Print Fancy Envelopes in a Snap!

When you mail as many announcements, invitations and mass holiday greeting cards as I do, you start to dread the inevitable black hole that is envelope addressing (my hands hurt just thinking about it!).

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Since I’m a die hard lover of calligraphy and lettering art, I just swoon over the amazing work I see all over IG and Esty and vow to have my next set of mailings look just as fab.  Except… ADD.  I just can’t ever bring myself to finish the damn task.  I’ll get 4 or 5 envelopes in and then BAM!, either my hand cramps up, I spill my ink or I just plain lose interest- often all of the above.  So, over the last few envelope addressing prison sentences projects I’ve had pop up, I’ve developed my own easy way of creating hand-lettered-inspired envelopes without ever picking up a quill!

NOTE- This was created in Microsoft Publisher!  
Unfortunately, I do not have it in any other format to share at this time.

Now, I’m sure there are 1,000 ways of creating an envelope template, but this is how I find it to be the simplest so I thought I’d share with ya’ll.

First, start off by creating your address list in an Excel spreadsheet, making sure to separate the info (name, address 1, city, etc) into individual columns for merging later.

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Then, open my Microsoft Publisher file Fancy Printed Envelopes Template.  All of the formatting has been done for you, but feel free to change the font, etc to your liking.  Follow the basic Mail Merge process to add your recipients information (in place of mine) and you’re ready to print!

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And last, but not least- Make sure to check out my ‘scotch tape envelope trick’ on Instagram to ensure your envelopes print out straight (and avoid the flap getting caught in the feeder)!  There’s nothing worse than blowing through several envelopes before getting the formatting right- just because your printer is PMS’ing!

You’re welcome 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

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Seasonal Scapes 2016 | Spring

Hey ya’ll! I’ve teamed up with my sweet friend, Lauren of Lauren Nicole Designs, and a whole gaggle of other fun blogger pals for LND’s Seasonal Scapes Challenge 2016!

We’re kicking off Week 1 with the theme of bringing Spring into our homes. I love brightening up my spaces with color, fresh flowers and sunshine so I’m so excited to share a quick look into how I freshened up my home office- on the low low and in a snap!

By simply adding a sleeve of tulips- picked up during my weekly grocery run- my room was instantly livened up beyond words! I really could have stopped there, but quiting isn’t my style. 

While I do always have silk arrangements scattered throughout my home, nothing compares to fresh buds! Especially in PINK 💕  
My simple Spring refresh shopping list also included several gorgeous blush toss pillows, rose gold metal spheres(their described as copper, but I see rosé) and one oh-so-comfy lightweight summer throw. 

  
Point is, refreshing for seasons doesn’t have to be expensive- nor complicated! You’ll be amazed at how far a simple pop of color here and there can totally transform the entire feel of a room. 

  
And here’s where it gets really good 〰

Not only is this a fun challenge for us as home decor junkies and blog mavens, but LND is letting all of you in on some fun, too! Lauren is graciously gifting one of our lucky readers with a swoon-worthy coral bowl- perfect for adding that pop of Spring color to any home!

Head over to LND’s blog for all the deets on this amazing giveaway! From there, all you need to do is comment on the post to be entered to win. 

  • The giveaway will end Friday, March 11.
  • Value of the coral bowl: $100.00!

Then, hop on over to see what the rest of our friends are doing to breathe fresh, Spring air into their spaces, too!

Sources:

  • Gallery frames / Hand painted file credenza | see this post
  • Wallpaper | see this post
  • Drapes | see this post
  • Gold Turtle | Target
  • Metal Spheres | Target
  • Pink Sweater Knit Throw | Target
  • Silk Tulips | HomeGoods
  • Fresh Tulips | Harris Teeter
  • Gold Sunburst Mirror | Hobby Lobby
  • Paris books | Zgallerie

Cheers!

Jaime

  

 

Weekend Wrapup (& the perfect pony!)

What a fun weekend we had! We celebrated decade birthdays for both my mom & my dad- (they’re 2 days apart!) with shopping, eats & lots of spirited cocktails. 

 So of course, there was no shortage of selfies per the birthday girl’s request. 

(Outfit details below)

  
 

This messy ponytail was perfect for Saturday’s wind!

  
And our favorite little gentleman got to tag along in his fancy pants.  

What a lucky guy to have this hottie for a Nana!  

  We dined at Mom’s favorite uptown eatery, Fahrenheit. Great food & unbeatable views! 
  
And this pretty much sums up our entire weekend. Endless belly laughs!

 
My outfit deets –

  Dress | BB Dakota via LSquared

  Heels | Louboutins via NeimanMarcus

Mom’s – 

  Dress | Adrianna Papell

  Handbag | Kensington by LV

  Fur | Vintage
Cheers!

Jaime

FREE Christmas Gifts?!

