Etsy Love | 08

April 17, 2014


 
It’s been awhile since I’ve shared some of my Etsy favorites. Even though I’ve been away from the internet, I keep finding myself browsing for some handmade goodies – just can’t get enough! And is it any surprise there vases on here?! ;)
 
| xoxo rubberstamp
| dot packing tape
| concrete geometric vase
| linen zipper pouch
| bud vases
| stacking silver rings

Free Printables | Hello

April 9, 2014

Oh hello, remember me?? I know I’ve been MIA lately, but things have been crazy busy – in a very good way! But nonetheless, busy, so I’ll be popping in and out of this blog world.
 
I, however, did find time to do a little doodling and came up with this bright and springy “Hello” card for you all to print! I’m guest posting on Lark & Linen today, so head over there to download, print and share!

Weekend Style | 01

April 4, 2014


 
Oh hello, weekend! This week has been crazy, to say the least… and it’s about to get more chaotic. So, I’m definitely looking forward to the weekend. Even though I’ll still be running around doing errands, I plan on doing it in comfort and style ;)

What are your weekend plans? Whatever it is, have a great one!
  

  

 

 
shift dress, sun hat, clog sandal, black clutch, another feather necklace, rope ring

Edible White Chocolate Mint Mousse Cups

March 31, 2014

Let’s start the week off right, shall we?? You all know how much I adore Ashley, so I’m beyond excited and happy to have her on here, sharing this sweet, delicious treat. I mean chocolate + white chocolate + mint mousse and all completely edible?? I’ll take 20 please! Enjoy, friends ;)

Hello! I, Ashley, am super excited to get to share this recipe for white chocolate mint mousse cups with you all. Not just because I adore Victoria and everything that she does, but also because these cute little bites are entirely edible and that’s something worth celebrating in my book!

They’re actually pretty simple to make (let’s be honest, I can’t make many things that aren’t), and are perfect for upcoming evening soirees with friends since guests can just grab and go.

Ingredients:

9 ounces white chocolate chips
1 cup heavy cream
*1 egg white
1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
Edible chocolate cups
Mint leaves and peppermint wafers for garnish (optional)

First, double boil the white chocolate chips to melt them evenly, or you can temper it in the microwave if that’s easier for you.

In another bowl, whip the cream, egg white and extract together with a mixer. You want soft peaking rather than a stiff mixture.

Put a big dollop of cream onto the slightly cooled chocolate and mix, then gently stir the remainder in increments. Let the mousse cool in the fridge thoroughly as to not melt the chocolate cups when you serve. You can also freeze the chocolate cups if you’d like an even more chilled dessert.

Now, fill the cups with the mousse mixture, and top with your garnishes and serve immediately.

Photos and post by Ashley of Sugar & Cloth

The Object Enthusiast + Giveaway

March 28, 2014


 
Happy Friday! Is it just me or did this week fly by? Maybe it’s all the traveling I’ve been doing, or the fun we’ve been having?! Either way, so happy for the weekend! And you know what else I’m happy about? All your love and kind words for my 1 year blogiversary! I really hope you all have been enjoying the giveaways as much as I have. When I started blogging, I didn’t really know what I wanted to do or talk about – I just wanted to make pretty things! Throughout this whole process, what I love the most is meeting and getting to know amazing artists, makers and creatives. Seriously, I love that people dedicate their lives to doing what they love and sharing their talents and creations with the world. So it’s important for me to showcase the people and products that I’ve been loving and admiring throughout the year.
 
Whew. Okay that was long. Bottom line – THANK YOU! THANK YOU! Now, let’s just do a quick recap, shall we:
 
| 10% discount on Elizabeth Suzann
| Living Room Glass Terrarium
| Made in Rye Necklaces
| Oh, Hello Friend $50 Gift Card
 
For our last giveaway, Emily from The Object Enthusiast is giving away one of her facet vessel. I remember the first time I started seeing Emily’s pieces all over the interwebs – and never knew they were all handmade by this lovely lady. And her newest creation? These hanging vessels – ahh love!! I’m sure you’ve seen her work, but if not, make sure you check it out, she’s amazingly talented!
 
