After a wedding, home purchase, bun in the oven and site redesign I am finally back up and running. Boy does life happen fast! But when you are busy and happy who can complain, right. I have so much to share with you and will make up for lost time, promise! What better way to start my resurgence than with a visit to the #NationalStationeryShow today. It is like Christmas for paper lovers. Stay tuned for favorites from the show, a new marketplace of ideas, a recap of our wedding festivities, home decorating and the planning and prep for baby #1 due September 1st. I better stock up on the #sugarfina I have a lot of work to do!
A special thank you to everyone that came out last weekend to celebrate Spring, Moms and a love of paper and florals. Lots of love and snail mail to be made by all and the uber talented Karma Flowers taught the group how to make flower cloches, each one unique and lovelier than the next. Hosted at My Social Heirloom in Upper Montclair, a great workspace for rent and Ashley the shop owner has a wonderful pop up shop of local artisans. See her calendar of other enticing and upcoming events here.
There are some great new scrapbooking papers in market right now that include special features like foil, texture and glitter. I found these 12×12 sheets that are perfect to make DIY gift tags out of. Each 12×12 sheet cuts down to 12 tags, perfect for a little Mother’s Day gift.
It is almost Father’s Day, gift your stylish Dad a pocket square and show him how to fold it.
I pulled a few instructions offline and made a pocket square wrap download the printable 11×17 template here.
Feeling really blessed today. Life is ever busy and evolving and although I struggle to keep up sometimes I have the utmost support from those that surround me, including you – for this I am most thankful and appreciative. So much is on the horizon for impressed inc in 2015, a wedding (he proposed in October!), a site redesign, a small stationery line, all good things I can’t not wait to share with you! Thank you for inspiring me to be creative. Wishing you and yours a blessed holiday. Xx Jaclyn
Whether you are heading to or hosting a barbecue this fourth of July, here are some simple red, white and blue treats to please the party-goers with.
Star spangled fruit salad. Cut watermelon into star shapes and add blueberries.
Add raspberries and blueberries to your ice trays to create colorful cubes.
Red, white and Blue Popsicles. Recipe from theviewfromgreatisland.com
Purchase cute cups, cones or wraps to serve up some berries.
all images and more ideas on Pinterest
Aside from paper garlands loving the flower garlands in event decor! These beautiful and fresh delights add so much beauty to the details.
Why not make the first thing guests see a lovely living banner of fresh florals.
I have the perfect vintage wooden ladder to create this lovely tiered arrangement, this plus a welcome banner would make a great entrance at an outdoor affair / wedding.
This duo of small florals on the bride and groom’s chairs is super lovely and sweet.
Bright and bold roses contrast these wood and iron chairs nicely.
Obsessed with this garland centerpiece! This and a few votives will leave your guest swooning for the meal to come!
Small and pretty … string a few multi-colored carnations together.
Simple greens are stunning in long strides as ties to a curtain.
All images via pinterest
I am loving all the new trends in garland making; springy, shiny and sophisticated …
Confetti Systems are spectacular. These woman created something totally unique and awesome. $130, 12ft
I am kind of obsessed with this DIY coffee filter garland. So pretty. By B1TS see instructions.
Lace flag garland, perfect for any bridal luncheon or spring party. BHLDN, $26, 6ft
Stringy streamers in the same color, different hues. southernweddings.com
Spring flower garland, love the playfulness the patterns add. lillesyster, $120, 22ft, etsy
I have blogged this idea before, but I continue to receive great results and highly recommend it. When gifting from a bridal registry kitchen items and cookbooks, I love to gift the couple recipe cards. I include personalized ones for the couple to fill out as they learn to cook together and a few favorite recipes that I feel they would enjoy. Get family or co-workers involved for a great group gift. I printed the below on bordered stock from Paper Presentation, however a few of my favorites from other stationers are here and here.
A few months ago I made a move from Manhattan across the Hudson River into Jersey City. Upon settling in, my boyfriend and I decided to host a party at our new digs.
A line from Fish’s Eddy inspired the perfect invitation theme; tunnel vision. The invitations represented the Holland tunnel line between New Jersey and New York which I designed and printed at home using Paper Source stock and full sheet labels which I cut and wrapped around the envelopes. The stamp was the perfect compliment, Ray Charles laughing, and wearing just the right color.
Magnolia branches on a tree stump, purchased from the flower District, 6th Avenue at 27th Street, took center stage on a table full of hor d’oeuvres.
The menu consisted of an artisanal cheese plate, fruit, veggie crudite, crostinis topped with fig spread, goat cheese and honey, olive tapenade, and brie and apple, caprese skewers, crabbies, shrimp cocktail, manchego stuffed dates wrapped in bacon, guacamole and salsa crude in wonton cups and for dessert homemade iced oatmeal applesauce cookies via Martha Stewart’s Cookies, and homemade bon bons by Maryellen, a family favorite.
Image from theboysclub.net
My boyfriend and I are big cocktail enthusiasts. Since we wouldn’t be able to tend bar all night and our guests, we asked a local bartender to serve up some of our favorite cocktails from the city. We rented rock glasses and bought king ice cube trays, making ice for days to get just the right effect. The glasses make a great cocktail but also service the wine drinkers and non alcoholic beverages also. Best part was we didn’t have to worry about washing them all post party.
The below two cocktails were definitely the stars, both taken from Galli one of our go-to places and home of our favored mixolist. Brian, my boyfriend made the syrups from scratch, a chili one since chili essence posed hard to find, and a ginger one. Both have found their way into many other concoctions and are worth the effort to make them. The cocktails were such a hit the menu continues to stay framed in our kitchen and gets recycled whenever we entertain. Enjoy responsibly!
Illegal Mezcal (agave)
Espolon Blanco (tequila)
Wild Turkey Bourbon
Appleton Reserve dark rum
Strega (yellow Italian liquor)