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Noteworthy 2/5

Happy Thursday! Enjoy this week’s Noteworthy round up! Be sure to check out Tuesday’s DIY to learn how to make these awesome floral centerpieces!

Packaging design trends for 2015.
• Did you know Pantone does a color of the day?
• Famous painting recreated with Pantone chips.
• An illustrator brings pop culture to Starbucks sleeves.

• Overwhelmed? Try these productivity tips.
• It’s not too late to start creating an amazing 2015.
Motivational quotes for entrepreneurs.
• Check out a guest Galentine’s Day post I did for Chelsea over on Lovely Indeed.

Pop Alt Mini Party + DIY

Special thanks to Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores®  for sponsoring this party. 
Happy February to all! I got back last week from another incredible Alt Summit. Not only did I get to speak on Photoshop for bloggers, I was also fortunate enough to throw one of the Mini Parties Friday night with three of my good friends: Audrey of French Knot Studios, Izzy of Izzy Hudgins Photography + Troy of Simply Troy Lifestyle + Events (friends I made at Alt last January, + I couldn’t imagine my life without them now!)
The theme of our Mini Party was Pop Alt. Inspired by Andy Warhol, bright colors + the pop art movement, we transformed the room into a color blocked wonderland. The walls were adorned with over 900 feet of hand sewed black and white drapes (created by Ms. French Knot Studios herself) + giant Andy Warhol quotes (designed by yours truly), the tables covered with stunning sequin table cloths (thanks Troy + La Tavola!) + a gorgeous geo curtain backdrop for selfies. As take aways/swag, I designed four postcards printed by Tiny Prints, each with a different Warhol quote. Izzy was there to photograph + capture the evening, and created an awesome 80’s pop music playlist. For the center pieces, we created a floral meets comic art masterpiece. Check out the DIY below so you can make your own awesome center pieces. Bonus! The icons I designed are also available as a free download!
Pop Alt Party
• 2 rectangles of wet floral foam
• Bamboo skewers
• Spray paint in assorted colors
• These downloadable images (if you choose!)
• Card stock
• Printer
• Adhesive backed glitter paper
• Scissors
• Glitter
• Glue pen
• Salad plate
• 50-60 white carnations like these from FiftyFlowers.com
• Plate to hold the floral foam
1. Print elements on card stock.
2. Cut out the shapes from the cardstock, and matching shapes from the adhesive backed glitter paper.
Pop Alt Party
3. Spray paint the bamboo skewers in a variety of bright colors.
4. Draw on the elements with the glue pen where you want to accent with glitter. The glue pen dries pretty quickly, so work in sections.
Pop Alt Party
5. Sprinkle with glitter.
Pop Alt Party
6. Peel off the backing paper of the glitter paper, attach the bamboo skewer, then carefully line up the printed piece on top.  Press together firmly to adhere.
Pop Alt Party
7. Repeat steps 2-6 for each element.
8. Place floral foam long sides side by side on a salad plate and trim off the corners so they’ll fit.  Then soak in water.
9. After foam soaks, place on salad plate.  Cut stems of carnations so they are about 2″ long.
10. Gently push each carnation into the foam making sure to hide all the green foam.
11. After they are filled to your liking, add your fun Pop Art elements.  Vary their height for added interest. Pop Alt Party
Let us know if you try this DIY and how it looks!Special thanks to the following companies for sponsoring this party: Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores® , Tiny PrintsLa Tavola LinenWholesale flowers from FiftyFlowers.com. 
Photography by Izzy Hudgins

