Wednesday, November 14, 2012

what I've been doing

Well, it's official! We're moving to Denver.
This probably doesn't mean very much to most of you,
as my work for you has always been done from a distance.
But it DOES explain why I've been MIA recently.

The hubs is already out in Denver, and I will go too, following my week of Thanksgiving spent in Kentucky. I've been busy packing and moving and tying up loose ends here in Washington.

That being said, I am almost back in the swing of things. I plan on picking up business and moving forward starting Dec. 1. I will be situated by then and ready to work in my very own, new office!

Before this crazy break, I was busy with many, many events.
Here are a few of my favorites:

Bat Mitzvah. I did her sister's last year.
My brother's wedding! Front and back. A single panel card.
Metallic pocketfold. Beautiful.
Fun pocketfold
Beautiful paisleys with lined envelopes and custom monogram.

 I also made these for our new tree. They are on 4x4 tiny canvases with glitter and sparkles. I will miss D.C. so much, and it's such a beautiful, picturesque town. It just screams for ornaments:

I think that's it for now! Be ready to see some more Christmas crafts soon.


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

I'm a married lady!

WOW! That was just... wow.
A whirlwind.
I think my wedding day was beautiful and exactly what I wanted, but I really can't remember most of it. Peter said it best when we got into the limo at the end of the night: "Well. That was an experience." 
Weddings are HARD work! Here we are -- all married and stuff! And yes, that bouquet was exactly as heavy as it looks. My biceps are still throbbing.

I'm glad mine is now out of the way so I can focus on making your day exactly what you've dreamed! 

Email me: and visit my website

I have some exciting things in store!


Monday, May 21, 2012

**a note**

This is just a quick note to let my clients know that I will not be accepting any orders from August 1-October 1 due to making sure all my ducks are in a row for my own September 1 wedding.

Please get all orders to me before this date!


Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Bedazzled shoes!

So, you may remember from This Post all of the difficulties I had finding cute wedding shoes.
My dress is ivory, and in order to not need extra length, my heels had to be shorter than 2" high (well that, and the fact that I'm already 6 ft. tall barefoot). Add in the fact that it's an outdoor ceremony and wedges will keep me from sinking into the ground, my options were VERY limited. I knew I wanted some sort of heel, just because it makes me feel feminine and put-together. I also knew I wanted them to be appropriate for our black-tie affair. And have SOMETHING to do with our accent color: coral.

Here is the original:
White satin, not a very stable ankle strap, disgusting grosgrain ribbon behind brooch.
I mean, it's a cute shoe, just needed some work!

So here they are with some embellishing:

I dyed them ivory and added pearls behind the brooch after cutting off that ribbon.
Then, instead of the strap, I have 3 satin ribbons: ivory, coral, light pink.
The wedges have been decorated with a light pink sparkle

They are just the perfect little secret!


Keeping Busy!

In like a lion -- out like a lamb!

I just love the spring -- my senses are rejuvenated, and I become inspired again!
I've been busy designing some weddings and Bat Mitzvahs as of late, as well as crafting up various birthday gifts for friends and their babies.

And stuff for my own wedding.
Let's just say it's HARD to find CUTE bridal shoes with a low wedge heel.
In ivory.
Unless I am 80 years old.

But after weeks of searching, I found these:
BUT they are white. And what in heaven's name is up with that white grosgrain ribbon behind the embellishment???? Anyway, I removed that hot mess and dyed them ivory. And added some pearls and sparkle. And will tie with ribbons instead of that ankle strap.
When they dry, I will post a pic!

Sweet baby Meredith turned ONE! So she got a butterfly ribbon wreath for her Pottery Barn "brooke" inspired room:

My friends needed a painting for the wall behind their couch:

Our Save the Dates went out!!!
It's a magnet tied onto cardstock with hotel info:

And we've been doing a LOT of cheering on the CATS!!!

And I'm in the midst of training for the Potomac River Marathon on May 6.

More to come!


Monday, January 23, 2012

It's 2012!

Well it's the start of another year! I was busy as ever last year, and am so excited to see where Embellished by Emily will go in 2012! I LOVE the opportunities I've had to design in just this month alone!

Anna's baby shower. Baby girl is due any day now.
Her friend asked that the invitations be "Grateful Dead" with a "ballet twist," so that those of Anna's friends who identified the bears would get the homage to Anna and her husband, and those who didn't get it would just think the bears were cute. I think they turned out adorable!

For Christmas, I made glass paintings of all of my family members' dogs. I now have a new favorite hobby -- glass painting!

I had already done Tanya and Brian's bridal shower invitations, wedding invitations and now wedding programs. They were printed on alternating cream and green parchment paper for their late-December wedding.

Then Katie contacted me for some invitations for her parents' surprise 40th anniversary party. She gave me two pictures from their wedding to scan, and I came up with this idea. The card slides out from behind with all of the information right in the middle. 

Those few highlights should bring us right up to date!
Looking forward to what's next :)