Notecards + Invites + Announcements and Veteran’s Day!

Blondie’s Shop specializes in bespoke invitations, handmade paper announcements, designer note cards and so much more! Each one of my handmade paper products will make a lasting impression on your recipient, Quality craftsmanship combined with a keen sense of detail makes my handmade product line second to none.

VetSaleToday the sale is in honor of all of those who have served!  Use “veteransday25” at checkout.  The sale will go through Wednesday, November 12th.

It’s those tiny little details that really matter when trying to make a moment special. For me, it has always been about the cards. No matter what the shape, size, color or occasion- I have always loved giving and receiving greeting cards. However, it wasn’t until I attended a scrapbooking party with a friend that I realized just how important cards were to become in my life. After spending the greater part of the evening selecting scrapbook paper, choosing embellishments and finally gluing everything together into a cohesive design – I was left speechless at the sight of my very first handmade Christmas card. Using red card stock and glistening glass particles, I created a frosty snowscape on the exterior of the card. I was so impressed with the finished product, that I made several more to send to all of my family members that holiday season. Little did I know then that the seed for my Etsy shop had already been planted!

Inspired by the world around me, I soak up patterns and colors in everyday objects that appeal to my sensibilities. I often translate those visual stimuli into bright and festive handmade greeting cards. I have made countless handmade cards for every occasion, including baby showers, weddings and birthday parties. I love being able to, in a small way, contribute to someone’s happiness.

As a bean counter by day, I cherish the evenings the most. Just as the sun slips away to make room for the moon, it’s time to bring out the ribbons, baubles and card stock to play! With my trusty sidekick Smokey (my silver Labrador puppy) at my feet, I often lose track of time and relish every morsel of creativity.

In my Etsy shop, “Blondie’s Shop“, I offer a variety of bespoke greeting cards for every occasion. With a keen sense of color and a dedication to detail, you won’t find greeting cards as lovely as mine anywhere else.

Have a wonderful day and don’t forget to thank those that have served.

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Motivation Monday: How to be Content.

 

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This post says it all!  Be content by counting your blessings.  Life is a gift and each of us should cherish all that we have.  Every day may not be perfect but, we do have things to be thankful for!  Life isn’t perfect.

I’m thankful for my health, Mr. S and Ms. Smokey.  Life would be very bland without both of them.  Smokey’s that little something extra, that pizazz.  She definitely makes me smile, even when she’s naughty.  Ha!  And of course Mr. S’s grin…says it all!  That smile and I melt; it is a definite feel good “moment” when he looks at me and smiles.  See, it’s the little things.

What are you thankful for…?  Name 3 things.

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A 4th of July Pool Party BBQ

Happy 4th everyone!  I hope each of you have a fun and safe holiday with your family and friends.
A special shout out and thank you to our Armed Forces.  You know the ones that help make the United States of America the land of the free and the home of the brave!  Woohoo!  This ones for you.  Thank you!
Today will be a low-key, relaxing and enjoyable day!  Mr. S and I are celebrating Independence Day with a pool party bbq.  We had one of these last year and it seems to be coming a tradition.  The best part is that we get watch fireworks from “inside” the house!  We’ve got a great view from both sides!  It’s hot and humid anyhow today.  Yucky monsoon weather…
Here’s the skinny…   last night we had our first monsoon of the season.  Let’s just say it made a mess of everything outside.  Oh, and the pool is a wreck – we have mud pond.  A broken, mud pond.  Mr. S is not very happy right now.  A layer of dust on everything and I mean absolutely everything!  Yuck!   Needless to say, the pool is ummm, broken.  Lucky for us we area long time clients of the pool company and they are sending someone out.  Yay!  Fingers crossed.  
So, after a little bookkeeping, blogging (this post) and party prep we will be enjoying the afternoon with friends poolside, sipping frosty beverages and enjoying a tasty bbq and let’s not forget the fireworks!  And hopefully a fixed pool, even it’s temporary and get’s us through today!
I’ll be posting a few pics here and here throughout the day.
How are you spending the holiday?  At a… BBQ, pool party, beach, fireworks?  Don’t forget that no matter where you are, what you do and who you spend it with enjoy yourself and be safe!  PS – don’t think about any work today, it’s an order!  It’s a 3-day weekend so, enjoy it.  Your work will still be there on Monday morning.
CHEERS to a fabulous 4th of July!
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PS – don’t think about any work today!  It’s an order.  Enjoy the 3-day weekend, you deserve it.  Don’t worry, the work will still be there on Monday morning.
Photo Credits:  top photos are my own and owned by heatherpranitis.com / bottom photos on Pinterest

Motivation Monday: The Magic 5.

