Fun Finds – Katie Daisy

Fun Finds

Katie Daisy

It’s time for another Fun Finds. And here is one of my favorites. A couple of years ago I ran across Katie Daisy’s work and fell in love. When I look at her work it gives me a sense of calm and positive energy. Like a good friend giving you words of advice or a stranger with a kind word. The art she creates by hand is mixed with my great love for typography and her work just plain makes me happy. Her alphabet print hung in Lucy’s baby nursery until we turned it into my office. It still hangs here as the piece is so versatile that it works just as great for a designer’s office as it does for a baby’s room. You can find more of her work at www.katiedaisy.com. Let me know what you think.

Till next time…

Katie Daisy

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When Life Hands You Lemons…. Have An Adventure

When life hands you lemons

You may have noticed an absence from me over the last few weeks. I was doing so well posting each week, then suddenly dropped off. I hated to leave you hanging but sometimes life throws things at you that you aren’t expecting. And you have to stop everything to deal with the situation. That is what happened to me after I returned to work after a short vacation with my family. I came back to find that I had lost my job. Not a complete shock with this economy but you are never truly prepared for it. So, I have been rushing around these past few weeks trying to get a lot of things in order.

I certainly had my cries and panic attacks. But, you can’t dwell on what happened. You have to move forward and see what good can come of this situation. So, as I have come to tell my kids when we are in rough or uncertain situations, “This is an adventure”. It may seem an odd thing to say but it is all in the way you look at it.

For instance, while on this short vacation, our car broke down halfway on the way to our destination. We were blessed enough to have stopped in a good place. While me and my daughters waited at a restaurant to find out what was going to happen with the car (and our trip) I told them, “This is an adventure”. They seemed to like that and took the whole situation in stride. As we tried to kill time at the restaurant, then across the street at the JC Penney, to meeting the guys that were fixing our car and getting to rent a new car to use on the rest of our trip, it all seemed like an adventure to them.

So, I am now embarking on my own adventure. I’m certainly a little scared, more than a bit anxious, but this whole new life I am living now is definitely an adventure. This could be the opportunity to really get my Always, Genevieve & Lucy business going full force. Or, a new and exciting job opportunity could be in my future. Maybe we will move to a new town. Only God knows, and I’m sure he has a plan. It is now just my job to work hard, pray and see where this adventure takes me. I’ll be sure to keep you updated!

Have any of you embarked on an “adventure” like this? What was the outcome? What is your advice?

Till next time…

The Zest

Today, I am excited to start a new feature here on My Designed Life. I’ve always wanted to feature those small glimpses and details of someones special day or life changing moment. To me that is the zest of life. Those special moments sprinkled throughout our sometimes monotonous lives. So, I’d like to add a little zest and inspiration to your day by sharing with you weddings, baby showers, new-born babies, the newly engaged and more. Any event that gives life that little extra zest.

So, let’s get started:

The Zest

A June Connecticut Wedding:  Jackie & Mike

This classic wedding took place at the Aqua Turf Club, in Plantsville, Connecticut. Catching the special little details of that big day was photographer Tracy Kavanaugh of Lily Pad Prints. Small details are one thing that get me excited about special events like this. Hope you enjoy and I hope to share more moments that add zest to life soon…

Tracy Kavanaugh - Lily Pad Prints

Photos courtesy of Tracy Kavanaugh – Lily Pad Prints

Tracy Kavanaugh - Lily Pad Prints

Tracy Kavanaugh - Lily Pad Prints

Tracy Kavanaugh - Lily Pad Prints

Tracy Kavanaugh - Lily Pad Prints

Tracy Kavanaugh - Lily Pad Prints

Fun Finds – Wedding Cake Toppers

Fun Finds

Better off Wed Cake Topper

I came across these charming cake toppers by Better Off Wed and wanted to share them with you. I adore the homemade feel they can add to a wedding. I love that it is not your typical cake topper. The use of typography is probably one reason I love these so. I am always drawn to art that includes elements of typography in it. I guess it makes sense that I became a graphic designer! What do you think of these cake toppers? A nice new spin on the traditional cake topper or not so much?

