Custom Monogrammed Stationery

Last month, one of my fabulously creative friends asked me to create stationery for her mom and two sisters. It wasn’t something I’d done before, but I was so inspired by her ideas and couldn’t wait to get started.

Kathryn (a classy Southern girl) asked for monograms in calligraphy. So perfect. I did some research and we decided on colorful monogrammed note cards and notepads. But after we got started, she came up with a brilliant addition: custom rubber stamps so their charming little monograms can be pressed wherever they wish. Adorable!

Custom Calligraphy Monogram Notepad from One Charming Life

Custom Calligraphy Monogram Stationery Set from One Charming Life

Custom Calligraphy Monogram Stamp from One Charming Life

Custom Calligraphy Monogram Notecard Gift from One Charming Life

I adore how they turned out. I can’t wait to make and gift a few of my own… and perhaps make one for myself as well! :)

XO, Mariel

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Gifts for the Holiday Hostess

The tree is up and sparkling, our holiday festivities are all mapped out, and it’s even starting to get cold outside in Texas. Christmas is coming, and I’ve been doing some serious holiday shopping. I love picking out Christmas presents. But sometimes it’s hard to find that perfect gift. I’ve scrolled through gorgeous gift guides on Pinterest and clicked on websites filled with beautiful things… but I believe you can never have enough inspiration. :)

So that’s why I did some research and put together a few of my favorite gift ideas. I’m a huge fan of neutrals, and this year I haven’t been able to get enough GOLD. These pretty presents are perfect for any friend, relative, or hostess who loves to entertain.

chic and affordable holiday hostess gifts in gold and black

1) Chalkboard Spice Jar from Anthropologie, $12

2) Agate Cheese Plates from Jayson Home, $60

3) Confetti Place Mats from Anthropologie, $28

4) Little Luck Horseshoe from Suitor, $32

5) Cheese Markers from Nordstrom, $30

6) Guest Towel from Style Vista, $18

7) Cheers Glasses from Williams & Sonoma, $49

Which one would you like to receive? I’m eyeing it all…. ;)

Happy hunting!

XO, Mariel

It’s a Wonderful Life

I love when my friends come up with a creative idea and ask me to be a part of it. That’s why I was thrilled when Anna approached me about making a special wedding gift for her cousin.

Anna was inspired by the couple’s wedding song, “It’s a Wonderful Life”, and wanted to incorporate the lyrics in her gift. We discussed a few ideas and I began sketching out the song’s chorus in calligraphy. After some tweaking on the computer, the words were printed on canvas and stretched over a wooden frame.

I love the end result. It’s such a wonderful blessing to have found that special person, and I hope this little piece of art helps the happy couple think back on sweet memories from their wedding day.  XO – Mariel

Calligraphy quote on canvas via One Charming Life

"Wonderful Life" - calligraphy print via One Charming Life