hand painted letters, not just for kids rooms

I feel a little extra patriotic when I’m living abroad. To decorate our “home away from home” this season in Germany, I decided to add a little American spirit! I painted bold, graphic designs on letters to sit on our living room shelves. They appropriately frame our giant black & white photo of Manhattan Island.
NY_USANYusa_lettersI welcome you to contact me if you would like your very own custom painted letters!

wine cork wreaths

I love to do custom orders! These are two custom ordered Wine Cork Wreaths, that I created recently. Both of these wreaths are perfect to display year round! I love the preppy look of the simple wreath with yellow ribbon & the classic look of the black.

yellow wine cork wreath with bellsblack wine cork wreath with jingle bellsIf you are interested in placing a custom order I welcome you to contact me.

 

upcycled awesome

I had the pleasure of working with my friend, Ashley, to design jewelry for her beautiful flower girl & bridesmaids. It was very important to Ashley that every element of her wedding be “eco-friendly”. Creating eco-friendly jewelry was a new and exciting challenge for me! I really enjoyed researching materials for this project. Because Ashley had a previous career as a Marine Biologist we decided to work with sea glass, it is beautiful, eco-friendly, & definitely added a personal touch for Ashley. I used beautiful bright green sea glass collected from the shores of Prince Edward Island in Canada, supplied by Seaglassin.

Ashley & Ron’s incredible wedding photographer, Rab Bozeman, sums up their celebration beautifully…

Ashley and Ron were married July 28, 2012 at Frog Pond in Skaneateles, in the Finger Lakes region of New York. The wedding reflected their passions for friends, family, and all things local. The flowers and many of the vegetables were grown at their CSA, Marigold Farm, and served up by award-winning farm to table chef Stephen Landon. Local beers, handmade details and live music by Jennie Duberstein rounded out a fantastic day and a tremendous celebration. Congratulations Ashley and Ron.

It’s all about the local: Location: Frog Pond B&B, Event Coordination: Danielle Demers Fleckenstein, Officiant: Kelly Kilmer Hall, Catering: Stephen Landon, Flowers and vegetables: Marigold Farm, Cakes: La Dolce Vita Bake Shop, Asheley’s dress and bridesmaid’s dress’: Amanda Archer, Gent’s ties: Emy Uhlig, Bouquet, boutonnieres and hairpieces: Thea Folls,  Ashley’s ring: Dawe’s Designs, Ron’s ring: Gabrielle Maggi, Bridesmaid’s bracelets and earrings: Compliments from Sarah, Hair, makeup and nails: Bijou Salon, Custom soap: Lucky Goat Soap, Thumbprint tree: Melissa’s Artistic Gifts & Gallery, Seed packet artwork: Tree Space Studio.

Check out Rab’s photography of Ashley & Ron’s wedding at his website, here.

And on to the jewelry…
Green Sea Glass JewelryGreen Sea Glass JewelryGreen Sea Glass Jewelry Green Sea Glass JewelryGreen Sea Glass JewelryI welcome you to contact me if you are interested in having me create something special for your wedding day!

venetian striped bracelet

This bracelet is one of my personal favorites! Maybe its the story behind how I acquired the materials I used to make it… While we were living in Zürich, Switzerland my husband & I were able to do lots of traveling! We were on a little Italian adventure & found ourselves happily “lost” in Venice, Italy. On a side canal I found an adorable bead shop! Although Venice is known for their incredible glass, this shop had a little bit of everything, all made locally! I couldn’t leave without stocking up on some incredibly unique materials!

The fun square striped resin beads, which I found in Venice are accented with Austrian Swarovski Crystals. The bracelet is closed with an adjustable length toggle clasp. If you are interested in making this bracelet yours, you can purchase it here from my Etsy Shop!
I welcome you to contact me if you are interested in having me create something special for you!

baby twin boys

Baby twin boys Germain & Zachary arrived this winter to happy parents Jennifer & Alan. Check out the hand painted letters that I just finished for their safari themed nursery!
Be sure to continue to scroll down to see their awesome nursery!
hand painted letters germain zachary twins
Polka dots, leaves & adorable lions & giraffes are featured on the letters.The boys nursery has cool latte colored walls complemented by
a bright color scheme  in the crib bedding.

