halloween // 2016 – part two

halloween // 2016

Late much? Yes! So sorry! But, here’s part two of Em’s Halloween costume.

Em wanted to go as a Pokémon Trainer! Lots and lots of searching proved that we needed to make her costume as they didn’t really exist in stores. And, around September/October, online only had adult sizing for pricey custom costumes.

We found black leggings, shorts, gloves and a gymnastics leotard at Target. We attached elastic purple and elastic silver ribbon to the pants and gloves using fabric adhesive tape. The shoes were a score from H&M. To create the stripe on each one, I added yellow felt. The hat was from Amazon, and I also added the yellow felt Poké Ball graphic to it. Her belt was her father’s running belt that holds his phone while he runs. With a little pinning, it was perfectly her size. To it, we glued a wooden Poké Ball that we crafted. Finding a yellow jacket was challenging. I ended up finding one at H&M. It was a lengthy zippered hoodie. My husband modified it to be shorter for her, and we added white washi tape for the stripe on each arm. The backpack was made from scratch. It took a couple of tries but it turned out pretty nice! We stuffed it with some cotton to give it a little bit of a 3D look. For her trick-or-treat bag, I spray painted one of those plastic jack-o-lantern trick-or-treat buckets to look like a Poké Ball.

Definitely the most effort we’ve put into a costume but she loved it! And so did the kids at her school [they do a little pre-trick-or-treating Halloween get together].

halloween // 2016 – part one

halloween // 2016

For Halloween this year, Em went a little more obscure in her costume choosing. So, up until the day she wore it, we were busy sewing and fabric taping her ensemble together. We learned a ton along the way! Can’t wait to share the pics with you.

denver, colorado // day two

denver, colorado

Our second day in Denver was technically a half day as we flew out that day. However, we were still able to pack in a little Colorado goodness before we left. After breakfast at Snooze, we checked out the Denver Art Museum.

denver, colorado

Then, after lunch at Duffy’s Cherry Cricket, we drove out to Golden, Colorado. We stopped at Lookout Mountain and went to the Buffalo Bill Museum.

denver, colorado

Then we drove down to the Coors factory. All in all, we had a great Denver trip!

Previously – our itinerary / day one

denver, colorado // day one

denver, colorado

Way back in 2014 [I know, forever ago!] Kacey and I took a super quick trip to Denver, Colorado. How quick? We had a day and a half there, and it was our first time visiting. I want to share what we did, what we ate, and what all we saw in our day and a half in Denver!

We arrived late on a Friday night, hopped in our rental car, grabbed a quick bite to eat near our hotel and then went to sleep so we could wake rested on Saturday. That Saturday morning, we drove out to the Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre. I was surprised to see how much of a workout mecca it was. Lots of people climbing the stairs and doing workout routines on the benches. Definitely a beautiful place to exercise as the views from up top were spectacular!

Afterwards, we drove out to the Molly Brown House Museum, followed by lunch at Wynkoop Brewing Company. Their burgers were tasty!

denver, colorado

After lunch, we drove to the Denver Convention Center where we spotted the famous Blue Bear.

denver, colorado

Then, we took off to walk around Larimer Square where the Denver Chalk Art Festival was happening. I couldn’t believe how amazing the artwork was. And that it was all made of chalk! Serious talent.

We had cocktails at The Squeaky Bean and decided to hit up a Speakeasy for dinner. There was quite the wait at Williams & Graham so while waiting we checked out Little Man Ice Cream. The line was really long so we walked around until our reservations were ready.

denver, colorado

Williams & Graham was such a unique place. I don’t want to spoil the surprise, so let’s just say it seemed like we were in the wrong place when we arrived! With a little trickery, we were seated in a cozy room for drinks and dinner. And while I can’t remember all that we ordered, I still think of the Roasted Bone Marrow that we had that night!! Oh so good + decadent! Kacey got to try a few rare scotches that were on his list. So, that was a highlight, too!

denver, colorado

Previously – our itinerary 

denver, colorado // itinerary

denver, colorado // itinerary

Day One -

Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre
Molly Brown House Museum
Wynkoop Brewing Company [lunch]
Denver Convention Center
Larimer Square
The Squeaky Bean [dinner]
Little Man Ice Cream
Williams & Graham


Day Two -

Snooze [breakfast]
Denver Art Museum
Duffy’s Cherry Cricket [lunch]
Lookout Mountain
Buffalo Bill Museum
Golden, Colorado

spring update

em's sixth birthday

So much to catch up on! Em turned six last month. Surprise, it was a pony party! So we’ve got a pony party, our travels to Denver, Massachusetts, Dubai, Azerbaijan, and a Disney cruise to fill you in on. Plus, lots of letterpress including her invitations + paper goods for her party and lots and lots of custom home illustrated moving announcements.

happy veterans day

paw paw / veterans day

Thank you veterans! To all those that have served in my family + friends circle and beyond. And to this guy – thank you, Paw Paw.

And a little life update – very recently, my family lost our matriarch. A very special lady and I’m still a little heartbroken. She had 93 good, happy + pretty darn healthy years. Though, I still wish it were more. There is just never enough time here on earth.

recent work // mitchell’s first birthday invitations

Earlier this year, Pierce’s little brother Mitchell turned one. We were so honored to work with their family again on the invitations + thank you cards for his special celebration.

mitchell's first birthday invite

For the design, Mitchell’s first birthday invitation complements Pierce’s first birthday invitation so that the two can work well side by side together in a frame. A sweet new theme and fresh color palette sets the two invites apart.

mitchell's thank you card

We hope your birthday was a fun one, Mitchell!