April 2010


i just finished a bachelorette invitation that was really fun to work on. the client wanted something similar to my skyline design, as well as the high heel invitation. i incorporated both designs and added her wedding colors – peacock. this party sounds like a great time!

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hey all! i am slacking on posts because this past weekend i was in dallas for one of my best friend’s weddings! it was amazing! hope you all had a great weekend!

let’s welcome back guest blogger, teresa dotson (momma t) today! she just recently returned from new orleans, and has some great ideas for food, shopping & where to stay!

Laissez les bons temps rouler! is the Cajun expression meaning “Let the good times roll!” It strongly conveys the “joie de vivre” (“joy of living”) attitude that pervades south Louisiana. It is mostly associated with New Orleans (one of my favorite cities) and one in which my hubby and I had the great pleasure of visiting for his birthday!

We’ve been coming here for years and it never fails to provide us with an abundance of terrific food, lively entertainment, COMPLETE relaxation and gorgeous viewing of architecture, flowers, and happy, happy folks.

Because we drive, we spend a night in Natchitoches, LA (where Steel Magnolias was filmed!) and this time we stayed at a very lovely bed and breakfast – The Levy-East House, which was really nice and right downtown, within walking distance to shops and restaurants. It was a wonderful place and we would definitely stay there again. We always enjoy our first couple of pounds of hot boiled crawfish here too; if you are any way into mudbugs I highly recommend this place!

Lovely room!

Back of B & B

Azaelas everywhere!

The relaxation has begun

Mudbugs rule!

This bridge takes us over the Mississippi River into Baton Rouge – I was driving and this always gives me the heebie jeebies! Quite a view when you are going over the river but I can’t look down (because I’m driving and because I am too heebed out!)

Yikes!

Upon our arrival in New Orleans we headed straight to Central Grocery for a muffuletta sandwich; another culinary highlight! Central Grocery is a small, old-fashioned Italian-American grocery store with a sandwich counter located in the French Quarter. Just looking at these sandwiches make me hungry!

The two-handed method is best!

We’ve been staying at the Hotel Villa Convento for several years; it’s a quaint, charming little guest house on one end of the quarter. We try to get a balcony room so we can do alot of this:

Another one of our very favorite places is the Acme Oyster House on Iberville. Dang, I can barely look at this web site without craving some of that incredible food – and I just got back! We have spent ALOT of hours here eating fantastic oysters, fried seafood platters, many beers and almost always meet new friends at the oyster bar! It’s always crowded, busy, loud, fun and AWESOME! These pics might give you an idea:

You just have to top off the night with a stroll down Bourbon street to take in all the revelry!

The next day we decided to take the streetcar to the Garden District and Magazine street which is a 6-mile long neighborhood avenue with tons of darling shops and antique stores. We walked ALOT but that’s the only way to justify eating all the food; hoping we can at least physically stroll off some calories! This little old restaurant is now one of our favorites – if you ever watch Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, it was recently featured there.

Beads in the trees!

There was a Pirate gathering in the French Quarter – don’t ask me why! That’s what we love about New Orleans; there is always a random parade or gathering of just about anything!

as you know – i’m a bit obsessed with mokeskine journals! i have one for myself and have already bought 3 as gifts – all different sizes and types! yesterday, i decided to customize one of the journals. i took directions from one of my favorite blogs – good stock. my plan was to customize the band on the cover with some different paper. i searched high and low for some cool paper and found this really neat stuff over on paper source!  here is the exact paper i got: silver swirls platinum vellum paper. it cut very easy, and i have TONS left over for more journals to customize, scrapbooking, or gift wrapping! here is the finished project:

i encourage you all to head on over to moleskine, pick one out for someone, grab some cute paper, and voila – easy, instant gift!

hey all – sorry i’ve been MIA this week – i’ve been hard at work! next week expect to see a bachelorette invite with peacock colors & a graduation announcement / party invite!

have a great weekend!

today i’m introducing a new design i did for a client, and for one of my friends, julie. this one was such a fun project to work on! it’s so full of color and has lots to read about!! you can see the hot air balloon on the front – the new graphic i’m currently obsessed with! so happy with how these came out! CONGRATS JULIE! much luck to you in future!


all, i’m sorry i don’t have a fun post to share today. i hope you all had a great weekend! i’ll be back soon!

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