Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Announcing.... Announcements!

IT'S A BOY!!!!  I am SO proud to announce one of my BFF's Nichole Rice, and her husband Jimmy had their first child this past November.  James Peter Rice, III  aka Baby James.  I posted James Taylor's song Sweet Baby James on Nichole's fb as soon as the little guy came into the world.  It's now playing in my head...

Having our own little girl, it is amazing being able to share in parenthood with my dearest, sweetest friend!  We've been lucky, quite a few of my long time and bestest friends and us have had babies all right in a row, literally.  Some of us with in 3 weeks of each other.

I had the honor to design the birth announcement for Baby James.  Being 850 miles away from my best friends gives me a heartache, but knowing I can still be involved in such important times in their lives, and able to put my personal touch on something coming right from the heart, from me to my friends means the world!

So, Nichole had an at home photo session with Baby James with Jo Anne Cobb from Jo Anne Cobb Photography.  Check out her web-site: and like her on facebook !!!  Jo Anne was able to capture all the sweetness bursting out of this little guy.  If I could've jumped through the screen to smother him with hugs and kisses I would.  Even only weeks old, his bright blue eyes are so attentive, and look right into you! 

I am still craving the day I get to actually meet him in person, and share in the joy of holding a little baby with my best friend... but for now, I at least get to tote the proud 'aunty' honor of showing the world his birth announcement... designed by yours truly!  Congratulations, once again, Jim & Nichole Rice, you have done a WONDERFUL job, he is just the cutest!!!


Love that many of my friends seem to be having babies at the same time... and that I'm so lucky to be a part of sharing in each others' mommyhood.  It has been AMAZING also rekindling my oldest friendship in the book!  Seriously the person I have known the longest is Monica.  Growing up across the street from each other, we have shared in A LOT... Plenty of ups and downs, boys, vacations, driving, school, college, and a little falling out a few years back (did I mention the downs) and unfortunate circumstances that brought us to reconnect again, but all in the circle of life... we also found out we were having babies around the same time.  Her son Ryan was born 2 months after Gia... and then shortly after, lo & behold... TWINS! 

She asked me to do their birth announcement too.  Such a contrast to the one above, but just as elegant in the simple/chic way that Monica does things.  Here is what I put together for her boys Sean & Liam... photography, once again by the talented Mrs. Jo Ann Cobb ( and on facebook  Hope you like the designs and that you think of me (us!!  GO JO!) for your next good news to share!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012


Getting into this paperie business is all because of my own wedding.  I LOVED all the DIY work of programs, invitations, favors and table settings.  My husband, David and I got married June 13, 2009... One of the best days of our life!  It was full of family, friends, laughter, dancing and love!

AND PURPLE!!!  Purple flowers, purple butterflies, purple favors, purple programs


I even designed our own cake with purple accents.

I still LOVE doing this stuff... one of my recent projects has been helping a friend of mine with her own wedding.  Rosangela Viana is marrying Daniel Robinson on Saturday, March 31, 2012.  About 4 months ago, we started IM'ing, emailing, chatting and visiting to brainstorm and come up with invitation designs, and in the recent weeks had a mimosas and craft day finally putting them together!!

Pretty exciting... we're now working on the programs and favors... another crafts and mimosas day on the horizon!!  Can't wait to share in Rosie's special day and see all the hard work and collaboration come together!

Another wedding related project I've been doing is bridal shower and bachelorette party decor! 

I had the pleasure of being a bridesmaid in one of my great friend's weddings... Jessica Gunter, is now Mrs. Jessica Gunter... she had a wedding no one will forget through the blizzard of Halloween weekend 2011 in north Jersey.  Even long distance, I was able to be a part of her bridal shower planning.  We did a wine tasting theme.  I designed the banner, and hand made the favors - wine glass charms!  Wish I could've been there, but the happy look on the bride's face was enough for me!

Here's a sneak peek of another bridal shower banner.  The wedding color is cobalt blue, so I have lots of white, creams, sparklies, pearls, and of course, BLUE!!  Hope you like, I couldn't stop thinking of my own, WONDERFULLY thrown bridal shower when I was putting this one together, and how for the first time in all the planning, THAT day - I really felt like a bride!  Best wishes to Marisa!


Last, but not least - is this SUPER fun design I got to work on.  The design, layout, colors, idea is 100% the handy work of the bride.  She and her soon to be husband, are very free spirited, music loving Atlanta bred love birds.  The bride's parents are throwing them an engagement party at the end of March.  I love the feel this invitation gives, just a fun good ol' time!  Makes me think of a summer time, outdoor music festival.  We can not wait to party down with the Dinoses and Gregorys!