Friday, July 29, 2011

Happy Weekend!!!!!

It has surely been one fantastic week!
From being well rested from a mini moon to Block Island, putting the finishing touches on Amy & Tim's wedding invitation suite  and ending with the Monster spend the night under the stars with the pigs, chickens and 1 guinea hen at Terra Firma Farm.
I can promise you he is exactly where he dreams to be!!
Did I mention the fabulous fish tacos and hibiscus margaritas at Milagros?

Next week will be a whole other chapter to summer..
The Monster and I will be taking a home vacation for the next 2 weeks...
There will be swimming, sailing, tennis, painting, biking, sand castle making,reading, movie watching, sword fighting, berry picking and my personal favorite..
homemade ice cream making AND eating!

It will be just like in the beginning...
him and me, me and him.

I still will be posting but...
I will also be out there enjoying life, slowing down(a bit) and giggling till the cows come home with my favorite Monster in the whole wide world...

Thursday, July 28, 2011

El Guapo meets El Sandwich....

I have been a huge fan of James Ward for some time now...But now I think it's time to put my money where my mouth is and finally just order this fabulous plate...
It honestly just cracks me up and brings me joy on days where there is no sun.

The hardest part?? Which one to choose???
One thing I know...I think the Monster needs this one in his room!

Thank you James Ward for making my day just a little bit brighter!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Running Fools...

Every time I look on Facebook, there is another one of those crazy runners yapping about how many miles they ran.
It seems as though they are overtaking the planet!
I for one am not and will never ever be, BUT if I was...I would definitely love these Race Bib displays created by Pretty Lovely Painting on Etsy
 And if so inclined, I would have to scoop up the running medal display as well....

Don't worry..they come in every color...even yellow..

Chocolate Therapy #35

 Image found via my beautiful mess

Friday, July 22, 2011

Happy Weekend!!!!!

Image by Chocolate Creative Design

Happy Weekend Everyone!!!

I just got back from a surprise mini-moon to Block Island which was beautifully and lovingly orchestrated by none other than the Tall One.

It took us exactly 12 years to get there..I kid you not...
When we were first dating, he had planned a fabulous trip to Block Island. Unfortunately, Mother Nature had a few plans of her own...
and Hurricane Floyd was his name...

Determined and ticked off at Mother Nature, he drove us through the blackest of nights to Vermont. To our surprise, Lake Champlain had giant waves..
He rowed us through the night, no light to be found, and thankfully we made it safely to shore. We hiked through the pines and luckily came upon the cabin.
The chimney was covered with a piece of slate, so someone(hmm) had to go up and remove it.
Without hesitation and perhaps delirium, I scurried up the moss laden roof, wind blowing, rain pelting and Shazam....we had heat.

We often joke about that moment...
He says that was the moment he knew he would marry me...
I say...what if we had gone to Block Island and laid on the sand, under the sun in the easy breezy salt air...would we still have been married?

So after 12 years (10 married)...I think it was appropriate that we headed to Block...
I definitely think we were due for an easy, breezy getaway!

Stay Safe, Water Yourself Hourly and Have a Great Weekend!!

Thursday, July 21, 2011


Image by Jinsey Dauk

How can it be? 
Sometimes it feels like 20, other times it feels like I am just about to gently step into my dress..I am not going to's not been an easy road..Although, I figure that it's kinda like learning how to ride a bike..There is no instruction manual and you have to have courage and faith in order to do it....There's an unsureness to it at first.....both legs and feet have to work together to find the rhythm...then you glide..It gets easier and you become bolder so you pick up speed, soar down a hill with both arms held open like you can fly...then... the littlest pebble can make you tumble, fall..There may possibly be bruises, possibly gravel stuck in your side and even stitches..but.. 
you get back on and you are gliding again...

