VALENTINE’S DAY INSPIRED GOODNESS | couldn’t help myself! | A LOT More Treats in Time for Sunday (Sort of…)

Gotta start off with this little gem from Paper Pastries

Aaaand these little gems, too, ‘cuz they’re adorable and I need to get it out of my system…

I like that one ‘cuz that’s where I am. :)

I realize V-Day’s, like, a second away, and you can’t exactly get them in time for the Day of Cuddles, but I just HAD to show you those – I hope you understand.  They’re too precious for words.  Okay, now we move to desserts… these you can still whip up in time!

Oooohhh yeeeaaahhh.  That’s right.  Bakerella is all over this holiday.

So, remember that paper straw post from not too long ago?  Well, here’s something straw-related that I think I love even more than everything in that post, PUT TOGETHER.

I found this “Sweet straws craft project” from Papermash via Two Brunettes and couldn’t wait to share it with you guys.  So cute!  Love these, too – also from Papermash:

PS I love you card + I love lists notebook (I do, I just love ‘em.)

Vintage Valentine Cookies, from Bakerella:

Looks like you can get the scalloped heart cookie cutter here, in case you want a crack at these you overachiever.

(Oh, and by the way, look what else you can get at Bake It Pretty (sorry, I got carried away over there like I so often do):

Love Birds Toast Stamper

Top Sellers Category

Check out her frosting sheets.  Fed through a Canon printer.  Yeah, I did that yesterday, what’s new.  I mean, WHAAAAAA???

You see, this is why I, this is why so many of us, follow Bakerella.  Innovation is like a drug.


Puffy Sugar Cookies

  • 4 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup sour cream

~ Get the PDF and the recipe! ~

Valentine’s Day gift suggestions for you from Real Simple:

Clockwise from upper left:

Chocolate Soufflé, Orange Soufflé, Powder Puffs and Cheese Soufflé

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FRIDAY’S FAB FINDS + VALENTINE’S DAY INSPIRED GOODNESS | Free Printables, Love Postage, Lollies, a Lightbulb Valentine and More…

Let’s start with something sweet, sparkly and bright ~ Valentine Lollies from Sweet Paul!

I found out about this project, created by Danni Hong of Oh, Hello Friend, from Ellie at Mint and immediately fell in love with its pretty, pretty, prettiness.

If you’d like to try it yourself, just head over to Mint and download Danni’s printable PDF’s.

By the way, here’s what you’ll need for the project, as outlined by Ellie:

- Clear votive holders (michaels: $1)
- Tealight candles
- Modge Podge
- Brush for glue
- Lace doilies
- Small box of matches
- Various sheets of patterned paper
- Ribbon/twine
- Printable PDF tags


If you’re a fiend for projects and printables today, how about some love note candy wrappers?  These pastel printable delights – made especially for Valentine’s Day – were created by who else but one of my idols, Ez (of Creature Comforts) and her amazing partner, Marichelle, both of the super cute online shop, Nice Package.  I love them!!!

This is what the printable PDF looks like; click here to visit Nice Package for the download!

By the way, I caught a glimpse of these lovely postage stamps on Paper Pastries and fell madly for them.

I’ve seen most of these from afar, on wedding invitations and the like, but I’ve never actually seen them all together like this, and they officially need to be in my life.

I don’t even necessarily need a letter, I just want these stamps; somebody, please, get me these stamps.

I really got a kick out of seeing this super cute light bulb Valentine idea Arwen O’Reilly Griffith from Craft found over at Design*Sponge!  How absolutely perfect is this, especially for maybe the handyman in your life?  (Assuming that your significant other is the handyman.  It might be awkward to gift this to your hired handyman, though I’m certain he’d appreciate it.)

If you’re serious about this project, it’s a pretty comprehensive tutorial; down to instructions on hollowing out a lightbulb… so, since I know nothing about that, visit Arwen’s post or get thee to Design*Sponge to begin turning old crap into new sap!  (You know, ‘sap,’ as in sappiness… as in the essence of V-Day… maybe I’m just cracking myself up here.)

Another cute thing, followed by another craft thing, then I’m done, I PROMISE (for now, at least… and I crossed my fingers anyway so whatev); how cute are these Kraft Address Labels from Paper Pastries?


