Entries in calligraphy (88)
You know summer has truly arrived when the berries make their ripe debut at the local farmer's market. I buy them up and quickly tote them home to bake into some sweet, summery confection.
All labeled and boxed up for delivery, these berry cakes tasted as sweet as they looked.
A true cookie bar—the host divulged that these blondies were made with Bourbon! (The Drunk Blondies recipe came from Back in the Day Bakery's great new cookbook, perfect for when life calls for an extra stick of butter.)
After receiving a baby hat order, my mind was a flutter with visions of colorful yarn and pom poms...lots of pom poms. As I continued reading the request, the plot thickened—the hats would be gifted at a gender reveal party so they had to be gender neutral. Nooo! And not just neutral, but ready to quickly assume a girlish sweetness or boyish charm at the drop of a hat (ha, pun.)
I refused to accept pastel yellow as a solution. Or any pastels for that matter. Why can't babies have a little fun? So after gazing at Imagiknit's wall of yarn and (over) analyzing options, I landed on this creamy neutral with fun, poppy stripes that could swing either way...the red reads sweetly coral when I pictured it on a girl and fire engine when imagined on a boy. And it's no secret that I love mustard yellow, it's a neutral that would look darling with a bright fuscia onsie or handsome with navy blue.
Wrapped in gold, adorned with more pom poms, these precious little numbers were packaged up, sent cross country and ready to learn their destiny.
*UPDATE it's a girl! Break out the bold florals and hot pinks!
Watercolored and calligraphed, these birthday banners were tucked into the Chocolate Stout Cake and nestled sweetly into the bouquet-happy buffet. Elegant birthday party loveliness at its best.
Below is a scan of the three flags. Pretty!
Cheap, charming and easy—yes please! These yarn wrapped San Pellegrino bottles brought a bold pop of color to the table setting and a fun alternative to traditional yawn-worthy table numbers.
(Craftspiration for the bottles is from Hello Lucky!'s book of whimsy and wedding craft fun Handmade Weddings.)
A bottle of wine is the classic hostess gift—an always appreciated token of gratitude for a great meal and equally great company. This was our go-to until one night some friends brought us a homemade breakfast bread. She handed it to me and said, "for tomorrow morning" with a wink. The next day, as we approached the mess of a kitchen I spied the bread, consumed and was converted.
She was so right. Waking up to a homemade treat amidst a chaotic kitchen of dirty dishes and empty bottles ensures the fun night lingers (at least a few minutes) into the clean up. And with a little extra care in the packaging (and the addition of chocolate chips to the batter) my dressed up banana bread rivaled the best Pinots for the perfect hostess gift. Cheers!
I particularly liked this 'favorite' calligraphed while testing out a new nib on a piece of scrap. After taping it to my desk I let out a sweet sigh as I realized I unintentionally named and curated a little cubby of happiness—my favorite color (mustard), a favorite pastime (knitting), and my favorite person (Brendon).
I love visual surprises.