Our darling friend, Dasha Wagner of DM Design Collection, has recently published her book entitled “The Best Photo Cards.” We’re so proud and honored to be included! Four of our cards have been featured…
Lovely Baby Cards – Crown Cubes
Birthday Parties – City Party & Notebook Doodles
Thanks a Million – Hello!
Dasha’s book is now available on the Apple® iBookstore. All of you Kindle® (Amazon), NOOK® (Barnes & Noble) & Kobo users -never fear…those versions will be available either later this month or early December. Happy Reading!
Being in the stationery business we, of course, love all things paper. There are so many neat and fun things that can be done with simple paper. But the end result looks anything but simple…
Look how much fun you can have with basic office and craft supplies, some fantastic paper, embellishments, and your imagination!
Here’s what you’ll need:
Giant Paper Clips
Step 1: Gather supplies of your choice, including a few giant paperclips.
Step 2: Punch out some shapes, get stickers ready.
Step 3: Using your Glue, Tape, or Pop Up glue dots adhere the front and back pieces of card stock to the top of the paperclip, creating a great little area to embellish as you desire.
So there you go…very quick and simple!!
Did you catch the embellished paper “bug”? Want me DIY project ideas? How’s this? Paper Embellished Clothes Pins!
Our homes are more personalized than ever before. Gone are the days of being guided by labels such as living room, dining room, and den. Today’s design is dictated by the way we live, not someone else’s notion of what a space should or shouldn’t be. This creates the perfect potential for a spare space to be transformed into a theme or hobby room.
A few tips to keep in mind while creating your hobby room…
To get the biggest bang for your buck, consider a multipurpose space that can accommodate the favorite pastimes of more than one person.
Don’t feel the need to do everything right away. For instance, a game room can develop over time to fit your budget.
Make sure you incorporate enough storage to support your needs. A media room will need cabinets for equipment, while a library requires sturdy shelving for books.
Try to avoid anything too trendy or you might soon tire of your special getaway. Instead of bold paint colors, opt for bright accent pieces.
Some hobbies are messier than others, such as art and craft projects. In this case, select a space that allows you to hide everything behind closed doors.
Whatever you decide, keep in mind that our lifestyles are bound to change over time. That’s the beauty of a theme or hobby room. It can provide a cherished refuge that reflects your current interests, and it can easily be tweaked to suit future pursuits as the need arises.
What kind of crafts and hobbies are popular in your home? Do you have a special place to create? Share with us!
I don’t know what it is but as soon as September arrives, I’m in total “fall” mode – colors, recipes, football…and I even find myself wanting to break out sweaters, boots, and jackets. Let’s not discuss the fact in some areas of the country the temps are still in the high 90′s, even triple digits. But I don’t care – pumpkins, spices, hayrides, gingerbread, warm apple pie – it’s all I can think about!
So, when I found this delish recipe from A Kitchen Addiction for Pumpkin Bread with Salted Caramel Drizzled Pumpkin Buttercream my heart skipped a beat. I could eat the whole loaf!
Have you ever tasted apple butter? I had the pleasure recently, and I have to say, I’m a fan. So I went looking for a recipe. YUM!!
Crock Pot Apple Butter
Makes a little more than 1 pint
1 dozen apples, peeled, cored, cubed
1/2 Cup Water
1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon All Spice
Peel, core, and chop a dozen apples. Toss the apples in the sugar and spices. Put everything in the Crockpot, cook on low overnight. After a few more hours on low, bump it to high and prop the lid. It will cook down and thicken quite a bit. This is optional, but I’m a smooth butter – rather than chunky – kind of girl, so blend the butter down. Finally, pour into clean canning jars.
Who’s ready for fall??
Back to School , Holidays , Inspiration , Labor Day , Party Ideas , summer , Uncategorized
The summer is almost over…Labor Day is THIS weekend and the kids are back in school. Did you blink? Crazy, right!? Soon, we’ll be talking about Halloween costumes, Thanksgiving turkey, and Christmas morning eggnog. But for now, Labor Day…
Old tradition would tell you to pack away your white – your white pants, shorts, skirts, shoes, shirts, accessories. Only “winter white” is suitable for after Labor Day, right? WRONG! Where did that silly “rule” come from, anyway? You may be surprised to find out that it actually has historical roots. Ya learn something new everyday!
Whether or not you choose to pack away the white or keep it out, chances are you’ll be heading towards a Labor Day BBQ of some sort this weekend. What to eat? Perhaps, your plate will look a little something like this.
Perhaps your outfit could resemble this.
I’d venture to guess they’ll be a whole lot of RED, WHITE, and BLUE! Kinda like this…
Regardless of how you celebrate Labor Day and what “labor” means to you, you’ll do well to keep this in mind…
Happy Labor Day!
Okay, I’ll admit it – I was maybe a wee bit excited to see the Spice Girls reunion during the closing ceremonies of the 2012 London Olympics last night. Were you? Never thought you’d see all the Spice Girls together on stage at the same time again? Posh, Ginger, Baby, Sporty and Scary gave us what we wanted … what we really, really wanted.