I think this is great, so I thought I’d share it with all of you in case anyone’s looking to deliver a tiny little gift in a super cute way:

It’s called a “jar of hearts” and it’s by Jessica Wilson.  Click here for the how-to!  I found it over at CRAFT, a great place for, well, crafting. :)

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Okay my dear, dear friends… I think that’s quite enough for now.  It’s just that I found SO MUCH amazing stuff and, well, my world is one of all or nothing/go big or go home… which translates into bringing back everything I love, with nary an exception.  Time-consuming for me, pretty good deal for you, eh?  ;)

With that said, I’m going to return to enjoying the heck out of my new haircut.  I feel like a brand new woman!  Haircuts: highly recommended.  Lots of love to everyone!  I hope your weekends are warm and fuzzy.


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FRIDAY’S FAB FINDS + VALENTINE’S DAY INSPIRED GOODNESS | ladies in red | Engagement Sessions with Love Tones…

Valentine’s Day is this Sunday (!!!) and if it’s chilly in your neck of the woods, you might find yourself challenged in the cute outfit department.  But it doesn’t have to be that way!  Just throw on a simple red scarf like Katie did in her engagement session with Marianne Taylor of Marianne Taylor Photography, and watch your entire look go from ho-hum to va va voom!

But then again, maybe the chill factor isn’t as much of an issue for you.  If that’s the case, then I envy you, but more importantly I have the most beautiful engagement session to share with you, which I discovered – where else – on the always inspiring Style Me Pretty.  The stunning photography is by lunaphoto, and while it may be a little too nippy out there, even in Cali, how could I NOT bring this loveliness to your eyes…

Photo credits:

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DIY WEDDING IDEAS | inspiration… from scratch | Escort Table Numbers Good Enough to Eat!

So, I was thinking… and it led to an idea (hoorah!).  How about edible escort card numbers?

I saw these terrific 0-9 number cookie cutters at my new favorite shop Cox & Cox (I swear, they’re not a sponsor…), and thought – how wonderful would it be to put these baked numbers inside of favor boxes for your guests?  Not only would they guide them safely to their tables, but your guests would have a nice snack along the way!

The only issue concerning edible escort numbers: they might… okay, they will get a little stale if you bake them way in advance of your wedding day.  So here’s a tip: ask one of your bridesmaids if she’d be so kind as to bake them for you.  (Sorry, bridesmaids… I might have just added another task to your long and winding road of a list.  Forgive me!)

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SWEET HEARTS | valentine’s day inspired goodness | I’ll Take Two, Please!

When I saw these on my google reader, I flipped…

I found out about these darling bits of sweetness from Two Brunettes, and I’m telling you, the find absolutely made my day!  They’re quite the perfect touch for a wedding ’round this time of year, wouldn’t you say?  You can get them for yourself over at Cox & Cox, and the only thing stopping me from placing an order on the double is a crippling lack of knowledge about the shelf life of sugar cubes.  (Will they still look like that in 5 months?  I’m not well versed in sugar cubes, I’m a sugar packet girl.  This is the same kind of feeling that’s kept my hand paralyzed, with the mouse hovering over the checkout button on the sparklers order…)

By the way, love and want this stuff too:

Feather angel wings for the flower girl(s)!

Name place baubles:

Floral heart pegs!!! The possibilities are endless with these!

Heart sparklers!

Cardboard favor boxes:

White voile bunting (LOVE this):


Lovely wedding inspiration + a super fun (and delicious) DIY idea, coming up later!


{ All products from Cox & Cox }

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FOOD & DRINK | wedding inspiration | Striped Paper Straws Are So Cute, Especially Inside of Specialty Soda Pop!

So, as usual, I was looking for more really cute, chic details for my upcoming nuptials, and I think I’ve found yet another one worth sharing.

Striped paper straws.  A crowd favorite, dating all the way back to childhood.  I can’t be the only one who blew bubbles in my chocolate milk when a wee babe.  I’m totally invested (mentally, we’ll see about budget-ly) in these cutie-patooties.

I found those super cute ones above over at Design is Mine, and I didn’t just get excited, I pretty much flipped out.  After this long, it still amazes me how aggressively the adrenaline within me can race throughout my body the moment I see something as insignificant as a paper straw.  I think it has something to do with all the colors and choices.  If there’s one thing I love, it is having options.  (They are also my downfall; I am indecisive as a rule.  But we all love the things that are not the best for us, so I’d say that makes me normal.  At least… that’s what I tell myself when I go to bed at night.)  Anyway, I choose not to question it.  Especially since, when I go with it, I always end up in my happy place!

