19 November 2009

Best of Sacramento Bash } Lolli-Stick Dessert Tags

Tonight!  Sacramento Magazine's "Best of Sacramento" big bash is tonight!  Visit their blog for details and ticket information.  You can still get tickets at the door!

I had the pleasure of creating some dessert bar tags for Carissa with Sugar and Spice and ....  She is creating, what I hear to be an amazing display of literally thousands, mini dessert bites including ... cupcakes, caramel cream puffs, sugar cookies, haute chocolate mousse, spicy ginger-lemon mousse, pb&j's, strawberry pate de fruit and a wedding cake!  Carissa's desserts are gorgeous - a must see.

The dessert bar tags I created turned out super-cute!  Right?  At the event they will be placed in shot glasses filled with hot pink sugar.  Can't wait to see pics!  But could not wait for event pics ... I absolutely had to share how adorable these little babies came out!

17 November 2009

Ramblings } Oye, Salads

Sooo, this past wedding season really took a toll on my eating habits.  If you constructed a food pyramid of what I was eating - Mini Reese's Peanut Butter Cups would have been its own food group.  {right, M?}  Therefore, to get myself back on track I have limited my calories to 1200 a day and eating salads for at least two of my daily meals.  I am {surprisingly} enjoying coming up with creative combinations to keep me interested in my salad meals.  

Thought I would share today's lunch and my recent salad infatuation ... 2 cups of spring greens, a sprinkle of feta, 3 strawberries and 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinaigrette.  

Any good salad ideas out there that are super-tasty with just a few ingredients??  If I have to think beyond 4 ingredients - I'm grabbin' the Reese's!

14 November 2009

Cuteness } Huny-Bee Baby Shower

Project 2 of 2 from yesterday!  Utter cuteness achieved with these honey inspired baby shower invites!  Andrea {new mom to be} and Jamie {my hair stylist at Ooh, La, La Salon & Day Spa in Rocklin & hostess with the mostess}, wanted something super-cute, girly invitation - incorporating black, pinks, polka dots and left the rest of the details up to me.  Loooove that!

We started off thinking "honey" - since new baby Kaydence's room is Winnie the Pooh inspired and then took off in a bee direction to incorporate touches of black.  Kaydence's middle name is Rose so to play off that I added a few little roses here and there.  Add in some sticky sweet wording, buzzing bees, fuzzy glitter, ribbon and the adorable little invite was born. 

Looking forward to sharing more papery for the shower soon ... favor tags, banner & more.

13 November 2009

Ramblings } Typical Workday

Soooo, what did you do last night??  Here's what 1 venti vanilla latte {at 9pm,}, 2 diet pepsi's {at midnight and 1am respectively} and a whole lotta pent-up creativity helped me accomplish last night.

Two cute {baby related} jobs needed to get out the door early today.  As a wife and mother to one little rambunctious 4 year old it is tough to find enough hours in the day to get everything on my to do list done - well done right anyway.  So, I get up at 5am daily to get 2 solid hours of work before everyone rises, there are 2 days a week where I have an additional 3 hours while the little one is at preschool, 1 solid all day workday when the hubby is home, a good 2 hours at night when the little one goes nite-nite and often that is just not enough.  Twice this week, I pulled all nighters to get my clients their uber-fabulous stationery into their hot little hands.  

Pictured above is what 50 baby announcements looks like all neatly stacked for drying.  Double matting, photo, ribbon, hand glittering, a crystal and a lot of time, patience and love went into these babies.  More pics of The Chiesa Family's baby announcements to come.

Up next } Job 2 of 2 from last night BUZZ-Worthy baby shower invites ...

12 November 2009

New! } Custom Escort Card Boards

This has got to be my favorite little project of the year!  One of my brides, Devon, is getting married this weekend at V.Sattui Winery in Napa and she wanted a unique way to display her escort cards.  

The wedding ... vintage inspired, merlot, plum, silvers, glamorous.  We tossed around handfuls of ideas and decided on a custom tufted pin board.  Oh, it is amazing.  The pics really do not do it justice.  At 4ft by 2ft - to hold the 125 mini square envelope escort cards - it is an impressive piece of decor as well. 

With swatches of Devon's linens (from La Tavola Linen - a fav linen company of mine) in hand, I headed off to the fabric store finding the perfect compliment to the table linens she had chosen.  The fabric I found was pin-tucked so there was no need to over complicate the design with a ribbon criss-cross pattern.  I ordered vintage inspired rosette rhinestone buttons to tuft the board.  Floral pins with a clear crystal on the end will be used to attach the little cards and ... voila the result simple elegant perfection.

Custom tufted boards can be made in just about any shape and fit any number of escort cards.  Devon's board was $275.

07 November 2009

Wedding Class } By Real Weddings Magazine

Attended the "Wedding Class" by Real Weddings Magazine at Whitney Oaks Golf Club in Rocklin, California a few weekends back.  Wanted to put up a post of my little table and the fab arrangement that Martha (Blooms by Martha Andrews) sent with me.  Oh, so glamorous!!

Cuteness } OMG! Notecards

Recently did these little notecards as a cute giveaway at the bridal workshop I attended for Real Weddings Magazine.

The notecards have been so popular that I am now offering them up as a signature design! 

Choose from ...
Will you be my Maid of Honor?
Will you be my Matron of Honor?
Will you be my Bridesmaid?
Will you be my Junior Bridesmaid?
Will you be my Flower Girl?

Soft metallic ivory notecard with metallic champagne envelope
$3.75 Each