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DIY Care Package | Ann-Marie Loves Paper

As someone who has lived far away from family + friends, I can attest to how wonderful it is to receive a care package in the mail. My mom used to send me the best care packages filled with magazines, my favorite candy, and the occasional Starbucks gift card (thanks Mom!) to make the distance between California + Utah feel a little bit shorter. And even though I am now back in California, I still have several friends that live out of state, so I am always looking for opportunities to send a little happy mail their way.

DIY Care Package | Ann-Marie Loves Paper

The key to care packages is that they don’t have to cost a lot; it truly is the thought behind the gesture that counts! In fact, one of my favorite things to do is to “shop” my own supplies. I have waaaay more stamps, pencils, twine, washi tape, and envelopes than I’ll ever know what to do with, so I pass them along to someone who can put them to good use! And of course, with all these fun supplies comes the opportunity to create fun packaging. I especially love adding descriptions to my items (i.e. “15 yards”) with Martha Stewart’s Crafts Your Own Stamp Set..

DIY Care Package | Ann-Marie Loves Paper

There are no rules and you don’t even need to send the package to a distant location. It might be fun just to drop a box off on a good friend’s doorstep to make their homecoming a little bit sweeter. Happy mail for the win!

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I’ve been lucky enough to photograph not one, but TWO amazing houses lately. Neither of which are mine (I wish!), but they both belong to the loveliest of lovely homeowners, so I’m more than happy to visit.

HOUSE No. ONE | ELISE

The first house I got to crash for a night was Elise’s. Oh man, this girl is a force to be reckoned with. I’ve never met anyone who is quite as efficient as she is (much less, at nine months pregnant!), and her beautiful home is an excellent example of that. Plus, her style! Girl’s got style for days. Here’s her daughter’s adorable nursery that I had the pleasure of shooting:

Elise Blaha Cripe's Nursery | Photo by Ann-Marie Morris
Elise Blaha Cripe's Nursery | Photo by Ann-Marie Morris
Elise Blaha Cripe's Nursery | Photo by Ann-Marie Morris

Elise Blaha Cripe's Nursery | Photo by Ann-Marie Morris
Elise Blaha Cripe's Nursery | Photo by Ann-Marie Morris
Elise Blaha Cripe's Nursery | Photo by Ann-Marie Morris

Elise Blaha Cripe's Nursery | Photo by Ann-Marie Morris

Elise Blaha Cripe's Nursery | Photo by Ann-Marie Morris
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HOUSE No. TWO | SARAH

The next amazing house belongs to my good friend Sarah. I had been hearing all about and seeing tons of amazing sneak peeks of her gorgeous new home for months, so to actually visit it in person (and spend the night in her luxurious basement!) was an absolute treat. Her home is UNREAL (although I simply refuse to give up my campaign for her to move to California!).

Sarah Champion's House | Photo by Ann-Marie Morris

Sarah Champion's House | Photo by Ann-Marie Morris
Sarah Champion's House | Photo by Ann-Marie Morris
Sarah Champion's House | Photo by Ann-Marie Morris
Sarah Champion's House | Photo by Ann-Marie Morris
Sarah Champion's House | Photo by Ann-Marie Morris
Sarah Champion's House | Photo by Ann-Marie Morris

See more photos of Elise’s nursery here and Sarah’s house here!

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Happy Place No. 002 | Sundance, Utah | Ann-Marie Morris

Happy Place No. 002 | Sundance, Utah | Ann-Marie Morris

Sundance was one of the first places John and I discovered upon our move to Utah in 2010 and it completely bowled us over. In fact, it STILL bowls me over every time I visit. I spent this past weekend in Utah and on Sunday, my good friend Sarah + her husband Mike took me up to Sundance for an amazing brunch at The Foudry Grill.

Happy Place No. 002 | Sundance, Utah | Ann-Marie Morris
Happy Place No. 002 | Sundance, Utah | Ann-Marie Morris

After breakfast, we spent a little time shopping (I’ll take one of everything, please!) and wandering around the resort. Just being amidst the trees + the mountains felt so refreshing. One of these days, I want to rent out one of the cabins (or yurts!) and wake up and breathe in that crisp alpine air with a hot cup of coffee in hand. Heaven.

Happy Place No. 002 | Sundance, Utah | Ann-Marie Morris

Happy Place No. 002 | Sundance, Utah | Ann-Marie Morris

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Happy Place No. 002 | Sundance, Utah | Ann-Marie Morris

From there, we jumped back in the car and went for a scenic drive through the Alpine Loop, stopping along the way for photos. This time of year is an absolute dream in Utah. The temperature is no longer too cold and not yet too hot and it feels amazing. I’m so glad my trip happened to coincide with the perfect weather!