It might interest you to know that the person responsible for the photographic bliss above is food/prop stylist Paul Lowe, and it might interest you even more to know that he has an incredibly addictive blog, called Sweet Paul.  Oh, how I heart him.


Okay, so we’ve established one fact so far: paper straws rule.  Especially colorful, striped ones.  But now we need something deserving of said straws, right?  How about THIS…

Want to get your hands on some colorful pop for your big day?  Project Wedding – which is where I found the awesomeness immediately above – suggests BevMo.  Located in CA, they’ve got a wide selection of these super cute specialty sodas (and if you don’t live in CA, you can buy ‘em online – gotta love the internet).  You can also check in your local gourmet food shop for these uniquely joyful-looking drinks.  So, they’re around!  You just may have to do a little searching depending on where you’re located.  :)


Next are some awesome pics by Cindy Ensley, which I discovered via the lovely Audrey of Urbanic + Parcel Post.  (My original description of Audrey involved “the pretty paper pusher,” but I thought it made her sound like some sort of fetish drug dealer, which seemed like a bad thing.  So “the lovely” it is.  And lovely, you are, Audrey!)

I know, SO cute.  Word on the ‘net is that you can find these babies over at Kikkerland.  It’s a great source for stuff like this; I visit the place quite a bit.  Not to mention, pretty much everyone I credited within this here post suggests the same.  Aside from Kikkerland, you can check out Pipii’s Marketplace, which carries the exact same brand.

In other news, check out Cindy’s save the dates -

Absolutely darling, wouldn’t you agree?  And totally DIY-licious.  You’ll probably be familiar with her supplies -  she used one of Martha’s punch sets, kraft paper (you already know the feelings I have for kraft paper), some AWESOME rubber stamps and white embossing powder.  See, all it takes are a few simple tools, and a lot of imagination and creativity!

Okay, just one more pretty picture of my new love:

Found these cherry red beauties over on Jordan Ferney’s Oh Happy Day! I’m sure you could figure out a way to work those stunners into a Valentine’s Day party, or even better, a love-themed wedding.  Though that’s what all weddings should be themed. Oh sappy me; that’s just how I like to end things.  On a sap note!

Seacrest out.


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FRIDAY’S FAB FINDS + VALENTINE’S DAY INSPIRED GOODNESS ~ makin’ zee love babies ~ { Part II } Say hi to the next beautiful bunch! | Pretty Printables ♥ Sweet, Delicious Desserts

Oh, hello again!  I didn’t see you there.  Back for thirds, I see.  Well, you’re in for some good news, buddy.  I think it’s safe to say I’ve had a 1 – 2 – 3 PUNCH of post prettiness as far as pretty posts go these days.  (If I do say so myself.)  And my excitement level about this third one is off the charts…

Speaking of charts (yeah, I just did that), how perfect are these for getting in the Valentine’s Day spirit?  They’re Love Charts, loosely and lovingly adapted from your typical doctor’s eye chart… AND I LOVE THEM.

I have these free printables, but I haven’t yet created something as darling as this satchel (above) I discovered while flipping through designinglee‘s photostream (which I found while perusing some craft photostreams – talk about inspiration overload, by the way).

Look what else she did with it!  This girl is officially one of my soul sistas.

I know you want to know how to get your hands on this, and I’m excited to tell you!  Good relationship, we have here.  It’s from ink-bloom!  Go ahead, check them out.  You get the free printable when you sign up for their emails!!!  I am so plugging them for free right now.  How nice am I?


So, I hope y’all are having yourselves a fabulous Friday thus far.  However, if that’s not exactly how you’d describe your day, then I’m betting this will cheer you right up…

I found this remarkably beautiful, drool-inducing Valentine’s Day dessert buffet – created by the amazing Amy Atlas – during what turned out to be a very exciting visit to the ultimate foodie mecca, Hostess with the Mostess.

Those My Valentine heart cookies are perfection!

Loving these rock candy sticks and meringue cookies:

Ahh.  A pink and gray heaven.  I just wanna live inside of it.

… But first, I want one of those cuppies with the keys on top!


Next up is pure photographic beauty.

FORM OF: wedding desserts, drinks and decor.  TAKEN BY: Amelia Lyon.

I’m a big fan of Amelia Lyon’s work.  I’ve featured her before, in one of my favorite wedding photography posts so far.


And now, a little Bakerella love…

Wanna give someone in your life a big ol’ KISS?  Let me recommend Bakerella’s Hershey-but-actually-Oreo Kisses!  It’s a sort of hybrid delight, that you’re gonna like.  I guarantee it.  But I can’t guarantee you’re gonna like the way you look if you eat too many.  So make sure you give ‘em away, mostly.

