December 24, 2009

Dreaming of a white Christmas

{photo by Juergen Kurlvink}

Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas and a happy new year! Things have been awfully quiet around on the blog this year and hoping that 2010 will be a fresh new start black white bliss as well. See you next year!

November 23, 2009

Rifle Paper Co. Now Open!

So, so excited for the lovely and talented Anna Bond opening up Rifle Paper Co.'s online shop today! Just picked up these adorable set of dog cards, but definitely pop over to Anna's new site for lots more gorgeousness including greeting cards, custom stationery (would love to have one of these custom whimsical portrait cards), art prints, holiday cards, limited edition wrapping sheets and lots of gorgeousness. Congrats, Anna!

Keepin' it Simple | Ultra Wide and Slim

Love the simplicity of the Ultra Wide and Slim camera (available in black or white over at the Photojojo store): one button, one roll of film and one super duper wide angle lens. . .and no batteries!

November 09, 2009

Haus Interiors

Black and white plaid napkins from Haus Interior. These would be a lovely addition to a holiday tabletop--of course, mine in particular. {p.s. type in the code CANDY15 upon checkout for 15% off in celebration of their feature on Daily Candy}

Fabric Necklaces :: Yana Kapeli

Lovely fabric necklaces by Yana Kapeli, perfect fall accessory or would make a great gift. Yikes, is it already that time of year? {Thanks, Yana for sending them in!}

September 08, 2009

Anthropologie :: The Lady's Apron

Think I'd be looking for excuses to cook if I had this adorable apron.

September 04, 2009

Seb Lester :: Home Sweet Home

Seb Lester's work is a favorite here on black . white . bliss. His Home Sweet Home would definitely make any home even sweeter.

Color Me Inspired

p.s. I have new "alter ego" blog, stop by and say hello!

August 20, 2009

Bubbo :: Wall Street Beauty

Made of financial newspapers to show the beauty of business world.

August 13, 2009

Mini Wedding Candy Cake

I love anything in miniature and these little black and white cakes by The Little Candy Cake are just too adorable. (found via the wedding chicks)

July 14, 2009

Yes, it IS better together!

As much as I enjoy the freedom, flexibility and independence of being a solo-preneur, I definitely miss connecting with other creatives and business-savvy people on a regular basis. One thing engage!09 really inspired me to do is not wait for someone else to create what I'm looking for, but to just go out and make it happen! I decided to organize a get-together of a few "small shop" wedding pros I knew in the Orlando area and last Friday was our first "official" meet up. The lovely and super talented Anna Bond of Rifle Design kindly offered her brand new studio space to host our first get together.

Some of Anna's gorgeous work:

Here's who came: Anna of Rifle Design | Sarah and Lisa of Orange Blossom Ink | Fiona of Anavi Ink | Grace of Grace Edmands Calligraphy | Becka of Studio 222 Photography | Ashley of Ashley Brooke Designs | Monica of BoomBox Bindery

photo via orange blossom ink

Cute nametags courtesy of Sarah and Lisa of Orange Blossom Ink:

Nick of Mama's Sauce Print Shop, right next door, treated us with coffee and delicious baked goods from Davis Bakery. If you've been on the hunt for a local letterpress resources, definitely contact Nick. They have a full screenprinting set up as well.

He also gave us tour of the shop which included running one of their letterpresses and giving us a fresh off the press souvenir designed by Anna (yes, that is some s-weet hand drawn type by Anna).

Hopefully this is just the start of many inspiring meet-ups to come!

July 09, 2009

Bin Wine :: "cheeky" concept

I'm a big fan of wit and humor in design. . .and when clever concepts get turned into real projects. Love the story behind Bin Wine over at the dieline. (image via the dieline)

July 03, 2009

Happy 4th of July!

The Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays. . .usually celebrated by an entire day with friends and family, lots of comfort foods and topped off with fireworks. And no Independence Day grill out {in my humble opinion} is quite complete without homemade ice cream. Below is a recipe for what I call "Eays Chocolate Mint Mint Ice cream, chocolate ice cream mixed with Andes mints AND mint Oreos. . .need I say more?
Easy Chocolate Mint Mint Ice Cream

5 eggs (or equivalent in egg beaters of you prefer not to use raw eggs)
1 cup sugar

1-2 tablespoons of mint extract (or creme de menthe)

2 cans evaporated milk

1 can condensed milk
1 small box of instant chocolate pudding
4 cups chocolate milk
1 package Mint Oreos (I like Newman-O's Hint o' Mint), roughly chopped
1 package
Andes mints, roughly chopped

Using an electric mixer, combine eggs, sugar, mint extract, evaporated and condensed milk in a large bowl. Slowly add chocolate pudding until well mixed, then add milk. Chill mixture for at least one hour, then pour mixture into ice cream maker. Add mint Oreos and Andes mints in at the last 5 minutes. Enjoy chocolate mint mint heaven!
This ice cream is definitely decadent on its own, but for tomorrow's festivities I'm taking it over the top by serving them in Oreo ice cream cones. Promise to take a pic of my creation tomorrow and add it to the post. Also, this recipe was based on one I found over on, but their site has been down all day today and will posted the link as soon as they are back up.

Wishing you all a safe and happy holiday, see you back here next week!

July 01, 2009

engage!09 :: something blue | recap, part 2 | top 9 highlights

I'm a big fan of making lists, so I thought a fun way to recap engage!09 was to pick 9 highlights from the event. So, in no particular order, here they are. . .enjoy!

1. Staying at the Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman and being a 2-minute walk to 7-mile beach.

2. Working the registration desk and basically meeting every single attendee {that's me on the right and my "partner-in-crime" Jennyfer from The Sugar Suite on the left}

3. Incredible Welcome Beach Party designed by Michelle Rago, complete with fireworks!

4. Hearing Darcy Miller speak--and meeting her!--for the first time. {The Martha Stewart magazines have always been such a huge source of design inspiration for me as a graphic designer. When I was planning my wedding over 6 years ago, there certainly was not the plethora of blogs or even wedding mags that exist today and Martha Stewart Weddings was my staple!}

5. Being at the VIP dinner dine-around with Sean Low, Liene Stevens, Harmony Walton, Alison Hotchkiss and Thayer Allyson Gowdy and 16 attendees {"party bus"!} at the delicious Ristorante Pappagallos.

photo by me

6. Sylvia Weinstock & Randy Fenoli getting down {you MUST watch the video taken by bee kim}

7. Dancing the night away at the Something Blue Celebration {gorgeous decor by Celebrations, Ltd}

9. Working with the fabulous event team and hosts, Rebecca Grinnals and Kathryn Arce.

8. Connecting with old friends and making many new ones {perhaps for another post}!

June 30, 2009

engage!09 :: something blue | recap, part 1

I had the opportunity, once again, to work with the amazing Rebecca Grinnals and Kathryn Arce of Engaging Concepts on designing materials and being an event staffer for engage!09 : a luxury wedding business summitt held June 21-24, 2009 at the Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman.

This incredible industry event featured speakers Darcy Miller {Martha Stewart Weddings}, Preston Bailey {Preston Bailey Designs}, Marcy Blum {Eventiste}, Sylvia Weinstock {Sylvia Weinstock Cakes}, Millie Martini Bratten {BRIDE’S Magazine}, Antonia van der Meer {Modern Bride & Elegant Bride Magazines}, Susan Moynihan {Destination Weddings & Honeymoons Magazine}, Lara Casey {Southern Weddings Magazine}, Michelle Rago {Michelle Rago, LTD}, Randy Fenoli {Kleinfeld Bridal & "Say Yes to the Dress"}, Sean Low {The Business of Being Creative}, Harmony Walton {The Bridal Bar}, Abby Larson {Style Me Pretty}, Laura Novak {Laura Novak Photography}, Liene Stevens {Think Splendid}, Alison Hotchkiss {alison events}, Thayer Allyson Gowdy {Thayer Photo}, Joanne Brown {Celebrations LTD} and Simon T. Bailey {“Release Your Brilliance”}.

