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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Make Your Packages Pretty with Maison De Papier!

Not too long ago I discovered Maison De Papier, a fabulous stationary company with a whole lot of southern flair and it's based right here in Atlanta. The creator, Jennifer Stephens, offers high quality stationary with a wide range of products and of course everything is customizable from embellishments to colors to fonts. Her collections include Family, Women's, Men's & Sporting and Children and from within these collections, clients can choose from gift tags, calling cards, blotters and flat cards with coordinating envelopes... really anything your heart desires!

Jennifer Stephens' cards make these pretty packages pop!

Gift Tags

Calling Cards


Flat Cards & Coordinating Envelopes

My absolute favorite product she carries would have to be her gift tags... these are perfect for a practical person like me. I must admit I'm not big into Hallmark cards. Rarely do I go out and buy a card that says 'Happy Birthday' or 'Congratulations' to accompany my present. It's not that I'm cheap... I'll spend the $3 on a card, it's just that half the time I can't find one worth reading. The cards I pick up are either not as humorous as intended, or they sound cheesy as if in need of something sentimental. Not to mention it takes too much of my time going through all the selections only to settle on one I'm not really crazy about. So all too often I find myself bypassing the card, which is exactly why Jennifer's gift tags are perfect for me. I just tie one around my gift bag, maybe write a short and sweet line or two on the back and there you have it... a pretty and customized topper for your package!

To purchase 24 gift tags you spend $24 so they're a great buy in my opinion. Recently, I purchased two sets from her, one bearing our last name and the second with my daughter's name, and needless to say I've put them to good use! You can see a picture of these below. I've enjoyed using them so much that I plan to buy more and give them as gifts!

These I like to drape over a bottle of wine and give as a hostess gift when invited to a dinner party.

Toddlers' birthday parties are a big part of our world these days so I knew having some customized for my daughter would be a wise spend.

One last thing, as I was perusing Maison De Papier's website I noticed they were featured in one of my favorite magazines, Garden and Gun. This is a publication my husband has been in love with for some time now and I too have been sucked in by its literary charms. If you have never read a copy of Garden and Gun and you have an appreciation for the finer things the South has to offer, then I highly recommend this magazine. It's more sophisticated than the title may imply, but I think the name is befitting considering the wide range of topics their articles cover. It's a real honor that Jennifer's lovely paper products were featured in this publication. You can read their tribute to her craft here.


Thursday, January 31, 2013

a little Mardi Gras revelrie...

Is it really almost February?!  How did that happen?  I still feel like we just rounded the bend after Halloween and are heading full-speed ahead to Christmas.  But then I shake off the ol' noggin fog and realize... no, it's mid-winter, almost February, and before you can say "Happy Valentine's Day!" -- it'll be warm out!  How does that happen and, more importantly, can we slow this ride down?

Gosh, I didn't know Father Time moonlighted as the Grim Reaper (check out that scythe)!  I guess everyone was doing what they had to do in ye olde 1880's and 1890's to make a shilling.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Homemade Fudge Recipe

My nanny - Betty, who was just like a grandmother to me, use to make this fudge when I was little and the taste of it alone brings back so many fond childhood memories. I can still see Betty (or Beb as I so affectionately called her) sitting in the kitchen stirring a batch of hot fudge over the stove top... it didn't have to be a special holiday or occasion either, she would just randomly whip up this homemade chocolatey goodness for all of us kids. Beb helped raised me from the time I was brought home from the hospital and remained in my life even after my parents no longer needed her childcare services. Both of my grandmothers lived out of state so in many ways she filled in the gaps. Still to this day my mother will say how grateful she was to have her around. Beb is no longer with us, I believe she's gone on to a much better place, but I'll never forget that special lady who always had so much love for me and my siblings and often showed us that love through her cooking.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Know your colors, ladies....

