Friday, September 30, 2011

Cooking and Dancing the salsa

Blogging is honestly a lot of fun for me.  My most difficult part with it is applying it strictly to my business.  I start to run out of ideas that are fun and interesting.  Soon my words start to sound robotic.  So to mix things up I am going to start posting some things that I am doing in addition to my graphic design work.

Honestly I do feel bad for those who have a hard time finding a hobby.  My usual response is "take one of mine!".  But then again I would have a hard time giving one of them up.  Today is about my hobby cooking.  For literally years I have tried to make salsa at home.  Each attempt is simply ok.  Nothing good just ok.  And I like to think my cooking is amazing.  So with the abundance of tomatoes from my garden (another hobby) I decided to give it another try.

So first I had to find an inspirational recipe.  Thanks to my new crush Pinterest I found an image that gave me just what I needed.  It is actually from a local B&B.  Which makes it even better for me.  When I reviewed the recipe I found that half the ingredients are roasted in the oven.  Hmmm ... I think I had heard of that before.  Now that sounds fun!  The next best part is you can this salsa.  This means yummy salsa all year round and huge savings.  All I needed that I didn't get from neighbor's or relative's gardens was the poblano peppers.  I had everything else including jars.

Making this recipe couldn't be easier.  I did double the recipe and ended up with almost six jars of salsa. Some parts were a little messy.  But I don't mind messy. My only recommendation is to seed the tomatoes. The end result was 1.5 jars of salsa gone in two days!  Absolutely delicious!  So good that today I am making another batch today.  Here is the link to the recipe I hope you give it a try and send the Brayton B&B a little thank you for their amazing recipe!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Orange Toes in Lake Michigan

This weekend we visited my mother-in-law for a family get together.  She lives one mile from Lake Michigan.  For us Wisconsin people it is our version of the ocean.  I absolutely love going to the beach.  I had my camera in hand to take some photos.  It also gave me the opportunity to show off my fabulous orange toes.
So when you are considering setting up your manicure and pedicure appointments for your wedding don't forget this fabulous color! And remember they don't have to match.  Do a french manicure on your hands and orange on the toes.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Foster Family

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Monday, August 8, 2011

"Orange is red brought nearer to humanity by yellow." --Kandinsky

Orange, a close relative of red, sparks more controversy than any other hue. There is usually strong positive or negative association to orange and true orange generally elicits a stronger "love it" or "hate it" response than other colors.
Fun and flamboyant orange radiates warmth and energy. Interestingly, some of the tones of orange such as terra cotta, peach or rust have very broad appeal.

The Effects of the Color Orange

How the color orange affects us mentally and physically
  • Stimulates activity
  • Stimulates appetite
  • Encourages socialization
This info was provided by Squidoo. ""

The more research I have done on this simple color the more I fun facts I find.  The fact that orange encourages socialization is reason alone to choose it for your wedding.  Your guests won't even realize that they are being subconsciously told to socialize.

A few of my fellow vendors have sent some great examples and uses for the color orange.  Be sure to also check out the rest of their work!

Love this custom wine bottle label!  Fabulous gift for your guests.

An example of using the actual fruit.  Love the texture and color it adds to the floral design!

Not a detail is missed even in a bouquet.

My new Invitation line Addison

Friday, August 5, 2011

Deidre's Bachelorette Party

My dear client Brianna choose my fabulous bachelorette party invitations for her event!  Not only does this invite show who the guest of honor is the host is requesting all the guests wear a little black dress.  Details like this make the party memorable!
This design can be found on my website

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

An August kind of Christmas Contest

Yes, I know who wants to be thinking of Christmas now...
Wait I do!  And you will too!
Get a head start on your Christmas list and your greeting cards.  Imagine getting your greeting cards well before Thanksgiving.  Maybe even taking the time to address them right away.  This can all be possible with my August kind of Christmas Contest!
The Grand Prize Winner will receive 50 5x7 Custom Christmas Cards for up to a family of 6 (pets are counted as a family member), an 8x10 print of the final design and a Season's Greetings lawn sign with your illustration.
Total value is $245!  All other entrants will receive a $25 gift card towards any Christmas order.
Check out my website to see all of my current designs!

To Enter:
Entries will be accepted August 4th, 2011 - August 11th, 2011 at 12:00pm Central time.
Email a photo of your family to  Your photo doesn't need to be the one I will use for the illustration.  It doesn't have to be cute or funny. Although I do love funny :)  Second if you have an idea for a custom design please include the details of how you would like your family card to look like.  All photos will be posted on my blog for voting. *a total of 3 entries must be received for contest to go to voting.
Voting will start August 12th at 10:00am. and ends August 18th at 10:00pm  Any votes received before voting starts will be considered void.  Photos will be posted on my blog.  In the comments section you can then post your vote.  Only one vote per person.  For an additional entry you can sign up for my newsletter on my website. (bottom left corner of my website) Please state you have done so with your vote on the blog.
Daily updates will be posted on my facebook page along with the announcement of the winner.  Makes sure your friends and family are fans so they keep up to date on the contest.  *note this is not a requirement.
The winner will be announced via email and facebook Friday, August 19th at 1:00pm.  Winner will be chosen based on total number of votes received.  All photos and text for the cards must be received by September 30th, 2011.  If they are not received in time winner has forfeited the prize.  All runners up will be emailed their code to receive $25 off any Christmas Card order in 2011

*Contest rules are subject to change at anytime during the contest.  This promotion is in no way sponsored by facebook.  All information provided is to Take it Personally by Christine and not facebook.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Have you tried Orange?

