pretty things

framing your birth announcement / wedding invitation

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oh my goodness, have i been meaning to post this for a long time.  i really wanted to show a picture of a hanging framed birth announcement, namely rinne’s in her nursery, but that’s kind of a long story.  basically i don’t know what i’m doing in that room which means i haven’t done anything since we first moved in, and why bother hanging anything if we’re just going to turn around and change it.

so here it is on the floor.

framed birth announcement

letterpress birth announcement

i chose a “champagne” colored frame (cross between gold and silver), a white mat with the liner pattern behind the announcement – and also added a linen stock that acts as a border between the announcement and the liner.  in my opinion, it needed a little solid space between those two elements so it didn’t look busy or hard to read.  you can see the layers here…

framed announcement

my peeps at artifacts framed it.

artifacts atlanta

y’all, they are THE BEST framers in town, and definitely the best that i have ever worked with.  my old architecture firm used them, and also jen (when she was a local interior designer, i miss those days!) used them too – so two picky entities with good taste gave them two thumbs up.  that’s good as gold in my book.  it’s a small business, and the level of personal attention that you get on each piece you frame is amazing.  they don’t care if you try all 800 frame samples they have up on the walls, they will go until you find the perfect fit.

artifacts wall of frameshere is this piece, in progress at the store.  framing is something that you just have to SEE before you commit.  i actually was dead set on a gold frame when i walked in the door, but when i put it up next to everything, it looked too warm and just…off.

in progress

i have a piece getting framed there right now for the worldwide HQ – i can’t wait to get it back!  here it is in the dressing room, trying on a mat.  (top left won.)

photo-185 copyjust don’t ask me to hang it for you…

photo-185 copy 2those were casualties from my attempts to hang some art in my living room last week.  solid.

and by the way – if you order your birth announcement through calliespondence, we are happy to offer you a piece of your liner paper complimentary if you’d like to frame yours in a similar way.  this method would also work perfectly for a wedding invitation!  i love framing stationery this way because as far as the liner pattern goes, a) you must love it if you picked it, right? and b) it all goes together as a little package with the announcement / invitation…so why not display it as such.

hope y’all have wonderful weekends!!  between the masters, a sprinkle and a birthday party – we’ve got a little something for everyone going on.




charmed to meet you

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did i ever tell you that rbb surprised me with tickets to the indigo girls + atlanta symphony orchestra tickets back in december?  it was a fantastic concert!  if you don’t know, the indigo girls are local celebs around town and one of them is a part owner of the restaurant watershed.  they also happen to be gay (i think they used to date!  how awkward would that be post break-up!?  they’re too cool though.  they wouldn’t let it get to them.) and are very peace, love, harmony.  probably err on the side of PETA, let’s say, for argument’s sake.  when i got dressed for the concert, i simply thought to myself….what’s a fun outfit i’m loving right now?  hmm, maybe this beaded flowy top with skinny white jeans, my sky high loubs (my only pair – they were my wedding shoes) and to cap it off, fur coat perhaps?  never mind it was approximately 55 degrees outside, it’s december and i’m going on a date night!  hell yes fur coat!  we walked into the concert hall and i caught some strange, disapproving glances.  i pondered for a minute and then thought DOH!!!  INDIGO GIRLS!!!  REAL FUR!!!  GAH callie, really?  nice.  but you can’t very well hide a fur coat so i had to rock it. or the fact that you’re super overdressed and blingy in a room full of boyfriend jeans and doc martens.

during the intermission, i texted my friend shannon because i knew she was there too.  we made plans to meet up at one of the bars for a quick drink, and she said in her last text, “just look for the girl wearing gold lamé pants!  you can’t miss me.  only one around.”

and then i knew – we were just meant to be friends.

callie & shannonshannon is one of those girls that you wish lived next door to you so you could raid their closet at any time.  that’s what i did before my 1st calliespondence photo shoot!  i needed a cute outfit to wear for my website photo, so i bee bopped on over to shannon’s house and she suited me right up with some fab frocks.  we also have happened to be pregnant at completely opposite times, so we just swap clothes back and forth.  i would say we’ve gotten our money’s worth considering we’ve had 4 babies between us!

the exciting news is that shannon is opening her own online jewelry auction site so everyone can enjoy and purchase the awesome items her keen eye procures!  do y’all know how those work?  there are directions on the page, but basically if you see something you like, you just comment on the photo with your email address and “sold” and it’s yours.  easy peasy!  all of the items are super affordable and include free shipping, too.  calliespondence was happy to whip up a logo for her…and i’m sure you’ll be charmed to meet her as well!