Happy Place No. 002 | Sundance, Utah | Ann-Marie Morris

Happy Place No. 002 | Sundance, Utah | Ann-Marie Morris

If ever you get the opportunity to visit Utah, I highly recommend stopping by Sundance. Not only does the resort have so much to offer (including Full Moon lift rides!), but the idyllic drive through Provo Canyon to get there is worth the trip all on it’s own!

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Despite being in five different states, three different time zones and unpredictable levels of Internet cooperation (Jamie – we’re coming for you!), my friends and I were able to hang out on Wednesday night + it was the greatest thing ever.

Google Chat | Ann-Marie Loves Paper

Okay, so maybe not “hang out” in the same way we do when we take over Starbucks or stand in Jaymee’s parents’ kitchen until 2am or gather together for our annual holiday parties, but still, so good. Amazing actually. I mean, can you believe that with a few clicks, you can SEE + HEAR + TALK TO someone thousands of miles away? Or better yet, six different people all at the same time?! I can’t even…

Nothing better than good friends, good conversations + ridiculously amazing technology.

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bridesmaid cards | ann-marie loves paper
bridesmaid cards | ann-marie loves paper
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bridesmaid cards | ann-marie loves paper

Over the holiday season, I was lucky enough to have almost all of my friends in town for several weeks. This meant daily trips to Starbucks to “get work done” which translates to “rearrange the tables + chairs in the store to accomodate everyone and talk loudly for hours on end.” (The good people at the ‘Bucks totally love us.) Since it’s so rare to actually have my friends nearby for an extended period of time, I knew I had to seize the opportunity to pop the question to my bridesmaids in person. And let me tell you, I struggled to figure out what I wanted to do! The pressure was on, to say the least.

After many failed mock-ups (I was dead-serious about this task), I finally decided that simple was best.

Using my Cameo, I die-cut each of the cards and then adhered them to a sheet of gold cardstock along with a handwritten message on the back. From there, I wrapped each card in hot pink tissue paper and tucked them into kraft bags embellished with washi tape, glitter tape, and a Thicker in each girl’s first initial. And guess what? It totally worked! Despite the fact that four out of six girls currently live out of state, they all agreed to join me on this journey! I couldn’t be more thrilled.

xoxo

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Like I mentioned in my birthday list, 2012 has been the year of destination weddings. And I am such a fan.












Two weeks ago, my good friend Jaymee had the most amazing wedding in Santa Barbara. And even though SB is only an hour north of where we live, John and I decided to turn the long weekend into a mini vacation. It definitely turned out to be one of the best ideas we’ve had in the many years we’ve been together. The first night we stayed near the harbor in Ventura and the next two nights were spent in picturesque Carpinteria. During the day, we traipsed all over Solvang, Santa Barbara, Montecito, and even Oxnard for a little Cafe Rio.

In case I haven’t mentioned it in the past fifteen minutes or so, I LOVE California. End of story.

xoxo

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A few weekends ago, I met up with my good friend Janelle for coffee + blog talk. If there’s anything in this world that the two of use can discuss until pretty much the end of time (and then some), it’s bloglandia. Who we look up to, what kinds of posts we love, what styles we gravitate towards, and of course, how the H can we be those people? It really was the best and I can’t wait to do it again soon.

And speaking of blog loving, here are a few that have totally won me over recently:

Small Fry. Am I a mom or do I plan on becoming a mom anytime soon? Good lord no. But I am in love with this blog run by a talented group of gals from Utah (where else?).

The Fresh Exchange. The hand-lettered titles, the stunning photos, the Parisian lifestyle (!!!)…this blogger has the midas touch.

Blog Brunch. A blog about blogging? YES. PLEASE.

Obama’s Website. All politics aside, Obama’s team hit it out of the park when they hired SimpleScott to brand his campaign. This article profiling the head designer is especially fascinating.

What are your favorite new blogs? Do share!

xoxo

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When I say “bridal shower of the century,” I’m not exaggerating. I think Jaymee’s shower (thrown by an insanely talented team, including Miss Style Eater!) definitely qualifies for that title. When I arrived a few hours early to help set up, I was immediately blown away by all the details: the food, the flowers, the table settings, the colors…the kind of details that Pinterest dreams are made of.

Nothing less than the best for the beautiful bride-to-be!

xoxo

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Last night my friend Janelle and I attended Oh Joy’s book signing and Q+A event in LA and had such a great time. It’s always fun to go to these kinds of parties because they really bring the big-name bloggers out of the woodwork (like this one! and this one!). And let’s get real: there’s nothing we love more than a little people-watching of the blogger variety. Every detail about the event was impeccable…the location, the decor, the Smilebooth. But then again, I wouldn’t expect anything less from the queen of design.

xoxo

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