Friday, October 30, 2009

Press: Halloween Candy Jar Labels & Sign on the NEWS courtesy of Tara Wilson Events!

I was contacted a couple of days ago by Tara Wilson, a lifestyle expert and event planner in Texas to create custom candy jar labels for a live TV segment! I created a cute Happy Halloween sign, along with some spooky-named candy labels and cupcake toppers!


Happy Halloween Sign & Spooky Candy Jar Labels!

Thank you, Tara!
Check out Tara's fabulous WEBSITE and BLOG!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

I LOVE Pretty, Pretty Flowers!

Yesterday was my 8th wedding anniversary! Boy, the years have flown by! My wonderful husband bought me the gorgeous roses in the above photo and I had to share them with you! I always tell him that if he is going to buy me flowers, to buy them in bunches and not arranged because I LOVE to arrange them myself! I even arranged one of my best friend's wedding flowers and bouquets! I'm an amateur, but practice makes perfect, right?
We had a lovely day with the kids and dinner out with my best friend & her hubby, as our wedding day is also her birthday! At our wedding, I had a small cake made to match my wedding cake and presented it to her later in the night and all of the wedding guests sang her Happy Birthday! We have been best friends since junior high school, and I am lucky to have her.
Here are some roses I arranged for her when her 2nd baby girl was born last year!

Late in the day yesterday, we received some BIG news! We found out that an offer we made on another home was accepted by the bank! (This is not the house we currently live we will be moving AGAIN in 3-4 weeks!) I'll tell you more about the house later, but it will be a project so get ready for some fun remodeling posts next month! It is in a beautiful kid-friendly community and we are so excited to get to work on it and get settled finally!

The photo of my anniversary flowers was taken in my favorite little corner of "The TomKat Studio" in our current house. There's a long story behind my new fabulous pink & orange chair...
I'll be telling you about it soon!

Isn't it gorgeous?!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Cupcake Monday: Tea Cup Cupcakes!

One of my fave party girl bloggers, Becca at Birthday Girl posted these adorable tea cup cupcakes a couple weeks ago! Aren't they heavenly?
Find the RECIPE HERE on the Birthday Girl blog!
If you haven't been to her site yet, go browse around...
you'll be happy you did!
It's full of fabulous party inspiration and ideas!
{Photo & Recipe originally from Sweet Paul}

Friday, October 23, 2009

Happy Weekend!

My little ones picked roses for me with our wonderful neighbor,
Kristina the day before we moved.
They were gorgeous, so I had to snap a photo of them.
It seemed fitting that one of my zebra chairs should be in the photo.
I miss them.
I hope you have a fabulous weekend!
Don't forget to stop and smell the roses....

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

You've Been BOOED! Free Printable "We've Been BOOED" Sign & Instructions!

Last year, we had the pleasure of experiencing our first "BOO" from our neighbors! A few days before Halloween, our doorbell rang....T & K ran to the door only to see kids running down the street! We opened the door and found a box of cute cupcakes, along with a sign that explained that we had been "BOOED" and instructions on how to keep the fun going in the neighborhood! SO CUTE!
{do you like our scary skeleton?!}

Now that we are in a new neighborhood and don't know if anyone "BOOS" around here, we're going to start the fun next week by "BOOING" Tommy's teacher who lives in the neighborhood, along with our sweet next door neighbors! Speaking of Tommy's teacher, how sweet was this cookie she brought over when we were moving in.....yum!
I created a printable template and instructions for you to use to "BOO" your favorite neighbors!


Let the "BOOING" begin!

I would love to know if you use these and what treats you deliver!

Cupcake Wednesday Anyone? Don't Miss These Adorable Pumpkin Cupcakes!

Okay, so it's not Cupcake Monday, but when I came across these pumpkin cupcakes this morning on Facebook via Let's Entertain, I had to share! Aren't they adorable?!

These would be perfect to make and deliver to your neighbors, along with the free printable "You've Been Boo-ed Flyer" that I am designing for you right now!
I will be posting later...stay tuned!
If you haven't heard of "Boo-ing", you're in for a treat!

Monday, October 19, 2009

November 2009: Printable Calendar is Ready!

Okay, so I promised I would start creating these calendars and posting them sorry!
I have a pretty good excuse this month though....our MOVE! However, November calendar is here, ready to print and December will be coming later in the week!

November 2009 Printable Calendar

I think I will probably do ALL of 2010, so you could print them all at once and plan out your entire year?!? Now wouldn't that be spiffy?!

Cupcake Monday: Afraid to Frost Your Cupcakes? Start with this Sweet Cupcake Kit!

The lovely Stacy from Inkspot Workshop, sent me a link to this
sweet cupcake kit from Fred Flare that she figured I would love!
I wonder why?! I mean, seriously....could it be any cuter?
A gift for one of your friends, a thank you gift, a gift for mom....
there's bound to be a woman (or man) in your life that would appreciate this kit!
I know I would!
The packaging alone makes my heart flutter!