Woot woot! I have to share my excitement really quick-  I was just doing a little online Christmas shopping over my lunch break and was floored to see that I already have another $124.00 in my Ebates account- and I didn’t do a thing to ‘earn’ it!  Three more girlfriends saw my previous Facebook post about why I finally bit the bullet and signed up (thanks to my friend that proved to me that it really was as good as it sounds).  They joined, too and shopped online and I automatically received $100!

SAY WHAAA?!

Matter of a fact, almost all of Cashton’s Christmas presents have been entirely paid for with my Ebates money!

Every time I shop online, I make sure to go through my Ebates account so I earn cashback from those shopping trips. Crazy simple, I know- but fo real!  And, anytime a friend jumps on the Ebates bandwagon via your link, you get even more money added to your account. Easy peasy.

SERIOUSLY!

Who doesn’t want some extra, ‘free’ moolah to buy gifts with?


If you want to start earning money back for all of those online purchases you’ll be making this holiday season, join me via the link below and make sure to tell your friends and family to sign up so you can earn even more!

Sign Up Here


 

Happy Shopping My Friends!

One Room Challenge 2015: Week 6: REVEAL!

EEK!  Talk about bringing up feelings of showing up to middle school without your homework!  That’s exactly how I felt come last Thursday when my ORC wasn’t quite ready for revealing.  Don’t get me wrong, I had all of the details lined out and (the main) installations were complete, but I could not get desirable photos with all of the nasty weather we’ve had lately.  Total bummer!

So, without further delay- I present you with my much brighter, and a bit glamourpuss, home office reveal!

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I love the brightness that the white board+batten brings to the room, especially since the dark bookcases could have easily darken this space more than I would have like.

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These Ikea Ribba frames were a no brainer for their size (appx 20×20) and fantastic price point (they started out at $19.99 each when I started buying, but dropped to $14.99 by the time I purchased the last 5- yasss!)

To keep costs down, when I ordered my prints from Shutterfly, I chose the 11×14 size, instead of the 16×20 that would have actually been the size needed to properly fit the Ribba’s matting.  The price difference was about $7 per print (times 8 photos = enough to purchase several accessories)!  To make up for the gap, I used simple gold cardstock from Michael’s, cut out the centers to give me a 1.25″ border and mounted them to the back of the included mats.  It also added a nice pop of metallic gold so it was a win/win!

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I fell in love, first, with this cute acrylic trinket box with a stunning pink agate on top (Hobby Lobby) and would end up carrying the pink and agate theme throughout the room.  What are the odds that Target has a Christmas Collection that includes agate ornaments?!  I snagged two pink ones and simple ornament displays (from Hobby Lobby’s Christmas section and spray painted gold) to hang them from.  And, my office wouldn’t be complete without Paisley Girl’s stash of treats 🙂

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This 9-drawer filing console was a part of my old furniture collection and started off black.  I did some research on ‘no sanding’ and found several tutorials that recommended priming first with Zinsser Cover Stain.  Two coats of that, followed by two coats of BM Paper White (the lighter shade), BM Harbor Gray for the stripe and gold craft paint for the dip-dyed effect.  I finished it off by applying metallic gold drafter’s tape (found in the drafting aisle of HB) to outline the color blocking- MUCH easier that trying to paint all of those straight lines!

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The top pulls are also fro HB and I ordered the 6 ring pulls from Home Depot and covered them with my favorite gold foil spray paint (Krylon Foil Metallic from my Hobby Lobby).

Can we talk about these window trimmings?!  Get all of the deets on the custom made rod and info on the panels here.

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Hobby Lobby seemed to be my go-to for so much of the room makeover- I swear they’re not paying me, I just found almost everything I needed in one place.  SCORE!  See the full HB shopping list, as well as the others, at the bottom of this post.

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Styling the bookshelves was so much fun!  I can’t believe I found so many agate-inspired pieces, especially this framed one!

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The storage boxes made for an even mix of pretty and practical.  The grey and ivory fabric covered ones are all Ikea, so super budget friendly, too.

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I hope you enjoyed watching this home office makeover as much as I did doing it.  I love my new space and it brings so much cheer to my workdays!

 

-Source List-

Hobby Lobby:

Gold hanging Sunburst Mirror | Greenery | Bookshelf Artwork (all 4 framed pieces) | Pink Agate Bookends | Gold Pineapple Bookends | Mini Gold Sunburst Mirror | Acrylic/Agate Trinket Box | ‘T ‘Drawer Pulls

Target:

Pink Tufted Stool | Gold Turtle Trinket Box | Agate Ornaments

Ikea:

Grey Bookcases | Grey Custom Desk Pieces | Grey and Ivory Fabric Covered Storage Boxes | Ribba Gallery Frames

HomeGoods:

Silver Leafed ‘O’ Ring Lamp | both White Orchid Arrangements | Tulips | White Quilted Leather Work Chair | Fuschia Nailhead Storage Box | Gold Tower Candleholder | Decorative Gold-lettered File Folders & Stationary

ZGallerie:

‘Paris’ Storage Books | Seafoam Lotus Tealight Holder

Misc:

Gold ‘Thumb’ Bowl :: Tiffany&Co

 

One Room Challenge 2015: Week 5

Hello Week 5!

