Hallmark Signature Valentine's Day Card

One of my favorite card collaborations is now available for Valentine’s Day! I created the lettering for this piece and my friend Leslie worked her design magic to make this card come to life. The entire piece is quilled and really really stunning in person. I can’t wait to frame one for my office!

All Photos © Hallmark Licensing, LLC


101 in 1001 (Round Two)

Happy Wednesday! Once again I’ve decided to make a 101 in 1001 list inspired by Mackenzie Horan! (You can take a peek at my last list here.) While I only checked off 64 items I still really enjoyed having it to reference. Now that I’m settled in KC this felt like the perfect time to create another list that felt more relevant to what I’m interested in and want to focus my time on now. I will update this post with my progress over the next 1001 days!

Letters Are Lovely | 101 in 1001 (Round Two)

January 1st, 2019 – September 28, 2021

creative CAREER/lettering

1 Update Portfolio (January 2019)
2 Attend a new conference
3 Work on calligraphy for envelope addressing
4 Participate in Hallmarket
5 Create an illustration focused piece (January 2019)
6 Collaborate on a second font at work
7 Take a work trip
8 Letter a return address stamp
9 Set up home studio
10 Continue mentoring

DALE AND ALLIE

11 Write anniversary notes in our guest book each year
12 Go camping
13 Make a weekend trip to a winery
14 Celebrate our 10 years of dating anniversary
15 Volunteer somewhere together
16 Send out Christmas cards each year
17 Surprise Dale with a date night
18 Try three new restaurants
19 Go hiking together
20 Walk to Brookside shops for date night

FITNESS/HEALTH

21 Try a new Fusion class (Drenched: January 17, 2019)
22 Try a yoga class in KC
23 Hit water goal every day for two weeks straight
24 Try five new recipes
25 Try Be Well smoothies every day for a week
26 Update our recipe book
27 Treat myself to a massage
28 Treat myself to a facial
29 Buy new glasses
30 Switch to silk pillowcases

TRAVEL

31 Take a family vacation
32 Visit two new states
33 Go to the beach
34 Dale & Allie trip on one of his vacation weeks (Booked Cali Trip, April 2019)
35 College friends reunion trip
36 Travel to Thailand
37 Visit friends in Charleston
38 Visit friends in NYC
39 Travel to Iceland
40 Travel to Europe

ENTERTAINMENT

41 Go to the Kansas City Symphony
42 Go to a concert
43 Go to a KU game at Allen Fieldhouse
44 Take a trip to the Nelson
45 Take a flower arranging class
46 Go blueberry picking
47 Take a cooking class
48 Bake a fancy cake or dessert (Baked Derby Pie, January 2019)
49 Take Sophie and Grace to dinner
50 Watch Victoria (January 2019)

Get Organized

51 Go through clothes (January 2019)
52 Get TSA Pre-Check and Possibly Global Entry
53 Unsubscribe from emails (January 2019)
54 Instagram clean up (January 2019)
55 Go through phone and organize/delete contacts
56 Take broken china to be repaired
57 Organize Basement Shelves (January 2019)
58 Organize 2018 photos (February 2019)
59 2018 photo album
60 Fix security system/get doorbell

FAMILY/FRIENDS

61 Host a dinner party
62 Record Grammy and Pop telling childhood stories
63 Help mom organize family photos
64 Spend a weekend at Turkey Hill
65 Send hand-written letters to five friends
66 Finish college t-shirt quilt with Sophie
67 Join a book club
68 Host a movie night at our house
69 Host a murder mystery party
70 Mail birthday cards to 10 friends

BOOKS

71 Read an autobiography
72 Read a fiction novel (The Wedding Date: January 2019)
73 Read a non-fiction book
74 Read a historical book
75 Read a book (Fruit of the Drunken Tree: January 2019)
75 Read a book (The Woman in the Window: February 2019)
75 Read a book
75 Read a book
75 Read a book
80 Re-read all the Harry Potter books

FINANCIAL

81 Cook our own food for two weeks
82 No extra purchases for a month (clothes/jewelry/books…)
83 Put money into a savings account each month for a year
84 Increase retirement savings percentage
85 Follow up with student loan debt advisor
86 Reach savings goal
87 Start investing monthly after reaching savings goal
88 Write things to buy in list for the next month for four months
89 Make a donation to charity
90 Plan long term financial goals

KC House

91 Buy a TV for the living room
92 Get a rug for our bedroom
93 New house numbers
94 Plant grass seed in the front yard
95 Paint stairway
96 Update bathroom (one room challenge?)
97 Get larger dining room table and more chairs
98 Hang up porch swing
99 Hang wallpaper in the sunroom
100 Replace kitchen, hallway, and sunroom lights

GRAND FINALE

101 Try something outside my comfort zone (Led Ability KC Mural Painting with Meredith, January 2019)


2018 Best Nine

2018 is coming to a close! This year was one of the most eventful of my entire life and while these nine moments do tell part of the story this year, there is a lot these quick nine photos don’t share as well. But starting with what is included — lots of highlights! Dale graduated from Saint Louis University School of Medicine, matched at KU Med in Kansas City, we celebrated our three year wedding anniversary, had an amazing time in Europe (and on a few other trips!), and I had a great year of growth and new opportunities at Hallmark. The part that is missing is all the ups and downs that came along with these events.

Letters Are Lovely | 2018 Best Nine

Change can be exhilarating and exhausting. On top of all these huge life event we bought our first house, dealt with the death of my childhood kitty, Bonnie, and spent countless ordinary days with family and friends that were some of my favorite moments of the year. I’m thankful for 2018 and all the growth, and now I’m also fully ready to ring in this new year!


December Around The Web

Hello, friends! December is always a whirlwind and this month I was extra grateful to be able to spend so much time with family and friends. We celebrated my mom’s birthday, I went to a gingerbread decorating party, went to several other holiday parties (including one with Dale’s co-workers, an ornament exchange with college friends and the Jingle Ball), and ended the month with all our traditional Christmas festivities. I also love all the holiday inspiration around the web this time of year. While some of these finds will have to be put on hold until next year they are just as lovely!

  • First up, this adorable A-Frame DIY. Definitely on the list to make for next Christmas!

  • Also, these cookies.

  • One of my favorite Christmas presents I received. Our kitty Otto has been extra ornery lately, only fair to warn visitors.

  • Hoping to make this recipe with the pecans I received this season from my mother-in-law.

  • My all-time favorite pants in a new pattern.

  • Already re-labeled all my spices with this handy label maker!

  • Loved this article, Dale and I watch Love Actually every Christmas Eve Eve when we exchange our gifts.

  • Just what I need to head into the new year.

  • Maybe Miami needs to be on my travel wish list for 2019?

  • This recipe is one of my new favorites, easy and healthy.

Happy Holidays!