Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy 2012!

Wishing you a very happy and healthy New Year!
Several new product will be gracing the webpages of Easton Place Designs in 2012.
In the new year, let's keep the handwritten note in style! My personal goal is to write at least one handwritten note per week, and mail it the old fashion way... with a stamp. Join me in making 2012 the year of the handwritten correspondence! If you'd like to be a recipient of one of those handwritten notes, feel free to email me your snail-mail address. I'd love to send you a card or note. No spam... just a lovely paper correspondence from me to you!

Happy 2012 friends!


Sunday, December 25, 2011

Homemade Menorahs - DIY

It's been a very festive holiday season here at Easton Place Designs. I thought it would be fun to show you some menorahs my youngest son made (with a little tiny help from his Mama). All of the materials were purchased at Home Depot except for the glue-gun which was purchased at a craft shop.

We started with...
Stones, tiles and glass backsplash pieces. Regular metal nuts.
Step one is to take the stones and tiles off their mesh backing removing as much of the adhesive as possible. Next, layout your design on the base plate to make sure things will fit properly. Once you're happy with the design, remove items from your base plate and start adhering the nuts to the "rocks" and square tiles and rebuilding your design, gluing/adhering each piece. The only part I helped my son with was affixing the thinner glass piece to the larger glass base piece. For this I used super glue. All other pieces were fastened using either the hot glue gun or "Strongstik" by Dap.

Here are the final menorahs...

Happy Hanukkah!

 Wishing you all a very happy and festive holiday!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

2011 Holiday Event Continues!

Hello, friends. How has your weekend been? Mine has been packed full of holiday parties and cheer! Three nights in a row I've had the honor of attending amazing parties and today I'm trying to recuperate and get ready for the third week in my 2011 Holiday Event.

Cute #JingleTweet Logo

Before I remind you of of this week's giveaway, I want to say a special thank you to the lovely ladies of Quintessence Blog and Ridgely's Radar. Stacey and Ridgely hosted an amazing holiday (JingleTweet) party on Thursday night at The Audiocom Group. The evening was perfect with great gifts, delicious food and drink, an amazing venue, lovely guests and of course the very gracious hostesses. When you have a moment, please be sure to stop by Quintessence and Ridgely's Radar. You can follow Stacey, Ridgely and The Audiocom Group on twitter as well!

Starting Monday, December 12, with every purchase of stationery from my online shop OR my etsy shop, you'll receive a complimentary Staedtler Triplus Fineliner pen! I've been using these marker pens for a while and I love them! Head over to my shop or my etsy and pick up a few sets of stationery for yourself (remember to write those thank you notes after the holidays!) or others on your gift giving list. Each set will come with a lovely marker.

If you're reading this on Sunday, December 11, you still have time to receive a complimentary greeting card of your choice with each set of stationery purchased from my shop! 

Friday, December 9, 2011

I'm Crashing the Party! #NellysBigDay

"And ... I said YESSSSS!"

It happened one November midnight, in Twitterverse, we saw this tweet from our dear Nelly @nella22. Without missing a beat, we all knew Nelly had “said YES” to her beloved “M, as she sweetly calls Brian Murray, her fiancĂ©.
So here we are, Nelly dear, your friends in the food world (and paper lovelies world), wishing you and Brian, all the best. And with our wishes, a simple recipe with an easy formula for a life of bliss, rich with EVERYTHING in it!
Okay, I'm not really a "Foodie", I just happen to be friends with a lot of foodies. That's not going to stop me from crashing this amazing virtual wedding shower! Nelly surely knows me well enough to know I love a good party! 
As for what I would bring... Appetizers, of course! Finger foods are awesome! (Nelly, am I right?)
Brie and Fancy Plum:

Here is a quick and easy appetizer! You need three ingredients: Brie Cheese, your favorite preserves, and some mini phyllo cups.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Place the phyllo cups on the parchment and place a dollop of preserves in each. I use fancy plum and it's delicious! Cut the rind off the brie. Top the preserves with a piece of brie and bake for 7 minutes. Serve hot or room temperature.

My dear, sweet friend, Nelly...
I wish for you a life of great adventure, pure joy and continued sweetness. I am so happy for you and Brian. I look forward to the day we can meet in real life and toast your happy union! Until then, know that my thoughts and prayers are with you as always. As we say in our house: Mazel Tov!! L'Chaim!! To Life!!

Monday, December 5, 2011

This Week's Holiday Event: Greeting Cards

Last week's event is done and I'm thrilled to know so many people will be receiving petite cards along with their EPD stationery! Starting today through Sunday, we'll be giving away a greeting card (of your choice) for each set of stationery purchased. Buy a set of stationery for a favorite teacher... get a lovely greeting card to go with it! Buy a set of stationery for your boss & assistant... get a lovely greeting card to accompany each set: Free! It's that easy and fun. It's also a great time to prepare for Valentine's day, birthdays, Mother's Day, etc. Yes, I'm a planner. Perhaps you are also a person who thinks ahead!
Upon checkout, leave me a message telling me which card(s) you want to accompany each set of stationery you purchase. And as always, orders over $70 receive free shipping. Happy shopping!