happy easter!

Hello there! I hope you are having a marvelous Sunday and a happy Easter!


holi: the hindu celebration of colors

Hello there! I hope you are enjoying a nice weekend. I was just reading about this week's Holi celebrations in India and had to share. I absolutely love this gorgeous celebration! Holi is the Hindu Celebration of Colors & Togetherness. It commemorates the victory of good over evil and ushers in Spring, the season of love and also honors the Hindu God, Krishna (Vishnu).

During this festival, people throw powdered paint (gulal) at each other filling the air with bright clouds of vibrant color. Colored water and flower petals are also thrown. This is an exuberant celebration with lots of dancing and singing in the streets and bonfires being lit during the evenings.

Source: globalpost.com | Photo by Daniel Berehulak - Getty Images via Debbie at The Spotted Olive on Pinterest

Source: theatlantic.com | Photo by Diptendu Dutta?AFT?Getty Images via Debbie at The Spotted Olive on Pinterest

There are Holi celebrations throughout the world, including a very large one in the United States in Spanish Fork, Utah and one in Washington, DC. Read abou the one in Washington, DC here.

Below is a video from the 2012 celebration in Spanish Fork, Utah.

Holi. Festival of Colors. 2012 from The Good Line on Vimeo.

Doesn't this look like fun?! I just love the spirit of this celebration and beautiful vibrant colors.


washi tape makes me happy!

Hello there and happy Friday! Yesterday I finally received some of the washi tape I ordered! I got different patterns than what I had selected and was kind of bummed but then I looked at the sweet little rolls of brightly colored and patterned tapes and they made me happy! It is washi tape after all and this is a fun, colorful selection, perfect for Spring. I'm so excited to decorate some packages that I've been waiting to send out. And now I just want more!! LOL! Do you have a little washi tape obsession too?


sparkly glitter save the date announcements

Hello there! I hope your week is going well. I've been busy with orders in my Etsy shop and other custom orders but I did manage to get these lovely sparkly glitter Save The Date Announcements created and added to my shop! What do you think?

Sparkly Glitter Save The Date Announcements by The Spotted Olive


hello monday. let's do this.

Hello there and happy Monday! I've got a lot to get done this week and I thought I'd motivate myself by creating a little inspirational graphic. Are you feeling motivated today?


instagram snapshot: my design work

Happy Sunday! Today I was going through one of my files and came across a magazine style guest directory that I had designed a few years back for a company I worked for. I also styled many of the photos featured in the piece. It was a very cold day today so these beach pictures were a nice way to try and warm up!


earth hour 2013

Happy Saturday Today is Earth Hour Day! Earth Hour is an initiative led by the World Wildlife Fund that was created to raise global awareness about climate change and hopefully extend beyond the hour-long event. 7,000 cities in 152 countries with some of the world's most famous landmarks including the Empire State Building, Big Ben, the Sydney Opera House and the Burj Khalifa participating in this initiative by turning off the lights for an hour tonight from 8:30 pm until 9:30 pm their local time. I think it is so amazing that so many are participating this year, especially all the famous landmarks!


So tonight from 8:30 pm until 9:30 pm your local time, commit to turn off all your lights in support of this vision to help bring awareness to climate change.

And be sure to check out the I WILL IF YOU WILL campaign from Earth Hour to encourage positive action toward the environment beyond tonight's one hour event.

Together, we can all make a difference in saving our planet!


the spotted olive's class of 2013 graduation invitations & birthday party invitations included in zazzle's groupon deal

Hello there and happy Tuesay! I hope you are having a wonderful day. I wanted to share a super savings promotion with you that features designs from The Spotted Olive™! Zazzle has teamed up with Groupon to offer the following deal:

5"x7" custom photo cards from Zazzle with envelopes. Choose from the following options:
  • $19.99 for 40 cards ($60 list price or $1.50/card)
  • $29.99 for 75 cards ($112.50 list price or $1.50/card)
  • $39.99 for 110 cards ($165 list price or $1.50/card)

Below are the designs that are included from The Spotted Olive™. After you purchase the Groupon deal, click on the image below to be taken to the product page where you can personalize the cards with your photo and text!


Class of 2013 Classic Chevron Graduation Invitations

Class of 2013 Chalkboard Typography Graduation Invitations

Class of 2013 Stripes Graduation Invitations

Class of 2013 Sporty Stripes Graduation Invitations


Fancy Crown Sweet Sixteen Birthday Party Invitations by The Spotted Olive
Kawaii Cotton Cany Kid Birthday Party Invitations by The Spotted Olive

Cute Giraffe Kid Birthday Party Invitation by The Spotted Olive
Please note this Groupon Deal is only available on the color choices as shown. Additional color choices in these designs are available at The Spotted Olive but are not included in the Groupon Deal. 


favorite pin of the day!

Hello there and happy Saturday! Below is a fun pin that I just pinned to my Retro Modern Love board on Pinterest. It's from MARIMEKO's spring brights collection. I love the bold graphic and retro modern style. So fun and makes me ready for Spring. I'm inspired by this today.


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campground glamping wedding invitations

Having a campground wedding this Summer? Check out our fun rustic campground "glamping" wedding invitations!

Campground Glamping Wedding Invitations

And be sure to stop Party Simplicity for some terrific "glamping" ideas and to check out the submissions for the Campground "Glamping" Design Challenge-where one of my designs is included! 


happy weekend

Hello there! I can't believe it's Friday already. Where did the week go? Do you have any fun plans? Wishing you a fun weekend full of fun and relaxation. XOXO!


class of 2013 grunge style graduation invitations

Graduation is just around the corner and it's time to start planning for the big celebration of this milestone! I've been working on a variety of different graduation designs and will be featuring them here on my blog. This trendy Class of 2013 Graduation Announcement design features a grungy background with the words "Class of 2013" typeset and placeholder for your photo. The back is perfect for adding your details for an Open House celebration. Available in a variety of  color choices and paper stocks.

Class of 2013 Grunge Style Graduation Announcements


happy weekend

Happy weekend! Hope you are enjoying a nice Saturday afternoon. We are under a winter storm watch so I'm staying in and staying snuggly and warm today. What are you up to this weekend?

While browsing youtube, I came across this fabulous video featuring the gorgeous Sophia Loren. I'm loving this today! Enjoy.


sparkly glitter bridal shower invitations

Glitter is a fun trend right now and really, who doesn't love sparkles? I've been working on some pretty bridal shower invitations that feature images of pretty, sparkly glitter! Now available in the shop.

Sparkly Glitter Bridal Shower Invitations


{my design entry} minted life stages minibook challenge

Hello there and happy Saturday. I wanted to share my entry in the Minted Life Stages Minibook Challenge. Voting has already closed and winners should be announced soon (I forgot to ask everyone to vote for me!).

My design is entitled "Introducing Mr. & Mrs." I thought it would be a nice way to showcase a wedding and introduce the newly wed couple to people who were unable to attend as well as being a lovely keepsake.

The designs submitted for this challenge as with every Minted challenge were beautiful and amazing. Despite, the intense competition, somehow I'm hoping that I will be able to place so that my design will be available for sale on the Minted.com website. It would be really great to add some new designs to my Minted shop in 2013. What do you think of my design for this challenge?


{new in the shop} lovebirds birdcage wedding invitation collection

Hello there! Happy Friday and happy first day of March!! Spring is just around the corner and I've been busy working on more wedding invitations! My latest design is this charming Lovebirds Birdcage design. This sweet design features two lovebirds in a birdcage surrounded by hearts on a ombre background. Adorable! Easily customize with your event details.

Lovebirds Birdcage Wedding Invitations


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