Thursday, December 29, 2011

Best of 2011 Round Up

2011 is quickly coming to a close so I thought it would be fun to take a moment and do a quick round up of some of my favorite projects from the past year!

Best of: Hello CupcakeBest of: Fashionably MadeBest of: DIY
I can’t wait to see what 2012 has in store!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Ring in the New Year!

I've picked out my fancy party dress. The invitations have been sent and the menu has been set! We are just a few days away from ringing in 2012!This will be our third annual New Year's Eve party. It's without a doubt my favorite party that we throw every year (and I LOVE to play hostess so we have lots of parties!!!!).This year I decided to create a San Francisco skyline for the invitation and add a few red fireworks in the sky since guests will be able to take in the San Francisco skyline and fireworks at the party!

These have been added to my Etsy shop and can be customized for your next event!

Whatever you have lined up, hope you have a festive New Years Eve!!!!

PS: Thats not my real address or info...

Merry & Bright

It’s hard to believe just how quickly this year has been passing us by!

Much like last year, I’ll be spending the holidays around Big Bear Lake with my family. It’s exactly what I need to recharge after the busiest year of my life. I’m not bringing my computer, instead, I’ll be spending my time baking, sledding, sleeping in, playing board game, laughing a lot and sewing!!!!!! I’m planning to work on projects that I haven’t had time to get to over the past few months. Get ready for some exciting Fashionably Made posts in the New Year!!!

I’m saddened that Christoph has to work over Christmas, but I understand and because he is working, his coworkers with young children will be with their families. I’ll miss you babe!

Whatever you do and whatever you celebrate, I hope it’s filled with peace, joy, love, health and happiness!

Image by: Hello Cupcake LLC

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Our Wedding: San Francisco Brides Magazine

I was super excited to find out that a picture from our wedding is included in this month’s San Francisco Brides Magazine! (Page 128)What an honor you guys! There’s lots more gorgeousness and inspiration to be found, so be sure to check out the rest of the magazine.I can’t wait to pick up a copy!

Our Wedding and Engagement pictures have been published in the following outlets:
Style Me Pretty
Wedding Chicks
Nob Hill Gazette
San Francisco Brides Magazine

Sunday, December 18, 2011

DIY Andy Warhol Inspired Prints

Over a year ago, I took a screen printing class at Workshop SF. Actually, let me clarify, it was a screen and sew pet pillow class! I took a picture of Ginger, it was turned into a screen and then I copied it on to fabric and made a pillow! The end result of the class

Before trying to screen print on the fabric, I did some trials on computer paper to get the feel of working with screens. At the end of the class, I had an awesome pillow and a few screen print pictures of Ginger on paper.I wish I could take credit for the next part, but this was actually Christoph’s great idea! We made copies and of the print and turned them into our very own Andy Warhol inspired art.They’re hanging in our living room and I just LOVE them!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Huge.....HE-YOU-GE

No big orders in the pipeline, the 12 Days of DIY Giveaways winding down. For a second I thought this would be a slower week and then……the ultimate, huge, huge, huge opportunity came up! I can’t quite spill the beans yet, but as soon as I can, you’ll be one of the first to know.

In other news, I found the perfect dress for the holidays! It’s this Theory dress in black velvet fabric. Amazing.

Also, I have a new favorite Tumblr blog. If you craft, you will LOVE this. Enjoy!

In Case You Missed It:
I also write for A Savvy Event – be sure to check out my posts from this week:

The 12 Days of DIY Giveaways Table & Giveaway – The final project! Go, enter, WIN!
‘Twas the 12 Days of Giveaways and all through A Savvy Event
12 Days of DIY Giveaways: Glitter and Yarn Lamp Centerpiece
12 Days of DIY Giveaways: Hanging Four Tier Circle Tree
12 Days of DIY Giveaways: Yarn Tree

Image by: Allyson Wiley

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Living, Learning and Selling Like Hotcakes

craft fair table set up hello cupcakeThis past weekend I participated in the Tea House Studio’s Holiday Fair! This was only my second time to do a craft fair where I was selling Hello Cupcake goods. If you remember, this is how my very first fair went.craft fair table set up hello cupcakeI learned a lot from my first fair and was able to put a lot of new ideas into motion.

