Family Photos

We haven't had family photos since Yan took photos of us when Rilo was just over a year old.  I can't believe I let that much time go by!  Yan came to our house before Christmas, so we could capture Arden while she was still little.  I love every single one of these images.  They just feel like "us".  I told Yan, she better be planning on taking photos when she's old, because she's the only one for me.  She is magic!




























Figuring It All Out + A Valentine’s Video

Well, I'm sure you noticed I haven't been around here as much in the last 6 months. I've been trying to figure out balance in my life. It's so hard, isn't it? Trying to make sure I'm spending time with my kids, with Adam, photography clients, design clients, moving, maintaining my home, helping with The Crepe Co. and everything else going on, has been tough. And blogging is like going to the gym. When you're going, you're in a good rhythm and it's easy to get up and go. And then you miss a few days and then a few weeks, and pretty soon you haven't seen the gym all year (seriously, I went to the gym ONE day in January...oops!).
I really do love blogging...I love the community and I love how it allows me to share the things I love. So I'm pushing myself to make some time again. For the first time, I'm going to try and plan and schedule posts. I want to focus on really good original content. Design projects, DIY, updates on our new house and new restaurant and hopefully some collaborations with other artists and bloggers. I hope you stick around as I try and find my groove again!
And to make this semi-boring post full of cuteness, please go check out Small Fry's Valentine's Day video, filmed by Lumineux Films. Rilo makes her big screen debut plus it was filmed at The Crepe Co.!


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Christmas Mantel

You. Guys. I entered Emily Henderson's Christmas mantel styling contest on a whim last week. And guess what? She selected mine as one of the winners! I feel a little bit starstruck. She happens to be my favorite designer and the one I find my style closest to so I squealed when I saw the winners last night! You can check out the other winners here!
I didn't buy many new Christmas decorations this year just because we were in the middle of moving right before Christmas. I found a few things from Land of Nod...they had some great Christmas decor this year (all on sale now)!  I also grabbed some Dollar Store Christmas houses that I spray painted gold and white. Everything else I found from my Christmas collection from years past!



I toyed with this for a little arrangement for a little bit, but ultimately I thought it was a little too cluttered.


Here are the little houses I painted.  I tried out 2 different methods with the white houses.  One where I covered the whole thing and the other where I left some color showing through.


We installed 2 pendant lights in the living room (I actually discovered them through Emily's Pinterest board) and we love them!  You can see a sneak peek of them below.


Small Fry Christmas Cards

When my friends from Small Fry (the cutest children's lifestyle blog) asked if I would work with them on their Christmas cards this year, I was thrilled. Nicole, Emily and Jenna all have impeccable taste so I knew I would love whatever we came up with. Each of them had a different style and idea for their cards. Nicole likes to make hers more like an art print, Emily wanted a funny infographic and Jenna wanted something tactile showing all their travel this year. I love how they all turned out! Check out their post about the cards on Small Fry!


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I'm taking on a VERY limited number of custom Christmas cards, so if you're interested in working together, please email me at bri@collectedblog.com! And be sure to check back this morning for Day 5 of my 12 Days of Christmas Downloads.


A Hip Handmade Holiday

My friends are doing big things! I shared about Caravan earlier this week and now I have to share about the best thing to happen to your holidays. My friends Susan (who makes the best baby moccasins) and Alison (heir to the title of crafting queen...move over Martha) have combined to form The Craft Pack. They just released A Hip Handmade Holiday: Gifts for everyone on your list for $10 or less. I just bought my copy and I love everything in it. They have gifts for everyone and they can be made by all levels of crafters. They have videos, tips, stickers and tons of printables. It is so perfectly priced for all that you get (only $10!!) so be sure to check it out here.

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My friends Melanie and Alma just launched their new digital download site, Caravan. They have really cute wall prints, calendars, kids toys and lots more for really really reasonable prices. Whatever you've selected gets sent right to your inbox and then you're able to print as many times as you'd like. They have so many perfect gift ideas! Here are some of the things I've already downloaded!


They have a free party hat download available right now!



Guesting on Ruffling Feathers

Feeling a wee bit honored to be Emily's (of Ruffling Feathers) very first guest post. I mean, it's not like she's new around the blogosphere (6 years and going strong). I subbed in for Emily at the pre-opening of the new West Elm in City Creek. You can see my little write up and lots of photos here. And if you haven't been reading Emily, check her out ASAP. She's on of the geniuses behind the Bijou Market and my new fave blog, Small Fry. She's got the writing skills, mad style and I'm happy to call her my friend.