A Grey and Purple Virginia Wedding

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I suddenly realized the other day that I never showed any photos of Allie's beautiful wedding this past May! She lucked out with beautiful weather and all her DIY elements and handmade purchases were shining through! Here are a few examples of these personalized elements: Guests arrived and were asked to make their mark on her tree canvas "guest book" which is now hung in their home. She hand sketched the design based on examples seen online, then decoupaged baby wipe containers to dress up that convenience for her guests. Guests used ink to create a leaf design and used the markers to accent the leaf with their name and/or character design. Loved her ruffled ombre cake! While she herself didn't make the cake topper, this accent was a handmade element! The robot design that ... Continue Reading...

I’ve been featured!

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I was so excited to check my inbox today and see that Amy, of One Artsy Mama, picked my Year of Date Nights gift in her Top 10 Thursday this week! Join her on Fridays and enter your latest crafty post in her Shine On Fridays series! Thanks again for the feature, Amy! ... Continue Reading...

Eat, Drink, Rock Out in Austin

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I came home from work one evening to a very excited fiance. He discovered one of his favorite bands was doing a one night only reunion show in Austin, Texas (their hometown). He bought tickets (to what later became a 2 night show) and proclaimed "we're going!" A few weeks ago, we made our trek down to Austin for a short weekend of eating, drinking and rockin' out. Here are some of the highlights of our short weekend down south. The Music Mohawk - This was of course the reason we were here, right, to see The Impossibles play at the live music capital of the world?! We spent 2 nights rockin' out at this multi level, outdoor venue. Beers were cheap (Lone Star, "the national beer of Texas" was $4 for 16 ounce cans), the music was loud, and the stadium like setup was great for seeing ... Continue Reading...

Hats off to the grads!

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Derek and I are in our 30s and both the oldest cousin on each side of the family. We remember our younger cousins being in born, in diapers and growing up. So sometimes it's hard to believe we still have family members graduating high school and college! Randomly, this year we have three cousins who are moving onto the next school level and/or the real world! To celebrate this big occassion I made the above cards for each graduate, using my favorite punch gallery technique. Congrats Kelly, Carolyn and Helen! (supplies: Patterned paper: The paper company; Stickers: Jolee's)  ... Continue Reading...

Meet The Artist: Liz Urso

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My first internship and fulltime job was at a plush and novelty toy manufacturer as a graphic designer. This is where I met today's guest poster. She was a quiet, smiley designer who could add a cuddly personality to any item, whether it was breathing or an inanimate object!  I recently reconnected with Liz as we are both bridesmaids in Vanessa's upcoming wedding and she finally caved agreed to be a guest poster at Spotofteadesigns.com.  Read on and meet Liz Urso: Hi there! First off, I just wanted to say thank you to Tara for giving me an opportunity to be a guest on her blog! I am so excited to be doing this and I will try not  to get too carried away. I wouldn't say I am a Jack-of-all-trades, but I do have a handle on few different things. I am currently a graphic designer/ ... Continue Reading...

Year of Date Nights: June

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In April, 7 bridesmaids and I helped to host a bridal shower for Allie, my top guest poster and also my MOH! (I was hers too!). I saw this concept on a Pinterest pin from this blog and instead of pooling our money to get her a large pot set, we decided to give her and her husband the gift of time! We bought them 12 gifts, which we labeled “A Year of Date Nights”. Here’s the opening letter Allie was allowed to open at the shower, which explained her gift: "In just a few weeks, you will say “I Do.” Then a fun year of marriage is in store for you. Since finding alone time can be the hard part, We 8 bridesmaids gave you a head start. We call this gift “A year of fun dates” For you to enjoy with your chosen mate. On the first of each month, you can open the seal And that month’s ... Continue Reading...

Masculine Handmade Cards for Dad

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Father's Day comes but once a year, so break out of the routine of flowery, butterfly-filled girly handmade cards and find your manliest, scruffiest, sports and activity filled paper and stickers to create some masculine handmade cards for dad! I made the above 2 cards for my and Derek's dads for this occassion. My dad is a grill guy while Derek's likes golf! Happy Father's Day, Dads! (supplies: patterned paper: The paper company; stickers: Phrase Cafe, Jolee's; Edge punch: ek tools) ... Continue Reading...

Pruning My Japanese Maple Tree

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I've learned my lesson when it came to making sure you pay attention to your landscaping and plants all year long. Sure, the spring and summer is a great time to let your plants grow and flourish but they still need maintaince, especially when it comes to trimming plants with distant shapes and designs. Remember this overgrown mess? Yep, that's our weeping cherry tree, which I am vowing to pay attention to this summer and trim when needed. I'm happy to say in recent inspection, it seems to be growing and weeping in it's correct form. This spring, I also noted this soon to be overgrown mess: It's a Japanese Maple Tree that grows with beautiful red colored leaves that get even deeper in the fall season. The ideal look of this tree includes a high, full top without branches ... Continue Reading...