Isn’t this super?  They look like Hershey’s Kisses… they act like Hershey’s Kisses… but they taste like… well I don’t know what they taste like because I haven’t yet made them.  But the answer’s probably good.

Take a trip on over to Bakerella, and try your hand at these Kiss-tastic treats.


Hey, guess what?


A pretty printable – for freeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

These beautiful DIY favor labels are sooooo perfect if you place them on one of my favorite things in the whole wide world: brown paper bags!  (Yes, you’re right – I’m easily pleased.)

I found these printable labels on Flights of Fancy, a lovely blog brought to you by the Betsywhite Stationery Boutique.  It’s focus is on – you guessed it – wedding stationery.  GOT TO LOVE that.

Here are the tools you’ll need to make your own:

- brown paper lunch bags from the grocery store (if you go to Michael’s you’ll find them, too, but they’re a little bit pricier than those at the grocery store)

- a ruler

- an x-acto knife (there’s probably one in your office’s supply closet; shh, I didn’t say that)

- a bone folder

- Double-sided tape or Duck Easy-Stick® Double Stick Adhesive

Note: Flights of Fancy recommends the Easy-Stick for this project.

I think that’s enough for today.  I hope you’re feeling full in the belly with all that edible inspiration!

Alright, here’s me wishing you only the happiest of Fridays, dear friends.  You’re gonna love what I’ve got for you next time.  Oooohhh you are gonna LOVE IT!!!

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FRIDAY’S FAB FINDS meets + falls for + procreates with VALENTINE’S DAY INSPIRED GOODNESS! Part I ~ Meet their free printable ♥ edible ♥ inspirational ♥ and occasionally totally random babies!

Cute, huh?  I’ll get to these in a minute…


Instead, let’s start with the loveliest free printable V-Day postcard you’ve ever seen.  I’m assuming.  Because this is pretty freakin’ lovely, and I haven’t been this ticked by a postcard picture in YEARS.  Thank you, Wedding Chicks, for this masterpiece theater!  Go get it here!

Love this one too, also from the oh so fabulous Wedding Chicks…

Smashing prop use and graphic design, wouldn’t you say?  Absolutely smashing.


Handwritten Valentine Cupcakes with Chocolate Glaze, from – you guessed it – momma Martha!

Click here to get the full recipe!

I love the heck out of these magnificent photographs, taken by the incredible Caroline Tran, whose stunning work I’ve featured in the past

Want some more dessert food?  I was hoping you’d ask… I’ve got you covered.  How ’bout some cream-filled chocolate cupcakes?  Courtesy of – who else?  That’s right… Martha!

These teeny little sweet, shy Valentine buddies, by joojooland on Etsy, are THE CUTEST THING I NEVER NEEDED BUT LOVE…

Yup, also available in penguin.  :)

Snails, too.

In my nephew’s words: oohhh, sa’kyooot!

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ENGAGEMENT + VINTAGE WEDDING INSPIRATION | simplybloom photography | Miniature Golf, Maximum Color {followed by} Details, Details, Details…

Meet Phillip and Rachel…

Now, say hello to Vania and Christine, of SimplyBloom Photography

Those two young ladies above are responsible for the photographic heaven that follows…

This engagement session features Rachel and Phillip, a lovely couple who quite possibly have two of the most photogenic faces I’ve ever seen.  What do you think?

But it isn’t their shared cuteness that inspires me when I look at these photos… it’s all about the radiant color.  His faded red trousers, her bright yellow sundress… and I absolutely ADORE the choice to gather up that rainbow of golf balls for the intimate close-up shot.  Magnifique!   Who knew there was so much photographic beauty to be captured, on a miniature golf course.  Leave it to pros like Vania and Christine to figure that one out.

Shot after shot, I’m struck by the simple beauty of these photos.  Rachel and Phillip look like they’re genuinely having fun.  And that’s how it should be!  I just love it when it’s obvious.  I can’t get over the idyllic green scenery and how it mixes with their bubblegum threads.

Check out my favorites – a dance on the course…

And a sweet little moment too lovely for words.

Check out the rest of this shoot here.

