Amber Housley

New Year Wallpaper Inspiration Quote Free Download

Category: AH Inspired

New Year Wallpaper

Today, I’m sharing with you a free downloadable wallpaper New Year inspiration print for your iphone or computer desktop!

2012 is quickly coming to a close and I don’t think I’ve ever been more excited for a new year than I am this year. Don’t get me wrong, 2012 was a FANTASTIC year. However, I feel like 2013 is going to be full of even more amazing adventures and twists and turns!

I’m just so excited to see what next chapter unfolds for me both personally and professionally.

I’m spending the next week working on reflecting 2012 for my business and goals for 2013. You can bet that I have some *BIG* goals for 2013! Lara’s new blog series is perfectly timed to assist in that process. I also have my handy Whitney English Day Designer that I can’t wait to start writing in. I’m also brainstorming my “word” for 2013. My word for 2012 was “intention” and I already have some possible words in mind that once I narrow down, will share with you next week.

The new year is a perfect time to start fresh and I think this quote by T.S. Eliot sums up that forward thinking. I sent this quote to a friend who is off to New Year adventures this morning and loved it so much that I knew it needed to be everywhere I could see it! Simply click on the download link below that fits your needs and when you are open to the image, right click to “Save As”.

If you download the image, be sure to share with me in the comments below what your top goal or “word” is for 2013! I’d love to hear it.

new year wallpaper for phone or computer free download

Click here to download > iPhone 3G / 4G / 4GS
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Looking for more inspirational art prints? You can see my new Inspired series in the etsy shop here: Sweet Tea & Lemonade

You’re engaged! My thoughts on what to do next…

Category: AH Style, Weddings

Photo by Cyn Kain Photography

Tis the season for proposals and engagements! The time between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day is the most popular time of year to pop the question. If you’re wearing a new piece of sparkle after the recent Christmas holiday, here are my personal initial thoughts on what you should and shouldn’t do first when jumping into wedding planning.

You should…

1. Each of you make a list of top 3 needs/wants/desires you want part of your celebration. Perhaps you always envisioned getting married in your family’s historic church while your partner has dreamt of a live band and good party. Going over each other’s lists together and up front helps set expectations for decisions down the road.

2. Set a budget or at least ball-park amount of how much you intend to invest in your celebration. This may include asking family members or taking an honest look at your own finances. By knowing how much you have available to you will greatly impact every vendor inquiry and appointment later in the planning process.

3. Celebrate! Take the time to enjoy your engagement. Have a small gathering with friends and family. Share the story of the proposal and document it for yourself in a special scrapbook to reflect on later.  Make a date with your BFF to buy up all the wedding magazines on the newsstand and start tearing out fun ideas and looks that you love over a bottle of pink champagne!

You shouldn’t immediately…

1. Pick a date. If you have your heart set on a popular venue or vendor, chances are you’re going to be competing with many other couples. Inquire with a range of dates or month options if you’re able to.

2. Extend invitations to your bridal party. Many couples today are having lengthier engagements. By extending immediate and excited invitations to friends and family without first planning the essential elements to your day (where, when, size of celebration) may cause regret for you a later point. Being a member of a bridal party can be a large investment these days. Kindly wait until you have all the important details in place before you start asking others to join in your celebration.

3. Book the first venue or vendor {or insert wedding related item} you see or meet. When you’re first engaged, you’re ready to hit the ground running and are easily enamored with each first place you come into contact with. Take your time, do your research, look around and trust your gut.

 

 

Amber Housley published in Bridal Guide Magazine

 

I was delighted to get my hands on the latest issue of Bridal Guide magazine! In it, I’m a featured wedding expert and share my ideas and thoughts on the latest trends for wedding stationery and invitation design for 2013.

A hint: more continued use of bold and vibrant color combinations as well as mixed patterns.

2012 was all about chevron pattern and in 2013 I’m finding my clients expanding to honeycomb, morroccan tile and other geometric patterns. I’m no stranger to color and it excites me to see all the shades of the rainbow clients aren’t shying away from.

You can find more information on wedding trends for 2013 in the January/February 2013 issue available on newsstands now.

Right where I need to be.

Photo by Elan Artists / Scott Clark / Chellise Michael

 

Back from an amazing whirlwind of a week at Engage!12 The Breakers. As I write this, my mind plays over a montage of memories and moments from days and nights that were sadly, all over in a flash. A full recap to come, but my initial reactions this morning as I woke up in my familiar bed and home were met with excitement and gratitude.

Excitement for all the big things ahead.

Never have I felt more exactly in the place of where I needed to be and when. Quite honestly I feel like I’m the verge of a next new adventure and I’m excited to get the groundwork laid for so many ideas that are buzzing in my head.

Gratitude for the friends and colleagues I spent the week with.

So many new and wonderful friends. Even more wonderful with friends that I had met at Engage conferences previously, and our friendships were only more solidified the third time around. Third times a charm, right?

Grateful for so many talented and creative people in my life. As I continue to grow my business and attend more of this conference, I only feel more faith that there are so many good, smart, artistic and extraordinary people in this world. People that are so willing to share their personal stories for a greater good…

And you’ll definitely find them there at this happy place called, Engage!