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Pottery Barn | Thanksgiving Styled Shoot with Deckled Edge Tutorial

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I don't know about y'all, but I could pretty much live in a Pottery Barn store. So it was like my dream come true when Christina at Christina Leigh Events asked if I wanted to be a part of a Thanksgiving styled shoot she was planning for Pottery Barn!

When we designed this tablescape, we wanted to show that you can have an elegant Thanksgiving table without it feeling overly formal. Personalized place cards and menus for your guests make them feel extra special. Using organic floral arrangements and textured chargers and napkin rings add layers and depth to the setting which all come together for a warm and inviting table that your guests definitely won't want to leave!

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Maggie with Bramble and Bee really knocked it out of the park with the arrangements - I love all the fall colors!

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To accentuate the already gorgeous Thanksgiving place setting, I designed deckled edge (translation: torn edge) menus with cranberry wax seals. Keep scrolling for a quick tutorial on how to make your own deckled edge menus for Thanksgiving in just a few minutes! 

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Here's how YOU can make deckled edge cards right at home in three easy steps!

  1. Start with watercolor paper (like this) and PRINT your desired design before working on the edges

  2. Use a bone folder (found here) - this is an optional tool but SUPER helpful and a ruler to make a crease along the edge of the paper (see video below - don't mind the crooked line I made!) Fold the paper back and forth over the crease about 4 or 5 times.

  3. CAREFULLY tear the paper on the crease starting at the top. It should leave you with a gorgeous deckled edge!

For a fun touch, you can add a wax seal - I ordered mine from Get Marked and was really pleased with the quality. They also offer a wax spoon which makes things easier. This tutorial is very helpful in dealing with wax seals. A quick side note: if you want to re-use the seal or are worried about putting it directly on your project, you can stamp on wax paper, let the seal cool and then peel off and use double sided tape to adhere in the desired area!

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Some super talented creatives that took part in this shoot - from left, Jenny with A Fine Flourish, Courtney with Courtney Leigh Photography, Christina with Christina Leigh Events, me, and Butter makeup artist. 

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PS aren't these marble place cards GORGEOUS?! You can usually source these at a local tile shop or on Etsy then have a local calligrapher (like Jenny!) letter on them! 

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Valentine's Day | Free Printable

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Its only two weeks away y'all! My husband and I don't really do anything big for Valentine's Day but we do have a journal that we write in to each other on special occasions and I love flipping back through it to relive some of our treasured moments together!

Obviously, I also love creating fun, unique Valentines for my kids to take to their classmates. I try and design around something that is not candy because let's face it - they get SO.MUCH.CANDY on Valentines Day! You can check out this blog post to see some of the fun ideas I've created for my kids AND Annie's birthday party from last year. Her 4th birthday party is coming up this Saturday and I can't wait to share all that is Peppa Pig with y'all! 

But without further adieu - here is this year's FREE Valentine's printable! 

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Interested in previous Valentines that I've designed for my kids? Check out this post

Custom holiday card round up 2016

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I know this is a tad late but I figured better late than never, right?! I hope your holiday season was wonderful! I wanted to take a second and share some of the custom holiday cards I created for my sweet clients this year! I still can't believe the holidays are all over - can y'all? I'm pretty sure we had 2 cold days total in Houston - the rest of the time we were in shorts and t-shirts!  

I know that it is probably so easy to go on Tiny Prints, Minted or Shutterfly and order holiday cards - but I'm so thankful for my clients that want a little more personal experience when ordering.. Not only are they supporting this dream of mine, but they also get to tweak every detail of their card. I don't know about y'all, but I keep every.single Christmas card we receive every year! If anyone has a good suggestion on how to organize these - I'm all ears! 

So without further ado - below is a snapshot of some of my favorite custom Christmas cards that I designed this year!

 I've worked on a few projects for this sweet family and was so thrilled when Kate asked me to design their Christmas card. The photos were taken by a long time friend of both of ours,  Meredith Flaherty Photography . 

