Sunday, May 22, 2011

Silhouette Ballerina & Baby Shower Invitations

We are having so much fun with these new silhouette invitations! Definitely look for more to come! These are currently available as Printables in our Etsy store and will be showcased on our brand new website coming this summer!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Hopelessly Nostalgic

It happened naturally, a wise crack here and a little snort there. Now every time I am online I find my grammar snobbery creeping in. It might begin with a gasp at a run-on sentence, then a common word spelled with extra letters but once it begins I find my editing nature takes over and I just want to start writing on my screen. 

My commentary is often ignited by an excess or absence of the beautiful little commas or upper case letters I have come to love and miss like friends from my childhood. I tell myself it is my background in communication and the English degree asserting itself, trying to find use in my stay-at-home mom world. My red pen sits dusty and neglected in my bedside drawer. Yet, as I sit here I realize the more likely story is that I am neurotic and hopelessly nostalgic. 

At this very moment I am obsessing about the many possible errors I will make in composing a commentary on grammar. This is where the nostalgia wins out. I’ll take this risk for the precious wistful feeling I get when someone takes the time to write a note, put it in an envelope and actually mail it to me. I ask you, is there any greater surprise on an otherwise ordinary day than to receive a personalized card from a friend or loved one? When we put the pen to paper, I believe we are more concerned with correct grammar, spelling and punctuation. I would never write a card to my mother with nothing but lowercase letters, but I cannot tell you that my texts or emails always get the same attention. 

All these thoughts made finding Beck McDowell’s blog, feel like a breath of the freshest air. Not only does this wonderful author blog about writing, she does so with wit and grace. She also offers advice to hone your own writing skills. The first post that jumped out at me was “Dashes Are Not Your Playthings” and I was drawn to it because I’ve been known to sling a dash here and there. 

I always need reminders of the rules that seem to be quickly fading from common knowledge. Those rules were carved in our brains when we were young, but with every text I send and status I post I see my own grasp on them diminishing. Blogs like Beck’s are a great place to revisit the foundation of how to communicate effectively. Then you can put that knowledge to good use in a handwritten card you actually have to put a stamp on and mail.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Vintage Styled Baby Shower Invitation

This vintage inspired baby shower invitation is perfect for the modern expecting mom who wants a little something extra! Thank you Allison H. for the idea! She requested Vintage Styled Wedding Programs. We loved the final design so much that we wanted to share it with mom-to-be's too!

Each card is printed on 110 lb matte white cardstock and is hand cut to 5 by 6. White envelopes are included with every order. 

Colors of "shower", the dotted line and "momma & baby" can be matched to your theme, be sure to let me know the color choice in your comments to seller along with all the party info! I look forward to helping you make this day special for your friend!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Say "FIRST BOOK" to help strengthen childhood literacy in North Alabama

Neighbor Helping Neighbor.  Join FBNA this Friday, May 6th at the Jones Valley Barnes and Noble in Huntsville where we will be accepting donations to provide books for local children affected by last week's devastating storms.  We are the special guests of local author Beck McDowell who will be signing copies of her book, Last Bus Out.  The fun starts at 6:30!  And remember to say "First Book" at the time of purchase at any Barnes and Noble from May 6th-8th to help us strengthen literacy in North Alabama.  

Not in North Alabama?  Use ID number 10443018 at any Barnes and Noble nationwide or online for a portion of the proceeds to benefit First Book-North Alabama.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Beach Themed Water Bottle Labels

Here are some fun tropical themed water bottle labels! These are perfect for any outdoor event especially a luau, beach or pool party! Each design is customized for you and your event. Consider water bottles for your next party favor.