Just in time as we reach the halfway point of 2022, here I am with my final Year in Review blog post from 2021! There were so many weddings that I wanted to wait for the professional images, so trust me when I say, the wait was worth it! September As I wrapped up all of the wonderful September weddings, I got started on my fall collection of Thanksgiving name tags! This year I added a watercolor option (link) and shared a Reel on Instagram documenting my photo shoot! Take a look! 🎥 The Butcher Block BBQ The start of September also included my husband driving up to Reno, Nevada for the Reno Rib Fest! He sold THREE THOUSAND racks of ribs that weekend with his teammates! Insane! Take a look at all the delicious eats he creates here. Watercolor Portraits and Custom Paintings Next up, let's take a look at some watercolor family portraits and custom paintings
Many of the projects shown here, I truly felt like I was working on just yesterday! This whole year just flew by! May Kicking off this post will be the launch of these bridesmaid tags! Funnily enough, I've had this listing in my shop for years but once I revised the verbiage to gear more towards bridesmaid gift tags, they quickly took off faster than ever! Since then, I've created over 1,000 name tags for such a range of bridal party members even aunts, ushers, and officiants! Shop name tags. Bridesmaid cards More than ever, my printed bridesmaid cards have become one of my best sellers! Shop bridesmaid proposal cards. But even more so, the card sets with personalized envelopes! Shop here. As well as my "to my
Christmas Gift Guide 2021, Personalized and Unique Presents Handmade with Love for Your Friends and Family
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
This year may still have a few months left in it, but I'm already looking back and reflecting on the start of the year. After the lack of weddings in 2020, there was lots to celebrate this year and I have so much work to share with you! January January is usually a slow period for me but there were quite a few fun projects that came up! Take a look
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