Attitude of Gratitude

Attitude of Gratitude
The holiday season is upon us, and chances are you will be going to parties and giving and receiving gifts. I was always taught to have an attitude of gratitude and send a hand written thank you note following the receipt of a gift, or a lovely dinner party. According to Emily Post, written thank you notes are always a good idea, and should be written as soon as possible [within one week of receiving or attending a dinner.]
Attitude of Gratitude
When writing thank you notes, keep them short, sweet and in a conversational tone. Express your gratitude for the present received, and let the recipient know how much you appreciate it.
Some may think that sending a hand written note is old school in today’s world full of technology and emails. However, manners never go out of style, and everyone loves receiving a nice note in the mail. 
Attitude of Gratitude
Letting the sender know how much the gift meant in a note shows your gratitude.
Attitude of Gratitude
Although it may seem obvious, you should always start your note with “Dear ______”, rather than just jumping right in.
Attitude of Gratitude
Attitude of Gratitude
Thank you notes tend to be sent more around the holidays, but are an act that can be done all year long. It is always a good idea to send a hand written thank you note for gifts received on your birthday, anniversary, graduation, wedding, promotion, etc. Professionally, sending a hand written note after a job interview is a classy way to let the interviewer know you enjoyed your time.
Attitude of Gratitude
Following a big event, such as the holiday season or your wedding, it is best to get started right away with your thank you notes. Create a list of individuals whom you need to send your thanks to, and complete some every night. It is an easy way to show your gratitude, and let the individual know how much it meant to you. Plus, there are SO many cute stationery options out there, you are sure to find one that reflects your personality. Tiny Prints has such a wide selection, I found these three styles and instantly fell in love.
Attitude of Gratitude
Photos by Sam Zachrich
[This post was sponsored by Tiny Prints, however all opinions are my own. Check out Tiny Prints for numerous stationery and thank you note options.]

Noteworthy 12/11

noteworthy articles
December is flying by! I can’t believe we are so close to Hanukkah/Christmas, and let me tell you, I’m SO excited. Enjoy today’s noteworthy link roundup of articles I find interesting + inspiring.

• Oh my gosh, a watch based off of the classic font Helvetica.
• Last week, Pantone announced the 2015 Color of the Year. HOW magazine has collected reactions from across the web.
• I am a big fan of simple wordmarks that serve as logos. This article explains the importance of type in life + design.
Five web design trends to watch in 2015.

• The top 10 most watched YouTube videos of 2014.
• The 35 best cities for young adults to live. (Spoiler, Seattle is in the top 10, of course!)
Newton’s Laws of Productivity, aka how to get stuff done.
• Six small changes to start your day better.

Noteworthy 12/4

Noteworthy Links
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are getting into the holiday spirit! Here is a round up of some great links I found this week.
• Pantone has announced the 2015 Color of the Year!
• What every young designer should know.
• Loving this creative + colorful packaging.
• Yahoo Mail has partnered up with Paperless Post to bring beautiful designs right to your email to use for your correspondence.

• Procrastinate? Most of us do. Check out these steps to help minimize your procrastination.
• The New York Times has released the 100 Notable Books 0f 2014. You may find your next book club book.
• Looking for some new music? Buzzfeed has compiled a list of 40 lesser known songs.
• Why do we have our own unique laugh?

Midweek Motivation 1.1 – Gratitude

midweek motivation: practice gratitude Thanksgiving is only EIGHT days away! What are you thankful for? Even in the darkest of times, we can always find someone or something to be grateful for. Psychology shows us that an attitude of gratitude can have a huge, positive impact one’s mental state, and perception of the world. For today’s midweek motivation, beautifully written by Elizabeth, I challenge you to look for something to smile about or be grateful for.

[Calligraphy by Elizabeth Phillips]

