curious & co. on minted

Having been fans of Minted for years, my partners at Curious & Co. and I have recently become part of their amazing design community. We just participated in their holiday party invitation challenge with two unique designs that we created, and voting is now open. If you like what we’ve designed, we encourage you to head on over to Minted to vote!

party invitations - A Rockin Christmas
party invitations – A Rockin Christmas

party invitations – Merry Bright Jolly

I’ll also be partnering with Minted on a giveaway for my readers very soon. Please stay tuned!

settling into 2012.

Happy New Year, friends. There’s lots of settling in to be done at the moment — continuing to get settled into our new home, settling into a new year that hopefully has lots of goodness in store, and settling into winter (t’was a frigid 27 degrees here today… brrrr!). It’s only the third day of the year and already three pleasant surprises have landed in my lap (details later, depending on how things pan out), so I’m hoping that 2012 continues to be so splendid and wrought with good things.

Somewhere in the last year, I’ve become hesitant to blog and have also just been so very busy (you’ve heard me promise several times to get back in the swing of things here, but it hasn’t quite happened yet). During my quietness, I’m sure I lost a lot of readers, and blogging without comments is just not as fun. However, this blog has always been for me, and comments and connections with others have just been a bonus, so I’m going to try to keep that in mind as I attempt — once again — to update more regularly.

On that note, here’s a little peek into my world of late. I got a new iPhone in late November and could finally get into Instagram (since my iPhone 3G camera tended to hate me, which it expressed often by freezing, being generally slow, and taking horrible pictures). So for now, I leave you with some of my favorite pics from the last month. If you’re into that sort of thing, you can follow me — I’m claremontroad — and we also created a curiousandco business account for the occasional sneak peek into our workdays.

top: packing up some Curious & Co. orders from our new online shop; sunset view from my new home office
middle: tire tracks from the year’s first snowy dusting (this morning!); new chevron rug from Urban Outfitters
bottom: sunlight streaming in through our new front door; enjoying Christmas morning with our niece, Ginger

it’s been so long!

Oh hey, late November. What’s up?

We just returned from spending Thanksgiving with Nick’s family, and there was no shortage of mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, or leftover turkey for making delicious moist maker sandwiches. It’s been so long since I posted that I don’t really know where to begin as I attempt (yet again) to blog a bit more regularly! How about a numbered list of mundane details? Yes, that sounds exciting!

1.) We’re moving. After seven years in the same apartment. And I loathe, loathe, loathe moving. Perhaps that’s why I haven’t done it in seven years. But yeah, Saturday is the big day, and I’m dreading it, but hopefully everything will go smoothly (with the help of some great friends and family and a rented UHaul). I’m expecting the month of December to be a bit chaotic, but I’m hoping that we’ll feel somewhat settled upon the new year.

2.) We’re still going to be renting. After house-hunting a bit, we were still a bit nervous to buy. Everyone will tell you that “it’s a buyer’s market” until they’re blue in the face, but that still doesn’t mean it’s the right time for everyone to buy. The reality is that it’s going to be a buyer’s market for a loooong time. For now, we were anxious to have a bit more space (especially storage), a little yard, central air (I’ll crank that baby UP when the time comes) and off-street parking, so in order to get some upgrades while we wait for the perfect house to come along at a time that’s right for us, continuing to rent was our best option. We’re looking forward to be moving into our new house which has lots of charm (and a basement for STORAGE!), plus, renting has its perks: when something breaks, we can just call the landlord :) I’m sure there will be some DIY decorating posts in this blog’s near future, so stay tuned.

3.) I’ve still been blogging regularly, just not here! I blog once or twice a week over on the Cog Blog, the official blog of Curious & Co. Occasionally we post about our own work and goings on, but we also blog about cool and interesting finds in the design world. Have you been reading?

4.) That segues me into the exciting news that we now have an online shop for our new Curious & Co. stationery products! You’ll find some colorful note cards (sneak peek above) in stock now, but check back very soon for even more papery goodness.

