(Edited to add: The last Seasons Planner has already sold. If you're interested in the next batch, drop me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org & I'll let you know when I'm up to making more!)
I finished one more Seasons Planner this afternoon & it is going up on Etsy right now. I think this will be my final one for a while. I'm overflowing with creative energy right now & have a ton of projects running simultaneously. So, this is it:
The front & back of the sturdy book is covered with Prima embossed floral paper. The color scheme is fairly neutral -- green, rust & brown. The front closure button is hand sewn & the spine is secured with canvas.
The 3-ring binding system is embellished with color coordinated ribbons.
The Seasons Planner is chock full of organizational pages for each season. You can inventory your dinnerware, decorations, music & movies, etc. At the same time, you can clip ideas for parties, creative projects, decorations and all things seasonal. Each section allows you to plan events & traditions that you and/or your family can enjoy.
Two new styles of screenprinted (rather than my Swarovski crystal) t-shirts are now available in my "We Will Always Have Paris" store. Each style of shirt is available in black ink on two different types of shirt. The fitted shirts fit comfortably and hug in close to your body, so they don't feel boxy. The fitted shirts come in hot pink, teal (see below) or lime green (see below). Sizes run from Small to Extra Large. Many of my "Bling" shirt customers appreciate the smaller shirts. However, if it is big & boxy you are looking for, shirts are available in hot pink, white or lime green. The roomy boxy shirts (think Men's shirt) run from Small to 2XL. For those of you who know me, the 2XL is big enough to work as a nightshirt. Each shirt is only $18.00.
The first shirt is my "I ROCK (with paper & scissors)" logo:
The second shirt available is my official "We Will Always Have Paris" shirt:
Of course, I'll have to keep the samples for myself. :)
It's been a busy week! I have a number of new products & kits in production and I've been up late each night, working away in the studio. With all of this frenzy, there are still a few things that caught my attention this week:
1. Chalkcloth/Oilcloth Pennant Banners. I first saw this banner in the February 2010 issue of Country Living magazine. I LOVE the fact that it has colorful oilcloth on one side and chalkcloth on the other. I can totally see it on the front of my house in the summer. Plus, it is only $28! A steal!
2. Beautifully Printed Valentine Treat Bags. You can download the file for FREE from one of my favorite blogs & print it out yourself. I am soooo totally stealing this idea for my Summer in Paris retreat!
4. Ink Blot Art. My friend Marlynn made this wonderfully artful ATC Card using an ink blot. Seriously! Go check it out & see how she did it. You would never know that it started from a few drops of paint.
5. Motivated Moms Weekly Chore Planner. Like a lot of moms, I feel tremendously overwhelmed by the mountains of laundry, dishes & other "to dos". My girlfriend Carrie sent me a link to this fantastic website that gives you a printable year-long chore planner. It is broken down so that tasks aren't so insurmountable. As of this week, the drawers in my refrigerator are even clean! Who knew? You can check out the $8 download here. I love it!
(1/21/10 Edited to add: Whew! That went fast. Sorry to report that the planner was purchased right away. I have one more Seasons Planner in progress & I'm hoping to post it by the end of the week. Be ready for it!)
A couple of years ago, I made seasonal planners for both myself & my friend Suni (click here & here to see mine). I've used my planner religiously with each change in season. It helps me look at the big picture for each season & plan family-centered celebrations. The inventory section in the planner also helps me find all of my decorations/tableware in a snap & it helps me to use what I have (rather than buying more & more... which I'm prone to do).
I have only previously put one Seasons Planner up for sale on Etsy. There's alot of printing & binding involved and the project is incredibly time consuming. I've had numerous requests for the planner, so I spent some time this week putting together a couple more planners. You can find this one in my Etsy shop:
The "Seasons" seasonal planner may be purchased in my Etsy shop.
It's been a while since I had a Friday's Favorite Five posting, but these goodies were too good to keep to myself:
1. Mardi Gras Macarons. Although Fat Tuesday is 31 days away, Mardi Gras has already started in & around New Orleans. Why not celebrate with Mardi Gras-themed Parisian Macarons made in New Orleans? Last sumer, my friend & student Louise brought me a collection of Macarons from a French bakery in Maryland. I had always wanted to try these delicate confections, but never had the opportunity. I savored every last bite of the stash Louise brought me and now I've been obsessed with buying more. Obsessed, like I get up in the middle of the night thinking about them. Unfortunately, I live in the sticks and Parisian bakeries are not exactly abundant, so I'm left to order on-line. I think I'm going to have to treat myself to these colorful tasties!
3. Tape Swell Wrap Arounds. I was introduced to this fantastic company through one of my favorite design blogs, Twig & Thistle. When I actually have the time to make a handmade card, I tend to throw it into a plain old A2 envelope and send it off. How easy would it be to slap down one of these wraparounds and make a plain envelope into something smashing? While you're scoping out their site, make sure you check out their packing tape line - scrumptious!!
4. CHA Sneak Peeks on "The Scrap Review". I've been a loyal follower of this site for quite a while. They have real scrapbookers write review on the latest & greatest. They are currently featuring sneak peeks of new products launching at CHA this month. I'm dying to get my hands on Tim Holtz' new Sizzix line (look here & here), including the Movers & Shakers products. Yum, yum, yum!
5. This Mary Poppins handmade costume from Etsy seller Mom2rtk. Seriously. I would wear this costume with the hat, parasol & high heeled boots to take the kids to the park. Heck, I'd even wear it to go grocery shopping. Can you just see me strolling through Martins with rosy cheeks and a handful of coupons? I would totally buy it, but for the fact that it is $449.00. Damn.