Archive for February, 2011

February 28, 2011

Heart Confetti Thank You Cards + Free Template

I adore all things paper and DIY. I found step-by-step instructions for these very cute thank you cards on The Knotty Bride, plus a free downloadable template! Find all the DIY goodness here.

February 26, 2011

Welcoming Houseguests

My parents are driving down to visit us this weekend (yay!) and although we don’t have a dedicated space for guests, I think it is those extra touches that make guests feel truly welcome. With some help from Martha, I’ve assembled a little list of things you can do to prepare.

Allot adequate closet and drawer space and provide hangers.

Have a full-length mirror in the bedroom.

Have a working alarm clock in the bedroom.

Invest in a few small touches in the room, such as bottled water, chocolates, or fresh flowers.

Provide a sitting area with a pillow and throw, an adjacent table, and a good adjustable brightness lamp in the room your guests will be staying in.

Provide extra blankets for temperature control in the bedroom.

Provide reading material, including several magazines and a daily newspaper.

Stock enough towels, washcloths and hand towels for all guests.

Stock up on toilet paper and other necessities and make sure they know where to locate extras.

Fully stock your refrigerator and pantry, and take into account any special food requirements.

Provide an appliance manual, so guests are able to use your keypads and remotes.

February 19, 2011

orderly and chic

I. love. lists. I can make a list or schedule for just about anything. I found these FREE printable family organizer sheets via Simply Seleta.

I especially love the ‘Eat Sheet’ for meal planning, and the master checklist which reads, “too bad all this juggling isn’t toning my arms.” How fun! There are many more checklists and scheduling templates in the toolbox.

February 19, 2011

sandwiches made lovely

Who said PB&J or turkey and cheese had to be your only option when it comes to sandwiches for lunch? When hosting a luncheon or other special event, sandwiches are easy for your guests to eat and leave them feeling nourished.
Here are some ideas to make those sandwiches a little more fun.
Use calligraphy (or you best handwriting) to let your guests know what’s hiding between those two slices of bread…

Organize halved sandwiches on a pretty tray. Not only does this presentation look nice, but guests can easily determine sandwich type.

via The Sweetest Occasion

“Brown paper packages tied up with string, these are a few of my favorite” …sandwiches?
Use baker’s twine or ribbon to keep things neat and mess-free.

via design*sponge
via The Cilantropist
How about a cute take on the traditional box lunch? Just add chips or an apple.
via ThinkGarnish
via Affection for Detail
February 4, 2011

Return Address Stamps

April showers bring May flowers.

Well, those April showers will be bringing with them a whole lot more than just flowers this may. Life will be changing for Derek and I. We will be graduating from our beloved Virginia Tech and we will be moving back north to start our new jobs. As sad as I will be to leave Blacksburg, a town which will always hold a very special place in my heart, I am excited to begin our lives in the “real world”. I’m most looking forward to moving into a new home, hopefully with a big backyard for Kaiah, and buying our first return address stamp. That’s right, a return address stamp is at the top of my list, right above every other thing that is wonderful about living in the DC area (read: shopping).
February 4, 2011

Be Mine


With Valentine’s Day just a few days away, I’m reminded of making “mailboxes” out of cereal boxes in the third grade. I put so much care in decorating my mailbox just perfectly, in anticipation of receiving Valentines and candy from my classmates.
Valentines, like thank you notes, are such a simple way of expressing the way you feel, but are often overlooked and replaced with the ease of emails and Facebook. I think there is something so special about opening up your mailbox (your real one, not the one made of a cereal box), to find a hand written note from someone that loves you.
I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite Valentines, found on Etsy.

palomas nest


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