Wednesday, August 31, 2011

How To: Heart Party Straws

I’m very happy to share the template and directions to make these cute heart straws!Material Needed:
- Downloadable PDF
- White paper
- Straws
- TapeFirst, click HERE to open the heart template. Print it out on white paper.Individually cut out each of the hearts.Place the heart, color side down and position the straw in the middle of the heart. Leave space at the top of the straw to drink from.Tape the straw in place.You’re done!Time to enjoy with friends!!!

Don't worry, not the DIY type? You can purchase these straws from my Etsy shop!

Feel free to email me if you make these and want to share pictures!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Welcome to the Party

Oh hey! You! Yes, you. Welcome to the party.Come on over.Great! Now, grab a drink. Don’t be shy.It’s good right?Now come on in and stay a while!Because tomorrow on the blog I’ll be showing you how to make the cute little heart straws that you see in the drinks. Complete with a downloadable template. Sounds like a pretty fun party right? I thought so too.

Monday, August 29, 2011

When A Good Idea Strikes

I’ve been looking for a new way to display some of my favorite pieces of casual jewelry so I will grab for them more. Up till this point I’ve had them cluttered together hanging from this Anthropologie key hook rack. It’s great and all but I wasn’t able to see what I had….hence not making much of an appearance outside of my closet.DIY West Elm Pinterest Jewelry Holder Shadow BoxLast week when I was at the West Elm Pinterest event I came up with the perfect solution to take a shadowbox frame and use it as my jewelry holder.This way I could arrange my pieces so I could see them clearly and grab them as I was making my way out of the house.DIY West Elm Pinterest Jewelry Holder Shadow BoxI love the simplicity of this and the versatility to change out what I’ve got displayed depending on the season and what I’m in to at the moment. JewelryFIt was very easy to make - Remove the glass and pin your jewelry in place.

Shadow Box Frame is no longer sold online, but check in West Elm stores!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Pinning My Heart Out

Last Thursday I attended a local Pinterest meet up at West Elm. In case you’ve been living under a rock, Pinterest is a virtual pinboard that lets you save, organize and share things that strike your fancy on the web.

The meet up was a great opportunity to meet other “pinners”, catch up with my friends in the blogging community and SHOP! West Elm was offering a 10% discount that night.The event was full of delicious drinks and treats like whoopie pies, cupcakes, and warm cookies with milk shots.Of course I did some shopping that night. I love West Elm! Tomorrow I’ll be sharing a really fun/creative use for something that I bought that night.I attended the event with my friend and fellow blogger Meredith.Thank you West Elm, Pinterest and the Smile Booth for hosting such a fun event. Be sure to check out my Pinterest account: Hello Cupcake LLC

Friday, August 26, 2011

Happy Friday

It is a happy Friday indeed folks! I can’t tell you the last time I’ve had a weekend to just sit back, relax and enjoy life. So here we are.

I plan to fill my time catching up on project runway, reading magazines, sipping white wine, sleeping in and hopefully completing a craft project or two.

I hope that whatever you’re up to this weekend, you enjoy yourself!

Images: 1,2,3

Thursday, August 25, 2011

What Day Is It?

It’s Thursday already?!? Wow, sorry I let so many days slip by without a peep on the blog. This last week was super busy but you’ll be happy to know that I hit a few major milestones:

- Reached 100 sales on Etsy!
- Finished and shipped all almost all of those orders
- I met a sports legendThis is me and Joe Montana. You know, that guy that led the 49ers to four super bowls? I got him to sign three footballs. The men in my family will be ecstatic.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Timeless Treasures

Last weekend Christoph and I met some friends for breakfast and as we were strolling back to our car a store caught our eye. You could see from the outside that they had a great assortment of vintage items.

Timeless TreasuresThe second I set foot in the door I fell in love. It’s a fairly small store but boy do they maximize the space. There are beautiful and unique items all the way from the floor up to ceiling.Everywhere you looked there is something to be seen. These vintage globes are kept on a structural beam high above the floor.After googeling the store I learned that they are well known for their amazing assortment of vintage letters. It’s a typographists (font nerd) dream zone. There is a very well organized space where letters are kept from A-Z so you can easily find exactly what you’re looking for.Throughout the store, there are also phrases and words arranged with vintage letters.I could probably spend a few hours in this tiny store discovering more and more treasures. Even looking at the picture’s I snapped, I’m seeing things I hadn’t even noticed in person. Truly, the more you look the more you see. I can’t wait to go back for another visit.

Number 26

Nearly three years ago I realized that I needed a hobby. Christoph was still in residency and that meant he was working crazy hours and when he wasn’t at the hospital he was home reading medical briefs. I was looking for something that I enjoyed doing that I could work on quietly while he studied.

I realized the perfect hobby soon after my best friend got married in April of 2008. I had made invitations for her bridal shower and the feedback I received was awesome. I dabbled in coming up with designs and worked on building a website.

In November 2008 I launched Hello Cupcake LLC. Not as a hobby, but as a real business. The tax paying, sellers permit holding, accountant requiring kind of business. Number 26 on my list of things to accomplish in my lifetime was to open my own business.

