Monday, January 31, 2011

Trying this and that...

So I painted a Valentine's Day frame. No reason really, just trying different things I suppose. What do you think?! Here lately I have been really liking things that combine the colors pink and red.

Another fascination of mine lately: Spray-painting chalkboard paint on different things. I experimented on some coasters I had here at the house. Next, I want to try out the paint on some silver platters... I saw someone try that on another blog and I thought it was the cutest idea. They added some ribbon to the back of the platter and turned the platter into a cute hanging sign. Really neat idea.

Friday, January 28, 2011

A Happy Birthday to my sister Carla! Don't you love the above pic from when we were kids, still stylish then, notice the belt around my shirt...She is in the Bahamas celebrating her birthday, and I can't help but be jealous, as I see the snow coming down outside...I think I should go to the Bahamas for my birthday too, don't you?!

Friday Favorite: Nanny's Sugar Cookies

Today I wanted to spotlight one of my favorite businesses in Fredericksburg, VA. I discovered these cookies at Two Sisters Boutique, and have been hooked on them ever since. I find myself placing cookie orders for almost every holiday. Being back on weight watchers, I am now going to start ordering the mini cookies, I can justify eating the small cookies. The smaller the cookies are the lower in WW points, Right?! LOL.
Here is a little interview with Nanette herself! :)

*Simply Sara: When did you first decide to start decorating cookies?
**Nanette: In the early 90’s I took the Wilton Cake Decorating Classes, I enjoyed it so much I became a Wilton Instructor. I found that I enjoyed decorating the cut out sugar cookies more than cake

*Simply Sara: What inspired you to start your own cookie business?
**Nanette: I started out by giving my hand decorated sugar cookies to friends and family as gifts. I had people ask if I would sell them, so I did that for a while. I couldn’t believe the responses I was getting from people, they really liked my cookies! I finally believed what family and friends had been telling me, there is a market for my creations. In 2008 I took a seminar “Starting a small business” offered through an extension of UMW, RRSBDC. With the help of a business counselor I took all the necessary steps for starting a home based cookie business. On January 20 2009, Nanny’s Sugar Cookies LLC officially opened.

*Simply Sara: What would you say your most difficult cookie is??
**Nanette: I had to think about this for awhile. Trying to think of the best cookie design for a customer’s event can be challenging but I think the most difficult or my least favorite type of cookie is a logo cookie.
*Simply Sara: What cookie design sticks out most in your mind?
**Nanette: I have so many; each cookie is special to me. I guess I would say Hearts right now because I am currently working on Valentine’s Day cookies. If you ask me in a couple months I would say Easter and Spring cookies.
*Simply Sara: What is your favorite cookie to make?
**Nanette: Of course I love making “girly” cookies because I am a girly girl. Lately I have fallen in love with the Miniature cookie cutters, 1.5 – 2 inch cookies. I like to include a “mini” cookie with a larger cookie of the same theme, I think it gives the cookie an extra special touch.
*Simply Sara: What's the largest order you have ever had?
**Nanette: My largest single order was 250 wedding cake cookie favors. I was exhausted when I finally finished. I bake, decorate and package each cookie myself, for this reason I take a limited amount of cookie orders per week. This is why I suggest not waiting too long before placing an order; my cookie schedule may be booked.
*Simply Sara: Any places in the area where your cookies are carried?
**Nanette: Occasionally, my cookies can be purchased at UMW Bookstore, Jan Williams Florals and The Two Sister’s Boutique in Downtown Fredericksburg. But the best place to get my cookies is to come directly to me by way of my Website or Blog. Use the “Contact Me” tab to send me an e-mail and I will respond as quickly as possible.

*Simply Sara: What different items do you offer to your customers?
**Nanette: Nanny’s Sugar Cookies is all about presentation and of course a yummy taste. My most popular item is the Cookie Favor.

“Cookie favors” start at $2.50 each.
Each Cookie favor is individually packaged in a crisp cello bag and tied with 2 coordinating ribbons. Most of the cookies are $2.50 each. Cookie favors are perfect for parties, showers, weddings and gifts. (Personalization is available for an additional fee)

“Boxed Cookie Gift assortments” start at $25.95 Nanny’s Favorite
The Assortment contains 12 hand decorated sugar cookies varying in size that are placed in a white bakery box tied with ribbon and a decorative label. The inside of the box is lined with tissue paper and the individually wrapped cookies are placed between layers of natural shred creating a cozy bed for the cookies. This item is perfect for gift giving, and is available for shipping. Many themes are available such as Birthday, Baby, Thank You and Get Well, the possibilities are endless.