Get one HERE!

Thanks for sharing this, Stacy!
Stacy is a fellow Etsy card/invitation designer, with a simple modern style that I love!
She just came out with her 2009 holiday line....check it out HERE!

Have a wonderful week!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Swanky Halloween Party Ideas & Spooktacular Halloween CD Giveaway!

Happy Weekend!
I apologize for my delay in new posts!
I've been busy voting for the Best Crafty Mommy Blog on The Bump!
(feel free to pop over and add your votes, contest ends Monday!)
I've also been busy fulfilling new orders since I reopened the shop!
Oh, and moving and getting settled in the new house!

Tonight, I'm bringing you the best ideas I've been seeing around the web that would be perfect for a swanky Halloween Party! Keep reading for details on how you can win a perfect CD for Halloween entertaining, Broom with a View ~ Halloween Carols!

Photos Above:
Chandelier Napkin Rings via BHG (sent to me by Katie)
Ribbon Pumpkins via
Good Housekeeping (spotted on The Party Dress)
Pumpkin Centerpiece via St Louis Entertains
Pottery Barn Hallween Vignette via Just A Girl

Photos above:
Halloween Dessert Buffet via Amy Atlas (of course)
Halloween Party Circles via The TomKat Studio

Jack-O-Lantern Cocktail via Hostess with the Mostess
Dessert Details via Amy Atlas

Do you like how I just lumped my own product photo in with my favorite party girls?
What can I say, I like to mingle with the best! :)

So, on to the GIVEAWAY.....

Now, to add some fun to your Halloween parties, I am hosting a giveaway for this spooky CD by Kristen Lawerence, A Broom With A View ~ from the Halloween Carols! Katie, a friend of hers, from Interwined contacted me and asked if she could send me a copy to review.
My family & I had so much fun when we turned off the lights and played this chilling music!
It's PERFECT for all of your Halloween soirees!
My kids keep asking me to turn it on, so they can run and hide!
Isn't it funny how much little kids like to be scared?!

Katie sent me two copies, so it's your chance to win one!
I'm keeping the other to play by our front door for the trick-or-treaters!

There's 4 ways to enter!
(Enter up to 4 times by doing the following):
1. Comment here & tell us if you decorate your house for Halloween,
and if so...spill the details on your favorite item & where you found it!
2. Post about this giveaway on Facebook, comment with the link!
3. Tweet about this giveaway, comment with the link!
4. Post about this giveaway on your own Blog, and comment with the link!

Winner will be chosen on Tuesday, October 20th at 11:00pm (MST).
Any entries received after this time, will not be considered. Open to US residents.
Winner will be chosen using

Want it now? You can BUY IT here!
Happy Spooking!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Best Crafty Mommy Blogger FINALIST!

I'm so excited to be a finalist for The Bump's Mommy Blogger Awards!
I am nominated in the category, "Best Crafty Mommy Blog" and
I would love win!
Please VOTE as many times as you can!
It's super easy, no registration or anything!
You can just refresh the page after voting, and it will allow you to vote again!
I'm in the lead now, after my Facebook & Twitter campaigning,
but I will need more votes to keep my lead!
The competition is stiff ladies, and I need your help!

The Bump is from the creators of The Knot, a fabulous wedding site that I'm sure you have all heard of! I still have my wedding planning binder that The Knot sent me when I was planning my own wedding 8 years ago! I was impressed with the company then, and even more so now with the addition of The Bump and The Nest!

Thank you in advance for all of your support and taking the time to vote!
I could win a gift certificate to Pottery Barn Kids,
or even the grand prize of $1,000...
but most importantly the AWARD voted on by you, my loyal readers!


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Posh Tot Events: Halloween Party Circles Featured!

Thank you to Posh Tot Events for including my printable Halloween Party circles in their latest post: Throw a Posh Halloween Bash! Check out the post for great party ideas HERE!
Find my party circles in MY SHOP!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Halloween Party Circles: Featured on!

How excited am I to be featured on this fabulous Halloween-inspired wedding inspiration board by VERY!

Hop over there to see the full list of credits!

Just in case you haven't heard....

Printable Halloween Party Circles will be available again in MY SHOP when I reopen soon! :)

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Halloween Spooktacular Ideas & Cookie Giveaway!

This is my first Halloween as a blogger, as well as a blog follower!
I have been seeing so many cute ideas and products all over the web,
so I started collecting them to share my favorites with you!
Here are my favorite finds for Kids!
{1} Orange, Pink & Black Tutu: Just Samantha
{2} Witch Costume: Tutu Fairy
{3} Beware Banner: Peek at My Paper
{4} Personalized Treat Bag: Polka Dot Market
{5} Black & Orange PomPoms: Orange Kisses
{6} Candy Jars via Martha
{7} Polka Dot Ghost Cookies: Goosie Girl
{8} Kids Costumes & Chandelier: Pottery Barn Kids
{9} Nutter Butter Ghost Cookies via Everyday Celebrating

Terri from Goosie Girl offered to send me a dozen of her adorable Polka Dot Ghost cookies, as well as send one of you a dozen! I haven't tasted them yet, but if they taste as good as they look...I'm sure they will be yummy!
Comment below to WIN and tell me what your favorite Halloween Treat is!
(feel free to include links to recipes & ideas!)
Be sure to include your email address so I can contact you if you win!
Winner will be chosen using on Wednesday, October 14th at 11:00pm.
Open to US Residents only. Cookies will be shipped directly to winner! Yum!

TomKat Halloween Party Circle WINNERS!

I'm so excited to announce the WINNERS of Halloween Party Circle printable file!
I will be contacting you shortly to get your email address to send the file to!

Thank you all for sharing your wonderful costume favorites!
I had so much fun reading all of your fun comments and ideas!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Moving: Going to Miss Our Backyard...

Well, we're moved! Our previous home closed today!
Moving is so not fun, but we did it and it's time to start unpacking and get settled least for a little while!
Many of you have asked that I share additional before/after photos of the our previous home, so I will start posting more for all of you who love to see good makeover!
Today, I'm sharing our (their) backyard!
I will miss it. Tremendously.

Doesn't even look like the same backyard, right?

Stay up....Master Bathroom....a major transformation!

Monday, October 5, 2009

TomKat Studio Giveaway: Halloween Party Circles!

{my family - pumpkin picking 2008}

Halloween is such a fun holiday!
It became even more fun for me once I had kids!
My focus this week is going to be Halloween ideas,
as I have been collecting my favorite ideas the past few weeks!
Here's our pumpkins from last year...can you tell which one is mine?

Since my shop is closed right now, while we move this week, I figured it would be fun to giveaway FIVE of my printable Halloween Party Circle files!
You can use my Party Circles to make lots of party items, including cupcake toppers, favor tags, napkin rings, invitations, place cards, candy jar labels & more!

So...COMMENT below and tell me the best Halloween costume you ever made/wore!

Mine would have to be when my blonde roommates & I were all Cleopatras in college! We had a huge party at our townhouse, I think we even charged everyone to get in and made enough to pay our rent that month! :) Fun times, girls!
I'll have to find a photo and post it!

Be sure to include your EMAIL address, so if you are one of my winners, I can email you the file!

Winner will be picked on Friday, October 9th at 11:00pm. Any entries received after this time will not be included. Winner will be selected using! Good Luck!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Cupcake Monday: Spooky Candy Corn Cupcakes!

I just came across these CREEPY cupcakes on one of the great blogs I follow, Modern Eve! Aren't they adorable?
Find the recipe, and more Halloween Treats HERE!

Lots of Halloween ideas and giveaways coming this week to
The TomKat Studio!
{cupcake photo/recipe via Modern Eve, via I Heart Cuppy Cakes}

Today the fun begins, as we start moving! Wish us luck!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Ooh La La ~ Gorgeous Pink Candy Buffet!

Annette at Swanky Tables has an amazing eye for style.
Her blog is full of eye candy and fabulous ideas!
She recently posted this fabulous pink candy buffet from WedLuxe magazine that made me swoon. I had to share!
Hydrangeas are my favorite, and placed in these hanging boxes?
Add Swanky Tables to your list of daily reads, you can thank me later!
{photo via swanky tables via wedluxe}

Invitations: Happy Birthday Owen!

My nephew, Owen is turning 3 this weekend!
I designed this simple red & turquoise invitation for his party,
along with coordinating party circles including some with his photo!
Isn't he adorable? He looks exactly like my brother did when he was little!
If we weren't so far away (my brother & his family live in Atlanta),
I would be love to be there!
Miss you guys! Have a great time!

I'll be thinking of you while I'm packing this weekend!


Look at this adorable crown that Amy from True Love Found just sent me the listing for! She created it this morning after seeing Owen's invitation! I wish I could buy it and get it there for his party tomorrow! So cute!
More on True Love Found soon!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Announcing the WINNER of the PaPaYa Art Giveaway!

Congratulations to the LUCKY girl, Katie from Tulsa Details who just won my handpicked selection of PaPaYa items including an assortment of cards, file folders, notepads, a journal & my favorite wall hanging!
Katie has been a loyal reader of The TomKat Studio since the beginning, and I just worked with her sister on the invitations and party circles for Katie's 30th birthday party!

Allison had asked for a chandelier theme for the wine & pizza making soiree, and I was happy to fulfill her request!
These designs are now available in the shop!

Thank you all for participating and checking out PaPaYa's fabulous website & blog!
I hope you found some great inspiration over there!

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