I've worked on a few projects for this sweet family and was so thrilled when Kate asked me to design their Christmas card. The photos were taken by a long time friend of both of ours, Meredith Flaherty Photography

 Lyndsay and I were sorority sisters at Texas Tech - isn't her daughter Parker Ann the sweetest?! And those beach photos - they definitely made designing so easy!

Lyndsay and I were sorority sisters at Texas Tech - isn't her daughter Parker Ann the sweetest?! And those beach photos - they definitely made designing so easy!

 Norhill Realty is one of my favorite clients because I always get to design fun, cocktail themed holiday party invitations! This year's watercolor Christmas martini might be my favorite!

Norhill Realty is one of my favorite clients because I always get to design fun, cocktail themed holiday party invitations! This year's watercolor Christmas martini might be my favorite!

 These sweet kids are like my second set of children. Its always such an honor to design for dear friends!

These sweet kids are like my second set of children. Its always such an honor to design for dear friends!

 Jen, the momma of those adorable boys, knew exactly what she wanted the design of her holiday card to look like - clean and festive. We were both so pleased with the final result!

Jen, the momma of those adorable boys, knew exactly what she wanted the design of her holiday card to look like - clean and festive. We were both so pleased with the final result!

 I loved getting to design this holiday card + adoption announcement for darling Joyce and her sweet dads! 

I loved getting to design this holiday card + adoption announcement for darling Joyce and her sweet dads! 

 Ashley always has the best ideas for her holiday cards and this year was no different! I love the unique color palette we chose and the fun wording!

Ashley always has the best ideas for her holiday cards and this year was no different! I love the unique color palette we chose and the fun wording!

 I've known this sweet family since before they were even a couple! I loved getting to design not only their Christmas card but also precious Ellie's birth announcement that was on the back! 

I've known this sweet family since before they were even a couple! I loved getting to design not only their Christmas card but also precious Ellie's birth announcement that was on the back! 

 Staci had a BUNCH of photos she wanted to share of her sweet boys so I made sure to create a format that allowed for four photos on the front and five on the back! 

Staci had a BUNCH of photos she wanted to share of her sweet boys so I made sure to create a format that allowed for four photos on the front and five on the back! 

Minnie Mouse Birthday | Glow Stick Valentines

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The middle of February is always a crazy time at our house because  Annie's birthday is on the 8th and then right after we have Valentine's day! 

Annie is currently obsessed with all things Minnie Mouse (read: she was Minnie for Halloween) and so it was a no-brainer what the theme for her party would be.  I die cut the Minnie silhouette with my Silhouette Cameo and I think they turned out pretty cute!

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However, I underestimated my daughter's love for pink! So, we quickly had to change Minnie's bow from red to pink in all the decor items. 

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I was thrilled when I found out that Jacqueline of Tudor House Cookies was available to make these adorable "3" cookies for me! They were wrapped up and given as {delicious} favors at the party!

 

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Didn't Jody from JodyCakes do an amazing job on the cake?! It was everything I could have hoped for and all the guests (ok, the moms - lets face it, the kids love ALL cake) were asking where it came from! I love supporting local Houston creatives!

Here's the birthday girl herself with her new Minnie outfit from Aunt Nora and PINK cowboy boots form Nana!

And last, but certainly not least - here are the kids valentines that I created at the 11th hour! I designed Connor's Star Wars light saber glow stick valentine but borrowed a design from Kommunicated blog for Annie's. I don't know about you, but I love to do NON-CANDY valentines as my kids get PLENTY of candy at: Halloween, Christmas, Valentines and Easter!

 Just for fun I thought I would include a previous year's valentine - his classmates loved these!

Just for fun I thought I would include a previous year's valentine - his classmates loved these!

 And this was a fun valentines themed baby shower invitation I did a few years ago!

And this was a fun valentines themed baby shower invitation I did a few years ago!