A Laelia outfit #27

A Laelia outfit #27

Cardigan: Baby Gap (The same cardi in #13)
Ikat Dress: Perryfinalia on Etsy. This is the same shop from which I bought Laelia’s first birthday dress! Go buy one! :)
Shoes: Payless
Sunglasses: Target

22 Mos; napping in her crib!

22 Mos; napping in her crib!

Wow, 2 months away from two years old! We’ve noticed that she is certainly not a baby anymore…

The biggest change that has happened over the last month is that Laelia has fallen asleep  for her naps in her crib by herself for the past eight days. Now, many of my friends and family (and even my birthing instructor!) have said something about how sleep totally changes around two. This always sat well in my mind because it is the age when children really come out of babyhood and are considered little toddlers. If you have read this whole blog, you know that Laelia is not a crib sleeper. She would wake up the moment she felt her little body being lowered into the crib. For the most part, Laelia is extremely independent. She won’t let you feed her, she won’t let you brush her teeth, I have to pin her down to brush her hair, she must put on her own headbands and sunglasses, and now she is even trying to take over dressing and undressing herself. But when it came to sleep, she would only fall asleep on someone for the first year, and most of her second year.Continue Reading

Sweet Baby Valentine

Sweet Baby Valentine

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Firstly, let me apologize for not posting for TWO WEEKS! What the heck was that? I was feeling burnt out and I needed a little break from my computer but I didn’t expect it to last so long! I even thought to leave a note on my sidebar about my leave of absence, but it never really got planned out, lol… next time! I’m building a huge schedule for myself, and I expect things will get very efficient around here… :) Anyway, I’ve had this board brewing for a while, and even though I had something else planned for today, I’ve got to post my sweet baby valentine board today, as it would be the last relevant day to post it for about another 48 weeks… ~.^. I’ve always loved valentine’s day, and not just for it’s more romantic sentiments; I enjoy it as an expression of platonic love. In the case of this board, it is definitely a parental love! It is the sort of party I would plan if I had more of a house to host gatherings in. :)

1) Heart Shaped Balloons from Mignon Kitchen Co.

2) I Love You Valentine by Rifle Paper Co.

3) Striped Stick-on Bow Tie for the little man in your life. From Bushel and Peck Paper.

4) Be my Baby glittering fringe banner by Nice on Etsy.

5) You’re my fav♥rite work of art poster by Love Sugar on Etsy. This is absolutely how I feel about Laelia. :) Continue Reading

Paired Hearts: Elizabeth + Robert

Paired Hearts: Elizabeth + Robert

Here is the last wedding invitation set I have from Paired Hearts (for now, at least)! This set features a fold over design. It opens up to reveal the invitation and a sewn paper pocket for the RSVP card and envelope! 

Shot Through The Heart; Valentine’s Day

Shot Through The Heart; Valentine’s Day

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Hello Lovelies! Since Valentine’s day is less than 3 weeks away, it has been on my mind lately… I’ve gathered images that I think would make a splendidly romantic, slightly quirky, and happily colorful festive valentines day! (Are those enough adjectives for ya?!) I went with a theme of sparkles, arrows, hearts, tassels, and deep reds, deep blues, and golds!

1) Mr. Boddington Bullseye Valentine from catbird.

2) Valentine’s Day Balloon by Geronimo Balloons. Balloon delivery! How cute! And we all know how much I love giant balloons and glittering fringe. I lurve.

Geronimo Balloons Valentine’s Day from hak lonh on Vimeo.

3) DIY VintageArrow Valentine by Halligan. Via Design*Sponge. Alternately, you could buy  some handmade arrows from quivver, or Native on etsy.

4) Wild Heart Glittering Fringe Banner by nice (on etsy).
(I brightened the color of the fringe on this banner to pop a little more)

5) A Romantic Setting: Considering I live in Southern California, I think it would be totally normal to set up a bohemian picnic outside on Valentine’s Day. In February. Our weather has been particularly awesome lately. But you could easily do something romantic like this in your bedroom or living room! :)
(This photo has been credited to Jessica Claire, but I can’t find it on her website. Any further info would be appreciated! UPDATE 3/24/12 I found a direct link on Style Me Pretty! I updated my pinterest board as well.)

6) Fiesta headband in chiffon, with arrow feather, by avaraylondon.

7) Oreo chocolate cake with chocolate ganache and gold flecks by desserts for breakfast

8)  Love Poems by Pablo Neruda. (image via New Directions Cover Library.) To read to your hunny.

9) Soaring Hearts Dress from Spool 72.

10) Pierced Heart Truffle Plate from BHLDN. The plate from which to eat your cake!

11) Arrow Cuff from catbird.

12) Sequined Heart Shoe Clips from ban.dō.

13) Hello. Also, I love youby The Big Harumph on Etsy. Perhaps you could consider a poster a valentine over the more traditional card?

14) Debrah Lippman “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?” nail polish from Fred Flare.

15) Arrow Valentine by AmyMarcella on Etsy.

16) Marquee Arrow Light from Urban Outfitters.

Check out my Pinterest board hearts + arrows, for more ideas! Also, if you follow me on Pinterest, thanks for bearing with my on my millions of pins to this board… I had gathered images and ideas for a while before I saw a direction beginning to take shape! I’m also working on a kids party board which I hope will be put together by early next week! :)


Welcome to Visual Vocabularie! My name is Jesyka, and I am a designer, artist, mom to Laelia and Luca, wife to software engineer and UX designer Tyler, coffee lover, and all around enthused person. This is my blog; here I share my personal projects, whether it's a furniture makeover, a new painting, a birthday party, an invitation I designed, or a favorite outfit for my little. You’ll also catch a glimpse into our family life in Los Angeles.

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