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Giveaway is for US residents only. Begins March 28, 2014 and ends April 11, 2014. Hanging Vessel photo was provided by The Object Enthusiast.

Oh, Hello Friend + Giveaway

March 27, 2014


 
Have you ever met someone and just knew you’d be friends forever? That’s what happened with me and Danni. I met Danni a few weeks ago, and she is the absolute sweetest and cutest with the biggest heart and most creative mind. Needless to say, I went a little crazy at her Oh, Hello Friend booth, buying pretty much everything in sight, and distracting her from the other customers – just chatting up a storm. I wish we had more time for girl talk, but she’s a business woman. So, we’ll just save that for our next meeting.
 
Danni started blogging over at Oh, Hello Friend back in 2008. Since then, she has gained a huge following, traveled around the world, opened a retail shop in Orange County, and recently just launched the OHF online store.
 
So Danni is helping me celebrate by giving one reader $50 store credit to the OHF Online Shop. Have you ever been?? It has a little bit of everything – from cards, stamps, gift tags, stationary to jewelry, home goods, and so much more. If you’re like me and want to bring snail mail back, this is the place for you. You can enter by using the rafflecopter below.
 
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Giveaway is for US residents only. Begins March 27, 2014 and ends April 10, 2014. Photos were provided by Oh, Hello Friend.

Made in Rye + Giveaway

March 26, 2014

Happy Wednesday, friends! I hope you’re all having a great week and enjoying these giveaways!! I’ve been on the road, traveling so it’s been a little difficult for me to keep up with all the comments and e-mails, but I will respond to everyone soon, promise!
 
You may or may not remember the first time I talked about Made in Rye here. Well, Abbie is back to help me celebrate as well as talk about her spring line, which should be releasing soon!

Even though it’s still sweater weather here in NY, springtime is just around the corner. I cannot wait to introduce the spring collection here at made in rye – fresh, colorful, and new. What could be better than that? This spring is looking like lots of bucket totes and leather accessories you can wear – from leather necklaces to leather harnesses. harnesses? yes, harnesses. Pair these user friendly and body shaping leather wares with a classic collared skirt and some boyfriend jeans or even a loose maxi dress. Next up, t-shirt fashion, because lets face it, what’s better than throwing on a tee, skinny jeans, and putting the whole look together with a single necklace – think bulky, large statement pieces made using hand-dyed indigo and soft shades, thick canvas rope, large metal pendants, and lots of various shaped bangles – all hand forged. Bookmark our site and keep a look out towards the beginning of April for the new looks!

Abigail McKenzie
 

And for my 1 year blogging anniversary, Abbie is generously giving one reader two necklaces from her shop – the azul silk + turquoise as well as the buffalo inju. You can enter by using the rafflecopter below.
 
But that’s not all! Abbie is so kind and wants everyone to be a winner, so she’s giving everyone a 15% discount with the promo code OHSOPRETTY on Made in Rye. So sweet, right?!
 
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Giveaway is for US residents only. Begins March 26, 2014 and ends April 9, 2014. Promo code OHSOPRETTY expires April 9, 2014. Photos were provided by Made in Rye.

Living Room Glass + Giveaway

March 25, 2014

I am so excited to introduce you to Living Room Glass! Not only are these terrariums absolutely beautiful, they’re also environmentally friendly – Jessie creates each piece by hand with recycled glass and lead free solder – so good, right? And can we take a minute to admire this lookbook? I mean, the photostyling is incredible!

I always think it’s so interesting to learn about other creatives – how they got started and where they find inspiration. Jessie is no exception, when she told me her story, I knew had to share it with you exactly how it was written, in her own words.

