In just a few weeks time, my hubby and family will be flying to the east coast to enjoy two full weeks along lobster feasts, clam choweder, pizza slices, and philly cheesesteaks. Yes I am most looking forward to the food. How did you know? We will spend half our trip in Maine and I am quite looking forward to our bi-annual reunion beachside. We plan to go on a whale watching tour, eat loads of lobster, and just relax, enjoying one another company's. Next up, we will drive down to Boston to spend a couple days, and then New York for a few more, and just a train ride into Philly for a day. I have yet to ever visit Maine or Massachusetts, and have only spent a lone afternoon in New York City and a night's drive through PA. So all that to say, what are your tips and suggestions for visiting such places?! Please, all input is wanted and welcome! The two above photos are from a quick weekend trip Andy and I took to New York in 2005 to visit my best friend living in upstate New York (and it was our first plane ride together!)!
Oh man have I been excited to post about Kathleen's amazing shower. Down to the smallest detail, I loved every little bit of it! And it was quite a combination of decorations starting with quite a few DIYs, Amie's upcoming wedding (thanks again Amie!), my travel themed living room, the Rooftop BBQ trailer (recognize that chalkboard above?), and even a potato sack from Lauren's Central Park shower (see that "coffee bean" sack above?)! Let's start with the invitation though, shall we? While driving home from the hospital on the day Parker was born, Lauren (Kathleen's wonderful matron of honor) and I were brainstorming about shower decoration possibilities. We had long ago settled on a travel cafe theme and with the spark of the idea of a muffin and coffee mug sitting on top of a suitcase, the invitation came to be. Funnily enough, when talking with the bride about her wedding invitations, we went with the tall and slender business size for those as well! And speaking of the bride
1. Texas Monthly, Jon Contino I love when the different sections in life spill over into one another, in particular when the husband's BBQ world collides with my design world. So when I saw this post by the wonderful letterer and design, Jon Contino, for Texas Monthly I just knew I had to share it with you all. From the saucy titles on the cover to the handdrawn map of southern BBQ—there's truly some amazing work to see plus a video on the "painting with BBQ sauce" process. Check out more photos from the magazine on Jon's site. 2. Starbucks Coffee Perfection Can you even fathom the man hours to create such a promotion? Cutting all the smallest of pieces of paper, manipulating the characters on the screen in between each take, but the joy and gratification of seeing the final product must totally outweigh all of that! What a beautiful work of art! Here is the finished commercial, be sure to check out the behind the scenes work from Rogier Wieland on Design Work Life. Starbucks Coffee Perfection from Rogier Wieland on Vimeo. 3. Easy, Tiger Cards Another post from Design Work Life
I really thought life couldn't be crazier than it was last year, but this year has seriously been insane! I am so blessed with the work that I have been doing and get to do, but I am ever so thankful for these babies and being the matron of honor to my best friend bride to be, Amie! Oh and I guess I am thankful for BBQ too. ;) Babies! My little baby section is just growing and growing and growing!! Owen This is the Chunk as we all affectionately call Owen. He has just been growing and growing, and getting so tall! I love having them as our neighbors, seeing him each week has just been the biggest blessing for Andy and me. And having him "wow us" with walking into our arms on the last day of June, couldn't get better than that! :) This first photo is from our BBQ pool party we had in May, look at that chunk. Adorable! And then next photo is at Owen's big brother Eli's 5th birthday party this past weekend. I love how this photo sums up his personality and the way we think of Owen, belly out and guns blaring all with a smile