Shortly after starting my business I opened my Etsy shop. The first few years were slow. Sales were far and few in between but I never gave up. I just kept working away. Improving my craft, figuring out my aesthetic and only selling products that I could truly get behind. In a sense, I started doing it for the enjoyment that it brought me, not the money.

For years I still felt like Hello Cupcake LLC was a hobby. I was working hard but didn’t have much to show for. But I kept going.

Two weeks ago I reached a revenue goal that I thought impossible and today I hit my 99th sale. I worked hard to get here. So hard. And to put it mildly, I’m hugely proud of myself.

I think the lesson is simple. Work hard, be passionate, follow your heart and do what you love and you will succeed!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Revisiting My Goals

When I was in college I had written a list of 100 things I wanted to accomplish in my lifetime. I had long forgotten about this list until last weekend when I was cleaning under my bed and I found the notepad. It was so fun to read back though the list realizing that I had crossed off so many of the things I wanted to accomplish.

Finding and marrying the love of my life, becoming a certified scuba diver, going to Europe, to be in a top 10 market by the age of 30 (hello San Francisco members of the press. It’s so nice to work with you). Of course there are still several things I have yet to accomplish like spending a Christmas in New York City, buying a house, starting a family and being on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. But I still have plenty of time.

Tomorrow on the blog I’m going to talk about number 26 on the list. I’ve technically already accomplished number 26 but for the first time in three years, it’s feeling real. Very real.

Image from: HERE

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Details, Details, Details

Three years ago Christoph and I went to the wedding of our dear friends John & Mandy. Still to this day, I think it was one of the most beautiful weddings we’ve attended. In planning for our wedding, we often talked about what about that wedding set it apart from all the rest. Details. The details made all the difference. When Mandy told me that she was planning her 30th birthday party I was beyond excited because this is not a girl that half asses (pardon my French) anything! Mandy’s party was at The Magic Flute in Laurel Village.Many had asked me to help pull together a few details for her party. First, she wanted a game for guests to play while waiting for dinner. She put together a list of 20 questions and I laid it out as a crossword puzzle. I got so much enjoyment out of watching the guests try to figure out the answers.Next, she had me create a custom sticker to go on her guest gift. Everyone went home with delicious cupcakes. All the guests loved them, including this adorable little guy.In keeping with the crossword puzzle blocks theme, this is the label I came up.Cupcakes in tow, the girls also got to bring home the beautiful flowers that Mandy had used to decorate the space. It was a fantastic night filled with great food, friends and fun.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

You Rule

Many of the people in my life that I love are teachers. Both of my grandparents, my sister in law and two of my best friends.The other day I was talking on the phone to one of my friends. She was talking about putting together her classroom and preparing for the new school year.I decided to come up with a card to send her as encouragement.I love these cards and actually think they have great use other than just for the teachers in my life.If you want this card to send to a loved one, it’s available in my Etsy Shop!

My Vows

From Me to Christoph:Ain't that the truth people?

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Hidden Treasures

Growing up, my step grandparents were huge fans of garage sales. They’d go hunting for treasures and had a house full of unusual knick knacks. Naturally, family reunions had to have a garage sale aspect. With a small budget, we’d split into teams, spend the morning garage sailing and meet back at the end of the day to determine the winner. Whoever could find the most unusual, oddest, best bargain, grossest….you name it, we had lots of categories for winners. Now a days, I’m all about visiting the antique faire to find treasures. This past weekend, Christoph and I were on the hunt to find a buffet hutch to store all of our new wedding china. Let me just tell you, visiting the Alameda Antique Faire when you’re not looking for milk glass and blue mason jars for a wedding is so much more fun!Clearly, I was on a costume jewelry kick. I picked up a great faux gold chain, a few bow broaches and a pearl collar (amazing right!?)I also found a lady that was trying to offload some vintage clothing. At $2 a piece, I took a gamble and got this yellow dress and an 80’s romper. The romper fits really cute and the dress is a little big. We’ll see what I can do with it.Lastly, we did manage to stay on track enough to find a china buffet. Gorgeous! I love that it isn’t just another espresso colored piece to match perfectly with everything else in our house. It has some beautiful detail.It is also in great shape. Once we got is home I lined all the drawers and cabinets with contact paper. It’s done and ready to fill with wedding gifts!It also makes for a great hiding spot for Ginger*.

* Sticking her in a cabinet and telling her to stay! It’s ridiculous how much she puts up with. She’s such a good dog.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Terrible Two's

This week we’re celebrating Ginger’s second birthday. Our little baby turns two!This was a big year for Ginger, so I thought I’d take a quick trip down memory lane. In case you were unaware, our little G-Dawg is pretty popular.In October, I made Ginger a Shark costume and she won “scariest” or “most likely to make your hair stand on end".We won a two night stay to a Kimpton Hotel and $100 to a restaurant. Amazing!!!!

In January, we had our engagement pictures featured on
Wedding Chicks.You can see Ginger’s picture in the middle. Most of the comments people left were about how cute the dog in the picture was.

In March I entered Ginger in the running for 7x7 Magazine’s cutest dog in San Francisco competition. Out of more than 500 dogs that were entered, Ginger made it to the top 25.She even had a political campaign to go with her run.

In July, Ginger had a big job as the flower girl in our wedding. She did such a great job!Happy second birthday Ginger! Thanks for being such an awesome dog!