Monday, January 12, 2015

great wall

I seriously could have used the products from the fine folks at Walls Need Love when I went through a wallpaper phase during college. I would google wallpaper, stare at it lovingly and cry silently into my mac & cheese, for I lived in a dorm room and could not use wallpaper. "If only I had some temporary wallpaper" I would cry out into the cold Minnesota night, because it was 2004 and I didn't have Facebook or Twitter, so I just had to say things out loud.

Look, I know you know where this is going. If I could go back in time I would be able to pat myself on the back and say "Shhh, child, you will have your own line of removable wallpaper someday...", perhaps that would have made everything better. But instead I'm here to tell you, internet, that I do indeed have a line of wallpaper tiles & wall decals from Walls Need Love! IT WAS SO MUCH FUN TO WORK ON.

And now you can benefit from my past sadness and current happiness! It's Artist Month at Walls Need Love and that means DISCOUNTS FOR YOU! So many caps locks in this post but I DON'T EVEN CARE because this is really cool! You can take 20% off any artist collections (there are so many awesome artists!) this month with the code 3RP3C3LN4RWQ. 

And don't worry, College Emma. We haven't grown out of our mac & cheese phase yet.

Monday, December 29, 2014

piece of cake

Woops! Where did the year go? The end of every year is sort of a whirlwind for me, what with Christmas, five million birthdays (including my own!) and New Years.  So here's a little slice of cake for you, internet, whatever you're celebrating.

Here are some photos from my annual celebration chunk:

Friday, November 28, 2014


Ahhh, Thanksgiving. Perhaps my favorite holiday? Shh, don't tell Halloween. Or Christmas. Or any of them really, I love all holidays.

ANYWAYYYY this was our first Los Angeles Thanksgiving, and it was a successful one. Prosecco was imbibed, deviled eggs were noshed on, pups were petted, turkey was consumed. Even though it was in the 80s until sunset I could feel myself getting into the winter holiday spirit.

Our contributions were cranberry relish (how I love thee) and roasted sweet potatoes with a spicy coconut creme fraiche. Doing research on a sweet potato dish reminded me of how hilarious the word tuber really is. Well done, little sweet potato, well done.

Sunday, November 23, 2014


Some random snippets of life, my favorite thing to post when I don't have anything better to post but really want to put something on the blog. BAM TRUTH BOMB.

Best car I've seen in LA / Painting Katie's new place

Still regret not buying this for the cover alone

Tasty Thai in South LA / Housewarming at Katie's aforementioned new place!

Sunday, November 2, 2014


So my plan was to post photos of my brother and new sister-in-law's entire wedding suite as soon as we returned from the wedding itself... back in August.... and now it's November....

Yeah, a little late on that game. But better late than never? Right guys? Kelly and Jacob decided on a constellation theme pretty early on, which gave me plenty of time to work that into all their suite. All in all I ended up creating a save the date, invitation, map & reception card, RSVP card, escort cards, table numbers, the program, a return address stamp and some chalkboard art.

Listing that out it looks like a lot, but trust me dudes: this was a a fun one. Both the making of the suite and the attending of the wedding! We partied our patoots off until Bryan and I hobbled back to my parent's house to sleep forever.

I'm a big sucker for maps, so making this little fella detailing some of the great things to do in my great hometown was extra fun. Seriously though, if you go to Ann Arbor and you don't stop into at least ONE of these places I fully pity you.

And of course, congrats to Jacob and Kelly. It feels really wonderful to finally have a sister!

p.s. if you're getting married and want to talk invites, save the dates and more feel free to contact me: etrithart(at)gmail(dot)com! I don't have any rigid package structure, so we can work with your budget.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

children of the corn

Ahh, October. A crisp breeze blows through the air, the leaves change, scary movies are watched. Well okay, I'm still on the fence about that last one... let's just say an overactive imagination doesn't mix well with creepy children lurking around the corner. You know what does mix well though?

....I mean, if you hadn't guessed from my little animation above, the answer is PEANUTS AND CANDY CORN. This "trail mix" was introduced to me by a fellow college classmate and I think I've made it allllmost every year since then. If you like candy corn you'll LOVE it, and if you don't like candy corn then what are you even doing here. Next you're going to tell me you don't like circus peanuts or black jelly beans!! 

My taste in candy may be a little strange.

Anyway, if you'd like to make this delicious concoction for yourself I have very generously illustrated this DIFFICULT RECIPE for you.

Yep, that's it. All you have to do now is sit back, relax, and enjoy as you watch Halloween for the umpteenth time because that's the only scary movie you can actually watch without waking up in the middle of the night due to ghost nightmares. 

What's your favorite Halloween treat? If you say apples and toothbrushes you can also leave.

Just look at that beauty.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

ritual union

Look, I know anytime someone who has a blog gets engaged and posts about wedding planning says exactly what I'm about to say.. but I'll say it anyway: this isn't going to turn into a wedding planning blog. PROMISE! But I've got some major thoughts that I'm so excited about, and what's a blog if not a place to put those thoughts!

We're still more than a year out from getting married, so right now all we have is a venue and my pinterest board, but that's enough for me to make a little inspiration post! Bryan and I are both visual people, so this whole shindig is going to be a biiiig collaboration for us. There isn't going to be a theme (besides, you know, getting married) and I've been having a hard time even describing the look we're going for. Industrial moody romantic leafy natural mystical...? Does that.. help? No? Okay fine, just look at some inspiration photos.