I loved the way my new set up looked. Clean, consistent with the look and feel of Hello Cupcake items and much, much more professional than my last tabletop.craft fair table set up hello cupcakeI had a great time, met some amazing new friends and…..I sold lots of stuff!!!!!!! This fair also gave me some more confidence in my goods and I think next year I’m really going to set my sights high and go for one of the larger two day fairs like Renegade or Bizarre Bizarre.craft fair table set up hello cupcake then and nowThen vs. now :)

I’ll keep you posted. As always, thanks for all of your support as I continue on this journey in small business ownership. What an amazing ride!

PS: Do you recognize a bunch of my setup from our wedding!?!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

A VERY Hello Cupcake Holiday

Etsy holiday items christmasThere are just a few short weeks left until Christmas! I have several new holiday items listed in my Etsy shop that were popular during the holiday art fair that I recently participated in.

If you’re interested, move fast to ensure that your stuff arrives in time for the holidays!

Click HERE to see Hello Cupcake Holiday items

Cheers!

Friday, December 9, 2011

What A Week!

Happy Friday!

I don’t think I’ve ever been as busy as I was this week – even the week before my wedding wasn’t this busy. I know that sounds like crazy talk, but it’s true.

Between the 12 Days of DIY Giveaways project for A Savvy Event, my full time nonprofit job and the 30 minute TV program I helped produce this week and planning for a craft fair to sell Hello Cupcake goods i’m spent!

So much so that I think I’m going to have to miss out on both my company holiday party and Christoph’s fancy company holiday party this weekend. I just have too much to do! And frankly, finishing up on stuff for the fair tomorrow and going to bed before midnight sounds like a party to me.

Hope your week wasn’t quite as busy as mine!

In Case You Missed It:
I also write for A Savvy Event – be sure to check out my posts from this week:

12 Days of DIY Giveaways: Glitter Gold Magazine Tree
12 Days of DIY Giveaways: Pom Drink Stirrers
12 Days of DIY Giveaways: Glitter drinking glasses
12 Days of DIY Giveaways: Festive gold napkins
12 Days of DIY Giveaways: Sequin Napkin Ring Balls
12 Days of DIY Giveaways: Linen and gold placemats
12 Days of DIY Giveaways: Glittery Drink Coasters

Images by: Allyson Wiley

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

My Holiday Wish List:

holiday wish list creative
While this isn’t the most exciting holiday wish list for some…..it has got me pretty thrilled.

All I really want for the holidays this year are gifts to help me grow Hello Cupcake LLC! When you think about what these gifts could all lead to, it starts to get pretty exciting!

1. File folders to help me get organized
2. A really cool pen – seriously, a 7 year pen!
3. A fancy file cabinet to organize all my folders
4. A wireless keyboard and mouse
5. A ticket to Alt Summit (already set) to learn some new tricks of the trade!

This year, I’m trading wishes of new pieces of jewelry and shoes for office supplies! This is a first.

What’s on your holiday wish list this year?

Monday, December 5, 2011

You’re Invited: Holiday Art Fair

Exciting news friends! Hello Cupcake will be vending this weekend at the Teahouse Studio Holiday Art Fair!

Come and support local artists and crafters and stock up on holiday gifts!

When: Saturday, December 10, 2011
Where: Teahouse Studio 1250 Addison St, Ste 208, Berkeley, CA 94702
Why: Awesome, one of a kind holiday gifts and supporting the local artist and crafting community!
More Info: HERE

I hope to see you there! Of course, if you can’t make it, you can always shop online HERE.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

CHEERS

DIY giveaway holiday letters glitterYes! Cheers to the weekend!

How great is the picture above by the amazingly talented Allyson Wiley Photography?

If you want to win the adorable CHEERS letters shown or you want to learn how to DIY them yourself, be sure to hop on over the A Savvy Event Blog for the 12 Days of DIY Giveaways. So much glittery goodness you guys!!!!!

