Cat Cabin? Yes Please!

January 25th, 2011 | 16 Comments »

Loyal Luxe has created two of the cutest pet abodes ever! I admittedly got these for a few of my friends and their furry feline companions for Christmas. While a cardboard box will usually suffice, there is something to be said for a Cat Cabin complete with miniature antlers above the door way. And who can resist a Native American TeePee with a dream catcher?!

As if these recycled play houses weren’t enough you MUST check out the Loyal Luxe site. I promise you it’s worth it! I had it playing for over an hour at work. *Hint, it involves multiple kittens, puppies in bow ties and just general adorableness!

From left: Melanie, Danni, Me and Vivien

Hello friends! I had such an amazing time at the Altitude Design Summit in Salt Lake City last week! The lovely Lisa of With Style & Grace and I roomed together and had a blast catching up, meeting so many amazing people and partying! I got to reconnect with some lovely acquaintances from last year like Danni of Oh Hello Friend, Nole of Oh So Beautiful Paper, Kirsten of Simply Grove, Chelsea of {frolic}, Vané of Brooklyn Bride, Stephanie of Steph Modo, Melissa of IS•LY, Kathryn of Snippet & Ink and Rachel of Black*Eiffel.

I also had the pleasure of finally meeting more of my personal favorites like Ez of Creature Comforts, Joy of Oh Joy!, Jordan of Oh Happy Day, Melanie of You Are My Fave and Megan of Not Martha – to name just a few! To top it all off, I met so many other amazing people that I can’t wait to follow on Twitter and online. My RSS reader may explode from all the brilliant new sites I have to read!

The two day conference was divided into 3 different sessions every hour and a half. Choosing between the panels was beyond difficult since each one showcased bloggers from all over the country that I was dying to see. I enjoyed all the panels I attended but my two favorites were the Faster, Smarter, Better Blogging and Taking it Offline – Events and Social Media. The Better Blogging session featured Megan Reardon, Erica Reitman, and Susan Brinson. The panel on events was hosted by Ashley Meaders, Brittany Egbert, Jordan Ferney, Victoria Hudgins. Both provided insight into each bloggers process and business goals. I think the tip I loved the most was “collaboration cultivates creativity”.

Some of the other highlights were chatting with Mondo of Project Runway for nearly a half hour and getting a hug from him afterwards. Plus, I got to hear the lovely Tina Roth Eisenberg of Swiss Miss. She gave the best keynote speech I’ve ever heard and meeting her afterwards was definitely a moment I will never forget!

Lastly, I took two classes (think summer camp), where I learned some great table top photography tips from Nicole of A Little Sussy and a silkscreening class by Andy Kane of Sparka. Both classes were fantastic and a new feature to the ALT summit that I hope they continue.

To complete the festivities, a series of mini parties were hosted at the hotel by the sponsors. I got to sample my first ever chocolate fountain in the HGTV room and received a party bag from Kate Spade with some thick black glasses thanks to the Girls with Glasses hosting the event. Oh yeah, did I mention that Brooke White of GWG was one of my all time favorites from American Idol??!!

All in all, it was a great time! I’m so glad I got to participate and share the experience with so many lovely and talented people. Saving up for next year already!

All images curtesy of ALT Design Summit 2011 and photo booth images by angela and ithyle

*UPDATE: Download the latest version of the bag here. Enjoy and happy early Valentine’s Day to all!

Out of all the posts featured here on T&T, my Valentine Treat Bags have been by far the most popular. I know that many of you have been awaiting the updated 2011 version so without further ado, here they are!

Instructions are included in the PDF and if you need bags, I sell them in my Etsy shop. The bags are available in Craft and White along with the the Glassine Liner Bags to help maintain freshness for perishables and protect the paper from oil stains.

Just download the file and print directly onto the paper bag using a color ink jet printer. For more detailed instructions and other printing suggestions visit my previous post here. Once you’ve made the bags, fill with heart shaped brownies cut with a cookie cutter. Have fun!

Headed to Alt!

January 19th, 2011 | 1 Comment »

I’ve got another post coming today but before that I wanted to give you all a heads up that I will be away for the rest of the week at the Alt Design Summit. I went last year and had such a blast that I couldn’t wait to go again! I’ll be sure to fill you in on the details when I get back.

Have a great rest of your week everyone and see you soon! xoxo

A Rifle Valentine

January 18th, 2011 | 6 Comments »

Seeing how Valentine’s Day always seems to sneak up on me, I figured I’d get a head start this year. Rifle Paper Co. just announced their latest Valentine’s Day sets along with new custom illustrated portrait prints!

I want nothing more than to decorate my entire house with Rifle Paper goods. Seriously some of the sweetest work around; Valentine’s Day or otherwise!