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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Obsessed to say the least!

My heart literally jumped out of my chest when I saw these on AMAZON... I am a Barbie and Shoe lover- what better combo than this?  I was speachless, my heart was beating fast,  my eyes were bulging out and glazing over... but I could not justify the puchase -  so I admire you from afar....at least for now my sweets!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

This makes me smile

I've used this Manolo Blahnik illustration as my desktop background because it brings a smile to my face.  I love shoes, I love art and I love making my space a better place with beautiful little details... whenever possible.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Kicking off the Holiday Season....

It always feels to me that prepping for Halloween kicks off my favorite time of the year...the Holiday Season.  I begin to take out the fall foliage, the pumpkins the dried corn ears. As I  start contemplating crafting projects - making goodie bags is a good way to start getting the creative juices flowing.  I had bought these cute stamps from Stamp N Up a while back when my husband's cousin had a little workshop and showed us a very cute project with this stamp set. I've been wanting to use them for a while now, but I finally did and was pleased with the end result. This is what I mean by simple graphics-you can dress them up, color them up or mix them up and they really make a nice impact.  This year for sure I look forward to making some gifts from the kitchen...stay tuned as the cold days start rolling in and I take in the entire experience of prepping and sharing with family and friends this Holiday Season.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

A Labor of love...




My sis is getting married and we are having a small champagne reception for the final dress fitting. I made these with some card stock and the Sizzix machine shown here - very simple manual machine that embosses textures and patterns, I really enjoyed the process of putting the pieces together.  I used a different embossing technique with the dress detail with embossing powder and a heating machine from Stamp N Up... I love the effect it gives....besides enjoying the creative process what really made my day today was when I was describing these to my coworkers and one of them said - it's all about the details with you uh Monica...? and I said in my mind, with a happy heart- YES!!!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

It's all in the details can have a much deeper meaning...

I decided to start this blog page to kind of highlight and remind myself that there are so many beautiful things in this world that can enhance one's life, surroundings, everyday life... and not to loose sight of the  little things that add up to a whole lot.  Perhaps material things or mundane things, places and traditions, but I just want to say it is much deeper than that....I do realize and acknowledge that.  This was particularly apparent to me yesterday as I heard Sean Stephenson speak at a staff assembly form work.. have you heard of the 3feet Giant?  you can look him up on YouTube or online,  he is truly a giant, not in stature but in wisdom..   - one simple sentence that clicked - that changed his life forever came from his own mother...not the Dali lama or Tony Robbins his mentor.
"Is your condition/disability going to be a gift or a burden?"  Wow! that was so deep and wise from a mother that was basically trying to comfort his distraught and aching son.

The words that come out of our mouths can have a lasting impact.  You never know what comes out of your mouth in words can do to your child of someone you cross paths with...   Its all in the details... of our words, the everyday conversations we hold, with others and with ourselves that can have a lasting impact for the good or for the bad... so we have to be aware of what we say.  Just as we are aware of our surroundings and appreciate every little detail that enriches our lives...

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

I fell in love with the latest illustrations http://www.izakzenou.com from Henri Bendel - they are using these limited edition images in some over sized bags, products and their stationery.  I love stationery!  I think it is so sophisticated and elegant to send and receive a piece of beautiful correspondence. It's all in the details!!!!
This image in particular is of great inspiration... it touches all of my favorite elements, gorgeous pink high heels, over sized sunglasses, a piece of one of my favorite modern furniture pieces- Eames Egg chair, and a girl doing her research (blogging perhaps?) on her laptop... Oh yeah! this made me smile today... enjoy!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Every shoe crazy girl's dream...

Today I find inspiration in this gorgeous storage solution from Ballard Designs- I love this way of displaying a girls most priced posession.  Shoes!  It's all about taking something that makes you happy and elevating it to the next level- making it extra special and enjoyable.  The shoes don't even have to be expensive but you feel luxurious and pampered as you display your collection.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011






When it comes to birthday parties, I find inspiration from everyday images and also from fancy stationery websites.  Then I try to recreate my own interpretation with simple word processing programs and adobe acrobat.  Sure you can use photo shop and illustrator or even publisher but you can also use a simple program such as word and free clip art to create invites, save the date notices and calendars - I was playing around yesterday and did this one for my daughter's upcoming b-day... Did I mention we are thinking Candy Shop Theme...?  Granted it's in a few months from now but I love thinking ahead - Yes! think color color color, clear apothecary containers filled with colorful candy and a flowing chocolate fountain and colorful parisian-macaroons  ...all these in the works.  I will test the Martha Stewart recipe I found on her website and post my progress and final product.  And of course as the months get closer the update on the progress of the party preparations and outcome.

