my summer bucket list

Yesterday was the first day of summer, and I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate than with a summer bucket list...

1 See all 30 movies on my movie watchlist (3 down, 27 to go!)
2 Go to the lakes... Lake Poway, Lake Miramar, and Santee Lakes
3 Spend more time with friends
4 Visit the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park often (Our passes expire in the fall!)
5 Get a jump-start on my Zazzle Christmas collection
6 Take a trip up to LA
7 Go swimming as much as possible
8 Meet my friend's new baby (The little guy should arrive within the next few weeks!) 
9 Finish a few craft projects that I've been procrastinating on
10 Have a picnic with my extended family
11 Go to the San Diego County Fair



father's day cards

Hey there! I'd like to start today with a big shout out to those of you who have already purchased one of my Father's Day cards... Thank you from the bottom of my heart!! And for those of you still looking for that perfect card or gift, be sure to check out my Zazzle shop. There you will find photo cards, greeting cards, stationery, and much more!

"the best father" photo card

"#1 dad" greeting card

"bow tie" greeting card

"badge" greeting card

"marquee" photo card

See the rest of the collection here: cards | stickers | gift tags | stationery


follow me on instagram

Exciting news... I am now on Instagram! Follow me @amber.barkley to see my latest work, and get a little glimpse into my everyday life.


week in review

Hooray for the weekend... Am I right?!

My friends and I are hosting a baby shower in a few weeks, so I have been busy designing the invitations and party decor, and gathering supplies for the party favors. It's been fun, but also a little hectic trying to get everything ready. This weekend I hope to relax, enjoy our beautiful weather, and maybe even binge-watch The Mindy Project... I'm obsessed with that show!!

Before I head out, here are my favorite finds of the week... Enjoy, and have a lovely weekend!

1 This pastel inspiration board (& diy project) from Paper & Stitch.

2 Awe-inspiring, edible art by Amber Locke.

3 Check out this gorgeous watercolor pillow by fellow Minted designer, Yao Cheng!

4 Three of my favorite foods (chocolate, peanut butter & banana) are blended together to make these delicious-looking mini muffins.

5 This diy paper & fresh flower bouquet from The Pretty Blog would make a lovely Mother's Day gift!

6 I'd gladly take one of each of these bracelets from Dream Collective!