In Case You Missed It:
I also write for A Savvy Event – be sure to check out my posts from this week:

You’re Invited: December 10, 2011
We’re Excited to Announce: 12 Days of DIY Giveaways!
12 Days of DIY Giveaways: Glitter Ornament Escort Cards
12 Days of DIY Giveaways: CHEERS Letters

Get Ready for A Glitter Filled DIY Holiday!

I’ve been working one a big project with the A Savvy Event team and I just couldn’t resist sharing it with all of you!!!!!!!Glitter Holiday DIY giveawayStarting today, they’re launching 12 Days of DIY Giveaways!!!!!!! Each day, from December 1st through December 12th they’ll be sharing a new DIY tutorial on the blog. Every DIY piece will come together in the end to be a part of a really glittery table scape!

One lucky blog reader will win the ENTIRE table scape of DIY projects in time to use on their own table for this holiday season!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

How To Enter:
Go check out the A Savvy Event Blog

1.) Leave a comment on the blog posts between 12/1 – 12/13
2.) Tweet: Have yourself a Glittery Holiday with @asavvyevent 12 Days of DIY Giveaways http://bit.ly/uYoIqR #ASE12Days
3.) Facebook: Have yourself a Glittery Holiday with A Savvy Event’s 12 Days of DIY Giveaways http://bit.ly/uYoIqR

You can have up to three entries per day!!!!!!

They will pick and choose a winner on Friday, December 16th.


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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

I.Made.A.TURKEY!!!!!!

I’m happy to report back that our first thanksgiving as newlyweds was a success!Here’s what we had:
- Stuffed mushrooms
- Cheese assortment
- Salad
- Rolls
- Sweet potatoes
- Mashed potatoes
- Gravy & Cranberry sauce
- Stuffing
- Green beans
- Turkey
- Cheesecake
- Pecan pie
- Pumpkin pieThank goodness my Mom came to help! She made all the pies (except the pumpkin) and really helped to keep things on track and moving. I think the biggest hit of the night was the turkey. I used my sister in law’s recipe HERE and I honestly can’t see myself ever veering from this recipe because it was such a hit.

Truth be told, I’m not sure if I will host thanksgiving again next year. It was a great experience but it was also a TON of work!!!!!!!

Hope your Thanksgiving was a great success too!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Cyber Monday SALE!

Happy Cyber Monday!

Save 15% off EVERYTHING in the Hello Cupcake Etsy Shop today only!

Use Coupon Code: CYBERMONDAY15

Happy Shopping!!!!!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

There's so much to be thankful for!

I have so much to be thankful for this year.

• I have a husband who loves me unconditionally and challenges me to be my best self.
• I have a family that supports me like no other and tells me to no end just how talented they think I am.
• I have incredibly thoughtful friends that keep me laughing and would go to the ends of the earth for me.
• I have a career at a nonprofit where the work I do actually makes a difference in people’s lives. It’s humbling, it’s heartwarming, it’s hard. It has changed me as a person.
• I have a business that I built from an idea while on a ski trip with my Dad. It’s reaching milestones I never thought possible.
• I have a career in the wedding industry that allows me to grow my creativity and work alongside an amazing team of women.

I am so fortunate. Not a day goes by that I take it for granted. I hope the same rings true for you.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

P.S.: I’m also fortunate to have the most adorable dog in the world.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

A Surprise Birthday Brunch

A few weeks ago we attended a Surprise 30th Birthday Brunch for a dear friend.

Around 20 of us gathered for a family style brunch at Axis Café for one delicious entre after the next and endless mimosas. The party was fantastic! I loved all of the attention to detail that went into this special event. Beautiful present flower bouquets, individual mini doughnut guest gifts (mini doughnuts!!!) and printed menus.

The birthday girl was indeed surprised. What a fun way to celebrate with friends!

Monday, November 21, 2011

First Thanksgiving as Newlyweds

first thanksgiving tips and tricksHappy Monday!

If you’re planning to host your very first Thanksgiving like I am, I’ve posted some useful tips over on the A Savvy Event Blog.

Be sure to check it out!

Image From: Here

Friday, November 18, 2011

Hello Cupcake's New Tag Line!

