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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.

cheers to december

3 Dec

In case you hadn’t flipped your calendar yet, it’s December….whaaaat?  Yes.  So, cheers to that!  I love December (with the exception of the freezing cold).

Cheers print by Miss Modern--styled by theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.com

I love everything about this time of year: Christmas, catching up with family and friends, looking back on a year and forward to another incredible one!  The sparkle, the warmth, the love–all of it fires me up.  I’m not going to deny that this also means I get to wrap stuff and play with paper, tags, handwriting, and fabulous tape!

Despite November being a bit of a relaxed month, December is ramping up to be a bit of a doozy!  I have full weekends and I’m SO excited about it!  Parties, concerts, family time, and travel add up to make it a purposeful month.  Always a good thing for me.

While doing some Pink Friday shopping at Miss Modern, and stocking up on some super pretty patterns, I discovered this pretty “Cheers!” print.  Guess what?  You can download it for free, too!  If you’re like me, the pretty in pink and handlettering will be the selling point for you.  I’m thinking it’ll be around here year-round and possibly find a home on my bar cart!
Cheers print by Miss Modern--styled by theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.comGo get yours, because, honestly?  A girl can never have to many well-designed prints for her space.

(I received the gold striped straws for my birthday, and am told you can find them at Target!)

New Headshots

11 Oct

I have been waiting ever so impatiently for these, and the other night, I was able to pick up the disc with all my images!  Hooray!  How gorgeous is that lighting?  And the flowers!Spunky Sapphire Wedding Planner Headshots--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.comPink wild bouquet, wedding bouquet--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.comSpunky Sapphire Events--wedding planner headshots--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.com

Special thanks to Liz Heikoop Photography for the images and to Steve and Patrice from Flowers by the Dozen for the insanely awesome bouquet!

Happy weekend!  Go do something fabulous.


rustic chic reception

7 Oct

Part of the reason I think September flew by was because I was planning this significant event for my brother and sister-in-law.  They got married on September 21 in Alberta, and as courtesy to all of the Grand Rapids, Michigan guests, we hosted an open-house-style reception for them the following Saturday there.  My mom, who has always had serious amounts of faith in my creativity and has been my biggest cheerleader in starting this business (hey, mom!), asked me to design it all!  Needless to say, I was excited because, as I’ve said before, event planning is my jam, and it was for my brother and his wife!  Actually, I’m still excited because now I get to show all of you!

Wedding Reception table design--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.com

The bride was game to be surprised with the look and was not interested in carrying over the design from the weekend before (although, I did ask!).  As I told you earlier, when I found this inspiration board, I knew it was the look we were going for.  I knew she liked a little rustic chic, and the groom loves his orange; he’s painted everything from his room to his Mustang in the vibrant hue.  But, I guess you could say it all started with the fabric.

Orange and teal table design and flowers--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.com

Isn’t it fantastic?!  Obviously, I ordered it right away and began pulling things from my home that would match.  Every throw pillow I own fit their scheme as well as multiple vases/containers I have.  I literally filled up the trunk of our car with just decor items.

As you may remember from Girl Bash, I created a dessert bar backdrop and wanted to use that in this event as well.  Having that backdrop can really pull a room together when you’re working with a blank slate and everything else is table height.  It brings the ceiling down and makes the room more cohesive.

DIY Wedding Backdrop-- created by Spunky Sapphire Events--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.com

That banner was simply perfect!  It is a custom piece and was SO much fun to design.  Hanging it definitely was a smashing final touch!

Everything about this day was a family affair.  My sister spray-painted dozens of sticks gold for me and created the chicken-wire photo frame that featured images from their wedding day.  Together we rolled bunches of silverware and tied with fabric pieces and stabbed pecks of apple favors with the awesome little thank you tags!

spray-painted sticks--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.com

teal wedding photo frame--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.com

Green striped paper straws--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.comOrange paper straws--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.compaper straws and mason jars--TheSpunkySapphire.wordpress.com

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rustic chic apple favors--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.com

The favor table was beautiful.  Placed at the entrance, it gave guests a glimpse of what was to come with it’s zesty fabric runner and tipped over crate spilling the apple favors.  It featured a sign with a plane motif since the bride and groom did plenty of flying to see each other during their long-distance relationship.

Wedding Favor Table--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.com

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Something I’ve seen and really loved at weddings (or any party, really), is a seating area.  It’s simply cozy!  This area allows for people to sit and chat in a more comfortable environment than the dining table and is a change of pace.  I used rustic crates and all my throw pillows to create a small seating area, and it was full the entire event (as you can see here)!

wedding flower centerpieces--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.comWedding Seating Area--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.com

The ladies of the catering the school PTA catering that I used to work with did a fantastic job with the simple buffet menu and the dessert bar.

