Thursday, December 14, 2017

Wait.. What? A year has gone by?

We are nearing the threshold of another new year being ushered in. And, I honestly have no idea where last year went. I, to be frank - you be Diane, did not accomplish much of what I set out to do. So, my new task is to figure out why. What happened?

Honestly, I have kind of been at a loss. I need to build and move into a new area. I have just been unsure which way to go. I was going to do party planning and party props and include photography. Still seems like a great idea, but,  honestly, going at something that large alone, just seems daunting.

In other exhausting realizations, Etsy has made a lot of changes. A lot, a lot a lot a lot. And some not for the good, at least for most sellers. Many shops have tanked since they done whatever they are doing with listings and where they show up and where they are advertised. But, beyond that, it has been hard to keep up with their ever changing system and trying to change over 900 listings every single time they want to implement some "new and improved" change has just been tiring. I know I am not alone with it just wearing down on people and exhausting the last bit of patience they have left. I know I am not alone standing at the end of this year just burnt out and feeling pretty uncreative and uninspired. This is the first holiday season where I have  had to PUSH myself to put up a tree, to try to be festive and not clock someone.

So, to sum up... I haven't blogged in a year, feeling worn down and trying to muster up some inspiration. BUT!!!!!  Yes, BUT, I have managed to do a few new designs. One of which I think will be fun, a mardi gras baby shower. This was a custom request that just turned out beautifully.

I actually have been trying to work on some new designs, but unfortunately they have been sparse. Another one I do love is this new New Year's Eve design:

There there has been at least a wee bit of productiveness! Well, I think that is all for now. I have thinking to do. I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas!

Friday, December 9, 2016

What is to come in 2017

I typically don't set New Year's goals. But, I do have some goals this year I would like to reach. I  have started working on them already. One, was rebranding and reworking my logo and all my page designs. So far this evening I have gotten half way through most of them. I still have Twitter, Zazzle and YouTube to update. I am hoping to add more designs this year, as well as my party printable packages, hand made items and vintage items I find. I currently have three Etsy shops, a Zazzle Shop, a website and now I am adding listings to purchase on my Facebook site. I am hoping I don't overwhelm myself.

Back to my goals. I am hoping to add more clipart, more designs to Zazzle and start selling on my website. I am also moving forward with several handmade items. Tall order for someone who can barely blog. It is a lot to keep up, especially being a one woman show here. But, anyhoo, my brain is a bit fried from working on too much techie stuff today, but I thought while I was updating graphics on my blog, I would also do a post.

If you are on my Facebook page, you may have noticed several albums I have added regarding party and party decor. I have been going back and forth for a few  years now about party planning and moving toward party backdrops and photography. Every time I have set up a studio outside my apartment, I just wouldn't go. Twice I have done this. I attempted to move back into the shop where Bella used to be by my apartment and I just couldn't get any work done there. So I am attempting to clean out space again in my matchbox of an apartment. I just seem to create and work better on my own time clock, whenever I want in my pajamas. It is how I work best. So, having said all that, I am hoping to set up a studio space this coming year to create party props and other pieces.

I recently did several pieces for my granddaughter's fifth birthday. The theme was Wonderland. So it was appropriately named "Avari in Wonderland." I got another chance to flex my sculpting, painting and creative muscles with physical pieces. I am going to showcase some before and after pieces below, as well as photos from the party. Enjoy and more to come soon!

These are my grand babies! 
Tea Party Set up for all the girls

Mad hatter decor I created from an old snowman hat

Mushroom props I created
Water bottle wraps

Number 5 I created and decorated

Friday, October 7, 2016

New Halloween Invitation Designs

I am not sure how I managed to get new Halloween designs done this season, but thankfully I did!

I wanted to showcase my newest Halloween Designs for 2016!

You can find my complete line of Fall and Halloween invitations here:

Vivi's Fairy Tea Party

No posts for almost a month, then two in one day! I am working on uploading party pictures from my granddaughter's previous birthday party photo shoots. We are planning for my oldest granddaughter's birthday in November now, "Avari in Wonderland."

I currently have three granddaughter's and one one the way. Vivi, currently the youngest, had a fairy tea party for her first birthday. Here are some images from that party we set up.

We love a good tea party!

Lots of fairy yummies

Avari is the oldest, and is always our best model
How beautiful is fairy Vivi?

The birthday girl! 

All three of our little fairies!

Fairy Naomi celebrating

Loving Fairy Sisters! 

We love to throw the girls parties as you can see. Not only do we get to make the girl's wishes come true, and give them some beautiful memories, but also we get to decorate and take pictures! 

Naomi is Three Under the Enchanted Sea!

I have been super busy but have been wanting to make the time to show off pictures from my granddaughter Naomi's 3rd birthday party. We had had several parties that I haven't shown off yet and hope to blog about them since we are preparing for an upcoming one in November.

For Naomi's 3rd birthday, we decided to do an "Under the Enchanted Sea" since she LOVES mermaids so much!!!!

My oldest granddaughter in her mermaid outfit and shell tiara

Lots of fun extra touches

I used brown sugar as sand under sweeties. These are vanilla wafers with icing and edible pearls

All the girls in their outfits and tiaras

My daughter made these really fun Octopus Dogs that were a hit

Mermaid thrown

Crown and wand

Lots of pretty jellyfish lanterns

All the little mermaids

Rock candy made lots of fun "jewels" for eating

The wand and crown I made

Enchanted Sea Water

One of my favorite pictures of Naomi's dress with lots of shells on her mermaid train

I made several crowns for the party which I loved doing!

Our sweetest little Naomi

Mermaid Naomi loved her party!

I created this image for the back of the invite. I also had it printed on a canvas for the table

This is the back of the invite
As you can see, we had lots of fun creating for the party and watching the girls enjoy the party! Find lots of ideas on my Pinterest Boards:
 and invites at my Etsy shop: