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Halloween Trunk or Treat Family Costume Theme: No More Monkey’s Jumping on The Bed!

No More Monkey's Jumping on the Bed! Trunk or Treat Halloween Family Costume Theme | Bringing Design Home

These days our family has turned into a little zoo! That’s why for Halloween, instead of tying the kids down, we thought we’d let em run loose and enjoy being monkeys for a day! Or at least an evening. We may have bribed them with a few pieces of candy to keep them close by, but it did work (at least for the first hour or so)!

This is the third year that Cale and I have been involved in the Trunk or Treat at our church. Every year we try and come up with an original theme that includes a large group of people; typically all 5 of Cale’s siblings, spouses, a few friends, and nieces and nephews! Since we have all been busy having more babies it’s been harder to get everyone involved and on the same page. We know we could always just go with a trunk based on the latest popular kid’s movie, but coming up with an original theme is always way more exciting!

A few brown thrift store hoodies, sheets of felt, and some fabric glue and we were good to go! Using this DIY for a monkey hoodie costume we were able to simply repeat it for all the kids involved. Plus, we got to sit on a comfy bed and pass out candy to adorable children the whole night!

This is our littlest monkey Hardy Boy. He’s nearly four months old now and if you don’t watch out he will steal your heart (and your Snickers)!

We had a few surprise monkeys show up too! The sock monkey’s from another trunk didn’t want to miss out on the party so we invited them over. :)

The tails were my favorite part! We actually just bought them as-is at a local craft store and attached them to the back of the hoodies. ADORABLE!

Of course we wouldn’t give the book justice without representing The Doctor and The Momma! I love that my little nephew (monkey #2) and I have the exact same facial expression. Let’s do this candy thing!

Girl monkeys gotta represent!

Hard to believe our oldest Monkey, James David, turned 2 this past September (tear)!

Of course my costume was really annoying to have to wear all. night. long. But, I suffered through. :)

Our No More Monkey’s Jumping on The Bed Trunk was a huge hit! It was so much fun seeing families walk through our candy line and immediately get the theme. Hearing everyone comment on how cute our little monkeys were made it all worth it. And honestly, it was super easy! We spent one evening going through thrift shops looking for hoodies and buying supplies and another hour or so creating the actual costumes. The rest of the time needed was just gathering up a few pillows and blankets, a head board, and a few toddler mattresses and we were good to go!

Did you have any monkey’s running around this Halloween? Or maybe a princess, a dinosaur, or a mini Captain America (those fake fabric muscles are so awesome!)? :)

Happy (belated) Halloween friends!

From The Farm

Get inspired for next year by checking out our roundup of 8 Easy and Adorable Halloween Hoodie Costumes

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GCD: Dance Studio Mood Boards

Dance Studio Mood Boards: Bohemian | Green Couch Design

We’ve been working on a really fun and personal branding project. One of my favorite parts about working with our clients-family, friends, or new acquaintances-is helping them visualize their dreams. Ever since I’ve known Jessie, Cale’s sister, she has dreamt of owning her own dance studio and we are so excited that she is finally moving forward with her heart’s desire. It’s been a bit crazy trying to get a full branding package out the door before baby #2, but we have been working away like busy little bees and coming up with some really fun ideas for the studio interiors alongside our standard branding package.

The first mood board we put together (featured above) is titled; Bohemian. Taking on a very yoga, free-style, feel it’s natural tones and materials are warm and inviting to all age groups. The graphics display a process of growth through movement that is not only physical, but mental and spiritual as well. The casual, family-centric, atmosphere created by the collage celebrates a community-wide love and appreciation for all dance forms.

 

The second mood board (featured above) is Classic Meets Modern. Through traditional creams, browns, blacks, and golds the rich history of classical ballet is displayed in contrast to bright pops of modern colors. The simple yet beautiful script fonts show movement without the need of a cheesy dance icon. Samples of the studio space are open, clean, and yet suggest that it’s ok to have a bit of sparkle! ;)

The third mood board was personally my favorite to put together because it is truly about the art of dance! As Jessie and I talked through her branding “For the Love of Dance” kept coming up again and again as her tagline. It was perfect and something that just floated out of everything she said when she described her dream studio. For the Love… mood board is cheerful and modern. It’s simple shapes and graphics are playful, colorful, and truly celebrate the love of dance. A heart is such a simple symbol, and yet it says so much! The bright pops of hot pink and teal next to the stark blacks and grays are a perfect blend of the studios academic and recreational dance philosophy; that their students would grow-up in dance with a developed life long love and appreciation for movement.

After reviewing each mood board and deciding on which direction we should take the brand, the final product is definitely a combination of all three, but their was one that remained a foundational element in all our design decisions.

Of course, you’ll have to stay tuned to see how the whole thing comes together, but you can always checkout Ascend Studios’ Facebook Page to get a little sneaky peaky! ;) Lots of great classes for little dancers if you live in the Midwest City, OKC and OKC area starting this fall, 2014.

Find the links to these images and see what else inspired our branding by visiting our Dance Studio Board on Pinterest.