{photo of monday's speaker signing via the bride's guide}

Just as impressive were the 135 attendees from 28 states and 9 countries. One of the major highlights of the event was being able to meet in person the many people I only knew via blogs, twitter, etc. I plan to do a couple more quick recaps of my engage!09 experience, but in the meantime, here are a few other great places to get caught up on the event:

• Bee Kim of WeddingBee did an amazing job live blogging the event on Monday

• A couple posts over on The Bride's Guide: part 1 and part 2

• Recaps by speakers Alison Hotchkiss and Thayer Gowdy and attendees Kristy Rice and Shane Melenbacker

• Amazing photo slideshow put together by Donna Von Bruening

• Twitter Search for #engage09

Coming up next: My top 9 engage!09 highlights

June 26, 2009

The Love Shop :: Live Simply

Definitely words I'd like to live by (Live Simply by theloveshop on etsy).

p.s. I've been quiet on the blog for much too long. . .the past few weeks have been filled with lots of exciting new projects and travel that I'll be posting about next week!

May 18, 2009

NSS 09!

At the last minute, I decided to take a trip to the National Stationery Show. It was my first time to the show and had a great time seeing all the paper goodness as well as meeting the people behind the blogs and shops. I'll be writing more a more in-depth recaps over the next couple of days on my experience and all the wonderful people I met. For now, here's one of my personal favorites from the show, this witty tote from Lauren and Joel of Old Tom Foolery. Their new Footnotes Collection was on display at the show.

May 13, 2009

House Industries :: Neutraface Slab Pillow

Would sure enjoy resting my weary head on a Neutraface Slab covered pillow.

May 09, 2009

And the winner is. . .

Congrats to Tori of Homage to Fromage who said "My professional goal this month is to make business cards!" Thanks to everyone who entered and to Working Class Studio offering the giveaway. Hoping you all accomplish your goals for this month!

May 01, 2009

Hello, May! And a Giveaway!

Giveaways are rare on my blog, but I was happy to jump at the chance to support Savannah College of Art and Design's Working Class Studio and thought it'd be a fun way to welcome in the month of May.

Working Class Studio is kindly offering one lucky reader a wine bag, a medium sized bag and a large shopping bag from their newest line, Re-Gift Fabric Bags. The beautiful black and white pattern design is by Ben Morris, a professor of fashion at SCAD.

To enter, simply leave a comment below about one goal, personal or business-related, you'd like to accomplish this May. You have until next Friday, May 8, 2009 at noon EST, to leave your comment. I'll pick a winner at random and announce it here later that afternoon. Please be sure to include your email or you won't be eligible.

April 22, 2009

i HEART this

Ork Poster's newest: Gotta Have Heart Print! (link via ATSF)

April 07, 2009

B&W Blankets?

I'm with the readers on Apartment Therapy, where can I find blankets like these? (link and image via AT)

April 06, 2009

Maray's Marrakesh Office :: Hand stenciled type flooring

Holly over at decor8 posted some gorgeous photos of Maryam of My Marrakesh's new home office. The hand-stenciled type on the floor has about 50 stars next to it in my inspiration file. Definitely pop over to decor8 for more amazing photos.

March 27, 2009

Louise Fili

Getting lost over at amazing Louise Fili's site. (image and link via oh joy)

Sharon Montrose Photography

I'm a huge fan of Sharon Montrose's work. Definitely check out her blog and shop on Etsy.

Silkie Chicken

Kitten & Feather

Love geese

February 26, 2009

Seb Lester :: Mighter :: Second and Final Edition

A second and final edition of Seb Lester's Mightier in silver is available from Keep Calm Gallery. {thanks for the heads up, Seb!}

Couldn't resist posting this one, too:

February 16, 2009

Dress Heaven :: Sarah Seven

Gorgeous dresses {not to mention photography} by Sarah Seven of Portland, Oregon. Check out Sarah Seven's shop on Etsy, including a new bridal line.