inspiration: mint

24 Jan

While we’re experiencing this deep freeze in Ontario, I’ve been craving spring and some bright color!  No surprise there!  This backdrop has been a huge inspiration for me since the minute I saw it a few weeks ago.  Let’s just say there are some beautiful things in the works and I hope you all love it as much as I do!  More will be unveiled in the next few weeks.  Perhaps just in time for Valentine’s Day!

In the meantime, drink in these gorgeous colors and feel the springtime just shining out!

Mint and Pink wedding inspiration--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.combackdrop//invite//table//balloon//bouquet//shoes

By the way, those invitations are DIY.  I encourage you to check out the link for yourself.  This project may definitely be in my future!  The balloon tassels can also be created easily enough and add so much punch to already awesome oversized balloons!

A little mint, the perfect raspberry shade of pink, a smattering of gold, a fluffy bouquet, design-it-yourself invitations, and some gorgeous shoes equal a bash that’s worthy of your love story!  Because you can never go wrong with fluffy flowers and some amazing shoes.

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the paper poste

22 Jan

Immersed in mint, pink, and a smattering of gold.  That’s been my head lately.  So, today I bring you some pretty stationery in that palette!

Mint, pink, mustard wedding invitations by Teal Typewriter Studios--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.comvia by Teal Typewriter StudiosMint and Pink wedding invitations by Jess Creates photographed by Katelyn James Photography--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.comviaGold-lined mint envelopes (unsure of original source)--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.com(unsure of original source–from Pinterest)

I will leave you with some gold-lined envelopes.  What a pretty place to be!

up to no good

20 Jan

Goofy headshots by Anna with Love Photography--Toronto, Ontariovia

On this almost-hilarious Monday, this is what I feel like.  My brain is moving at a hundred miles an hour and I’m just trying to keep up!

Have an amazing week and definitely make some funny faces; it makes everything so much more fun!

I’ll be back later with some super stuff!  Back to work.

working it

17 Jan

It may not be easy, but it will be worth it.--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.comThe good things in life take work.  It can be mind-numbing at times to focus and just DO it.

That workout plan takes work.  You can hate every single second of jumping rope.  But, then, you realize you can actually hold a plank for more than a minute on your first try in forever.  Those abs, baby!

You can be drowning in designing, asking yourself questions and playing around with everything and getting frustrated and THEN you discover how to make glitter on Photoshop.  AMAZING.  It just makes everything better!  Plus, you discover the EXACT raspberry pink color you’ve been dreaming of.  And, it’s called raspberry!

The good things.  Those beautiful, incredible, phenomenal things take so much work are a million times worth it!  Just keep at it.  I promise you: it will be gorgeous and something you’ll always be proud of and grateful for.

the paper poste

15 Jan

I think I have adequately discussed my bordering-on-obsessive love with paper–the feel, the color, the design.  You name it.  After attending the Hamilton/Halton wedding show last weekend and meeting a few more amazing artists, I want to steer this series toward local Canadian stationers.  There are so many beautiful pieces and, since I was lucky enough to actually meet a few of these great people, I’d love for you to see their work!

I was introduced to Blush & Gray about a month ago through Wedding Obsession.  They are based out of Toronto and work very closely with a group of artisans and suppliers to be able to provide other items that coordinate with their invitation suites.  This allows you to be able to get the ribbon to perfectly match your invitation suite’s colors to match your groom’s bowtie.  How great is that?

Since I have been smitten with gold lately….

Blush & Gray save-the-date; Toronto--the Paper Poste by theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.comviaBlush & Gray gold striped wedding invitations--the Paper Poste by theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.comviaGold polka-dot bowtie from Blush & Gray--the Paper Poste by theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.comvia

Gorgeous, right?  That save-the-date has got to be this sparkle-loving girl’s favorite thing ever right now.  Who can resist a little glitter?!

a purposeful 2014

14 Jan

One of the best things I did last year was enroll in Molly Mahar’s Holiday Council.  Why?  Because she provides her people with awesome colorful worksheets.  You know I am a write-it-down kind of girl and, when color is involved, too, it’s a total win in my book!  Pretty-looking things make me get things done.

The best thing I did all year! Molly Mahar Holiday Council, washi tape, --theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.comYou might be thinking, “oh, it’s just another goal-planning seminar”, but Molly’s fabulous and the three calls over three weeks have a way of making you feel accountable even when it becomes work.  A bonus: there is homework each week and I do really well with structure and lists.

I will admit, I fell behind and didn’t get to all the calls in December.  December was a crazy month for me.  I finished up call three last week (thanks to the recordings she makes!) and finished filling in my worksheets.Messy Pink gorgeous wedding bouquet--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.comPurposeful.  That’s going to be 2014 for me.  When I started out brain-dumping, dreaming, scheming, trying to nail down what I was looking for, the idea of coming up with one word was challenging.  There are so many nice words out there.  Everyone began sharing their word-of-the-year, and I kept thinking, “oh, that’s such a good one; yeah, that’s great; totally inspiring!” but nothing was clicking for me.  Sure, I can nurture something (but what?).  I could make joyful my word, but thinking about it wasn’t making me joyful. That was not going to work for me.

I kept having these words hit me: intentional, deliberate, confident, dedicated, committed.  To me, all of those things rolled right into purposeful.  Literally, sticking to something and doing it on purpose.  Boom!

This year is all about committing to what I really want and not wasting time doing what does not matter.  What’s the point?

What does that mean for me?  It means consistent blogging, honing my craft, being creative in some way everyday.  This is what makes my world go ’round, so, of course, I should do more of it!

It means getting back to a workout routine.  Not because I want to look amazing for the summer, but so I get awesome sleep.  When you have to leave at 5:45 in the morning to get to your 6:30 shift, better sleep is so lovely.

It means intentionally paying myself first on payday and really watching where my money is going.  Thanks to mint I now have a pretty way to track it!  Like I said at the beginning, pretty things keep me committed.  Do what works for you!

It means intentionally making time to see my family, get together with friends (even if it’s just for a quick coffee shop visit) and not letting everyone’s busyness be an excuse.

It means eating through everything in my cupboards before going to get more groceries.  On a sidenote, I think that will get interesting in about a week and my culinary creativity will get a workout.  So far, though, it’s been great!  I have only bought milk, eggs, and bagels for work.  I have so much food and want to clear that out like I have with the rest of my house and simplify.

It means saying “no” to wasting time online, “no” to feeling badly about truly relaxing every once in a while, “no” to comparison of everyone else, “no” to fear, and “no” to the things that just plain do not matter.

I’ll be saying “yes” to more blooms, more event design, more throwing parties and having people over, more creating, more spending time here writing and inspiring, more collaborating with other wedding professionals, more getting out there and meeting incredible people, more trying new things, and maybe, just maybe starting a few more fun projects.  Stay tuned!

(Molly doesn’t know who I am, other than a holiday council girl.  These are just my thoughts and I will not be receiving compensation.)

the real deal

10 Jan

Okay, I have to be honest with you–I’m already feeling behind in 2014.  Ack!  I was supposed to have given you my vision for the year four days ago and posted on the glamour of it all and how I’m going to be awesome (and you are, too!).

Instead, it’s now Friday and I still only have brainstorming pages for that post.  However, this first full week of January has been very cool.

I got my newsletter from Jess Lively about feeling behind already this year and she actually titled it exactly what I’ve been telling myself all week in this case:

“Getting it right is better than getting it done.”

What real budgeting looks like (not pretty styled shoots)You have no idea how much I just want to get going already on my ideas, but I want to do it right.  That means I don’t rush to just put something up here.  That means taking the time to sort through my stuff and find the right home for it so my home is easier to feel inspired in (since I do most of my work here).  That means being patient (yikes) so I only put out the best work.

This mess has been one of the steps I have taken this week toward simplifying, clearing the junk, and streamlining for a purposeful year.  I actually wanted to post a gorgeous image of my planner all washi-taped-out, a pretty bloom, my beautiful editorial calendars and more.

As I was sitting here, though, sorting receipts and looking at this month’s expenses versus income while learning Mint, I realized that this image more adequately shows what my week has looked like.  Just sitting in a productive mess and loving it.  Since Monday, I have watched everything go from an absurd mess to neat little cubbies of organization and prettiness.

I am not saying that it’s perfect, but it’s getting done and the things that matter most are getting plenty of mulling over so I can do them the best way the first time.

Final steps for tonight: finish my goal-planning and vision so I can share with you on Monday!  I’m thrilled to be starting a new year and making it purposeful.  Happy Friday!

hello, 2014!!!

1 Jan

Happy new year!  2014 graphic by TheSpunkySapphire.wordpress.comI hope you all had a marvelous end to 2013, and, check it out!  A bright, new blank slate to fill up with amazing things.  I have one more weekend of wonderful vacation to look forward to and then I’ll be back with what I hope 2014 will look like for me!

What are you going to make happen this year?

If you’re interested (and/or love planning and goal-directing like I do) check out Lara Casey’s Goal-Planning series!  It seriously works.