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Be Cheerful by Emily McCarthyMy sweet mom passed this along to me – I truly believe this! A smile is really beautiful and can light up a room.

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A little inspiration from one of my favorite style icons.

Diane Von Furstenberg Quote

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This weekend will be filled with family, traditions and many Irish celebrations. We have one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in Savannah and my husband’s family has a float in the parade. We are also lucky to have my parents in town for their first St. Patrick’s Day experience – cannot wait to share it with them! Master Rhett will be having a big time too in his stroller and sporting his shamrock attire. Wave if you see us and enjoy this little Irish Blessing!

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Due the popularity of the  MONOGRAM ETIQUETTE GUIDE and INVITATION ETIQUETTE GUIDE, we decided to work up a lovely little WEDDING INVITATION 101 Guideline to share!

Over at EMMA J DESIGN, we often receive questions about stationery format, etiquette and types of products available. We thought this would help everyone know the various wedding invitation items available custom suites.

[email protected] if you would like to know more about our custom wedding commissions.

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Due the popularity of the  MONOGRAM ETIQUETTE GUIDE and INVITATION ETIQUETTE GUIDE, we decided to work up a lovely little STATIONERY 101 Guideline to share!

Over at EMMA J DESIGN, we often receive questions about stationery format, etiquette and types of products available. We thought this would help everyone know the various stationery items available for personalization!

[email protected] if you would like to know more or place an order!

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In a world of  school shootings and just plain nastiness – I am often reminded that there is still good in people. Pure goodness in their soul and it is a good feeling.

Yesterday was one of those days where I was reminded of this not once, not twice but FOUR times….all before lunchtime. WOW, GOD works in so many ways and through so many people.

It all started with a morning run to Chickfila for breakfast with my little guy and then a quick grocery store trip.

At Chickfila, I was too busy chatting on the phone with my friend to even realize that the car in front of me has just graciously paid for my breakfast. Without expecting anything in return, this complete stranger brought tears to my eyes as I was handed this note and my receipt.

Folks – it didn’t stop here. Flabbergasted, I headed to Publix for groceries thinking of ways in which I could pay it forward.

As some of you may know, grocery trips with a 1 year old can be quite interesting. I was getting organized with my list as I headed towards the meat department. A Publix employee called out ‘Ma’am, is this yours?’ I turned around to find my wedding present from Patrick lying on the ground disguised to the naked eye by the speckled floor. There sat my David Yurman bracelet for the world to take for their own and this sweet man took the time to pick it up and return to its owner. I wish I could have given that man all the money I had. I would have probably not realized it was missing until later that day, in which it would have been followed by a sickening feeling in my stomach knowing it was gone forever.  Okay, so 2 times today? God, I get the point – I need to pay it forward.

As we continued through the store in the last aisle, I see another Publix employee walking up to other moms asking if a shoe belonged to them. In his hand sat Rhett’s little Merrill shoe. I looked down to find that Rhett had kicked off his shoe by the dairy section. Sweet Jesus, what else could possible happen today. Talk about getting hit in the face with the grace of God and a big fat lesson. Beneath the appearance of these silly material objects sat a lesson of Paying it Forward.

We headed towards the parking lot and loaded in the groceries. I sat in the front seat taking a breath of exhaustion and ready to head home. This was followed by a knock on my car window by yet, ANOTHER Publix employee. In his hand sat my $15 Beef Roast which was left at the check out. Those aren’t cheap and he took the time to run it out to my car to deliver it to me. Sweet sweet man.

While I starting paying back all of these good deeds to other people, I encourage you to do the same. Pay for someone’s coffee….lunch….dinner even! You just never know what battles people are fighting or what simple acts could cheer up their day.

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The clocks have struck midnight and all of the new year resolutions are starting today. What are yours?

Nothing like a new year to launch new ideas, set new goals for ourselves and create a fresh start. We can make our goal lists, mark our calendars and hold each other accountable for these new resolutions, but when it comes down to it, it’s up to us.

What is in store for me in 2013?

Only time will tell – all I can do is set goals for myself and my business and pray that God takes me into the direction I am intended. I know that I am using a God-given talent and sharing it with others. Isn’t that the point? I’ve never felt so fulfilled than using my talents every day to make my clients’ vision come to life. It might be a bride with her June wedding or it might be a brand new look for a photography business. Either way, the goal is always the same – creating a beautiful visual representation of the client.

I do know one thing for 2013, we are designing the most fabulous online shop you have ever laid your eyes on and I cannot wait to open it for business! It will be filled with inspirational art prints, hand-lettered monogrammed goods and boutique paper products.

In the meantime, I would LOVE to work with you on creating a unique and authentic look for you or your business.

Cheers to 2013 and I look forward to hearing from you. Drop me a note [email protected] to get started.

*My sweet birthday twin (yes, our birthdays are NYE – how fun!) gave me this card and I just love how things happen for a reason – what a great way to start off the new year. I redesigned it for you to download, pin or share to your heart is content!

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The season is finally here! More than ever, we all need to remember to be joyful in our everyday lives. With the stress of holiday shopping, party preparation and the countdown to the big day, we sometimes get carried away with our to-dos instead of focusing on the reason for the season. I designed this peppy iPhone wallpaper for you to download and keep a daily reminder of being joyful throughout the holidays. Feel free to share with others!

To download, click here for iPhone 5 and here for iPhone 4. Save the photo to your camera roll, then set as your wallpaper. Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

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  1. Marie says

    Thank you for the free downloads! Iove your style & work! Thanks again for sharing. Marie


    February 11, 2014
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