I started cutting glass in 2004 when I worked for another stained glass studio here in Cincinnati. For 8 years I worked there, designing and building stained glass windows for local restaurants, churches, and historic homes. It was time to move on in 2012, so I started my current career as a commercial photo stylist. But I missed having my hands on glass, so I started making my own glass pieces at home. And I settled on the terrarium idea because that was something I never got to make while working for the other stained glass studio. It was nice to be my own boss and make my own designs!

In 2013 I took a trip to the west coast. In an old San Francisco storefront I saw a geometric glass terrarium that was made in the 70′s. It blew my mind. Of all of the 1970′s crafts that are making a comeback now, I was most attracted to these glass plant holders. The hard lines of the glass juxtaposing with the soft organic plants made so much sense to me. So I came home and built 15 terrariums/planters that were inspired by California design, 70′s craft, and desert plants.

It was important to me to not buy brand new glass when there are plenty scraps of glass in this world. So I get my scrap glass from a local re-use store here in Cincinnati, called Building Value (it’s a great place with a great cause). But sometimes I need colored glass which is not as easy to find, so I buy those scraps from a local stained glass studio. Which is where I also buy my lead-free solder, and black-back copper foil. I use the “copper-foil” method, aka “Tiffany” style, because it is best suited for 3d glass work.

I make these pieces in my living room that I converted into a studio (never walk barefoot in my home, so many glass shards)! While I do miss having a nice sitting area, it’s been so nice working in my own home. I’m much more encouraged to work when I only have to walk into the next room, and I’m surrounded by my own plants, furniture and kitchen! It can get lonely though in a one person studio, so I have friends over a lot for collaborations. My next collaboration is going to be with my friends at the Brush Factory, we’ll be making candle holders and plant stands together. Lighting is the obvious next step for me. Glass just naturally looks best when lit up!


 

 
For my 1 year blogging anniversary, Jessie is generously giving away this diamond tabletop terrarium – it’s absolutely beautiful! You can enter by using the rafflecopter below.
 
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Giveaway is for US residents only. Begins March 25, 2014 and ends April 8, 2014. Photos were provided by Living Room Glass.

Elizabeth Suzann

March 24, 2014

Okay before I get into how much I love Elizabeth Suzann, I wanted to let you know that my one year blog anniversary is this week (tomorrow, March 25, to be exact) – YAY! And to thank you all for your love, support, and encouragement, I’m having some of my friends help me celebrate the best way I know how – giving to you and supporting local creatives! First one up is the incredibly sweet and talented Elizabeth Pape.
 
Elizabeth is a self-taught designer who has an amazing eye and talent for creating pieces that are both beautiful and functional. She strives for simplicity, quality, and longevity by developing thoughtful, well-designed garments that can be dressed up or down and worn any time of the year. She uses natural plant / protein based materials – including silk, cotton, linen and, rayon – which feel better against your skin, get softer with each wear, and last longer. Naturally, Elizabeth Suzann is filled with timeless looks that are simple, beautiful, and effortless!
 
Take one look at the lookbook, and you’ll fall in love! I can see myself living in the cal skirt, wearing it everywhere, even my wedding, perhaps?? ;) I tried to pick my favorites to share with you, but it was too hard, I love it all!
 
Elizabeth is generously giving Oh So Pretty readers 10% off your entire order with the promo code SOPRETTY on Elizabeth Suzann. Eeek, so excited!

Images from Elizabeth Suzann. Promo code SOPRETTY expires April 7, 2014.

Plum Pretty Sugar Cosmetic Bag

March 22, 2014

Give me a bag, and I’ll put it to good use! Plum Pretty Sugar recently released their cosmetic bag in Pink Love Poppy – just in time for Spring and perfect for travel or on the go. I actually think these would make great brides and bridesmaid gifts / kits, just fill them up with some lip balm, facial / blotting tissues, stain remover, bobby pins, and mints – good to go!
 
What do you think?