My family rescued a dog named Otis in August.  He is a 2 year old black pug mix – we think maybe a black puggle.  He is a character, to say the least, and the family has fallen in love with him.

People get a little crazy about their dogs – and we are among the crazies.  I have been admiring some really cute dog stationery and office products on the market.  Every year at the National Stationery Show in New York there are at least 2 or 3 booths solely dedicated to dog stationery products and gifts.

I even had a couple toy with the idea of having a silhouette of their dog on their wedding invitations once.  They didn’t go through with it.

Check out some of the great designs I’ve seen:

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1. Pointer Dog Stationery

2. Crane Scotty Dog Notes

3. Boatman Geller Lab Memo set

4. Donovan Designs Chien Notes

I’ll get around to designing my Otis notecards soon. When I do, I’ll post a picture!  For now, here I am with our little dude on his favorite perch…

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I have been a little obsessed with getting a bar cart for over a year now.  I’m not really sure where this began. Maybe it was a scene from Madmen that became lodged in my brain one of those nights that I fell asleep watching.  I remember my Grandmother had a wicker bar cart when I was in my mid 20’s that she would wheel into the living room when my husband (then boyfriend) and I would visit. She mixed a potent cocktail!

Make Your Own Mini Bar with a Bar Cart

Better Decorating Bible

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Burlap & Crystal

Coldwell Banker

Lily Lemon Tree

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Even Target has bar carts!

Bar carts – not just for drinks. They work for stationery too!

I have been searching for some new ways to decorate for fall in my home. I’m a little behind this year – so I went in search of some cute, relatively simple and inexpensive decorating ideas. Here are my favorites:

 

 

 

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How did you & Patrick meet? 

We met at Lock Haven University in the fall of 2005.

A little about the proposal…

After almost six years of dating, Patrick felt the time was right. Patrick spent Christmas Eve in Lock Haven with his family and drove to my parents’ Christmas morning.  My parents were already at my Nana’s for Christmas dinner and I was waiting to drive over separately with my boyfriend/soon-to-be-fiancee.  Upon arrival Patrick walked into the living room, found a spot next to the Christmas tree, and got down on one knee.

I was completely surprised and my answer was “Are you serious…YES, of course!” We celebrated with my family Christmas day and everyone was very excited.  We flew to Orlando for four days and then drove to Charleston, SC to meet his family for a five-day cruise to the Bahamas. It was a perfect proposal and it was great to spend quality time with family after the proposal.

What surprised you most about planning your wedding?

We were both very surprised about how many options there were for the many elements that make up a wedding. We had originally planned to rent a space and bring in our vendors, but once we found Normandy Farm, we loved the idea of having everything at our fingertips.

What (or who) did you find was your best resource for planning your wedding?

When Patrick and I were together we utilized several magazines and websites that were very helpful in the planning process.  However, I would definitely have to say that my mom was the person that gave us (especially me) the best advice. I still think about how much fun she and I had throughout our wedding journey and those memories are forever.

What was your inspiration for your wedding day details?

I think we would both say that our inspiration was wedding chic. We wanted something playful and fun but classic at the same time. Once we chose Normandy Farm and saw how intimate and romantic a setting it is; everything just fell into place.

What was your favorite thing about your wedding?

Finally marrying my best friend and having our family and friends present to celebrate our special day.

Best part of the wedding planning?

Actually seeing the entire day come together.  At first there are so many options and it was really special to make decisions and watch the wedding unfold.

What advice will you give your friends getting married?

Don’t forget about the big picture.  All the details are important, but at the end of the day it is about family and friends coming together to celebrate the joining of two people.

Carol & Patrick’s Vendors…

Ceremony Location: Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Reception Location: Normandy Farm Photographer: Mike Landis Videographer: Brock Pemberton Florist: Willow & Thistle Band, Musicians and/or DJ: Billy Hatalski and Co. Invitations and programs: Stone Hill Paperie Uplighting: Synergetic Sounds Photobooth: Shutterbooth | Dress: Van Cleve Wedding Pavilion | Transportation: Philadelphia Trolley Works

 

 

trello wedding planTrello: Wedding Timeline

Engaged Couples: I found this wedding timeline on Trello today that could be helpful.  Copy in menu and then you can personalize it for yourselves!

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Galen photos for blog
I recently had the pleasure of working with Galen Sarvey.  She had a clear vision of her wedding that included sunflowers and lace.  I had such fun creating these custom invitations at Stone Hill Paperie for Galen.  I am thrilled to have Galen as Stone Hill Paperie’s first “Real Bride” blog post!  Read below about Galen & Nick’s wedding and some great advice!
How did you & Nick meet?
Nick and I met while working at a Pub in Collegeville. We were both working busing tables. I was 16 and Nick was 18. I couldn’t drive yet so Nick would give me a ride home from work from time to time.
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Something about a rainy day in the fall just makes me want to snuggle up on the couch with a warm fire, a cup of tea and some stationery. Thinking of the recent contest held at Stone Hill Paperie where the wonderful friends of Stone Hill Paperie sent in stories of their favorite letters.  People sent in their stories of such heartwarming letters! I really enjoyed reading through all of them. There were letters from boyfriends that became husbands, long-distance friendships, from children to parents and from parents to children. The common thread was the cherished letter that can still be held and read again today.  I have had several clients requesting personalized stationery recently.  In this age of email, facebook, tweeting, blogging, instagram… a handwritten letter can carry more weight than it used to.  Just a little note can mean so much. Today I have a few people in mind that I will be writing some little notes to.

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Stationery 3

Need a new coffee mug? I LOVE these Boatman Geller travel mugs! Hmmm… which one to get? Good thing these are available to order through the studio – I may want more than 1!!! http://ow.ly/i/3fKvT

Double your order free on select flat and folded notes
in the Stone Hill Paperie online sister shop. 3 Days Only – September 27 – 29, 2013. stonehillpaperie.printswell.com http://ow.ly/i/3fKqC

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