Women Shaping Our World

“We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.”  -Goethe


This year March is National Women’s History month. And although most of the history of our country and others is filled with “founding fathers”, there have always been strong women leading the way and breaking barriers.

In the business world, women are said to have a “glass ceiling” that they can’t push past. And yet more and more women are professionals in high places.

“The stories of women’s achievements are integral to the fabric of our history.” This project and month of honor/reflection is meant to highlight the courage and creativity that women through history have presented. Women have always been a source of strength in their communities so it’s only natural that we learn from them.

Take time this month and look into your ancestry. I’m sure women in your own family have great stories of success and triumph over adversity. Make sure to tell those women how much you love and respect them.

Then jot down the women in your life and in history that inspire you. Learn more about them and take notes. Remind yourself each day that you are special and can do great things. Remember that the reason why women have success is that we follow our hearts, emotions and never give up.

Personally, I’m inspired by the women in my life and my female role-models in the business world.

My mother and aunt both own bookstores have done so for many years… their small business is older than I am! My mom shows me how you can accomplish things and still spend quality time at home. As a kid I never realized how much she did and how hard she worked. She is a teacher in every sense of the word. Teaching her students to read, inspiring people to love reading for fun, and teaching my brother and I about faith and so much more.

My role models are strong women in the business world and mainly in creative roles. To name a few: Martha Stewart, Oprah, Rachel Ray, Julia Child.

And these days I’m finding inspiration from Dreamers into Doers. It’s a part of the Martha Stewart’s community. It “celebrates talented and creative women who turn their dreams into careers they love”. I can’t get enough of this. I love reading about ladies who started small businesses from their true passions and turned them into something big. This gives me hope as I am trying to create my own brand, logo and begin to sell my own designs.

I’m proud to be a women in America and I’m proud of the strong heritage I come from. A month doesn’t quite seem long enough to honor all the inspirational women in our world, but it’s a start. Don’t ever forget that part of the word “women” is “WE”. We the people includes all men, women and children…. no matter race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation.

Follow your dreams and learn from the past. Stay strong and be true to yourself!!


This little pig went to market…

Pigs are one of man’s most useful and intelligent domesticated animals, but they never seem to get their due. Today is their day!

It’s National Pig Day! A time to celebrate the little oinkers. They may appear dirty but are really clean creatures. To most people they are just smelly farm animals that make great meals. But Pigs are actually really cute. Just think Charlotte’s Web!

I’ve found some images and decor that show just how adorable they can be.

Greeting card by Patience Brewster

A line of cards and prints from an illustrator/artist who is inspired by all god’s creatures that she grew up loving.


Product Image Circo® Hearts Piggy Bank 

Perfectly Patterned Piggy Banks by Circo, available at Target


Pigs and Hearts Bib

xoxo for hog lovers

Pigs and Hearts design available on all kinds of apparel and accessories like this baby bib.

Fun pig art from designer Lil’ Pig Shop listing on cafepress.

“Show off your pig loving self with this whimsical pig original by JGoode. Pig t-shirts, hoodies, stickers, novelty gifts and more. Pigs and Hearts, hog fun for every pig lovers.”


Whimsical Pig Weathervane

Domesticated decor for your home or barn from Good Directions 


Whimsical Pig Blank Art Card 

ThinkLocal esty dealer designs blank cards that are simple and sweet.

“This adorable little piggy is the perfect card for a child’s birthday card, invitations, or just a card to brighten their day. He is a pretty turquoise blue on a purple background.”


“Snout for a Spout”

Babe Yi Xing Clay Teapot 


Ben's Birthday Bash

Party Piggy perfect for any Birthday Bash

This 2-piece set from Lenox will make anyone smile. It makes the happy birthday tune pop right into my head…



All these images really make we want to own a little piglet — but I don’t think Jim would like that… and I’m sure Inky the cat wouldn’t either. Guess I’ll have to pet some pigs my text trip to the petting zoo.

And I hate to say it but National Pig Day also makes me want to pig out on some BBQ. Being from the South, pork barbeque and all the fixings is like the Cheesesteak is to Philly.

Pigs really are perfect little creatures and it’s a shame more people don’t celebrate their cuteness.

Happily Ever After

Once upon a time there was a beautiful princess who found and fell in love with a handsome prince…

The princess in this case was a bride, but more importantly a friend who deserved the best.

The bridal shower for my friend Sam was held this past Sunday. Everything turned out great. And most important- she was truly surprised and really enjoyed herself.

Sam and her fiance got engaged in Disneyworld and she loves that kind of stuff. So naturally we wanted the theme for the shower to reflect that. We wanted it to be a princess shower without being too juvenile… And I think we were successful in throwing a sweet and whimsical event.

A princess theme obviously works for a birthday party or even something for kids or babies but it was a little harder to make it work for a bridal shower. It’s all in the details.

I loved helping to plan this event and I’m pleased with the way it turned out. I love planning events not just for myself but for others. I guess if the whole stationery and design thing doesn’t hit it big– I can always do event planning!

I want to share some images from the actaul shower and also the inspiration where some of our ideas came from.


With all this free time on my hands I’ve been thinking of ways I can be creative.

