Last week I had the chance to travel to LA for the launch of Hallmark's Put It Into Words campaign! Gabrielle Union is the spokesperson and it was so lovely to get the chance to meet her and address over 100 cards attendees sent to family and friends. Here are a few photos from the evening:
Hello, friends! This month has been especially busy at work, I filmed a segment for KCTV5's Better KC sharing how to wrap baby gifts using the adorable Hallmark Baby product designed by my friend Amber Goodvin, I filmed a segment for the Hallmark Channel that will air this Christmas, and I traveled to LA for a work trip. It was a whirlwind but really exciting too! Dale and I are also settling in to his new work schedule, and I've loved getting through all of our photos from our Europe trip. Here are my favorite finds around the web:
- While we have a lot of yard projects to go, a raised garden could be fun someday!
- Beautiful paper poppies from The House That Lars Built
- Adorable baby shower ideas that might come in handy for when I host a shower for my friend in a few months!
- I'm always obsessed with beautiful floral arrangements, especially for parties!
- I wish I could have taken this workshop in LA
- I can't with for this Vitamin C Serum to arrive, I just ordered it!
- Dale and I love dumplings, these are on my list to try.
- Furthering my obsession with Château de Gudanes...
Enjoy the rest of your summer!
Hello, friends! I'm excited to share a few of my favorite pages from the 2019 Year of Good Thoughts Calendar I created for Hallmark. Each page features a quote from the Hallmark writing collection, and I loved bringing them to life with my lettering. It's available at Hallmark Gold Crown stores now!
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This week was exciting because I finally found one of my birthday cards I designed for Hallmark in stores! These cards were the last ones I worked on before moving back to the Lettering Studio, and I can't wait to give them to family and friends on their birthdays. Enjoy!
Ciao! This is my final recap from our 2018 Europe trip. I've hope you've enjoyed a glimpse into our three week trip — I can't wait to see where we end up next! Venice was my only repeat stop because I visited the city for a few days while studying abroad in college. We arrived on Wednesday June 6th (our three year wedding anniversary!) after a long train ride from Lake Como to Milan and Milan to Venice. To celebrate our anniversary we had dinner at a restaurant with a beautiful little terrace right on one of the canals followed by mini prosecco bottles from a nearby grocery store. Before we ate I bought my favorite souvineer of the trip, a white and gold teacup. It was the perfect way to celebrate three years of marriage and our arrival in Venice!
Our first full day in Venice started with our trip to the islands of Burano and Murano. I already recapped our time in Burano, but in Murano we enjoyed watching all of the beautiful Murano glass items being made and I bought a new pen. After our time on the islands we made a stop for gelato before visiting the San Marco church. I had been in when I previously visited so we just wandered through the square and took a few photos. Because we had bought full day tickets for the vaporetto we then decided to ride the water taxi all the way around its route to end up at the Abbazia di San Giorgio Maggiore for a view of the city. When we reached the top of the tower we were able to watch a cruise ship take off before heading back to the main part of Venice. For dinner that night we had takeaway pizza and decided to relax back at our Airbnb.
On our last real day of the trip we slept in a little bit and then had breakfast at a cafe near our Airbnb. Our wifi had gone out where we were staying so the cafe was a convenient place to check into our flight, but I wouldn't recommend sitting down for breakfast in Venice because it was much pricer than our take away croissants and coffee had been the rest of the trip. The highlight of our final day was visiting the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, one of my favorite museums in the world. Afterwards we had an amazing lunch at the Teamo Wine Bar, their pasta was amazing. The rest of the afternoon was spent wandering around taking pictures, visiting the Jewish Ghetto and one of the last bridges in Venice without parapets. I once again ordered pasta at our last dinner and of course one last lemon gelato as we walked around that evening. In total this trip (according to my iPhone) we walked 126.5 miles and 603 flights of stairs and it was all worth it. It's only ciao for now, Italy!
Hello, friends! I can't believe I'm already beginning to recap our last stop of our European adventure, Venice! This post really mostly covers our trip to Burano, but I will do one final post with everything else we explored in Venice. I visited Burano when I studied abroad in college but it was a rainy day and couldn't wait to go back! It was a little tricky figuring out how to get water taxi tickets to the islands but once we were on board everything went really smoothly. I would recommend visiting Burano before Murano just because it is smaller and can get crowded later in the day. After taking a few photos were had an early lunch and continued exploring!
The colorful buildings are really the best part of Burano. The island is also known for their lace so we wandered through a few shops as well. Before getting back on the water taxi to head to Murano we sat at a bar and had a spritz. If you have more than a day in Venice I would recommended heading out to the islands! The souvineers are also much cheaper there, everything in Venice seems to have been marked up. Enjoy!
Our last day in Lake Como we had originally planned to visit the town of Como. After doing some research once we arrived we realized it was just going to take way too long to actually get to Como from where we were staying on the lake, and instead we decided to take the ferry to Menaggio! During our ride over we talked to a nice couple from Scotland and enjoyed the sunny weather. When we arrived we walked along the waterfront, bought some pasta to take home, and then got gelato before taking the ferry back to Bellano.
That afternoon we decided to take advantage of our pool and hung out at our Airbnb before visiting the Orrido di Bellano. The gorge is over 15 million years old and really worth visiting if you are visiting the lake! Inside it felt like the rainforest filled with ferns. After our visit we took the train back to Varenna for dinner. When we arrived in town we spent a long time watching a family of swans before eating. After a long dinner we took the train back to Bellano and packed up for our last stop, Venice!