7/27/14

7 Beautiful Examples of Patterned Tile








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Patterned tile seems to be all the rage these days, and I love it (maybe that's because I have plain white tile everywhere in my place). There are a million different options, depending on what color, size and design you choose. What do you guys think? Would you try patterned tile? Or maybe you already have it? It's a big commitment, but I think when it's executed properly it can be really beautiful.

Can't get enough of these bold patterns? Then you might want to check out my post on crazy wallpaper.

xo,
Faith
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7/25/14

My Latest Wedding Invitation Designs


I've been hard at work on some major design projects lately... wedding invitations! I created the first suite above for the lovely Jenna and her future husband Dave. They were going for a rustic chic look, complete with real lace and burlap string. I hand-glued lace to each invitation, and they were paired with mint green envelopes.


And for Lisa and Nate's invitations, I hand drew the botanical illustrations and then scanned them in to use on each piece. They chose lined RSVP envelopes in the same shade of green, and the outer envelopes matched the navy text. Such a great choice!

If you know someone who may be in need of wedding invitations, feel free to pass along the link to my website: www.FaithTowersDesign.com. My work is completely custom, so the sky's the limit! And despite my love of adding handmade elements, my pricing is still affordable... email me here for a quote. Thanks friends!

xo,
Faith
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7/22/14

{Typeface Tuesday} A Free Font


I love script fonts. I'm not sure why, because my graphic design style tends to lean more toward the masculine side of the spectrum. But alas, I can't get enough of 'em. So today's font offering is called England Hand and it is available as a free download over at Font Squirrel. Download it here.

xo,
Faith
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7/19/14

A Wedding In Topsfield, Massachusetts









A few weeks ago I photographed a wedding in Topsfield, Massachusetts at the beautiful Willowdale Estate. The bride and groom paid attention to every single detail... from custom chalkboard signs to special baby photo centerpieces, and my favorite - the mason jar favors that guests filled up at the late-night candy bar. Above are a few of my images from the day.

If you're in need of a photographer for an upcoming event, feel free to check out my photography website or send me an email.

xo,
Faith
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7/17/14

{Thirsty Thursday} The Pain Reliever


A traditional Painkiller is made with Pusser's Rum, which is a dark spirit well-known for its history with the royal navy. My Pain Reliever cocktail has a similar flavor to the famous, trademarked version, but differs in that it tastes a bit lighter. I've substituted white rum for the Pusser's, and added a bit of vanilla extract to give it some added character. The resulting concoction will make you feel like you're at a beachside bar in the Virgin Islands. Here's the recipe....


- 2 ounces of white rum
- 4 ounces of pineapple juice
- 1 ounce orange juice
- 1 ounce cream of coconut
- 3 or 4 drops of pure vanilla extract
- A dash of nutmeg
- A lime slice

Combine all ingredients except the nutmeg in a cocktail shaker with ice and mix for a minute or two, until the liquid becomes frothy. Pour into a rocks glass over ice and garnish with a thin lime slice. Sprinkle with nutmeg, and pretend you're in the Caribbean!


Love trying new cocktails? Click here to see the rest of my Thirsty Thursday posts...

xo,
Faith
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7/15/14

{Typeface Tuesday} Edible Typography


File this in the "things I wanna do when I have kids someday" folder. Designer dad Tommy Perez turns food into typographical works of art to teach his daughter the alphabet. He uses things like Twizzlers, pretzels and even kale to create beautiful letterforms that are sure to give little Zoë a head start on her appreciation of typography. Head over to Fast Company to read more about the project and to see the rest of the alphabet.

xo,
Faith
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7/13/14

10 Unique Ways To Use Your Wedding Photos


So you received your wedding photos. Hundreds of them. Now what? Sure, you can go the traditional route and have an album made... but there are lots of other unique ways to use them. Here are my top-ten favorites:

  1. This Etsy seller will create a custom photo print with the lyrics to your first dance song written right on the image. Click here to order yours.
     
  2. Try your hand at this image transfer technique with a few of your wedding images if you're the DIY type. Here's the simple tutorial.
     
  3. A phone case is a great place to display custom images from your big day. Head over to Shutterfly to create yours.
     
  4. Indulge your artsy side by making your own scrapbook using printed photos, keepsakes from the day, washi tape, paint pens, and whatever else you might have hiding in your craft drawer. Read more here.
     
  5. This beautiful canvas collage print can be customized with a monogram and your names. Get started on yours now.
     
  6. Use a digital image as the background wallpaper on your iPhone. You'll need to email an image to yourself and save it to your photo gallery, then change the wallpaper using these instructions from About.com.
     
  7. Have a couple dozen photos printed up, and arrange them in a heart shape for some unique wall art, found over on Decor8ion.
     
  8. Send your photos to me and I'll design a custom thank you note that you can mail to your guests! Head over here for more info or email me here for rates.
     
  9. Create photo stickers for your wedding thank you notes like the good folks over at Martha Stewart have done.
     
  10. Have a little fun and turn an image into a custom puzzle. Shutterfly has lots of photo gifts for family and friends. 

Have you thought of any other creative ways to use your wedding photos? Feel free to share your ideas in the comments section below!

xo,
Faith
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7/10/14

A Weekend on Block Island

A foggy morning in the Great Salt Pond.

Spent ten hours at a restaurant called The Oar waiting out 
the tropical storm... a double rainbow was our reward.

What a dive!

Next, a little "brosé" on the boat for the boys.

A dinghy ride around the harbor at sunset.

Cornhole at The Oar. Yes, we spent a lot of time there.

My patriotic manicure.

A quintessential summer photo.

We went to Block Island, off the coast of Rhode Island, for the 4th of July weekend and I wanted to share a few highlights with you. Have you guys ever been? There's something very unique about it - they have some old school traditions for the holiday weekend including a steak fry at the firehouse and a quaint little parade with homemade floats. Aside from the tropical storm on the 4th, the weather was gorgeous... so we spent most of the time walking around town and hanging out on the boat. My favorite part was definitely cornhole at The Oar... I make so many cornhole boards that it's fun to actually play once in a while!

All photos by me.

xo,
Faith
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7/8/14

{Trend Spotting} Poufs and Bean Bags








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Have you guys noticed that bean bag chairs and poufs have taken on a new, more grown up vibe lately? Gone are the days of quarantining your bean bag chair in the kids' playroom; these days you can find them in sophisticated colors and luxurious fabrics. I love the options available at Bean Bag Boss, in particular... I'm partial to the faux leather finish and the stylish silver option. The hipster-chic fuchsia star pattern might be my favorite though!

I'd love to sink into one right now; doesn't the one in the top image look inviting? I can see myself now - a cozy blanket, a soy latte and a good book on graphic design....

xo,
Faith
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7/5/14

House Plants At Home









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I'm loving house plants right now.... here is some inspiration for you. Isn't that cactus in the bathroom cool?

xo,
Faith
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