Which mood board do you like the best?

From The Farm

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1 Year of Parenting

Monthly Baby Photoshoot in Different Colored Cloth Diapers | Bringing Design Home

Dear Mr. James David,

You may have come into our life 19 days past your due date, but other then that, you have been anything but late! You are a little go getter that keeps us on our toes, makes us question all that we know, and love, and are willing to beat up, in an instant, if that bully at the park tries to push you one more time. ;)

You are our heart with little legs, and arms, and a snotty nose, but you are ours. Our greatest DIY project that we can never take back! There’s no tearing this one down and starting over. We only get one shot with this one, let’s hope we get it right!

Never before have we felt so much accomplishment and defeat in one day. Never before have we felt so much exhaustion and joy in one moment. You are the beat of our hearts,  you keep us young (minus your dad’s receding hairline), and you make our hearts melt in ways we never thought possible.

With you the world is a brand new place with mountains to climb and busy streets to cross! Our own little joy bomb, we can place you anywhere, in any setting, and you will fill the room with happiness. You turn the saddest of frowns upside down, and it’s because of you that random strangers approach us at the grocery store.

Mr. James David you make our love grow stronger, be more vulnerable, and now we cry at every sick or dying child movie ever made (who makes those films anyways?!) With you we are a real family. One that spends most of their Friday nights curled up watching the latest cartoon kid movie (loving Despicable Me 2 right now!), and our Saturday mornings with a whole new meaning to the term “naked time”! :D

There are days where you are so much like us it’s scary. It scares us cause we can no longer run from our shortcomings. Like it or not you will probably be overly positive about things, like your mom, and see the world through your father’s survivalist mentality. There is no getting around these things. Instead of hiding from them we run into them and help you balance innocence with reality, and that it’s ok to stock pile somethings–just not at the expense of buying everything in bulk EVERY time (seriously Cale?!).

We love you with our whole hearts, muscles, bones, and flesh. You are our little boy, our first born son, and you have taught us more about God’s love in your 12 months of existence than any preacher, church, or religion. It brings us to our knees, and sometimes our pillows, and keeps us up at night wondering how will we protect the greatest gift we’ve ever been given? How do we prepare to release you into this great big old world!? Our heads spin with how we will ever figure it all out, but then we remember we have 18+ years to perfect our parenting, napping, and time-out process. :)

There is grace for the journey, and dark, dark coffee, and chocolate for the early mornings ahead. xoxo

How are you new parents holding up out there? We welcome any tips and/or advice from you seasoned pros?! ;)

From the Farm

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GCD: DIY Around the House Couple’s Shower & Cookie Bar [Invitation Design]

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You know it’s wedding season when your mail box is full of wedding and shower invites. Some of our dear friends are getting married in May and recently bought their first home. We wanted to do something special to help them celebrate so we threw them a DIY Around the House Couple’s Shower. We really tried to think through the decor and made sure that everything we created for the decorations was something the couple could turn around and use in their new home.

Of course what new home isn’t full of paint swatches, brushes, paint cans, stir sticks, and messy floors? We loved the paint chip garland tutorial found here but instead of getting out the sewing machine we just used a glue stick. :)

For an afternoon Sunday shower we wanted to keep the food simple and sweet. We decided to do a cookie bar (complete with cold whole milk of course!) and asked a few close guests to share a batch of homemade cookies.

The large paint swatches (found for FREE at your local paint store) worked great as simple ways to label each platter and table activities.

Each table was furnished with a house plant and brown kraft paper painted with teal and purple smudges. We wanted to come up with a fun way to encourage guest interaction. Each table was assigned a different activity and guests were encouraged to move from table to table throughout the shower.

  1. HIM Table: Guests were asked to write “tips and tricks on how to love a man” on blue paint swatches for the wife to be.
  2. HER Table: Guests were asked to write “tips and tricks on how to love a woman” on purple paint swatches for the husband to be.
  3. DATE GAME NIGHT Table: Guests were asked to choose a month out of the couples first year of marriage to host the newlyweds. Mickey and Reagan love spending time with their friends and playing games. This was a fun way to keep in touch with friends and a creative solution for inexpensive date nights throughout their first year of marriage. We printed this lovely 8.5 x11 2013 calendar here and had guests write down what month they would host the newlyweds.
  4. BLESSINGS Table: Guests were asked to write marriage advice and/or prayers for the couple.

Notice the handmade burlap pillows? One of them says “lets make…” while the other pillow says “pie” on one side and “whoopie” on the other. I’ve seen this done with “coffee” and “love” before as well. Either way, it’s a really cute way to customize a gift that relates to the couple’s since of humor. Find a basic tutorial here.

