Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street?

The most popular question I get on a daily basis is "Where did you buy that or how did you do that?" All questions related to my daughter's Elmo inspired 2nd birthday party I styled back in April. I can't tell you how excited I am about how popular this collection is in my etsy shop. It's unreal actually. So I thought I would dedicate a post that I can refer people back to that can help them gather ideas and find out where I bought everything. :) If you haven't seen my daughter's Elmo party, go check out the feature (eeek! so exciting!) over on the HWTM Blog, here.

First off, you can purchase all of the DIY printable files in my etsy shop. (Invitation, Happy Birthday Banner, Cupcake Toppers, Thank You Tags, Water Bottle Labels and more!) What is a DIY printable file, you ask? Well first off, because of time, I have resorted to selling all of my products in my shop as DIY printables b/c I just don't have the time to print, assemble and ship everything to you. I would love nothing more than to do so, but I just can't so that's where you come in and I promise, you can do it! :) You can either print from home (I recommend using a cardstock to print everything which you can find at your local Michael's or Hobby Lobby) or send to a local printer to have them professionally printed from Kinko's, Office Max, or any local printer of your choice. All of the files are sent to you already setup in an easy 8.5 x 11 setup so you can simply just open the file and print on a regular sheet of cardstock or paper.
Now on to the questions..... :)
1. Where did you find that shimmery paper that is behind the happy birthday banner?
----> Hobby Lobby. They sell almost every color. I bought the hot pink. They are single 12x12 sheets that are placed in those paper trays with the other specialty papers. I believe they are $1.99 each so they aren't very cheap when you need to buy quite a few. You can cut the sheets to matte around your banner and use adhesive or glue to adhere.
2. Where did you find that yellow and orange tablecloth?
----> It's actually satin fabric found in the Hobby Lobby fabric section. I bought a large piece of yellow and a small piece of orange that I placed down the center. To be honest, I didn't even do anything to the edges b/c I can't sew (sad, I know...haha) and you don't even notice them in pictures or even close up.
3. What kind of paper do I buy to print the water bottle labels on?
----> I outsource most of my printing to a local professional printer who prints them on a waterproof sticker paper. You could do the same or use Kinko's, etc. or you can purchase sticker paper from Office Max or Staples to print from home. :)
4. Where did you buy that adorable shirt your daughter is wearing?
----> The fabulous *golden*. She can create any custom tee so be sure to contact her so she can create the perfect tee for your party! She's the BEST.
5. How did you make the Sesame Street sign?
----> We sell this sign in our etsy shop. You can purchase it here. My wonderful husband cretaed this design and works very hard on them to make each one perfect. It's the most talked about item from her party. You won't be disappointed!
6. Where did you get those tulle looking wands?
----> Purchased from The Sugared Ribbon on etsy. They are super cute and great for play after the party.
7. Where did you get those cake pops?
----> The fabulous Lillycakes. She also made the Elmo cupcakes.
8. And those adorable Elmo cookies?
----> The ever-so-fabulous The Cookie Jar. They can make all of the characters, too! So perfect!
9. Where did you find those polka dot balloons and tissue paper flowers seen on the mantle?
----> My most favorite party site, Shop Sweet Lulu. Also purchased from there: red polka dot cups that held the goldfish.
10. Where did you find the orange and red polka dot plates?
----> Target
11. Where did you find those cute buckets/pails and polka dot pinwheels? 
----> Hobby Lobby. I also purchased those crazy straw sippy cups and ribbon.
12.  Where did you find those small frames that list the sweets? 
----> Michael's dollar aisle.
13. Where did you find your funky outfit?
----> Oh yes, I was super bright but I had to fit in with the party, right?! Haha. My yellow dress was from JCPenney, orange sweater shall + pink belt from Old Navy. Yellow headband was a last minute decision (stole it out of one of the little girls treat bags that ended up not coming! Haha) Borrowed hot pink heels from my BFF. :)
14. How did you keep the ribbon from falling around your bins that held the pop and water? 
----> I didn't. ;) It fell many times. It's hard to keep ribbon to stay around something so big and round. Super glue may be your best option but since the bins were rubber I didn't want to risk it. P.S. My mom bought those bins at Target the day before the party. They were super cheap and now used for toy bins at my house. :)

