| West Texas Save-the-Date

When Derek and Emily asked me to create a custom invitation suite with a “Brooklyn meets West Texas” vibe, I was thrilled.  I couldn’t shake that Yellow Rose of Texas song from my mind, and when I suggested the idea of incorporating it to Emily she laughed and told me that the song was “…about a woman named Emily Morgan, the ‘yellow rose of Texas’,  a prostitute who “distracted” Santa Ana so the Texans could get across a bridge or something. There’s a hotel named after her in San Antonio where I grew up, though my parents didn’t know any of this when I was born in Massachusetts and they named me…Emily Morgan!”  That settled it.

After an unsuccessful search for the perfect fabric to make pockets, we created a custom yellow rose patterned paper to line the envelopes. The cards have a digitally printed black layer with a gold foil overlay on kraft paper.  I can’t wait to show you the rest of the pieces!

| Party Paper

We take birthdays pretty seriously around here.  I am always on board with an excuse for treats and streamers, and why not make a kid feel like a superstar for a day? Ivy lives for a party and has loved a good project since her little fingers could grab a crayon, so I always try to include her in things like thank you notes, decorations, and of course invitations. Her birthday is next month (as she constantly reminds us) so she is in full party planning mode. We were reminiscing about some of her past invitations.


As Ivy approached two, it was all robots all the time. She LOVED them. We bought some slightly metallic paper and printed a very simple robot. Taking inspiration from Brooke’s counting card, we attached some candy buttons to his tummy. Ivy had fun slipping the buttons into the plastic (trimmed cellophane bags) and helped glue the googley eyes on. Voila!

For her third birthday, she decided on an animal party. [Sidenote truth: Ivy was way ahead of this season's leopard trend. I think it's the Brooklyn in her—she observed it on a neighbor a while back and fell in love.] We printed a few sheets of leopard print and cut out the simple silhouettes. Ivy added whiskers and a button nose to her list of gluing responsibilities. Done and done.

The days of robots and animals are long past—princesses reign supreme and there is no stopping it. Given executive control, Ivy would bedazzle Disney cards and smear them with a good thick coat of glitter glue. We are in negotiations for a happy medium. Ideas?