Monday, January 30, 2012

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We may have the smallest house in Ann Arbor, but we most certainly have one of the prettiest back yards.

Thank goodness for snowy Sundays.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

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If you haven't heard about the new Kinfolk Dinner Series, click here to learn more. Tonight is the first dinner in the series which is being held in Portland. Wish I could join in the fun, but I'm excited to hear how it goes!

Next month's dinner will be held in Brooklyn. Cree and I will both be attending and can hardly wait! We'd love to see you there if you're in the area.

It was fun to work on the dinner series logo and design and even more fun because I was able to use Katie Stratton's lovely map! She also is the artist behind the lovely transition pages for Volume 2. She is such a talent...and a real doll.

Friday, January 27, 2012

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Here are a couple shots from Volume 2 of Kinfolk. I've been staring at the files on my computer for months now, but seeing it in person...printed...the smell of the ink, the feel of the paper....it really brings the issue to life. It's almost like taking a deep breath.

If you don't have a copy of your own yet, you can purchase one online here. On February first, you will also be able to purchase them in select stores across the country including West Elm, Anthropologie, Williams-Sonoma, and many others.

P.S. Do you spy our little cameo in the last photo? We were lucky enough to be able to attend the honey harvest shoot with Sarah and David, Nathan, Tiger in a Jar and Leo Patrone. Take a look at the accompanying film here.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

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I'm back from Alt Summit inspired, exhausted, full of new ideas and with stacks of awesome business cards. Nate and I stayed at the Hotel Winward. They were the sweetest, kindest hosts anyone could ask for. Sadly, I didn't take one photo. Not one! That said, I was surrounded by twitterers with iphones, and the Alt Summit photographers, so part of my trip was fortunately documented. Some highlights: Dinner in White, Kinfolk Company Car, breakfast with the Winwards, Building Readership Panel with Jordan, Kinfolk Roundtable, and Blog to Book panel.

In a nutshell, SO glad I was able to go....loved meeting so many lovely people and would totally encourage all who didn't attend to come next year.

It feels good to be home though...with Cree. We're better together.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

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This week I was able to create a new printable for Oh Happy Day, and I have to admit, these might be a new favorite. They are so easy to makeand the template works with all sorts of paper. Scraps, old brown paper bags, photos...you name it! Click here for the post.

PS. I'm busy packing for Alt Summit today. Who else is going? Can't wait to meet you there.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

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Remember my Year in Review Giveaway this past November? Well Abby Sharp was the winner. I so enjoyed getting to know her family through their "stats." I think my favorite is Milo's quote, "Why didn't you name me Antonio?" Adorable. You can get to know Abby and her sweet family from her blog.

The beautiful family photograph was taken by the oh so talented Elise Capener and you can see more of the family photo shoot here.

And of course, the incredible printing was by Colleen of Cleanwash Letterpress. She wrote to me midway through the competition and said she'd throw in a free print job for the winner! Really, it ended up being a win for me as well. She is a fabulous pressman and it was such a gift to have her print this piece. Thank you Colleen!

For my first giveaway, I was pleased with how it went. Hopefully I'll be up for it again next year.

Monday, January 9, 2012

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This year's Christmas card evolved into a Happy New Years Card. Maybe I'll be more organized next year...but I highly doubt it. I wanted to do something similar to last years year in review, but with a little twist. 2011 was such a wonderful year. We made some big life changes, and although some seemed crazy at the time, everything fell into place. I am grateful for this past year and for having Cree to share it with. As we move into the new year, I have been inspired by the words from this creed by President George Albert Smith. I can't wait to see what 2012 holds.

Happy belated New Year!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

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And we're back! Christmas in Kansas City was a dream. I had so much fun and laughed more than I have in a really long time. We all got ukuleles for Christmas, so a majority of our vacation was spent trying to master our new instruments and lounging in our matching red long underwear.

We spent quite a bit of time downtown...we even went ice skating at crown center. I thought I was a quite the ice skater until I saw a couple clips from my dads cam-corder which showed Cree pulling me round and round the rink. So funny. I have a sweet man.

Lots more fun to share...in the meantime, take a look at the most recent post I did for Oh Happy Day! What to wear for the Dinner en Blanc.

PS. I think my brothers are so cute. :)
PPS. Thanks mom for the photos!