Friday, September 19, 2014

A Wicked Good Time

Last night, I took the train into NYC to the Better Homes and Gardens Stylemaker party. Funny enough, the October issue of BHG had just arrived, so I threw it in my bag to read on the ride. Lo and behold was this amazing Monster Bash Halloween party conjured up by Sugar Paper co-founder, Chelsea Shuklov (pictured above with her business partner, Jamie Grobecker). 

So many Halloween decorations can be creepy or scary for small children, so Chelsea has a trick up her sleeve. She uses a palette of white, black and gold to create a sophisticated take on this holiday. 
Prefer treats to tricks? BHG and Sugar Paper are treating everyone to 15% off custom invites via Paperless Post. Just enter code: GIVEMESUGAR.

Fear hosting a Halloween get together? You can get all the tips, tricks and recipes for this party at

Now, that's not scary at all!!

images: David Tsay for Better Homes and Gardens

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Personalized Pumpkins

When I was a kid, decorating a pumpkin meant laying out the newspaper, cutting a hole in the top and digging out the seeds and all that stringy stuff, before carving in some triangle eyes and a crooked smile.

Thanks to the ingenuity of some crafty people, now I don't need to go elbow deep into a pumpkin to decorate it for fall. All I need is a to print out a letter, trace it onto the pumpkin and either etch it out or color it in. 
Now, that's the kind of project I could fall for!

images: here

Monday, September 15, 2014

Pencil This In

Things happen. Plans change. Sometimes we need to erase what was on the calendar and write in something new. In those cases, a pen just makes a mess of things. But, a pencil…..cleans things up and allows us a fresh start.
And, since fresh desk supplies aren't just for the kids going back to school, I think having some of these beauties by Letter C design on my desk is a sharp idea. 

What do you have pencilled in for this week? 

images: Letter C design

Friday, September 12, 2014

Rockin' Another Birthday

At our house, September is a busy month. Including the celebration of a special little boy's birthday! Once I figure out a theme, I immediately reach out to my friend, Alexis, who always creates the perfect invitation and gift tag.

This birthday is all about little boys climbing the walls. 
If you're looking for ideas for a kid's birthday party, here are a few others I've done.

Life's a party….make it fun!

images: Jac'olyn Murphy

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

It's the Small Things

I think we underestimate the little things. I love small things…with meaning.  Maybe that's why I like party favors for a dinner party, a scavenger hunt on the morning of my sons' birthdays, love notes hidden in a suitcase for a traveling spouse.

The sign above was a gift from my mother when she was visiting for Mother's Day. At that time, the plans for our arbor, gate and fence were just that. Plans. I spotted the little sign at Terrain, where we were browsing and having lunch. She immediately decided to get it for me and I've been holding onto it for months. Finally, it is hung in its proper place. 

So, if you'll indulge me today….this one is for my mom. Who lives rather far away.
Every time I see it, I think of her. So, thanks Mom. I really do think of you every day!

What kind of little thing do you enjoy or like doing for someone else? It's probably not as small as you think!

Monday, September 8, 2014

You Had Me At Hello!

Why hello there! How was your weekend? Another week begins and I wanted to share a fun new find. 

I'm keenly focused on things Made in America right now, as I think it's more important than ever to support companies that are working to keep their products, production and employees in the United States.  Martha Stewart has done an incredible job in highlighting these type of companies via her American Made awards and it is one of her finalist in the Craft category that caught my eye.

Ladybug Press, based in Boise, Idaho, specializes in letterpress for special occasions, though it's her simple designs that I really appreciate. Just a simple message, made beautiful.
So, keep in touch....and do it in style!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Welcome to the Neighborhood!

For centuries, the pineapple has been seen as a symbol of hospitality and welcome. 

Legend has it that New England sea captains, who had travelled to the Caribbean, would spear a pineapple on their fenceposts to signal their safe return. The pineapple was an invitation to their friends to come visit, share food and drink and listen to tales of their voyage.

How perfect then, to use this symbol as the focal point of a "Welcome to the Neighborhood" dinner for our new neighbors. I'd been saving the pineapple cocktail napkins from Lettermade for something fun and this was it! They served as a focal point on our outdoor bar. 
I kept the color palette simple by keeping the to the green, echoed in the fern plant, and the textured tray and chargers which mimic the rough exterior of the pineapple.
For the centerpiece, I filled a large dough bowl with 4 pineapples. Super simple. I thought of adding flowers, but that would have been too much. Just like dressing yourself...dressing your table is about what you put on and what you leave off. Sometimes less is more. As in impact. I wanted to emphasize the pineapples, so I let them carry the table.
Now, it's time to welcome the weekend! What do you have planned?
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