Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Shop Update & SALE

Hi Lovelies! So after almost 2 weeks off recovering from surgery (healing nicely! yay!) I'm happy to get back to work and announce that the shop is now OPEN! As a THANK YOU for your patience everything is 25% off. Use COUPON CODE: SUMMERXO to save 25% off your entire order now through Friday midnight. I've really missed it, the packaging, the creative side and the happy mail love.  

Fun Summer Stickers ( Starts & Stripes + Watermelons + Lemons + Strawberries ) 
Perfect for planners + scrapbooks + packaging.

So fun :) I'm pretty happy about the progress I made during the shop break. I reorganized the studio  did another inventory run and had a chance to rework some ideas for new stamp designs & notepads.  So I hope to share more new products soon. Thanks for hanging in there with me, hope you enjoy the sale and I look forward to adding extras to the happy mail being sent out during the sale :)


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Spring Floral LOVE Forever

Hi Lovelies!
I've been cleaning computer files and came across this beautiful project I was asked to create by my lovely friends over at Mollie Makes Magazine. It was featured in a recent spring issue and I had all but forgotten to share it with you. So lets scroll back for some spring vibes yes? These pretty handmade blooms scream SPRING and will last long passed the season.  I LOVE paper projects and even more so I LOVED walking into our home and seeing this pretty wall hanging in bloom. SWOON*

I used different color papers & thicknesses 
+ textured velvet ribbons 
+ crepe papers 
+ thrifted vintage floral stamens
to create the paper blooms.

 A close up of the Paper flower details. All hand cut & hand made XOXO

Top left is my interpretation of a peony + bottom left a textured rose 
+ top right a daisy + bottom left a simple rose

My favorite thing about this is that you can create flowers and use them as gift toppers, wedding cake decor and even wear them :)  Can you image creating these on a larger scale and using them as a wedding backdrop?! I must get married again lol! I have been wanting to create a whole wall of blooms just for the studio and really hope to someday make it happen. 

Here is a visual breakdown of the flowers before I wrapped them using a circular motion and glued them at the bottom.

- Deconstructed Peony -

- Deconstructed Simple Rose -

- Deconstructed Textured Rose -

- Deconstructed Daisy -

+ I used a long piece of wood I found at a park by our home & added gold foil to it 
+ Glued a large upcycled piece of delicate crochet to the back of the wood 
(from a shirt that had accidentally torn)
+ added gold string to hang the piece
+ added the florals to the wall using repositionable glue dots

For the leaves I simply used a few shades of pretty pastel green and free hand cut them. I think next time I will try an emboss technique on them just for fun, but I also love them just the way they are.  

I hope you enjoyed this little piece of art and give paper floral making a try. Its a fun activity to try over a long chic flick ;) 

Happy making lovelies!


Monday, July 13, 2015



Thank you lovelies! I'm really happy to share my news, the surgery was a success!  I went in Friday afternoon and was home the same day resting. Thankful for Mr.Handsome and my little guy for taking good care of me XOXO. My surgeon and his team were pretty amazing ( despite a nurse not being able to get a needle in my veins twice- ouch! ) They were able to remove the cyst and save the ovary :) They also found another large mass about the size of a fist that he said was endometriosis.  Not the best to find out you have yet another problem but very happy that he removed it and hopefully won't be a problem in the future. I feel like this month has been a painful whirlwind but extremely thankful that I can now start healing and feeling better. I've been home resting & thankful for your prayers. Everyday I force myself out of bed, into a new change of clothes, wash my face and put on a bit of makeup. It helps get me moving and feeling better. But I did close the shop for this week.

Last week at my pre-op visit my doctor gave me a work excuse for a whole month. I was startled and asked him is it really going to take a whole month?!? I thought I would be back to work Monday ??? Crazy right? It turns out I'm going to listen. And take this week off to finish resting up. I have 3 scars that need to heal and I'm going to do it right. Rest. and more rest. I'm so eager to get back to making new things & cutting down my to do list but i am learning patience. with myself. and with time. Last week I picked up a few essentials at Target and ended up buying a mini calendar! I used to use a planner for work back when I had a 9-5 job but now a days I just like to use notepads. But I'm giving this planner thing a go and already have a few fun ideas to fill it up. First up, a photo strip from our recent trip to the Del Mar fair. I LOVE photo booths and this one even included the little fish Rafael won in the 3rd picture :) I picked up some metallic washi tapes from Michaels on sale to use to write on. And a few new Inspire Lovely flamingo stickers to emphasize important dates. I'll continue to share updates on my planner and how its working for me. So far I'm going to block this week out for REST XO.

Before I sign off I wanted to ask you, that if you have been living with pain or discomfort please go get it checked out. Whatever, wherever it is. If I'm being honest with myself, I've been in pain for over 6 months. I've felt it on and off. I always excused it as girl pain. And it would briefly go away. I always thought I had such a low tolerance for pain but it turns out when its a little bit over time and it gets slowly more painful, you might not notice it.  My doctor found it very troubling that I wasn't complaining of pain and would constantly ask me, is it painful now? I always said it was tolerable. If the cysts that I didn't knew I had hadn't burst a month ago I would've never known there was a third that needed to be removed or that I had a mass of endometriosis. I'm thankful that despite this painful experience, its being resolved. I know what it is. I'm able to face it. Sure I cry, sure I have a moment where I feel sorry for myself. But I'm no longer pretending the pain isn't there or that I'm okay.  I know I'm going to be okay now. I know that its been addressed and what to pray for and I'm ready to move forward from it.  I pray and hope the same for you lovely. Please take good care of yourself.
love & hugs,