Thursday, February 26, 2015

A Lovely Shower


On love day weekend this month I was able to spend some time helping shower a sweet, new mom-to-be. It was the cutest ever. Valentine's Day mixed with a little girl baby shower is so perfect! My friend, Colleen, made some of the coolest paper flowers and brought some tasty treats from Magpies Bakery where she works. Tell me this isn't cute.


We had an afternoon shower so our menu was generally desserts. The mom-to-be, Grace, loves tiramisu so we had that. We also had a fruit, cheese and meat tray along with a veggie and hummus dip.

I love hosting little gatherings. If you don't usually host things give it a shot. Nothing has to be over the top. Simple or even quality store-bought food is perfect. Keeping a menu short and sweet (ha!) is easy and perfect. I had a drink station as well complete with hot water for tea or cocoa. We cozied up with our warm drinks, snacks and squealed over the most precious little people items.

-Alison





Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Tasty Tuesday: PB&J Smoothie Bowl



I am a little behind on the smoothie bowl trend, but I'm ok with that. When I can pretty much eat my breakfast like I just went to a Pinkberry, I'm happy. The concept is pretty similar: make a smoothie of your choice then top with fresh fruit, seeds or nuts. Keep your ingredients simple with your smoothie-a little protein powder, milk and fruit with toppings that go along with it. Start your day eating "ice cream" and it should be pretty awesome, right?

Ingredients:
1 cup frozen mixed berries
1 cup milk
1 Tbsp protein powder
1/2 cup peanut butter

Toppings:
Dry roasted peanuts
Hemp seeds
Strawberries

Blend all ingredients together in a food processor or blender, then top with toppings of choice.

-Laurie

Monday, February 23, 2015

Erica + Greg's Wedding



Last year, I met a vibrant and sweet couple who were interested in a wedding invitation suite. Erica and Greg Thomas got married in August 2014 at the Loveless Barn here in Nashville. Loveless is a very "Nashville" landmark so I wanted to honor that while keeping it elegant. Erica gushed about the chandelier that she wanted to have in the barn that was surrounded by draped lights. I drew out the chandelier with a hint of the draping for the focal design of her invitation suite. Her monogram was a smaller design used throughout each piece as well. She chose a beautiful opal shimmery paper with an accent of ruby-purple in her ink and mat behind the invitation. I was very happy with how her beautiful designs came out. Please take a look at Erica and Greg's beautiful wedding. 

-Laurie









Friday, February 20, 2015

TGIF: Thank Goodness I Found White Weddings





It's a great day for a white wedding! Wedding season is getting started, y'all. Trends have gone toward blush, gold and neutrals for a timeless look. Since Tennessee is experiencing a lot of white in the form of snow, we thought some inspiration for all the new brides to be would be a wonderful TGIF theme. I (Laurie) had an all ivory wedding, so I'm pretty partial to that. A soft pallet is beautiful dressed up in a ballroom or dressed down in a barn!

-Laurie & Alison


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Bridal Show Recap



This past Sunday I exhibited a booth at the Perfect Wedding Guide Bridal Show. This time of year is wedding season...people just got engaged around the holidays and Valentine's Day, so it's go time for me. Kudos to my dad who built an 8ft x 8ft wall to display all my pieces on. 2015 has already begun to be a big year for me and I hope it continues. I cannot wait for a new batch of brides, so if you are one of them and you're reading this, welcome to Fanciful Ink!


-Laurie

Thanks Whitney, Mom & Julie for working so hard all day for me!

"For My Groom On Our Wedding Day" & "Will You Be My Bridesmaid?" Cards for sale

Virginia & Sue was there too!

The full view of the booth. Thank you to everyone who came by!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Thank Goodness I Found: Love of All Kinds


Valentine's Day means a lot of things to a lot of people. Or, or it can mean nothing at all. Just a silly "holiday" that requires spending money on things that vanish in a blink of an eye. To me, it is an excuse to be silly just like the "holiday" but also to remember real love. The love of a best friend. The love of a family member. The love of a man like Martin Luther King, Jr. to a whole host of people (his wife being one). Romantic love. 

I'm here saying, if you hate this "holiday," remember the good, big love in this word. And buy some chocolate on 2.15.15 when it is on sale. 

Oh, one last thing! We send our silly love to you wherever you are. Every day. 

Love, 
Alison & Laurie

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Tasty Tuesday: Martha's Chocolate Truffles


As if I need another reason to sneak chocolate into my diet...Thank you Valentine's Day!

So I thought I would try to make truffles. I hate buying chocolates in the store and trying to figure out what all of the unidentifiable ingredients are. These little mini truffles are quite good! I used a Martha Stewart recipe and watched this video before attempting. Might have added a little rosemary simple syrup to mine because you know I love rosemary. 

Try something new this Valentine's Day! This is not a hard recipe at all and you feel so indulgent when you eat them. And so fancy. 

-Alison

 

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