Archive for ‘Miscellaneous Links’

December 17, 2010

Get Your Craft On: Do-It-Yourself Candy Cane Ornament

I’m headed to bed, but just stumbled upon this quick little craft and had to share. For full, specific instructions and a list of what you’ll need, be sure to visit Hostess With the Mostess:

Photo Credit: Hostess With the Mostess Blog

Photo Credit: Hostess With the Mostess Blog

Photo Credit: Hostess With the Mostess Blog

December 17, 2010

Quirk #3,204: Paper goods and fabric make my heart sing.

If you’re in the market for invitations, paper goods, fabric, stationery, and anything cute, Ann Kelle may be the lady you’re looking for. Below you’ll find an assortment of her products, any and all of which look sweet enough to eat.

It all started in 2000. Well, to be fair, we probably need to go back a bit further to when nine year old Kelle Boyd was carting around sketches of her own line of children’s clothing and wedding dresses in her backpack. Fast forward to over a decade later, Kelle had long since traded in her colored pencils for a career in public policy. While working for the Mayor of Nashville (and a bit stressed), Kelle’s childhood dream was rekindled when she went to a local craft store to purchase art supplies as a stress reliever. Two years later, Kelle took a step of faith and launched Ann Kelle Designs. Her fresh and bright designs immediately caught the attention of the industry. A week following her debut, her designs were being presented to Target. (Ann Kelle, About)

Photo Credit: Ann Kelle

Photo Credit: Ann Kelle

Photo Credit: Ann Kelle

Photo Credit: Ann Kelle, Hostess With the Mostess

Photo Credit: Ann Kelle, Hostess With the Mostess

Photo Credit: Ann Kelle, Hostess With the Mostess

Photo Credit: Ann Kelle, Hostess With the Mostess


Ann Kelle / Ann Kelle Blog

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December 17, 2010

Online Magazines: A Legitimate Excuse to Stay Indoors

After three hours of extensive, pleasurable research, I’ve managed to formulate a rather extensive list of online magazines sure to keep you indoors until Spring. Okay, maybe not that long, but surely long enough for a relaxing weekend.

Note: All pictures and descriptions are property of each respective magazine.

1. Sweet Paul Magazine / Sweet Paul Blog

Sweet Paul magazine is based on Paul Lowe’s wildly successful blog Sweet Paul, which ranked 22nd in the London Time’s Top 50 Best Design Blogs. With over 100,000 hits a month Sweet Paul has become a regular read for editors, stylists and foodies all over the world. Paul’s motto is “chasing the sweet things in life” and the magazine sure lives up to that. It will be filled with easy and elegant recipes, fun and stylish crafts, entertaining ideas, shopping tips, up and coming crafters and so much more.

2. Rue Magazine / Rue Blog

Your pathway to stylish living.

3. Nonpareil MagazineNonpareil Blog

Nonpareil is an online magazine that approaches weddings and other occasions with a focus on hip, stylish, do-it-yourself projects and inspiration, and our goal is to awaken your creative side and to help you plan a beautiful wedding in a more accessible way.

4. Babiekins Magazine / Babiekins Blog

Babiekins is a magazine that translates the style,comfort, and sophistication of must-haves for real kids all around the globe. We feature a range of fashionable designs and designers, amazing party ideas, an array of fun DIY projects, family relationships, as well as real issues concerning children.

5. Southern Flourish / Southern Flourish Blog

Southern Flourish is dedicated to producing a chic, modern magazine full of fresh editorial for those that love and live the new Southern style. Created for and by young Southerners, the magazine highlights the best of the Southern lifestyle, while providing readers with enjoyable content that helps improve and enrich their lives.


LMNOP is a free quarterly PDF magazine for hip, stylish parents and their children. Practical and fun, LMNOP shows you how to laugh, make, nurture, organise and play – with the best of everything right at your fingertips.

LMNOP only showcases unique and imaginative brands and products. We source many things from all over the world and have a keen interest in introducing our audience to artists, designers, and companies who offer something truly clever and unique.