“Nanny’s Miniatures” $6.00 per dozen
These “bite size” cookies range in size from 1- 2 inches. Not only are they really cute but they taste as good as the big cookies. The Miniatures are packaged in quantities of 12 and placed in a cello bag tied with coordinating ribbon. When ordered alone, there is a 6 dozen minimum.
“Cookie Baskets” $40.00
One dozen individually wrapped cookies beautifully arranged in a basket tied with a bow.
For more info, to place an order or to view cookie pictures please go to my website, blog or Facebook
*this is the best place to view recent cookie pictures

Nanny’s Sugar Cookies LLC on Facebook

Hand decorated Sugar Cookies have become my passion. I love creating them, I especially love the smile I see on the customer’s face as they look at each one of the cookies they ordered!

I want to thank Nanette for taking the time to tell us more about her cookies! :) I just can't believe it took me so long to discover them..... I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!! :) Here are a few pics to share some of my favorite designs for the upcoming "Valentine's Day" :)

Friday, January 21, 2011

It's time for another Fabulous Friday Find! :) technically, I bought these yesterday, but I am sharing today, so it's a Friday Find for you all! :) I went to one of my favorite little boutiques in Downtown Fredericksburg yesterday, Two Sisters, and these beauties were waiting for me....

I am going to hang them in my craft room, Scott says it is his hunting room, but it's my craft room...LOL I hope everyone has a wonderful Friday! :)

P.S. I have a friend who is doing the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, and she is still raising money for it, if you have a donation for her, it would be for a great cause, thought I would share with everyone! :) I was waiting for today to donate, being that Friday is payday of course! :) she has a drawing going on as well.
For every $10 donation increment received between Jan 20th – Feb 5th you will be entered to win a One Hour Massage Gift Card from Massage Envy. The more you give, the better your chances!
$20= 2 Entries, $30 = 3 Entries , $40 = 4 Entries, etc…

Click here to donate...

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

My latest obsession.....

I have come to terms with the fact that I love "Papyrus" brand cards. Actually, to be more specific, i love the cards that Papyrus illustrator Bella Pilar creates. At first I would only purchase the cards if I already had someone I planned to give them to. Now, I am buying the cards to give to myself, LOL...If they are cute, I buy them, and I don't want to mail them. I know, cards are meant to mail, but I am bending the rules a lil...

Here are some of my favs...

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Treat for a Tuesday!

This is such a great deal, I read it on another blog (Flip Flops & Pearls) over the weekend and I had to share!

Williams Sonoma have these for only 16.99, what a cute bridal shower gift, or an even better "me" gift, LOL....I am surprised they haven't sold out yet.

Click here to go to Williams Sonoma


So for the month of January "Thirty One Gifts" has an awesome special. Small thermal totes are only $8 and large totes are $10! Also, if you want to personalize them, thermal tote monogramming is only $1.50. These totes make great Easter gifts. I created my very own tote, but since it's not quite Easter yet, this is more of a Valentine's Day tote, still super cute though!!! So proud of my mini creation.

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Fabulous & Frugal

Scott and I decided on the spur of the moment to paint the living room this past  weekend. Our budget can handle projects like these as long as we do a little at a time.  All of the other rooms in the house are white, we just wanted to throw a little color into the house. We picked a tan shade that seems to look nice with all the wood in our home. Whatcha think?!

And while I am sharing fabulous things, had to throw in some pics of our adorable pup Roxy! :)

Friday, January 7, 2011

Fabulous Find Friday!! (atleast for me, hehe)

So I have always loved la Creme! For a while they disappeared, and I couldn't find them anywhere. I tried other yogurts and they simply did not compare, so I just stopped eating yogurt all together. But then the other weekend, I was at Walmart and I spotted these! They are only 3 weight watchers points! Yay for me! :) Just had to share. For anyone getting back on a diet for 2011, its a great snack, and it's not many points at all! :)

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Sneak Peak!!!!! Spring/Summer Thirty One Prints!!

A look at some of the new Spring/Summer 2011 Prints! I love them. You can start to purchase them as soon as Feb. 1!!  This is also a GREAT time to start selling, the bags sell themselves for the most part!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

January Thermal Tote Sale, 1.50 monogramming!!!!!

I love the special this month, you know why?!

*1.50 monogramming on the small lunch tote & thermal tote (usually it is 6.00)
*You can purchase these totes in some of the new spring prints! (coffee cups print, apple print, jewelry print, plus more)
*These totes make wonderful gifts!! The apple print would work great for a teacher gift!

Click here to shop!

I will have a party open on my site ALL MONTH if you want to place any orders. It would also be a great month to have a party. Your guests will love the prices of these totes! I know I do!

Interested in selling these bags? e-mail me!! These bags basically sell themselves, and they bring in a little extra cash too, the new prints come out very soon and it would be a great time to join!! I went to one party, and I was hooked....