Things are finally starting to heat up around here as the styling portion of our makeover begins!

This week I hung our custom lucite-inspired acrylic curtain rod and drapery panels.

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I have to give credit to Kris (one of my favorite bloggers) over at Driven by Decor for her amazing post on this very same project.  She credits Grace from A Storied Style for her inspiration to tackle this DIY as well providing a great tutorial (found here). Fortunately for those of us that have since followed in Grace’s lucite-loving footsteps, she’s already done the majority of the research on this project for us.  Online, she found Nationwide Plastics– a company that sells acrylic rods for much less than any retail version I’ve been able to find to date. She provides excellent details on the various options for rod types, lengths, and sizes as well as their contact information here (FYI- while you can email them for a quote, they ask that you call in to place the order for credit card security safety).

Based on Grace and Kris’s fantastic recommendations, I too went with a 1 1/2″ cellcast acrylic rod in the longest single run available- 8′ long (NP will cut the rods to any length for you at no additional charge should you need yours shorter.  However, if your window requires a rod longer than 8′, you will simply order two rods cut at 1/2 the needed width each and butt them together at the center bracket as Kris did).  With s/h, my rod ran right about $100- A far cry from those $500-$700 rods trending in all of the magazines!

Also following suit, I ordered the same brass supports (3 of the 1.5″ OD polished brass railing brackets) from BuyRailings.com (sourced by Kristin of The Hunted Interior) and choose the matching flush endcaps from there, too.  Why try to reinvent the wheel if you don’t have to, right?!  Thanks ladies for all of your fancy leg work!

While I searched high and low for inexpensive brass/gold hardware, I came up empty on finding ones large enough to fit a 1.5″ diameter rod in a price point I was comfortable with.  Eventually I just settled on these simple satin nickel ring clips from Lowe’s and spray painted them with my favorite metallic gold paint (Krylon Foil Metallic from my Hobby Lobby). That particular Krylon spray paint is a dead ringer for the polished brass brackets and matched to a T!  (My favorite matte gold spray paint can be found here).

The super chic striped taffeta panels where a steal from Overstock, but are now out of stock.  However, you can still find them through Wayfair.

One Room Challenge: Week 3

Welcome back for the Week 3 progress update of our Home Office Makeover.  If you missed the first two weeks of my ORC, you can quickly catch up here:  Week 1  |  Week 2!

This week came with very little glitz or glam- matter of fact, NONE.  We assembled our Ikea pieces, glued and screwed them together and set everything up to arrange- no fancy pants pretty stuff going on over here this week.  But, our 2nd largest project was complete, so there’s that…

Early on, I fell in love with the Liatorp Collection from Ikea for it’s lines and (gasp!) beautiful grey color option.  I knew I could use this, coupled with another collection from there, to custom build the perfect workstation I’ve been waiting for since we bought this house.

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Because I wanted to create an ‘L’ workstation with tables, I knew I’d need to come up with a storage plan since I’d be losing all of my drawers.  I purchased 2 of the Liatorp bookcases– to flank each side and style with cute storage boxes.  The bookcase assembly was simple and no alterations were needed.

The desk was the main DIY project.  To create the ‘L’, we used two of the matching Linnmon table tops and legs– 1 of the ‘Small‘ and 1 ‘Large‘.

Here’s the layout plan:

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First, we started by laying everything on the floor and arranging the pieces as they should go, essentially making a ‘T’ with the two table tops.  I had the hubs rip the smaller top, length ways, so that it would match the depth of my bookcases (appx 13.5″ deep).

Since the table tops are virtually hollow (particle board only along the edges and the centers filled with a cardboard honeycomb), we needed to add stability at the seam.

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For that added support, he cut a piece of plywood to brace the two tops at that weakest point.  He pre-drilled holes and inserted anchors for additional ‘grab’ through that interior honeycomb.   *The rough edge you notice above won’t be seen as it’s the side that will butt up against the wall = no need for any fancy fixing.

We propped everything up on soda cans (shout out to Sun Drop!), then glued the seam where the two tops intersect.  [I found that the Gorilla Wood glue worked perfectly.]  Once dry, I added a nice layer of glue where the plywood will sit, laid it down and screwed it all together.

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Just to be safe, I allowed the ‘T’ to sit overnight and cure.

 

The next day, we installed the legs (2 at the front corners of the small top and 2 at the far end of the long, large top) and anchored it to the wall between the bookshelves using L-brackets.

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Come back next week for some far more visually appealing photos as I transform our tired, old black filing console into a chic one of a kind piece!