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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.)

Pinwheel Escort Cards

Here is my new article for Project Wedding. We used floral origami paper to make easy pinwheels and then created a little pinwheel rack so guests could pick them off the wall. The whole project is really easy and costs less than $20.



Photos/Styling/Concept by Jordan Ferney for Project Wedding.
Thanks to Brooke Berger for modeling.