Friday, May 31, 2013

INSTA-FRIDAY

Guess what day it is!?


Check out my fancy new graphic to celebrate Instafridays! I know they are your favorite day on the week. Feel free to grab a button on the side and participate! 


1. My baby sister graduated from High School on Saturday here is how excited we are /// 2. I got a new mountain bike {I am slowly easing into Cam's favorite hobby} and so we had a #sundayfunday full of riding! /// 3. I found this awesome 'Sears, Roebuck and Co' paper cutter at a local antique shop and I am in love {PS. It works better than the new one we bought} /// 4. Saying that Chipotle is our favorite place to eat is an understatement, we eat there at least once a week /// 5. #tbt of me on a bike, I am adorable in my Mickey shirt  and Sesame Street bike horn

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

{THANK YOU THURSDAY #3}

Dear Ikea, 


THANK YOU
Thank you for building your location in Atlanta that is just far enough away from my house that I don't come see you on a weekly basis. Thank you for your low prices that make buying a 99 cent lantern a no brainier when I am also spending $200 on desks. Thank you for your brilliant set ups that make me feel like I really could live in 100 square feet and thank you for your meatballs and lingonberry sauce YUM.

Love,
Nicole

Things I should not thank Ikea for - Every time I leave, I end up wanting more than I did when I got there - Check out my current wish list...



Anything you have been wishing for from Ikea?

And feel free to particiapate in 'Thank You Thursday' post a comment with your blog post if you do, and grab a button!

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

CUSTOMER LOVE - MUMFORD & SON'S PRINT

Check out how my lovely customer Teresa {visit her photography page here she is amazing!} styled her Mumford & Son's 'Lover of the Light' print!



Do you have a DBN art print? We would love to see how you styled it! Send us an email designsbynicolina{at}gmail.com or tag us on instagram @nicolinaw or #designsbynicolina


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

{TIP TUESDAY #11} INVITATION ETIQUETTE /// SAVE THE DATES

Getting engaged is just the beginning of the wedding planning! You want to make sure every one you love is there to celebrate with you so get those Save-the-Dates out according to your wedding date + plan! Here is some info to help!




Monday, May 27, 2013

AND THE WINNER IS?!

Thanks so much to all who entered the Thank You Note giveaway! We are so happy that you all love the notes so much!



And the winner is....



Congrats Kerry! We sent you an email this morning so excited for you to get your notes!

 

Friday, May 24, 2013

INSTA-FRIDAY

I am so mad at myself for missing INSTA-FRIDAY last week. I had such a cray cray week that I only had 3 pictures to share but still I hated missing it. The good news is that I went Insta-Crazy this week so I have plenty to share to make up for it.

Want to join the instafun! Follow me @nicolinaw


>>> 1. My baby sister is Graduating from High School tomorrow! I designed some nautical inspired invites for her Grad Party in June
>>> 2. Happy Mail Day when I got my Stella & Dot goodies in the mail!
>>> 3. Check out this 'Throwback Thursday" post of my Dad, Sister and Me at Disney World in '95 loved it then, love it now!
>>> 4.Spent the morning at my Grandparent's house, she has more teacups than you can count!

>>> 1. The Hubby and I always go to the same places when we go out to eat but Atlanta is full of cool restaurants. So we tried out Zoe's Kitchen when we were spending our REI dividend at the Perimeter  REI store, I am embarrassed to tell you how long we were there.
>>> 2. My new fav mug! A vintage inspired Disney mug I got from the Disney Outlet in Orlando
>>> 3. This new Ikea file box is the best thing ever, I marked the glitter trays for me and the plain ones for Cam. He has a love-hate relationship with my glitter tape
>>> 4. New stools for our standing desks! I put them together like a BOSS
>>> 5. We tried Antico Pizza in Atlanta for the first time if you love Pizza and are ever in Atlanta is is a MUST eat at!


Thursday, May 23, 2013

{THANK YOU THURSDAY #2}

Today is the 2nd Edition of {THANK YOU THURSDAY}
See the ORIGINAL POST HERE to learn all about it!

Today I am saying THANK YOU to something from my childhood. Something I kinda forgot about until recently. A program that I used when I was little, it was my first CD program and my first adventure in designing. I was thinking about it last week and then I did what any reasonable person would do. I got on Ebay and tried to see if I could find it. I did! So for less than $12 I got it new in the box delivered to my door, and though I can't use it on my computer {I would need Windows '95 haha} It is really fun to look at what got me loving what turned into my business!