{ Photo credit: SimplyBloom Photography }


By the way, this is the perfect time to show you some of my favorite shots from an absolutely darling inspiration session styled and shot by Vania and Christine.  I saw this soft, sweet loveliness on a visit to 100 Layer Cake, and have been meaning to show these pics some daylight.  I seriously couldn’t wait to show them to you!  The vintage feel of this shoot gets me so excited about all the little details that can go into your tablescapes alone!  And take a close look at that bouquet… according to 100 Layer Cake, it’s made of door knobs and drawer pulls from Anthropologie!  No shocker there, just another fine reason to love that store (as if I needed more reasons).  Details like these are what make my heart sing.

{ Photos: SimplyBloom Photography, via 100 Layer Cake }

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*VALENTINE’S DAY INSPIRED GOODNESS* { D2, P1 } | DIY projects ♥ tutorials ♥ freebies ♥ treats | Won’t You Be Mine? It’s Tea Time! ~ Free Printable by Creature Comforts

So, I’m starting off today with a pretty little printable find I think you’re going to enjoy.

Are you ready?  I get so excited about free printables that I go a little crazy, so I can only assume it’s the same for you.  Breathe in… here we go…

Announcing today’s Valentine’s Day Inspired Goodness:

Printable Valentine Tea bag Wrappers and Tea Tags, courtesy of Creature Comforts!

This absolutely darling freebie is from Ez of the incredible Creature Comforts blog, an AMAZING site overflowing with lovely ideas and fantastic projects, all born of Ez’s remarkably creative mind.  Ez is ridiculously inspiring to so many of us.  For those of you familiar with her work, you know what I mean.  Thank you, Ez, for all the goodness you bring to so many!

Take a look at her step-by-step pictorial guide for making these cuties:

Here are the basic tools/supplies needed for this project, as advised by Ez:

-a color printer
-standard weight paper
-a pair of scissors
tea bags, ideally with strings and tags attached
-a needle
-embroidery or standard thread
-a pen (to address your Valentine as well as note tea flavor)

Want to make your own?  Just visit this link; Ez provides detailed instructions, as well as alternative approaches to certain steps in the project.  When you’re ready to begin, just click where it says “DOWNLOAD FREE-VALENTINE-PRINTABLES.”  Wham bam, you’re set.

Thanks, Ez; another fun, lovely creation, as always!

{ Project + photos, courtesy of Creature Comforts }

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VALENTINE’S DAY + NIGHT ~ YOUR LOOK… gorgeous glitz for a glamorous neck and face ~ My Favorite Accessories for February 14th

Maybe you’ve got a hot date this Valentine’s Day.  Do ya?  Or maybe you and your honey have extra-special plans for this fast approaching day of lovers.  Yeah, you know what I’m driving at.

… I’m referring to a nice, intimate dinner at home, followed by some innocent cuddling.  You dirty girl.

If it’s neither the first nor the second, then maybe you simply live for deliciously dainty design.  Yeah?  Then we’re soul sistas in that respect.  Now, whatever you’re doing for Valentine’s Day, one thing is for sure: you’re going to look fabulous no matter what you wear.

… But adding some fun and flirty flash to rev up your chosen duds certainly couldn’t hurt, am I right?  I’m right.  I know that, for me, an extra-lovely, slightly sparkly touch of jewelry always serves to brighten my outlook when it’s just one of those days when the threads and the blush just aren’t enough.

Enter: Anthropologie

Gleaming Loops Headband

Double Torsade Necklace, in turquoise

Double Torsade Necklace, in coral

I love EVERYTHING they’ve got right now.  It’s a problem.

From The Treetops Necklace

They even have a special section for V-Day.  (That’s where I found all of this yumminess <– I love that word; wonder who coined it.  I thought I made it up until a few months ago.  That was a disappointing day.)

Gossamer Gemma Necklace

That’s-A-Wrap Necklace

*Sigh.  If I was a rich girl… na na na na na na na na na na na na na na nah.

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*VALENTINE’S DAY INSPIRED GOODNESS* { D1, P1 } | DIY projects ♥ tutorials ♥ freebies ♥ treats for a blissful and beautiful ‘love day’

As announced on Twitter, we’re doing a Countdown to Valentine’s Day Tour, right here within the confines of this bloggity blog blog.  So, less a tour, per se, more a countdown to Valentine’s Day.  But all the same to you, right?  What?  Just get to the project?  Oh… oh okay.  Here you go…

So, I am madly in love with this little V-Day inspired project from Molly of The Purl Bee!

