open letter to Justin Timberlake #bringbreweryback

If you haven’t heard (or noticed), I’ve moved blogs to merge with my sister, Kristen. Find all future posts over at getarchd.com…including this open letter to Justin Timberlake to save the historic Tennessee Brewery.

Be sure to follow get ARCH’d for future updates!

– lindsey e archer

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Dear Justin,

We need to talk. One on two. We have an opportunity for you to invest in good times. It’s not a bad thing to do.

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There’s this situation, you see. It’s the historic Tennessee Brewery, at 495 Tennessee Street in Memphis, TN. It’s this beautiful old building. Seriously, just gorgeous.

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If no one buys it, they’re going to tear it down at the end of this summer. Tear it down as in close it—forever.

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I know. Harsh. But we needed to get your attention. I mean just LOOK at this amazing piece of architecture.

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We told you.

We’re writing you because we know you love Memphis. It’s your city, man. You love this town. I mean, there’s a freakin day named after you here. JT day. You may have heard of it.

But, we’re not going to sugar coat this. This building is stupid expensive. Like, millions of dollars…

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Molly & Scamp 05.03.14

Kristen wrote her first contribution for our new blog over at get ARCH’d. Be sure to hop on over if you’re in the mood to see some great photography from her latest engagement session. We’ll be posting over there from now on, so skip over and follow the new blog to stay updated! Thanks, Lindsey

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You’ve heard from Lindsey, now it’s my turn.

Welcome to my first blog post on ARCH’d. But don’t worry. Lindsey proofread everything. While my math skills aren’t exactly what you would call stronghopefully my photography makes up for it. Here’s a sneak peak into my latest engagement photography session.

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I met Molly when I was a junior in college and she was a member of our newest pledge class in Kappa Delta. Serving as the vice president membership, recruiting an awesome pledge class was especially important to me that year. Molly and I became instant friends, her sense of humor complimenting mine. I even understand how she doesn’t like having “special powers” (sorry for the inside joke).

I remember when Molly first told me about her (now) fiance Scamp following their trip to the OC. Molly and I binge-watched thirty 5 seasons of the addictive CW show in…

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tis the season to get ARCH’d

Tis the season to get ARCH’d. Holiday decor is now up on the new blog!

Same writing. Same artwork. Just a new blog. Head on over!

– lindsey

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Thanksgiving is two weeks away.

15 days, to be exact. Which means, in 16 days you’re allowed to start decorating your home for Christmas. If you happen to start hanging the mistletoe before then, just know you are one of the houses I will be side-eyeing and openly judging as I drive by and see your house lit up in the dark by twinkling lights before I am able to enjoy my turkey and stuffing. Blasphemy.

However, you know what you ARE allowed to do before official turkey day? Stock up on holiday and Christmas home decor.

Kristen and I were forced to re-stock up last holiday season—our second Christmas in our century old Cooper Young house—due to a slight critter issue. When we first moved in, we were super excited our house featured both a basement AND attic. Then I remembered I hate creepy midtown basements, thanks to my old…

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we came. we SAW. we conquered.

You may have noticed the absence of blog posts here recently. No, I haven’t just been lazy. My sister and I have been working hard to combine our two Etsy shops and blogs into one—get ARCH’d.

I wanted to thank you all for reading and following lindseyEarcher over the past few years and I hope you will continue to read all about my art, graphic design, etsy shop, writing, etc. over at the new blog. Plus, you’ll have the added bonus of my equally amazing sister, Kristen, there to keep you company whenever I’m slacking.

Click over and #getARCHd at the new site!

Thanks again,
lindsey

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Welcome to the first official post here at get ARCH’d.

Sidenote: while the blog may be bare bones at the moment, we’ll be adding pages and features to flesh out the site throughout this first month. Come back often. We are Kristen (my sister) and Lindsey (me) Archer. For the quick about us version, visit our about page here.

Kristen and I are proud to announce the recent purchase of one of our first power tools. Behold the miter saw:

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Technically, we also own a power drill and power sander. But we stole borrowed the power drill from our Dad’s garage, and the worst a power sander is going to do is give you a slight friction burn (that is a total guess and therefore highly inaccurate assessment). So, those don’t count.

