Friday, December 16, 2011

Photo by Leo Patrone for Kinfolk Volume Two. (see more photos in the Kinfolk Gallery)

Oh. My. Goodness. What a busy week. We are getting Kinfolk Volume 3 off the printer and I literally haven't worked on anything else this week. Whew! I just downloaded Volume 2 onto my ipad and it looks great! Can't wait to see it in print. I'm expecting a package in the next day or two.

Becuase of all the above, I'm extremely behind on Christmas...I haven't even had time to start on our Christmas Card. I hope I'm not the only one falling helplessly behind....Thank goodness it's Friday right?

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Kinfolk Vol. 2 comes out Monday! It's been a real delight to work on and I can't wait to share it with you.

Here is the promo video made by Andrew + Carissa. They recruited me for the typography and thanks to Mitchell Thorson's genius, it was brought to life.

PS. Cree starts finals this week. Sometimes when he studies he gets so tired that he has to study while standing up. It just about breaks my heart...and then it makes me grateful I'm not in school right now. Send him lots of happy thoughts when you have a moment or two.

PPS. Thanks to Will at Bright Bazaar for the shout out on West Elm's blog Front & Main!

Monday, December 5, 2011

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Cree and I bought our Christmas tree this weekend. We made a date night of it and took stroll through town, hot chocolate in hand. I love Ann Arbor at Christmas time.

Thank you Emma for the lovely lady feature last week! I was tickled pink to be a part of the column. You should check out Emma's lovely blog. It's chalk full of great inspiration.

Monday, November 28, 2011

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I love the holidays! Cree and I arrived home late last night from Kansas City. Our normal 12 hour drive turned into 15, but it was worth it. A wonderful thanksgiving. We have so much to be grateful for.

One thing I love about going home is you're never quite sure what will be on the family agenda. This time, mom surprised us with an evening of shadow puppets. We each took turns making our own shadows. We laughed till our sides hurt. Who knew shadow puppets could be so much fun? and so affordable. We love free fun.

I think we might have to copy and host another shadow party at our house!

PS. We are selling some camera equipment over on ebay. A Nikon D70 with lenses and a Mamiya RB67 with lots of extras (and a lens). They are beautiful cameras and in great condition...just trying to simplify and consolidate.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

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Christmas is just around the corner, so it's time to start making advent calendars! I had the wonderful opportunity to collaborate with Jordan Ferney on two fun and festive holiday advents for this year. One for bags (see below!) and one for boxes (see above!)

Cree and I are off to Kansas City for the holidays! See you next week!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


We like to match. And lately we've been wearing a lot of navy.

PS. Melanie of You Are My Fave asked me to design an invite for her Fall Party's a free printable! Thanks again for the opportunity Melanie!

Monday, November 14, 2011

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This is a little project I worked on this summer for Kate Headley and Lisa Schulz of The Posh Planner. Lisa needed a brand update, so we decided to go with black and white (and an occasional dash of pink!) for a timeless and sophisticated look. Lisa is a very talented event coordinator in the DC area. You can view her lovely work here.

P.S. Happy Monday!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

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Cree and I went apple picking last weekend. We barely fit it in this year, but made it for the last day of the season. The trees were pretty bare...which made finding the apples all the more exciting. It was the perfect fall evening.

Monday, November 7, 2011

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Happy Monday! One of my dear friends Alpha had a birthday this past week. It's always tricky to find unique gifts to send to friends on a budget. I found these vintage style chewing gums at a local store in Ann Arbor and thought they were just right. Aren't the colors perfect? I was lucky enough to have a card and envelope to match. The joys of being a stationery hoarder!

Also, it's time to announce the winner of my Year in Review giveaway! Thank you to all who entered and for your kind words. My sweet math major husband created a little formula that picked a winner at random, and the winner is....Abby! Congratulations...I look forward to designing your Year in Review!

Thank you again to Cleanwash Letterpress for offering to letterpress the final design! I can't wait to see the final outcome.

Friday, November 4, 2011

THIS WEEK, I had the opportunity to be a part of Elise Yetton's Wanted This Week set on her blog Pennyweight. I met Elise while working on Kinfolk Magazine. She is a pure delight and a real talent. I was honored to be a part of her blog this week. Thanks again Elise!

Thank you also to Melanie of You Are My Fave for the Party in a Box shout out as well as Jordan Ferney's post about it on Oh Happy Day.

Last but not least, you can see my newest What to Wear post (Date Night!) for Oh Happy Day right here. And with that, have a lovely weekend! Cree has a ton of homework, but my fingers are crossed that we can sneak in a little bit of fun.

Oh! and I almost forgot. Today is the last day for the Year in Review giveaway. Good luck to all who entered. I'm eager to start designing it. :)

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

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I still can't believe Cree is 30. I just about fell off my chair when I realized he'll be 40 in ten years. What?  Time is flying too fast!

Anyway, he turned 30 and we decided to celebrate a little differently this year.

I've been planning on throwing a big party for him since his last birthday. When we went to make the guest list, we realized all the people we wanted to invite lived too far away to join! So...we decided to send the party to them. Each package contained confetti, party straws, buttons, jelly beans, paper mustaches, a Cree inspired info-graphic and instructions to have a party and send us a photo. It will make us feel like they celebrated with us!

