Monday, November 28, 2011

Cozy Little Gifts Under $25 - Shhhhh nobody will know

Perfect gifts for the family and all under $25
I don't know about you but I LOVE giving gifts - problem is the economy doesn't allow me to go crazy like I used - but why should that stop me from getting the same quality, unexpected handcrafted items as I've always enjoyed giving at Christmas time? 

Etsy is amazing for unique and special little things and nobody would guess how affordable they are! I have collected a handful from some of my favorite items that will go the distance for mom, dad, sister, baby, girlfriend, neighbor, niece, husband and aunty!

Thank you to the following shops for your items so merry and bright!
Frosted Willow - Owl bracelet
Jacquie - Vintage Blue Mason Jar
JP with Love - Burgundy Felt Bow
Oh Koey - Chevron Ipad Case
Collars By Design - Doggie Collar
Crosses&Crowns - Vintage turquoise rosary necklace
On A Roll - Cozy Cup holder
Piece & love Pie Co. - Handmade Salted Caramel
Beautiful Details - Cast Iron Bunny
Sweet Little Luxuries - Leg Warmers
Danbury Lane - Blue Tutu
Tookies - Jar Cookie
Minnies Sweet Temptations - Tiffany Cakepops
Knotty Baby Wear - Onesie and matching legwarmers

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Letters To/From Santa

ETSY Treasury List

I am pleased as punch to have my "Letter To Santa" added to another ETSY treasury list! Check it out! So cute! Thank you Miranda Konieczny

Shop Small Saturday - Holiday Photo cards!

Design #1 of 5 in Festive Chevron Featuring the Sherman Family

American Express started this fantastic idea of "Shop Small Saturday". They are encouraging people to make purchases from the little people to pump up the economy. So look out for the first saturday after "black Friday"every year! Why not start with ETSY - there are so many beautiful, unique items that are often hand crafted that male perfect gifts! 

In lieu of this fantastic day I have created a plethora of Holiday Photo card templates in  Splendid Paper+Goods etsy shop the color choices are, festive chevron, merry berry, kelly green, you are my sunshine, black & coal - take a look see if any peek your interest!Remember 

I am always happy to customize!

Let the holidays begin!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Treasury! Treasury!

Thank you so much A Little Treasure for featuring my grey and pink damask baby shower bunting in your adorable little pink treasury!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Christmas at Work Under 25

ETSY Treasury
What a great and useful idea for those looking for affordable little gifts! Thank you so very much Real Faery for adding my canning labels to this treasury!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011


There is GREAT excitement in the studio tonight! I just picked up Splendid's business cards from Hudson Printing! Bring on the holiday boutiques I am ready!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Creamy Marinara Sauce

Labels custom designed by Splendid Paper+Goods

1/2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, good quality and organic if possible
1 1/2 cloves fresh garlic , minced
2 -2 1/2 large tomatoes, fresh frozen, skinned and chopped up (keep the juice!)
1 1/2 tablespoons heavy Cream
1/8 cup chopped fresh basil (use a variety of flavored basils, especially lemon if you have it)
1/4 cup chopped roasted red pepper (optional)
pinch sugar, to taste
pinch of salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste
cooked pasta, of your choice (8 to 10 servings worth)
grated parmesan cheese, for garnish fresh basil leaf, for garnish

Fresh frozen tomatoes: pick juicy tomatoes, make sure they are clean and dry, then pop them in a Ziploc bag, single layer; label your bag with date and put flat into freezer; when ready to use, just take out as many as you need and run them under hot water (or put then in a bowl of hot water) and after a minute or two the skins will peel right off, then just chop and use; use these instead of canned tomatoes.
In a hot sauce pan or small wok, put in olive oil and fresh garlic; stir and sauté for 1 to 2 minutes.
Add the tomatoes together with their juice and let simmer for 10 minutes.
Stir in the cream, basil, salt and pepper, and roasted peppers (if using), and bring to a simmer them it through.
Serve over cooked pasta, garnish with parmesan cheese and fresh basil leaves.
Also good over baked halibut, grilled shrimp, chicken, or grilled vegetables.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Letter to Santa

