Monday, March 30, 2009

Hear ye! Hear ye! Blogging Bootcamp comes to Seattle!

Once again, the folks in Seattle hit the "Wow! We're lucky" jackpot! Liene Stevens - one of my favorite friends and colleague - is bringing her 'Blogging Bootcamp' to Seattle! Her course will be offered in Seattle on April 23rd and space is limited so sign up soon!! This is an amazing opportunity to meet Liene and network with other professionals.

Liene Stevens is the founder of The Smart Planner™ a business coaching resource for professional wedding consultants. Liene's expertise has been sought out by numerous publications, including The New York Times, Conde Nast Portfolio, Washingtonian Magazine, Arizona Society Magazine, and CNN.

Event planners from around the world have credited Liene's strategic mentoring with increasing their profit margins and improving productivity goals.

I was fortunate to attend her first Bootcamp in Phoenix and am excited that she is now bringing it to our own Emerald City! This is one event you won't want to miss.

Register here
for this great opportunity!

Please feel free to email me with any questions.

Happy Blogging!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Sweet (smelling) dreams... a lovely hostess gift

These wonderfully scented sheets fit inside your pillows, and come in both aromatherapy-worthy and just plain pretty scents. A great idea for a hostess gift or to have waiting inside the pillows in your guest room for your lucky visitors when they call it a night. With a range of scents - from "Relaxing" (a mix of lavender and woody scents) to the exotic floral "Shanghai Nights" to "My Boyfriend's Shirt", you're certain to find the perfect aroma to bring a smile.

At $20 for a box 8 liners, you can easily create many sweet dreams.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Volunteer DIY project makes big bucks!

Photo by: DIY Good Taste

At our DIY Good Taste™ studio we have the best work table! It's huge, the perfect height and even has cubbies for our clients' DIY project materials. Guests love coming to the studio - and they get very excited when they see this table - it just begs for cool art to be created upon it.

This wonderful DIY project was for Robin's school auction. Her students (1st and 2nd graders at Sunnyside Environmental School in Portland, OR) began by painting paper and cutting out shapes, which they then meticulously glued together, creating charming animals and objects representing the letters of the alphabet (impressive hand-eye coordination I must say).

Our task was to make these whimsical artworks work together. A quilt-inspired background grid was the base, using five colors of card stock. Lower-case letters were die-cut using our Slice tool. The kids' creations were arranged on top and glued down. A lovely recycled wood frame held the finished artwork.

The winning bid of $400.00 was a gratifying result to our fun day in the studio.

Life never smelled so good!

“Smell is a potent wizard that transports you across thousands of miles
and all the years you have lived.” - Helen Keller

Aren't we Seattlites lucky? Right in our own backyard we have Saint Parfum - a stunningly beautiful company that produces lovely candles and home fragrance reed diffusers with amazing care. They maintain the largest in-house fragrance pallet of any home fragrance brand in the world - which affords them the bragging rights of offering over 100 home fragrances and the unique ability to produce custom fragrances. What an amazing gift or 'happy'!

In keeping with hand perfuming techniques each of their products is hand poured individually, and beautifully packaged.

We believe that touching all of the senses is essential to a great event. Taste, touch, sight, hearing and smell...keep them in mind whether you're throwing a swanky dinner party, an intimate dinner for friends, or the wedding reception of a lifetime.

Fortunately for the world outside of the Emerald City, you can find their products at some lovely shops across the country, or order one of their favorite fragrances online.


Monday, March 2, 2009

A delicious and thoughtful 'happy' - cuisine at home magazine

I'm so blessed to have the most amazing family and friends. So many of them are extremely thoughtful and often surprise me with little 'happies'. (A "happy" in our world is a term we use to describe an unexpected, inexpensive gift, note or simple gesture that makes someone smile.)

When I picked up the mail today, I got my latest copy of Cuisine At Home magazine - one of my favorite 'happies' I've ever received. Here's the background: Last year when I was on a recipe hunt, I went to one of my friends who is not only a fabulous cook, but truly a 'hostess with the mostest', and a fabulous wedding planner to boot! Naturally, Chris saved the day and provided me with the perfect recipe for my dinner party. The next day, I thanked her and told her what a success her dish proved to be.

Now here's where the 'happy' comes in. A few weeks later, I received a gift subscription to this fantastic cooking magazine - with a loving note from Chris. Her happy to me. I've enjoyed the publication and used so many of their recipes and tips and have now given this 'happy' to others!

Think of how you can brighten a day with a little 'happy'... it makes opening the mailbox fun!