shannon reynolds - charmed logo

i’m already so excited for her first auction this sunday 2/24 at 8:30 p.m., i may not be able to sleep between now and then.  here’s a sampling of her wares (majorly coveting those leather bracelets):

leather stack - CHARMED




PINK bracelet and gold necklace - CHARMED

earrings - CHARMED

leather bracelets - CHARMEDby the way, if this stationery thing doesn’t work out, i’m totally getting into the arm modeling biz.  (yes, that is my wrist above.)  i like any job you can perform whilst drinking wine and chatting.

be sure to “like” charmed jewelry & accessory auction here and don’t miss the 1st auction this coming sunday!  she’ll make you closer to fine.  oh yes, i just did that.


a small business christmas

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way back when, i told you guys that i was going to support only small businesses for my christmas gifts this year.  for the most part, save for a desperate last minute trip to target and one other exception that i know you’ll understand, i stuck to it.  it was fun, challenging and so much more rewarding than just clicking through or land of nod (although i DO love to do that – don’t get me wrong).  it’s just cool to hand someone a check and know exactly to whom it’s going.

i warmed up with some holiday decor…  fell hard for these foil-stamped prints by lindsey letters.  super gorge and so fun to have a seasonal addition to the shelves!  although i did have to sneak into ikea to get a couple of their ribba frames to complete the look (oops).

lindsey letters 1


while i was working behind the booth most of the time at the northside methodist preschool gift show, i did manage to shop a little bit too.  i picked up this pretty driftwood angel that benefits abby’s angels, a non-profit started in honor of a sweet young girl with cancer who “outran us to the Father’s house.”  (that’s a dr. gil-ism – i think it’s a lovely way of saying it.)


if you’ve been around a while, you might remember these stockings from when i first started blogging.  i scooped them up in a post-christmas clearance sale on garnet hill’s website – they’re hable construction (love everything they do!).  i just now got them monogrammed…  yeah.  sadly i think that’s pretty good.  anyway, my favorite embroiderer, shelley at sss creations, did the monograms and i LOVE THEM.  i always drop stuff off and think hmm….wonder how that’s going to turn out.  i think i’m scarred from a story my friend betsey tells about some towels she got monogrammed as a wedding gift and the monogram took up nearly the entire front of the towel.  shelley always does a fantastic job and whatever she does turns out ten times better than i could have even pictured in my head!  plus, she’s a stay-at-home-working-mama too.  i guess i just love the casual nature of that.  storefronts are so overrated!

oh right, the stockings.  red for the boys, cream for the girls.  i thought i wanted a gold thread, but then shelley suggested taupe and it looks wonderful!  circle monograms on the front…


and full names on the back for two reasons: 1) i can use this side if i get bored with the monograms, and 2) we have two RBBs so we needed a way to distinguish the stockings.  i absolutely adore how they turned out.  the font we used for the back was “rosebud.”


i even managed to go small and local for our wreath!  the mood moss wreath and ribbon is from cut flower wholesale (open to the trade only), and the garland is from our church, which supplies it from a small farm in north carolina.  it’s a little charlie brown looking, but that’s ok.


i also commissioned kate at just kate ( to make me a custom tree skirt.  i have never been able to find a tree skirt that i really liked – all too theme-y, too metallic, too red/green, too usual.  and i just hate usual.  i had some turquoise fabric i had picked up at the 2011 ADAC sample sale gathering dust ($10 for the whole bolt!), paired it with a fantastic cream/moss green/turquoise abstract chevron fabric from lewis and sheron, and added a small pleated cream trim between the two – which by the way was scored on the $1/yard rack!  can you believe that?!  i felt like i won the lottery.  it’s typically $20/yard.  i have never laid down $4 faster!

custom tree skirt by just kate

now, the gifts…

rhyne becton designs is a business run by a fellow NMP mom, becton wallace.  she and i have a good mutual friend (hi perry!) so we had heard about the other for awhile, but so glad i got to finally meet her at the gift show!  her jewelry is in a word, awesome.  simple, chic and stylish.  i just loved these cross necklaces that she makes and had to buy them in all different colors for a bunch of my gals.  they lay a little off to the side too – i love little details that make something a bit different (see above re: usual).


if you’re in atlanta, i’m sure you have heard mention of richard’s variety store.  i can’t tell you how many conversations i’ve had or overheard where one person says, “oh – try richard’s, they might have it.”  i don’t know how they do it, but these people stock everything.  including aisles and aisles of toys, as exhibited here…

richards variety store

rush got a garbage truck and a fire truck from those shelves – both were big hits, as was the elmo cell phone purchased for rinne.