I would love to work with you to create something special for your favorite kid’s room! Contact me for more information on how to get started.

socci stiletto stampede 5k

Love to run? Love to walk? Love stilettos? Love to take part in a great cause?
If you said yes to any of the above & you happen to be in the Central New York Region on Saturday May 12th, you’re in luck! There is a great event you can take part in, The Socci Stiletto Stampede! The race description from the organizers website follows…

“The race will help raise money for the Katie Marie Socci Scholarship Fund, a nursing scholarship begun at Cayuga Community College in memory of a great friend and an outstanding nurse. The Socci Stiletto Stampede will begin with a 50yd stiletto dash at 8:30 followed by the 5K walk / run promptly at 9. Following the run, all participants are welcome to stay and enjoy scheduled festivities.”

You can register for this wonderful event on the Active.com website here.

There are great prize & auction items at this event, including spa packages from Mirbeau Inn & Spa! Check out the custom designed creations that I’ve contributed to the prize pool!

Natural Stone Tangerine & Turquoise Set
tangerine and turquoise set
Whimsical Mossy Wine Cork Wreath
mossy wine cork wreathHope to see you at the event!


celebrating baby wesley

I was so happy to spend Saturday afternoon at a lovely baby shower catching up with some of my college friends! The shower was thrown for my great friend & awesome RIT lacrosse teammate, Erin. Erin and her husband Ryan {also an RIT lacrosse alum} are expecting a baby boy! Erin & Ryan are going to name their little guy Wesley Daniel… “Wesley” after Ryan’s mother’s maiden name & “Daniel” after Erin’s dad. Wesley is destined to be a superstar lacrosse player, just like his parents!

These are the green & white letters that I painted for little Wesley’s room.
hand painted letters wesley

Kimmy with Baby Claire, Erin {the mom-to-be}, Me & Maddie Maye
kimmy erin sarahIt was a great Saturday on Seneca Lake celebrating Erin & Baby Wesley!

mother’s day sale

Mother’s Day is Sunday May 13th, mom’s love to get Compliments!
Use code *MOM2012* to receive 10% jewelry in my Etsy Shop until Mothers Day!
keep calm and call your mom

pink gold & pearls

Rose gold *aka* pink gold, has been a very popular trend in the last few years. Many people complain that traditional yellow gold doesn’t look great against their skin tone, but this pretty metal has more of a coppery, pinkish hue which is complementary to all skin tones.
This delicate three strand bracelet combines pretty rose gold filigree elements with the classic look of fresh water pearls. The fresh water pearls vary size as well as in color; white, pink, & coral. You can purchase this bracelet on my Etsy Shop by clicking here.
rose gold and pearl bracelet

owls for baby mark

Baby Mark arrived in October 2011 to two amazing parents, Kate & Ryan. While Kate & Ryan were awaiting Mark’s arrival they picked out adorable crib bedding for his nursery. The awesome Dwell Studio crib bedding set is aptly named “Owls”. It can be purchased online through Layla Grayce, here. I used inspiration from the Owls theme throughout Kate’s baby shower invitations, letters for Mark’s nursery & a growth chart for Mark’s room.

For Kate’s baby shower invitations I digitally re-illustrated the pattern, matched colors on the computer & used it to create a border for the invites. I then designed the text to finish them off.dwell studio owls invitations 1dwell studio owls invitations 2dwell studio owls invitations 3As a baby shower gift for the special parent’s to be, I hand painted letters & a growth chart to hang in Baby Mark’s new nursery. Again I took inspiration from Mark’s cool Owl bedding, matched colors & personalized the following…hand painted letters markmark letters close upMark Growth Chart

Check out the final result hanging in Baby Mark’s awesome nursery!
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