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I came across the wonderfully talented Kristy Rice and her team at Momental Designs through Google while researching wedding invitation options in the Spring/Summer of 2008. I was looking for something that felt more personal than a traditional invitation, and her hand-painted, custom creations blew me away.

Kristy works closely with each bride to bring a wedding’s—and a couple’s—personality to life on paper. She uses vintage stamps and her own sketches to create landscapes, engraved tree trunks, jewel-encrusted peacock feathers, glittery snowflakes, hand-drawn destination maps, and, well, you should just see it all for yourself by cruising the current projects gallery.

For my wedding, Kristy created vintage-stamped save-the-dates, invitations, program covers, and favor tags with a brown, dark red, burnt orange, and white palette. She even included a little hand-drawn frog at the base of the tree on the invitation. (Frogs are one of my favorite animals, and Paul proposed to me beside a frog pond.)  It all turned out so perfectly and really meshed with the other elements of the the big day.

More than a year after my wedding, I still follow Kristy’s work and continue to be inspired by it. Plus, her blog should be bookmarked by anyone looking for creative inspiration.  She’s currently gearing up for her 10th anniversary and vow renewal celebration in Utah—and showing blog readers bits and pieces of the preparation. Check out her hand-painted artwork paired with letterpress.  Amazing, right?

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I’ve died and gone to quilted pillow heaven. I pretty much need these cute, handcrafted accessories made from vintage and reclaimed materials designed by Sébastien Lepitre from Quebec-based Odd Buttons. (Via Ethan Fletcher)

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If there is one area of art I have never tried—nor been tempted to—it is anything having to do with wood or metal and serious tools. I am such a wuss. But, boy am I in love with the work of Cal Lane. With a torch, the New York–based artist/welder takes objects that are ordinarily nothing to look at—wheelbarrows, shovels, dumpsters—and turns them into the equivalent of delicate lace.  It’s simultaneously masculine and feminine—and simply stunning. (Via Keri Luiz)

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Bay Area–based photographer Jennifer Chaney braved mosquitos and a forecast of hail and wind to shoot her cousin’s wedding on Minnesota’s 10-Mile Lake.  Thankfully, the worst of the weather was overcast skies and light rain, allowing Jennifer to photograph the couple on and around the lake (plan B was inside a garage!).  I am so in love with this shot of them in a canoe—so much so I’m considering a lake-centric vow renewal in the future.  The rest of the photos are equally stunning; check them out here.

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So sorry for going AWOL there! I’ve been dealing with kidney stones this week—missing work, downing pain meds, and watching way too many episodes of Gilmore Girls. While the pain persists, I am trying to get back into a normal routine. Another day on the couch and I’ll lose my mind! Anyway, onto today’s inspiration…

Flowers are always beautiful, but I am in love with the creativity of these arrangements by Bornay, based in Barcelona, Spain (via Oh Joy on Twitter). The vessels, the photo settings—so unique and stunning.

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Uberhip local (East Bay, Cali) clothing store and website, Thriving Ink, teamed up with Wente Vineyards and acoustic rocker Megan Slankard for a party last week. And while I couldn’t make it, I loved browsing through Brian Wong’s Flickr gallery of photo booth-style shots from the night, complete with faux moustaches, plastic swords, and Harry Potter scarves. What fun!

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I’m introducing a new daily feature on Art. Faith. Love.: the daily inspiration. It’s a mechanism to get me posting more often—and it’s also a great way to share various Internet finds with you.  These will mostly be photos of something creative that caught my eye, made me smile, or inspired me to get creative that day, with links pointing you toward more. (So you get less of me telling you why each is so special, and more of you experiencing the work yourself.)

First up is this wall art from Kelly Rae Roberts, called “Free,” which I just hung above my desk in my new craft/work space (photos to come). I love the images of women and butterflies and angels in her colorful mixed media work, her adorable blog, and I currently have her book Taking Flight on hold at Barnes & Noble.  Looking forward to reading it!

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