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2010 Year in Review – Part 2

Here is the second part of my year in review. (Part 1 is here.)

In May I got to style two photo shoots for Anthology Magazine. It was such a great experience working with such talented and interesting people. A real highlight of my year for sure.

I also brought on Alexis Birkmeyer as an intern (and later hired her as a full time studio manager.) Alexis is pretty much straight from heaven and Paul and I always ask if we can adopt her. She will be running our studio and my press while we are in France.

I made these S’mores kits for Project Wedding.

And I shared pictures of Moses’ room. (My kids sleep in a closet!)

I designed these Father’s Day printable labels for Alpha Mom.


I did a DIY on how to make a birdcage veil for Project Wedding.

I did a magnetic board DIY for iVillage.

In August I helped with the Kirtsy Party at Blogher and I shared how to recreate a few aspects of the party like these signs held up by weather balloons and chalkboard speech bubbles.

I also created these flag sculptures for Project Wedding.


In September Paul and I collaborated on our Let Them Eat Cake project where I art directed and he painted 50 cake paintings. We had a show, and ate cake.

I did a fancy dinner party under the Golden Gate Bridge. Here is the main post and the details here.

I created this pinwheel seating chart for Project Wedding.

We had a movie night in our back yard.

Then in October my friend Fergi was in town for her birthday so we threw her another dinner party by the Golden Gate Bridge (this time on the Sausalito side.)

I was hired to work with Suzanne Shade and style a few different ads for Minted to run in magazines during the holidays.

We announced the Commission Project.

And we were lumberjacks.

In November Moses got a haircut.

I put a party in a box.

We had a pretty (and delicious) Thanksgiving.

And I got ready for Christmas by making this felt ball Garland.

In December we wrapped presents up real pretty. Plus here and here.

We sent Roman in for one last surgery.

I made watercolor paper chains with Moses.

Moses turned three!

And I made watercolor and letterpress Christmas Cards.

And that was my year in two nice and tidy posts. Going through everything was almost therapeutic. Onwards and upwards to 2011! Anything you want to see more of for 2011? Leave a comment.

2010 Year in Review – Part 1

2011 is here. We made it. It is nice to look back and take stock of what happened in 2010. It’s been a long year folks. I am putting a lot of faith in 2011, let’s hope it doesn’t disappoint.

In January, I turned 30. And was fat and pregnant. And depressed. No that’s actually not a picture of my birthday party. (It’s the birthday party of my dreams.)

In February, we shared some pictures of our apartment. Here, here, here, and here.


Then at long last our Roman came. And he was perfect.



In March, Paul had a birthday and I sent him on a treasure hunt following a red string with a picnic at the end.


In April I did these mobiles and citrus garland DIY’s for Project Wedding.



Then we sent Romey in for his first cleft lip surgery.

In May I put together the Birthday Surprise in the mail for Aubrey. Where all her family and friends sent her love notes and it turned into a giant puzzle. Here is the post about it, here is the rad video Aubrey made, and here are my DIY instructions.

I did the wheat grass escort card and the lemonade favor DIY for Project Wedding.

I started experimenting with watercolor and letterpress.


Phew! I’ve only made it to June. Stay tuned for Part 2 tomorrow.

Watercolor + Letterpress Christmas Cards

For our Christmas cards this year I did a letterpress and watercolor combo. I did a big watercolor wash across each paper and envelope by hand so each one is different. I used two different reds on the same brush to create an ombre effect. Then each sheet was letterpressed on my Vandercook letterpress using a silver metallic ink. They were then cut down, folded, and finally I mounted a family photo (we took in our back yard) on each one.





Watercolor Paper Chain Garland

I had the watercolors out this week so Moses was painting on some strips of leftover printmaking paper. It was so pretty I thought it would make a nice paper garland.

It was a great little project to do with kids. The main thing is to paint on both sides of the paper before you cut. And I’m not sure if you can tell the scale here but I think the teeny tiny links are the cutest (even though they take a little longer.)



Party in a Box

My friend Michelle is a really special person. She does nice things for me all the time (even when she is super pregnant.) I think she has made me a birthday cake the last three years in a row. On top of that she is nice to everyone. After I got married and I didn’t know a lot of people, she was the first person to be my friend.

So I made a birthday surprise for her. First I spray painted a box gold. (It looks like a regular ol’ box here but trust me its sparkly and shiny.) I taped her name on it so she would know it was for her. Then I filled it with lots of balloons, snuck into her building, set up a camera on a tripod, and doorbell ditched her. It’s a party in a box.



I like stuff like this that is pretty simple but a fun surprise. (I love a good surprise.)