Valentine’s Day approaches, and I don’t have to tell you which flower is practically synonymous with that holiday.  So, what could be better than rose barrettes?  They’re pretty adorable, and I think they’d be quite a chic addition to any little kiddo’s otherwise drab V-Day ensemble.  You know, if you’re into that kind of thing.  (Even if you don’t think you are, you will be, trust me.  My sister’s little girl wears THE CUTEST OUTFITS ON EARTH, and my sister – hey, Jen! – is and has always been the polar opposite of what one would call a “girlie girl.”  Go figure.

When I have a little girl, she’ll be wearing felt barrettes that I made with my bare hands and she’ll LIKE IT.

So, here’s what you’ll need for this project, as advised by Molly:

-One Wool Felt Bundle in Spice
-Embroidery Thread to match the felt
-8 snap clip barrettes, available at most drug stores, or online here
-One Rose Barrette Pattern available for free download (on her site), printed and cut out

Molly gives you a step by step tutorial over at The Purl Bee ~ be sure to check it out so you can get crackin’ on these cuties!

I can totally see one of these barrettes atop the precious little noggin of a flower girl.  Or even an arrangement of four or five in a row, creating a kind of homemade head wreath!  Oooohh that would be too cute for words.  I would LOVE to see a picture of that in action!

I totally have those clips, you probably do, too.  Everybody had those growing up!

I’d love to see how these turn out, my darling readers.  If you decide to try your hand at this project, you MUST send a shot to theknottybride {@} gmail {dot} com!

Alright, more Valentine’s Day inspired goodness to come!

{ Project and photos by Molly, of The Purl Bee }

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ETSY SPOTLIGHT | sigmosaics, part deux: pastel perfection + valentine’s day picks | How Do I Love Thee, Let Me Count the Ways…

I love it when I randomly take a look at one of the many lovely shops I’ve “Favorited” on Etsy, and find – always to my surprise, for some reason – new and outstanding product ready for purchase.  Say it with me, folks – new product.  Ahh, just rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it.  In a hard consonant kind of way.

Well, this was my experience when I paid a visit to my “Favorite Sellers” page recently, clicked on my old friend Sigmosaics AND SAW THESE:




(I know what you’re saying – but no, those are not the same eggs from Friday’s Fab Finds… they are, in fact, smaller mini eggs, and in summer hues.  No I’m not joking, they’re different.  Scout’s honor.)


Does breakfast in bed sound like the perfect way to spend your Valentine’s Day?  Then ask him to buy you one of these – but make sure he knows that you’d like it filled with food before he presents it to you.  Remember, men don’t read minds!  (Thank God.)




How about some heart-shaped creations?  I’d feel pretty lucky to receive one of these little works of art mid-February…







Oh, and by the way, here are two additional reasons why I have mad love (do the kids still say that?) for Kerrin, the creative force behind Sigmosaics:

1. 10% of the listing price of nearly all the items I’ve displayed above (save for the mini mosaic eggs) will be donated to the American Cancer Society.

And, as if that wasn’t enough…

2. An excerpt from her bio: 

“Sigmosaics is how I became known amongst my customers in Portugal coupled with the fact it is also the name of my website … therefore I decided to also use this name for my Etsy shop. My children provided the inspiration for the ‘Sig’ part … it’s their initials!”

I’m a sucker for rolling in your kids’ initials when naming your business.  That’s just a certain kind of special, and it’s the kind that I love.

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WILL YOU MARRY ME? | the great cake lollie proposal…

Bakerella does some amazing things with a little bit of flour, sugar and some lollie sticks.  But this project takes the cake.

It goes on, as you can imagine…

But, here’s the beauty part:

And, stop right there. That’s it – that’s where I start to tear up.


Find out what prompted all of this and more, over at Bakerella.  If you have feelings, the story will touch your heart like crazy.  I tear up a bit every time I read it.  I have never met these people, and I tear up a bit.  You want to make fun of me?  Go ahead.  I may be ridiculous, but at least I have copious amounts of feelings that cannot be contained.

Happy Thursday, to all.


P.S. – Want more stuff related to engagements/proposals?  Here’s a whole category for you.  Enjoy!

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GIFTS I COVET | This Girl Wants These Gifts. You Will, Too.

Hey everybody, hope the holidays are treating you well this year.  With Christmas days away, unless you have car (not the case for a city-dweller like me), I’m not so sure you’ll be able to grab these gifts in time.  But here’s the thing, and let’s be honest with ourselves… we’ll probably just want to get these goodies for our own personal use.  Am I right or am I right?  And I wouldn’t give myself a hard time if I got myself a belated gift.  Would you?