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I’m trying to be more productive and utilize my “free” time.  So, during my commute to and from work I listen to audio books.

I’m listening to Making Ideas Happen.  It is a phenomenal book and can’t believe I waited this long to read it.  I first heard about it early last year from this blogger’s fabulous column.

I have the actual book, purchased it before Santa brought the Kindle.  I’m a gal that likes turning paper pages anyhow, I do love my Kindle.  So, I purchased the Kindle version.  Actually, I purchased it so I could read it in bed at night and not bother S.

After, purchasing the Kindle version I was “prompted” to purchase whispersync for voice.  I’ve noticed it as an option and finally decided to check it out.

Whispersync for Voice works like this:  I can read the Kindle version or listen on my iphone (or Kindle) and it “syncs” my place or bookmark on both devices.  Pretty cool huh?!  I think so.

Something I have put into action since listening to the book…

I call it the Magic 5.  A list I now make every morning.  Daily, period.  No exceptions.  Every morning.

I write down the top 5 things I need to accomplish for the day, in no particular order.  It gives me focus that I need.  The Magic 5.  Ahhhhh…  It gives me a sense of accomplish when I cross those items off one by one. Woohoo!

Another item I’ve been working on as a result of the book too…checking my email twice per day.  Let’s just say that is a work in progress.  It’s incredible hard.  I check it whenever I am distracted.  Yes, distracted as Scott Belsky indicates.  Yes, sir…when I am distracted.  And its true.  Think about it.  Whenever you are distracted at work, what do you do?  Check your email, read the news, etc.?

Have you read Making Ideas Happen?  What did you think?  Do share.

Make it a great day!

Change is a-comin’!

Change.  It’s happening.  It’s coming.  It is the logical next step.  Period.
No additional discussion needed.  It’s been simmering!
Be on the lookout.  The blog, the shop will be a-changin’!  Small simple changes with big impact!  
I can’t wait.  Don’t you worry I’ll keep you posted.
Here’s a little visual motivation and realization when it comes to change.  Check out what Forbes Contributor, Cy Wakeman has to say about getting ready for change.  
The article is from January 2013 but, it resonates with me as I embrace “change”.
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Should We?


This “letter” I found directly on Tyler’s website
And let’s just say it definitely hot and sexy.
The question is “should we”? 
I think say YES, we should!
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A Well Spent Sunday: Enough Said.

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This quote says it all! 
Funny, I’m not doing much today – other than working on the blog.  
 I decided to take it easy, relax and be nice to my shoulder.  S, also suggested I relax.  I’m actually taking his advice.  You see, I’ve been dealing with a pinched nerve in my shoulder for the last 2 weeks.  Let me just say that it has not been a whole lot of fun.  Not at all.  Not even close! 
Anyhow, I’m working on setting up my week right.  Hope you are as well!

Fashion Fairy: Gilt.com and High Noon.

I died and went to heaven when I saw this GILT commercial. 
It definitely had my attention and then I saw the shoes!!! 
I want NEED the white sparkly shoes! 
I went into overdrive to “find” the shoes. 
Yes, I found them. 
However, the Fashion Fairy, has yet to deliver them to me…
I’m thinking an early birthday present to myself.
One day…  Soon.

When In Doubt – STOP!

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Sometimes, you just need to S-T-O-P!  Stop.  {insert breathe here}  Think. {insert exhale here} Observe.  {insert another exhale here} Proceed. {insert breathe here}

I’m at an impasse.  I’ve reached a point of no return.  For starters I’m just going to stop, breathe, and sit back and think about things.  No need to rush.  Definitely no need for that.

So, what better way to deal with the matter-at-hand.  Sit back and think awhile.

I’ve decided I’ll think about it, write about it, sketch it, and ponder it.  All while I’m thinking, breathing and probably doing a few yoga videos.

I’m on a mission.  I need to think clearly and make the right decisions moving forward.

Stay tuned.  I’ll keep you in the know.

