This Greek Girl is Going Home!


(photo of my YiaYia with my son ~ 2006}On a whim, I decided it is time to go to New York to visit my family there. I was born in Orchard Park, New York and moved to Arizona when I was 11. The entire family on my dad's side (the Greek side) live in upstate New York. This includes my YiaYia (my beloved grandmother), as well as my aunts, uncles, cousins, second cousins, third cousins, etc, etc. Good ... [ Read More ]

Kate McRae: Auction Results


Thank you so much to all of you who bid on my party package auction to benefit Kate McRae. Congratulations to Brooke Meyenberg from Jackaroo Love blog, who placed the highest bid of $200. I want to also say thank you to everyone who is supporting this family and praying for this little girl.This is an excerpt from Kate's mom's post today, and it brought tears to my eyes reading it..Today we ... [ Read More ]

Invitations: Purple Birthday Party Invitations!


I just designed these new purple birthday invitations for my loyal customer, Kara in Illinois! Kara ordered her younger daughter's lollipop birthday package a couple months ago, then purchased this frame, and two more frames for gifts! She emailed me and needed invitations for her older daughter, Anna's upcoming "purple party"! She mentioned it needed to be purple, and possibly be water related ... [ Read More ]

Kate McRae: Family Photography Session Auction from Live. Love. Photography


My friend, Tina with Live. Love. Photography has generously offered to host an auction on her blog for a family photo session. All proceeds will go directly to Kate McRae & family. Tina is a very talented photographer in the Phoenix area, and this is a great opportunity to secure your family photo session for your holiday cards!Retail value of the photo session is $300. The minimum bid will be ... [ Read More ]

Kate McRae: Party Package Auction – Latest Bids!


THANK YOU for your support! I was so happy to wake up to 3 new bids! The party package is now at retail value!$1507/15 8:41amInterested in bidding? PLEASE COMMENT HERE!Also, please feel free to grab the button above, that my friend Andra created. Add it to your blog sidebar to show support for Kate. You can link it to: ... [ Read More ]

Kate McRae: Auction from Dolce Vita Mia


One of my local Twitter friends, and fellow Etsy seller, Dolce Vita Mia generously offered to auction one of her adorable onesie sets!She picked my very favorite one from her collection! It is made with Heather Bailey fabric and includes a onesie & matching hair clippie. All proceeds will go directly to the McRae family. PLEASE visit her blog ASAP to BID on this item! Perfect for baby shower ... [ Read More ]

Kate McRae: Party Package Auction – Bid Now!


LASTEST BID AMOUNT: $200.00 Updated: 7/16 12:35am(check comments for new bids before bidding!)The McRae family needs your prayers, for their daughter Kate. This story really hit home for me, so I decided that I would auction a party package, with every penny of the proceeds going directly to this family. Even though they may only be asking for prayers at this point, they have a long road ahead and ... [ Read More ]

Pray for Kate: TomKat Studio Party Package Auction


You probably read my post about little Kate McRae, a local 5 year old girl recently diagnosed with brain cancer. One of my readers sent me the link to her story and it really broke my heart. During my "Birthday Week" giveaways, one of the commenters said that if she wins, she would like her prized auctioned for the benefit of Kate McRae. I've been trying to think of something I could do to help ... [ Read More ]

Inspired by TomKat Studio: Sarah’s Sip & See Baby Shower!


Speaking of Sarah (winner of Giveaway #1!)....she emailed me a few weeks ago to tell me that I inspired some of the items she created for a "Sip & See" Baby Shower she just hosted! She was sweet to give me credit in her blog post about her party, and I really appreciate that! I see many parties around the web now that were clearly "inspired" by something on my blog, but many people don't ... [ Read More ]

Birthday Week GIVEAWAY Winners!


Birthday Week is officially over and I am happy to announce the winners of my three giveaways! ... [ Read More ]

Cupcake Monday: Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes!


{image via Martha}Happy Monday! I had a great time over the weekend, celebrating my birthday and my friend's bridal shower & bachelorette party! This week, I am finishing up orders before the kids & I head to New York to visit my family there (can't wait!)My mom bought me the Martha Stewart Cupcakes book for my birthday (along with another great cake decorating book & fabulous Kate ... [ Read More ]

Happy Birthday to Me!


I know it's silly to wish myself a happy birthday, but why not? My friend, Melissa is in town for her bridal shower and bachelorette party, so there will be two reasons to celebrate tonight with the girls! {photo via chota on flickr} ... [ Read More ]