Dear Barbie Print'n Play, 

Thank you for coming into my life and inspiring my love of design. It is pretty amazing when a 6 year old realizes she loves making cards and designing stationary and then actually turns that into a business when she grows up.

The year was 1996, my family was super cool with our giant windows computer. I was an adorable 6 year old who loved her some Barbie when you came into my life. I was fascinated by the options. I created stickers, stationary, invites and cards like a pro. I knew I was in love with paper goods and designed from then on. You even helped me create invites for my parents surprise 15th anniversary party {I was 6} that featured Barbie + Ken dancing on the front they were a hit! {I wish I had kept one!}

Barbie Print'n Play you turned me into the graphic designer I am today and for that I am thankful. Imagine what my life would have been like if my parents bought me an Easy Bake Oven instead of you. I might have been a baker and not a graphic designer. I guess we will never know.

Thanks Barbie Print'n Play!

XO, Nicole

Check out the packaging, the huge-ness of the computer kills me, and the screen shots are EXACTLY how I remember them. I was so excited to get this in the mail I can't even tell you.


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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

BABY SPRINKLE INVITES // NEW DESIGNS

Baby Sprinkle Invites are so very popular right now! They had their big shower for the first baby and now all the parents to be need is to have a nice time with some friends + a few things to fill in the blanks!

Check out some of the new sprinkle designs in my shop!

Chalkboard Baby Sprinkle Invite | Shop Here

Cupcake Banner | Shop Here

Cupcake Banner | Shop Here

Donut Baby Sprinkle | Shop Here

Donut Baby Sprinkle | Shop Here


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

{TIP TUESDAY #10} SOMETHING MORE IMPORTANT

I want to start this post by saying I had a different 'Tip Tuesday' planned for today. But in response to the devastation in Oklahoma I am choosing not to post about myself or my business today.

I totally understand that business needs to run as usual, and I plan on accomplishing my full days work today. But today there is something more important than sharing cute stuff and tips and that is the families of all of those effected by the horrible tornado.

Here are some unique ways you can help!

Purchase this necklace from The Vintage Pearl {LINK TO PURCHASE HERE} and 100% of the proceeds will go to the American Red Cross

Or this tank from Hello Apparel {LINK TO PURCHASE HERE} again 100% of the proceeds will go to the OK Red Cross

Of course there are other ways to help and send assistance. But the most important thing is sensitivity. One of my fellow party girls Feather from Printable Parties to Go was deeply affected by the events. If you would for me, head over to her page and send her your love and support. I know she could use  it.

Do something nice today, appreciate what you have and be sensitive to those around you.

With love and Prayers, Nicole


Monday, May 20, 2013

GIVEAWAY - WIN A SET OF OUR NEW THANK YOU NOTES!

I could NOT be more proud of our new Thank You Notes. Some are improvements on older deigns and others are totally brand new! In honor of introducing them to the shop we are giving a set away - you pick 12 of any design!

Check out some of the awesome new designs + enter to win below!



a Rafflecopter giveaway


 

Thursday, May 16, 2013

{THANK YOU THURSDAY #1}

Today I am introducing a new series on the blog! 

{THANK YOU THURSDAY}

We get so busy with our daily lives we have businesses to run, families to take care of, houses to clean and errands to run and sometimes we forget to say thank you! So my main mission with this series is to encourage people to take some time each week and write a Thank You Note to someone. It can be hand written and snail mailed, it can be an email or even an open letter on your blog. 

Just take the time, and show someone that you are thankful for something that they have done. I promise it will make both of your days! If you have a blog and would like to participate I would love for you to grab the button below and post a comment with the link to your post!

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This week I said {Thank You} to a repeat customer of mine. I am still blown away when I get a day full of orders. It was a little less than a year ago that I quit my day job to focus on DBN full time. It means so much to me when someone orders from me more than once, because it means they were so happy with the product and the process and the product that they wanted to do it again! So in her package a wrote a little thank you note {on our adorable chevron thank you notes!} , thanking her for her continued business and explaining how much it means to me!

It is little touches like this that I hope make people keep coming back to my little business and I hope people keep coming back!

So who/what do you want to thank today? Post about it and share below!

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

BECKY LEE'S STELLA & DOT BRANDING PACKAGE

Stella & Dot consultant Becky Lee just got an adorable personalized e-makeover! Check out the adorable design we came up with that shows off Stella & Dot colors mixed with Becky Lee's style!

{SHOP HERE | beckyslee.com}




She will stand out with her unique customized items, and one of a kind invitation to offer to her party hosts! Interested in something similar? Just shoot me an email! designsbynicolina{at}gmail{dot}com we would be happy to help you out! And go stop by and see Becky Lee!

