunting, and washi tape. Combining these elements was soooo much fun. I knew the mommy-to-be would be decorating her baby girl’s room in yellows with a touch of pink, so the color choices had been made. Planning and execution were my biggest hurdles.

Here’s how it went down (I’ve included the bunting template for you)…

The type on this invitation was created entirely with custom made rubber stamps. The invitation copy was one rubber stamp. The envelope front and back were each a rubber stamp. And I even made a rubber stamp of just my SIL’s name so that I could create thank-you notes for her as a gift.

I designed the yellow flower cards and sent them out to be printed. I then used pink ink and stamped each card individually. It was quite a bit of work, I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone. But I really wanted an authentic hand stamped look, and I’m a little bit crazy, so there you go!

To create the flags, I did some measuring. The card was 4.5″ wide, and the washi tape was 5/8″ wide, so I calculated fitting five flags across. I created a row of triangles, each triangle measuring the width of the tape. I used a faint line so that you wouldn’t see it if my cutting wasn’t up to snuff (hopefully you can see it in these photos!).

Next, I cut out the strips and laid them beneath the pre-cut pieces of string. (This photo above shows one, but I actually did several at a time).

Then I very carefully placed the tape over the paper, making sure that it fit perfectly over the triangle, and going over the top of the string. After I taped all five triangles, I pulled up the string from the table and flipped the tape over to the back.

IMPORTANT: When flipping the tape over the back, make sure that the string is secured just above the paper, not pushed over to the back. This will be crucial when cutting.

Time to cut the flags! This was really fun. I just followed the lines of the triangles underneath the tape. I clipped as close to the top edge as I could without cutting the string.

Next, I got out my exacto knife and a ruler. I made two teeny nicks on the edges of the card, using the ruler as a guide and a straight edge. This allowed me to slip in the string and hold it in place. I then tied the back, trimmed the string, and I was done!

Creating invitations by hand is one of my favorite things to do! Especially when it’s for someone I love so dearly.