{The Nest}

Where ideas are hatched for the bisforbird shop!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Featured on Indie Handmade's Blog!

I was so pleased to be part of a feature on indiehandmade's blog this month! The theme, May Flowers, is perfect for kicking off spring and the post features little goodies that incorporate a floral motif...My peony notecards included!!! You can check out the post here.

Monday, April 19, 2010

bisforbird Shop Featured on The Bright Side Project!

I was thrilled last week when the fabulous Tristan B. from The Bright Side Project contacted me about possibly being featured on their site! A quick note about The Bright Side Project: They're committed to bringing their readers sunshine daily - Who wouldn't want to be a part of this!? This month's theme is California Dream'n. Features include artists, designers, and brands from Cali. With every feature, comes an opportunity to win a delightful prize just by posting a response to the feature's question. Yep, Daily Sunshine and Prizes!

My shop's feature launched Saturday! For a chance to win a $40 gift certificate to the shop, just click on the link below and post a response to the following question: If you could send one of these notecards to your five year old self, what would you write in it?

The Bright Side Project - bisforbird

I've absolutely loved reading all the responses and can't wait to pick the winner next week!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Looking for the Perfect Mother's Day Gift?

My Pink Peony Note Cards were featured on the front page of Etsy today under the heading "Mother's Day"!
These note cards are easily personalized and are perfect when paired with matching bookplates and shipping labels!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

A Pink Polka-Dotted Baby Shower

I had a fabulous time co-hosting my beautiful friend's baby shower. Her sister, Erin, and I decided that a pink and polka-dot theme would not only be festive, but also perfect for a new baby girl. In addition to pink polka-dotted favours, decorations, and ribbons we asked the guests to "think polka-dots" when wrapping...the results were absolutely adorable!

Jessica - The beautiful new mother with Baby Myra

Adam - The doting father

{Favours} Our favours were a hit! Mini pink, white, and polka-dotted boxes wrapped in paper & ribbon, and stuffed with a handful of chocolate kisses!

{Handmade Prizes} Stamped & embossed stationary with a special note to the winners "Thank you for celebrating Jessica and Baby Myra". I made several sets in a variety of colours!

{Decorations} I wanted the decorations for this shower to be simple, yet elegant. We went with a variety of pink and white flowers and wrapped each of the vases with a pink polka-dotted ribbon. We also found some beautiful paper stars in pink & polka-dots (thank you Kim!).

These Paper Stars are from Martha Stewart's line of crafts and can be found at Michaels.

{Details} I absolutely love attention to detail, especially when it comes to special events, such a showers. Here, we tied pink ribbon to the stem of each wine glass and to the top of each pencil.

{Games} As guests arrived, we asked them to look closely at three jars filled with little goodies and to guess how many were in each jar. Each of the winners were able to take home the jar and its contents!

One of my favorite games to play at a baby shower is the "Baby Quiz". It's filled with cute baby related questions, as well as questions pertaining to the new baby, mother, and father.

At the end of each shower, I always present the guest of honor with custom thank you notes and pre-addressed envelopes. One less thing for the new mommy & daddy to worry about.

Monday, March 22, 2010

A Little Sneak-Peek!

I'm co-hosting a baby shower this weekend for a long-time friend (20+ years!). I've been busy with the preparations over the last few weeks: pinks, grays, dots, and more! Here are a few sneak-peek photos, but I'll be sure to blog the whole event on Sunday!
{Custom Thank You Notes} Every time I host a shower, I always provide the guest of honour with personalized thank you notes and addressed envelopes. All the busy parents need to do, is post them!

{Favour} Hidden inside these charming mini-boxes are a "sweet treat" for the guests to take with them. I'm using pink, white, and polka-dot boxes for this shower.

I can't wait to celebrate Baby Myra!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Peony Note Cards - Featured on Etsy

I was so excited when I arrived home today, to find that my Peony Note Cards in "Robin's Egg" had been featured on Etsy.com! I've been super busy these last few months working on orders, not only to the US and Canada, but also the UK and Australia. I've also had a lot of fun filling custom orders for my amazing clients!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Personalized Bookplates

For the past few months, I've been working on a variety of hand-stamped stationary. I've really enjoyed exploring different colours and papers, and coming up with unique pairings for my shop. I thought I'd try something new, so I decided to work on some bookplates. As they evolved, they became a little bigger, more rectangular, and stamped with images such as peonies and robots. Here are the final products: Robots in Red and Peonies in Robin's Egg.

Recently, my friend, Jeni, suggested I create some "masculine book plates". Watch for them in my shop later this week: Flourishes in Black.