Anyone else experience the need to STOP!!!!!!!!  I’d love to hear from a few of you that are reading this thinking “yes, boy has Heather nailed this post”…  Do tell.  I’m waiting!

Happy Hump Day and make it a great one!

Transformation Tuesday: Closet Makeover.

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Let’s talk about closets. Bedroom closets to be more specific. It’s always full of stuff, yet I have “nothing” to wear? We waste valuable time in the a.m. searching for that one top, bag, or pair of heels and waste even more time trying to find something to pair with it. I’m not the only one who experiences this, right?

It’s time to take charge and spend some time reorganizing the closet to make it a more functional space – or just down-right make life simpler in the morning!

Every bedroom closet is different – from celebrity-sized walk-ins to the standard two door slider. Here are a few tips and inspiration for an organized bedroom closet. 
Toss: *Gasp* De-clutter your closet by tossing clothes, bags, and shoes you haven’t worn or used in the last few years. Ditch the “I might wear/use this again someday” thoughts… you won’t!  
Group: Group tops, pants, and dresses in their own space. Gather bags, shoes, and accessories and store them with their respective group. Go the extra mile and organize each item in the groups by color. Grouping and color-coding items will help you identify the item you want faster and brings an aesthetically pleasing look to your space. 

Assign: If you don’t have a very large closet, it’s important to create 3 levels of storage and organization.

1. Eye Level – Store and hang most used items.
2. Ground Level – Store less used items below.
3. Overhead Level – Store the least used items up high (perfect for off-season clothing, shoes, and accessories.

Be sure to check out these “10 Commandments of Hanging” before you start hanging everything up.

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Get Creative: There are many creative and inexpensive ways to create a better organized closet. From utilizing shower curtain hooks to hang bags, scarves and necklaces, to creating shoe storage out of crown molding, the creative possibilities for storage are endless in this Pinterest era. Check out these 10 free ways to organize your closet for some inexpensive inspiration.

Get the day off to a good start with an organized closet. It’ll be easier to find things and create and mix-and-match outfits when everything is neatly organized before you.

These tips are brought to you by Paige Norton, the Community Manager for the storage and organization experts at Monkey Bars of Phoenix

Motivation Monday: 4 Step Lesson to be Content…

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Can you tell this month’s Motivation Monday has a theme?  It’s being content.  It’s a state of being.  And it’s definitely a process. Harder for some and easier for others.  Last week was 7 Ways to be More Content.

Are you content?  What does being content mean to you?

I’m content with my life.  Well, in all honesty, certain aspects I am and other parts not so much.  There are a few areas I’d like to improve that are a work in progress (as I type this).  The process isn’t painful it’s just time consuming, repetitive – you know the drill.  I’m excited about the upcoming contentment and change that it will bring – and positive energy, attitude and hard work that is going into it!

Being content to me is being happy and positive about all aspects and things in life.  Being able to roll with the changes if you will.

I guarantee I am not the only one wanting  more, needing more, or making changes.  Do you agree?  Do you feel this way?  Are you working on things, trying to better yourself and be more content?

I’m constantly reading and searching for positive sources in life and ones for women to read, ones that encompass all facets of life.  Let me tell you – I found that source!  The Darling Magazine the art of being a woman states Four Keys to Being Content are…

1) Practice being grateful.  2) Stop comparing.  3) See life in seasons.  4) Celebrate others.

Head over to the Darling Magazine and read the “key” explanations here.  I really enjoyed the article and have added the Darling as one of my daily go-to reads.  It’s a well-rounded online magazine for women and I enjoyed perusing around the site – I don’t want to give too much away so, go ahead…check it out!  And do tell me what you think!

It’s important to be happy and content with your life.  I’m already one step ahead here because I already practice being grateful by writing a daily gratitude in my Day Designer and scribbling positive things from y day in my journal every night before I go to bed.  It’s important to be positive, be happy, and acknowledge what you do have and to be thankful and appreciative for it.  Plus, it’s a way to clear the day (positive and negative) and start fresh for the next day!

Make it a great day!  Make it a content day.  I’d love to hear your thoughts on today’s lesson on being content.

It’s a Peplum Date Night!

TGIF. Yay!  And let me just say “girl you’re amazing” and you deserve a fabulous night out!  

Date night is upon us and you of us needs to look our best.  I’ve gone with my favorite “go-to” daytime look, peplum.  A fun, flirty look is the right way to go!

The bright, bold colors add the right amount of sass.  Three different looks in all, each adorned with sexy statement pieces.  And let’s not forget a killer pair of nude heels or sandals to complete the look!

Which peplum would you choose…?  Any fun date night plans for you….?!  Do share.

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Fashion Fairy: My Joules Wishlist.

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Ooooh, Fashion Fairy…where, o’ where, are you?  I found Joules this sassy store and I have a wishlist for you…  

Joules has a neat beginning!  With Spring upon us and Summer almost here – what a better time to grab a few must-have items from Joules Vacation Shop!  And I need a few new outfits for my upcoming weekend away!

So, without further ado, here’s my wishlist.  Fashion Fairy, this list is for you!!!

The theme for my weekend away is fun and flirty.  My choices:  a flowered tank, a tee, shorts, cute pair of shoes and of course a fedora!  And a date night look.  Plus, every gal, needs a new suit and I chose a very cute navy blue, flowered two piece.  Although, I am torn between the 2-piece or the tankini…?!  Decisions, decisions.  Oh, and complete with cover-up and flip-flops.

Fashion Fairy:  Please don’t be shy…scroll down and see my sassy choices!  And as always, feel free, to drop any or “all” the items in my closet!  Pretty please.  xo, Blondie 

{Flowered Womens Vest (top) in “Creme Bouquet”
{Shorts in Indigo}
{Love these Bright Yellow Loafers}
{Trilby Hat}

Scoop Neck T-shirt
Striped Dress in Indigo
{Halterneck Bikini in French Navy Bouquet}
Sarong in Parisian Pink
Red and Navy Stripe Flip Flops
Canvas Bag with Pink accents

Head over to Joules and check out how to embrace British Style, a sneak peek is below!   I just love there infographics!  Don’t you?!

Oh, and be sure to check out the Welly Collection too!  I’m going to be sure and buy a pair before my next outing in the “mud”!  Hint, hint Fashion Fairy!

Note:  All opinions in this email are my own.

Motivation Monday: 7 Ways to be More Content.

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I went to parochial school for half my life.  Regularly attended church – sometimes several times a week. Although, currently, I don’t regularly attend church…  But, boy this is a phenomenal start to the week!

Let’s all work on being more content.  It’s an important thing.  I think each of us can handle these 7 ways to be becoming a more content individual, don’t you agree?  Religious or not.

Make it a great one!  A content one.

BlondiesShop.com Creative Inspiration: where does it come from?

 
Blondie’s Shop note cards.  And the creative “genius” inspiration behind them.  Note: the genius is me (if you didn’t already know)! 
You know, it dawned on me the other day…I’ve never talked about “how” I make cards at Blondie’s Shop.   Never! Can you believe that?  I’m talking about the inspiration, the concept of each design.  You know, the design concept.  You know “the prior” to putting the card together – the figuring out the “actual” design…cutting the paper, measuring ribbon, glue, ink color, etc.  You get what I mean, the “details” part.  
Don’t worry, I’ll explain the step-by-step, putting it together in another post.
Lately, I’ve had a few people comment and ask about the creativity behind the note cards at BlondiesShop.com.  The inspiration behind the ideas, color schemes, textures, embellishments…  The placement of all the details.  So, I thought I’d explain it here!

Hmmm, where does the inspiration come from…?  Oh where, oh where does it come from…?
Honestly, it comes to me at purely randomly times.  Purely random.  Seriously, it does.  Although, I must say, typically, it’s while I’m in the car.  I’m in the car roughly 2-1/2 to 3 hours a day, commuting to and from work.  So, let’s just say that I have time to think and ponder things…  Funny, right?  
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So, I was thinking about the Fashion Girl Cards in geometric shapes and colors of navy blue, ivory, fuchsia and gold.  I was pondering adding more pizazz.  You know, jazzing them up.  Add a little of …this & that… to them!  Exciting, right?!  I like to think so.
…Oh, last week, the inspiration came from a friend.  Hence, yesterday’s post with the bumble bee sneak peek…  I’m making the very special note card set(s) for her, however, she’s graciously allowed me to create the bumble bee line! Yippee!  I can’t wait! Stay tuned…
So…I search on Pinterest once the “inspiration” has hit… or Etsy if I know exactly what I’m looking for with regard to paper – you see, I use digital paper.  I can “reprint” the paper over and over (if need be).  More details on this process in the next post…
So, earlier this week…the inspiration was glitter, sparkle and girlie.  Oh, and fairy dust.  Here’s what my Pinterest “search” pulled….
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I’m so inspired by this one it’s my iPhone screensaver!