"Orange: any of a group of colours, such as that of the skin of an orange, that lie between red and yellow in the visible spectrum in the approximate wavelength range 620--585 nanometres"

When choosing colors for your wedding don't forget about the amazing shade of orange.  For many the first thought is Halloween. But I would prefer to think along the lines of tangerine.  Shades of citrus in Florida orange, tangerine and clementine.  Orange can even be paired with purple and not be reminiscent of Halloween if it is the right shade of purple.  The right combos can be bold and almost jewel toned or whimsical and romantic.  Banish your romantic ideas of a pink wedding when you see these beautiful pairings.

Now that you have seen the combos let's see them in action. 

I forgot to add this one in my color combo ideas!  I think it is a nice alternative to the yellow/gray combo that is currently popular.

Brittany & Brad's Engagement Party

For some an engagement party is a formal event they choose to skip.  I love engagement parties because it gets the entire family excited about the upcoming nuptials.  For the couple everything finally becomes real.  And the families get to mingle and get to know each other before the big day.  Check out the design my latest couple Brittany and Brad choose below.

Check out this design on my website!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Elizabeth and Zach

Save the Dates have become one of my favorite wedding trends.  They give you more flexibility to be fun than your actual wedding invitations.  I especially love when my bride's choose my illustrated designs!  Make sure to check out my latest bride Elizabeth and her fiance Zach!
This design is available on my website!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Cutest Kid Contest!

Making your next Birthday Party for your child amazing is a goal for many of us.  For many of you there is not a single detail missed.  But planning can be very hectic.  So I have decided to give you some help! Starting Monday April 11th I am doing a Cutest Kid Contest.  Many of you remember how fun last year's contest was!  The winner will receive 25 Birthday Party Invitations in any design of their choice from my website, one 3'x1.5' vinyl banner and 25 matching favor tags.  This package is valued at $130!!

So now the big question how do you enter?  Please read the details below carefully.
Become a FAN on my facebook page. (click on the word fan)  Post your photo of your child on the Fan Page.  In the comment section tell me which invitation design is your favorite. (you can enter each of your kids separately)  All contestants must also follow my BLOG as well.  All entries must be received by Friday, April 15th by 7:00pm Central Time.

Voting will start Saturday, April 16th at 9:00am Central time and end Wednesday April 20th at 7:00pm Central Time. (any votes received before start time will be removed) To vote simply click "like" on the photo you would like to vote for on my facebook FAN page.  For extra entries have your friends and family follow my BLOG and comment that they are now following. The contestant with the most votes will be announced on Thursday, April 21st.  Two runners up will receive $20 Gift Certificates and all other entries will receive $10 gift certificates just for entering!
*Please note if you have won any of my contests in the last year you will be unable to qualify at this time.*

Sunday, April 10, 2011

TAKEing a Walk

Sunday can sometimes turn into nothing more than me, my chair and lots of tv.  With the weather turning out to be so fabulous today I decided to get a few things accomplished at one time.  It is my strong belief that most women are cursed with the need to multi task.  So today I thought why not walk the dog, get my workout in and bring the camera with to take pictures I needed for a work project.  Work, personal time, family time and exercise all wrapped into one.

The photo goal was to get photos of trees with bare branches.  And with spring in full gear I figured now is the best time.  This tree will then be illustrated into a photo album for babies.  My dear friend Amy Zelmer of Custom Creations Photography came to me with this request.  Now searching for the perfect tree was definitely a challenge.  Because my version of perfect really means something that is more on the end of unique and misshapen. I was successful in finding 4 great trees.

Isabelle did an amazing job.  Every time I stopped to take a picture I asked her to sit and she listened.  She didn't get up until I said it was time to move on.  Check out her hot pic with her gentle leader.

The sun did eventually break out and I got a cute picture of downtown.  But shortly after the clouds rolled in.  I then had to beg Isabelle to shake a paw so we could make it home before the storm rolled in.  But don't worry I got plenty of tv watching in today.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Creating a Pirate Birthday Party

My dear client Carrissa came to me with her latest project recently.  Just over a year ago I created the cutest nautical baby shower invites for her shower.  Now her little Dean is going to be turning one soon!  Her party theme was to be pirates.  She sent me photos of Dean's bedding and his Halloween costume.  All of which were pirate related.  The proof I sent to Carrissa didn't turn out exactly as I had hoped.  But after a few of her fabulous ideas the final design was a hit!  I can't wait to see pictures of the party.

To set the stage for your party you have to first start with the invites.  They can help to determine the colors for the rest of the party.  You may consider doing cupcake toppers (example below) to match the party.  If you can get your hands on an old truck fill it with swords and tripoint pirate hats.  This will give the kids some amusement. For a cute favor a bag of chocolate coins.  For my parties I love to mix modern items with vintage pieces.  Check out your local thrift and antique stores for cheap items.  Wooden candlestick holders would be great down the table. Although I don't suggest lighting them for smaller kid parties.  A banner makes a great backdrop for the party as well.  And to welcome your guests a lawn sign.

Please feel free to comment on how you would decorate your Pirate Party!