For the Taking: Bridal Shower Printables

July 31, 2012

I had so much fun planning and designing everything for my friend's bridal shower that I decided to share some of the designs I made with you. If you find yourself throwing a bridal shower for a friend you're more than welcome to put my printables to good use. If you would like to see how I used them, check out the bridal shower post here

And don't forget to send out invitations to all your guests. Matching letterpress invitations are available in our shop.

Click on any of the images below to download the designs. 

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New to the Shop: Bridal Shower Invitations

July 30, 2012

We just added some bridal shower invitations to our Etsy shop! Everyone loved the invitations we did for Erika's bridal shower so I took the same design and revamped it as a fill-in style invitation that anyone can purchase then write in their specific party invitation. They're a perfect way to celebrate the beautiful bride-to-be! 

You can see them in our shop here.

Happy Wedding Day

July 27, 2012

Via Yellow Bird, Yellow Beard

Today's post is short and sweet. We have a wedding to get ready for! Happy wedding day to our best friends Jake and Erika. We love you more than anything. We are so excited to be standing with you on the most special and important day of your lives. And so, your adventure begins. I don't want to ruin the ending for you but I think we all know you will live happily ever after.

Watch Me Grow: 10 Weeks

July 25, 2012

Our little baby is growing up so fast. Here is Pixel at 10 weeks. If you missed his first picture when he was 8 weeks you can see it here.

Zig and Zag Mustache Baby Shower

July 24, 2012

Time just got away from me today, hence the late post. I got to talk with my mom on the phone and once we get going there is no stopping us. We always have something to catch up on. My parents are coming to visit in a little over a week! I can't wait. Everything I know about DIY projects I've learned from them so I'm dying to get their help on a few of the projects on my list while they are out here.

What I really wanted to show you was this incredible baby shower invitation designed by the lovely lady behind Zig and Zag. I've looked at it about five times already. I just can't get over how good it is. I was inspired so much by it that I contacted her asking about the design process and if she had any tips to share. She was kind enough to reply back with some helpful information that I can't wait to try on my next design project. If you have any experience with taking a drawing and turning it into digital art work, I would love to hear your process too!

You can see more pictures of the shower over on Zig and Zag!

Mint Condition

July 23, 2012

Sources: 1. Lomography Diana + Dreamer Camera 2. Mint Kitchen 3. Living Room 4. Mint Washi Tape 5.  Love Poster 6. Baker's Twine 7. Latte Bowls 8. Essie nail polish
9. Recycled Pencils

You probably already figured, but I watch a lot of HGTV. My favorite show is Property Brothers. Over the weekend I saw an episode where the living room wall was decorated with mint accents. It looked so perfect. I am now completely in love with mint. My favorite ice cream is cookies and cream mint so let's face it, it was only a matter of time.

I am now determined to add some mint accents into my home decor. I'm thinking some throw pillows would be a good way to start. I haven't really found any I like online so I might just make some. Does anyone know where to buy good, unique fabric?

Finders Keepers: Photorito Lens Wrap

July 20, 2012

Photojojo does it again! They always come up with great photography accessories. This one is called the Photorito Lens Wrap. The protective "tortilla" wraps around your lens burrito-style. Sounds pretty appetizing to me. Can I have some guacamole on the side please?

From Photojojo

Decorate Your Desktop

July 19, 2012

The desktop wallpaper on our computer usually features a favorite picture one of us has taken, a photo from our wedding, or most recently our puppy Pixel.

Recently I have seen a lot of fun backgrounds available as free downloads that have some pretty great designs; so I thought I would share a few of my favorites.

Design Love Fest
Design Love Fest
Fifty Five Hi's
The College Prepster

Wise Words of Vincent Van Gogh

July 17, 2012

Van Gogh Quote from Oh My Dear

Vincent Van Gogh has gotten a reputation of being one of those crazy and strange sorts of artists. That probably has something to do with the fact that he cut off his own ear. Yeah, that's pretty strange. I do however think this quote from him is quite wise.

Real Simple Paintings

July 16, 2012

Aren't these paintings so fun? Katie from Paperfashion had the idea to take everyday food items and simplify them as much as possible. It's not as simple as you may think. This would be a perfect afternoon exercise to refresh your creative juices.

Watch Me Grow: 8 Weeks

July 12, 2012

Jake and I are taking pictures of Pixel to keep track of how he grows from week to week. I made him an oversized bow tie for him to grow into. Isn't he handsome?

Pixel Gutenberg Bartlett

July 9, 2012

We got our Dalmatian puppy on Saturday! We didn't sleep at all on Friday night because we were way too excited to bring him home. He is even more cute and than I could ever have imagined. It feels like we're proud parents. Pixel has been doing so well too; he is learning how to walk on his leash, go potty outside and sleeping through most of the night. As I write this he is taking another one of his naps cuddled up next to me. We are completely in love with this little guy. I mean can you blame us? Just look at that cute face.

Finders Keepers: Typography Sketchbooks

July 6, 2012

I can never get enough of art and design books. They never get old and they are always perfect to have around when I'm in need of some inspiration.

This book looks like it belongs in my collection.

Perfect Stuff For Your Pooch

July 5, 2012

1. Dogit 2-in-1 Durable Bowl 2. How to Raise the Perfect Dog 3. Bags on Board Bone Dispenser  4. Helvetica Treat Tin 5. Zoom Groom Brush 6. Dog Bone Cookie Cutter
7. Bow Tie Collar 8. Organic Granola Dog Treats 9. Lamb Chop Dog Toy

It's official: we get to bring our new puppy home on Saturday! We can't wait to add the little guy to our family. Friday night is going to feel like Christmas Eve. I'm sure we won't sleep a wink that night.

We had so much fun shopping for Pixel. We bought him some cute stuff I think he'll like. Who wouldn't like a little lamb chop stuffed animal? It's so soft I was tempted to keep it for myself. Also I highly recommend Cesar Millan's book. "How To Raise the Perfect Dog". We've really enjoyed it and it's very insightful.

I'm sure I'll be taking lots of pictures on instagram when we get Pixel this weekend so be sure to check them out (username: apairofpears). Otherwise I'll post lots of pictures here on Monday.

New Camera Lens

July 3, 2012

Jake and I ordered a new lens for our camera online and we finally got it yesterday! It's a 25mm f/2.8 Olympus pancake lens. Most of our other lenses are from old film cameras; so they are completely manual. We thought it was about time we invested in a much needed automatic lens that could communicate with our camera. Jake and I were playing around with it last night taking pictures around the house. We love it! Plus the auto focus will come in handy when taking pictures of our active new pup. Only a few more days and we can bring him home!

Happy Hot Dog Season

July 2, 2012

Sources: 1. hot dog with sauerkraut 2. prolonged daschund art print 3. frank dog poster 4. hawaiian-style hot dog 5. "paper" hot dog trays 6. bacon wrapped sonoran hot dog 7. truecoffee hot dog packaging 8. hot dog mystery print

Happy hot dog season! At our house we love a good grilled hot dog, preferably a little burnt. Jake likes his plain (like most foods) or maybe some cheese. I like to top mine with a little ketchup, a sliced tomato and sometimes a few onions to add a nice crunch. Although I am open to trying more of a gourmet hot dog like the Hawaiian-Style Dog that is topped with mango salsa. What's your favorite way to top a dog?