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Author: Sam Allen

After way too many years, my website has finally received its well deserved face lift! What's New? A brand new homepage that finally shows what I do and how I can help you with your wedding and home decor needs! As you scroll, you'll also discover some sweet testimonials and more quick links to my services and inspirational blog posts. My Services page has been completely redesigned with each element receiving its own unique treatment. Some services needed multiple subpages (like my wedding invitation portfolio) while others just needed an updated one page gallery. I still have more images to add to my ever evolving portfolio so please check back soon and in the meantime, enjoy 20% off to my Etsy shop with the coupon code: SAMSFRIEND20. Valid thru August 10.

Every year I strive to create unique gifts for Mother's Day, but not just for my mom! Luckily for you, I love creating gifts for YOU to give the mothers in your life too! I collected a few of my favorite items—that you can purchase today—that I guarantee will make the moms in your life, whether that's your own mom, your wife, your grandmother, or someone else uniquely special to you, smile straight from the heart! 1. Watercolor Family Portrait A watercolor painting turns your photos into works of art! Whether you want to use a professional photo or snapshot from your phone, using a photo that you love puts more emphasis on the sentimental bond of love between the mother and child, or grandmother and grandchild (hint, hint!!). These watercolor portraits are always a hit! This past year, I was able to create portraits for wedding anniversaries, after infant and pet loss, for families who couldn't see each other during lockdowns but wanted a full family portrait, for a family with all their foreign exchange students from over the years, and so many more. I feel so honored to be invited into these moments and create these special keepsakes. I am completely

I'm so excited to share my baby girl's Neverland themed nursery with you today! The inspiration for her room came from my love of Disney's Peter Pan! To make it more feminine, the look of the room plays less with Peter Pan and pirates but more with fairies, mermaids, and Indians! The look is all tied together with a simple color scheme and an overall rustic floral boho vibe. Our son's pirate themed room is full of darker moodier colors so I wanted to create a very bright and warm space for our baby girl. However, we had to use our son's dark wood crib and recliner for the space. We did buy a new (used) white dresser for her though, sourced locally in our community, and then placed our son's changing table topper on it giving it a nice two tone look—in an attempt to not make the crib and recliner the only darker elements in the room. My favorite part: spending the time gathering pieces for her gallery wall above the changing table and the floating shelves above the recliner. I had so much fun buying from artists that I have followed for years as well as buying from

There's no better way to start off a new year than by looking at the best parts of the year before! I love taking the time to create these blog posts, taking the time to review each and every project from the start of the year brought back so many memories! Granted, so much more work was created but not necessarily photographed! The year started slow as it usually does but just when wedding season was picking back up, the pandemic hit and my shop was at a standstill. Thankfully, Mother's Day prep gave me some fun projects to work on

I don't know about you but I LOVE to give gifts. And usually when the gift is SO GOOD, I can hardly wait until that special day arrives so that I can see their face as they open their present. I am usually so excited that I start to cry myself when so much heart has gone into that special gift, a present that has so much emotional ties running through it. This is my heart for giving gifts and I can only hope to share that with you through this gift guide as I help you give one-of-a-kind and memorable gifts. 1. Watercolor Family Portrait A watercolor painting turns your photos into works of art! Whether you want to use a professional photo or snapshot from your phone, using a photo that you love puts more emphasis on the sentimental bond of love between the people featured in the painting. These watercolor portraits are always a hit! I am completely blown away with how beautifully our family portrait came out. Watercolor is such a unique way to display our family of five on our walls; personalized art is such a great conversation piece! To say I’m happy with the way it

I don't know about you, but when I first got engaged, my step one was to propose to my bridesmaids. While I didn't do anything fancy, I'm loving the trend of creating personalized gift boxes to invite your bridesmaids into your bridal party. But what is a bridesmaid box exactly? And what goes in it? A bridesmaid box is basically just a sweet and personalized way to ask your closest friends or family members to be in your wedding. First up, you need something to put your items in