And whilst we share many labels and products with our readers, we also (more importantly) share ideas on how to have fun with your children. Bringing you book reviews, fun craft ideas, recipes for home-made treats, the latest info on things to see and do, plus exciting ways to celebrate holidays and important occasions.

7. Maeve Magazine / Maeve Magazine Blog

MAEVE Magazine is a quarterly online publication aimed at the conscious consumer. MAEVE targets 30- 40 something’s… women… grown ups… parents… people who want more from their media. MAEVE is an observatory on human kind, incorporating a plethora of ideas and inspiration to bring life to your life and your family.


8. N.E.E.T. Magazine / N.E.E.T. Blog

N.E.E.T. Magazine is the brainchild of Stephanie J, who is based in the UK. Everything in the magazine is handpicked, designed and organised by her, the editor. N.E.E.T. began in December 2005 as a quarterly, online publication, laid out in a magazine format – as a showcase for grassroots creativity. N.E.E.T. is the first of its kind – online, free and packed with everyone from a crafter creating from their kitchen table, to a fashion design graduate straight out of college, to a team of people doing it for the love of it. N.E.E.T. Magazine is an eco-friendly, grassroots style bible for the digital age. It would be impossible without the wonderful contributions of all those involved and many thanks goes to a wide network of global talent, with the internet playing a vital part in research and communication.

What Do You Think: What online magazines can’t you get enough of?

December 12, 2010

Lonny Magazine and Extracurricular Reading

Photo Credit: Lonny Magazine

I don’t read. I should, I could, but I really don’t. Well, let me rephrase that for all of my past and future employers who may be reading this— I can and do read when it is required or expected of me, meaning I don’t request my bosses draw me pictures of the day’s tasks, I just don’t read for leisure. While I’d like to blame graduate school for this sad-but-true fact, the truth remains—I was never much of an extracurricular reader, even as a kid.

As with any sweeping statement, there are definite exceptions. Lonny Magazine, for instance, has become a bimonthly read for me. According to their website:

Launched in October 2009, Lonny is a bimonthly online magazine that focuses on lifestyle and home decor. Founded by designer Michelle Adams and photographer Patrick Cline, Lonny highlights extraordinary interiors, innovative bloggers, and the latest market finds. Lonny has been featured in Vanity FairThe New York Times, and blogs worldwide, and has highlighted design luminaries ranging from Cath Kidston to Kelly Wearstler.

At Lonny, we believe in making design choices that lead to personal happiness. We value individual style and independent thinking, and are convinced that inspired design can be achieved anywhere—from the smallest studio apartment to the grandest estate.

OUR MISSION is to open the doors to accessible design and connect our readers to their favorite products and resources at the click of a mouse. Our freedom from page limits means that we can share more content in each issue, delivering an intimate look into the way people really live.

My love for Lonny Magazine is three-fold, since their blog and their website are just as delicious (read: creative, organized, inspiring, fresh) as the magazine itself.

My mom will be so proud I’m reading again, especially since she’s a very devoted subscriber of Brittany in Public Relations, but she’ll be even more interested in my reading recommendation.

Source: Lonny Magazine

December 2, 2010

Romance and Happenstance

Whenever I find a creative, innovative, aesthetically-pleasing but still informative blog, I’m a happy girl. Recently, I stumbled upon Romance and Happenstance, a fresh and inspiring wedding and event planning blog. Its creator, Courtni, has such an eye for detail and kitsch, something I can’t help but be drawn to.

Courtni and I recently joined forces, and using thumbprints as our theme, collaborated on a post. If I didn’t know better, I’d say we share a brain, or at least similar tastes and perspectives.

Photo Credit: Romance and Happenstance

Courtni, I enjoy your blog so much, and look forward to working with you again!! You’re a doll and I think you’ve got such great taste. Success is definitely headed your direction!!

What Do You Think: How crucial is theme when planning a wedding or special event?