RISEN! Easter 2016

This is one of my favorite stage designs I’ve done for Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa for Easter 2016! Our theme this year was “Risen”, our graphic designer created something that would reflect the theme!  I love how he used bright colors and the brush strokes to create the branding for this event that was incorporated into banners, event cards, balloons and our recap video! We have a pretty amazing and talented team!

I usually start the design process by stopping by pinterest and start pinning things I feel inspired by and from there I start creating a sketch of what I want the stage to look like. Then with the help of the wood shop team we work on how the design it and the design is then brought to life! Obviously there are numerous planning meetings and times of trial and error but in the end the design always comes together! I LOVE the way this one came together!

Looking forward to next Easter!

 

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Easter 2016 Recap from Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa on Vimeo.

 

Here are some images of the last two years designs.

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Hosanna!

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“The next day a great multitude that had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, and cried out: “Hosanna! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’ The King of Israel!””
John 12:12-13 NKJV

 

Apartment Inspiration

So excited to share some of our favorite details of our new apartment! All of our furniture has been in storage since our wedding so needless to say I’ve been itching to get into our new place and start decorating! We have so much more to do like buy a couch, an area rug, hang some art, and so much more but until then hope you enjoy these details!

DESIGN TIP FOR THOSE ON A BUDGET: Always check the “As Is” section at IKEA, we have found so many of our large key pieces of furniture here at a discount like our dining room table and chairs! Also, be sure to peruse the end caps in target, here is where a lot of the sale items are put! Happy bargain hunting!

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IMG_1606Leather arm chair and Sheepskin Throw from Design Within Reach 

Feelin’ Green

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  1. Dandelion is a hexagonal tile influenced by patterns from Japanese textile prints and lacquerware. Dandelion can be installed with multiple layouts depending on how you turn the tile when installing.
  2. Convivial Production Large Rustic Floor Planter
  3. Beverly Hills Hotel signature palm print.Interior Design by Steven Sclaroff. Photo by Francois Dischinger.

GREEN

Inspiration: Windowsill Zebra Cactus, Green Juice and Fuji Film Instax Images.

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September 4th, 2015 Was a magical date!

After knowing my now husband for about 10 years we were finally reunited a year and a half ago, both of us then single and at a similar phase in life. We started working closer together in our jobs and hanging out together more and more. He tried to put me in the friend zone but I prevailed! We started dating about  a year before we were married and the rest was history. I’ve never loved more intensly, lived more adventurously or loved God more deeply.

I LOVE YOU TO THE MOON + BACK JOSHUA ADAMS!

We couldn’t have made this wedding possible without the support of our family and friends!

Wedding Coordinator: Grand Hope Events, Floral Design: Brier Rose Design, Photography + Photo Booth: Mark Brooke Photography, Invitation  + Event Design: The Inspiration Den, DJ: DJ Efechto (Ron), Venue: Lombardi House, Coffee: Cause Roast, Catering: Buca di Beppo, Wedding Dress: BHLDN, Groom’s Suit: H&M, Wedding Cake: Naked Cakes by Terry, Macaroons: Sweet and Saucy Shop, Videographer: Christian Jeffries Bride Hair: Kelsey Hughes, Bride Makeup artist and Aesthetician: Kristyn smith, Bridesmaids Hair + Makeup: Allison Escalante, Brides Wedding + Engagement Ring: Catbird

Inspiration: Moon, Stars, Midnight Blue, Gold + Silver Glitter, Classic Hollywood

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Fancy Food Thoughts: Double Chocolate Cookies (Grain Free + Vegan)

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I could probably write a book about chocolate. It’s quite the popular item at my house, and I’m always looking for new recipes to use it in. This recipe is a spin off a non vegan recipe I found a while back. I loved the concept of a grain free treat that still tasted like a chewy yummy cookie everyone would love. Since I don’t do dairy and my daughter can’t have eggs, I had to make it perfected as a grain free AND vegan cookie for my family. They live up to the standard of a good cookie while still meeting all requirements. Enjoy!
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Grain Free Vegan Double Chocolate Cookies
4 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, melted
1 1/2 cups almond flour or meal (not the same but both work)
1/2 cup unsweetened natural cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 cup spectrum shortening
3/4 cup brown sugar
4 1/2 tsp ener-g eggs with 6 tbs water beaten in blender until very frothy and thick (very important that it’s blended)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips (divided)
1/8 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/8 cup chopped walnuts
Instructions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Melt the chocolate in the microwave or over a double broiler.
In the bowl of a food processor, combine the almond flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt and sugar; pulse together.
Add the melted chocolate and process until completely combined.
Add the egg replacer and process again.
Last, add the vanilla and process until the dough is smooth.
Fold in half the chocolate chips, walnuts & coconut. Roll dough into heaping Tablespoon size balls and place a few inches apart. Bake for 8-10 minutes. As soon as the cookies come out of the oven, put the reserved chocolate chips on top of the warm cookies, then transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.
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