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I have been in Atlanta (with a small trek to Birmingham) since Saturday to visit friends and celebrate their upcoming babies, their birthdays and the fact that I just plain miss them. This week has been a whirlwind of activity (and work during the day), but it has been incredibly rejuvenating to laugh out loud (mostly about how silly we were when we were younger), to talk about everything good, bad and secret, and to eat way to much good food and sugar with my closest friends in the world. Since I live so far away, I sometimes forget how vital my friends are to my life. After this week, I vow to do a better job of staying in touch with my friends that live far away and to continue to build long-lasting friendships close to home.

Now off to another HUGE meal with a friend. Aghhh… this is the life:)

a perfect quote and fun typography. Found here

In a million years I never thought I would be designing so many websites. Truth be told, I HATE the coding part of web design. Trust me when I say, I can do it (I know html and css) but as much as I tried to fall in love with the back end part of web design it didn’t happen. Which is why I feel SO incredibly lucky that I found Tony, from EvenPar Solutions. He is a genius at all the coding and programming stuff. So now, I can focus on “pretty” (horrible design word, I know), functional and aesthetically pleasing front end web design. I love our little collaboration, and I love helping clients realize their visual dream online. I have met so many amazing bloggers, creative individuals and small business owners through web design. It has broadened my horizons, portfolio, and network in more ways than I could ever imagine.

Tony and I have been very busy over the past couple of months with multiple projects. Last week we launched two new sites, Beneath My Heart and Andersonville Guesthouse. Beneath my Heart is an adorable and inspiring blog about life while Andersonville Guesthouse is a small, family run boutique guesthouse in Chicago.

Hope you enjoy! And if you are ever looking for a great place to stay in Chicago may I recommend Andersonville Guesthouse (sorry for the plug, but I couldn’t resist).

This upcoming weekend I am headed to Atlanta to see two of my best friends who are both pregnant, before heading to my youngest brothers college graduation the following weekend. It will be a whirlwind trip filled with friends, family and celebration. Since I have babies on my mind due to the upcoming showers, I thought it was time to share baby Caroline’s birth announcement.

My dear friend Emily, from Ten Little Bluebirds, took Caroline’s newborn photos and graciously passed along my name to design her birth announcements. I wanted to keep the announcement simple, girly and elegant to mimic the precious and serene photo. I hope Caroline looks back on her announcement one day and realizes how special she is!

Enjoy!

To be completely honest, I have needed a bit of inspiration lately. Not inspiration for my work (that has been coming freely which I am thankful for), but more for life and running this little company of mine. Trust me, I feel very fortunate to work for myself and I have been so lucky on the small business front with plenty of work coming in from amazing clients.

But…

It is hard to be your own boss, deal with all the inner workings of a business, and pay yourself a small but important salary. Sometimes I need a quick reminder that I have the strength to do all of this successfully.

Today I found that reminder when I spotted Laura’s totem animals on her site Le Animale. How amazing are these tiny little creatures. I am pretty much in love. So much so that I impulsively bought the tiny bear below (which is SO not like me). He will give me strength, optimism, and pure joy every time I wear him.

Hope you enjoy these little guys as much as I do!

After a little bit of a delay, here they are…

The detail shots of all the day-of designs at Lauren and Sam’s beautiful wedding. Each of these shots is photographed by the amazing and talented Amanda Hein. It is always so exciting to see my designs in context. Hope you enjoy and Happy Friday!

The programs before the ceremony. 

One of many menu cards. Lauren and Sam had amazing food at their reception.
I was drooling while designing these cards. 

Thy also had a whole table of cake! How awesome is that?!?
The cakes are beautiful and definitely the star of the photo, but if you look closely you
will see the cake cards designed to match the full suite. 

The favor card with boxes of Frango mints behind.