{Giveaway} from Vintage Paper Parade!

A big, whole-hearted thank you to everyone for their comments after Friday’s post! I was a bit unsure of whether or not to post belly pics but I’m so happy I got the chance to share one of my little joys of pregnancy with everyone! (Hmmm… on second thought maybe it’s not such a little joy – it’s actually a watermelon-sized joy at the moment. A watermelon with little legs that are jabbing the right side of my stomach as we speak.)

I’m also super excited to share a giveaway today that is pure vintage print lovely! Vintage Paper Parade designs whimsical, stylish paper products and I’ve loved every little collection that Debra has developed. I was thrilled that she wanted to announce her latest creations here – and offer a giveaway to one lucky winner!

With beautiful typography, darling images and a retro-esque feel to the invites, recipe cards, labels, cupcake markers and rest of the collections, there is something timeless and lovely about the shop that I can’t resist. (The silhouettes maybe? or the classic illustrations?)

Up for the giveaway today is two different versions of the Hostess Package – everything you need from labels to favor tags to bookplates {in this adorable print or the big image at top} plus a gift card to the shop and free shipping!


Vintage Paper Parade is offering one lucky winner their choice of two different packages – both of which are perfect for yourself or as the ultimate hostess gift:

Hostess Set #1 valued at $60:
*one set of cards/invitations
*one set of tags (perfect for gifts, favors or dessert table labels)
*one set of recipe cards
*$20 gift certificate for Vintage Paper Parade
*free shipping

or Hostess Set #2 valued at $55:
*one set of bookplates (for recipe books and the like)
*one set of tags
*one set of recipe cards
*$25 gift certificate for Vintage Paper Parade
*free shipping

To Enter: Please visit Vintage Paper Parade’s shop and leave a comment here highlighting your favorite print. In the spirit of the giveaway, feel free to share your favorite *hostess gift* as well, too!

For Additional Entries: Become a fan of PDB or Vintage Paper Parade on Facebook! Be sure to leave a separate comment here.

Giveaway ends Friday, October 8th at midnight PST. Winner will be chosen randomly and announced the following Monday. Good luck!


Grow, Baby, Grow! 6 Months and Counting…

For those of you who are not a big fan of tummy shots, or what might be in those tummies, I completely sympathize. This post is all about the belly and you deserve a fair warning. :)

But now that you’ve been forewarned – I’ve fallen in love with this little tummy of mine and am showing ‘er off, all 6½ months of stretch (for a quick reference, here’s the 3 month post announcement):

If the bare belly’s too much info, I hope you’ll forgive me.

Let’s get on the x-ray goggles now and check out the inside of that tummy. Baby S was only 4½ months along in these shots but I’m imagining he/she looks more or less the same + a good pound and a half.

Here are two of my favorite sonogram pictures for a clear look at what lounging in utero looks like for this little one:

Just chillin’ – I’m tempted to offer a good book and cold cocktail to that babe as he/she crosses their legs and kicks back. Oh the life.

Kevin and I are super happy we invested in an ever-expanding black maternity shirt from day 1 to shoot these month by month photos. I can’t wait to show Baby S one day what they looked like while hanging out full time with momma.

Home Inspiration: House Doctor

I would very much like to find a store like House Doctor here in the States. These rich jewel tones bring a nice contrast to the usual warm fall colors and I love how they look against a white background and with colorful fabrics.

More often than not I shy away from blues and cool tones in favor of earthy, warm colors. But I’m inspired to mix in some contrast this fall in the form of tinted glass vases, saturated table centerpieces and Mediterranean-inspired fabrics after a quick browse through the collection.


The little details in the above photo are some of my favorites – handmade box shelves in the background lined in beautiful papers, colorful dishware stacked along side pantry items in this open kitchen setting, a recovered black stool in a bright fabric that pops, hand grown herbs at the ready are both practical and pretty.

No, it’s not spring yet. In fact I’m embracing fall to the fullest over here but I couldn’t help but share a bit of inspiration to mix up your usual palette. Thanks, Decor8 for sharing this great find! While you’re over there, don’t miss House Doctor’s creative blog, too.

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