Friday, September 30, 2011

Happy Weekend!!!!!

 Image found via almost famous

Happy Weekend Everyone!!!!!

Things are hustling & bustling here in the Wesson household....
I see rods, reels, millions & trillions of lures, eel buckets, waterproof socks, all weather gear and a few headlamps
making there way through the living room and onto the patio.
Why all the hub-bub you ask??
Well, it's the Annual Wesson Mens fishing tournament at the Island this weekend!!
Maybe this year a Wesson could actually bring home the trophy...
Seems like it's only been friends that have grabbed that beauty.
Seriously folks..this trophy is no laughing matter..
Check it out!
My odds are on the Monster who will be using MY rod & reel...

As competitive as these boys may's really about having fun, staying up all hours and laughing with and at one another!
Many Many Thanks to all of you who crossed your fingers, did a dance or sang a song for Jillian & Dan on their wedding day. From the looks of the images on Facebook...There seemed to be no rain or umbrellas in site. There was a bit of mud, left over from the insane amount of flooding, but that didn't stop that fabulous bride to pull on some Wellies & kick it up on the dance floor.
Thank goodness, the flooding subsided...that way the menus arrived just in the nick of time!
 Images by Chocolate Creative Design

Stay Safe, Maybe Make an Apple Pie and Have a Great Weekend!!!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Let your imagination grow..Tea for Two.........

I have to admit, this was one of the hardest posts I have ever had to write...
When we were submitting Erin & Dan's paper to Style Me Pretty, Erin (blogger extraordinaire), was surprisingly hesitant. Her reasoning..."I don't want it to end" she said. At the time it made me giggle....but now I truly understand...
Once it's posted..the project has been completed.

So with much hesitation..

 I guess I should start at the very beginning.....

Once upon a time, in a land not so far away, there was a very tall & handsome boy and a very beautiful and sparkly girl. They lived in a very old home with two cats and they loved each other very very much. One day, the boy flew the girl all the way to Paris, France and asked the girl to marry him. Of course the girl said yes, how could she not with the twinkling lights of the Eiffel Tower behind her. From that moment on...their lives changed forever. So the girl immediately got started on planning a beautiful wedding and sought after someone who could show their infectious excitement on paper. The girl found a crazy, silly designer who would do just that and both of their lives changed forever. Together, they created  a one-of-a-kind Save the Date, complete with a burlap pouch containing clues to the wedding while focusing on the 5 senses.

The girl and designer stood back, admired their work with absolute joy and quickly started brainstorming and immediately designed the invitation.

The crazy designer got to work...
With tea in a jug, 800 sheets of watercolor paper and brush in hand, the designer headed to her studio.

Images by Chocolate Creative Design

What seemed like days and even weeks, the designer finally emerged from her studio.
The girl squealed with delight when she went to her mailbox and found their invitation...
Inside she found:

Their Fleur de Lis invitation which she could see, smell and even taste!

Their vintage inspired "Dance Card" reception card.

Their vintage inspired reply postcard(this was the boy's idea) complete with images of Paris, Saltwater Farm, custom postage stamps. their lovely logo and a few french twists...

All wrapped up, reminiscent of love letters from the past, in some crinkly sounding parchment, tied with a little twine and stamped with love.

Finally it was gently (very gently) placed into a Kraft paper envelope which was hand stamped with a bit of lavender, a custom postage stamp and lined with a lovely tea stained vintage map of Paris.

Now the boy and girl were very very happy and very very excited...
They couldn't wait for their wedding day!

But something happened that day....
something quite remarkable...
While the crazy designer was busy cleaning up her studio filled with jars and jars of tea and bits and pieces of twine...
She had a an AHA moment!
She realized that through this ONE creation...
this is what she wanted to do..
No more sending her work out to printers...
She would do it here..right here in her little ole studio.
She would ONLY take on 4 wedding couples a year.
She would ONLY do one-of-a-kind invitations that would never ever be reproduced  for another couple.
She would ONLY create pieces that would invoke the 5 senses.

Funny made complete sense....
The designer had a degree in studio arts focusing on photography & drawing. She even became a super hero when it came to wielding an X-acto knife, thanks in part to her thousands of clothing sample mock-ups when she was a head designer at a Childrenswear company.

It was all clear to her now...This marriage between fine arts & commercial design was just the ticket for her!

So...the designer was also very very happy and very very excited..

She owes it all to the boy and girl who trusted, believed, inspired and supported her.

It just goes to show you,
how utterly simple it is that just
ONE creation
or just
One person
can change absolutely everything....
Simply by just letting your imagination grow!

The End
(or at least until the ceremony & reception paper)

Oh wait...the designer did learn a few more things....
Always make sure to dress appropriately when shooting with a sneaky photographer....or else you will cringe later when you see the images....

Always make sure you have another eye to check on you when you are styling..a 2nd opinion is very very important and quite helpful!

Lastly, always make time to catch a butterfly or a fuzzy caterpillar....
It will make a photo shoot much much better!

Special Thanks to Island Farm on Elihu Island
whose beautiful hayfields were the perfect backdrop for 
Miss Sparkle & Hay's paper goods!

It also provided some yummy apples to some little ravenous monsters while their mommy's worked!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Tuesday Typeface.....Constellations..

This lovely "Constellation" alphabet, created by Alejandro Giraldo, was graciously brought to me by the fabulous Chelsea, formerly of Elements Design, who by the way, will be getting married in just a few days. This font was inspired by the sea, stars & sailors, three of my absolute favorite things!
Miss Chelsea..
I wish for you, calm seas, red skies and bright stars to help you and your sailor navigate through a beautiful life!

Monday, September 26, 2011

a littler glitter to start your week.....

I know it may seem a bit early...but when it comes to Halloween, everything seems to fly off the shelves starting in September!!
So, I gathered up some glittery goulishness for your viewing pleasure!

Glitter spiders found via Pottery Barn

Bag O' Glitter Mini Skulls found via Z Gallerie

Glitter Skulls found via West Elm

 Mercury Glass Pumpkins found via Pottery Barn

 Mercury Glass Votives via Elizabeth's Embellishments

 Mercury Glass Skull via Lula Mae

Friday, September 23, 2011

Happy Weekend!!!!!

 Image by Chocolate Creative Design

Happy Weekend Everyone!!!

Or should I say....Happy First Day of Fall!!

I am not going to lie....I really really don't like Fall or Autumn. Call it what you wish..I still don't like it!
The cold....Brrrrr the cold, seeing your breath, no bare feet, shorter days, falling of foliage, and feeling exposed and bare like the trees.

This year, I might just give it a chance. 
Like The Monster would say, "I'm Stuck with It!" 
so...I might as well make the best of it. 

To help me ease into the season, I created a little list of my favorite Fall things and hopefully they will carry me through the season to the much dreaded Winter.
Image by Chocolate Creative Design

Be Safe, Pull out Your Warm Woolies and Have a great Weekend!!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Let your imagination grow..Sparkly sneak peek...

She went and did it...She surprised me 
She's very sneaky that Miss Sparkle & Hay!
Last week, in the midst of wedding madness, she posted the most amazing feature about her wedding invitations.
It was the most wonderful of wonderful collaborations and the beginning of what Chocolate Creative Design is all about.
Next Thursday...Get ready for Erin & Dan but for now...
jump on over to Sparkle & Hay!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011