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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Things I'm thankful for...

I can't believe that we are already in the midst of Thanksgiving week. It doesn't help that it's 70 degrees outside and the mild weather does anything but make me feel that Turkey day is here and Christmas shopping is right around the corner. I have been reminded several times in the last couple of weeks how much I have to be thankful for. My mental list is long, but it seems like it all boils down to a few things:

1. Being able to do what I love, and love what I do, and do it all from home.

2. My supportive husband, our two smiling, happy children and the sweetest golden retriever puppy we could find. While they make my time at home certainly more chaotic, it's considerably more enjoyable with them around!

3. Unlimited long distance and email. Even though I'm far away from family and some of my best friends, it doesn't feel like so much time has passed between visits when you can communicate daily, hourly, even to quickly call back for the last thing you forgot tell, which then turns into another 30 minutes...

4. That we all have our health. After watching some friends and family as they battle cancer, some with small children at home, and others who have a sick or disabled child, I can't be more thankful for those in my life, and that we have our health. 

5. A Thanksgiving at home. This will be our first Thanksgiving with just the 4 of us, and I'm looking forward to it. We are still planning on cooking a traditional dinner, but I've decided that we'll save the china for next year and Grady and I will decorate the table. We are doing pinecone turkey place card holders, crepe paper flowers for the centerpiece and may even attempt this Mayflower replica. Grady really wants to "do the boat!" I'm looking forward to working on it with him tomorrow. We'll see how it all turns out. Until then–

Happy Thanksgiving!

pinecone turkey place-card holder from Martha Stewart

paper Mayflower replica centerpiece

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Monster Mash, Birthday Bash!

October is here and that means a whole month of pumpkins, cooler weather (hopefully) and spooky Halloween fever! Last year my nephew requested a spooky party to celebrate his late October birthday. Here is the invitation I did—

There are lots of suggestions out there for Halloween food, but honestly, alot of them are pretty unappealing looking. Leave it to Disney to balance gruesome with clever just enough to keep it cute. Here are a few ideas for what to serve to your hungry little goblins:

Witches cauldron with severed fingers
You can find little cauldrons here.

If you really want to go all out, how about this cake from

And now if you are wondering how to entertain the cute little boys and ghouls, here are some classic Halloween games you can't go wrong with. Happy Haunting!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

It's in the cards—

I must say that while I have a pretty good memory, I am horrible about remembering people's names after the first meeting. It used to be that I would hone in on one detail like, "you know, the girl with the really pretty gold chandelier earrings?" or "the one with the cute leopard flats?" Details like that were always lost on my not-so-observant husband and really didn't do me much good when the next sighting their outfit had changed completely and I had no way of recognizing them. Now I find myself noticing their children instead rather than accessories, but I still can never remember the mother's name, leading to exchanges of "Hi, Jack's mom..." being commonplace in the nursery school parking lot.

If you have found yourself in the same boat, have no fear, there is a solution— the mommy card. One of my genius mom-friends, Emilie, asked me nearly five years ago to design one for her. She was new to town at the time and wanted a card with her contact information so she could arrange playdates, etc., with the other mom's she met at preschool, the park, etc. I thought it was a cute idea and happily obliged, but just didn't realize exactly how valuable it could be.

Here are a couple of examples:
These are cute, handy, and so much faster than digging around in your huge bag to find a scrap of paper and a pen to exchange email addresses in the school parking lot!

And for those of you whose "kids" happen to be the four-legged furry kind— How about these for the dog park? Puppies need playdates, too, right?

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Sign me up!

I just was looking over Whitney English's blog and saw her post on Boatman Geller's new product Carrie and Tuck. It's a perfect little stationery case with pockets for notecards and envelopes, a pen, and a clipboard to keep your list of who needs to be written. Sign. Me. Up. Between Grady's birthday and Frannie's arrival I have a list of at least 45 thank you notes to write, and I haven't even sent birth announcements out yet. And I try to stay on top of these things! People have been so kind with bringing us dinners, baby gifts and birthday gifts, and somehow, my list is not getting any shorter. I believe if this is not the solution to my problem, it certainly will be a nice way to accessorize it! I will most definitely order the kelly green and fill it with my own Anne Hitchins stationery, of course!

Boatman Geller Carrie and Tuck

My monogrammed foldover notecards in kelly green & black.
One last thought: I am always trying to simplify my life and come up with a perfect go-to gift. I think I'll take Whitney English's lead and this would be a great shower gift for new moms and brides-to-be alike. A cute case stocked with personalized stationery—how could you go wrong? Now if I could only figure out how to order the Carrie & Tuck monogram online...


Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Back to School

It's September 1st and time to get back to school! I love all that September brings: fresh routines, cooler temperatures, and new school supplies. Why not up the cute factor and make it personal with a new bag tag for your backpack, lunch bag or even ballet or sports bag? They're perfect for gifts, too!

backpack tag

lunch bag tag

My super-cute 3 year-old model, Grady, on his first day of school.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Excuses, excuses...

I'm not sure if I even have any readers out there, but if I do, I apologize, again, for my lack of posts. I had a classic case of the over-achiever thinking that I should start a blog while I was pregnant, working, being a full-time mom, undergoing a renovation, decorating a nursery all while enduring the annoying trait of being a perfectionist (read: I make every thing and every decision 1,000 x more complicated and drawn out than a normal person would have it or than it really needs to be). And then of course I crossed "pregnant" off my list and replaced it with "newborn" and "sleepless nights". I'm still managing to work a little bit every day but somehow the blog keeps sliding to the bottom of my list and I haven't seemed to fit it in in the last 2 months. But I haven't given up! I have ideas and new things to post! I just need to find the time to do it. hmmm.... Bear with me and I will get this posting thing down to a science if it kills me!

Our little girl is precious, however. She is 7 weeks today. We've named her Frances Lynn Hitchins and are calling her Frannie. She's perfect and has red hair like me and looks just like her daddy. Grady has been an adorable big brother, so helpful and cute with her. It's been a fun summer. We leave at the end of the week for our family vacation, come home to Grady's 3rd birthday party and the first day of school. I have a feeling it's going to be Christmas before we know it!

Keep checking back. In the midst of my crazy life, I've managed to work on some great invitations and announcements this summer, and I hope to post it all in the next couple of months.