5.) Ginger is now seven months old and I can’t even handle the cuteness. I’m resisting the urge to spoil that little niece of mine rotten when Christmas rolls around. We can’t wait to spend Christmas morning with her.

That’s about all for me… I have a few more posts in mind for the coming week if I’m not buried under boxes (but I guess I shouldn’t make any promises). I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving!

the new & improved Claremont Collection

Perhaps this will help to explain my quietness this summer.

When I haven’t been fawning over my new niece, my partners and I have been busy making over the Claremont Collection website — and the collection itself!

beautiful photos by Trevor Dixon, styled by Susan of Fleurishing

Since the collection originally launched last year, we’ve evolved and grown, and it was time for Claremont Collection to do the same. As such, we have retired a few designs, added four fresh new designs, made over the identity, added even more ink colors for couples to customize their unique invitation suite — and wrapped it all up in a shiny new website. We’ve worked really hard, and we’re so happy with the final outcome.

Oh, and the cherry on top of it all?

One of our new designs can be seen on page 122 of the new issue of Martha Stewart Weddings! Can you hear me squealing? Because I am. You can also see our design included in the magazine’s online edition, but I recommend getting your hands on the real thing :)

For those of you who have already heard the news via Twitter, Facebook, and our Curious & Co. blog, thanks for bearing with me as I get all of my excitement out!

what’s new…

As you may have noticed from my lack of frequent posting, life has been a little busy lately! In case you’re wondering, here are some highlights from what’s been going on in my world:

Work has been very busy, which is a great thing. In the very near future we’ll be introducing a shiny new Curious & Co. website… stay tuned!

• Speaking of work, I’ve been whipping up some fun custom save-the-dates and invitations, in addition to fulfilling Claremont Collection orders. We recently had a custom invitation design featured on Oh So Beautiful Paper, which was very exciting. We’re also thrilled that we’ll be featured in the upcoming Wedding Invitation Ideas Lookbook, a free annual e-book from Invitation Crush.

• I’m partnering with the lovely ladies at Weddingbee on a new feature called Buzzworthy. Once a week, I put together a new inspiration board to share with readers, which is featured on the blog every Monday. Below are my two favorites so far; check them out on Weddingbee for a closer look and complete shopping guides!

• Nick and I have been visiting some open houses as we plan to start seriously house-hunting soon. I have bookmarked a ridiculous number of homes on and at the moment, we’re having fun just dreaming and envisioning what our future home may look like; I’m sure we’ll be weeding out a lot of properties once we get pre-approved and start working with a realtor. When we get a bit more serious about it, it’s safe to assume that I’ll be posting all about our adventures here!

What’s the best advice you homeowners can pass along as we begin our search?

happy Compliment Day!

Have you heard? Today is National Compliment Day! Inspired by a great year filled with supportive clients, family, friends, and blog readers, my Curious & Company partners and I decided to embrace Compliment Day by sending kind words to our awesome network of people. Along with our thanks, we included some compliments perfect for sharing and encouraged folks to be generous with their kindness.

Since I think YOU all are awesome, I want you to share in the compliment-giving goodness, too! CLICK HERE to download a PDF of compliments that you can print and hand out to your heart’s content. I think it’s even more amazing to give compliments than it is to receive them, so I hope you’ll agree and enjoy dishing them out.

For even more downloads and daily doses of kindness, head over to my friend Melissa’s blog, Operation NICE! Because we should definitely be nice to others more than just once a year.

Claremont Collection letterpress sample sale

Interested in ordering save the dates, wedding invitations or other letterpress accessories from Claremont Collection but hoping to see some samples in person first? Now is the perfect time to place your order and see what we have to offer while saving a little dough!

Explore the collection, or order samples now. Be sure to hurry, and tell your soon-to-be-wed friends — the sale ends Friday!