Till next time…

Better Off Wed Cake Topper - Sweet Love

Better Off Wed Cake Topper - Love Birds

Dad’s Day Dilemma: What To Get Dad?

My Designed Life Father's Day Gift Ideas

Having trouble finding a gift for Dad? See if any of these strike up some ideas.

Every year I have the same dilemma, what to get my Dad for Father’s Day. I usually end up getting him a gift card (which he loves) but it seems so bland. So, as I often do, I decided to surf the web and see if I could gather up some more interesting ideas. I did find a few. Above you’ll find one of my snazzy mood boards to hopefully give you some gift ideas. Some of my favorites are the very hip, and manly, messenger diaper bag for those new Dads out there. And a super cool USB typewriter for the tech Dad that appreciates vintage. I thought this was a fun bunch of gifts. What do you think?

Till next time…

From left to right: USB Typewriter by Uncommon Goods; Turntable Print Messenger Diaper Bag by Two Tree Designs; New Dad & Baby Boy Tie Shirts by Chic Couture Boutique; Real Men Change Diapers New Dad T-shirt by Signature Shirts; Mule Mug from Red Envelope; Personalized Key Chain for Dad by Jewelry by RM Smith; Personalized Mens Toiletry Bag by Aren Lace

3 Tips For The Poor Bride

3 Tips for Poor Brides

Looking for ways to save money for your wedding day? Just need a little extra to get that Vera Wang dress or that vintage wedding ring you had your eye on. Here are 3 tips I’ve found useful for saving money that just might help you get what you want.

1. Trick Yourself. Have part of your paycheck automatically deposited into a separate savings account. Trick yourself into forgetting it is even there so you don’t spend it. When I started saving for my wedding I was short on money but big on ideas. And this was one of the ways that I was able to put money aside without being tempted to use it for other things.

2. That’s A Latte Money. Cutting out Starbuck’s (or something else) for a year might be tough but the extra money you will save for that honeymoon to Bali will be worth it.  I used to go to Starbuck’s every morning before work. That was about $4 a day, $20 a week, $1,040 a year! On coffee, who knew! By just cutting out the Starbucks you could have a nice chunk of change to go towards your honeymoon. Don’t want to cut out the coffee? Find other things that you can cut. Keep a journal for a week that tracks every single thing you buy. You might be surprised on where your money is going and find some things you can cut (at least for now). While it may not be fun, it would be worth it to have the extra money for your once in a lifetime event.

3. A Simple Switch. Can you switch one of your everyday products for a lesser expensive or store brand? This could be anything from your tin foil to your laundry detergent. Items you might not even think much about. Until I took a closer look, I didn’t realize this myself. I too was purchasing the most expensive brands without even giving it a second thought.  For example, I used to buy a contact solution that cost $9 a bottle. One day I realized that there was another store brand that was a fraction of the cost. I gave it a try and it worked fine. Why was I overpaying? Just out of habit. Are there any brands you can switch so you can use that extra money for that calligrapher you wanted to hire?

These are just a few ideas to help you save that little extra to make that extra special day a reality. These small sacrifices will be well worth it for a day you will always remember. I would love to hear if any of you have ideas on how to save extra money for your wedding. It would be great to share as many ideas as we can. Till next time…

Color Inspiration…Vintage Carnival

I’ve got another shot of color inspiration for you today. I was looking through some amazing photos. Color photos from the Great Depression and it was so moving to see these photos in color. It made that era come to life. We’re so used to seeing all the black & white photos it almost doesn’t feel real sometimes. But seeing it in color brings it into the same context as we see things everyday, in color. It made me feel even more connected to these people.

The photo I chose above really popped out at me when I saw it. The rich colors, graphic carnival banners and 1940’s gent drew me in and made me wonder what it would have been like to be there on that bright sunny day.

Does this photo draw you in as much as it does me? Would love to hear what you think. Till next time…

Photo: Barker at the grounds at the state fair. Rutland, Vermont, September 1941. Reproduction from color slide. Photo by Jack Delano. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress