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I've Been Featured!: A cut above the Retsy

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Wow, I've been featured on the blog A cut above the Retsy, a curated collection of Etsy's best shops.  So honored!!


New Item: Cake Topper for a Pirate Party

Friday, January 25, 2013

Ahoy mateys!  There's a new cake bunting in "Pirate Ship", perfect for your pirate-themed party.  It includes red and white stripes, black prints, and burlap. 

Treasury Time: Celebrate Africa!

Monday, January 21, 2013

We often hold African-themed parties when we get nostalgic for home.  Want to throw your own? Here are a few ideas that add an African vibe to any occasion.
  • For colors, think neutral and natural as in linen, taupe, and khaki, then add animal prints and pops of bold hues
  • Set the scene with vintage style safari photos in rustic wood frames, a pair of vintage binoculars, woven baskets, and carved wooden animals. 
  • Patterned African fabrics make great tablecloths - or decorate your walls with a fun wax print bunting like the one below.
  • For flowers, proteas and strelitzia (also known as bird of paradise) are indigenous to South Africa.  Aloes and other succulents are too, so a grouping of these in pots or vessels of different sizes also make nice centerpieces.
  • For a wedding, I think bridesmaids would look amazing wearing a single piece of African inspired jewelry (I seriously adore the color-blocked bib necklace by The Glossy Queen
  • Don't forget to put on some African music to get everyone on their feet - filled with happy energy and the rhythm of the drums, it's the spirit of Africa! Try African Party by Putumayo Records. 

Take a look at the collection below and the photos in the previous post for more African inspiration :)
Grazing - 11 x 14 Natu...
Red Linen Tiffany Prom ...
Ostrich totem - legacy ...
Lasercut card - Table M...
Africa ring outline of ...
Green. Yellow. Black. A...
Party bunting African w...
Zebras At The Water Hol...
Bedroom Embroidery Hoop...
Aloe Succulent
up-cycled soft leather ...
round African woven bas...
Blockprinted Cotton Tap...
South Africa Love
Fabric button cufflinks...
Flower Photo - Red Pinc...

Inspiration: Africa

Monday, January 21, 2013

Celebrate the magic that is Africa!  Our family is from South Africa, and we have also traveled to Uganda and Botswana, so we are continually inspired by how amazing this continent can be: the natural beauty of the landscape; the coloring of the animals - zebra, giraffe, leopard, snake, and tortoise, to name a few; and the warmth and vibrancy of the people, reflected in their use of bright colors and bold designs.  Check out some photos from my recent trip home and see how the colors just pop out.  More African inspired hoops, art and cake toppers to come in the shop!


New Item: "Cupid Bear" Animal Figurine

Friday, January 18, 2013

 Cupid Bear - Miniature Animal Figurine in Hand Painted Polymer Clay - Valentines Day gift red, white, pink hearts, love

Cupid Bear - Miniature Animal Figurine in Hand Painted Polymer Clay - Valentines Day gift red, white, pink hearts, love  Cupid Bear - Miniature Animal Figurine in Hand Painted Polymer Clay - Valentines Day gift red, white, pink hearts, love

A little Cupid Bear for Valentine's Day, with red, pink and white hearts. Hand-sculpted from polymer clay and painted with acrylic colors. 

New Item: Cake Topper in "Tropical Punch"

Friday, January 18, 2013

Inspired by my island wedding treasury in the previous post, this cake topper in "Tropical Punch" is made up of flags in turquoise polka dots, turquoise with a bit of sparkle, and peach.

Treasury Time: Island Getaway Wedding

Friday, January 18, 2013

tropical island destination beach wedding
tropical island destination beach wedding grand cayman
This beach wedding collection was inspired by our amazing island getaway to Grand Cayman last February (wish I was there right now!).  Create a laid-back island feel with serene sea glass green, aqua, and turquoise blue (as in, the unbelievably turquoise blue waters of the Caribbean), along with vibrant coral hues.  For bouquets and centerpieces I like pink ginger flowers or peachy hibiscus with lush greens. And when it comes to tropical flavors passionfruit is a must for me, so mix it up in signature cocktails or showcase it in one of the sweets on your dessert table.  
30% OFF Pastel Decor, C...
Starfish Hair Clip-SKIN...
Dolphin Cupcake Toppers...
Succulent Air Plant Ti...
Beach House Wood Sign -...
Aphrodite - eco friendl...
Passionfruit Marshmallo...
Carribean ... 3 Poms
Modern Wedding Invitati...
tie the knot valet tra...
Vintage Inspired Clutch...
Buttons Garland - Mothe...
Aqua Cake Stand Pedesta...
Stemmed Sea Glass - Whi...
Beach Wedding Escort Ca...
Wedding Ring Pillow-Kat...
Island Party (and photos) by Athena

New Items: Viva la Vida!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

New embroidery hoops in the shop :)

Embroidery Hoop Wall Art Decor - Glass Half Full golden yellow, pale green, tangerine, positive, optimist, inspirational motivational quote

For the eternal optimist, or a little reminder that life is what you make it :)
Hand-embroidered "glass half full" in golden yellow and tangerine orange On pale green cotton fabric. 

Embroidery Hoop Wall Art - Viva la Vida yellow, cobalt blue Frida Kahlo inspired, red pink flowers, Mexican folk

Live life! A Frida Kahlo inspired hoop with hand-embroidered "Viva la vida" in yellow, with red and pink flowers. On cobalt blue cotton.

Treasury Time: French Country Wedding

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

A chateau chic collection inspired by a wedding in the French countryside (Provence, perhaps?), in romantic white with lots of lace.  I love the rustic skeleton key seating chart from Airth & Olson, and the farm house jam favors in Blackberry Merlot by Sweet Caroline Jams.  Flowers freshly picked from the field and loosely arranged in mason jars, and a simple bouquet for the bride, would be just perfect here. And a fragrant lavender toss is such a memorable way to send off the happy couple, non?

Bridal head piece, cap-...
Lavender Cake Topper De...
Antique Horseshoes Set ...
Monsiuer and Madame Fre...
LACE Ring Bearer Pillow...
Simple Wedding Bouquet ...
Organic cotton Flower g...
Rustic, Sheep, Ewe, Fre...
Lavender Wedding Toss
vintage french scallope...
Custom Wedding Favor, F...
Rustic Skeleton Key Sea...
Mason Jar Lace Candle H...
Antique French Lace Nec...
Poster Print Love Frenc...
Fabric Garland, Shabby ...

Treasury tool supported by the dog house

French Country Wedding (and anemone photo) by Athena
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