Inspiration Column: New England Clambake

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Happy Monday! I hope you all had a lovely weekend in the sun. I started flipping through the summer food issue from Martha this weekend and it is brimming with mouth-watering summer recipes that I can’t wait to try. It got me to thinking about our traditional summer lobster feasts and clambakes that I get giddy for each year when the warm temps start to roll in. There’s nothing better than soaking up the sun on the water during the day, diving for lobsters (I did catch a few of my own last summer!), and cooking them up back at the house while sipping on an ice cold beer or maybe one of these. Throw some old newspaper on the table, print up these quick DIY claw place cards (if you want to get a little fancy) and check out these ideas for an easy table scape. If you like to plan ahead of time like me, you’ll want to send out a quick invite for the party and it can be as easy as throwing the date and time on one of these cheers cards from Fig. 2. What are your favorite ideas for a summer party? 

{Photo credits} Row 1: Lobster place cardsBancroft Studios lobster platter Row 2: Pottery Barn table scape, Row 3: Fig. 2 cheers stationeryBoiled Maine lobsterRaspberry cobbler Row 4: Striped navy strawsStrawberry Tequila Daisy from OSBP, Chambray and striped shorts (unknown source, anyone know?)

Inspiration Column: Rustic Beauty

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Good morning and happy Tuesday! I created today’s board as a jumping off point for some ideas I’m working on for my friends Ann and Mitch for their upcoming fall wedding. Think woody backdrops with hints of champagne, gold and ivory, a fun photo booth with a vintage polaroid, DIY mason jars with sparse ivory florals as centerpieces, mini splits as party favors and invites lovingly hand-stamped by none other than the bride and groom. Along with good food and great company, this bash is sure to be memorable. I am so thrilled to be helping these two with the design for their DIY invites!

{Photo credits} Row 1: Crafty wooden signs, framed table numbers, splits and straws Row 2: golden dinnerware setFaux Bois invites Row 3: vintage soda boxes and floral decordress hung on barn Row 4: kraft love confettiglitter dipped mason jars, photo booth suitcase

Inspiration Column: Lush Green Garden

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The cherry blossoms have bloomed and the tulips are budding around here and I am so so anxious to get my hands in the dirt this spring. Last year was the first spring in our new home and we weren’t quite sure what the previous owners had planted or what would pop up next. This year we’ve decided to do a bit of our own landscaping and a patio herb garden with some of my favorites including mint for delish mojitos, basil for my homemade spaghetti sauce (passed down from my Ma and Memere), thyme, and lavender for bunching near bedside tables, sachets and yummy teas. I can’t wait. And just so I remember what’s what, and who needs what, I’ll be keeping my notes in this sweet little journal. I mean, how could I not? What’s popping up in your garden this year? I’d love to hear what works well for you!

{Photo credits} Row 1: Vegetable start favors / Rifle Paper Garden Journal / Martha Stewart’s Culinary Herb Garden / Row 2: Champagne mojitosAntique Hummingbird Feeder / Row 3: how to trim and prepare delicious baby artichokes / Palm tree outdoor lumbar pillow / gorgeous succulent bouquet / Row 4: Chalkboard painted terra cotta herb pots / Super spinach smoothie

Inspiration Column: Energize

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After a long and rainy weekend of being sick on the couch, consuming almost an entire box of green tea and catching up on some favorite movies, I’m itching for a bit of energy today. I also took some time to re-evaluate the energy and direction of Yours Truly. I’m finding it challenging lately to post solely about pretty paper, and as a result have lacked in posting over the last few months. As smitten as a I get over a beautifully printed botanical wedding suite or lush edge painted business cards, I’m realizing that there are more topics that rouse my creative inspirations, and that it shouldn’t feel unseemly to embrace those ideas on the blog.

I loved this post by The Everygirl on What to Do When You Don’t Yet Know Your Purpose. Even if you recognize your passion, it can be frustrating and disappointing to not know what direction to head in. I’m hoping to conquer that and head in a new and confident direction. How do you energize your creative inspirations when you’re feeling adrift?

{Photo credits} Row 1: The Nichols via Style Me Pretty / Gloucester’s Rudder’s Ruby Red Martini via Northshore Mag / She-n-He Photography for Camille Styles / Row 2: Chewing the Cud Invites photographed by Stephanie Williams via Apartment 34 / Row 3: Wedding Chicks via Pinterest / Anthropologie Osman Chair / The Hungry Workshop via Oh Joy / Row 4: Design Mom / Antiquaria for 100 Layer Cake / Kitchen Essentials for The Everygirl