A few things for the Weekend…

Happy Friday! I’m planning a quiet night at home tonight, followed by a loud day on Saturday with the kids (I’m on babysitting duty tomorrow night). I’m working on some great invitations and getting some new items up in my shop. Hopefully it will be a fun and productive weekend!

Here are a few of my favorite things from the internet this week:

– Great navy color schemes from Hey Look

Amazing NYC roof garden on Honestly WTF

Pretty Garden Sketches from Wit & Whistle

– Delicious-looking kale and quinoa cakes from Joy the Baker

Container Gardening Tips from Apartment Therapy

I need these signs for my house

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Mustache Cookies

For some reason my niece and nephew really like mustaches. They are little hipsters. When we were in Chicago a few weeks ago, I saw some mustache cookie cutters and I had to get them. I finally made a batch last week, and added sticks so they could hold them up before eating them. I brought a few to our Easter party this weekend – they were a big hit!They are perfect for a party and you can buy some in my etsy shop!

Yay for April!

We’re definitely experiencing some April showers here in Scranton, and I’m making some really great progress on organizing inside while it’s not so nice outside. April is going to be lots of fun here, with some good Easter desserts, plans for a small vegetable garden on our back porch, more new stuff in my etsy shop, and some good ideas for party favors.

I’m also super excited because spring means that some of my most favorite vegetables are back in season. We’ll be eating tons of asparagus and peas this month, and I’m going to stock up on strawberries for my favorite dessert – strawberry shortcake cupcakes.

 

Organizing for the Weekend

This weekend is one of the first in a while that we don’t have any travel plans. I’m looking forward to doing some cleaning, organizing and cooking. There are some awesome things that I found on the internet this week that are inspiring me.

– This bathroom from Manhattan Nest is inspiring me to finally paint our bathroom. (I bought dark blue paint in September and have been afraid to use it).
– A paint job makes a boring table amazing on Yellow Brick Home.
Camille Styles starts a series on improving your photo skills.
– A beautiful wall of votives from Teal & Lime.
– The most organized pantry ever from The Social Home.
– I’m totally making these Freezer Chicken Pot Pies from America’s Test Kitchen.

Housekeeping

I had a horrible case of the hiccups last night that kept me awake long enough to do some long-overdue work on the site.

I added some additional info about my custom cookies and stationery to the top of the page, and I am working on some more portfolio pages to share even more of my recent work. As always, I really appreciate you checking in to my blog and I can’t wait to keep sharing my ideas with you!

Weekend Recap

This weekend I was lucky to be a part of an event at the Scranton Cultural Center called Dinner by Design. The event is a showcase for local designers, event planners and florists and I was absolutely amazed at the talent involved.

The Scranton Cultural Center is a fantastic venue because of the beautiful building – completed in 1930 as a Masonic Temple and has 4 floors with several different rooms including a grand ballroom, a large theater, a smaller theater, and a beautiful library.

Here are some of my favorite displays:

Central Park Flowers created this awesome setting, which was made up of three round tables surrounding a large tree arrangement. The tables were covered in moss and flowers, and the effect was really magical.They used hanging glass vases with some of the most beautiful tulips that I have ever seen. I loved the spiky edges on the petals.

Duffy Event Design set up this beautiful tent on the stage of the smaller theater, but inside it felt like a tent in the middle of a forest.I loved the details on the table as well, which was a layer of flowers and moss under the glass.

There was an amazing display by Fleur De Lys inspired by Provence, which had an eclectic assortment of interesting things.I really loved the way the table setting (glasses especially) picked up the color in the stained glass windows.

The team from Posh and The Colonnade brought their incredible attention to detail to the Casey Library, my favorite room in the building.I loved how the bright orange and blue popped against the dark paneling in the room, and I was crazy about the little details like the orange shades on the chandeliers and matching blue glass water bottles and orange glasses. They even styled the bookshelves with lined orange book covers and bright blue books. Crazy good.

My booth was on the stage in the ballroom, and I had cupcakes, cookies, and stationery samples as part of the marketplace of local food and design vendors. Here’s the view from behind my table.My dessert display was bright pink, black and white with gold accents, and I spent the whole weekend trying not to eat the cookies before people could buy them.

It was a fantastic event and we loved meeting the other local vendors. On Saturday night, we made dinner with food we purchased at the event:
– Fresh pasta from Constantino’s
– Delicious bread from Beta Bread Bakery
– Vodka pasta sauce from Brady’s
– Cheese from igourmet.com

We also picked up some wing sauce from Peggy’s Wing Sauce (Anthony asked for some vegetarian suggestions for the sauce), and some salad dressing from Joe Caputo that we can’t wait to try.

It was such an encouraging event to be a part of as a beginner at this small business thing. All of the other vendors were super enthusiastic and encouraging, and many of them had some great advice. I’m really lucky to be a part of a community that supports local entrepreneurs, and I can’t wait to participate in Dinner by Design again next year!

March!

Happy March (a few days late)! I have been really busy baking, decorating and working on some awesome new invitations.This weekend I am participating in a fantastic event at the Scranton Cultural Center called Dinner by Design. I have a small booth with cupcakes, cookies and invitations, but the real excitement is the amazing displays that local decorators and florists set up – I can’t wait to share some picture with you on Monday.

Next weekend is going to be really busy too – Anthony and I are visiting Chicago and Seattle to see his mother and grandmother. I am super excited to get back to Chicago, as the last time I was there I had some of the most amazing food ever. We have to squeeze a ton of stuff into a short amount of time, but if I can I want to hit up some craft and baking supply stores in between bites.