Cole Alexander

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I’d like you to meet Cole Alexander Dreissig, the little boy who has stolen my heart! He was born April 10 at 4:32pm at 8 pounds, 15 ounces and 20.75″ long. I’ve been meaning to share this exciting news for a few days now, but this hungry little mush has other plans for me. I was scheduled to be induced on 4/11 since I was already over a week late, so I am grateful that he came on his own terms. I went into labor very early that morning and was surprised at how relaxed I was. The last two weeks of my pregnancy, I was constantly on edge because I didn’t know what to expect and I was worried that I wouldn’t know if I was in labor (ha, so naive). Once my water broke early that morning, I felt a huge sense of calm.

I was in labor for about 14 hours but the time went by so quickly. Ryan and I both expected a stark white delivery room with doctors moving around the room quickly and screaming orders but the experience couldn’t have been further from that. (Clearly we watch too many movies.) We only had two people in the room – the nurse midwife and nurse – and they were so positive and empowering I felt like I could have done anything. I could not have asked for a more beautiful delivery and feel so lucky to be the mom of this beautiful, healthy little boy.

April 10, 2014 is the best day of my life.

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Maternity Photos

This past weekend Ryan and I took some maternity photos. I took photos showcasing my bump in our bedroom and then we took some more in a local park since the weather felt like Spring. I absolutely love being pregnant and I wanted to have photos of this special time in my life. I know in a few years, when the baby is no longer a baby, I’m going to look back at these years with great nostalgia. A lot of mothers have told me that this was the the best time of their lives and I can feel it. I almost feel sad that I only have about 5 weeks left with this tiny, squirmy baby inside of me. Of course I am incredibly excited to finally meet my baby boy! I’m excited to see who he looks like, who’s eyes he has, or if he eventually gets Ryan’s goofy personality. I wonder if he’ll like doing art projects with me like his cousins do, or if he’ll want to play sports with Ryan. I’m hoping he’ll want to do both! There are so many things to look forward to, but for now I’m going to savor the last few weeks of growing a tiny human. :)

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All photos by erin h. Photography who also helped shoot our wedding.

To Do: Order Birth Announcements

I love to-do lists and have been reading quite a few recently to get prepared for the baby.  A common recommendation is to pick out your birth announcements ahead of time. I started looking at Minted and fell in love! I’ve ordered my personal and professional Christmas cards from them  for the past two years. I love their thick card stock and artsy stationary designs. They even have beautiful art prints, and an adorable blog with DIY crafts! You should definitely check it out if you’re looking for easy Valentine’s Day craft ideas!

Here are my current favorites:

minted.com the fieldsThe Fields Abstract Print : I love the colors and the movement. striped suits

Striped Suit Art Print : Cute for a modern beach house.

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Baby Sophisticate Birth Announcement

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Taylor Birth Announcement

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Big Baby Name Birth Announcement

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Hello Baby Birth Announcement

There are too many adorable options for birth announcements! I think I’m loving Hello Baby. :) Which one is your favorite? Now I just have to print the labels for the cards. One less thing to do once I have a newborn at home!

How To: Turn Used Candles Into Vases

I have a bit of a candle addiction. I love them so much that my neighbor gave me one for Christmas because she sees that I even like to light them in lanterns in the garden. How sweet is that?! I’ve been hoarding the glasses of used candles because they are perfect sizes for tiny floral bouquets. (Another guilty pleasure of mine? Fresh flowers every week.)

Here’s how you can recycle your candles:

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1. Place your candles on trivets or hot plates while you boil water in your tea pot.
2. Pour boiling water into each of your candles and fill to the top. You’ll start to see the wax melt and travel to the top of the candle holder.
3. Wait for wax to solidify. Once it gets solid (may still be a bit gooey) take it out with your hands and discard. Be careful – the water can still be hot!
4. Once you remove the wax pieces, wash with soap and water.

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Voila! It’s that easy! The whole process takes about 15 minutes. Now I have a ton of small vases that are perfect for low arrangements for dinner parties.

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Camera Bag

This morning I managed to squeeze in a photo shoot for one of my recently completed projects before the snow got too bad. This storm completely snuck up on me, but I welcome it! I needed time in my office to do paperwork and catch up on emails. (The glamorous life of a designer!)

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I was finally able to use my new camera bag Ryan got me for Christmas! I’ve been on the hunt for one for a while, but eventually gave up because every bag I found either didn’t have space for all my lenses or it was way too expensive. My very sweet husband thought to surprise me with one, but unfortunately the company shipped the bag in a box that said “Epiphanie Camera Bags” in huge black letters. I tried to play dumb, but I knew weeks before Christmas morning. :) I am in love with it! It looks like a purse, has tons of storage, and the entire interior is padded.

Aspire Metro Article

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(I originally posted this before we launched my new website, but it somehow got deleted and I unfortunately didn’t have every post backed up. So, I apologize if you’ve seen this before.)

For those of you who haven’t seen this article, I am really proud to share that my work was featured in Aspire Magazine this past Summer/Fall issue! I’ve been in the industry for a while now, and always joke that I’ve been a “designer” since 5th grade, but there’s something about seeing your work in print that solidifies everything you’ve worked for. I can’t say that the past 10-15 years of my career (both college and professional) have been easy, but it has definitely been worth it. I am really proud of where I am, where my career and company have led me and I am excited for the future. I am beyond grateful for the clients I have met and for the relationships I have built. 2014 is going to be the best year yet, I can feel it. :)

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