Custom designed by Splendid Paper+Goods

Its time to sit your "boo" down with his or her crayon - to write their little list to Santa. I designed gender specific letters for that extra oomph! These letters come complete with Official North Pole stamp and notes and instructions from the elves themselves - crafty little ones!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Little Lucy cupcake toppers and wraps

Custom designed by Splendid Paper+Goods

Inspired by Anthropologie and a sweet little girl named Lucy - who is "not a princess type, she is more the adventuring personality", I created these little birdies with a heart doodle design in blues, plum and eggplant.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Faintest Blush

Splendid Paper+Goods Missoni inspired design on ETSY Treasury list

Woohooo! I am very proud - my blush chevron and Missoni inspired party printables was added to Queen Ann's Lace Etsy Treasury!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Crush for Blush

Customizable designs by Splendid Paper+Goods

I was so excited about the Blush Missoni inspired invitation I designed, I decided to followup with coordinating items:

  • Straw flags
  • Buffet and Desert Table tent card signs
  • cupcake toppers

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Drunken Fig Jam

Labels custom designed by Splendid Paper+Goods

Makes about six 1/2-pint jars
Brandy adds a little kick to this jam. Spread on toast or serve with a cheese plate.

2 lemons
4 pounds ripe fresh figs (preferably black), stemmed, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (about 9 cups)
4 cups sugar
3/4 cup brandy or Cognac
1/2 teaspoon coarse kosher salt

Using vegetable peeler, remove peel from lemons (yellow part only) in long strips. Cut peel into matchstick-size strips (about 3 tablespoons).

Combine lemon peel, figs, sugar, brandy, and 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt in heavy large deep saucepan; let stand at room temperature 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

Bring fig mixture to boil over medium-high heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Reduce heat to medium; continue to boil until jam thickens and is reduced to 6 cups, stirring frequently and occasionally mashing mixture with potato masher to crush large fig pieces, 30 to 35 minutes. Remove from heat.

Ladle mixture into 6 hot clean 1/2-pint glass canning jars, leaving 1/4-inch space at top of jars. Remove any air bubbles. Wipe jar threads and rims with clean damp cloth. Cover with hot lids; apply screw bands. Process jars in pot of boiling water 10 minutes. Cool jars completely. Store in cool dark place up to 1 year

Blush Missoni inspired Invitation

Missoni Inspired, Cotton Candy Chevron Invitation by Splendid Paper+Goods

A while back I created a color-fun chevron Missoni inspired design baby shower invitation, and although my designs can be customized to any event, I have a new crush...Blush.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Identify Yourself - Jewelry Designer

Custom small business branding kit
I have added another service and package to my ETSY shop - Branding!
This one in particular is for a jewelry designers business. Branding is imperative to getting noticed. I urge you - get professional. :-)

I had a great time designing the above pictured branding kit for Jeweler Crosses & Crowns.

For only $150 you get a complete Identity kit. 
This listing includes the following digital PDF designs:
• Custom designed logo - includes 3 ideas to choose from
• Facebook profile design
• Etsy Banner, profile design and reserved listing design
• Design for jewelry box sticker 
• Thank you tag design (2" x 2")
• Business card design 
• Earring card

Thursday, November 10, 2011

A Teal and Damask engagement Party

Damask is such a timeless patter, so pretty but not overly feminine. Congratulations Kimberly from Arizona on your engagement!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Thank you ♥

Featured: "Lucy" Cupcake toppers and wraps

One of my items was featured on the Childrens Party Network {again} Im blushing!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

First Birthday Party Photo Banners

Custom Photo Banner by Splendid Paper+Goods

I love creating these - it is amazing {and sometimes sad} how quickly babies grow! Its beautiful to see a line of photos displaying their maturity on their big birthday ~ THE BIG ONE ~
Its an honor for my clients to send me their babies pictures to create this custom art. I treasure every set that comes in.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011


I couldn't believe my eyes! My woodland cupcake toppers were featured on The Children's Network! Thank you so much!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Wild for Giraffe Print!

Giraffe Print Birthday Invitation

Every birthday should be celebrated with a party in my opinion.
I designed a sweet baby Giraffe birth announcement not that long ago, and felt compelled to create a sweet invitation too. The Giraffe is such a lovely animal and loved by children of all ages. This invitation could be edit for any age group and of course the colors could be amended to suit a boy too.