Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Charity Never Faileth

A big THANK YOU to Design Mom for initiating Nie Nie Day.

All over the blogosphere people are joining together to hold auctions in one form or another to help raise money for the lovely Nielson Family. While my heart aches for this family, I am so grateful that I can participate and contribute to the Nielson recovery fund. After all, "if ye have not charity, ye are nothing, for charity never faileth."

Onward my friends ....

In celebration of Nie Nie Day

is contributing 100% of all proceeds to the Nie Recovery Fund.

At Swanky Paper you will find fresh, fun, modern, and truly unique Personalized Note Cards

Take a peek at a few personal favorites:


Go find your favorite!

Order a note pack for yourself and another for a friend and know that your money is going to charity!


Monday, August 25, 2008

Time for a Swanky Party!

Here at the Swanky Paper studio I have been busy as a bee.

I know you like to throw a good party. After all, what good is it to have a party if it's not a GOOD party?! I am here to help make those party dreams come true ...

You are still in charge of planning the event. While I, on the other hand, will take care of all the invitations, place cards, and all the thank you notes you'll need to send out after the party.

Just how fun do these look?
{These were for my nephew's birthday party!
My sister said that his favorite color is Kawasaki Green. Yes, he's into motorcycles and he is only 3!}

I am here to make your party a polished, fun and seemingly pulled together fete! Even if it is not, it will seem that way.

Darling. Yes?
{Birthday party for my nieces. Pink and Purple. They are totally girly!}

Swanky Paper does all types of soirees!

Birthday Parties~Baby Showers~Dinner Parties~Bridal Showers~
Couples Showers~Girl's Night

You name it! I'll make it!

Here comes a baby girl!

Here is some more invitation eye candy:

All invitations coming soon to the Swanky shop!

For the love of Nie

Tragedy recently struck the Nielson and Kinneard families. Stephanie and Christian along with Doug Kinneard were in a horrible plane crash. Please read about their accident and recovery here. I do not know them personally, but my heart aches for them and have not stopped thinking about them since I heard the news.

If I can help I will.

Design Mom came up with a brilliant idea. Join me on Nie Nie Day in helping to raise money for their hospital bills and recovery. It is forcasted to be in the millions!

This Thursday every purchase from any product made at Swanky Paper will be donated to the the Nie Fund. That is 100% of all sales!! Please SHOP SHOP SHOP to your hearts desire and know that your money is going to help the recovery efforts of a darling young family.

{image by lynsday}

Friday, August 22, 2008

frolicking on the beach

To my dear friends who live in the pacific northwest, (or if you are lucky enough to know the photographer personally, she may just come to you) for your next family picutres, use flutter photograghy.

Why do you ask?

I am in love with the photos Randi took of us and she is brilliant and caught some of the best moments. The Montage Hotel in Laguna Beach was the perfect backdrop. Thanks again Randi!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

The Golden Girls

I am more than thrilled for these two...

way to go girls!!

now maybe I can get some rest!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

I blame the Olympics

This is when you know you're old ...

I have stayed up waaaaaay past my bedtime to watch him

and her

and her

and him

{damn he's fast!}

and her

and him

..... it goes on and on
so, now my body tells me it is time to knock off these late nights by getting sick!
There you have it. I blame the Olympics.

btw: didn't ralph do a fabulous job dressing our Olympiads?

Friday, August 15, 2008

It's a color thing

The Swanky shop is adding some COLOR to some of the previously designed cards. ENJOY!

And two more designs inspired by the art decco era

Lots more colors too!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

i'm a bull

... now, don't you want to be my friend?
{image via uncommon goods}

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

garden shed ... home office

sometimes i feel like that scene in alice in wonderland when she is getting bigger while the room gets smaller. only i am not getting bigger, but my house is getting smaller. we try to be mimimalists here. i love furniture, but i don't need a lot of it. my boys love toys, and yes, we have too much of it.

i gave up my office and we turned it into a bedroom (sniff... sniff). then we recently bought a large armoire, moved all my swanky stuff into it, which has become my office ... but i saw this today over at Design Mom and i think i need to move my office once again. what do you think?

wouldn't this be lovely? i am already dreaming of an outdoor office.

My talented husband recently finished our garden shed ... i am thinking that we can field it for power and set up the Swanky Shop here!

all it needs is a little porch, some pretty flowers, maybe some river rocks Oh! and some power, and viola! i have my outdoor office.

i'll let you know if the hubs ok's my plan...

{image via Apartment Therapy}
{image via me}

Friday, August 8, 2008

Loving London

I went to London waaaay back in 2000. I fell in love with the city.

These became my favorite snack on the trip.

Lucky for me I recently found a clever little British shop in downtown San Clemente that sells these yummy biscuits.

Good Morning Sunshine

(...yawn) One of my kiddos thought it would be a good idea to watch the sunrise this morning ... together.

I, on the other hand, did not think so.
. . . . . .

meet breakfast

Hellooooooooooooooo Dr. Pepper!

{sunrise image via flickr}
{dr.pepper image via dr.pepper}

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

getting my craft on

my creative sister was in town for a few days. so naturally we got crafty.

i made these lovely baubles for a friend of mine to adorn her lovely ears ...
she just doesn't know it yet. ;-)

skin so soft

i am a little fanatic about what touches my face.

cleanser. moisturizer. sun screen.

i won't buy anything that does not say "non-comedogenic" on it. and as much as i love the beach and being outdoors, soaking up the sun is hazardarous on the skin. as a faired skin, freckle face, sun protection is an every day must.

+ +

my top pick drugstore finds

Monday, August 4, 2008

dark chocolate + joe joe's

First came the Joe-Joe's. An addiction was born.

Then the wiseguys at TJ's struck again at Christmas with the Candy Cane Joe-Joe's.

Now they're back with a vengeance, with DARK CHOCOLATE COVERED JOE-JOE's.

Beware. If you need a sinful chocolate fix, this is surely it.

Friday, August 1, 2008

a month of GIVEAWAYS

There is a PARTY going on at Sherbet Blossom's blog and you are ALL invited!

The ever so talented and delightfully darling Hannah is celebrating her blogiversary through the entire month of August!

Check in on her blog to see the latest goody she if offering ... totally free ladies!

I've seen the line up of goodies and I would want EVERYTHING. I am bound to win something - right??

Swanky Paper did not want to miss the party and so I'm gonna be there too. I'm giving away not one ... not two ... but 3 note packs. See that?? Already the odds are in your favor.

What are you waiting for? Click HERE to join the party!