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Congratulations, again, to my brother and his beautiful wife!  It was an absolute joy to design and execute this and I can’t wait to see what’s next!

more for monday

9 Sep

standing in the rain; wedding planning--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.comThat was me on Saturday, soaked from the knees down as the rain was drizzling sideways.   This, my friends, is the glamorous life of a wedding planner.  I love it.  This is when I remembered why I always, always bring a second outfit and was so thankful I had stuck with my gut that morning.   It was such an amazing experience to be working as part of the Bride’s Butler team and I got to meet two of my favorite photographers.  Day made, in my book.  

I actually can’t believe we’re in the full swing of September.  Last week was nutty around here, but delightfully so, and it was fabulous to be crazy busy for a week.

This week, I’m looking forward to focusing on a few things: new blog headshots: (thinking this would be a fabulous prop),

Oversized balloon--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.com new branding work with this sure-to-be-helpful-and-amazing webinar by the ladies of Making Brands Happen2013 Make it Happen Webinar--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.comand wedding design.  C+S get married next week!Oranges and Ribbons: Favors in the Making--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.com

Well, I’m off to a successful start so far, and looking forward to a successful week.  Note to all of us, courtesy of someone VERY close to me: “There’s something positive in everything, Anna.  Always look for it.”  Man, I love that guy.  Happy Monday!

a little love

23 Aug

pink Wedding Card--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.com

The image above is a card I made for the wedding last weekend that I attended.  I had so much fun making it and I love the belly band on the vellum sleeve!  This month has been a whirlwind of vacation, working, blogging, creating, and enjoying time with family!

I am so surprised that August is almost over!  This summer is being incredible.  While I’m still not willing to admit that it’s close to being over (obviously because I used the present tense), I am very much looking forward to fall!  I love fall fashion, fall food and drinks, the gorgeous weather, and my busy upcoming schedule!  September is looking to be an AWESOME month, and for that, I am truly grateful and excited!  Every weekend, I have something fabulous going on!  Assisting with a wedding coordinator, a business webinar, and a wedding reception that is going to be a zillion percent incredible are just part of this month.

And, in all of that busyness, I intend to complete my Powersheets and start seriously thinking about what I want my business to be about.  Branding boards, “my dream event” boards, and finding delicious fonts will be on my mind.  (Yes, delicious).  Follow me on Pinterest if you’re interested in checking it out, too!  My inbox has been flooded with great advice, inspiration, and learning tidbits about branding.  It’s like the creators of the newsletters I signed up for knew that I need all the information I can get about branding and getting things done!  Lisa, Amanda, Emily and Lara, JessTara and Kathleen, AND Ashley have been such amazing women and helped me so much already!  I’m beyond thrilled to learn even more!

On a side note: why is learning so much harder now that I’m out of school?  There’s just so SO much out there that I want to learn and I know everything takes time.  It’s the little by little that gets you there.  I love how the women creatives stick together and encourage each other on, and I’m so grateful to have so many of you inspiring me through my social media feeds!  It’s lovely to know that we’re all in this together and learning from each other!  I can only hope someday I can pay this all forward.

#intentionalaugust by Lara Casey--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.comvia

I’ve already found so many resources for what fires me up and I’m looking forward to making September my month!  #IntentionalAugust was great and really forced me to get out there and evaluate what matters most.  I’m looking forward to taking all of this and moving my bum forward (no looking back, here!).

Another thing that seems to be on a lot of people’s minds lately is comparison.  Lady comparison is the worst.  Madi wrote about it this week and Katie made a great point and introduced me to this graphic:

Shine and Soar via theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.com

With that, I intend to keep plugging on, slowly but surely, and trying to remember that it’s all the little things that make up that one big thing.  Just start!  Make the most of your last week of August.  Remember to make it intentional and awesome (because, duh, YOU are awesome).  Happy Friday! Oh–and try something new!


latest project

20 Aug

Modern green and orange color palette--theSpunkySapphire.wordpress.comoh lovely day

This is the gorgeous inspiration for my latest event.  More will follow in the next little bit, but for now, I just wanted to share because I LOVE it and I’m SO excited about how everything in my head will turn out.  I’m thinking: amazing.

Also, how supercool is that chevron fabric?!  Can’t wait to get my hands on some.  I’ll be honest: I never really liked the fabric store as much as I think I might now!  Maybe I am related to my sister after all (Hey, M! Love ya!).

What do you think?  Are you as in love with it as I am?  For tomorrow’s Paper Poste, I even found an invitation suite that fits into this amazingly well!