Most of these gifts I caught wind of either through friends, family, People, or the good ol’ boob tube.  I found the following items to be my absolute faves, and I think you’ll like them, too.  If you’d like to get your hands on any of these products, the links to where you can find them immediately follow each image.  Hurry though; each of these items is still in stock presently, but of course there’s no way I can promise they’ll still be available in the minutes after I post this!

+ Colin Cowie Felt Trivets, $14.95

~ COUPON CODE: C56574 for 15% off your order until 12-31-09 (new customers, only) ~

+ THE BEST eyelash curler ever, $19-$24

+ a personalized stamp for the wedding; this one was created for one of my favorite weddings.

+ Peek A Boo liner in cream, $6, or 3 for $15

+ Yup, comes in black, too, $6, or 3 for $15

+ Love this DKNY watch (looks A LOT like a Cartier I covet)

+ “Dirt” is THE BEST for taming frizzies, $26

+ “Hollywood Intuition” Wrap – Silver Scarf, $15


+ Colin Cowie Notched Serving Bowl, on sale, $19.95

+ Wool and the Gang Scarf Kit, $150

+ Philosophy Classic Cookbook, $35

+ Cookie Pro™ Ultra II Cookie Press, $24.99

By the way, if you like to bake, a Cookie Press isn’t the only thing I’d want this year…

+ Gifts for the baker in your life!

+ Philosophy The Cookie Exchange, $30

+ An embosser!  (priced at around $30)

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HOLIDAY FAVES LOVE | dreamy diys + pretty printables + awe-inspiring images | Heavenly Holiday Decor + Gift Packaging Perfection = My Happiness

There are lots of reasons why the holidays are one of my favorite times of the year, but ranking high among them are the following two:

~ dreamy and delightful holiday decor

~ pretty packaging perfection by incredibly creative crafters

Combine those two with my absolute favorite thing in general and of all time – photography – and you get marvelous, breathtakingly beautiful things… wondrous things that never cease to amaze me, no matter how many times or however long I stare at them.  Here are several examples of that magic, created by some of the greatest triple threats around.  Click on the links announcing each set to visit each artist’s space on the web (Flickr pages or personal weblogs).

I Love Danielle Thompson

Visit her ridiculously awesome blog, too.


I Love giverslog

It gives me the loveliest leads and most darling ideas; like this:

And this

And, best of all, this:


I Love Martha

Just look at what she creates!  One cannot help but be inspired by this:


Or this:


I Love eatdrinkchic

Just look at this and you’ll understand:

So many projects and free printables:


So not done with the Love for Danielle Thompson

If you haven’t visited her blog or Flickr account yet, I am now pressuring you to do so.  It is AH. MA. ZING.

Here’s more of what you’ll find:

Told you.

I think it would be a nice time to live inside of her pictures.

As far as gift wrapping/packaging is concerned, here are just a few of my personal faves:




And I just LOVE this tree:

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HOLIDAY BAKED TREATS LOVE | Festive Cupcakes That Go Way Beyond Icing and Sprinkles…

Want to make a serious impact this holiday season, but feel your typical treats just aren’t cutting it this year?  Or maybe you kinda sorta forgot to buy gifts for your family and friends, and it’s December 22 already.  Whoa, came outta nowhere, right?!

Okay, no worries, everything’s fine.  Bakerella has some major league ideas that are sure to drop jaws…

Show up on the scene holding a sweet lookin’ batch of any of the uber-creative confections below – all courtesy of the magnificent Bakerella – and you’ll finally be able to throw away your copy of “How to Win Friends and Influence People.”

It’s through their eyes and their stomachs, my friends.  Their eyes and their stomachs.

So, how about these adorable Coca-Cola Cupcakes?

(Sooo cute.)

My favorite part might be the multi-color shells you have to buy:

It’s a little involved, as you can see, so…

Go check out the instructions on how to Make These Coca-Cola Cupcakes.

Another one of Bakerella’s projects I adore:.

How PERFECT are these itty bitty cupcake Christmas trees?!!

To make them, you’ll need sugar cones…

Snowflake sprinkles…

And candy canes, just to name a few ingredients.

Want to try your hand at this? Here’s how to make these Candy Cane Christmas Tree Cupcakes.

Of course, it doesn’t stop there.  Bakerella has tons of ideas and recipes, and some seriously phenomenal photography to go along with it.  I especially love the shots that depict the initial steps of her baking process:

Okay… so I’m going to leave you with that for the time being, as I go bake something immediately, because I’ve just thoroughly enticed and tortured myself and unfortunately there’s no turning back… Talk soon!



