Friday, February 29, 2008

A New Focus

My shop is constantly evolving and I'm continually working on my craft to make it better and fresh while keeping with my rustic chic style. So, if you have been keeping up with my shop, you'll notice a whole new look coming your way. Here are a few of my new inspirations. Oh, and if you've been following my blog, drop a line, say hello, and as always I'm open to any suggestions or feedback!

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Custom Wedding Scrapbook

I'm so excited to announce that I have a new custom order. A client has asked that I make her bestfriend a wedding scrapbook from engagement to honeymoon. It will be premade and she'll add in the photos later. I'm pysched. It's been a while since I've taken on such a huge project like this but I really love these custom orders. The theme of the scrapbook is going to be pink and lots of it. Here are some of the supplies that I will be using.

Lace Medallion 12x12 K & Co paper

Pink Paisley 12x12 K & Co paper

Belle Pink Acanthus 12x12 Amy Butler PaperPink Metallic Chipboards Heidi Swapp
Lovespell Cardstock stickers Doodlebug

I can't wait until my supplies come in so I can get started!

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Sam loves Snow

It snowed in NYC yesterday. The snow is so pretty when it falls, that is until it's ruined by cars and people. Sam loves romping in the snow. Her full thick fur keeps her very warm. If she had a choice, she'd even sleep in it.

Awe a smidgen of snow fell on her nose, too cute. She's not sure how to react to this. Snow on ground, okay, snow on nose, not so much.

I seriously love my dog. I feel so grateful everyday to have her in my life. She follows me around everywhere. She is loyal and she is so darn cute. Oh, I love my husband too of course, but seriously I am in love with dog!

If you're a dog owner, you know how difficult it is to capture a photo with your pet. See my examples. None came out too well, Sam wasn't in the mood to pose with me yesterday. Hrmph!

Monday, February 18, 2008

Custom Order - My wedding tins

A client of mine purchased the rest of my wedding favors (yep, the tins I used for my own wedding.) I almost didn't want to part with my favors. Even though my tins were already made, I still needed to work on it. It wasn't all in the best condition because when I made my tins for my wedding, it was the first time I made it. I didn't have the formula set in stone yet so there were a few rounds of trial and error. Now that I have it pretty much down, I wanted to make sure it was perfect for my client, so I actually had to re-do most of the tins. Some weren't cut right the first time around; it wasn't glued on well enough or there wasn't enough paint on certain areas. It was another labor intensive project but luckily there were only 30 to tackle this time. I am very happy with how it turned out. I really love making these favors. It's so much fun especially when I know what I'm doing now, lol. The bad news though, is that I'm running low of altoid tins. I must get more soon because I have a good feeling that I'll have another order soon.


It was a nice long weekend, too bad it's almost over. Boo! We did something unusual today. We went to the Empire State Building. One of our best friend was in town and he brought a couple of Georgia folks with him. They wanted to do something touristy so off to the Empire we went. It seems so normal to do tourist stuff when travelling, but not when you're in your own city. It was nice though. I'm so used to the hustle and bustle of the people and the cars, that it's hard to believe how quiet and peaceful it can be when you are viewing the city from a distance.
My husband got a really good shot of our college, Baruch. It's the silver ship like building smack in the middle of the photo.

PS. Happy VDay everyone. It may be a commercial holiday, but who cares? Live and Love everyday.

Monday, February 11, 2008

I heart thee..

It's super duper cold in NYC today. I made a delicious dinner of pork chops, stuffing & snowpeas. Sorry no photo of the good meal. After, I indulged in a warm cup of English Breakfast tea & 2 Chocolate Truffles. Instead of crafting tonight, I decided to take a break, and "window" shop. Enjoy!
These earrings would be the perfect accessory for an exotic destination like Marrakech.

I don't sew but this photo gives me so much inspiration. Maybe I can use incorporate it into my greeting cards somehow? Suggestions, ideas, anyone?

I can't even begin to describe why I love this so much. I heart the mix of colors, layers and shapes but most importantly, the word, Love just makes it perfect.

This is amazing! An intricate design of paper cones, how brilliant!? This would be perfect on my bare walls!

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Love Day is near, are you ready?

Some believe in Valentine's Day and others destest it for being another Hallmark marketing ploy. Either way, I embrace love everyday and especially on Valentine's Day. Lately I've been inspired by you guessed it, love.

This is my favorite so far; a miniscrapbook & journal altered tin. Add photos and a message!

A few cards:

Monday, February 4, 2008


Sometimes I think it's a miracle that Mike and I fell in love and sustained such a wonderful relationship. I say this because we have practically nothing in common. We don't eat the same things. We don't watch the same television shows nor do we like the same movies (in most cases) He loves computers, video games & sports. I am the complete opposite. Except for our love of travelling and our dog, we do not share in the same interests on a day to day basis. I get aggravated with computers/gadgets, love the idea of playing video games but I'm a horrible player & sports - well I just don't get it. I once went to a Mets game with Mike on a scorching hot July day. I was so antsy in my seat that I took several trips to the concession stand just so I'd have something to keep myself occuppied. I ended up spending $50 on junk food!
Over the years I've tried my hardest to like what he likes, but trying is mental, doing is real. So this year, for the very first time, we are having our first football, oops I mean Superbowl party. It's going to be a small party which should be much easier to manage than say having 20 people over yelling and screaming. I'm going to have plenty of Superbowl friendly food around. For the first time, I will sit down among my husband and his buddies and watch the game. I don't mean that I'll just wait for the commercials, but I will sit through it. Now that I've said it, I must do it. Stay tuned and Go Giants!?


As you all know, the Giants won! It was an amazing game coming from a girl who has never watched football before. I sat through most of it. I tried to understand it but too much was happening too fast for me to quite get it. Despite, not knowing all the rules, I actually enjoyed it. I didn't hide in the kitchen, but I sat with my fellow Giants fans and thoroughly enjoyed it. We had a couple of diehard fans in the room, my husband included. It got pretty exciting and while I can see why, a part of me wonders; how did they become such loyal fans? It's quite perplexing to me that not only in our living room, but there were thousands, maybe even millions of people out there in the world, all rooting for their favorite team at the same time. I rooted for the Giants because they are from New York and most importantly, I sat among Giant fans, and for a few moments I felt like I was a fan too. Obviously, it made it all the better when they won. I'm sure in a few days I'll forget all about football but I'm looking forward to the next Superbowl.
For our first Superbowl party, we had a few must have's: Pizza Bagels, Chicken/Cheese Quesadillas, Crudite & hummus, Pigs in a blanket, Fresh fruit platter and Black and White cookies. We also had chips with salsa, guacomole and french onion dip as well.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Lime & Mellow Yellow

I just finished a huge order of 100 altered wedding tin favors for a soon to be bride. I'm thrilled at the result. It also helped that the theme colors are vibrant and spring-y. I'll be shipping these babies out in a day or so, can't wait to see what she thinks in person! She was also a super sweetheart throughout the process. I wish all my clients will be as great to work with as she was.
The inside - It's empty but she will be adding her own mints. Not all the tins are exactly like this. I alternated with the paper used in the side view of the tin.

Side view:

The bottom:

A box filled to the brim with tins: