Monday, June 27, 2011

Fashion Toile

This past weekend we met our close friends, Marc and Sheila, out for dinner at Cafe Allegre in Madison, CT.  The restaurant was great but what really caught my eye was the wallpaper in the ladies' room.  I always think a powder room covered in toile wallpaper is especially pretty; it's a bold print but it works well in a small space.  Typically toile features joyful scenes of 18th century folk in country settings. (For a brief history of toile, check out this great post.)  However,  upon closer inspection I realized that this was a Parisian fashion toile!  I've never seen anything like it and I absolutely love it.  Does anyone know who makes it?

Friday, June 24, 2011

Navy Friday

Happy Friday everyone!  See you Monday!

Thursday, June 23, 2011


A friend of mine recently asked if I knew where to buy some cute monogrammed or personalized stationery.  I immediately checked my "Stationery" bookmarks folder (what? doesn't everyone have one of those?) and came across Minted.  For those of you unfamiliar with Minted, it's an online stationery store that sells paper goods from independent designers.  They have a great selection of personalized stationery and I'm blown away by the talent of all the graphic designers. Here are a few of my favorites:


Monday, June 20, 2011

So Stylish

Love these new charcoal and gold greeting cards by Rifle Paper Co. The color combination is fabulous!

Set of 4 assorted "Hello" Cards, $18

(Found via Truly Smitten)

Friday, June 17, 2011

Navy Friday

Happy Friday everyone!  See you Monday!

Photo Credit: Andrew Haight

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Mailed Calligraphy

It's always fun when I get to see my calligraphy after it's been mailed out.  I did our friend's wedding envelopes and this is our invite.  I love how the calligraphy stands up even though it has been weathered by the mail. 

Also, note how Mavia decided to address the invitations including the wife's name.  I think it's fabulous even though it's not the tradition.  Why shouldn't the married women names be included as well?! What do you think?

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Brooke's Shower Invitations

Here are some bridal shower invitations that I made for a friend.  My friend described the bride as "preppy with a little Lily Pulitzer in her" so I tried to make these fit her personality as much as possible.  You can never go wrong with pink and green!  And of course, we had to have envelopes with matching liners. 

Congratulations Brooke, I hope you have a fabulous shower!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Forget Peanut Butter Blossoms (you know, the cookies with the Hershey's kisses), you must try these Peanut Butter Cup Cookies instead.  First, I don't know about you but I hate Hershey's's the worst excuse for chocolate ever!  Reese's Peanut Butter Cups are so much better.  And this cookie dough is deliciously rich and peanut butter-y.  They key is making them in mini muffin pans.  After you bake the dough in the muffin pan, you press the peanut butter cups into the still soft cookie and it creates a perfect little chocolate and peanut butter package.  Yum!

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies


1 cup butter
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
2 1/2 cups of flour
1 1/2 tsp. of baking soda
18 oz miniature Reese's cups, unwrapped (I used the dark chocolate variety but they can be difficult to find)


In a large bowl, cream together both sugars, the peanut butter, eggs and butter. Add the flour and baking soda and mix thoroughly. Shape in to one inch balls and drop into a un-greased mini-muffin pan, one to a section. Bake at 375 degrees for 8 minutes. Remove pans from oven and immediately press one miniature into each warm cookie. The candy should be fairly level with the top of the cookie. Cool in the pan for 15 minutes then remove to a wire rack.

Yield: approximately 5 dozen cookies.

(Recipe from Coconut and Lime)

Friday, June 10, 2011

Navy Friday

"King of the Cabin"

Happy Friday everyone!  I'll be back on Monday with a great cookie recipe for you!

Photo Credit: Vincent Balagat

Monday, June 6, 2011

A Prippy Logo

I'm excited to share with you one of my latest projects.  I offered to help my friend, Tara from The Prippy Handbook, design her blog logo.   She wanted to do a play off of The Preppy Handbook cover so this is what we came up with.  What do you think?  And if you haven't already, you must check out her stylish blog... it's one of my favorite reads!
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