Mele Kalikimaka from Colorado!

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Y’all – this has been one crrrrrazy year. I’m so thankful for so much right now my heart’s on overload! Just a little note to wish you all the merriest of holidays, & to share this ridiculous Christmas card we created for our friends & family. Blaise is from Hawaii, so after weeks of a terrible Colorado cold spell in December, a sunny Hawaiian holiday was all we could dream of. With love, & an enormous cheers to this beautiful year, Mele Kalikimaka! Thanks for stopping by.

Halloween Wine Tasting!

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So! I’m mentioned being a little busy lately, but I’d LOVE to throw a Halloween Wine Tasting, even if this is just a reminder for 2014’s Halloween. Woo! I’d create some funky, wry invites via Paperless Post (modified a touch). Serve these wines (from left to right) Poizin, Vampire, The Prisoner ( a Boulder / Denver fave!), 7 Deadly Zins, and Dearly Beloved. Plus, vegan wine tasting nosh ideas from YourDailyVegan, and DIY painted hipster pumpkin party favors. Some day, Blaise and I will have an entertaining home, and I’m hoping time will expand to enjoying great company and copious amounts of delish vino under the veil of happy themes. Annnnd, a girl can dream. Cheers, and happy hallowine planning!

The Perfect Vday Gift for Wine Lovers

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Why is a decanter my valentine gift of choice? A beautiful decanter is a piece that says many things – “here’s to a rock-your-world kinda night” / “bring on the cha-cha” / “let’s get this party started” / “let’s enjoy fun conversation and laughs with great company and a fab bottle of vino” / and it’ll be around for many valentine’s days to come, (hint, hint). They’re a great gift for every valentine; big love, little love, or unconditional friend-love. Plus, design-wise, they’re beeeeeauuuutiful! Some of these are hand-blown and can double as sculptural vases in their off-time. Here, i’ve gathered a little bit of everything, from modern and minimalist to adventurous and quirky. And just to be fair to my white wine pals, i tossed in the super-cool #12  // wink // cheers!

1. Ravenscroft Crystal Flight Decanter
2. I’m loving the straight-up minimalist design of this iittala 2 Quart Glass Decanter
3. Oval Oak Wine Carafe
4. For a festive table, Handblown Glass Decanter on Etsy
5. Riedel Amadeo Decanter
6. Kosta Boda Chateau Blue Decanter
7. This little guy is meant for small servings, so buy a few and have a blind taste test Wine Tasting Carafe
8. Tipsy? This decanter happily rolls around in sync Rocking Carafe
9. Ravenscroft Crystal Captain’s Decanter
10. Tour Carafe
11. La Rochere Hand Blown ‘Keops’ Glass Carafe
12. Toss in some ice and keep things cool in this Recycled Glass White Wine Decanter
13. Lenox Tuscany Classics Crystal Decanter
14. What a beauty! Murano Glass Handblown ‘Amber Ipanema’ Decanter
15. Riedel Swirl Decanter

new year, new sunny planner

woooooo! happy 2013, again and again. in prep for an organized schedule, i took my intern Aly’s tips and played with type on my new Moleskine planner. here’s how it rolled…
1. measure your Moleskine and comp up an InDesign doc with super fun type, something meaningful for the year’s plans. (i’m assuming this technique could work on a myriad of different substrates, but Moleskine hardcover journals work really well)

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2. here’s the planner i chose from work (we carry Moleskine on all three of my sites!), i LOVE this uplifting yellow, but there are more colors to choose from. grab a ballpoint pen (you’ll need a viscous ink w/lots of sturdy resistance to your hand), your print out, painter’s tape and a fine and fat sharpie.

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3. with painters tape, i simply cut out my print and lined it up (taking note of placement with the belly band)

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4. begin tracing! damn, i remember loathing the type-trace project in school, but now i absolutely love it. so crazy, but any type dork would understand.
5. you should use a ton of pressure with your pen, so the shine of the ink and deboss shows through like in the 2nd picture.

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6. when you’ve finished outlining all your letters (this took a few breaks so my hand could chill out – and so i could enjoy my wine, of course) you can remove the printout and painters tape. toss it! you won’t need it anymore, and you can start to 7. outline the debossed letters with a fine point sharpie. a blind deboss would be super cool too, but i preferred the contrast on this piece.

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8. here’s a dorky picture of me celebrating almost finishing the outline. 9. the fun part – color it all in! with a big ol’ fat sharpie.

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10. and voila!

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here’s to a beautiful 2013. oh! and i also wanted to mention why i love this weekly planner format. each day has several lines, with one week in a spread. i can plan out my posts by title, and still have room for notes on content. a super weird thing i love to do is to write all tentative posts in pencil, and then erase and rewrite in pen when they’re posted. it’s very gratifying!

snowflake frenzy

i’ve recently been tasked with finding a super-quick way to add holiday cheer to our entire site. feeling a little overwhelmed in all the holiday whirlwind, i got back to basics and started to toss snowflakes around. turned out that my boss loved it! i gave them some gold glitter for a little dimension, played with scale and composition for hundreds of these little guys, and here it is! makes me feel all sorts of merry & bright : )