Baby, Baby Shower, Boy, Girl, Invitations, Thank You

This adorable, little onsie is perfect for your upcoming Baby Shower or to announce your Little One’s arrival. Which ever the case, I’ll customize it to meet your needs.

The pink onesie sample flips open to reveal your information inside. Papers, ribbons, and embellishments are all chosen by you. Each piece is approximately 7 1/4″ x 7 1/4″ and comes with a white, square envelope.

The blue onesie was done for a Tiffany themed baby shower.  The information was printed on the front and the back.  Crystal gems and embossing was also used.  The envelopes were custom printed in the Tiffany motif.  Add the coordinating diaper “Thank You” cards to finish your event.

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Play Ball!

Baby, Baby Shower, Baseball, Birthday, Boy, Invitations

Calling all baseball fans! It’s time to Play Ball!  This is a great interactive invitation for a baseball themed birthday party or baby shower.  The front features hand stitched accents and sanded edges to give the glove an authentic look. Turn it over to reveal the pocket holding a double sided ball. One side is a standard ball image, the other has the printed party information. A fun and interactive invitation for fans of all ages. Each measures approximately 6 1/2″ tall x 7″ wide and comes with a white envelope.

Play Ball!

Play Ball!

Back, pocket holds ball

Back, pocket holds ball

Ball has invite information

Ball has invite information

Maxx Joseph Baptism

Baby, Baby Shower, Baptism, Bridal Shower

I had the pleasure to work with my dear friend, Karen on this wonderful event.  The baptism of a baby is such a magical, inspirational, and glorious celebration of God’s eternal LOVE and I LOVED being involved with it!

Karen wanted to create an elegant room without being so elegant it became uncomfortable.  I think we accomplished just that.  The combination of natural burlap and white, a little glitter and pearls, and tree branches and paper details all worked together.  Shabby Elegance!

We were able to use my cupcake tree and hang cupcakes for a little whimsy.  And just a touch of blue was found everywhere around the room with lots of little ribbon bows and blue printing on the white paper.

A special thanks to my little girl… Dani was such an incredible help the entire morning of set-up.  She awoke very early, eager to do what ever she could to help and never stopped until the drive home!  Mommy loves you – my little angel 🙂


Table for 10


July, 2012 I helped Erin Borges create elements for a table sponsored by her husband for the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce 2012 Business Excellence Awards.  Local businesses are selected to participate in the event.

Here were the rules:

  • Decorate one table for 10 guests to promote your business or organization. Be creative to leave a lasting impression for those who will be seated at your table as well as all attendees as they review the room.
  • Dinnerware, silverware, glassware, and white table linens will be provided (but you may provide your own if you would prefer a different color). You will be responsible for folding the white napkins.
  • Two awards will be given for the best Design-a-Tables: The Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce Chair Award and the Business Excellence Committee Award.
  • Provide 10 individual “gifts” for your table. This is important as this will be how each guest will remember your business representation. Based on past “Design-a-Table” reviews, the gifts were one of the most highly anticipated features.
  • No open alcoholic beverages or balloons may be used as favors or decorations.
  • Table decorations must be no higher than 12”.

Erin created the “spine” theme and without looking like it was Halloween or “cartoonish”, an elegant color scheme and materials were used.  I designed a spine pattern for the table cloth, uploaded it to Spoonflower and had the custom fabric printed.  Erin found the clear acrylic box to hold the gifts for the attendees.  Tea light holders were stacked inside and looked like a spine!  So cool!  The recipient also received a gift card for chiropractic services from Dr. Borges.  But we couldn’t just use a standard gift card, oh no, too blah!  I cut acrylic and sandwiched the gift certificate in-between the layers to coordinate with the clear & silver used throughout the table.

Erin did such an amazing job designing the table and it was so different from all the others.  We were fighting for the win but sadly, no such luck.  We were defeated and didn’t take home either award 😦

Venue:  Monterey Conference Center

Table Sponsor:  Dr. Shawn C. Borges

Floral, tablescape and concept:  Erin Borges Event Design

Rental:  Hartmann Studios

Pebble Beach – OMG!