I read a posting on Martha Stewart about Maura Madden. She is a comedian/writer for Comedy Central. In her spare time she started hosting crafting parties with friends and associates in her apartment.

That get together grew and soon they held it in coffee shops and community centers… and now it’s grown so much that it is held at the New York City Public Library. It’s also created off-shoots for all kinds of meetings and craft making through the libary.

Maura has since written a book about getting artsy and crafty with your friends. I really want to get this book. Organized my month and theme, the book offers great ideas, recipes and ways to celebrate the art of DIY/crafting, and share memories with friends, old and new.

I’m encouraged to host a crafting party with my friends. We could get together and make fun valentine’s and other things.

I already have a box and bags full of stuff we could use. Plenty of glitter, glue, cool papers and such… and we can always hit up Michaels or A.C. Moore. And it can never hurt to add to my supplies.

My friends can bring their talents and we can colaborate on special keepsakes to have for years. I know these other graphic designs, fasionistas, photographers and art lovers (and even the left brained folk) can bring something to the table.

Any takers? It doesn’t have to be an afternoon– it can be a weeknight or Sunday afternoon. I can even make some sweet treats and hot drinks– or even better we could have a pot luck or cookie swap!

“At moments of great enthusiasm it seems to me that no one in the world has ever made something this beautiful and important.”
::: M.C. Escher :::

In Living Color

“For me, people are color, flowers are color, food is color… And all of this is my canvas.”

Rosy Strazzeri-Fridman


People are talking about this year’s hot color–


Quoted from Pantone.com:

  A Color for All Seasons

Courageous. Confident. Vital. A brave new color, for a brave new world. Let the bold spirit of Honeysuckle infuse you, lift you and carry you through the year. It’s a color for every day – with nothing “everyday” about it. While the 2010 color of the year, PANTONE 15-5519 Turquoise, served as an escape for many, Honeysuckle emboldens us to face everyday troubles with verve and vigor. A dynamic reddish pink, Honeysuckle is encouraging and uplifting. It elevates our psyche beyond escape, instilling the confidence, courage and spirit to meet the exhaustive challenges that have become part of everyday life.

Read more at their website.


Last year’s color choice was perfect and this year is even better.

As a designer I especially love how Pantone and their color system and predictions/palettes affects the world of style, mainly fasion and home goods.

Color technology and theory is a really important tool in creating and planning. It’s amazing how color can influence and inspire. Thinking about or seeing a certain color can change our moods.

Seeing this color makes me think of blush, a garden, a tea party, comfort food and summer fun. It’s like a pink lemonade on a hot day or like a box of chocolates on Valentine’s Day. It is a color of romance and warmth.

I guess I should go thru my closet and see if I have anything this hue…

While thinking of color and how wonderful color theory is… I’m also shocked when I see colors go awry or a color explosion. Too much of a color or mixing of colors isn’t always a good thing…

case in point: Sally Hansen’s new invention- Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips.

Colors Gone Wild, eek!!!!!

Too much of a good thing

Winter White– A Fresh Start

The January issue of Country Living reminded me how much I love color theory. This month they are highlighting WHITE and it’s simple beauty.

And although white isn’t really what people consider a color, it can be a wonderul thing– a clean palette.

“White is not a mere absence of color, it is a shining and affirmative thing: as fierce as red, as definite as black.” -G.K. Chesterton, English philosopher

White offers the change to start over, to rememer and/or rewrite history, to plan a future.

White is a classic- like a sports car, or a masterpiece film, or a childhood novel like Tom Sawyer, or even a classic song that will never be forgotten or go out of style.

Since white objects such as clouds, snow and flowers appear often in nature, human culture has many references to white, often related to purity, peace and cleanness.

And the most common cultural use of white is the wedding dress. Symbolically it denotes purity and hope for the marriage. The bride is saying goodbye to her family and being introduced into her new family.

White is seen as practical but not just because it takes away all distractions– but because it gives you a blank canvas for anything.

White can be crisp and cozy at the same time. White is versitile and traditional– and yet modern and cool.

When I think of white in terms of style I see clean white towels in a bathroom, or Laura Ashley shabby chic linens and decor, or the perfect pair of winter white pants that are sexy and subtle at the same time.

Images of white/inspiration for our own lives:

Beautiful White Iron Bed

White.jpg From KnoxNews.com

These pumpkins look like something scared THEM. Eerie-looking white pumpkins _ naturally white, not painted _ are finding their way into more and more homes this Halloween season.

The albinos are called Ghost Riders, Snowballs, Luminas or Caspers _ presumably a reference to the friendly ghost. And the ones about the size of a baseball? Baby Boos.

Incredibly stylish, this White Company essential is perfect to wear as a lightweight jacket or for relaxing at home. Made from our beautifully soft and fine, pure merino wool, in an ‘edge-to-edge’ style with no fastenings, and with a generous hood. There is so much to love about this cardigan. The easy shape is perfect for layering and our new textured stitch adds real interest. Add classic spring colours and we’ve got a winning combination. 100% merino wool.

Well enough for today… and sorry in advance for my lack of blog skills. I’m still figuring this whole thing out with photos, links and giving credit.