Overall it was a wonderful afternoon and we enjoyed blessing our friends with love and good things for their life together as a married couple. The shower was perfectly simple and definitely made for easy cleanup. ;)

From The Farm

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GCD: Princess Bride Themed Baby Shower [Invitation Design]

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I’ve been holding this design hostage for a while, while we waited (anxiously) for the big day. Some of our dear friends are having a little girl and we got to design the wedding invitations for their shower. The theme was one of the coolest ones we’ve seen in a long time (besides our shower of course!). It was such a joy to be able to shower them with love and be a part of welcoming little Miss. Wiggles (her name remains a mystery!) into this world with love, gifts, and lots of tiny summer outfits (I seriously CANNOT STOP buying stuff for this little girl)!

It was couples shower so instead of playing cheesy games there were fun activities for the whole family! Included was an “As You Wish” decorate onesies craft corner, an “Inconceivable Sundae Bar”, a photobooth with a life size tree (that we had to cut down with a chainsaw just to get in the door), Iocane Powder (Pixie Sticks), a “Cliffs of Insanity” Cookie Cake, Grilled “R.O.U.S.(chicken strips), along with the movie being projected on the wall. Believe it or not there were actually people who attended who had never seen the movie! Good thing we were able to educate them before baby Wiggles gets here.

Thanks to Karen and Kerry (the brains behind the operation) the shower was a smashing hit and one we will never forget! It has been so fun walking out this next phase of our life (parenthood) with some of our dearest friends.

Maybe someday their baby Buttercup will be calling our little man her “Farm Boy“. ;)

From the Farm

* Review more work like this and others by visiting our graphic design portfolio at Green Couch Design.

 

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An Old Fashion Backyard Wedding :)

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Remember that Comic Book Inspired Wedding Invitation we designed a while back? Turns out the wedding was just as memorable! We should probably be fare and let you know that it was pretty special since Cale’s brother was the groom. But still! The bride’s Italian family arrived from Connecticut armed with good food and cheek kisses. Paired with some good old fashion Okie hospitality it was truly a wedding weekend to remember. Not only was it a beautiful day but the weekend was full of friends and family.

Here are a few of our favorite moments…

From the potluck dinner served family style to the old records serenading the evening it was truly one of our favorite weddings (outside of our own of course!). ;)

Congrats to the newlyweds!

From the Farm

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A Manly Baby Shower (w/ Beer & Cigars)

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Have I mentioned to you all just how crafty my sister-in-law is? Look out Martha Stewart cause her glue gun could do some serious damage! She’s been planning our baby shower (with the help of our OK family) since we found out we we’re pregnant. This entire last month she’s been all giddy every time she’d talk about (keeping everything a surprise of course) and claiming that she was planning the Baby Shower of the Century.

Now that is a tall order to have to fulfill, but man did she EVER deliver!

Between our Kansas and Oklahoma family and friends we have had THREE showers thrown for our baby. We have felt completely overwhelmed by all the love and excitement surrounding his arrival and cannot tell you how blessed we are to have so many people wanting to share in this journey with us.

Our “Little Man” has been completely spoiled and he is not even here yet! ;)

37 weeks and counting!

From the Farm

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Life, It’s Better With Friends (& Babies!)

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This weekend we put on our party hats and headed into the city. Our friends Robb and Courtney are welcoming their second baby to the world, a baby girl in June, and we couldn’t be more excited to share in this journey with them! Let’s just say Meg and Courtney have had lots to chat about and compare (like baby bellies!). We were spoiled with fresh burgers and veggies off the grill along with homemade ice cream (served in the cutest little mason jars)!

Life sure is better when shared with friends! ;)

Handmade decorations in pink and purple… definitely the “cutest” BBQ we’ve ever attended (and Courtney claims she’s not that crafty)! It was the perfect way to welcome their little girl and celebrate with friends.

Thanks for spoiling us with great food and great friendship! We love you both and are still considering that arranged marriage if you are interested! ;)

From the Farm

 

PS Get Courtney’s recipe for Pink Lemonade Layered Cake in the 2012 May Better Homes & Garden Issue (you’ll have to become a member to get the recipe online)!

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Stuff: The Beauty of Design

It’s Monday. We know you’re just getting back into the swing of things after a crazy weekend (or maybe that’s just us?), but is there “more” behind what you do everyday? Day in and day out why do you do what you do? Is there purpose? Is there beauty?

Think about it.

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Date on a Dime: Thankful for…

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As you are probably more than aware, we are in that season of giving thanks. Though there was an attempt to not “go with the flow”, and to come up with something that wasn’t completely season-dependent, the attempt fell short and we gave in to the overwhelming desire to join in with the thankful festivities. Besides, there’s nothing better to kindle that flame than to sit down together on a cold day with a cup of hot cocoa, and reminisce on all the things we’re thankful for. And as a bonus, we made our “Thankful List” a beautifully adorned one. We first went in search for the best leaves in the neighborhood and, since it was a little rainy, enjoyed a walking cuddle under our umbrella. Once our selection was made we started the process of flattening our leaves, placing them inside a large book and using a few extra as weight. Then commenced our sipping and thanking. When our list was complete… our leaves were not yet flat!! There would be no laminating tonight. =/ We laughed and figured that we’ll have to have another short date in the near future to add our adornments, and complete our beautiful creation.

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