She signed up for a contest I had going at the Marry Me! Bridal Show and she won $150 off of her order and a FREE Custom Laser Cake Topper!
This is one of the most gorgeous Bridal Shows I’ve ever gone to. Luxe Event Productions knows how to make a truly amazing show! They get a ton of amazing local vendors who are not just good, but great at their work, and they put them together in what feels like a very exclusive and wonderful group and they get to show brides from the area what they can offer. This was a great opportunity and my first show ever. It was so fun, and I got so many compliments from brides and other vendors. I can’t wait to do another one.
Here is a few pictures from the show, of my table, some laser cut work I did, as well as a few other vendor tables I helped on. Enjoy!
If you are in the Portland-Metro area I highly recommend you come to this awesome event at the Embassy Suite near the Portland International Airport.
Embassy Suites, Airport Way
7900 NE 82nd Ave, Portland, OR
You will see Fashion Shows, an epic Gown Sale and an amazing Cake Showcase where you will see my friend Liz Marek of Artisan Cake Company as well as Nimbi’s coordinating Wedding invitation Suites and laser cut cake toppers.
I will have my very first booth there, and I look forward to meeting everyone and showing everyone what I’ve got going for 2014!
Check out details at MarryMeEvent.com!
Hosted by Luxe Event Productions http://luxenw.com/
I know some of you have been waiting patiently for me to put these into my Etsy shop! Well, the time is finally here. More are to come soon. But here is a handful to pick from, including some Labyrinth themed, Dr. Who, and other fun pop-culture fun!
These are $25 for acrylic cut pieces, and $30 for wood cut pieces, with a chain.
Check them out! CLICK HERE
My little one was born on Sept 12th at 7:04 in the morning. Besides having to be induced for hyper tension about 10 days before her “Due date”, everything went so smoothly. 6 hours of labor, that I slept through thanks to my epidural. Only 30 minutes of pushing, barely any stitches, and hardly any pain. She has been a wonderful joy to my life and my families life. Especially because she has come at a time where my family really needs the joy of her face and smiles. And for that we are all so grateful.
Getting back to work at home, and having a routine has been hard. I normally work full time but I also do Nimbi. Before I just did Nimbi when I’d get home from work and on the weekends, as I had free ones. Currently, I am on an extended disability, after my Maternity leave ended (6 weeks), so now I have an additional 6 weeks of leave because I had an unexpected complication after pregnancy, that resulted in me having Congestive Heart Failure or Peripartum (Postpartum) Cardiomyopathy. After bringing Fiona home I was having a lot of problems breathing and catching my breath. Everything felt like a lot of effort and I couldn’t lay down because it just constantly felt like someone was sitting on me. I called my OB and asked about the symptoms, and she told me to go to the ER. My Dad drove me so that my Fiance could stay home with the baby who was barely 4 days old at this point. I was so winded from walking from the front door of the ER to the front desk, I signalled to my Dad to explain what was happening, because I couldn’t catch my breath enough to even speak.
They rushed me in back, took a ton of tests, hooked me up to an EKG, IVs and found that my lungs had a ton of fluid in them. They put me on lasix to try to get me to extract the water from my body. I’m now on two blood pressure medications (safe with nursing), (my blood pressure was 187/115) and I now have to weigh myself and take my blood pressure every morning. In 4 days at the hospital, I lost almost 30 lbs in just fluids! Since I’ve been home I’ve lost an additional 10 lbs. I feel extremely better now. But its been scary. I have another Echo done in December to find out if my heart has recovered and if I am back to normal. I’m hoping that it will show that, so that I can have more kids down the road. God I hope it comes back normal.
Obviously, I don’t and didn’t expect to be back to work on Nimbi stuff for at least a month or so…and I’ve been slowly tackling messages and projects as I have time between, nursing, changing diapers, rocking a crying baby and napping, while also trying to find time to eat and visit with my family. I’m just now, with Fiona at almost 10 weeks this week, am feeling like I have some sort of schedule and rhythm to my days. It’s not perfect…things change on a whim, and what I had planned to do can totally change in a second. But it’s just part of my new life.
I so badly would love to do Nimbi full time. That way I could be at home with my baby, meet with wedding vendors around Portland, work on projects, blog, and just build on my brand. I am working towards it. Because I think it’s what will make me the most happy. But when that happens, I’m not 100% sure yet. Life has ways of making you see the big picture and realize that some dreams need to wait a little longer than you ideally want. But that other dreams may come a little sooner. I know that this has been the case for me a lot this year.
Fiona is amazing. She’s smiling and growing. She sleeps EXTREMELY well (thank you sleeping fairies for helping her dream away). Which has been great for me since I need the rest myself and it gives me thankfully a little time here and there between her naps to relax, nap, eat, clean the house or work.
Now with a very important and wonderful new variable in my life, I need to now find a rhythm to my working. I’ve allowed myself to expect more time on projects because, well…frankly I don’t always know what each day will be like, so I need to accept that, and I appreciate my clients who accept and understand that as well. So I now go into my projects giving my clients clear expectations of what they can expect and when. As Fiona gets older and can start to entertain herself and as I go back to my full time job at the beginning of the year, I will need to probably adjust this potentially again. But I’m ok with it. I love working on Nimbi, I love being a mom, and I love my job.
Life is just about balance. I deal with a lot of anxiety, and have panic attacks quite frequently. So I’m needing to balance my life, without causing myself too much anxiety. Allowing myself the time to relax, and not stress. Especially with my heart failure and high blood pressure. All I can do is adjust. I’m sort of looking at this all as a sign that I need balance in my life. That I need to not stress out over things and that I need to be able to spend time with my new daughter and her daddy and be a family. That I need to spend more quality time with my own family. Those are the most important things in my life right now. And honestly…should always be. Sometimes we need a reminder, because we let things like work and not important things that may feel important in the moment take over our lives.
I am so thankful for my fiance, and what he teaches me everyday. Sometimes, SOMETIMES, I need to remind him of his own words. But its because of him, that I feel as happy as I do today. Having him as a support system for me, and just caring so much for me and our daughter and life together…what more could a girl want out of life? (Lucky me I get a great chef on top of it! )
So now, as my new gorgeous daughter sleeps in my office all cuddled in her blanket…I sit down to write what’s been on my mind. Im so excited about my future and what’s down the road. I know there will be bumps, I know it wont always feel perfect, or be perfect, but thats ok. I’m so in love. I am a partner. I am a working mom. I am an entrepreneur. I am a creative. I am me. So I am happy.
The holidays are coming! Now there are some awesome designs available for your family photos to send off to your family this year. Contact me if you are interested in getting one of these fabulous 36 designs for your family holiday card.
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My best friend Liz Marek, owner of Artisan Cake Company and my closest friends and family helped me create the most amazing and gorgeous baby shower I could ever imagine. I didn’t want a typical pink shower for a girl, and wanted to try to have something that reflected the nursery and the theme I was trying to go with was a fairy tale woodland creatures in a forest. Thinking about nature and my favorite Disney Princess movies, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty…I visualized the scenes of them in the forest singing to their woodland friends. So after a few months of gathering things as I found them, and Liz sketching and doing some research on her own to find some awesome supplies, and our extensive Pinterest board for inspiration we had things ready. We had a couple craft days and between my mom, friends, and other family we set up an amazing shower. It was so perfect I just wanted to live in the environment we created forever!
If you click on this link you will be directed to Liz’s blog on her website about the shower with more details of where she got some supplies and things.
Most of the paper goods I made myself except for a few exceptions of things I bought from Paper Source which happened to have some adorable fox, owl and other woodland creature supplies that I had to get!
To see my blog post showing my coordinating shower invitations I did click this link:
I was recently asked to create invitations and other paper favors for a wedding photo shoot here in Portland, Oregon. The theme was “Pop”. It was all about BRIGHT colors, and a modern aesthetic.
