Friday, October 29, 2010


Happy Friday!
Hope you have fun Halloween weekend plans.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Advanced Appologies

I would like to appologize in advance.  The next couple of weeks I'll probably not be the best about new posts.  Hopefully I'll be frantically taking Christmas Card orders! 

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Show & Tell

So we put up the Christmas tree (in October).
As I am such a generous person -
I figured I'd share these photos with you!
Basically, if I have to look at this -
why not make you look at it too (before Halloween).
The up side to all of this is I do think some of these ornaments are pretty cute.  So I included a picture of my favorite 3.
Some of these may be coming home with me...
I say that a lot, don't I? 

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Holiday Shopping Card

We have been busy, busy getting the store ready for the Holidays.
I am always bummed to have to put Christmas up before Halloween - but such is the retail industry.
But I mean, really - I have to put up the store's Christmas tree today or tomorrow...

All of this in preparation for the American Cancer Society's Holiday Shopping Card, which begins on Friday.  The Holiday Shopping card is $50 (which goes to benefit the American Cancer Society).  There is a whole handbook of participating vendors in Austin - where you can recieve 20% off your purchases from Friday, October 29th though Sunday, November 7th.  I actually always feel like the Holiday Shopping Card really is the kick-off of the holidays.  So, come buy your Holiday Shopping Card from us, help the American Cancer Society and check your Christmas Cards and Christmas shopping off your list!

Friday, October 22, 2010


Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
All of our Halloween card stock is 40% off.
So, if you want to have a last minute Halloween party -
let me know what you want.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Check your Calendar

I went to a meeting earlier this week and realized, as I was trying to write down dates for 2011, that I am very soon going to need to order a new calendar (can you believe it's almost 2011?).  I'm old school - I still like to write things down.  For some reason I cannot use my phone and still keep my days straight.  I have to see everything on paper.  That is why I adore the Graphic Image calendars.  They make several different sizes and orientations.  I'm a "week on a page" kind of girl.  But you can also get a week on 2 pages, a day to a page and even a check book size calendar.  Being the monogram lover that I am - I love that you can have your calendar personalized.  Now I just need to figure out what color I want...

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Hung On Words

I was going to just post a picture of this cute
7" x 5" Halloween hang-up today.
But then I realized that I've never really posted anything
about this vendor and I think their
products are truly special. 

 The woman that paints these by hand is Denise Copp and her company is called Hung On Words.
She paints door signs, house numbers, wall plaques, an array of trays, key chains, magnets and more! 

This small oval tray is actually mine.
I received it as a gift a couple of years ago, much to my delight. 
She has about 3 different oval size trays
and about 3 different round size trays.  

This is a sample of her large round tray, which measures 18".  
It is a great size!
I think that the large trays make beautiful wedding gifts. 
The smaller trays would be perfect for bridesmaids gifts.
When selecting a tray you can choose what kind of font/monogram you would like
as well as what paint colors you would like. 

You can even send her a paint chip or fabric swatch if you would like your tray or wall art to coordinate with the decor. Denise has such a talent and an eye - she literally can match fabric swatches exactly!

The holidays are around the corner - time to start adding to your "wish list"!

She can even do some furniture pieces...

Friday, October 15, 2010


Just a few more weekends till my favorite holiday!
I also happen to love candy corn and have not bought any yet.
Looking forward to a BYOP
(Bring Your Own Pumpkin) party tonight.

I hope you all have a great weekend!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

"To Go" Cups

In New Orleans the plastic cups they give you
as you are leaving a bar are "to go" cups.
The plastic stadium cups that you get as throws
during Mardi Gras are used as your own personal "go" cups.  
They are the best because you never care who goes home with one because you know you'll get to replenish your stash next year
(or at the St. Patrick's Day parade).  

In my mind's eye - these cute cups are the same concept.
Plastic, reusable and cute
(also more eco-friendly than styrofoam)!
The "Bubble/Flat" cup and the "Soda/Pop" cup
are a 2-sided creation by Jonathan Adler.  
These come in packs of 6 for $13.

