Last weekend was spent sight-seeing, sunning and sipping mojitos in Las Vegas. The huz had to report to Sin City for work; I tagged along and got to squeeze in a client meeting at Magic Market Week. My parents met up with us on Saturday and we took a spontaneous drive to Hoover Dam, stepped foot in Arizona (and the Mountain Time Zone) and drove through Boulder City, Nevada.
Before my Mom and Dad flew in, we did a little sightseeing of our own. The highlight: The Neon Museum. It’s been on my bucket list for ages, so I was stoked to finally be there. The huz was less than stoked, but mustered the kindness and patience to go on a tour with me.
If you get a chance the next time you’re in Vegas, grab a cab and head over to the museum. They do hour-long guided tours every half hour (reservations are recommended, but not required). It’s not far from the Strip and well worth the trip if you’re a retro/vintage/signage/history/design junkie like me. This is the stuff that inspired our Viva Las Vegas Wedding Invitation suite. I can’t get enough!
Before we skipped town, we also took a self-guided tour o’ reality tv and saw Count’s Kustoms‘ garage, Pawn Stars‘ Gold & Silver Pawn Shop and Rick’s Restoration location from American Restoration (bonus: a Rick sighting!).
It was a fabulous weekend spent with fabulous company.
P.S. The next time you’re headed to The City That Never Sleeps, book a room at the so-very-golden Trump International. There’s no casino, which means no smoke-filled air and no random loitering groups. Four super classy stars.
Just stopping by for a second this morning for a giveaway alert:
Enter to win a set of our Bicycle Greetings flat notecards from C’est Christine today! We’ve loved getting to know Christine over the last couple of years and are thrilled to be partnering with her on this giveaway. She’s got a serious penchant for travel and all things snail mail; needless to say, she’s our kind of gal.
You’ve got five days to get your name in…ready, set, go!
I’ve been writing a lot of snail mail. Several thank you cards, birthday cards, letters to my grandma have come and gone from my mailbox in the past few weeks. Something I like to do to customize my non-custom stationery is stamp the envelope flap. It’s a hint of panache that lets your loved ones know the note is from you. (Plus, I simply can’t get enough of the personalized Merci Beaucoup stamp I treated myself to from our stamp shop.)
What I can’t stand is when my stamp comes out looking weak and sometimes unreadable. Eek. If you’ve ever purchased stationery, you know you only have one envelope per card, so there is no room for error!
To combat this issue, I’ve found a technique that’s been fail-safe for me: stamp on a napkin (or a paper towel if there are no napkins to be found)! The difference of a touch of padding below the envelope flap makes is perfect. There’s just enough give for the ink pad to make contact with the paper as it should, without compromising that playful stamp texture we all love.
See the difference? So there you have it! A super simple stamping tip.
P.S. Don’t forget to open your envelope first, or you’ll end up with lines in your stamp, reflecting the folded and glued envelope edges below.
P.P.S. The stationery shown in the photos is Rifle’s Vintage Blossom Set.
Oh, the mess! Here’s a glimpse at the changes our upper floor is undergoing during this Cape Cod Home Renovation (if you missed it, here’s the ‘before’ post):
If you can’t see the animation, I’ve included the Renovated Upper Floor plan at the end of the post.
The new stairwell required us to rethink the upstairs bedroom situation. In our re-invented layout for the second floor, the entire upstairs was converted to a master suite.