Friday, January 30, 2009

Sales make us smile. . .

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

mommy, when do my teeth fall out?

so, discussion of this happening borders on the fence of kind of scary and kind of cool for madeira. when i really stop to think about it, it is a pretty funny thing. . .until you are around 6 years old and very soon after losing teeth is a pretty rotten thing (no pun intended). but those magical few grade school years the whole string attached to the doorknob event is quite exciting. especially if you have parents cool enough to buy this super neat tooth fairy kit that i discovered when browsing oh happy day. . .now i am just excited as madeira (and a little scared if i have to be the one to attach the string) for her first tooth loss!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

sweets for a sweetie

this discovery that i made this morning via my favorite things is absolutely delightful. sold on etsy, these great kits are made by purpose design. i love this cupcake and cookie decorating kit, such a cute valentines or anyday gift! it holds 15 containers of the usual decorating suspects, as well as some more unique choices. . .and it is all wrapped up in gorgeous, yet functional tin (i love tin). very fun.

Monday, January 12, 2009

today while i was working on the computer, madeira was happily playing in her room. it was quiet for a while and normally that means she is coming up with some sort of pink princess outfit to come out and dance ballet to. but today, it was quite a suprise. she decided that that she wanted to dress up "crazy". it was awesome, still pink, but awesome. my favorite part was that she had somewhere found those plastic black spiders that hang out at halloween and used them as hair accessories. i have to admit i have never been so proud.

enjoy the video above. it was taken with my new flip hd video. i LOVE it. our other video camera decided that it would be a good time to just stop working upon arrival at the gates to disneyland on our first visit. i have been so irritated that we have just not taken any video other than short clips from the digital camera. but this thing is the size of a cell phone and takes great video. and it was only in the $200 range. . . (my brother has one and he is a total video camera snob with his floating camera and such, so i knew it would be just fine for me)

i think it would be a great gift item for a new parent or just marrieds your just retired parents who are going to begin traveling the world.

Friday, January 9, 2009

just stop it now. . .

this is just too much cuteness for one little package. in fact, it is kind of making me want get the sewing machine out for the first time since i made doll clothes in the girl scouts about twenty years ago. . .these great muslin pouches were filled with snowflake marshmallows and hot cocoa packets and placed in wedding guest's hotel rooms. i absolutely love this! such a personal and cozy gift for a winter wedding. . .instructions are here on one of my favorite blogs style me pretty and you can get these great muslin bags here which i think are a wonderful gift bag alternative! they have super fun jute bags too. . .

Monday, January 5, 2009


it is so hard to take down christmas, both at home and at the shop. . .so, just to linger a bit, here are some photos of the shop during december. . .our theme this year was natural and homeade. madeira, sam and i made a lot of the items we used in the store windows. and we won most creative windows from the Santa Barbara Downtown Organization. fun! the photos of the windows aren't the best because of glare, but it gives you the idea. . .we made cool trees out of wrapping paper and cardboard from an idea we found on design sponge ,decoupaged snowflakes with our local weekly paper, The Independent. it was a lot of fun. . . now i just need to come up with an idea to replace them with. its already january 5th, aacck!!

homemade gift no. 1

so, here is the first of the homemade gifts. . .my mom and dad came up with this idea. i actually really like it! it is hanging in the kitchen and holds invites, photos and such that would normally be plastered all over the fridge. they went to antique stores to find frames and then strung twine across and put on clothespins. . . works great and looks so cute. good job mom and dad. i am proud of you for getting all crafty, especially you dad.