Monday, November 29, 2010

Forget Cyber Monday! How about Cyber Month?

Up for sale this week Personalized Stationery!  Christmas gifts, stocking stuffers, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice ... whatever your celebratory preference this sale will last all week. enjoy these savings!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Tis the season for SALES!

Tis the season here at Swanky Paper. We are in full holiday mode; lighting the candles and trimming the tree! This season comes once a year, why not enjoy it as long as possible?!




While decorating & baking keeps me busy at home (I'll show you my baked goodies later), the Swanky Paper studio is bursting with stationery. With some fresh new designs quickly making their way to Swanky Paper's "Top Designs" status, along with a desk calendar with raving reviews, there is never a dull moment.


We have some incredible saving coming up. If you ever wanted some personalized stationery, or thought of giving it as a gift, now is the time. Swing by the Swanky Paper shop!

Here it is folks! Almost a whole month of savings are coming:



11/26 - 11/27 ::  50% OFF ENTIRE ORDER :: use coupon code THANKS
11/28 - 12/4 :: 25% OFF ALL PERSONALIZED NOTE CARDS + FREE SHIPPING ON ALL ORDERS OVER $75 :: use coupon code HOLIDAY
12/5 - 12/11 :: FREE DESK CALENDAR WITH EVERY PURCHASE + FREE SHIPPING ON ALL ORDERS OVER $75 :: no coupon code needed

12/12 - 12/18 :: 20% OFF ENTIRE ORDER + FREE DESK CALENDAR WITH EVERY PURCHASE + FREE SHIPPING ON ALL ORDERS OVER $75 :: use coupon code WINTER


 
Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Brussels Sprouts Are Gross!

That's what I always thought growing up.

So when I became a grown up I decided to NOT buy them or eat them. (I can be stubborn sometimes) I kept my goal of this until .... my neighbor came over with dinner the other night. I was not about to turn dinner away. She's a great cook, everything she makes is yummy. So, what was I to do? I ate one of those gross brussel sprouts. then another. and another. and another. and another... you get the point.

Now I LOVE brussels sprouts. 


I went to Trader Joe's and pick up a stalk of brussels sprouts the next day. I cut & rinsed them first


Cook on the stove in a sauce pan with olive oil & butter


sprinkle with a bit of sea salt and start eating

If you are not a fan of brussels sprouts, everything tastes better with olive oil, butter & salt

Monday, November 15, 2010

Queen Bee Market {handmade heaven}

Every once and a while something will come up last minute and I make it happen. Such was the case this past weekend. Friday afternoon my friend and I left our little bubble here in OC and drove down to San Diego for the Queen Bee Market. Basically it is shopping bazaar for those who LOVE all things handmade. We were on a mission to get a start on our Christmas shopping.

There were some amazing and talented crafters (is that even a word?) exhibiting. We both found sweet success. And we may or may not have purchased gifts for ourselves too. (wink wink!)

Are you getting a move on your holiday shopping? You can do some shopping of your own right at home because here are some of my favorite vendors from the Queen Bee Market 

Allorah Handmade
the beautifully crafted fabric rosette necklaces were my favorite



loved the vintage flower earrings & necklaces


The Pleated Poppy
darling shabby hair clips (for lil'miss), and fun check book covers


Emily Sparks handmade
I'm a sucker for cute knitted goods - had to get this one...


Tiny Pumpkin
affordable (and seriously cute) custom painted piggy banks - need I say more?


Cut Sew Repeat
Crayon Roll! A must for all mothers


Glam Baby
well made messenger bags - great styles & fabrics


Did you see anything you like?

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Help Wanted


hello my dear readers and thank you for visiting

I am working on a new project - something that I began over two years ago and I am finally close to the finish line. It is series of greeting cards, specifically boxed sets with a different theme for each box.

My test product is complete!!! (insert delightful squeal here!) 

Notice I said "test" product? This is where you come in.

I need some constructive criticism.

You will be compensated in kind (that's what we do when we're working on a shoestring budget around here!).

If you are concerned that your brutal honesty may hurt my feelings, don't. Besides, ALL opinions will be confidential. Your responses will be kept anonymous even from me. So yes, even you, my dear friends who I personally know, can volunteer too!

FINE PRINT:
This is how it will work.
**First, let me know you want in. Leave a comment with your email. OR email me to let me know you are interested. heather (at)swankypaper(dot)com.

**If selected, I will contact you with one or two quick questions to better know which product to send your way along with a request for a mailing address.

**I will send you the product to review, along with your compensation - a set of Swanky Paper personalized note cards of your choosing (your turn to insert delightful squeal here!)

**A few days after you receive the product I will send you a short online survey to fill out and submit as soon as you can.

EASY-PEASY, right?? 

Monday, November 1, 2010

Halloween Recap: Little Miss & my DIY disaster

Are you a DIY kind of person?

I am, or at least I like to think I am. Sometimes my DIY projects don't turn out quite as I envisioned. This was the case for my daughter's costume. She was going to be a butterfly: white wings, hot pink tutu, hot pink onesie & white tights, and her cute hot pink boots from Target. (With all the hot pink I give you permission to roll your eyes!)


My tutu making skills need some refining - seriously. To put it bluntly, it turned out disastrous!

With a party on Friday night I had very little time to throw something together. Then I remembered that I bought a monarch butterfly that I was going to use when I decorated her room - but decided against using it. It was still in her closet.

I took her orange shirt and stitched the body of the butterfly on the back for some stability, added some elastic to the butterfly's body to make straps and voila...

She is a monarch butterfly!


Did you dress up for Halloween?? What were you?

p.s. If you have any tips on how to make a tutu, please feel free to leave a comment.