Entertaining & nesting
with do-it-yourself details.

The Perfect Spring Weekend

Spring WeekendsA few weekends ago, while you could still feel a chill in the air at night, I got together with some friends to say hello to Spring and goodbye to a dear friend. He’s now getting settled in his new life in California, and I’m just getting around to sharing our wonderful backyard barbecue.

The party doubled as both a going away party and a housewarming party for our friends who just bought their first home–in downtown Norcross, right next door to mom (and grandma to their little one). They’re building a little family compound, and we broke it in with beer, games and a fire in the fire pit.

Oh, and beer can chicken. Lots of beer can chicken. (More on that tomorrow!)

Spring Weekend Fire Pit


Danger Zone Koozie

I’m a wee bit obsessed with beer koozies. It’s my go-to souvenir to bring home from vacation, and I am known to always have one in my purse, and in my car, and in my desk drawer at work. (Hey, things happen! I like to be ready.) This is my current favorite: The Danger Zone koozie from Rowdy Gentleman.

Get Motivated: Free Spring Prints for Your Office

Free Home Office Printable for Spring

I’m blaming this excruciatingly long winter as the reason why I haven’t been productive lately. I usually find Spring to be a motivating season; with projects blooming right along with the buds outside. But I’m finding it really hard to get psyched up for springtime when it’s still so frigid outside.

Until it actually feels like Spring, I wanted to make do with this framed print for my home studio. And since I suspect I’m not alone in feeling this extended freeze in productivity, here’s a printable for you, too. There’s four sizes and two versions, so you can pick what suits your space and style.

Free Home Office Printable for Spring

Choose the soft yellow script print or bold-lettered blue print, then download the PDF and print it at home. The first three sizes will fit on a standard letter-size piece of paper (just make sure you print at “Actual Size” or 100%, not stretch-to-fit).

Spring Into Action
Free Print-at-Home Art Prints

Free Home Office Printable for Spring

» Soft 4″x6″
» Bold 4″x6″

Free Home Office Printable for Spring

» Soft 5″x7″
» Bold 5″x7″

Free Home Office Printable for Spring

» Soft 8″x10″
» Bold 8″x10″

Free Home Office Printable for Spring

» Soft 11″x14″
» Bold 11″x14″

Vintage flower photos courtesy of Literary Spring Designs (CC BY-NC 3.0 US)

Styling the Threshold Bar Cart

Threshold Bar Cart from Target

After looking fruitlessly for an affordable bar cart, I finally found the perfect piece on a routine stop at Target. This Threshold Wood and Brass Bar Cart is just the right size for our living room, and was just the right price—$130!—for us to bring it home right away. (I think we were there to spend $20 on hand soap and socks.)

Monday Night Brewing in Atlanta

With all the tools, cute accessories (like a gold-edged glass from the brewery where we’re getting married later this year), and you know… bottles that need to fit on our bar station, I needed some help. Here are a few posts that have helped me figure out how to style the gear on our new bar cart:

It’s not exactly where we want it yet. I keep moving things around on the cart every time we host a party trying to figure out the best way to display all the necessary tools and pieces (and at least some of the pretty things).

Styling a Bar Cart

2014 Fantasy Oscars Draft Game

2014 Fantasy Oscars Draft Game

I’m getting the annual Fantasy Oscars game cards out a little late this year, but I just couldn’t leave you guys hanging. I’m actually overwhelmed by the amount of people who’ve reached out to me since the Oscar nominees were announced to find out if I’d be preparing the Formal Fringe Fantasy Oscars deck again.

Looking for the 2015 deck? Click here.

I’m so glad you guys have so much fun with this game. This is now year four for me hosting the game for friends, and year three of releasing the Fantasy Oscars deck here on Formal Fringe for each of you out there to play along. What started as a fun way to get both film buffs and casual moviegoers into the Academy Awards has turned into something that many of you look forward to each year!

2014 Fantasy Oscars Draft Game

If you’ve never played or heard of it before, here’s the gist:

Print out the deck of Fantasy Oscars cards (they’re sized to fit Avery tear-apart printable business cards), then spread them out face-up on a table or pinned to a cork board to create your draft board. Players take turns drafting their favorite movies, actors and presenters onto their Fantasy Oscars Team until everyone has a full hand (5-7 cards depending on how many you’re playing with).

As you watch the Academy Awards on Sunday, March 2, each player earns points based on what happens to the people and films in their team’s roster. Getting shown or named on screen earns one point, while winning an award earns three.

>> 2014 Fantasy Oscars Draft Game

2014 Fantasy Oscars Draft Game

It’s a great way to get guys involved in Oscar parties, too. I’ve found that husbands and boyfriends are less than thrilled at watching the Academy Awards. By turning it into a game that borrows elements from Fantasy Football, everyone’s competitive streak comes out.

It’s a great way to liven up an Oscar party for two or twenty people. All you need to make the deck and play is a printer and 15 sheets of cardstock (or print it on the back of scrapbook paper like I did!).

Snowed In with a White Hot Chocolate


The city of Atlanta is under a layer of ice right now, and I’m snowed in at home. On one hand, I’m going a little stir crazy after two days stuck inside away from the office. But on the other hand, it gives me some time to try some recipies I’ve been putting off.

This homemade white hot chocolate recipe from Gimmie Some Oven has been on my list for too long. So today while we were bundled up inside still trying to conserve our heating, I whipped up a batch of steamy creamy goodness. And it was delicious. So simple too. There’s just three ingredients: milk, vanilla and white chocolate. And only one direction: Mix and heat in a saucepan on the oven.



» Recipe here: Gimmie Some Oven

It was seriously rich, but the perfect afternoon snack for a cold, icy day. I bet we’ll make this again soon.

Stay warm, wherever you are!


2014 Minted Wedding Collection

Minted Wedding

I can’t believe 2014 is here. It’s time for a fresh start, new resolutions and, oh yeah… I’m getting married! With less than 10 months to go, it’s time for me to start thinking about sending Save-the-Dates.

In a twist of fate, the online stationery marketplace Minted reached out recently to ask if I could check out their wedding collection. There’s so much great stuff out there, you guys. And Minted makes the whole thing look easy. As a graphic designer, I’m really picky about stationery and paper products for our wedding (and everything else in life, really). But Minted is a design marketplace, which means that the products on the site are created and sold by a huge network of independent designers with their own talents and styles. There’s something for everyone.

In fact, once you’ve browsed the huge selection and settled on the perfect design, there’s even more ways to customize it. After adding your own names and photos, you can change the paper, shape and colors of most of the designs. Plus, Minted makes it easy to add backers, envelope liners and coordinating labels.

Save the Date Wedding Suite

I drafted this Save-the-Date suite up in just a few minutes with our engagement photos and wedding details (It’s the New Adventures design). Even with all the bells and whistles—a patterned backer, matching wrap-around return address labels, and a kraft paper envelope with a glittering gold liner—the grand total for 55 professionally designed cards is around $200.

With most designs in Minted’s wedding collection, you can follow up your Save-the-Date with coordinated Invitation suites and thank you notes. It’s like having your own custom stationer, but for way less cash.

The first step to gorgeous wedding paper is, of course, picking the perfect design. Here are a few of my favorite design suites for different personalities:

For a trendsetter and fashionista:  Ombre

Ombre Wedding Invitation Suite