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The Big & Little Animal Rescue Ranch | Website Preview

In case you didn’t know, I have a very specific goal in life :: to build a small ranch for animal rescues. The plan (as of now) is to provide a HAPPY, temporary shelter for dogs in need of homes. Of course, we’ll have some full-time residents, too—hopefully to include a few goats, a couple donkeys, and maybe a pig.

How am I going to make this happen? Well, I’m not sure yet. But I AM saving for it. Every penny that isn’t spent on the operating expenses of Akula Kreative and Pretty Peas Paperie will go into the Ranch Fund. I also have an awesome family that’s on board with this idea and can’t wait to have a family ranch. (The bulk of the Ranch Fund will most likely come from their combined business successes, but I HOPE to be able to offer up a meaningful sum.) Regardless, I’ll be in charge of the branding.

What’s my point? I’m telling you that you can feel GOOD when you support my biz. :) If you follow me long enough, you can expect an invitation to the opening. For now, you can visit our temporary landing page at bigandlittleranch.com!

Custom Lego Portraits

Custom Lego Portraits by Akula Kreative (Nikki Mihalik)

Just sharing something fun…

Christmas of 2014 was all about LEGOS. For our Lego-fanatic friends (and family members), I designed custom portraits specific to their hair styles, hobbies, and wardrobes. Our Christmas postcard is below:

Custom Lego Christmas Card by Akula Kreative

Custom Lego Christmas Card by Akula Kreative

The portraits took quite a while to customize, but they were well worth it! On Christmas Eve, I heard my little cousin (a toddler) yell “LEGOOO MOVIE!!!” as he pointed to our card hanging on my aunt’s wall. :)

Day-of Paper for a “Fearfully and Wonderfully Made” Baby Shower

I’m so excited to share the paper (and chalk) details of Megan’s baby shower for her little lady-to-be, Emma. It’s not often that professional photos are taken at smaller parties, so these beautiful images by Amy Gray Photography are such a treat!

Hand-drawn Chalkboard Sign

“FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE…FROM SCRATCH!” 

During the invitation consult, we went to work trying to pin down a theme that could be coupled with soft pinks, creams, and sparkle. I was determined to find a way to incorporate Megan’s love for cooking, but I knew that “bun in the oven” or “she’s about to pop” could only go so far. The next morning, Megan came up with something brilliant: the passage from Psalm 139: “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” It was genius! The perfect blend of faith, food, and the miracle of life.

Custom Chalkboard Baby Shower Invitation by Akula Kreative / Pretty Peas Paperie

*Contact info has been changed to protect the client’s privacy*

For the square invitation, we created a chalkboard-inspired look filled to the brim with detail. From herbs and utensils to rattles and diaper pins, the tiny graphics fit together to tell the unique story of these special parents-to-be.

From seeing the photos you may wonder if an event planner was involved, but this was all put together by a dedicated family and a few close friends. In the weeks leading up to the shower, the group was hard at work making fabric banners, tulle table skirts, tissue pom-poms, and even baby clothes!

Soft Pink Details | "Fearfully and Wonderfully Made [from scratch]" Baby Shower

Meanwhile, I was working on the day-of stationery and signage: food labels, drink flags, scroll flags, banners, and chalkboards. One of my favorite “party prepping activities” is coming up with food puns; they’re a great way to remind guests of the theme and add a little humor to the event.

Mini Donuts and Milk | "Fearfully and Wonderfully Made [from scratch]" Baby Shower

Custom Food and Drink Labels "Fearfully and Wonderfully Made [from scratch]" Baby Shower

How gorgeous is the cake?! This baby shower really could have been an intimate wedding…

Cake "Fearfully and Wonderfully Made [from scratch]" Baby Shower

And then there are the pretty favors: burlap bags adorned with silk ribbon and sparkly letters…

Burlap Bags with Glitter Letter "Fearfully and Wonderfully Made [from scratch]" Baby Shower

…plus chocolate-dipped pretzels tied with pink and gold tinsel!

Pretzel Favors "Fearfully and Wonderfully Made [from scratch]" Baby Shower

The signature drink was, of course, pink lemonade.

Beverage Table "Fearfully and Wonderfully Made [from scratch]" Baby Shower

Little Lady Lemonade, to be exact.

Martini Glass Drink Flags "Fearfully and Wonderfully Made [from scratch]" Baby Shower

I had so much fun drawing this banner on chalkboard wrapping paper. What a great idea to use it as a photo backdrop!

Hand Drawn Chalkboard Banner "Fearfully and Wonderfully Made [from scratch]" Baby Shower

And, last but not least, here is a detail of one of the scroll flags, each of which featured a unique pattern. At first glance you might assume they are flowers, but they are actually sprinkle donuts. :)

Custom Printed Party Flags "Fearfully and Wonderfully Made [from scratch]" Baby Shower

Paper details and day-of stationery present the perfect opportunity to add personality to parties, big AND small. For additional photos, please check out Amy Gray’s website at amygrayphotography.com.

Congratulations to Megan, the picture-perfect mom-to-be!
And THANK YOU to my wonderful clients for letting me be a part of your celebration!

Design by Akula Kreative