Inspired by...

I believe that inspiration can come from anywhere. Here are few examples of what inspired me for wedding invitations I designed for past and recent challenges on Minted. 

My Elegance Entwined wedding suite (for sale here!) was inspired by this dress
 shown in Marie Claire, June 2010

This rich and masculine wedding invitation called Italian Stitch, was inspired by dishes we received as wedding gifts three years ago. I just love how they look like leather! 

And lastly, my Love Story wedding invitation was inspired by this sweet banner I had seen on Etsy. You can see more of Saratops items for sale here!

It's been a while!

Hello, blog - remember me? This little girly is why I've abandoned you. :) Here's a snapshot of Lane's baptism invitation that was sent out recently. I felt sooooooo...... guilty for not designing a birth announcement for her. But I've always said I am my own worst client. With that in mind, I should probably start on our holiday card asap! 

Freshly Minted: The 'Stay in Touch' Business Card Challenge

Here are few business cards I designed for Minted's latest challenge. These received editors picks and will be available for purchase with the launch of the new category! It was lot of fun trying to think of small businesses or hobbyists that could use a modern business card. Plus I always like an excuse to get out the watercolors and paint. I've been wanting to paint lemons for a while. I think it's another sign that I'm itching for summer. :)

"Although it seems that as a society we couldn't get more digital, the business card is far from dead. Whether you're a small business owner, freelancer, or networking blogger, when you meet someone in person you need to be able to give them your contact details in a way that they'll remember the person behind the card." - Minted

Bitter Sweet (for a mentor or life coach)

Babysitter's Club (for a teen babysitter)

Baker's Twine (for an independent baker or pastry chef)

Green grass? Birds chirping? Really?

This beautiful print by Katie Daisy, owner of the wheat field, exemplified everything I loved about today! It was 60 degrees here in Ohio and the birds were finally chirping again. That never happens in February in Ohio. It was a great reminder that spring is around the corner!

We hope to put this print and maybe a few others by Katie
in our daughter's nursery. It's just so sweet and I've always loved the sound of happy chirping birds. 
Hopefully she will too! 

Here's another favorite of mine. 
I could look at these all day! 

Happy Valentine's Day!

Almost three years ago, I married my Prince Charming and my dreams have been coming true ever since. Sometimes I still have to pinch myself. :)

Since it's Valentine's Day, I thought I'd share a few photos of our wedding day. We got married in Dublin, Ohio on a beautiful day in June in 2008. It rained that afternoon but only enough to bring us extra luck! I still enjoy reminiscing over our photos. And I tell most brides, "Don't skimp on the photographer because you'll cherish photos forever!"

Fireflies listed as Top 10 Invitations in 2010

I'm so excited to see that "Fireflies" was listed as one of the top ten most memorable wedding invitations of 2010 by!!! This design has truly been my pride and joy for the past year. It's everything I love wrapped into one design - it's magical, nostalgic, simple and romantic! I've sold 50 suites just in the beginning of February (woo hoo!) and my fingers are crossed that they will continue to sell these next few months before summer weddings begin.

Freshly Minted Wedding Invitations! 2.12.10

Wedding season has officially begun in my mind! I'm thrilled to have three new wedding suites available for sale on Minted. Here are a few pictures of the new suites.

Elegance Entwined