DIY Name Place Cards


Okay, I’m back at the blog again. When work gets hectic I tend to go MIA, but I promise I have 5 posts coming your way this week.

I thought I’d start off the week with a little DIY action. I hosted a small birthday shin-dig for a dear friend of mine (love you Jess!) and I wanted to make easy, budget-friendly name cards. So, I peeked in a few cupboards, dug into my not-so organized craft drawers and pulled out a few pieces of paper and my handy-dandy alphabet stamps and stamp pad.  An idea was brewing…


I also whipped out my round corner punch, and then I started in on stamping out the names of my guests on the mini white cards. After I stamped each of the names out, I trimmed down the edges of the card and then punched each corner to round out the edges (round corners seem to soften the look of the cards and also give them a “finished” feel).



Again, after each name was stamped, the cards were trimmed to fit the length of the name and then each of the corners were rounded. Now that I had the name cards ready to go, I needed a way to display them on the table. That’s when the old bowl of lemons I had in the kitchen came into play, along with a few tacks I had laying around…the result…



At first I thought my lemon solution might cause a few problems – I thought the name cards might roll all over the place, but they didn’t. They seem to stay into place as long as I carefully tacked the card in the center of the lemon.

DIY budget friendly name place cards

The great thing about these place cards is that you could use apples, limes, pears, pumpkins – whatever best fits your decor/theme colors.  And, let’s not forget that these DIY name place cards cost me next to nothing. I had the lemons, cards and pins already at home, and it just took me a little time to assemble these cards.


I’ll share a few more DIY  and budget-friendly hosting ideas later this week!

Get it in GOLD

As you guys know by now, my design style is sometimes all over the map. My indecisiveness follows me even when I try to choose between silver and gold. Usually, it’s a toss up, but lately, I’ve had this thing for GOLD.

So when I ran across the online store  BeGolden, I fell in love. With everything. And now, I must share this wonderful website with you all…

Who’s BeGolden? They are an online store that houses a unique collection of home and gift products and ALL of them happen to be gold. From contemporary to traditional to quirky to delightful, BeGolden is just that, golden.

Here’s a quick view of a few products featured on Be Golden:

Gold Seletti Porcelain Mug

Set of 4 Round Gold Leaf Mirrors

Gold Door Knob

Gold Foil Tray

Gold Seletti China Storage Jar

Gold Delicate Napkin Ring

And just for good measure, I had to include this gold gnome:).

Seletii Mr Gold Gold Gnome

Have gold fever now?

Meet My New Lamp


I took a few days off from the blog and went to Bend, Oregon this past weekend. If you haven’t been to this wonderful little town, put it on your “To Visit” list. I promise you won’t be dissapointed. I didn’t pick up anything for our home on this little trip, however, I did pick up a few items for my warddrobe that I absolutely don’t need, but oh well. I was on vacation and that was my excuse to splurge.

Anyway, on to more exciting things, like our new table lamp. I had the “indecisive blues” and was going back and forth and back and forth between the below lamps…

Alexis Ceramic Table Lamp Base

Alexis Ceramic Table Lamp - Pottery Barn

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Munich Table Lamp – Z Gallery

Crisp Colored Glass Lamp – Shades of Light


Harriet Lamp – Jayson Home and Garden

And then I randomly decided on the Gourd Table Lamp from West Elm. I have no idea why I finally landed on this one, it  just spoke to me.

Gourd Table Lamp

I chose the color “luster” (the lighter one) and so far we are getting along wonderfully. I must say I have a thing for lamps lately, and I’m hoping my latest purchase cures my lust for lamps, otherwise I’m in big trouble…

Calendars = Affordable Art Opportunity

Is it already time to start thinking about 2011 calendars? Really? Apparently it is, as plenty of snazzy calendars keep starring at me when I’m out shopping. So far I’ve held off the urge to bring a calendar home, but I have to admit that I’ve thought a few times about buying one of these calendars and using the photos inside as art in my dining room:


2011 Garden Cavallini Wall Calendar9781574897760


2011 Vintage Maps Cavallini Wall Calendar9781574897791


2011 Italia Cavallini Wall Calendar



2011 Butterflies Cavallini Wall Calendar9781574897838


2011 Botanica Cavallini Wall Calendar9781574897852

These calendars all cost $21.95 and the best part about them is that the prints are plenty large enough to fit nicely into a hefty frame. And they are pretty, and printed on pretty paper too. No more searching for 2 or 4 or 6 or even 8 matching prints to decorate a wall…these calendars are a thrifty way to score beautiful art and immediately create a cohesive room feel.

I think I just sold myself…ha! Cavallini calendar, here I come.