Maybe a bit over the top, but he only turns 30 once right? (If you are rolling your eyes, just wait until we have kids!)

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Monday and Happy Halloween! I have a fun update on the Year in Review Giveaway...Colleen of Cleanwash Letterpress has most graciously offered to letterpress the final design for the lucky winner!! Can you believe it? I'm even thinking of putting myself in the running now...I kid, but only slightly. :)

I met Colleen a couple years ago when we worked together in Philadelphia. She is such a doll and a very talented letterpress designer and operator. You can view more of her work on her lovely website.

Please share the news! Only 5 more days to enter!

Friday, October 28, 2011


Cree is thirty! Yesterday was his birthday, and I went a bit over board. You only turn thirty once right?I'll have to post pictures once we've recovered from the fun. Nothing better than celebrating your favorite person the whole live long day!

PS - Cree joined twitter this week...I was quite surprised.
PPS - Check out my latest Hostess post on Oh Happy Day!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011


I had the opportunity to design some printable envelopes for Jordan at OhHappyDay! Click here to see the whole post and to download your own template...all free!

Also, don't forget to enter the Year in Review Giveaway and to share it with friends!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Well, not really, but it is time to start planning for it!

Since I posted my Year in Review last January, I've had quite a few inquiries from families and couples wanting something similar for this year's holiday greeting. As I've been working on them, it seems I've caught the holiday spirit a little early this year.....and decided to host a giveaway! 

HOW TO ENTER (You may enter each way one time.)
1. Leave a comment in the comment section below this post.
2. Post a link on Twitter to this giveaway page and follow me on Twitter.
3. Repost a link to the contest page (link here) on your own blog, then leave the link to your page below.

The give-away begins today, October 20, 2011, and ends Friday, November 4, 2011 at 5 PM EST. I will post the winner the following Monday, November 7, 2011.

FYI In order to get the Year in Review designed and produced in time for the holidays, I will need the winner's information and "stats" by November 14, 2011. The photo, green christmas note, and postage are not included in the giveaway package. The giveaway includes 50 copies of the Year in Review and 50 envelopes. If the winner would like additional copies, they will be responsible for the additional charges. 

Good luck!!

UPDATE (10/31/11): Colleen of Cleanwash Letterpress has graciously offered to letterpress the final design for the winner!!!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011


This weekend Cree and I went camping at Ludington State Park. I love Michigan!! It was just what we needed. Fresh air, huge waves, light houses, sand dunes, foil dinners, s'mores,  and 10 hours of sleep! It's amazing how relaxed we were...being away from our computers was just what the doctor ordered.

And...I think Cree is the cutest and sweetest camping companion a girl could ask for.

PS. I did a post for Kinfolk last week featuring Kjrsten Madsen's British Traditions.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Luke Visits Ann Arbor

This week we had the pleasure of hosting Luke Tonge and Jonathan Cherry for the afternoon, all the way from the United Kingdom. I have to admit...we had a ball. They were in town for their next issue of Boat Magazine, centered on Detroit. They were both such talented "chaps" (to use one of their words), you should definitely check out their work.

Thanks for stopping by guys! Here's to hoping we see you in England someday. (fingers crossed!)

PS. Cree and I are off to go camping up north for the weekend. We are in need of some fresh Michigan air. Happy Weekend!

Thursday, October 13, 2011


This past Sunday we went to dinner at a friend's home. They recently moved to a farm about 40 minutes out of town. After dinner they took us to their pond to fish. All I caught was a whole lot of weeds, but it was still an excellent way to spend the fall evening.

More photos to come of their beautiful farm. They are buying sheep this week....kind of makes me want to come back for another visit. :)

Monday, October 10, 2011

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We are all about plaid lately. It seems we just trade off from one plaid number to the next. They are just so comfy!

I also post for and My recent posts: Sean Pecknold, Brian Ferry, and What to Wear: Hosting a Jazz Soiree

PS. Our dear friends need our thoughts and prayers this week as they meet with the judge to adopt little Rihah. It is our hope that they can come home together soon.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

I'm happy to announce that I'm now the author of What to Wear, a hostess column for Jordan Ferney over at Oh Happy Day. It is a weekly column highlighting clothing and goods for various parties and get togethers. I've been a follower of her lovely blog for many years now, so I am thrilled to be a part of the Oh Happy Day community. You can check my first two posts here and you can find the links to the above items here.

Friday, September 30, 2011


Goodness gracious, it's been a busy week. That said, I have had time to press some leaves for a fun project. Aren't the colors of fall beautiful?

Cree and I went to the Fleet Foxes concert last night. I think it just might be the second best show I've ever been to. Number one being the first time I saw Fleet Foxes three years ago. :)

PS. I'm in love with this video. Cree and I have watched it over and over.

Thursday, September 22, 2011


I received a surprise package from Suann Song at Fifteen-Eleven last week. I've never owned my own personal stationery, let alone a set as adorable as this! I feel like the luckiest girl in the world.

Apparently they're offering custom letterpress notecards at the new shop. I'd order a set if I were you. They are even cuter in person. Isn't their personalized ribbon perfect?!

Friday, September 16, 2011


Had some honey from David + Sarah with my herbal tea this morning. It was just what I needed to combat the chilly morning.

(Carissa made the lovely linen napkin.)