Friday, September 2, 2011

marthastewart.com I have been eyeing these beautiful paper pom poms for a while now, and can't wait to use them at the next girly party I plan - perhaps my daughter's candy shop theme 11th birthday party?  I think they provide a beautiful backdrop for pictures.  I initially got inspired by a picture a friend posted on FB it was a baby's christening.  It is a chandelier made up of colorful topiary balls with draping crystal beads and butterflies... the pictures came out beautiful and once again, I've filed the images on my memory bank for future use.  I will probably end up combining varying sizes and add the crystal beads and butterflies as well, of course in my own interpretation... until that day comes, these pictures will be here to remind me and keep me inspired hope they make you smile too!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

I'm in love

Just came across the photo editing webpage BeFunky... I am totally in love!  As a matter of fact I found an article online "28 Online Photo Editing Websites To have Fun With" I can't wait to try them all.  I just find this is a fun an exciting way to share your ordinary pictures... ya know add those special detials that make them stand out... it just makes my heart beat a little faster, puts a smile on my face... that's what it's all about..

Thursday, August 25, 2011

I love the design process...

Having alot of fun finding little ways to make this blog a little bit more visually appealing.  Adding photos of what inspires me every day, or images that put a smile on my face.  I also added a spot where I can share my favorite websites. I find myself paying extra attention to fun websites that offer unusual and fun items that make every day life more exciting and fun.  I love beautiful little details that enrich my surroundings. I continue to learn and grow.. I am sure this is in a very raw stage, I'm excited for whats to  come.

Monday, August 22, 2011

It's a learning experience....

Being new to blogging will be a journey, a learning experience.. I am slowly but surely gathering my thoughts about it and what direction I want this to go... I am learning that it will definitely be lifestyle blog.. I love gourmet cooking, fun recipies for kids, fashion, interior design, gatherings, crafting, family traditions... so it will unveil as I go along I suppose.

Spent some time with family for a 1st birthday party of one of our nieces - such a cute milestone... I was tickled pink with some minie mouse cake pops my husband's cousin made... I had to share.. Adorable!!!! 

Friday, August 19, 2011

I took a simple black graphic of a chair and made some note cards for myself... I really enjoy.

Simple graphic Images that make me smile...


There is something about this image that makes me happy.
To me it evokes elegance, richness yet it is so simple. Snatched form Microsoft free clip art, this image can be reinvented into so many interpretations, stationary, business cards, invitations, iron transfers, stencils, stickers the possibilities are endless.   I save it on my computer, and memory bank for future creative endeavors.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Creative Juices are flowing....

Brain storming ideas for an upcoming baby shower.. I'm researching websites, generating ideas, finding really cool little details... don't know the theme yet, color scheme, but it's a baby girl...so you can really go to town with the girly stuff.... I love it... I'll post some websites I like as resources and some brainstorming and inspiration pictures.... We'll see how it all develops... I love the creative process.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The begining of sharing my detials with the world...

I have always paid attention to details, as young as I can remember...when I was a kid   and someone asked me for something from the kitchen I would serve it and plate it in a unique way, no one really taught me, I didn't see it from my parents,  it came naturally to me.  I had an eye for details, I appreciated them and embraced them.  Now as an adult I realize it's in everything that you do- every single thing.  From relationships to work to creating an entire life.  Those details are what make this world a better place.  Creating a better place a better experience, producing quality workI feel energized and inspired when I am planning the perfect birthday party, planning the menu, creating the ambiance, from the save the date notices, to the invites to the event to the thank you notes... the same goes for holidays, special events in our lives and of course when I have a design project... and...Now that I map out my plans for the future it becomes more apparent to me and has actually become my tag line, my business model, my motto.  I want to create an special experience with my clients whether it is in interior design or customer service in my place of business -show room, tween specialty hair salon.  I read an article about the founder of build a bear workshop - it was so inspiring, she talked about taking a simple idea and creating an "experience" once you make a bear why would you want to come back?  It's the experience of shopping for your bear or creating a little friend for your existing bear... it left an impression...and I vowed to create an experience for myself, my family my clients and pay attention to the details...
This is my very first blog- I don't know in what direction it will go..but I plan to share all my little ideas and details as they come to me, as I plan for the next birthday, party, trip, business venture, design project etc... and hopefully I can contribute in a small way, in my own way, into making the world around me a better place one detail at a time.