a funny thing happened when we went to see santa…  we go to the local baby and children’s boutique, baby braithwaite, to visit the man in red. at one point while we were waiting for our flash drive with the photos to be prepared, rinne and i wandered over to this big display they had, swathed in pale pink, featuring the sweetest and most delicately crafted rendition of the princess and the pea.  i think rbb can smell my desire to spend money, because he and rush appeared right behind me just as i was flipping over the price tag to see how much it would set me back and unfortunately, we both saw it at the same time and i could pretty much hear his head shaking.  so i had to walk away but told the princess we would meet again later, just in a dark alley and without this tall male companion i had with me.  cut to late night cruising on garnet hill, looking for bins for the office…click on the sale section, eh.  might as well see what they got.  HOLY SMOKES MY PRINCESS AND THE PEA IS HERE!!  and it was at nearly 1/3rd of the price tag of the local boutique.  i was BLINDED by those little mattresses – do you SEE them?!?!  they are different in every little bed!  and that little pea!  and i actually have a little girl to buy it for!  before i knew it, it was on my doorstep and instantaneously wrapped to put under the tree.  here it is resting quietly after a frenetic christmas morning.

princess and the pea

i am telling you, these chevron notepads really do make a good gift!  i whipped some up for my mom and mother-in-law (these were not for them, but for other clients – i’m loving the yellow and navy blue!).

chevron notepads

etsy is the most fun place to poke around, and i swear you can find anything on there.  enter: hand crocheted lightning mcqueen slippers.  like i said, anything. :)

lightning mcqueen slippers

also, i want you to know that if you ordered your holiday cards from calliespondence, you not only supported this small business – but all of the printers i use are also small businesses, local to atlanta.  they are people that i know, love and trust to do a good job for you – so thank you for supporting them via supporting me!

and now it’s time to tuck away all of these holiday wares – always sad to see them go!


parisian treats

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well, my mom went to paris.  again.  she really needs to learn how to choose less fabulous vacation destinations so i am not always completely jelly.  but she was nice enough to tote a laduree bag home for me once more…yippee!!  she even took pictures of their festive christmas windows, but i am nearly certain she does not know how to extract photo files from her camera, so we’ll not hold our breath for those.  everything is just how i remembered.

fantastic bag.

gorgeous packaging.

and look at that little sticker even!

and delectable treats.

i can’t get enough!  now to visit the one in NYC…but will bring provisions as my friend megan paid a visit to the new store and waited in line (or should i say “in queue”…you know, more euro) for over an hour.  totally worth it, mais oui?


p.s. one of my favorite retail stationery companies, linda and harriett, is offering 25% off their fantastic 2012 calendars (code: THANKS25).  i’m picking one up!

all in the packaging

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it truly is all about the packaging, isn’t it?  i buy wine, shampoo, peanut butter, you name it – based on how good the label looks.  i recently bought a purse from the bon lemon shoppe and when it arrived, i peeked in the box and stopped right there because it was so all packaged so fabulously i knew i needed to have my camera handy to document it.  check it out.

the box, adorned with a bon lemon sticker.  great touch (note to self).

hand written note (on the back of the big bon lemon postcard) and business card.  even better touch.
green crinkle paper also, to ease the blow of those harsh shipping truck turns.

my purchase wrapped in yellow polka dot tissue paper and a green grosgrain ribbon.  adore.

and remember these nelle purses that i blogged about a couple of months ago?  oh yeah.  the bon lemon shoppe carries them now.  amy, the proprietress, can hook you up.  i got the midnight cherub in black and i love her.  now i just need an excuse for a fun night to bring her out on the town! 

also, the bon lemon proprietress wants you to know that the webstore is going under a major overhaul, and will be fully up and running, stocked full of merchandise to be shipped to you in similar fashion on april 1.

and, i am off because i clearly must go and get working on the new and improved calliespondence packaging system.  i wish i weren’t so worried about an errant card bending or a whole stack getting rough edges on a corner!  it keeps me up at night.  but better safe than cute?  there must be a way to marry them both.  i’ll be back.


p.s. big birthday shoutout to my main man, rbb.  34 never looked better! xo

pretty pictures

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good monday morning y’all!  man.  we had kind of a rough weekend in our house.  baby was sick already, but i caught it as of saturday night and rbb thinks he might have it now…which is really no bueno since we’re leaving for costa rica on wednesday morning and i have so much to do between now and then!

just an aside, being sick is not fun, but much more fun when you can treat yourself to a hot toddy.  do you guys do that too?  i make mine with hot tea, honey, lemon (only if i have some around) and of course a splash of bourbon.  it helps that fall and winter are cold season because it’s also football season…so there is always some brown liquor to be found in the house :)

on that note, i leave you with several pretty pictures to brighten up your monday (and mine). 

i think my calliespondence office should look just like that last picture.  one day…

have a great monday!


images 1, 2 and 3 from ariella chezar flowers
image 5 from cheree berry paper
image 7 from love, jenna calligraphy
i have no idea where images 4, 6, 8 and 9 came from…sorry!