One day last year I was sitting outside having a glass of white wine, or maybe it was one of Alkimia's margaritas? I can't remember now but the point is that this random day and happy hour spurred a rich conversation about faith and belief. I shocked my company because I didn't have a crèche for the kids and Jeff and I hadn't really even talked about the real story of Christmas. We honestly didn't know where to start as we aren't overtly religious people. This whole conversation drifted into a discussion on Santa. My friend Maria told me this wonderful story about getting a letter postmarked from the North Pole when she was a child. She still to this day believes in her heart it was real. I love how she has passed on this joy to her son and loved the idea and wanted to pass this joy onto my own wee ones. I had already started letter writing to Santa with the Elf on the Shelf. He arrived last year via the pouch (how we get mail here in Dakar) with a letter from Santa so my wheels were already turning and now I had my muse.
Even if we dismiss this idea of Mr. & Mrs. Claus living up in the North Pole with magical reindeer; the notion of this magical story that we give our children helps cement this idea of belief and faith. Showing them the magic of believing in something you will never see, nor touch, but you have faith it's there.
And we can't dismiss the Santa in all of us during the holidays. Think about it, how many times do you see acts of kindness year after year? Paying it forward at Starbucks, seeing someone buy groceries for a struggling family, donating Christmas gifts to little kids who otherwise wouldn't receive one. Families adopting other families. Isn't that what Christmas is all about? Giving. Didn't God give us the ultimate gift?
I wanted to begin this tradition with my kids and each year I have them help me pick out toys to give to a child in need. I want them to believe in the power of giving and that we can all be Santa in some ways! I also loved the idea of receiving a letter from Santa which is why I designed this little stamp because hand written notes are the best, are they not? Especially if they come from Santa. And in the spirit of giving I wanted to connect this project to a larger purpose. That is why with each gift set a portion of the proceeds benefit The Salvation Army Angel Tree. One of the veteran programs we see every year brighten so many little hearts. It's my hope that this little project brings joy to both the giver and the receiver. Please share your special moments with the hashtag #projectgiveagift and I'll be sharing mine as my little elves deliver gifts with your help!
I will be offering free shipping on the Believe Letterpress Red Foiled Notes + Stamp now through the end of the holidays! No code needed! Let's pay it forward! xo.
p.s. We have a crèche now (an adorable one from Melissa and Doug) and love teaching and reading the Christmas story to the kids! Happy Holidays!
We are just smitten with our little Evie. Feeling so overwhelmed with support and love for our newest little bundle of joy. I'll be soaking in every little minute of it. Happy October xo.
Want to jazz up your new iOS 7 upgrade with this fun wallpaper? Download here. Enjoy xoxo and Happy fall ya'll ;)
So excited for fall. It's my favorite time of the year: OU football, pretty leaves in orange and red, my birthday, wellies, and crisp mornings, oh and the Starbucks PSL. I'm a few weeks away from having a little fall baby but I wanted to put out some new products and of course I was inspired by PSL and my kiddies favorite Halloween candy. Can you guess? Candy corn! They love it and when we are in Africa, grandma sends it in the mail!
So. Let Them Eat Candy Corn! This large stamp is perfect for involving the kiddies in planning their own little Halloween soiree!
And a little hand drawn pumpkin stamp to dress up your envelopes ;)
And these are my favorite! 2 inch stickers with a spooky coffee theme! The best part? They are a digital download so you can print off as many as you need! Just a little note: The download link will appear in your emailed receipt!
Lastly, fun bold notes to add to your snail mail collection! Happy fall ya'll! Looking forward to the holidays already how about you? Did you see our sneak peek of our holiday Believe Notes + Stamp? Check it out here on ourinsta feed! Hopefully by the time I post next I will be welcoming a new little baby into our family! xo.
Happy Wednesday! Just thought I would share some highlights of the work we did for this amazing styled shoot in France! Please take a peek at the entire shoot on Style Me Pretty! Such gorgeous images from Bubblerock and amazing styling from Vero of Quelque Chose de Bleu. So in love with every jaw-dropping image!
Venue : le Mas de Montet – Dordogne, France | Photography: Bubblerock | Decor and styling: Quelque chose de Bleu – So Lovely Moments | Stationery: Lemon & Lavender | Flowers: Vert du Décor | Dessert and wedding cake: Pâtisserie chérie | Accessories: Bidules et merveilles | Ribbons: rue du fil | Dresses and veil: Louise Dentelle | Necklace and hair accessory: So Hélo | Make Up: Johan Yvon Beauté | Hair: Melanie for Frederic Moreno, Riberac
Happy Tuesday! Amy + Kory's wedding invitation was one of my favorites this year! I loved the story behind the venue they chose for their wedding day. An old bar on the gorgeous waters of Halifax, Nova Scotia. One of the oldest bars actually! And one their parents used to frequent and after seeing Baz Luhrmann's new film adaptation of one of my favorite books The Great Gatsby I was so inspired by the art deco and I tried to imagine this rustic waterfront bar serving as a fun place to wine and dine in the twenties! I'm just thrilled Amy let me have lots of artistic freedom!
I loved adding delicate pink watercolor and all the fun nautical elements we infused through the suite, like the fun monogram seal for the RSVP. If you haven't guessed it, I am a bit obsessed with anything nautical. So when I have a bride who wants nautical I get giddy!
Happy Tuesday xo.
Hooray for fabulous Mondays! A little collaboration with the lovely Steph from Bubblerock all the way in France. The back drop is a gorgeous Chateau and well go see for yourself on Style Me Pretty it's beyond gorgeous! I'll be sharing a full blog post later of all the lovely paper goods! xo
Photography by Bubblerock