Friday, November 12, 2010

It's HERE!

Finally, finally, finally ready to announce the new home of Paper City Design! A fresh new look for the website, my portfolio, a NEW BLOG! and... at long last, an etsy shop!


It's been a long ride my friends but hopefully this is just the beginning. Now let's head on over and check it out shall we...

Also, this does mean that this may well be the very last post here on apapercity so please update your bookmarks & feeds so you don't miss a minute of this new journey!

peace + love,


Monday, November 1, 2010

Girls in Boots

You know you're in Texas when not just a few girls show up to a fancy event in dresses and cowboy boots (& look really hot in the process!)

Gawd, I miss my friends.

(I was out last week for Lacey + Jay's wedding. It was lovely. I ate a LOT of Mexican food.)

top photo by me, all others by J.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Amish Country

We took a weekend jaunt to Pennsylvania to visit our friend Leanne a few weekends ago. We stayed in her family's beautiful house in the country, ate food made by Mennonites, went apple picking and of course imbibed in a few tasty beers in Philly with the boys.

Such a great way to take in the fall weather—thanks for an awesome time Lee's!

Monday, October 18, 2010


My sister, Kendra, just started a blog—& guess who was recruited to design her header? (that'd be me)

Head on over to The Lone Star to check it out!

Congrats hermana, I can't wait to see how this exploration goes!

Monday, October 11, 2010

House Projects

Two furniture projects I tackled recently.

The first, a stool J found on the side of the road was in terrible shape—and I almost got rid of it calling it a lost cause. It's an odd-bird to begin with but with some primer + yellow paint that I had laying around and fabric I picked up at a flea market months ago I've come to love it! At 5'3" I've desperately needed a kitchen stool for a few years now but couldn't bring myself to purchase a vintage beauty (aka rusty stool found in an abandon garage) for a hot $65 at the local antique shop!

The second was a much greater undertaking. J purchased this arm chair from American Council from the Blind in Lubbock as his desk chair in grad school. It was the ONLY piece of furniture besides our bed and side table that made the move to Brooklyn. It's comfortable, sturdy & not too big. But the unattractive orange vinyl had split and it was looking a little worse-for-the-wear. I really wanted to recover it with a great pattern and I'd been super inspired by Native American or Mexican blankets. Their really durable and a dime-a-dozen... in Texas. After weeks of searching I had seen a few at the Brooklyn Flea but they wanted $40+ for them. (I'm pretty sure my mom has 6 sitting unused in her linen closet at home) We were strolling through our 'hood one weekend and J spotted this one laid out with stoop sale items over the top of it (Brooklyn term for garage sale... we don't have garages here). The seller wasn't intending on selling the blanket but was happy to take $5 for it! After doing some research on how to make my own piping—then ordering the proper foot for my sewing machine I was good to go!

I'm not going to lie. It wasn't easy. But it wasn't too difficult either (I just don't let anyone look too closely!)

Friday, September 24, 2010

Love is Waiting SHOP!

My friend, Heather, and her husband, Aaron, are in the process of adopting a little boy from Ethiopia! Heather is a super talented designer and Aaron, a super talented musician. They just launched the Love is Waiting Shop to help fund the expensive process of bringing their little guy home forever.

Check it out & support the Hale's on their journey!

Absolutely beautiful work, Heather!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Warmbelly Brews: Empire Saison

Warmbelly Brews brewed this beer at the beginning of the summer—possibly my favorite of their beers so far.

I drew the Empire State Building on this label while sitting in the King's County Courthouse looking out the picture window at the Manhattan skyline (and the Empire State Building) while I was serving jury duty. I also hand drew the letters while sitting many long hours there as well.

They have an ESB (currently sitting in my closet...) that will be ready for sampling this weekend. J wrote the ESB recipe himself with some inspiration from the West Coast beers we had on our trip so as he says, "it's gonna be a hoppy boy!" As soon as they taste it and name it I'll be whipping up some new labels!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

grappolo d'uva

Dug up some old Italy pics for a project I've been working on.

It's been fun actually getting to use them for something!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

It's September.

Two photos from our trip out west.

Big things coming my chickens... just don't go gettin' your panties all tangled now... it's closer than you think!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

36 hours

gloriously spent with the most difficult decisions being whether I wanted to swim before the next meal, after, or both.

The only "to do" list involved drinking cocktails, clearing the table from amazing meals and changing out of a wet swimsuit. Our friends generously shared a weekend visiting parents in a perfect cabin on Lake Champlain.

thank you Delhagen's for such a relaxing weekend!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Kendra + Stephen: Invites

Not sure how these slipped through the cracks as I posted a sneak peek & the programs for my sister's wedding but managed to forget the invites!

Here they are, better a little late than never! I used a pearlescent paper for these—it was fun to do such a simple set and really let the texture of the paper be the hero.

*Stay tuned, Paper City Design is getting a big makeover and we're getting close to launching a shop!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Art by Amanda Boyd

J and I just purchased an original piece of art (Herman, pictured above) by our friend Amanda Boyd. She's super talented, super fun & I think you would really like her!

She and her husband are relocating to Kansas City. right. now. and she has spent the summer creating some pretty amazing things. You can visit her shop to check it out. I can vouch that her craftsmanship is impeccable and the work is so lovely in person.

THE BEST PART IS, she's doing a give away! Quick, go find out how to win a free print!

Thanks Amanda, keep up the great work!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Amanda & Will's Wedding Invites

Such a beautiful couple, such a beautiful wedding, it was an honor to do their invites!

They got married in July at Treehouse Point and it. was. gorgeous. and a so much fun!

Congrats you two—I hope you're enjoying some post-wedding down time.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Dos, Due, Deux

Two years ago I started this little ol' blog. I had no idea what my life would be like in 2 weeks from that time much less 2 years. crazy. I'm in that same spot today... it's hard for me to picture where I'll be 2 years from today. Bring it on!

*photos taken in Seattle on our trip. Seattle is a wonderful city, incase you didn't know.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010


Just started going through some of the photos and I'm overwhelmed about where I should start. Here are a few random selections from our adventures. I am back in Brooklyn whether I want to be or not. J is somewhere on the Olympic Peninsula with our friend Taylor—they're on a bike tour and J will fly home from Portland in about 9 days or so.