Thank you so much to everyone who contributed their thoughts on the blog and Facebook as to what my new tagline should be!I’m happy to say that I’ve chosen the tagline. Drum roll please!

Paper & Spice Make Nice

So here it is: Hello Cupcake – Paper & Spice Make Nice

I like it! It’s cute, a bit saucy and hopefully will clear up that awful rumor that Hello Cupcake LLC is a cupcake company! Seriously, had I known that a book would be published named Hello, Cupcake! I probably would have picked a different company name!

Live & learn.

In Case You Missed It:
I also write for A Savvy Event – be sure to check out my posts from this week:
San Francisco Weddings: All You Could Ever Want Wrapped Into One Location
Real Wedding: Basking In the Warm Glow of Love
The Perfect Gift: Changing Your Name

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Congratulations Winter Grads: Prescription Bottle Cards

Not only are the holiday’s fast approaching but we are also nearing the end of the school semester.Prescription Bottle Cards, medical graduation invitationIf you recall, I made these prescription bottle invitations back in 2009 when Christoph was finishing his medical residency. They’ve been a popular item in my Etsy shop ever since I listed them.Prescription Bottle Cards, medical graduation invitationNot only are they available for party invitations but they are also available as congratulations cards. So if you know anyone graduating from pharmacy, nursing, medical, chiropractic school (etc. etc.) these make the perfect card!Prescription Bottle Cards, medical graduation invitationYou can hop on over to my Etsy shop to see more.

Congrats to all you grads out there!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Before & After: Sconces

Sometimes it’s as simple as a can of white spray paint to make all the difference.I got these sconces at Ross when I was in college! At the time, these went well with my room which was full of beige and cranberry red accents. I still like that color combo but it’s far from the look and feel of our current apartment!We’ve had them hanging in the dining room since we moved in, looking pretty bland. Until Christoph had the brilliant idea to spray paint them white.It was a simple project with a great transformation. Seriously, now I’m wandering around the apartment trying to figure out what else I can spray paint…….

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Chronicle Books: Happy Haulidays

I’m a huge fan of Chronicle Books. I’ve purchased many a books they’ve published, gone to their launch parties and last year I even pitched them a book idea at their pitch for charity event. They are an awesome San Francisco based company that cranks out top notch books and truly cares about the community.

This year, they are giving away $500 worth of Chronicle books in their Happy Haulidays give-a-way to one lucky blogger and one commenter on the winning blog post. They are also asking the winning blogger to choose one charity to receive up to $500 of books.

The charity I would choose to receive $500 worth of books would be Project Night, Night. They give out care packages, free of charge, to homeless children from birth to pre-teen who need childhood essentials to feel secure, cozy, ready to learn, and significant. Each Night Night Package contains a new security blanket, an age-appropriate children's book, and a stuffed animal -- all nestled inside a canvas tote bag.

Imagine what they could do with $500 worth of Chronicle Books!

I hope I win and one of you lucky commenters will win right alongside me! If so, this is the list of Chronicle Books that I would get with $500 credit.

Papergoods:
Instantly Antique Wall Decals Peel & Stick Decals $24.95
Pattern Making basic principles of pattern cutting $40.00
Famous FrocksPatterns and Instructions for Fabulous Iconic Dresses $29.95
1, 2, 3 Sew 33 Simple Projects $24.95
Handmade Weddings 50 Crafts to Style and Personalize Your Big Day $24.95
Paper + Craft 25 Charming Gifts, Accents, and Accessories to Make from Paper $19.95
DIY Fashion Customize and Personalize Fashion $24.95

Life & Style:
Boo The Life of the World’s Cutest Dog(3 copies) $38.85
What's Next? Follow Your Passion and Find Your Dream Job $22.95
Apartment Therapy Presents: Real Homes, Real People, Hundreds of Real Design Solutions $27.50
A Gracious Welcome Etiquette and Ideas for Entertaining Houseguests $19.95
The New Color Book 45,000 Color Combinations for Your Home $24.95
Secrets of Gorgeous Hundreds of Ways to Live Well While Living It Up $12.95
The A-Z of Visual Ideas How to Solve any Creative Brief $30.00
Bubbly on Your Budget Live Luxuriously with What You Have $12.95
Humanity A Celebration of Friendship, Family, Love & Laughter $24.95
Mixed Portraits of Multiracial Kids $19.95

