Handmade Housewarming Invitations

A year ago in February we started our biggest adventure together yet, we became homeowners! The entire process was such a whirlwind. Before we knew it, we were surrounded by boxes inside walls that said “home.” I still find myself smiling and saying “This can’t be real!” every afternoon when I pull into the driveway.

While it took some time for us and the cats to get settled, we decided once the craziness faded we would host a housewarming/engagement party. My one goal (besides to hide all unpacked boxes in the basement) was to design our invitation to send out to our family and friends for the celebration.

I used a mixture of Illustrator and InDesign to create the design. I drew the pictures in Illustrator and then placed out the fonts and background images in InDesign. The rustic wood background I found on Etsy from PaperElement.

Overall I was super happy with the design I created (after making about 3 different designs and a bunch of minor changes over and over again…thanks to my fiancé for being patient 🙂 ) Here it is!

View the PDF here: HKF Housewarming

 

We will call this place our home,
The dirt in which our roots may grow.
Though the storms will push and pull,
We will call this place our home.

Smaller than dust on this map
Lies the greatest thing we have:
The dirt in which our roots may grow
And the right to call it home.

“North” – Sleeping At Last

Hot Summer Sunday at Coventry Farmer’s Market

I finally got to experience the magic that is the Coventry, CT Farmer’s Market at the Nathan Hale Homestead. This is not your average farmer’s market; along with local produce, there are crafts, local food trucks, and various food vendors. There is a little bit of something for everyone, plus plenty of farmer’s to stock up your fridge for the week.

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Made With Love for Mother’s Day

So I realize it’s August and I’m just now posting about something that happened in May, but hey busy life!

I decided to make some handmade gifts to all the lovely mamas/grandmama in my life. First I made some hand drawn cards and used Photoshop to turn them into a chalkboard effect. I am a firm believer in handmade cards; they are full of love and each one is unique. The awesome tutorial can be found here.

It was so easy to do and was so much fun to come up with my own style of lettering. Also eraser marks don’t matter! They just add to the chalkboard effect.

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My Dad is a Mix Between Ron Swanson & Pinterest

I know I normally post about work I have done, but it is time to give a guest post to my dad! As the title of this entry states, he is a mixture between Ron Swanson and Pinterest. I think he can make just about anything out of wood. He has even made his own tools to make anything out of wood.

His latest project was something I got to benefit from and I couldn’t be any happier! He turned an old chest that was use to hold tools, into the most amazing cedar lined table with blanket storage. I love it! I didn’t have a coffee table for my living room and this is just absolutely perfect for my space.

Check out all the pictures below; click on the images to view them larger. Piper decided to get in a few too! He loves it just as much as I do and appreciates the smell of cedar.

Table 1 Table 2

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Handmade With Love

In my opinion, sea glass is the best thing to come out of the ocean. I have a rather large collection and head down to the beach at least once a week to find more.

My mother is the one who first introduced me to this treasure, so for her birthday I decided to make her a sea glass necklace. I simply used wire and pliers to create this piece. She loved it and now I want to make more!

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