This cute frosted "Austin" cup would be so cute for tail gating,
wedding welcome baskets for out-of-town guests
or even just to use as your own "to go" cup.  
These are by Inviting Co. and come in packs of 8.
We currently have all of these in-stock.
So come get your "to go" cup and then go out
and enjoy this beautiful weather
(that we only get twice a year if we're lucky). 

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

PicMe! Special

PicMe! prints is having a 2 for 1 special right now.  
The current offer is buy 25 (or more) calling cards or stickers and get 25 (or more) free! 
The offer is good through this weekend - 
so come get your calling cards and stickers!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Donovan Designs

One of our favorite vendors for notepads is Donovan Designs.

Today on Donovan Designs' Blog Hayden Avery was featured! 
I figured I'd continue the love and
post just a few of my favorites of theirs. 

Their notepads are great and come in a
TON of design options and then 3 different sizes to select from.
So, the reality is there is a size and design
for just about every taste and preference. 

In addition to their regular notepads
they also have homework and chore charts,
baby sitter notes and pet sitter notes. 

They also have an array of Vinyl Labels (ie - water resistant)
that are great for lunch boxes, folders, gift stickers and more. 

Thanks to Donovan Designs for featuring Hayden Avery on their blog!

Friday, October 8, 2010


Austin City Limits music festival is this weekend in our fair city. It appears that there will be perfect weather this year (as opposed to the deluge of last year). I unfortunately will not be in attendance as I have to work tomorrow and then have a Junior League volunteer shift on Sunday.  However, I thought that this sunny invitation by Sharp & Sally perfectly represented the music festival - bright & cheery in the fall. 

On another note - many years ago, when I first started in this business, one of my first (best) friends to get married came to me for wedding invitations.  I was so flattered and super excited to be part of the planning process.  Well, today is Will and Lauren's anniversary (sorry I can't remember what year - I'm thinking 6?).  I am just as flattered and excited to be a part of their lives today as I was then.  I guess I should also thank Will for marrying such a great girl who feels like she's been in my life almost as long as Will and treats Will the way that I would want all of my best friends to be treated.  I love you both! 

Happy ACL Weekend!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Good Mail Day

I have an idea for a Christmas gift for Dr. Mark - I can't tell you what it is though.  Last week I sent an email to Patricia of PVE Design to see if she could potentially help me out with this "secret" gift idea.  She quickly responded to my email and then I hadn't emailed her back (yet).  Today when the mail came, there was a hand addressed letter to me (in very lovely handwriting).  Everyday at work and at home I pray that I get something better than bills or bank statements - so this literally made me super excited to have something hand addressed.  When I opened the letter is was a lovely hand written note from Patricia on GREAT letterpressed stationery as well as samples of some of Patricia's work.  Everything about this mail made my day (and I even finally responded to her email).
1.  The samples are lovely and very helpful.
2.  I love when someone has an appreciation for nice stationery.
3.  I love the letterpressed logo all across the flap of the envelope.
4.  I love getting hand written notes.
4.  I love getting hand written notes with pretty handwriting 
on really nice stationery the best!

Thanks for making my day Patricia!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Jack-o-Lantern Greetings

Send your special friends a Halloween greeting
with this hand-glittered card by You Send Me. 
The extra postage for the square card is well worth it.
It comes with a scalloped vellum inner sleeve
that then fits into the outer envelope
so that the glitter doesn't get "damaged" in route.

We have this jovial jack-o-lantern as 
well as some pretty fall greeting cards.
Come stock-up!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Boo Y'All

I am loving these Halloween cocktail napkins
that we have in the store right.  
Not surprising since my favorite holiday is Halloween.
We put up our decorations at my house yesterday - so I'm ready
(for "fun sized" candy bars)!

If anyone wants some fun cocktail napkins
to make their Halloween {cocktails} complete - 
just give me a call.  
They are $5.50 for a pack of 20. 

Friday, October 1, 2010


The weather is SO beautiful right now.
I wish that I was sitting outside somewhere having a fun cocktail
(or at least an ice tea).
The above invitation is by Prentiss Douthit - 
isn't it fun and perfect for a cocktail party. 

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!