Pretty sparkly and inspiring don’t you think?  You are probably dying to know what changes the “inspiration” inspired….?!  I bet you are!  Stay tuned and you’ll find out soon!  I’m waiting for the embellishments and pizazz to arrive…

Motivation Monday: Get Active.

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Just do it.  Yep, just do it.  Make the commitment and do it.  Get active.  Get moving.  Make it happen. Commit.  You’ve got this.

Tell a friend, make the commitment, have them hold you “accountable”.  
I’ve done this in several aspects of my life.  Sometimes, you need a “close” someone to hold you accountable and check you. 
Ms. C, holds me accountable regularly.  She’s my “go-to” person when I need a boost or need her to “check” me, “re-focus” and get back on track.  We all need someone like this in our life, outside of our loved ones.
So, for today.  Get active.  It doesn’t necessarily have to be workout related but, you get the hint.  Get active.  Make a plan.  Hold yourself accountable.  
Get active!  Make it a great day!

Kendra’s NYC Fashion Challenge Night and Day.

Today’s post is a fun one.  A fashion one!  Oh yeah.

I was asked by @kendrathornton, Travel Expert, TV Personality and PR businesswoman extraordinaire to participate in her NYC Night Out Challenge!  She’s been featured on shows like Tyra Banks and Nate Berkus.

Here’s the skinny on “Kendra’s Night Out” Challenge…

…In a few weeks, Kendra, is headed to NYC for a fun couple of days with friends.  This trip includes a night out wining and dining at the Dream New York Hotel and Serafina’s for some authentic Italian pizza and pasta, yum.  Oh, and let’s not forget the sightseeing!…  PS – check out the Dream’s sightseeing day tours here.

Sounds like a fun trip, right?!  Now, here comes the challenge and where I come in…  As a mom of 3, Kendra wants to ensure her outfits are comfortable yet, look trendy and fashionable and most importantly that she doesn’t look like a “tourist”.  I’m spicing up her wardrobe!

Kendra’s going to look and feel absolutely fabulous and then some!  Plus, I want her to be in the “top trends” by looking and feeling comfortable in what I’ve selected for her to wear while she’s enjoying her days and nights in the “the City that never sleeps”…!  Are you with me?  Here we go!

I chose 4 different looks for the Challenge: 2 day and 2 night.  Also, I went with versatile pieces that are interchangeable and can be layered as well (depending on weather).  You know a girl has to be prepared for the ever changing weather that the “polar vortex” brings…

Some of the thoughts I had as I put the outfits together…

Each outfit I put together has one or several current fashion trends in the look.  Let’s see if you can “spot” them.  Haha!  No pun intended here.  Sorry, couldn’t resist.  For one, a girl can never go wrong with leopard accents and therefore, I included a pair of Tori Burch flats and a large scarf.  And at night, I figured Kendra would glam it up, to the nine’s!!!  For jewelry I included the “staples” for day and the “statement” pieces for night.  A criss-cross fringe bag for the day – very “in” right now.  Plus, when traveling and sightseeing criss-cross is best.

One day look is colorful, trendy and “pops”, yet, not overpowering.  The other look is a neutral color palette with a layered look, yet trendy and fashionable with the different textures.  Now we’ve got the flip-side with night time looks.  The night time looks definitely make a statement and are pulled from the “top” fashion trends.  I went with a little spin on color-blocking for one look.  It’s a patterned black and white jumpsuit with a neon yellow blazer with textured seams. The look has very bold “spiked” statement jewelry pieces, several.  There is 2 shoe choices because I just couldn’t decide!  The “other” outfit is a pair of boot-cut jeans with a floral silk blouse in brown and creme paired with a textured grey/silver blazer paired with geometric statement necklace and gold chain tassle earrings a black patent leather Louboutin’s.

I have to say the jumpsuit, neon yellow blazer, and “spike’s” is my favorite outfit of the four.  Incredibly comfortable, yet, simplistic – thus making a statement all on it’s own.

You be the judge.  Which one is your favorite look, what would you wear…?!  And can you “spot” the fashion trends I included in each look…?

What do you think Kendra will choose…?

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