I can hardly contain myself as I think back…

Erin Borges calls me one evening in June of last year and tells me that Pebble Beach is in need of her (our) services.  Wait, breath.  Do I scream?  No, stay professional.  “Of course, sounds great” as I’m about to pee my pants.  Why so excited you ask?  Well, anyone who knows me, knows that I come from a golfing family and LOVE the sport.  I grew up dreaming of one day visiting Pebble Beach, smelling the salt air, and being amidst the greats who graced the greens.  (Not to mention my crush on Phil Mickelson and the thought that he may be there; GULP!)  And now I have an opportunity to BE a part of an event there.  Holy Cow!  To say I was coming unglued as Erin shared the details of the event is an understatement.

The event, Nature Valley’s First Tee Open, was held the week of July 4th, 2012.  Erin and I were responsible for designing and creating elements for the women’s event held the day prior to the tournament.  Corporate and player’s wives were pampered and spent the day learning tips and tricks for party hosting, etc.  I created itineraries for each guest.  The personalized card was made to look like a girl at the spa with cucumbers over her eyes and a mirror paper on the back.  (My image here doesn’t show the mirror paper.)  They turned out really nice and worked well for the event.


I also created paper flowers for napkin rings and place card holders to coordinate with the floral table theme Erin created.  She also did a coral themed table.

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Each guest also received a ready-to-bake S’more dessert inside this custom designed gable box.  (My coffee cup was used for demonstration purposes here.)

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The ladies were also given a tutorial on how to create ribbon roses.  The instructions and materials were included in this adorable tote made from paper.


Here is a link to the professional photos taken at the event.  Yes, that’s Arnold Palmer, Hale Irwin, and Carson Daly in some of the photos.  Yup, it’s like I was there hanging out for the weekend 🙂

I still get butterflies in my stomach when I think back to this event.  I look forward to being able to visit the Monterey Peninsula and breath in its beauty.  Thank You Erin for bringing me one step closer.


Erin Borges


So here I am, a few orders into my new business and I am found by an event designer in California.  Erin Borges of Erin Borges Event Design saw my invites and asked if I’d work with her on her daughter’s first birthday.  Of course I said “YES” and we became fast friends.  Erin and I worked for months and created an invite like no other –  a pop-up doll house!  The theme of the event was based on a play on her daughters’ name,  the “DahlHouse”.  The invitations started a relationship with Erin and I and over a year later, we’re still going strong!  Visit my “DahlHouse” page to see images of the invitations.  Also, there is a link to photos of the entire event that were published on the Hostess with The Mostess blog.

I’ll be posting images later of different events we’ve collaborated on.  So many fun and exciting days I’ve had over the past year!  Thanks Erin!


The beginning…

Ballet, Bumble Bee, Girl, Invitations

Well here’s where it started…

Flash back to March 2011.  I knew I wanted to craft, professionally but wasn’t sure where to start.  A friend told me about Etsy and the rest is history.

After listing a few items I had crafted and no sales, I was beginning to get discouraged.  I searched for invitations that matched the caliber of my creations and there wasn’t much to be found – except for Lindsey Neill of Mr. Bean Cakes.  She inspired me to go for it.  I never met her, never spoke to her, but sent her a message in August of 2011 and asked for any advise she could muster.  She graciously shared what she had learned and offered me support and encouragement.  She probably didn’t realize she was giving me all that, but she did.  Thanks Lindsey!  We’ve still to meet face to face but I “friended” her on Facebook, she accepted (Phew) and now we are officially friends.  She’s an incredibly talented photographer and I love seeing all the creations she shares.

Here’s her blog:

My first listing…

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Never sold this adorable invite but I did get noticed and I created these…

Buzz the Bee and his hive

Buzz the Bee and his hive

Invite information

Invite information



Finally!  My first order.  I was on my way!  And I’ve been going strong ever since.