Monday, September 29, 2008

You Are Cordially Invited

If you are a bride or an event planner in the Southern New Jersey area, I invite you to come visit me at The Merion in Cinnaminson, NJ on Tuesday, October 14th. There will be a ton of great vendors, I'll be giving away a great stationery prize and I would love to meet and chat with you. Details can be found here: Bridal Show. I hope to see you there!
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Friday, September 26, 2008

Rainy Weekend Elixir

In honor of today being Friday, and the new season upon us, I’m posting a recipe that I would love to try this weekend. I originally wanted to go apple and pumpkin picking and get some apple cider doughnuts this weekend, but the weather is not going to cooperate. What better way to spend a rainy Saturday than mixing up and drinking some Sangria? It sounds so delicious and it would make a great signature drink at a wedding or bridal shower.


Cheers!

Apple Cider Sangria

1 bottle light Red Wine
1 bottle Sparkling Apple Cider
1/4 cup Apple Brandy
2 Apples (cored and sliced into thin wedges)
1 Lemon (sliced)
1 Orange (sliced)
1 Cinnamon Stick

PREPARATION:
1. Place lemon and orange slices at the bottom of a 2-quart glass pitcher. Top the lemons and oranges with the apple slices.
2. Pour the red wine and Apple Brandy over the fruit. Add the cinnamon stick and refrigerate overnight.
3. When ready to serve, add the sparkling apple cider and stir gently. Slowly pour the sangria over ice.
4. Garnish with a few slices of the apples from the sangria.
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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Troublemaker

Meet Jackson.


I've posted photos of him before, but I'd like to you meet him formally now. We don't have children, so he is our baby. And I think we have spoiled him rotten. He is four years old, we adopted him when he was two. He is very friendly, sweet and cuddly and sits at my feet all day while I'm working. I love having him around. Although he is very cute, he's also a troublemaker. He loves to steal socks, towels and any other dirty laundry he can get his little paws on. He thinks nothing of sticking his entire head in the trashcan in my studio and stealing a wrapper to a granola bar. I find him chewing on paper (which is always on my floor) at least once a day. We don't dare leave food unattended...he can reach the middle of our kitchen table if he jumps. He isn't allowed to do this, but he does it when we aren't paying attention. I know these are all normal yellow lab behaviors.

In the past two weeks, he's been a particular pain in the neck. He broke our screen door by running through it. He dug a small hole in our carpet. I hate the carpet so I'm not that upset, and it is a very small hole. The woman at Pet Smart told my husband that he tried to "attack" the hair dryer thingy while being groomed. We aren't sure what she meant by "attack", but my husband could hear him barking like crazy when he went to pick him up. Nothing like getting a bad report on your dog at Pet Smart. Yesterday, he pulled me up to a neighbor's door to say hello to their dogs who were barking at him. Very embarrassing.

I don't want to be the mean Mommy and stop spoiling him. But I must if I want to have a dog I can live with. Wish me luck! And if you have any advice, I'm all ears!
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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Keeping Me Warm

It’s going to be cold here in NJ before long and I am in desperate need of a new winter coat. I was window shopping online and came across these cuties at Anthropologie.



Whenever I go to their website, my ADD kicks in. I just love everything so much. I start out with coats and poke around and end up wanting to buy a new bedspread too.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

My Love List

Melissa over at Operation Nice gave a great homework assignment- make a list of things you love.

There are some rules:
You can't include a single person you know on your list. No "I love the way my husband laughs" or "I love hearing my little girl call for me." It'll be tough, I know. But this particular little exercise is about stripping away everyone who defines you and figuring out what you (not his partner; not their mother/daughter/sister/friend) love.

Here is my love list...this was the best homework assignment ever!

I love the way it smells outside after a thunderstorm. I love seeing new tomatoes growing in my garden. I love sitting on our patio for hours on a summer night. I love snuggling into bed early and waking up early. I love watching elderly couples kiss and hold hands. I love Dunkin Donuts coffee with cream and sugar. I love TV shows and movies that make me laugh out loud. I love weddings. I love taking the first taste from an ice cream cone. I love the way the house smells when I make my gravy and meatballs. I love winning at Scrabble. I love the colors of the leaves in the Fall. I love taking naps. I love wearing flip flops until my toes can’t stand the cold anymore. I love finding pants off the rack that fit me in length (I’m 5’0, not easy). I love finding the perfect pair of shoes in my size (I’m a 5.5, not easy again). I love using coupons at the grocery store and actually getting stuff for free. I love my quiet morning time. I love pink and brown together. I love the feeling of the first day of vacation. I love to dance (I’m a silly dancer but I still love it). I love finding a close parking spot in a crowded parking lot. I love walking my dog. I love making lists of things to do on pretty paper. I love paper- the way it feels and smells and the things I can create with it. I love going to the library and puttering around for an hour or two. I love having the freedom to do what makes me happy.

If you have a list, please share...I would love to read it!
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Monday, September 8, 2008

Are You Ready For Some Football?

We are in our house! Bill was like a little kid yesterday, so excited about the first game of the season. He took down our American flag from the front of our house and hung this one in preparation. Some wives feel like they lose their husband during football season. Bill is so into football that he’d rather watch it at home on our couch than at a bar because he can’t see or hear at a bar like he can at home. And season tickets are WAY out of our budget. So, he spends Sunday on our couch, completely content. I hope this doesn’t sound selfish, but it allows me some “me” time. I can catch up on some work, or my scrapbooking or read or whatever my little heart desires. Sometimes I will sit and watch with him, but I’m usually busy with my own thing.

Yesterday I organized my studio, completed an order for a customer, and took a long nap. I love Football Sundays.
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Thursday, September 4, 2008

Get With the Program

I love making wedding programs. They give me a tiny peek inside my client's wedding day, more than making the invitation does. I especially love when a client comes up with unique wording or ideas for me to play with.

A comment was made to me that people will just throw them away after the ceremony. WHAT?!! Now, this may be true, but I choose not to believe it after all the time I put into designing and assembling each one.

Here is a program I made for a client this summer. Can you even imagine throwing this little program away? It will fit right into your purse (or pocket if you are a man)!




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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Shiny, Happy and New

I love this time of year. I consider September more of a “New Year” time of year than January. September just smells good and feels good. I like that it is a little chilly in the morning and I have to wear a light jacket while walking this precious one.

We do a mile and a half walk every morning and it is my favorite time of the day. This morning there were children at all of the bus stops in our neighborhood for the first time in months, a special treat for Jackson. He loves to say good morning to the little ones who aren’t afraid of his size.

My love for this time of year started when I was a child. My mom would take my sister and me shopping for new school clothes and new school supplies. Oh, the brand new notebooks just waiting to be filled with doodles!! We used to cover our school books with brown paper bags and I could never wait to decorate them with my drawings. A clean slate, a new beginning.

When I graduated college and started teaching kindergarten I think I looked forward to the first day of school as much as the children in my class did. I taught for ten years, and every year I hardly slept the night before the first day of school. New children to teach and brand new crayons that were still pointy on top! There was such an excitement in the air on the brand new, shiny first day of school.

I stopped teaching about seven years ago, and although I do miss the hugs from my little kindergarten peanuts and the new crayons, I still love this time of year. It still feels like a clean slate to me. I feel more motivated about my business and have a ton of new ideas that I am going to start implementing. I look forward to wearing cozy sweaters, making a big pot of chili and trying new recipes on Sundays while Bill watches football (go Eagles!).

Here’s to the end of the summer!! I’m ready for the beginning of a shiny, new September!
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