Chalk Wall at the Karson Butler Events Design Studio

Karson Butler Events Design Studio | Anchor B Chalk Art

Last month, I was so excited to visit with Amber and Emily of Karson Butler Events to cover an entire wall in their new Capitol Hill Studio with chalk artwork!  It was a great collaborative project with a fantastic result.  I am thrilled with the outcome!  A big thanks to Jodi Miller for these beautiful photos from Amber and Emily’s Holiday Open house last week, and to Abby Jiu for the awesome time lapse video of the process.  Always a big thanks to Amber and Emily for being so amazing to work with.  Our aesthetics align perfectly!

 Please check out Amber and Emily’s recap of the project, and more great photos of their studio featured on Inspired by This!Karson Butler Events Design Studio | Anchor B Chalk ArtKarson Butler Events Design Studio | Anchor B Chalk Art

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Georgia Tech Football

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The last few years, I have really loved vintage sports photos, like this one that I spotted last weekend at an awesome little shop in Chapel Hill, Branching Out.  After some digging, I found two of my very own family vintage sports photos.  Below is my Great Grandfather on my Mother’s Mother’s side, Ed Hart (on the right), and his brother John.  Approximately 1904 at the Mulberry Athletic Club in Clarksburg, West Virginia.

John and Ed Hart

And below, is my grandfather on my father’s side, A. Moody Burt (2nd row, 2nd from the left), playing Center for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in 1909 and 1910.

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While doing a little internet research on Georgia Tech Football history, I found some other awesome photos, but sadly, none from 1909 or 1910.  This is the 1911 team, I recognize a few faces.

And lastly, here is an amazing pic of the 1906 team:

 

 

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Thanksgiving!

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I can hardly wait to show you my Christmas decorations, but I promised myself I would do a Thanksgiving post before a Christmas post, so here we are.  I know the rest of America has moved on to December, but I’m still trying to catch up with myself!  So let’s rewind just for a moment and think back to a few weeks ago when we were all enjoying turkey and reflecting on all the things we are grateful for in our lives…

R and I hosted a combination of our families for a total of 11.  Our menu included the basics- turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, and apple pie, as well as the Filipino basics- Pancit, Lumpia, and Empanadas.  Sautéed Brussels sprouts were the wildcard that we spontaneously added alongside all the “traditional” dishes.  (Perhaps a new tradition is born!?)  Robert, his mom, and my mom did most of the cooking, while the bulk of my job was setting the table and bar.  I do love any opportunity I have to pull out the family silver and our best wine glasses!  And…what a treat to do some hand lettering for my own table for a change!

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It was a great day, but flew by.   I barely had a moment to stop and think about all that I am grateful for.  But hey, I don’t need one holiday a year to remind me…  I am well aware of all that brings joy to my life.  My dear husband, family and friends, my sweet Georgia, my cozy home, microbrews, and instant Netflix.  I am a lucky, lucky girl!

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(Robert’s sister, Gemma,  got this awesome shot while R was carving the turkey.  Her caption was “Make sure you do it right!”  That is most likely exactly what I was expressing.  I love it!)

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All of Autumn

For real!

Oh my.  Where has the time gone?!  Not only have I gotten far behind in emailing and cleaning, but I’ve let the blog go too??  Nope.  Here I am!  I can’t believe an entire season has gone by without one word of reflection.  Fall is my favorite.  So, it makes sense that I’ve been so busy enjoying my season that I haven’t posted one darn thing about it, right?

Let’s catch up.

Summer Skies

All summer, all Baltimore.

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Sweet Spot

Anyone who knows me, knows of my love for Nantucket.  It has been a home away from home for me and my family my entire life.  My mother first came to the island as a 13-year-old “Mother’s Helper” staying with her aunt and uncle and watching over her young cousins.  This was 1966, the summer of Wild Thing, Paperback Writer, and Summer in the City.

She went back with them summer after summer, and in 1981 soon after she and my dad married, they bought a time share in an 1846 whaling captain’s house, converted into 6 apartments.  And so began our annual tradition.  My first memories of the ocean are from here, being held by one of my parents as the waves rolled under us.  My first experience navigating the world alone was a brave journey two blocks from our house to The Hub, a news stand that conveniently sold gum, candies, and comic books.  Nantucket is where Robert and I got engaged, and then married the next summer in a casual and sweet back yard gathering.

I cannot think of this island without feeling hopelessly nostalgic.  For a place whose merchants and restaurants change frequently, Nantucket is so rich with history- both cultural and personal.  Its treacherous brick sidewalks, and creeky 17th century grey shingled houses are a constant in my life.  Going back year after year allows me to look at the 12 months that have passed, say “so long”, and start new in peace.

We just returned from our week on the island where we spent time with family and friends.  In no particular order, here are some highlights:

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Introducing…Addressing Styles!

Hands down, the most frequently asked question I get is, “Do you have different styles?”  So, I’ve sat down and picked out my favorite styles to display as options for clients interested in addressing.  A few are on the slightly more “traditional side”, while the rest are infused with some whimsy.  Which one suits you?

In addition to the Addressing Styles, I’ve also updated the About and Services pages.  Take a look!

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Circus Saudade Portraits

Back in February, I posted about Circus Saudade, a new web comic created by my good friend, Colin Campbell.  I was thrilled to be asked by Colin to do some lettering for  his Kickstarter Fundraiser that ended in April.  These character portraits and poster were just some of the awesome rewards his backers received last week.

If you haven’t already, head over and visit Circus Saudade, and check back weekly for updates!

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Photo booth

2012, Brooklyn NY

2008(ish), Portland OR

(p.s. visit Genevieve at Sun In My Chest)