{SHOP HERE | beckyslee.com}



Tuesday, May 14, 2013

{TIP TUESDAY #9} MY FAV EDITING APPS FOR IPHONE

We can't all be graphic designers, but as long as you have an iPhone and a slightly artsy eye you can come up with some super cute stuff! 

Blow your friends away by sharing some of your creations on Instagram or use them on your blog! Check out some of my favorite editing apps for iPhone. 

Lots of these apps work best by being used together!


{PIC STICH} this is the best app for creating a collage. Got lots of vacation pics or a whole bunch showing the steps of a DIY project? Choose your template and insert your pics!  Pages of options!!!


{VINTIQUE} I got this one as a free download once. I have only used it a few times but it has some very beautiful heavy vintage filters! Check out this edit here...


{AFTERLIGHT} This is THE APP to get for filters, tons to choose from and even more you can buy within the app. It also has lots of frames {circles around pics 


{OVER} Best app for adding text to your image! Loads of fonts and colors to choose from and even more you can buy within the app. I edited the pic below with afterlight and then added the text in over...


{A BEAUTIFUL MESS} This app is brand new and I already love it! Add filters, arrows, banners, frames, graphics and text to your image! Very artsy and fun! It is a must download in my book! 

Made this with it... 


Any apps you love to use that I am missing? Would love to try them out!

PS. I used my favorite blogging app blogGo} to blog this from cams gastro dr appt, he has a little procedure today so I am hanging out waiting on him :-)

Monday, May 13, 2013

A YUMMY RECIPE FOR KEY LIME PIE


I want to preface this post by saying "I am NOT a baker" I didn't grow up baking with my mom, we made bake and break cookies, and instant brownies {she is an AMAZING cook, mostly Italian food, she can turn what looks like an empty pantry into a 4 course meal, but not so much a baker} but it seems like every time I ask 'What can I bring?' to an event the answer is always dessert, so I had to learn how to make a few things.

I love making s'mores bars {maybe I will share that recipe the next time I make them} but my husband LOVES key lime pie. I have tried a few recipes but with some tweaks of the original recipe here this one was by far my favorite.


Here is what you need!
I love it because it is pretty much dump everything into a bowl and mixing it up!

>>> INGREDIENTS <<<
For the Pie
- 5 Egg Yolks
- 1/2 Cup of Key Lime Juice {I usually can't get KEY limes at my supermarket so I just use limes, or key lime juice concentrate}
- Zest of 1 Lime
- 14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk
- Pre-made graham cracker crust {9 inches} - I guess you can make your own, but "Ain't no body got time fo' 'dat"

For the Topping
- 1/2 pint of heavy whipping cream
- 1 cup of powdered sugar

>>> DIRECTIONS <<<
1. Preheat the oven to 375*
2. Add the yolks, the juice, the lime zest, and the condensed milk to a bowl and mix it up until it is all combined
3. Pour into pre-made crust
4. Stick it in the oven for 15 min
5. While it is baking make your topping, combine the whipping cream and sugar {you can add vanilla extract or more sugar if you want it sweeter, but with key lime pie I don't like the topping to be TOO sweet} whip with a mixer until it looks like whipped cream! Stick it in the fridge!
6. Take the pie out, and let it cool for about an hour {this will give the cream time to set up too}
7. After an hour top your pie {use all of the cream} I like as much cream as pie almost!
8. If you want to get fancy add some lime slices!

Feel free to comment with any questions about the recipe!

Friday, May 10, 2013

INSTA-FRIDAY

It's INSTA-FRIDAY Y'ALL!
I spent the week prepping for all of the amazing new items that were going to be ready for pick up from my local printer! I am hoping to get all of the shop loaded up with all of the new designs over the weekend!

I will post all about it next week! In the meantime take a glimpse at our week!


>>> 1. 1/2 price frapp happy hour is from 3-5 until the 12th and I have had entirely too many of them. Mocha Cookie Crumble will be the death of me. 

>>> 2. Made some Key Lime Pie for a party on Saturday, look out for the recipe on Monday!

>>> 3. I got fancy and added some cute limes on top

>>> 4. Went to one of my favorite little's pre-k graduation, they have purple caps and gowns {seriously cute}, she posed for a pic with my sister who is graduating high school in 2 weeks. What a cute Class of 2013!

>>> 5. On the way home from the printer with all of the new DBN goodies!

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

BLOGLOVIN' BLOGHOP COHOST!

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