July Around The Web

Happy Monday, friends! I'm not quite ready for these long summer days to head into Fall – I have loved all my July adventures. This month began celebrating my friend's wedding in Lawrence, and was followed by a weekend at home in St. Louis and then two lake weekends in a row. The first was spent at Dale's parents home at Lake Winnebago, and last weekend I enjoyed the unseasonable cool weather crafting and boating at Turkey Hill. At work I have been busy executing Mother's Day cards for next year, including lots of designs featuring my hand lettering! This month did not disappoint around the web. I'm dreaming of trying this Rosé and Blood Orange Sgroppino recipe this weekend...

Letters Are Lovely | July Around The Web

Here are my other favorite finds this month:

Until next month, enjoy!


Turkey Hill Blooms

I was lucky enough to spend this weekend at my family's lake house, Turkey Hill, with my parents, sisters and grandparents. We spent quite a bit of time surrounded by flowers, both real and handmade paper blooms. I absolutely loved learning to make paper flowers at a Think.Make.Share. workshop, and I had the best time teaching my mom, grandma and sisters how to make their own. Now we will be reminded of this weekend every time we visit Turkey Hill and see our bouquets! 

Letters Are Lovely | Turkey Hill Blooms
Letters Are Lovely | Turkey Hill Blooms
Letters Are Lovely | Turkey Hill Blooms
Letters Are Lovely | Turkey Hill Blooms
Letters Are Lovely | Turkey Hill Blooms
Letters Are Lovely | Turkey Hill Blooms

I was also inspired by all the beautiful pressed flower pieces Hallmark shared just last week, and luckily there were still enough flowers left in the garden and wildflower field to make our own pieces. Hopefully you will find some inspiration from our flower-filled weekend!

Letters Are Lovely | Turkey Hill Blooms
Letters Are Lovely | Turkey Hill Blooms
Letters Are Lovely | Turkey Hill Blooms
Letters Are Lovely | Turkey Hill Blooms
Letters Are Lovely | Turkey Hill Blooms
Letters Are Lovely | Turkey Hill Blooms
Letters Are Lovely | Turkey Hill Blooms
Letters Are Lovely | Turkey Hill Blooms

Piñata Tips from Think.Make.Share.

Recently I participated in a piñata-making workshop at Hallmark for one of #My5Days! I choose to make a cactus piñata and you can head over to Think.Make.Share. for all the tips and tricks Em shared during the workshop. I may have underestimated the time commitment of creating my three-foot cactus, but I am obsessed with the end result! I hope you feel inspired to make a piñata of your own. Happy crafting!

Letters Are Lovely | Piñata Tips from Think.Make.Share.
Letters Are Lovely | Piñata Tips from Think.Make.Share.
Letters Are Lovely | Piñata Tips from Think.Make.Share.
Letters Are Lovely | Piñata Tips from Think.Make.Share.

Apartment Views

Dale and I have now been in our apartment in St. Louis for three years and I have always wanted to take some time to document it before we move! While we still have one more year here, I went ahead and took some photos so that I will be able to look back on our first home.  We are lucky to be on the corner of our building so we get lots of light, and I also love our black and white checkered floor in the kitchen. Enjoy!

Letters Are Lovely | Apartment Views
Letters Are Lovely | Apartment Views
Letters Are Lovely | Apartment Views
Letters Are Lovely | Apartment Views
Letters Are Lovely | Apartment Views
Letters Are Lovely | Apartment Views
Letters are Lovely | Apartment Views
Letters Are Lovely | Apartment Views
Letters Are Lovely | Apartment Views
Letters Are Lovely | Apartment Views

Portfolio Updates

I think all designers know the constant effort required to keep your portfolio updated! I just took some time to share a few of my favorite lettering-focused pieces and product that I have created for Hallmark over the past few years. I interned in Hallmark's Lettering Studio right after graduation and then worked on that team for a year before moving to a Greetings team. Many of these pieces are collaborations with designers and illustrators, one of my favorite ways to work. Hop on over to my portfolio section to see more!

Letters Are Lovely | Portfolio Updates: Lettering for Hallmark
Letters Are Lovely | Portfolio Updates: Lettering for Hallmark
Letters Are Lovely | Portfolio Updates: Lettering for Hallmark
Letters Are Lovely | Portfolio Updates: Lettering for Hallmark
Letters Are Lovely | Portfolio Updates: Lettering for Hallmark