Exactly 12 days ago, we had a cousin who was married in the exact same spot as we were...The sky was blue (the tall one would argue and say ours was cloudless), the temperature..perfect and the breeze...just a mere brush stroke on your back..After dinner as the sun set, we walked the same walk, in the same exact spot that we had done a mere 10 years earlier and watched from afar.....the Fabulous Mr. Jerry Browne had started spinning in perfect Jerry form..Under the tent, the dance floor was packed full of cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents and friends. Smack dab in in the middle of it...was the Monster...dancing his little heart out and seriously busting a move to a little Michael Jackson...
Under those same stars...we were there...hand in hand...
Again, I am not going to lie but I became a little overwhelmed (in a good way) and I think a couple tears welled up in the corner of my eyes.
Together,we are were able to watch what we had promised to each other 10 years ago. Love, commitment, and family. We had received our wish...Us hand in hand, our Monster as happy as happy can be...surrounded by THE most important people in our lives...
They say it takes a village to raise a child...
Well my friends...I am lucky to say that we certainly have one...

So in my instruction manual, 
that I have been writing for just 10 years, 

Always keep your feet moving, in unison as best as you can. 
If you stumble or fall it's best to immediately get back on and start peddling again.

Happy Anniversary my Tall One..
I am so glad to be on this glorious ride with you..
Maybe this year we can get a bell!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Tuesday Typeface....Mapping it!

 Boy would I love to do a little travelin' overseas!! Perhaps Italy?
Maybe these Around the World Letters from Urban Outfitters will have to do the trick for now...
By the way...not sure what happened to the A and O....They must be on vacation..

Monday, July 18, 2011

a little glitter to start the week......

 Ok..I know what you're thinking....Dress Barn???
But seriously folks..these are WAY too cute and comfy to pass up...
At $29.99 it's a steal!!
Thanks Auntie Egg for spotting them for us!!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Happy Weekend!!!!!

Happy Weekend Everyone!!!

I am so sorry for my lack of posts lately, but I have been super deliciously busy here at Chocolate Creative Design, putting the finishing touches on Jillian & Dan's wedding invitation suite!
The minute those beauties get dropped in the mailbox, 
I'll be back in the studio again finishing up on Amy & Tim's ikat loveliness!

I hate to say it but...this girl is not all work and no play...
This weekend I get to help drop off 2 of the loveliest of ladies at summer camp. The Monster will be traveling with us in hopes...and I mean hopes...that he will be sooo enamoured, that camp will be in his future next summer.
I mean who can resist...canoes, bunkbeds, archery, sleeping bags, swimming and the smell of pine...

Just don't pack those scissors in case of some serious hair drama!

Stay Safe, Get the Heck Outside and have a Great Weekend!!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Tuesday Typeface....Balloons....

Who doesn't love a balloon animal?
A few squeek squeek squeeks and voila...instant animal.
The lovely Miss Amy Graver of Elements Design sent me this fabulous link to a new app created by Takashi Kawada called

Hopefully this week, with the arrival of my new phone, I will be able to send ALL my friends a few lions, trees and bees...

Monday, July 11, 2011

a little glitter to start your week.....

 One of MY favorite summer purchases...

The fantabulous Miss Heidi H found it on sale, immediately called me, picked it up and then delivered it to my door...
Now that's an AMAZING friend!!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Hanging at the Mill....

Today I will be cutting, pasting, nailing, glueing & glittering to get the studio in tip top shape for tomorrow night's open studios at the Velvet Mill!
Walls covered in fabulous art, wine provided by Saltwater Farm Vineyard and some yummy treats by Theresa's Culinary Creations...
What more could one want?
Miss Heidi of 1 Frog Lane and I will be hanging in the studio..
Hope to see you there!!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Happy Weekend!!!!!

Image found via Beaufort Belle

 Happy Weekend Everyone!!!

What a wonderful week it's been!! 
I had a wonderful mini solo vaca last weekend, doing all things girly and fun. Designed up 2 fabulous wedding invites that are ready to go to press as I write.  Played hard with the Monster and two very lovely princesses.  Finally stuffed myself into a bathing suit and swam for hours like an 8 year old, showing that even us oldies still could play a mean game of sharks and minnows..

Which leads us into one of my most favorite holidays of the year..
It's about friends, family, picnic food, hot dogs, hamburgers, fresh garden salads, macaroni salad, cocktails, watching fireworks on the warm sand tightly tucked under a salt infused beach towel...
 Image found via Womans Day

Fresh apple & cherry pies a la mode....
 Image found via  work of art photo

and enjoying living in a small town where we do the 4th of July old school style with crepe paper adorned bikes, parades and just simply flying that grand ole flag...
Aren't we all so lucky....

Be Safe, Fly that Flag as High as you can and have a 
Great Weekend!!!