Friday, September 26, 2008

fall upon us

fall is my favorite. pumpkin anything is my favorite. and these are my favorites of the favorites. i found these wonderful velvet pumpkins posted on the blissful living blog. they are handmade by lynne bonnell in arizona and they are absolutely gorgeous. i REALLY wanted them for my shop because i thought that they would fit in with all of the other pumpkins so nicely. so i posted on the blog and THE wonderfully gracious lynne bonnell wrote me back and was so kind to hand select a great assortment for me. . .i have already had to part with a few because it seems our customers agree that they are quite charming. i have had to hold myself back from taking them all home at the end of each day. LOVE FALL.

Monday, September 15, 2008

sweet sweetness

i am not a huge fan of sweets, but this gorgeous display makes me really want to be. BUT if you are and ever want one of these at a party here on the west coast, call me, it would fill me with sweet joy to create one of these for someone. . .idea and photo courtesy of amy atlas events

Friday, September 12, 2008

kids say the darndest (cutest) things

i love this idea from the great blog inchmark. it is precious. and just imagine putting a bow on it and handing it to your child's future spouse on their wedding day. . .that is if you could bear to part with it.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

bucket of baby love

Santa Barbara Gift Baskets has collaborated with our favorite online toystore, The Traveling Toystore, to create this absolutely adorable bucket of all handmade and made in the USA baby toys and necessities. Our vintage bucket comes filled to the brim with a wooden bell rattle, wooden maple teether, La La's hand sewn onesie and t-shirt, Laudy Daudy feeding cloth, vintage fabric blanket, 100% cotton Amy Butler fabric ball. Because all of us mommies at The Traveling Toystore and Santa Barbara Gift Baskets feel so blessed to have our collective group of 4 (more to come) babies, we have decided to donate 50% off all profits from these buckets to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. So, when you give this gift to a new little one, you are also giving to so many more children blessed by St. Jude's!

Saturday, September 6, 2008


i was so excited to get to do the favors and such for a baby shower that was being held in san francisco, but hosted by someone from santa barbara. . . since most of my friends are on babies 2 and 3, i am not getting to throw many baby showers, so i feel so lucky that my work allows me to do the fun parts for other people. for this shower, i made nest placecards using gorgeous nests i found at williams sonoma (on sale!), beautiful jordanian pearlized almonds from patchi chocolates and vellum paper strips. we also made the bebe sign (thank you martha stewart) out of floral wire (my husband shaped the letters, i love him for being able to do stuff like that) and then wrapped silk flowers around to make quite a charming little mobile! the favors were madeleines from our new french patiserrie in town, renaud's (people swear that his croissants are as good as if you were sitting at a sidewalk cafe in paris). we wrapped the madeleines in parchment paper, tied them with chocolate brown bakery twine, attached a small piece of lavendar and a small merci tag, a perfect little something. . .