Stationery:
Pantone: 100 Postcards $19.95
Clockwork 2012 Agenda $12.99

Cookbooks:
The Cheese Tasting Party Kit Selecting and Serving International Cheeses $16.95
The New Thanksgiving Table An American Celebration of Family, Friends, and Food $24.95

Grand Total: $499.54

Good luck to you!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Help me fill in the blank: Hello Cupcake – “____________”

tagline for blog, giveawayWhere’s the beef? Got Milk? Just do it.

I’m pretty sure we can all name the companies behind those catchy tag lines. I’ve been giving some thought lately as to whether or not Hello Cupcake should have a tag line….and I’ve decided, that yes, yes it does need a tag line!

I’ve racked my brain and even taken ideas from my marketing research group (which includes two girlfriends) to come up with a few ideas.

Here are the contenders:

Hello Cupcake - Sweet on paper
Hello Cupcake – Baking with paper
Hello Cupcake – Icing on the paper
Hello Cupcake – Make sweet your signature

Which one’s your favorite? Do you have any good ideas? Leave em’ in the comments below. If I choose your tag line idea I’ll give you $25 credit in my Etsy shop. Perfect for the holidays!

In Case You Missed It:
I also write for A Savvy Event – be sure to check out my posts from the last two weeks:
Meet Maddy & Seth from the Etsy Shop Ello There
The Lab: A not-so-ordinary bridal experience
Must love rust
It’s always a nice day for a white wedding
A natural backdrop of lush foliage
San Francisco weddings

Image from: HERE

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Eating, Eating & Drinking: New York City

New York City is truly the city that never sleeps. Of the three nights we were in town, only once did we make it home before 2 AM. The rest of the nights went on into the early morning.

Eating, drinking and catching up with friends were the cause! Here’s where we went:
Where to eat, NYC, Pomes FritesPomes Frites

Thursday:
Breakfast: Garden Grill Café in Brooklyn: Delicious, friendly and reasonable. Breakfast for 4 was around $30 and the cook brought out two just cooked tapioca puddings just because.
Dinner: Seasonal: Austrian food restaurant near Central Park that has a well-deserved Michelin star.
Drinks: Tippler: Amazing bar under Chelsea Market that offers mixed drink menu and a great atmosphere. Plus a DJ named Huggy Bear playing a great mix (how can you go wrong with that?)
Where to eat, NYC, tavern bar, McSorleyMcSorley's

Friday:
Breakfast: Small café in Brooklyn for breakfast sandwiches
Drinks: McSorleys The oldest Tavern in NYC. Your only drink choice is beer, either light or dark and 2-for-1. Go there.
Snack: Pomes Frites: Fresh, hot French fries with your choice of dipping sauces. Amazing.
Snack: Butterlane: Cupcakes with some of the best frosting I’ve ever tasted (and I don’t even like frosting)
Dinner: LidoItalian restraint. Not your typical Harlem cuisine but it has great food and a really enjoyable atmosphere.
Drinks: Bier International: Beer garden in Harlem. Good spot for after diner drinks.Where to eat, NYC, Brooklyn, Fette SauFette Sau

Saturday:
Breakfast: Pipa: One of three restaurants connected to the ABC Home store. The food was fantastic. The best eggs benedict I’ve ever had. Hands down.
Dinner: Tree Bistro: The food was ok (Salmon was blah but the ravioli's were great). They also have enclosed garden seating.

Sunday:
Lunch: Fette Sau BBQ. So good. Drooling at the thought. Go there.

Wow. Reminiscing over what we ate and I think it’s safe to say that we made some great choices. Hope you enjoy my list of places to eat in New York City!

Monday, November 7, 2011

It’s Good to Be Home in San Francisco

Sometimes it feels so good to be home after a fantastic vacation. Until you get up on Monday morning to leave for work only to find that your car is gone. Yep, towed. But let’s try to focus on something more positive. Ok?

