Happy Birthday & High 5, to my Lucas

I think most parents would agree that a 5th birthday is a pretty big milestone. And what better way to celebrate than with a festive party with friends and family. As a mom/creative, I tend to put a lot of effort into my kids’ birthdays. It’s just my nature to express adoration through craft, design, […]

Parker’s 2nd Birthday Invitiation Design

One of the biggest perks of being a creative director and mom is the ability to blend both roles into one. Planning Parker’s first birthday was an experience I’ll never forget! I love creating keepsakes/memories that my kids will cherish for years to come. With a background in branding and design, I tend to approach […]

Art Imitates Life: Birthday Party Favors

For my son’s 4th birthday, I tried to come up with a loose theme that would capture his interests. Lucas inspired me to keep up with my own art as I watched him spend HOURS drawing, painting and creating this past year. I swear, I have to keep the paper hidden as he will draw […]

Birthday Budget: Candle Transformation

Let your imagination run wild while keeping your wallet full. After cleaning out my kitchen drawers, I came across a candle which I created for my son’s 3rd birthday. Always one to stick to a party theme, I could not settle for the typical red & white wax variety. With a little imagination I was […]

Parker’s 1st Birthday: The Details

Thank goodness 1st birthdays only come once. This party may have involved a TON of prep work, sewing, crafting, cooking, baking, drawing, stressing, designing, directing, cleaning, and many more -ing’s, but I enjoyed every minute of it. Anything for my beautiful, bright baby girl! Can’t believe she’s one already. Enjoy! Above: I purchased some burlap […]

My Baby Girl’s 1st Birthday Dress

I always like to begin any sewing related posts with a big THANK YOU to my mother. She was the one to teach us the importance of threading a needle and using it well. And while we’re on topic, I’m reminded of a time in 8th grade Home Economics class when a girl stated, “When […]

Party Favors: Parker’s First Birthday

It’s safe to say that I use every excuse in the book to flex my design muscles, especially when it comes to my kids’ birthday parties. Event planning holds a special place in my heart since I have the opportunity to cook, design, print, create, sew, craft, brand, all for one single purpose. Sure, it’s […]

Homemade Apron: A Birthday Gift

One of the perks to being home with my kids is being close to my sewing machine (I used to be shackled to a desk job). Thanks to my gracious husband I said goodbye to my ancient Brother machine and hello to a Singer. Every time I pass by it I’m tempted to use it. […]

1st Birthday Invitation

 

Creative Direction, Production & Design by Amber Christian Osterhout ©Obsessivision 2013

As a mother/creative director, I look for any and every opportunity to, well, create. It just so happens that my children are my biggest inspiration. And so, when it comes to their first birthdays, I go all out. My ultimate goal is not to bake the tastiest cake, rather, to capture their essence and personalities as best I can. Parker, from what I am told, is a clone of her mama. From the quiet disposition to the wacky hair to the double finger sucking (self soother to the max). Deep down, I feel that Parker has the same ability to dwell on the details and soak in her surroundings. Something I owe much of my own artistic talent to. I look forward to long chats with this little lady...old soul, if you will. Something tells me that we were made for each other :) Genetics can be eerie sometimes.

This invitation design is a testament to how strong the creative bond is within our families. Both Michael and I come from a long line of creatives, especially when it comes to sewing. Being the old soul that she is, Parker's invitation needed to capture that aged feeling while tying in her creative lineage. I will add that when she was delivered, I was too wrapped up in the fact that I just had a successful VBAC to even check to see what her sex was. My husband had to unwrap the umbilical cord to check. Thrilled that I just delivered a beautiful, bright little lady, I will admit that I had a hard time coming to terms with the whole pink thing. It's funny, but when you have a child that is that same sex as yourself, you find a lot of your own insecurities surface. After a year, I have come to terms with the relationship this color has with the female sex. I actually love pink, just not how it's a defining hue and statement to how delicate and feminine we are. I told you I dwelled on the details, but you get where I am going with this, ha. Lastly, I hope that one day Parker will look back and see how much her mama is inspired by her determination, wit and charm. LOVE you little lady!!!

A Creative Superhero Conquers Year 6

While shooting his year 6 birthday photos, I witnessed a creative in the making. The initial concept for this year’s shoot was “the evolution of a creative superhero”, and boy did Lucas have some ideas for props, poses and attitude. As someone who makes a living as a creative (not to mention, married to a […]