Beer and Handmade Goods at the New Belgium Makers Market

This past weekend, the amazing team at New Belgium invited 30+ local makers to join them for their annual Summer Makers Market. As someone who primarily works from home, it's always nice to have the opportunity to get out and socialize (ha!), and also to get to know new areas of Colorado. The New Belgium brewery in Fort Collins is such a fun space — and really, you can't go wrong with music, beer, and handmade goods!

 

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I even got to do a little photoshoot with some of my favorite designs at the brewery! Anyone else a big fan of puns? 🙋🏻

 

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While this was my last market for the season, I've got more exciting things brewing! You can now find shop cards and prints locally at Wish Gifts, Eden Boutique, and Knapsack — plus, I've got new designs coming your way SO soon. Sign up for the mailing list to get first dibs!

 



 

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A Sweet Summer Pop-Up with Madewell!

I love it when big brands make it a point to embrace and work with local businesses — and I think Madewell does an amazing job of this with their local maker features! This past weekend, I had the pleasure of popping up at my local Denver Madewell store, hang with the girls in the shop, and showcase my cards and prints. I brought some of my favorite designs along to the event, including my latest summer additions.

 

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Also, how cute are those outfits in the background?? I definitely didn't leave the event empty handed — especially loving this Hasta Luego graphic tee I picked up! Madewell usually hosts pop-ups around once a month, so be sure to check out stores in your area to meet some cool local makers!

 

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This Saturday (July 28th!), I'll be at the New Belgium Summer Makers Market in Fort Collins — if you're in the area, swing by for beer, live music, and tons of local handmade goods!

 



 

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A Simple Guide to Your Wedding Thank You Cards

In an ideal world, you'd have time to thank each of your wedding guests in person — but odds are, your big day will be such a whirlwind that you won't have that chance. That's why post-wedding thank you cards are so important! I know they're often viewed as a chore, especially when you'd rather bask in the glow of your honeymoon! But they are the perfect opportunity to express your appreciation to your guests, to thank them for celebrating with you (and for any gifts they've given you). 

 

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So what do you need to know about your wedding thank yous? The key is organization!

 
  1. Print out a list of the guests who were at your wedding, and be sure to include those who sent gifts even if they couldn't make it.

  2. Use that list to track what you received from each guest as you open your gifts.

  3. Come up with a simple formula so you can easily decide what to include in each note. For example — start with a greeting, say why you're writing, thank them for the gift (and say why you love it), thank them again for being at the wedding, then close with a warm sign-off.

  4. Aim to mail your cards out within two or three months of your wedding or after returning from your honeymoon — but honestly, the sooner the better! It's much easier to compose these notes when your big day is still fresh in your mind.

 

 

 

Personally, I love it when a couple's thank you cards feature a similar style or design to their invitations (this girl loves cohesive wedding stationery!). If that's something you're interested in, definitely bring it up when you're talking to your designer about your invitations! But you can also get the job done with any boxed set — see below for a couple options from the AZC shop!


 

Are you interested in custom wedding invitations or thank you cards? You can learn more about my offerings HERE, or fill out an inquiry form to get started with the design process!

 

 

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You'll Love this Greece-Inspired Invitation Suite

Greece is an endlessly beautiful country that's impossible not to love — and as much as I've enjoyed my visits to the islands, I find something especially magical about Athens. It has been a fundamental part of history for thousands of years, and visiting today feels a little bit like stepping into the past.

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I've been lucky enough to visit Athens a few times — to experience the unique blend of ancient and modern culture, to eat SO much amazing food, to soak in that Mediterranean sun. It is a warm and inviting city, and despite the fact that I barely know a word of Greek, I find it easy to feel right at home.

The Athens Suite was inspired by Classical Greece — artistic, refined, delicate yet architectural. The design features illustrated botanic elements that were inspired by those iconic laurel wreaths we all know so well. And when it came to color, I knew I had to use a hue inspired by that warm, golden Mediterranean sun. 

 

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Hand-torn edges complete the design for a timeless, fine art feel. THE ATHENS SUITE is a sophisticated and modern take on classical style, and will add a graceful elegance to any wedding. Pairs well with delicate gold jewelry and an ethereal wedding gown.

 


 

THE ATHENS SUITE

The Athens invitation set is available to order in the semi-custom collection — head to the shop to start the ordering process! As always, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or would like to discuss your custom options.

 

 

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The Perfect Rustic Invitations for a Mountain Wedding

There's no shortage of charming (not to mention famous) towns in Colorado, but Evergreen is a personal favorite of mine. Between the gorgeous lake and plentiful hiking trails, the quaint historic downtown area, and the fact that it's less than an hour west of Denver, it's the perfect day trip into the Rocky Mountain Foothills.

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Although I've never lived in Evergreen, I like to visit as frequently as I can. Evergreen Lake is one of my favorite destinations in town — paddle boarding in the summer, ice skating in the winter, and of course, picturesque views. (Psst — Evergreen Lake House also hosts weddings and events!)

I wanted the Evergreen Suite to capture the rustic charm and natural elements of the area, which meant plenty of organic greenery. The suite features a whimsical eucalyptus and pine wreath, as well as a cozy cabin inspired by the architecture around town. In general, it's features a more playful and casual design than the rest of the semi-custom collection.

 

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Hand-illustrated elements take center stage in these outdoorsy designs. THE EVERGREEN SUITE is playfully elegant and sets the stage perfectly for a rustic elegant mountain wedding. Perfect for any time of year!

 


 

THE EVERGREEN SUITE

The Evergreen invitation set is available to order in the semi-custom collection — head to the shop to start the ordering process! As always, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or would like to discuss your custom options.

 

 

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