{All images courtesy of Bakerella}

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PAPER LOVE | wrap it up | Don’t Get Your Hopes Up; No One Can Wrap Like This…

Don’t you wish you could wrap your gifts this perfectly? I do. - design_army_papers

But, unless we’re sending our packages via email – aka not sending real gifts to people in real life, a serious holiday-fail – we’ll just have to settle for a little human error in our gift wrapping efforts.  Fortunately, there are gift wrapping papers as fun and spirited as these bright beauties from Design Army, which make even the worst wrap-job totally forgivable.  This bundle is called the “Do-Re-Mi” Wrapping Paper collection, and you can get it here.





Jingle Bells:


12 Days of Xmas:


(You get two sheets of all four designs)

My favorites?  The “12 Days of Xmas” is quite nice, and I really get a kick out of another design, called “To/From” Wrapping Paper, which saves you an obvious step in the gift-wrapping process:

Cute idea, no?  If you think so, you might want to hurry up – you don’t have much time left!

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HOLIDAY LOVE | so pretty and so festive | Red + White + Brown – form of – PAPER ‘n’ TREATS {so delicious looking}

Leslie’s Color Me Pretty posts on her blog, decor8, make me feel all warm and festive inside.  Just look at the sweet, sweet goodness of these projects she created and photographed so brilliantly.  Go Leslie, with your bad self!  I love how you rock that hyper-creativity that so obviously flows through you in immeasurable quantities.  Did you know that red, white and kraft paper brown are, as a matter of fact, my favorite holiday colors?

Leslie’s loveliness inspired me to gather up my favorite manifestations of that oh-so-special color triumvirate.  My heart actually beats faster when I look at these other bits ‘n’ pieces of holiday inspiration.  Totally serious.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I have!












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HOLIDAY LOVE | Wrap Your Gifts in Pretty, Decorative Packaging… It Makes ALL The Difference

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Yesterday, I received a package.  I was promised it would arrive several days ago, but, as you can easily infer, it didn’t.  I’m not so much a stickler for timeliness as I am someone who appreciates keeping your word if you’ve promised something.  So, it shouldn’t surprise any of you that I wasn’t too thrilled about the late arrival.

But guess what?

When I opened it up, it revealed THE MOST PRECIOUS packaging efforts I had ever seen in my life.

The package came late?  Oh.  I had forgotten as I stared lovingly at the pink tissue paper and brown Kraft confetti.  Lateness?  Completely forgiven.


Clearly, the right packaging can make quite a splash with your recipient.  Honestly, I don’t know what I would have done with myself, had that item arrived on time.  Great packaging and timeliness might have made me fly out there and thank her myself.

So, in case you were looking for the perfect way to package your gifts this holiday season, I think I might have just the thing.

Have you seen these lovely paper goods from Martha Stewart Crafts?  I just love all of the packaging materials she offers.  Below are a bunch of my favorites.  They are divine for packing up some fresh, homemade (or store-bought like the rest of us) cookies, or a bunch of your favorite chocolates.  … Or any other little bits of love you’d like to share with someone.  She also has absolutely darling flair for you to pretty up your basic package.  Crafty or not, you can do this!

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QUICK NOTE: Tomorrow, I’ll be sharing with you some of the best wedding crafts and deals floating around in this here ether we call the ‘net. Do you know the only thing that upsets me about all these goodies and DIY projects?  That I can’t have 17 separate weddings, just so I can use it all and do it all.

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Oh, did I mention a lot of these items below are on sale right now?


Large Gingerbread Treat Boxes


Iced Cookie Boxes


Tall Goodie Boxes


Candy Cane Compartment Treat Boxes


Say you’re all set with your basic packaging.  How about some wonderful ways to jazz it up?

Dimensional Pink Rose Stickers

I SO love those rose stickers.  How cute, right?  :)  Ok, now on to the holiday appropriate ones…

Heirloom Tags

Gold "Happy Holidays" Transfers

Silver "Merry Christmas" Transfers

Frosty Village Edge Punch

Woodland Metal - Rimmed Gift Tags

Woodland Ribbon-Threaded Tags

Apricot Ribbon Bows Dimensional Stickers

Colorburst Ribbon Borders Transfers

Looking for some step by step guidance?  You can find tutorials like this one on Martha Stewart Crafts as well:

Food Packaging




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