Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Chic Orchid

I am absolutely thrilled to tell you guys that “The Chic Orchid” is officially up and running.


Who would have thought that it would take 6 months to finally get it up? Not me, but I’m so happy that this day has come at last!


Quitting blogging was necessary for me and my family. I wasn’t happy doing it anymore and it was draining me. Little did I know that I would get an itch to start something new, and that it would turn into a company that I absolutely LOVE!


In a nutshell, here’s the gist of my company:


I had the incredible Lara of Announced Design create my logo. I’ve long admired her work, and knew that she would be able to get me just what I needed.

Amidst surgeries, concussions, and everything else that poor woman has had to endure, she took on the job and nailed it!!

Chic Orchid-Logo

I’m absolutely blown away by her talent, and am so appreciative of her.


Next came 3 months of what can only be described as a dead end with a web developer who will remain nameless.


Moving on, I turned to Alex ElChehimi of Spicy Design for website development.

This is where the true genius came in. He built my site, taking my input seriously, and offering suggestions as needed. It was a lot of work, and he kept at it without ever complaining.

I will sing his praises forever for making this happen:

Web page

I can hardly believe that it’s finally up! It’s so exciting and I can’t wait to share it with all of you.


Thank you so much for being patient with me throughout this whole process. I hope you will come subscribe to the newsletter and follow along with all the social media outlets, so you don’t miss a deal.


As a token to my fabulous readers, who have stuck with me for so long, I would like to offer a discount code:



10% off your entire order until March 1st


Thanks again and farewell to blogging forever!



Thursday, January 31, 2013

Crafting With the Stars??

If you’ve been a reader of mine for a while, then you know that once upon a time, there used to be a little ‘ole contest called Crafting with the Stars.
It was so much fun and

Thursday, June 21, 2012


Thank you just doesn’t seem to cut it for the gratitude I have for each of you. Thank you for your kind comments, emails, text messages, phone calls, etc. Once again I am reminded how many wonderful people there are in the world and that I am blessed to come in contact with many of them.

I am so appreciative of all your love and support behind my decision to quit blogging, so with so much more than just words, please let me tell each and every one of you…


Monday, June 18, 2012

The Time Has Come to Say Goodbye

I can’t even tell you how many times over the past 10 months I have sat down to write this very post. Well today the time has come that I must say goodbye to blogging.

It’s hard to explain why, but I know many of you will want to know so I’m going to try.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Ombre Herringbone Quilt

Hey guys! I was doing the usual end-of-year stuff where I like to declutter and organize, and realized there are a few "blog" things I forgot to post. So while I'm trying to get the final touches on the website for "The Chic Orchid, I have a couple of FINAL "Sew Dang Cute" posts.

For instance, this quilt was originally posted in June on the Riley Blake blog as my final design team project.

I came up with this idea almost a year ago, and even got the fabric to make it back in April, but life got so busy that I didn’t get it done – until June.

Introducing the Ombre Herringbone Quilt!!!
Ombre Herringbone Quilt complete
This turned out just how I hoped it would, and was a fun quilt to make.

The first thing I needed to do was design the quilt on paper.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Family Pictures by Kristen Duke Photography

In June, the fabulous Kristen Duke was in Utah and did our family pictures!!
I first met Kristen through Crafting with the Stars and have been so grateful to have become friends with her. She is an absolute blast to hang out with, and I adore her!!
Let me start by saying…….
Kristen is a miracle worker!!!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Kid Chatteroo

I am so excited to share with you guys a new app that my amazingly creative friend Kirsten of The Crafting Chicks just launched!
She has spent countless hours making this happen, and it was well worth all her effort!!

KID CHATTEROO is fun to play at bedtime, dinnertime and snuggletime. Easily turn those potentially “time-wasting” moments such as amusement park lines, waiting rooms, car rides,  into meaningful moments. Use KID CHATTEROO anytime and anywhere you want to connect with your kids. Capture those little voice recordings with an easy-to-use recording feature, it’s like capturing time in a bottle.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Vtech Switch & Go Dinos

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of VTechKids for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
My son just turned 3 years old! I can't believe how big he is.
Like most boys, he loves cars and dinosaurs. So when I was asked if my son would like to receive two Switch & Go Dinos by Vtech, I gladly said "yes".

These toys are ingenius! They are dinosaurs, but then easily morph into cars. So you get TWO toys in ONE!!!
He received the T-Rex,
SwitchAndGo Sliver
and the Triceratops.
SwitchAndGo Horns
I'm happy to report

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Simple Basket Liners

In my last post I shared with you my son's new bookshelf. Well if you noticed the bottom shelf, I made some baskets to help organize the toys and lined the baskets with some simple basket liners.
Simple Basket Liners
My son’s toys have been in desperate need of storage, so these were just the ticket!

Monday, June 11, 2012

How to Paint Veneer {Not Wood} Furniture

Have you ever tried painting veneer? The paint doesn’t stick to it. It’s rather annoying.
Well I’ve been searching for a small bookcase to put in my son’s nursery. Last week when I was in my local thrift store, I found one for $5. The only drawback – it was veneer.

So my brain started wondering….
“If I painted it with chalk paint first, would that solve the problem?”
The answer…
Here’s the original bookcase.
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