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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Place Card of the Week: Coral & Kelly Green

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I know that I said it may be awhile before I was back up and running with my Place Card of the Week due to the big move and all, but I thought I would sneak in one last project before Christmas. Tis' the season, afterall!

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I designed these labels as an alternative to place cards for a wedding reception dessert/candy buffet a couple of weeks ago. I created them so that ribbon could be attached to hang from platters and apothecary jars filled with candy, so I hope they worked perfectly for the sweet mother-in-law putting together this fabulous display.

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I was told by sister-in-law Jenna of Eat Drink Pretty, who did some consulting on the dessert buffet design, that this client was looking for something both modern and yet whimsical with the colors coral and kelly green.  I knew I could put something cute together for her, so I was excited and ready to get to work!

BUT...

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For the first time in, gosh, I don't even no how long, I had this serious case of "crafter's block". It totally freaked me out, too! I don't know about all of my other artist friends out there, but when your otherwise free-flowing creative juices come to a screeching halt out of nowhere, it's not so great of a feeling. Like all of my projects, I wanted to create something truly lovely for this special occasion, so I just tried to have some sort of break-through...

It took some time.

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I ended up going shopping (yay!) and bought some paper supplies and designed a few samples for this sweet gal to choose from, and yet I couldn't get over this feeling that I was falling short in some way, and I couldn't quite pinpoint the problem.

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Well, I never did quite figure out why I felt zero creativity, but I pressed on and tried to tie together the elements that she was looking for, and I aimed to write out the labels in a fun candy shop sort of fashion (in my head it's the equivalent of fun candy shop writing, anyway!), and you know what? I completely fell in love with the finished product. That's right, what I feared would be a total disaster, turned out to be a project that I truly loved!

What's the moral of the story here? Never give up, gang. Even if you feel like you have nothing to offer in any given moment. Keep trying, and you may just surprise yourself.  I know that I did!  Have a wonderful day and thank you for stopping by!

Ciao!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

French Doors...I'll Take Two Sets, Please!

Wow, where does the time go?! You may have noticed a lack of Place Cards of the Week over the past couple of weeks, and I do sincerely apologize for that. Creating place cards to share with you all here is one of my favorite hobbies, and I promise we will be back in business as soon as I get the big move out of the way. We are currently working towards closing on the new home by the end of this month while also trying to design and prepare for the renovations to the home while also trying to rent out our townhome all while working full-time.  I just broke out into a cold sweat just thinking about it.  Uff!

Anyhooooo, it's been a little nutso over on my end of the world!  It's all good stuff - it's just sapping ALL of my time!  Soooooooo......I will be diving back into interior design again here on my little blog-a-roo.  I absolutely love all things interior design, and I, perhaps, love to decorate even a teensy bit more than I love to craft. Gasp!

Okay then.  So....one of the features in any given home that I find exceptionally lovely is French doors.  I think they add loads of character, a touch of class and yet a natural feeling of coziness.  All of which are excellent reasons for me to rip out two walls in the new house and add a couple sets of white paneled French doors just like the ones you see below from the Nesting Place.  I'm really digging the look of the curtains over the interior doors, too.  I love this entire room, as a matter of fact, and I need to archive it here just so I don't forget where I saw it!


What are my intentions with said French doors, you ask?  Well, first up, we will be replacing the outdated, glass doors off the dining room that lead into the three-season porch, which currently looks like a fish-gutting ice house - butcher block and all (lucky us).  It's true.  I'll explain in pictures another day because my husband kidnapped my camera full of pictures today...that stinker! 

Then, we have this massive (seriously) deck that wraps around the back of the house and around the side of the house, so we will be opening up a wall off the master bedroom and adding a set of French doors to the deck overlooking the enormous backyard.  Yay!  I can't wait to see how it turns out (Lord willing we close by the end of the year!). 

And...um...that's all I have for today.  Actually, I have loads of more ideas, pictures and so on, but I'm trying to contain my excitement so as to not overwhelm you all.  You'll thank me later, or eventually tune out if these posts get much longer.  So with that, I wish you all a wonderful day, and thanks so much for stopping by!

Ciao!

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