Did you know there are three different types of saws included in Forbes’ list of the 10 Most…

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just call me party planner

I remember my first year out of college, it looked like a stationary store had exploded on my refrigerator. I had more Save the Dates and wedding invitations displayed on the door than actual food in the fridge. Cut to five/six years later and it seems as though most of my married friends are taking the plunge into official adulthood by helping further populate the Earth. How do I know this? Because I can’t scroll thru my Facebook feed without every other story being about my baby’s first poop or vote for my baby in the Gerber Baby Next Generation blah blah Dumbest Contest Ever!

Even though my sister and I have yet to reach either of these adult mile markers—marriage and babies—we are doing our part in contributing to our friends’ important milestones by quitting our day jobs and becoming official party planners turning our house into shower central. After a recent baby shower and wedding shower for two of my sister’s friends, it is now my turn to play host. In lieu of last week’s Etsy Friday Finds and today’s Tuesday Transfers, I’m going to share with you today what I have spent the majority of the last month planning and preparing for—a couples baby shower for two of my dearest and oldest friends, Christine and Cory.

With Christine’s request to have guests bring a children’s book in lieu of a card, I figured a storybook theme for this baby shower would be perfect—especially considering my house is already jam-packed full of books. Once settling on the theme, this shower became a group effort, as I could not have pulled it off without the help of my two wonderful co-hosts, Megan & Andrea. Thanks, guys, for staying up so late with me and for getting your hands dirty 😉

Since I’m a graphic designer by day, I chose to design and print my own baby shower invitations. With the goal of staying far away from the cliché of baby bump silhouettes and diaper-shaped cards, I focused more on my sister’s favorite phrase—shabby chic. I paired my typography obsession with a pink chevron pattern (if you couldn’t tell, Christine’s having a girl), brown kraft paper and hemp ribbon to design a more classy and chic invitation. I then carried that same design over to all the food and drink labels.

HINT: to add depth to a two-piece invitation, attach the top piece with a square of thick foam tape instead of just gluing the two pieces together. Also, kraft stores sell specialty hole punchers that punch two short slits that make tying ribbon thru invitations extremely easy!

I’m forewarning you that this post is rather long, so my feelings won’t be hurt if you skip along and look only at the pictures. As always, click on images to enlarge.

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As soon as guests walked in, I had the coffee table in my front room set up with little advice cards where guests could fill in advice for baby Lydia and the parents-to-be. I designed the cards to be 4″ x 8″ so they could easily slip into an 8″ x 8″ scrapbook album (two to a page) that Christine and Cory could take home with them as a shower keepsake. It’s a great activity for a baby shower and if you’re looking for questions to include on your own advice cards, visit Pinterest. I also designed up some bookmarks as party favors, featuring a quote from children’s book author Emilie Buchwald:

Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.

Perfect, right? Thank you again, Pinterest.

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For the baby shower menu, I only used food items I could pair up with a complementary children’s book, to keep with the storybook theme. It’s harder than you think to accomplish, so in case you’re planning your own storybook baby shower, here’s the full menu we used (feel free to copy and pretend you came up with them all by yourself):

  • red velvet cake balls for Red Riding Hood
  • ham sandwiches for Green Eggs and Ham
  • chocolate covered strawberries (white & dark) for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • apple cinnamon muffins (Christine’s favorite) for Little Miss Muffet
  • fruit arranged in a row by color for The Hungry, Hungry Caterpillar
  • sausage balls for Cloudy with a chance of meatballs
  • pigs in a blanket for The Three Little Pigs
  • pink frosted cookies for If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
  • rotel cheese dip for The Stinky Cheese Man
  • a cup of just forks with the label the dish ran away with the spoon

I bought and stained mini artist easels from Michaels to display the majority of the food cards. When I ran of out easels, I simply upturned two clothespins to hold up the rest.

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My best friend and fellow baby shower host, Megan, made this lovely two-tiered pink cake as the centerpiece for the dessert table. When Googling ideas for the storybook shower, I came across book garland multiple times. For the cake topper, we made a smaller version of the book garland and strung it between two kabob sticks, which we then stuck down into the cake.

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Since this was a couples shower, I made sure to include alcoholic drinks. In addition to offering beer and wine, I set up the buffet dresser in my dining room as a mimosa bar. For juice options, we had orange juice (the mimosa original), cranberry juice and raspberry lemonade. To give it more of a bar look, I cleaned out old wine bottles, removed the labels, added a patch of chalkboard paint and topped off with wine stoppers to hold two of the juices. I bought one bottle of Ginger Ale so the mom-to-be could enjoy her own virgin mimosas.