Come on, don’t make me succumb my guilty pleasure alone. The all-girl band, Spice Girls, was all the rage back in the late 90′s. Surely you remember their boisterous arrival onto the music scene, their loud fashion choices, catchy tunes, and those sky-high platform shoes!
The reunion got me thinking…what are some of the other most popular all-girl bands in recent times?
The Runaways – The Runaways were once ahead of their time, as only young teenagers can be. They probably thought life was going to be easy when they started. Be a band, become famous and watch the money roll in. Joan Jett is one tough cookie and someone who knows it takes persistence, hard work and dedication beyond just telling people you love rock ‘n’ roll. You gotta live it.
The Bangles - It’s a shame they had their bigger hits with a tune by Prince and a Simon and Garfunkel cover, since they wrote some nifty stuff on their own and their debut album All Over The Place was a sweet little pop album. Eventually their lives got in the way and they broke up the band. But they still reunite from time to time and even made an album that was pretty good that no one paid attention to.
The Go-Go’s - They had the beat. Their lips were sealed. They went on vacation. Another case of where if they’d been able to keep it together for longer who knows what could’ve been? Then again, the industry changes on a fickle dime and maybe it was a good idea for Belinda Carlisle to go solo. Well, it was for Belinda.
Heart - Imagine the abuse these Wilson sisters must’ve suffered. The 1970s? Hard rock? Are you kidding me? They’re lucky they didn’t wake up with a shark tied between their legs. Those were “different times” and playing arena-styled rock put you in direct contact with the very people who were determined to keep you down. Their sound may have gone soft and dreamy in spots, but these young ladies were what Springsteen would call “Tougher than the rest.”
Hole - You could say Courtney Love really dug herself into a hole. Has anyone ever come so close to massive rock success only to almost single-handedly trash it? Well, there was her husband who decided life wasn’t worth living. So, kids, be careful who you surround yourself with! Those other kids your parents are warning you about? They might have a point after all.
Indigo Girls - The Indigo Girls inspired a generation of young women to pick up their acoustic guitars and sing harmony, unison, whatever they felt. And while lots of people think the proliferation of folk music isn’t always a good thing, I’ve always found it easier on the ears than the full-out stadium rock assault and every bit as powerful when in that mood.
Tell us what you really, really think? Did I leave your favorite off this impromptu list? Who do you rock out to in the car, at the gym, while cooking dinner? And we’re all friends here, you can tell me if it’s the Spice Girls!
Do you use “Google” as a verb? You know, as in “I don’t know what that means, I’ll Google it later.” Well, I know for a fact that I do. And recently I caught myself using “You Tube” as a verb. Someone asked if I saw the video of the US Olympic swim teams singing along to Call Me Maybe. My response…”No, but I’ll You Tube it tonight.” See – verbs.
Speaking of You Tube, have you seen our Modern Posh video?
Let us know what you think!
Louis Vuitton’s new Shanghai super-store opened this past weekend and, suffice it to say, it is beyond anything we’ve ever seen or could dream of! The four-story mecca of leather goods has 100 employees and features the usual Louis Vuitton items we know and love, plus made-to-order cases for tea sets (love!) and mahjong tile carrying cases. There’s also a gilded spiral staircase and a private floor complete with a hair salon! Check it out!
Have you picked your jaw up off the floor yet? We told you it was OVER THE TOP! Now who is on the phone with their travel agent booking their next trip to Shanghai?!
SUMMER IS HERE! Bright colors, hotter temps, beach vacations, BBQ’s, outdoor parties, and succulent refreshing seasonal fruit.
Sure, fresh summer fruits are delicious on their own. But they can taste even better when they’re part of a seasonal meal. We found some fantastic recipes using some of summer’s best crop — plums, peaches, apricots, berries, and melon — in dishes you can enjoy all day long.
A new brunch favorite! Instead of the usual French toast or pancakes, try this bread pudding with fresh peaches to start your day.
Warm skillet-roasted fruit is a satisfying dessert that’s only made better à la mode.
This fresh summer chutney can be served with grilled sausages, pork chops, charcuterie, or cheese. If you prefer a smoother chutney, cut the plums into smaller pieces at the beginning.
This fresh summer dessert combines juicy stone fruit and berries and nutty pecan shortcakes.
Grilled Cornmeal Flatbreads with Peaches, Serrano Ham, and Spicy Greens
These tasty flatbreads are topped with ham, cheese, peaches, and a delicious almond topping.
Recent studies show that the powerful antioxidants and phytochemicals in blueberries may improve cognitive function. Paired with walnuts, they make a blueberry smoothie that tops the antioxidant chart.
Traditionally, authentic agua frescas are made without blenders by simply mashing fruit with a fork or masher before adding water. We like using a blender for an ultra-light, refreshing rendition of this traditional Mexican drink.
Inspired yet? We hope so! Go on…run to your farmers’ market and pick up some yummy summer fruit. A world of deliciousness awaits!