Monday, March 28, 2011

Happy Birthday to Me! - Tinka & Tiga

I just finished celebrating an absolutely fabulous birthday weekend with my family.  It was filled with cupcakes, date night, extra special birthday meals, and the official opening of my very own online store!! I'm so excited to announce that I have my very first "Prête-à-Party" printable collection up for sale in my new Etsy shop, Tinka & Tiga!

Tinka & Tiga is named in honor of my late Great Aunt Peggy, the consummate hostess and glamour girl.  Everything about Peggy was always just so: from her perfectly applied signature red lipstick, to her miniature poodles Tinka & Tiga (who sported matching pedicures and bows in the same shade of signature red), to the festive fêtes she often threw!  When I think of fun, stylish parties Aunt Peggy always comes to mind. :)

I hope you enjoy my premiere collection of party printables, "Zoo Pals"!  Featuring cute animal illustrations, polka dots, and stripes in shades of yellow and red, this set was inspired by my one year old Max, who loves to point to the animals and make their sounds. (According to him, Giraffes and Lions have a very similar roar!)

Zoo Pals includes a 5 x 7 Panel Invitation, a 3 1/2 x 5 folding Thank You Note Card, Happy Birthday Banner, Patterned 3" Bunting, Drink Wraps, Party Labels, 7 Party Logo/Circles perfect for cupcake toppers, hang tags, and napkin rings, Cupcake Wrappers, Fold Over Favor Bag Toppers made to fit standard sandwich bags and 6 inch cello bags, and 4 different patterned papers.

Please check out our newly opened storefront on Etsy...this is just the first of many printable collections to come...I hope you enjoy!  (A la Carte listings coming soon!)

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Mardi Gras Madness - A King of a Cake!

A couple of weekends ago I attended the first annual San Elijo Hills Mardi Gras Celebration.  (You may remember the poster I designed for it a while back, which you can see here.)  I think I can speak for everyone when I say a good time was had by all!  I also had the pleasure of meeting the gals from "The Crimson Cake" who created an amazing cake inspired by my poster design!

If that wasn't enough, they are also the culinary geniuses behind the most AMAZING red velvet cupcake (or two) I have ever eaten in my life!  It's safe to say that I'm a little obsessed with them now, so much so that I demanded that my husband immediately order some in anticipation of my upcoming birthday...I can't wait!!  If you live in the San Diego area I highly recommend that you get your hands on some of their delectable (and beautiful) creations.

Monday, March 21, 2011

San Elijo Hills Buy Local - The Movie

Totally diggin' this short video that my hubby (Adrian Henke of HungrySquid) put together highlighting the San Elijo Hills Buy Local "Sidewalk Sunday" event I took part in on March 13th.  Check it might even catch a glimpse or two of yours truly!

San Elijo Hills Buy Local Event 3/13/11 from Adrian Henke on Vimeo.

A supplement to the San Elijo Hills Foundation's Buy Local campaign, featuring highlights from the successful 3/13/11 event. Produced, shot with a Canon 7D, and edited by HungrySquid. Music by HungrySquid composer Adrian Henke.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

We Have a Winner! - SEH Buy Local Giveaway

I had a great time participating in San Elijo Hills' "Buy Local" Sidewalk Sunday event this past weekend.  I met a ton of new people, got a chance to show off some of my work, and signed up a ton of folks for a chance to win a free custom printable party in the theme and color scheme of their choice!  Now, I know most people these days use newfangled technology to choose their contest winners, but I decided to do this the good old fashioned way:  with some slips of paper, a hat, and a one year old.  Who needs when I'm the proud owner/operator of a

Congratulations to Monica Hackett!!  We hope you and your guests enjoy your custom party...(Don't thank me, thank my child labor!)

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Buy Local - San Elijo Hills

This weekend I had the pleasure of getting involved with my hometown's "Buy Local" campaign by participating in their new "Sidewalk Sunday" program.


Over 30 local vendors had booths showcasing their wares...what a great way to get to know some local businesses that I never even knew were around! 


Residents were treated to tons of free samples and giveaways and their kids (and even some adults!) enjoyed face painting, balloon animals and a giantt bounce house.  I had a great time meeting a ton of fellow residents and showing off some of my favorite invitations and paper goods.  Can't wait to announce the winner of our giveaway-- one lucky resident will win a free custom designed printable party!!