Here are the photos from that shoot done at Portland’s own Jupiter Hotel. I had a great time trying to get these pieces together to tie the entire theme together. I created the Invitation and RSVP set, the Menu, truffle tags, Table Number, and the cute little paper addition to the cake. I can’t wait to work on another shoot and hopefully with some of these awesome vendors again!
The local Portland, Oregon vendors used for this shoot were:
I hired my friend Katie, who is the owner of Katie Shroy Photography. She is truly amazing. I had her take some pics of me at 7 mos. pregnant on my 30th birthday with my fiance. We just got them back this last weekend and they turned out perfect! I am so happy with them. Katie is also expecting, and is about a month ahead of me with her first, a little boy, then a month later I’ll have my little girl. So we got a picture together along with our male Boston Terriers, Gizmo and Mac.
Here are a few of my favorite photos from that day! I highly recommend her if you live in Eugene to Portland area of Oregon.
After a few months of designing and trial and error cutting…the new designs are coming! I can’t wait to share these with everyone and put them up in the Nimbi Design shop!! These will be available in multiple plastic colors, as well as wood!
Here is a sneak peak at the designs that have been sent to press! What do you think??
(**Sidenote: The outlines are where it shapes are cut out, the filled in with black color is to have the design be etched into the plastic or wood.)
Ever see Envelopments at a paper store or at a print shop and wonder how you could possibly afford something so gorgeous?? Well now you can! I get all the benefits of creating my very own designs like I do now, and even modifying current envelopment designs to make my clients CUSTOM orders!
What this means? You get a bigger selection of paper, envelopes, and so much more! And the best part, is you can make it completely custom combining Nimbi Design’s unique style with a popular company that has its own well known and classy style! It’s basically the best of both worlds!
I am sooo excited to be apart of Envelopments and to be able to offer our clients so much more for their events!
I’ve been dying to get my house “in order”. So I finally stepped up and bought a few items to help me organize things a bit better. With the addition of building a nursery for our baby due in September, I needed to make things more organized and functional. (Yes, I’m sure ‘nesting’ is playing a big role in this. But I’m not gonna complain). Things are about half way done now. I’m already starting to feel relief in the spaces. I can’t wait to get them finished!
Unfortunately in the process I had to put a few Nimbi orders/projects on the side so that I could get this done. But it’s worth it, and hopefully I can crank some work out the rest of this weekend.
I’ll post pics as soon as both rooms are completed!
So my mom, grandmother and best friend are throwing me my baby shower, but I just had to do the invitations. This is my first kid, a little girl who we’ve decided to name Fiona Vittoria. And it just felt wrong to have someone else design them, when its what I do. So here are a few pictures of the theme and finished invitations plus some sneak peaks of some of the stuff I have already for the shower. Her nursery is “Enchanted Woodland Creature” themed… no pink (because I can’t stand it), so lots of teals, yellow, grey and greens. A lot of this stuff has had to be custom because most things related to girls are always pink, and I can’t have that. hehe.
A few years back, a girlfriend of mine wrote me a cute little card, asking me to be in her wedding as a bridesmaid…and I just remembered the impact it had on me, and that I just cried, thinking “How lucky am I that, this friend who I never get to see anymore (because of distance) wants ME to be in her wedding.” I always decided I wanted to do something like that when my time came to ask some of my closest ladies to be in my wedding.
I started out by looking online at what was done by other brides, and tried to come up with something, that seemed “me” but would be special to them too. I found these gorgeous best friend necklaces that I bought on Etsy at a shop called Popsicledrum. I just loved the simplicity and meaning behind them, so I bought 6.
Then I started to design the cards…I made this fun little 4 card collection where it has information about the dresses, the duties and the important dates to remember. Because I am not getting married for over a year, I wanted to get these out so the girls knew they were going to be in my wedding, but obviously dont have any dates set yet, so I created a “fill-in” option for them to add the dates as they are confirmed.
Here are the final pics of those cards. I have to tell you, many of my friends messaged me in tears with excitement and compliments on how special they felt and how much they loved the way I asked them. It just made it THAT much more special.
What do you think?