We had an amazing trip to NYC! So great in fact that I want to break it out into a few posts to give you an overview that does the city some justice.

Of course I did a bit of shopping damage while in NYC! Here are some of the store’s I checked out that I’d recommend paying a visit to:Uniglo, NYC, Shopping, PictureUniqlo: It’s like a Japanese Gap. Great staples and lots of beautiful colored cashmere sweaters. Plus, the packaging is fun. Think astronaut ice cream in clothing form.ABC Carpet and home, NYC, Shopping, PictureABC Carpet & Home: The ultimate home shopping experience. Five floors of gorgeous home wares and decor. Definitely worth a visit.Fishs Eddy, NYC, Shopping, PictureFishs Eddy: Fun kitchen décor. Bright colors, fun patterns. The prices are reasonable. Great place to buy gifts.Lime Light, NYC, Shopping, PictureLimelight: Honestly, the clothes are ok, but the store its self is something to be seen. It’s an old church that was once a club and has since been converted into a three story shopping experience.

(Not Pictured)
Muji: Space saving household items, good for city living. They have a little bit of everything, clothes, furniture, cooking and storage.

Moon River Chattel: Rustic home décor shop in Brooklyn. Find beautiful accents for your home without breaking the bank.

Of the places that we shopped, those were my favorites!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

NYC

I’m so excited! Tonight Christoph and I are off to NYC for a mini vacay. Since we started dating 4+ years ago, we’ve taken a yearly trip to New York to do some shopping, catch a Broadway show and visit with friends and family.

I love NYC. The crazy electric vibe, the no dancing signs in the bars, the subway system, the shopping, and the pace of life. I just love it.

I’m always looking for new places to check out, so if you have any favorites you care to share (food, bar, cozy nooks and shopping spots) let me know!

Image from: Here

Monday, October 31, 2011

Home Decor: Photo On Canvas

Now that the wedding is behind us, I’ve been able to focus more of my attention on decorating our apartment. We’ve been in the same building for 2+ years, yet most of the walls remain bare. It’s hard to commit!We’re pretty much obsessed with our wedding pictures so we wanted to get some of them printed to hang on the walls. Close friends of ours had one of their wedding pictures printed on a canvas and we LOVED the way it looked.When Easy Canvas Prints contacted me to try their online tool for uploading and printing a photo on canvas I jumped at the chance! The process of setting up my print was incredibly simple: Choose a photo, pick a size, upload your image, choose a boarder and you’re basically done!Some of the features that I was really surprised to see was that you could actually choose to upload a photo from Facebook, because let’s face it, sometimes your friends take rocking pictures with you in it and you just can’t count on them to email it to you. I also liked that there was a quality image check on the picture you uploaded. This way you don’t have to worry about your picture turning out pixelated or blurry.

The hardest part of the entire process was selecting a picture. The rest was a snap. I love the way it turned out! If you are interested in your own canvas print, you’re in luck! I’m giving away $20 worth of gift cards to use on the Easy Canvas Prints site.

First person to answer the following questions wins! All of these have been covered on the blog in recent months:

- Ginger just had a birthday. How old did she turn?
- Hello Cupcake LLC just celebrated a special occasion. What was it?
- I’m the Blog Editor for what event planning company?

To win, leave your answers in the comment section along with your email.

*The canvas shown was used as a product review for Easy Canvas Prints...but if you follow the blog, you know that I only do reviews for companies and products I can truly get behind…..not what I can get for free.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Did anyone catch the adorable doggy face on the front of the Bay Area section of the SF Chronicle this morning?

Yesterday was the Howl-A-Week pet costume contest that Ginger won for “Most likely to make your fur stand on end” last year.

People really stepped up their game this year!!!! Needless to say, Ginger’s costume “Dog-zilla” complete with Godzilla theme song playing as we walked down the green carpet still wasn’t enough to take it!Never the less, the event was a lot of fun. Lots to see, eat and drink and all to raise money for a cause that’s truly near and dear to my heart: The SF SPCA.