found objects:

I love random found objects! Here are some things just sitting around the desk.. stamps, compasses, keys, paper goods, and vintage scissors.
It’s also always fun to experiment taking photos of different angles and using my awesome zoom lens that my husband got me :)
What sort of random things do you have around your desk? :)

etc packaging:

I’ve been packaging some different things here & there, so I thought I’d post some pics for you! You know I love packaging, and I’m pretty sure many of you are into packaging too. Who doesn’t like packaging? I’ve been thinking of doing a pretty-package challenge! More details soon!


gift wrap packaging for the shop!
Nick’s sister needed some supplies for a baby shower so
I sent her a little kit to make stuff with.
My long-time craft show friend Steppie had a 3-year anniversary party so I donated some swag and packaged them with some special tags.
Packaged a rubber stamp that I sold to a reader.
Packaging all the orders from the good cheer deal I ran.

a cake party with friends:

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So Ruby had an idea a while ago to have a cake party. I think she was inspired by this photo or something 😉 So we met last week and everyone just brought a cake, it was a lot of fun! Of course we snapped some photos to share with everyone.

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Sweet Lucy breaking out the wine
(actually, no one opened the wine, hehe)

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ahhh, it was such a silly site all of us taking photos! 😉 Yea, okay we’re a little crazy! That’s what bloggers do, right? Sadly, this was pretty much the only group shot we got!

Blogger friends: Myra from double-sidedtape, Linda from parked together, Henny & Lucy from utterly engaged, Lillian from unstitched, Lauren from lauren elise crafted, and of course our host, Ruby from my cakies!

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Ruby pretty much told me to grab whatever from her house to use as decorations so I had a blast searching her entire house and finding cute props to use! Needless to say her whole house is decorated with vintage and could be a shop or something, I love her style!

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Mini pizzas were a perfect addition to our cake party.

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I just grabbed a little slice of each cake and had a sampler cake platter.
It was all quite delicious!

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We had plates and glue to make a diy cake stand for take home ‘party’ favors.

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Over at the kid’s table, Ruby made pepperoni pizza and
play-dough packs for the kids! So cute.

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The only ‘pretty’ thing we didn’t have was a cake cutter/slicer/lifter
thing so we improvised, it was pretty awesome 😉
Soul snuck up behind Ruby while we were taking pics, isn’t she so precious?

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Night drew near and we chatted endlessly about blogging and anthropolgie!

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Some after-party photos. We turned around and Hannah (Henny’s adorable
daughter) crawled into a bin in Ruby’s backyard, so precious!

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We definitely want to have another get together and open it to our local blogger reader’s/friend’s – anyone up for a party? :)

date night at the drive-in:

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So a couple weeks ago, Nicholas & I headed for a little date night at the drive in theater! There is something so nostalgic and awesome about drive in theaters and I’m really glad they haven’t shut this one down yet! (since all others in this area are closed) We grabbed some snacks, pillows, and blankets. Thought I’d share some pics with you!
$8.50, not bad since they feature 2 movies!
I’m not a big popcorn fan but I do like cracker jack!
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So we grabbed some of our favorite snacks and some fruit.
Fruit dipped in Nutella is also good too 😉
Nutella with pretty much anything is yummy.
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*Note: We didn’t keep the lights on the entire time.
I just thought they were cute for pictures 😉
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If you’re in the orange county area, I totally recommend going to the Drive-In for a fun date night with someone special or with friends!
So that was it! We saw bridesmaids and we were going to stay for another movie but it started raining! How random is that – for June summer weather. I’m not complaining though, It was so cozy and I would have stayed in the rain but our blankets were getting all wet.
ps: Not sure how updated this site is but there’s a list of drive in’s by state at this website if you want to check and see if there are any in your area!
most of these photos were taken by Nicholas,
i snapped some too 😉

doughnuts:

So about a month ago, I asked Nick to take me to M & M donuts. This little donut shop is family owned, and has crazy hours. (Opens at 9pm, closes at 12:30!) The hype is seriously there. People start lining up at 8:30. Nick & I got there at 8:45. We waited over an hour to get our donuts, yikes! I think we got back on the road at 9:55 or something. I don’t really even like blueberry but these are really good.
They handed us a pizza box and we were like, huh? We opened up the pizza boxes and there were our doughnuts, how charming. Look at all that grease! Yum? Ew. But the donuts are just sooooo good, it’s so hard to care 😉
Since we waited so long, I thought I’d get some extra to share with Lillian, since we were meeting for lunch the next day. I couldn’t find any good boxes and I didn’t want to stick these bad boys in a bag (that wouldn’t make for cute packaging at all!) so I found an anthropologie gift box and the donuts fit perfectly!
Adding some japanese tape really does the trick to make anything look nice.
and it worked out perfectly, since anthro boxes
just happen to be so darn cute already.
Yum. Oh, funny ending to the story – Nick didn’t even like the doughnuts! He doesn’t like cake donuts, bummer. Well, more donuts for me! Just pop them in the microwave for 15 seconds and they melt in your mouth. I’d recommend trying them at least once. I probably will never wait in line for an hour again, but at least we can say we did it once. & it was worth it since at least I got some photos out of it 😉

the kitchen, a dining experience:

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For my Grandma’s 85th birthday a couple weeks ago, our entire family went to The Kitchen, in Sacramento. It was this intense 5/6 course dinner. It was really fun! The food was tasty and it was just a really good time. Took some pictures & thought I’d share it with you!
So I didn’t get a good picture of the layout but basically the kitchen is surrounded by a bar that everyone sits around. It’s a fun atmosphere. They also let us walk around the back of the kitchen and watch them prepare the food. The staff was so so friendly and nice.
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We didn’t get to sit around the bar because our party was so big, so we had tables in the back. They are so accommodating though, they told us we could have as many servings as we wanted.
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This was the second plate, Rabbit, Sweetbreads and Foie Gras Terrine. Not sure what those even are but it was good!
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This place & the concept of the meal is actually pretty smart. It’s a 2+ hour event and they serve you small portions over a longer period of time. By the time you get to “Act VI” – you’re completely stuffed! Even if we wanted another serving of one of our favorite’s of the night – we couldn’t even fit more food in our stomach.
This one was my favorite, but it was course 5 so I could barely eat it. It was this mini chicken/fish pie with crust, yum! – Okay, actually the description said: “Local Halibut and Pastry with a Maine Lobster Ragout Lemon and Tarragon.”
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Warmed German chocolate cake, strawberry-creme fraiche
ice cream and candied pecans.
I would recommend this “dining experience” but it’s really something I’d do only once. At the $$$$ (4-dollar signs on Yelp) I really could never justify spending that much money on a meal. But it was really fun and so nice to be able to all get together for my Grandma’s birthday :)

a rooftop dinner:

So a while ago, Lillian invited us to go to Mexico on a little weekend getaway. So we planned the date and headed down. We turned off our cell phones and went for a fun weekend of relaxing, enjoying the ocean, board games, super good food, and a fun little photo shoot. Here are the pictures from our rooftop dinner that we had!
Lillian has been to this place before and mentioned that we should bring some fun props and have a rooftop dinner just because the roof has an ocean view and it’s beautiful! I of course was totally on board and we each packed some vintage treasures. Well, more like a suitcase of vintage items 😉
We brought our bubble machine (last used at our engagement shoot!)
Glad we could put it to use again. But bubbles are quite tricky to photograph!
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Couple behind-the-scene shots 😉
note: bird is not a prop, it’s totlly real! I think it wanted our bundt cake 😉
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Caught Mardy in action, tea pinky up and everything!
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My Nicholas, so cute.
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Hurray for friends & funny faces. Except I’m not really
sure what face I was making in this shot.
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Everytime I look at this photo, I think to myself “were we really there
with the ocean right in our view!?” it was so beautiful!
Do you like our flowers? Funny story about that. Lillian mentioned the community we were at had really pretty flowers. So we decided to do a little flower picking for our shoot. I mean, flowers really add such a different element to a table setting. So Lillian & I walked around, each with a pair of scissors in our hands, and snipped flowers to make our arrangements. We had the boys follow with the ball jar vases and frowning/embarrassed faces. It was a pretty funny sight as they walked really far ahead of us. But Lillian and I both agreed at that the flowers weren’t being enjoyed by anyone anyway – at least we can really appreciate them and put them to good use for our dinner! Right? right!
So that’s it! You can see Lillian’s photos at her blog here! I hope you enjoyed and are inspired today. I totally encourage you to create your own fun dinner setting. Just gather some friends and go at it. We had a blast and it was fun to just be creative and see the outcome.

weekend in chinatown:

weekend in chinatown:
Nick & I spent our weekend at the LA Craft Experience, which was held during the Chinese New Year celebration in Chinatown! We didn’t get to see much of the festivities but it was fun hanging out and eating from lots of the food trucks.
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Nick took these shots, I love his photos 😉
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On Sunday before we headed back to the event, we went to Melrose Trading Post, which is held every Sunday in LA. They had a ton of stuff.. I got a duck gumball machine and a set of brass penguins for about $25.
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Back to the event:
pretty succulents + plants
pretty succulents + plants
My neighbor had really pretty succulents for sale.
craft show display
food trucks
pattywagon: yum!
Are food trucks big in your area? They’ve pretty much exploded in LA. They have a food truck for every food you can think of! I tried pattywagon hamburgers, it was the best mini burger I’ve ever had. Yum. I want one right now!
So that was my weekend, I totally forgot to take a picture of Nick & I together. How was your weekend? Be back tomorrow with more good cheer and regular posts. It’s not too late to get the good cheer deal from K is for Calligraphy! It’s open to international friends too! Happy Monday friends.

oh, hello friend diy business cards:

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Here are the business cards I put together for Alt – I made a couple different versions. All I used were some glassine envelopes and blank business cards, some cute wood push pins, avery labels, japanese tape, custom wood hot air balloons (made from the same place I used for my wedding invitations), and I got some custom rubber stamps made.
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For one version, I included the card and the push pin and
just designed a wrap around label to seal the glassine envelopes.
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So one side of the card was stamped with my info, the other side had the wood piece attached, the idea was supposed to be sort of like a mini piece of art or something. The push pin was so they’d be sure to pin up my card on their inspiration boards or whatever :)
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Okay, I got carried away with the stamp designs and made 3.
Well, I had 1 from before so I really only made 2 new designs.
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Hurray, that’s all! What do you think? I was only able to make a certain amount of these, the push pins are no longer sold at the store I got them at so I guess these cards are now limited edition. I’ll have to come up with something new for next year. I really love business cards, what about you?

free calendar update:

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Just wanted to update you all about the free calendar shipments – I’m terribly sorry for the delay, I had intended to work on them back at Renegade SF while I was away for the weekend and then Nick got sick so our plans totally changed that week. So they are slowly being shipped. Slowly but surely. Thanks for your patience! At least this is good for another 11 months 😉 So sorry to anyone who is waiting on a calendar! But it’s coming …
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