I garnished all the glasses with pink and white striped paper straws because ever since I saw them on Etsy a few months ago, I’ve been waiting for an excuse to use them. They just scream shabby chic.

To tie in the storybook theme, I made a Where the Wild Things Are label for the mimosa barI also propped up all the vases (for the other tables, as well) on hardcover books. I searched my bookshelves for books that would fit in with my color scheme after slipping off the decorative paper covers.

If you’re short a large book collection to sift thru, you can simply cover any book with colored wrapping paper to fit your theme.

I borrowed my mother’s glass beverage dispenser and filled it with water, ice and cucumber slices for a refreshing, non-alcoholic beverage option. Bonus: cucumbers in water just look pretty.

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As you can see from the mimosa bar, as well as the mantle and ceiling shot below, I made my own book garland for added decoration. There are plenty of online tutorials out there for making book garland, but I’ll give you a quick rundown of how I did it. I paired sheets of colored card stock with slightly smaller scrapbook writing pages (you can also use photocopied or old book pages). I stacked a few sheets of each together (colored paper on the outside), folded them in half and stapled them together to form mini books. I punched a small hole in the top of each and strung them up using the same hemp ribbon from the invitations. It took a few hours and may have caused a paper cut or two, but all-in-all not very complicated.

Similar to previous parties held at my house, by simply adding a short message in chalk, the mantle chalkboard in our back office/library became gift central.

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As my sister has taught me, you can’t throw a shower—be it wedding or baby—without fresh flowers. I got a great deal on the pink vases, courtesy of the clearance aisle in Michaels. I paired them with clear vases I already owned in order to display tulips and white & pink roses (a few of Christine’s favorites). For another display piece, I borrowed a candelabra from a family friend and instead of candles, I topped it with stemless wine glasses alternately filled with clear and pink glass stones, lemons and pink flowers.

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As an added touch, I laid out children’s books across the high bar in my kitchen and borrowed a few book-themed stuffed animals from my nephew. For decoration, as well as a shower-parting-gift for the parents to be, I transferred cover images to wood from a few of Cory and Christine’s favorite children’s books: Harry Potter, Shel Silverstein and Cinderella. I figured they’d make a nice addition to Lydia’s growing nursery. As you can see below, Cory and Christine really enjoyed opening their presents.

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Here’s me with my fellow co-hosts and the mom-to be (from left: Andrea, Christine, Megan, Me); followed by a laughing image of me with my two best friends (from left: Megan, Christine, Me); and lastly a shot of me with my sister, Kristen, since I wouldn’t have such a lovely home to host showers in if not for the other half of the Archer Creative team.

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I had a blast making everything for this shower. There were a lot of late nights, group text messaging sessions and long hours spent browsing Pinterest. But to see Christine and Cory’s faces when they walked in my house on Saturday made everything worth it. As I mentioned earlier, I couldn’t have pulled this shower off without the dedication from my two co-hosts, Andrea and Megan. Thank-you so much and I love you both! And thank-you to Kristen for taking all these lovely photographs. You can see more of her photography here.

I do have another shower coming up later in the summer, though this time for a wedding. So, if you have any wedding shower ideas, please send them my way or leave them in the comments below. If you’re throwing your own storybook baby shower and want to know more about anything I did here, please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions.

Oh, and I almost forgot. Kristen and I are now accepting investors to start up our own party planning business. If interested, just send money straight to my Paypal account.

Haha, just kidding. A few times a year for people we like? Sure. For a living all the time? Um, no thank-you.

– lindsey archer

While I’m busy finishing up my Top 10 Books of 2012 post, head on over to my sister’s blog for 10 Ways to Make Valentine’s Day Meaningful. If you’d like to stray from the overplayed cliche of flowers and candy this year, Kristen’s compiled a great list of ideas for unique Valentine’s Day gifts.

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Flowers die. Candy gets digested. Teddy bears should be given to children.

Valentine’s Day can be more stressful than it is worth. The pressure to find the perfect gift that says “I love you” is multiplied by 10 on this one day of the year. Valentine’s Day is silly when you really stop to think about it but it also gives you the opportunity to score some BIG points with the significant other. Single? Who cares. Exchange gifts with your best friends who are also single. You love them, right? The ten ideas below scream “I love you” louder than flowers, candy and teddy bears. I promise.

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Do you remember the place you met your significant other? No? Well then figure it out – trust me. Yes? Take a photo of it (even iPhone photos work most of the time as seen in the photo below) and send it…

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