Monthly Archive for April, 2012

DIY by Dad

I cherish this little wooden rainbow:

When I was five or six, I had a brilliant request for my dad: could he build me a rainbow for our front yard, with swings hanging from it?  While I had pictured a life-size version (you know, one I could slide down, like Rainbow Brite), he made me this.  I didn’t have the heart to tell him it was a little small, but it became one of my favorite things.  He even drew a little character on one of the swings:

Or maybe I drew that.

Maybe he can teach me something about carpentry (before I turn 31, of course)…

$1 New Designs

We’re like the dollar store over here — giving away magnificent products for just 100 pennies a piece!  Really, though: through the end of April, our new spring card designs — Cherry Blossoms and Balloons — are $1.00 a piece. 

That’s $15 for a set of personalized stationery.  For your mom.  For Mother’s Day!  Click here to personalize our Balloons card, and click here to personalize our Cherry Blossoms card.

And pssst: we might be offering a Mother’s Day discount in the coming days.  Make sure you’re signed up for our newsletter to get the code!

A PosePrints Photo Booth

I’m starting to plan PosePrints’ 5th Birthday Party (my mom and I launched our caricature stationery business in July, 2007!), and I’m told no party is complete without a photo booth. Right?

I’ve actually never had my picture taken in a photo booth, but I hear every “set” needs a collection of mustaches and boas and other accessories.  So we might as well use what we have: PosePrints drawings!  I’m envisioning taking our caricature accessories, blowing them up, printing them out, cutting them up, and gluing them to sticks.  You know, so it looks sort of like this:

I made a goal to plan a party with “Pinterest-y party details,” and this can be just that.  A cute, time-consuming little detail.

Anyone want to help? 🙂


New Summer Wardrobe!

The PosePrints Girl* has a new summer wardrobe!

We’ve revamped the PosePrints Girl’s closet, and you’ll find all of the new features on our website.  We added:

  • Striped tops
  • A chunky gold necklace
  • Gold bracelets
  • A big gold ring
  • Summery waves (A hairstyle I wish I could pull off like many of my friends do.  At least my caricature can now…)
  • Nail polish
  • & Bright red lips

So we basically have all of the latest trends covered, aside from colored jeans, colorful belts, and wedge heels (which we would have added if our Girl had legs, a waist and feet).  Am I missing anything?  Let me know!

Ready to “try on” your new pieces?  Click here!


*We’ll soon be adding new clothing options for the PosePrints Guy, Little Girl, Little Boy and Baby, too, so stay tuned!

Thirty While 30

I turn 30 in 32 days — too short of a time frame to complete a “30 Before 30” Bucket List.  Since I’ve been set on making said list (and I want it to be somewhat challenging), we’re going to turn it into a “Thirty While 30” List instead, okay?

Here they are: 30 things I want to accomplish before I turn 31 on May 15, 2013.

1. Take a class.

2. Join a club.

3. Celebrate my 30th birthday in style.

4. Make our rental apartment a home.

5. Throw a party with fun, Pinterest-y party details.

6. Brush up on my Spanish.

7. Find a new hobby.

8. Read at least one book per month.

9. Travel to a new place (or few).

10. Sew something.

11. Paint a picture.

12. Celebrate PosePrints‘ 5th Birthday (July 17, 2012!).

13. Take an “annual photo” — same place, same time, every year.

14. Family plan.

15. Get — and stay — in shape.

16. Eat at Per Se & French Laundry.

17. Scan and organize all old photographs.

18. Keep up this blog.

19. Visit Alcatraz.

20. Rescue a pet.

21. Start a collection.

22. Look deeper into my (and my husband’s) genealogy.

23. Host (and make) a simple, pretty brunch.

24. Take a trip with my mom.

25. Learn something about carpentry.

26. Go berry picking.

27. Snail mail birthday cards to every close friend.

28. Give a speech (I hyperventilated just writing this point).

29. Give back.

30. Make things special.


(I will cross these off as I finish them.)

It was hard for me to decide to share this with an audience — however small! — but I love that there’s now some accountability.  Feel free to hold me to this list!

P.S. I’ve been inspired by others‘ lists — so if you have started a similar list, or are starting one now, please share it with me!


New Design: Balloons

With PosePrints’ 5th birthday fast approaching (July 17th!), it’s about time we added a birthday “Balloons” theme to our designs. Right?

Birthday Balloons Design

The colorful balloons — in shades of red, pink, purple, blue, green and yellow — are appropriate for adults’ and kids’ birthday parties alike. Here it is with the caricatures customized for twins’ birthday party invitations:

Twins Birthday Party Invitation

And for a first birthday party invitation:

Balloons First Birthday Invitation

And for a 30th birthday party invitation:

30th Birthday Party Invitation

Like the balloons, but not really digging the rainbow colors?  As always, we can customize the colors of anything on your PosePrints — free of charge.  Just let us know what changes you would like to see in the “Comments” section at check-out, and we will send you a proof to approve before we print.  Here is the 30th birthday party invitation with pink and purple balloons:

Balloons Birthday Party Invitation

Click here to check out our new design and create your own caricature for a “Balloons” card!


Week at a Glance

My week at a glance:

  • Spring is finally here (in San Francisco, at least!) — just in time for Easter.  And ranunculus!
  • Target “pouf” purchased as a side table.  Another step in our redecorating mini-journey.
  • My mom unloaded some of my old belongings on me, including this made-by-Mom-29-years-ago T-shirt. Craftiness runs in the family!
  • Working on somebody’s 30th Birthday Party Invitation.

Happy weekend!

Monogrammed Gifts

I mentioned last week that I like giving gifts that are special and personalized — and nothing does that better than a monogram. I adore the monogram. I would monogram everything in my home if I could, but my husband (jMm) says no.

Here are some of my favorites.  I’ve gifted the zinc letters and monogrammed mugs, and I long for the Max&Chloe monogrammed necklace (jMh) and Longchamp tote bag.  Feel free to take note — my 30th birthday is coming up…

*1* Monogrammed bracelet by Zoe Chicco *2* Custom Monogrammed Tote Bag by Longchamp *3* Zinc letters from Anthropologie *4* Monogram Mug from Anthropologie *5* Custom iPhone Case by Plum Street Prints *6* DIY Name Stationery by Me/PosePrints *7* Max&Chloe Monogram Necklace

Style Me Pretty

PosePrints was featured in Style Me Pretty!

Well, it was our wedding that was featured, but PosePrints-made stationery enjoyed its Style Me Pretty debut.

Our wedding paper “suite” wasn’t entirely cohesive, because we were set on a few “musts”:

  • A Craigslist theme for the Save-the-Dates
  • Letterpress for the invitations
  • PosePrints caricatures for the programs

Here is a photo of our Save-the-Date Magnets from the SMP post (It’s a long story, but my husband and I wouldn’t have met without the help of Craigslist!):

And here are our simple, modern letterpress invitations featuring the Durham Ranch barn — designed by me, printed by Alan Hillesheim:

Our beloved Wedding Ceremony Program, featuring caricatures of me, my groom and our bridal party was shared, too:

Thank you, Style Me Pretty! See the whole post — and all of the photos — by clicking here.