I think that's all I can think of for now. Do you follow me on Pinterest? If not, you should :) I just pinned a new Sesame Street inspired board that you should check out here with lots of fab ideas to make your party extra special. Hope this post helps when planning your child's Elmo or Sesame Street party! :) XO, m

Friday, September 23, 2011

2011 Halloween Photo Cards

Happy official first day of FALL!! :) Below are my 2011 Fall/Halloween Photo Cards available for purchase for only $15 in my etsy shop for the 5x7 digital file. Meaning, you can send to your favorite photo finisher to have professionally printed. Either print from your home computer or send to Target, Shutterfly, Snapfish, Kinko's, etc. I highly recommend using for the highest quality printed photo cards. Go Green and simply email the file to your family + friends and help save a tree :)


Last but not's a sneak peek to my new Spooks, Spiders + Spells Halloween Party Collection. I styled this shoot last month and can't wait to share with you all! Full details and photos coming hopefully next week! :)

Who says holiday cards are just for Christmas? Send your family + friends one today! If you don't want to do the DIY printable style I can have them professionally printed for you on a very heavyweight coverstock. Pricing is as follows and includes white envelopes:

QTY 25 $1.99 each
QTY 50 $1.69 each
QTY 75 $1.29 each
QTY 100 $1.09 each
QTY 125 $.99 each

Happy Fall! XO, m

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Doer of the Week

 WOW. I don't even know what to say besides today is one of the best days of my life! (Well, for my business that is - obviously my wedding day and birth of my child are at the top :). I am so honored to be able to say I am Martha Stewart's Dreamers into Doers DOER OF THE WEEK! Read the full feature right here.
I've seriously dreamed of this feature and cannot believe it actually happened! I think my face lit up when I got the email in my inbox and saw my photo right there in the newsletter. They chose me amongst thousands of talented dreamers and I couldn't be more excited, thrilled and thankful. Thankful to you, my dear readers, fans, clients, and most importantly to my friends and family who have stuck by my side and been my biggest cheerleaders over the past three years. 
I have lots of fun new things in store that I cannot wait to share with you, but for today, I am enjoying every moment of this incredible feature. I hope you all got to know a little bit more about me and this crazy, beautiful life I'm living. XOXO, m

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Portfolio + Photo Cards + Press

Our Sesame Street Sign was featured on Cool Mom Picks on Friday!! I was soooo excited as it's one of my favorite sites out there. Check out the feature here. It's our most popular item in my etsy shop and I couldn't be more excited that others think it's cool, too. :)
Over the past couple weeks, I finally took the time to update my portfolio section and other areas of my website.Go check it out and let me know what you think! :)
I'll be debuting a new Halloween/Fall Photo Card each day up until the official start of Fall (September 23rd). They will be available in my etsy shop for only $15 for the digital file. What is a digital file you ask? (That is my most asked question for those who are not familiar with etsy) A digital file means you are purchasing that design which I will customize using your wording and photos, etc. :) I will then email you the completed high resolution.jpg file for you to either print from home or you can outsource and have a printer professionally print them for you (Kinko's, Target, Shutterfly). I HIGHLY recommend for any of your printing needs. Super cheap and the quality is amazing! A "green" route would be to simply email the file to your family and friends to enjoy.

Introducing.....SPOOKTACULAR PLAID...

I have a beyond exciting feature coming next week. Stay tuned! Til then I'll be singing..."I'm so excited and I just can't hide it!" XO, m

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

My Best Friends Wedding

I can't even tell you how excited I am that my work was featured on Style Me Pretty TWICE in one week! It's like a dream! That site is one of my absolute favorites and if you're getting married be sure to check it out and bring a cup of coffee because I promise all of the inspiration will allow you to browse for hours.
My best friends yellow + gray vintage country June 18th wedding was featured last week so be sure to check out all of the amazing details and photos here. I was honored to not only stand in the wedding as a bridesmaid but also create all of the stationery. It's one of my favorite designs to date. The zig-zag style invitation has become popular with my clients and I have to admit, it's not something you see everyday, which I love. It's kind of a new spin on the pocketfold - it folds flat but can stand up in a zig-zag if needed for a nice little display. Below are some of the fabulous photos of my work (minus the first one) taken by the amazing Ellie of Photography Studio 37.

Congrats, Amber + Andrew!! I'm so honored to be included in your big day. Everything was PERFECT. XO, m