Perfectly Personal™ Holiday Cards

Tis the season for sending cheer! It is no secret that I love stationery, greeting cards and sending mail. This year, I told my family I would handle our annual holiday card to alleviate some stress and ensure it came out just right. We have used a variety of sites in the past to customize our cards, but this year I decided to use Shutterfly. Not only do they have a wide range of beautiful card options, the design + ordering process is so easy. It’s only the beginning of November and I can cross off holiday cards from my to do list. Check out what I chose for our annual holiday card this year.
Perfectly Personal™ Holiday Cards
Deciding which card was the hardest part of the whole process. Shutterfly has SO many adorable designs in a variety of formats, you’re sure to find something for your Perfectly Personal™ Holiday Cards. For me, this option, a single photo on the front, and a smaller photo on the back was exactly what I was looking for (shout out to our family pet, Lucy the Poodle, who makes a sassy appearance on the back).
In addition to having an awesome selection of cards, you can create an entire stationery suite, with custom return address labels and personalized postage as well as holiday party invitations and stickers. It really is a one stop shop for all your holiday card needs, and can be customized to fit your needs.
Perfectly Personal™ Holiday Cards
The typography selection that Shutterfly provides is top notch, and allows you to create a consistent and beautiful suite. For me, the overarching theme I wanted for my suite was a hand written font complimented with a sans serif typeface. I also wanted to bring in gold and silver to both the holiday card + party invitation.
Perfectly Personal™ Holiday Cards
I’m so excited to send out my holiday cards and party invitations this year. Still trying to decide what to do for your holiday cards? Check out Shutterfly’s impressive selection, and create your custom suite.

[This post was sponsored by Shutterfly. All opinions + images are my own.]

Midweek Motivation 1.0

mid week motivation quote
Happy Wednesday before Halloween! Needing some midweek motivation? I’ve teamed up with Elizabeth to bring you inspiring, feel good, or positive quotes to help get through the last few days until the weekend! Enjoy!!
[Calligraphy by Elizabeth Phillips]

Fall Cocktails

Fall Cocktails
Even though it is still 75+ degrees in Los Angeles, fall cocktails always sound good. Today I have three cocktails inspired by fall, and an awesome, no mess way to decorate your pumpkins! A huge thank you to ONEHope Wines + Beth for her help and the recipes! Enjoy! Fall Cocktails
Fall Cocktails

Fall Cocktails
Fall Cocktails
Fall Cocktails

Ingredients needed:
• 4 cups apple cider
• 1 (750 ml) ONEHOPE Cabernet
• 1/4 cup honey
• 1 orange zested and juiced
• cinnamon sticks
• cloves
• star anise
• 2 oranges peeled for garnish

1.  Combine the cider, wine, honey, orange juice, zest, 2 cinnamon sticks, cloves and star anise in a large sauce pan.
2.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
3.  Pour into mugs and garnish with orange peels and cinnamon sticks.

Fall Cocktails
Fall Cocktails

Fall Cocktails
Fall Cocktails

Ingredients needed:
• 1 cups chilled vodka
• 1 pint pumpkin gelato (if you can’t find, vanilla gelato with a dash of pumpkin pie spice is a great substitute)
• 1/2 bottle ONEHOPE Sparkling Wine
• 1 cup ice
• Ground Cinnamon (for garnish)
• Ground honey graham cracker crumbs (for rimmer)

1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and frothy
2. Rim chilled martini glasses with graham cracker crumbs
3. Pour mixture into glasses and top with a sprinkle of cinnamon

Check out these PUMPKINS! All I did to decorate was use Jewel Tattoos metallic tattoos and placed on the pumpkins. So easy, so cute and a fun addition to any party table or decor!
Fall Cocktails
Fall Cocktail
Fall Cocktails

Fall Cocktails
Fall Cocktails

Ingredients needed:
2 cups pomegranate seeds
2 cups water
2 cups sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
3/4 cup bourbon/whiskey
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup lime juiceDirections:
1. Heat pomegranate seeds, water, sugar + cinnamon sticks in a medium sized pot over medium heat + bring to boil.
2. Reduce heat + let simmer for 10 minutes

3. Let syrup cool and use strainer to get rid of seed skin
4. Combine whiskey, lemon juice, orange juice, lime juice, ice + shake.

Enjoy, and let me know if you decorate your pumpkins with metallic tattoos!

[All photos by Samantha Zachrich for From Rain to Shine. Calligraphy by Beth Phillips. Special thanks to ONEHope Wine.]


Font Friday 6.4

It’s that time again…the WEEKEND! I hope you all have a great Friday and an even better weekend!
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Loving this art deco inspired font, Le Super Serif, that can be downloaded from here. Not only is the font a beautiful serif, it also comes with numerous ligatures that make this font have a little more personality. Enjoy!