Tuesday, July 12, 2011

I have a New Blog!

Yes, a new blog... not just a new blog post, although I am sure you were waiting with baited breath for a new post. No, not so much with this blog, but rather an additional blog. If you are interested in some fun reads I have started 

It is a blog for the more personal side of me. I may share a bit or two about the kiddos, possibly the hubby, some pretty things, maybe a few tid-bits on my biz, but really this is a blog where you will find a more transparent side of me.

I have already posted a few things so please come and check it out. But also please know that it is new, and I am still working on design & layout. 

Enjoy! and Welcome.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Orange loves Pink

I am a HUGE fan of the pink & orange color combination. It's bright, it's sassy, and it's fun to look at!  Imagine my delight when I saw Pizzazzerie's Flip Flop Summer Party featuring pink & orange.

Vibrant, isn't it?

I think I was most impressed with the use of an orange bell pepper. Brilliant!  The host served chicken salad in these bright orange bell peppers.

And, of course, orange sherbet was served. Would you serve anything else at this party?

I love that a sprig of mint garnished the dish.

To see more details of this summer party (and other fabulous party ideas) head on over to Pizzazzerie.

Now I am off to plan my own summer party!


{all images courtesy of Pizzazzerie}

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Cooking Bridal Shower

A cooking bridal shower is a perfect theme for the bride who loves to cook. 

My niece who recently married her love just a few months ago, had two bridal showers. This one was a cooking theme. I wanted to keep it classy, so I played off one of my previous chandelier designs, changed the colors and included a recipe card with some kitchen themed illustrations from etsy. What do you think?

I have already added this design on pingg

I have been slow to update the invitations page on the Swanky Paper site. In the meantime, if you want this invitation printed, please contact me.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Life is about Plan B

I can hardly believe that it has been over a month since my last post. At this point I would usually ask myself, "Where has the time gone?" However, I know the answer.

Life has put our family on a new path and it is exciting!  A month ago, the handsome hubs was laid off from work. He was employed in the home building industry ... knowing this it's not such a shocker now, is it? His former company has been handing out lay-off notices for five years now (several times a year). I think we knew this day would come. I was not surprised when he told me the news, in fact, I think I uttered, "OK, let's move on to Plan B."

Plan B started several years ago when hubs decided to get his Contractor's License. Since that time he has been getting referrals for re-modeling work. Picking up side work here and there over the past few years gave him an advantage when the lay-offs came.

This past month has been rather busy for both the hubs and myself. He been busy making connections and has been fortunate to get some great work contracts, with several more lined up. Contracting can be somewhat uncertain however, I am not in the least concerned. If any of you know my husband, you know that his version of relaxing is another person's working hard. He doesn't stop, really, he doesn't. Allow me to illustrate: He had 2 days off between contracts and decided we needed to paint the house ... maybe it's the diet Mt. Dew. 

 I have been busy working on getting a Corporation set up for him (thank you Legal Zoom!), as well as figuring out what we are going to do about health insurance - with our luck (and our history with broken bones) we NEED good insurance.

Along the way, I also got a bit creative and designed his business cards:


I have not intentionally ignored this blog, but as you can see, it's been an exciting month so far ... and a little over-whelming too. We are looking forward to see what Plan B has in store for us.

So, if you're in OC and need a good contractor, I gotta a guy...

Thursday, March 24, 2011

I'm in love

We have a wedding this weekend and I am finishing up the last of the ties for the little boys and the groomsmen. 

While I was finishing up the bow ties my (ancient) sewing machine stopped working. YIKES!!

A quick phone call to my MIL saved the day! 

She offered to lend me her Bernina. (Insert Heavenly Angels singing here) It's like the Cadillac of sewing machines.

Immediately, I informed her that this was not such a good idea for her, because quite possibly she would not get it back. 

I am in love.

Isn't she lovely? She sews like a hot knife slicing butter. Smooooooooooooooth

I have had a slice of perfection and now I am now saving all my pennies so that I can have my very own.

Donations are accepted. 

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

This To Shall Pass

That is my new mantra.

This week began with a bit of excitement.

Our week started off with little Miss sustaining an injury, on the bed no less. The result is a newly fashioned bright pink accessory.

I am beginning to think that our family will be known as the family who has the Orthopedist on speed dial. 

My son has started his own collection. I suppose to him they are trophy's. He will not let me get rid of them. So, here they sit in his room.  

Personally, I hope this is all he will have in his collection.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St.Patrick's Day

There HAS to be a 4-Leaf clover in there somewhere!

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Now, go have some corned-beef & cabbage!