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

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


Baby Sophisticate Birth Announcement


Taylor Birth Announcement

birth announce

Big Baby Name Birth Announcement


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!

storm king

Last weekend Ryan and I visited Storm King, a sculpture park in New York State. I’ve had this in my calendar after seeing Jenna’s post last year, and it did not disappoint. Fall is definitely our favorite season, so we were eager to take a drive even if it was just to look at the leaves. (Yes, we’re that nerdy.) It was the perfect fall day with a crisp chill in the air and it left me feeling so inspired. I’m already excited for a trip in the Spring to see how different the sculptures look against the fresh green trees.

Storm King in the Fall

Storm King sculpture in Autumn

Reflection in the water at Storm King

Storm King Sculpture Garden in New York

Red sculpture at Storm King

Storm King artsy photograph

Storm King photography

Storm King silver sculpture

Ryan and Lisa at Storm King

melted wax

It’s no secret that there was a hurricane this past weekend on the east coast. While other people were buying a lifetime supply of water, I also stocked up on crayons and window shades to keep us occupied. Ryan installed window blinds in every window, and I created this art below to keep our minds off what was going on around us. (The crayon art inspiration originally seen here.) At first I didn’t know if I loved it, but the shocking colors are growing on me. I’m not sure if this is it’s permanent home, but I like having art in the house that I created.

Now that’s not to say we weren’t prepared for Irene. Ryan created a “survival kit” and was taking his job of being the man of the house very seriously. The area where we live in New Jersey did not get hit too hard – other than a few downed trees and some water in neighbors basements. Luckily we just moved in recently and don’t have too much stored in the basement and whatever was actually down there was propped up to prevent damage. I’m just so thankful that our friends families are safe!

Crayola crayons melted on canvas

A little fun fact about me: Everyone always says how my Volkswagen smells like crayons. Do you know anyone’s car that smells like crayola? :)

art inspiration

I can’t believe August is almost over and I’ve only crossed two things off my summer to-do list! Planning a move and minor renovation wasn’t in the plans so I’m extending my deadline for the fall. (Phew!) Since the east coast is expecting a hurricane tonight, I’m going to spend my weekend (inside) crossing some things off my list: reading, drinking wine and creating some art. Below are some beautiful pieces that I’ve had saved that are modern, abstract and so inspiring.

Jill Moser North Fork - Abstract Art

Rob Nadeau - Abstract Art

Abstract Art

West Elm art frame

(Artist Jill Moser, Artist Rob Nadeau, Interior Design Steven Gambrel, West Elm Artist Uknown, Yolanda Sanchez via Lonny.)

lead sculptures

I got an email a while ago from one of my closest friends with pencil lead sculptures by Dalton Ghetti and I needed to share. I typically don’t read forwarded emails, but the tiniest sculpted details fascinated me. Aren’t they amazing?

Dalton Ghetti - Pencil Sculptor

Dalton Ghetti - linked hearts pencil sculpture

Dalton Ghetti - Elvis pencil sculpture

Dalton Ghetti - hammer pencil sculpture

Dalton Ghetti - key pencil sculpture

Dalton Ghetti - hanging heart pencil sculpture

alexa meade: painted people

I’ve been meaning to share these photos for months now. Twenty three year old artist Alexa Meade paints directly on people to create the illusion of 2 dimensional paintings. She is said her subjects are intimately exposed by “creating an unflinchingly raw account of the person”.  Her work is absolutely breathe taking! How talented is she?!

(via a cup of jo.)