Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Our fellow Galveston County Junior Leaguer, Erin Toberman, started an organization after Hurricane Ike called Help4Galveston. (http://www.help4galveston.org/) Below is an excerpt from their site.
"Help4Galveston is collective group of local, regional, state and national government, agencies, organizations, communities and individuals working together to help Galveston, TX repair, restore and rebuild. This site offers a single, unified destination for local, regional and national individuals and organizations to get information, volunteer, donate and obtain assistance regarding the repairing, restoring and rebuilding of Galveston County homes, communities, businesses, organizations and churches. Please help Galveston County repair, restore and rebuild!"
On the Today Show this morning, Al Roker's "Lend a Hand" program donated over half a million dollars to the Help4Galveston organization to aid in the continuation of their good deeds. If you missed the Today Show this morning, here's a clip!
Way to go Erin and Help4Galveston!
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Our fabulous sanding job....well, it worked well enough! We got all the shine off, and it had a nice chalky texture.
Finally we are putting my Rustoleum "Heirloom White" paint on! Using nice neat brushstrokes and avoiding drips are apparently very important to getting the finish you want! We ended up needing two coats, but the sheen was really great -- almost pearly!
Ta-da!!!! Our "Brand New" Bed....
So, to all the dads in our life...Thank you for all the gifts you've given us, big & small. May we always be good stewards of them.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
The week after her monkey's first birthday, we started talking about the second! Here's what she had to say....
The Monkey idea came from my CRAZY daughter who climbs on everything! A few months before her 2nd birthday she was introduced to the "5 Little Monkey's Jumping on the Bed" song and book. She absolutely loved it and a party theme was born! As I started brainstorming I saw SO many monkey parties. I loved the invitation I designed with Hayley that incorporated my color scheme of pink and brown, with the hanging "girly" monkey, and also polka dots, which are special to us since that was the theme of our daughter's first! Martha Stewart has an entire line of "ready to make" things for a monkey, and at the time Target had everything we needed to tie the theme together. From plates, to the kids cups, a cute pitcher, monkey stickers to put on the walls, we were overwhelmed by all the stuff that was monkey related! And of course there has to be jumping around at a monkey party, so although I think they are used in overabundance, it was very appropriate and the kids' favorite part! Also, I didn't think of this for my own party, but my friend Kristen threw a monkey party for her daughter, too, and gave away bananas and a recipe to go with them! She is an amazing baker and I have to think those favors were coveted by all the monkey mamas!
Thanks for sharing your party with us! We loved getting to be a part of it and hope you are still cranking out the ideas for the kiddos when I am in need someday!
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
It was so fun to watch them come in and we are so glad to be getting some readership! We will try and not disappoint!
And the winner of our drawing for the inaugural giveway is....
Congratulation, Red Leopard! Email us back the style you'd like and the names and we'll get them ordered asap so you'll have them by next week!
A little birdie told us that the "Red Leopard" is actually the Fabulous and Fun Abbey Hanson of Abbey Hanson Photography! We are so glad you're reading our blog and we love you bunches!!!
Thanks everyone! We loved kicking off our happy hump-day posts, and remember to catch up with us every Wednesday!
hh + lg
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
If you're like us, searching for the "perfect" gift for Dad can sometimes elude you...golf paraphernalia, tools, fishing tackle, and of course a tie...you've done it all before. If you find yourself in this dilemma, we at HH Design House just might have a solution for you!
We love our note cards and think they are a desirable gift for anyone. What's more personal than personalized stationery? Plus, it's a gift you can use year round...can't beat that!
Shown here are just a few, but if you check out our website, http://www.hayleyhardcastle.com/ we have a whole gallery!
In honor of our first "Happy Hump Day" we are also introducing our first "give-away". To have a chance to win a set of (50) Embossed Graphics note cards personalized for your father simply leave a comment on our blog letting us know which design you like the best. To be entered twice, give us a shout out on your blog and link back to us! The contest ends tomorrow (Thursday) at 3 p.m. central standard time and we will draw and announce the winner from the comments posted! Be sure and let us know if you are entering twice as well!
On June 21st, be sure to squeeze your dad's neck and tell him how much you love him...he won't mind a bit that you'll probably be a little sweaty...after all it is the first day of summer!
Monday, June 8, 2009
Prior to the previously mentioned impediment, there were already enough times daily I wanted to throw you against the wall. Just ask your partner in annoyance, Mr. Printer, how hard my slap is.... I mean business, and I am SO over bargaining with you.
You see, I am an artist, not a "techie". I thought I "knew better" when I gaffed at the Graphic Design major and went straight for Painting and Drawing. I will create beautiful pictures with my own two hands, I thought! But alas, it was 2004, and without the computer, there was no way to get my designs to anyone, so I tried my hardest and learned it as best I could. Now, when people see mywork, everyone becomes a technology critic. I cannot count how many times I have been told not to use that program or that computer or that ftp or that file format, and frankly, I have NO IDEA what anyone really expects. No one has ever came into my studio and looked me in the eye and given me constructive advice. And even with simple things like email -- I finally switch over to the "professional looking" email addresses, and then you are barred from having your "professional" signature. Such things drive me dizzy!
So, computer, with all these issues we were already having, why would you decide right now to quit working? Now when everyone is waiting to hear from me and I am trying to save for other investments. I already had you, I thought the computer column had a big "check" next to it!
I'm not one to gripe, but I thought we'd had a good run with eachother. I was pretty good to you; always buying you the latest safety software, and I even carried you out of harm's way when Ike was barelling down last year. Perhaps like the rest of us, you're just plain weary. But must you really take 30 minutes to open a file, and then have a system error when I try to finally work on the file???? Do you know many things we used to get done in 30 minutes??? Remember the good ole days???
So instead of being able to comply with everyone's desires for their proofs, I am researching re-purchasing and re-loading all of my software on my hubby's laptop and wondering how much more of my life you stubborn machine will eat.
In closing, since you seem to have a mind of your own lately, if you could send an auto-generated email out to my whole address book letting them know about the situation, that would be awesome. It just might score you a resting place in my garage instead of in a field a la "Office Space."
Friday, June 5, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Wendy and Luke were recently joined together in marriage and HH Design House was delighted to play a roll in the gorgeous occasion. The summer nuptials took place in Houston with the ceremony at Second Baptist Church and the reception in the Crystal Ballroom of the Rice Hotel.
Invitation, Save the Dates, Calligraphy, Album, Napkins, Favor Tags, Thank Yous, Programs, Reserved Signs.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
The color scheme was adapted from the gorgeous stained glass windows of the chapel and incorporated the bright shades of spring. Beautiful blues, reds, yellows, greens and orange were seen in vibrant arrangements adorning the celebration. The same popping hues were also used in the programs with a variety of ribbon colors. Our calligraphy enhanced not only the wedding invitation, but added style everywhere from the programs right down to the place cards. The logo created by HH could also be seen everywhere, including the customized water bottles.
As a perfect complement to their SoCal nuptials, the new "Mr. & Mrs." traveled all along the California Coastline for their honeymoon. We were thrilled to be a part of such a vibrant and elegant wedding!
Items created by HH:
Invitation, Calligraphy, Napkins, placecards, programs, menus, water bottles.