Friday, February 22, 2008

February Charity

I read about Donors Choose awhile back and finally had the chance to take a look at their website. What a cool organization! Basically, teachers are able to submit proposals to prospective donors to fund a project for their students. There are a gazillion different projects on the site and you can even search by state or keyword.
I was going down the list of "Arizona" projects, and came across one titled, "Deaf Students Read 'To Kill A Mockingbird'." This particular project caught my eye for two reasons -- 1. Because "To Kill A Mockingbird" is my most favorite book (I read it at least once a year), and 2. because while I'm not deaf, I do have a moderate form of hearing loss. I don't pretend to understand what it's like to be deaf, but I can empathize with the frustration. 
As Joey Tribbiani from "Friends" would say, this might be considered a "selfish good deed." But I love the fact that you are able to choose a project that is meaningful to you. Check this site out, I'm sure you'll find something meaningful, too! 

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Kate + Mike, Pt.I

I took a few photos from my sister-in-law's wedding, but of course forgot to take a shot of the invitation! Thus the "Pt. I" Title of this post. 
Here are just a few random favorites until I get around to posting "Pt. 2". 
One of the adorable flower girls taking a snooze before her big debut...
The bride's smokin' hot shoes...
The menu card complete with a ruby Swarovski crystal...
More to come, stay tuned!

Monday, February 11, 2008

Birthday Bash

Just got back from a whirlwind trip to Michigan for my sister-in-law's wedding. In addition to the wedding festivities, we also celebrated my mother-in-law's birthday. We planned a nice dinner at home with wine, apps and a yummy dinner. I also created menus, place cards and a wine list to coordinate with the brown, gold and green color palate. These photos were shot by my multi-talented husband :)
This is what it looked like outside:
And this is what it looked like inside:

80's Glam

I have to admit, I am not a big fan of the 80's. I was never crazy about the music or the lace gloves (although jelly shoes and bracelets do give me a warm fuzzy). So when the Bright girls asked me to do paper products for an 80's table, I was a bit skeptical. But Bright's newest addition, Katie (who is adorable) had a wonderful 80's vision that included polka dots, gerber daisies and pops of pink.
The Flower Studio provided the giant gerber daisies, and the Bright girls wrapped the vase in patent leather belts. I made paper products out of glossy black paper, that actually looks like patent leather, so it looked very put together. Victoria requested place cards that could somehow incorporate a flower, so I made tented "vases" (just a hole punched at the top to accommodate a single stem). Table numbers were tin cans wrapped in patent paper that can also be used as a mini vase for extra floral or a candle.
I also love that the girls set out Tab cola to coordinate with the table. Very Marty McFly...maybe I like the 80's more than I think.
Mark Cafiero shot these great photos.