Bear with me readers.... today I want to get a little artsy-fartsy on you.  I want to talk about colors.  No, I don't mean your own individual colors that we girls used to be taught about, i.e., whether you are a cool person or a warm person or a neutral person.  Doesn't it seem no one really talks about those things anymore, at least not as much as they used to?  (Somewhere, Mary Kay Ash just sat up from the grave and wants to slap me silly. But really, I'm just not sure those rules are as important as they once were.  I'll bet you a pink Cadillac not as much as they did 50 years ago.  But I digress).

Miss Mary Kay Ash herself.  Glamorous til the end.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

We're Ringing in the New Year with this Butterscotch Cake Recipe!

Happy New Year!

By now I'm sure your collard greens (symbolizing a prosperous new year) and black eyed peas (representing good health) are on the stove top, but if you're still unsure of what to make for dessert then allow me to suggest a delicious butterscotch cake! It's truly one of my favorites... I got the recipe from my sister-in-law and everyone I've made this for says it's amazing! It's simple to whip together too... below is all you need to know!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

On the day AFTER Christmas, my true love gave to me....

Hello dear readers and I hope that all our Christian readers had a wonderful Christmas day yesterday. We enjoyed time with family and friends, and actually, my family is not quite done with our get-togethers!  And that's A-OK with me, as I like to spread out the festivities and good cheer. 

For today's post, at the risk of being redundant, I want to share a few more images of Christmas around our home and a few other places this season.  Christmas cards, cookies, and the Pink Pig, oh my!!  Please indulge me, as I figure that this is my last chance til about 11 months from now to get in the Christmas spirit!

Without further adieu....

The below cake was actually my birthday cake, which was celebrated earlier in December.  Thanks to the hubby and my stepmom for this great cake!  Don't you love the tall candles??


Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Peppermint Wreath

I was flipping through this month's issue of Better Homes and Gardens and on page 39 I saw this really fun peppermint candy wreath. This inspired me to try and make my own so I went to Michael’s today and picked up a few things to get started. I'm not finished with this yet, it takes some time for the glue to dry so you're attaching the candy in stages, but thought I'd go ahead and post a couple pictures since I'm so behind on blogging. My apologies for the delay, but it's been a crazy week and I still have so much to do before the 25th! :) And since I won't be posting until after Christmas I thought it would be best to go ahead and share this in case it should give you a last minute gift idea. This little wreath would make the perfect holiday hostess gift... in fact that's what I intend to do with mine once it's finished! :)

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

And Visions of Sugarplums Danced in Their Heads...

For today's post, I just wanted to share some Christmas images from around my house.... hope all are enjoying their holiday seasons!


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

10 Holiday Gifts All Under $20!

Forgive me for not getting this post up sooner, but blogging took a back seat to my Christmas cards this week! So much to do, so little time. Anyway, I'd like to share with you some of my top picks for Holiday gifts, and the best part is that all of these items are under $20. I thought this might stir up an idea or two for those of us who love to give, but need to watch what we spend! Read on for my top 10 gifts under $20.

Anthropologie's Voluspa candle. They have several scents to choose from, but my absolute favorite is the Santiago Huckleberry. I could stand around with this to my nose literally all day and never get sick of it. Love this three wick candle, and at $18 it makes the perfect gift under $20.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Christmas planning is underway!

Hello dear readers!

I hope that each and every one of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  As for us, we spent 4 days enjoying family, friends, food and good times.  I've been battling a sinus infection (yuck), but let me tell you, that didn't stop me from having a great time with loved ones this past week.  Since just this past Wednesday, my husband and I have enjoyed: a date night at Empire State South (read about sister restaurant 5 and 10 in one of my Athens-centered posts, here), a performance by Yacht Rock Revue - y'all recall how we love this band! - at classic Atlanta haunt Smith's Old Bar, two days of family get-togethers, and a smashing wedding reception for one of my oldest friends and his lovely bride (they married about a month ago on a mountain-top in the northeast - how romantic is that?)  Oh, and lest I forget, we also enjoyed watching another delicious win (4 in a row, to be exact) for our beloved Georgia Bulldogs over in-state rival Georgia Tech.  It was a great weekend for the Forlines!