12/30/11

{farewell 2011}

Happy New Year to you!


May it be safe, warm and full of promise!



12/16/11

{Christmas Craft}


Over Thanksgiving, my family and I started adorning these candles. Earlier this summer some non holiday candles were made for the Horseshoe Market, but after using glitter on some cards this winter, I wanted to make some Holiday Candles.


These candles are technically prayer candles and are scent free and super reasonable at the Dollar store or perhaps your nearest Latino Market. I collected the image from a vintage image website {the Vintage Fairy Graphics Blog} and went to town adding glitter.


The whole family {at least all the girls} becamse involved. My 12 year old niece and sister in law, my sister and my mom all joined in the fun. My parents sunroom soon had a glittered covered floor and my brother refused to give me a goodbye hug lest he also be covered in glitter.
I had plenty of fun ribbon, twine yarn and vintage buttons to trim the candles with.
Above are some of the non holiday candles we made, great for gifts. I took these to a show last weekend and sold quite a few... ! Another candle adorning party is set for this weekend to make some for gifts for my friends and family.





Oh what fun this was! what crafts have you been creating for the Holidays? Paper Chains, little gifts for friends, or holiday decoration? or all of the above?

12/8/11

{art night: oranges, honey & wine}

I have a new piece of art hanging on my walls.... painted by moi!






Recently I had the pleasure of attending a mixed media class with artist Lizzie Mara. I have had the pleasure of knowing Lizzie for about 5 years now and she is a Denver treasure. I went to her home for a mixed media class and had so much fun! I learned so much too! The painting above "Miel" {French for honey} is what I came up with at the end and it was so unexpected. Lizzie enouraged me to be more loose and whimsical. I haven't always felt super comfortable with paint as I am with pencil or a pen. But I think I am catching on, thanks to Lizzie.

We munched on papaya chips from Trader Joes, fruit leather, Clementine oranges, and chocolate and drank red wine. I was so focused on my piece that I barely had anything to drink! Of course the set up was all so lovely. Lizzie puts a lot of love into things like this.



1. Lizzie had us do some sketches and brainstorming with words before we started. She also asked us to bring scaps of paper and other little pieces we might want to include in our piece. I have been preparing for this kind of thing for years and had plenty of options to bring to the table!


2. Whenever I had painted before I didn't do layers and background colors so I wasn't used to adding texture and color in the background to build on as I painted. this is what I started off with. I penciled in graphite honeycombs to add texture.


3. I added in a golden yellow and a mint green- I didn't picture the mint green in the piece at first but it was something I added in after another class mate mixed up the color for their piece. I added in pieces of vintage book paper, raffle tickets, sheet music and lace doilies for the leaves of my wreath. My beehive came together before my eyes and it was so fun to see it come to life, with the help of Lizzie.


When I got home I added a little {maybe more like alot} of white ink to piece to finish it off. I love the finished product. Lizzie sent me home with a ribbon to trim my piece with, which I will add when I have some time. This class was a highlight to my year and I want to make more pieces now! It was so much fun and so great to create just for the sake of creating.


A few surprises to me:


1. I didn't expect my piece to be so whimsical at the end.


2. I didn't expect there to be so much color in my piece- honey, amber, chocolate, teal and mint all made surprise appearances that I didn't plan when I started.


3. Good things hppen when you let go and breathe. Yes they do.




Looking back at it now, I might have used a little less white ink to finish it off but what is done, is done. I still love the piece.




thanks Lizzie! ***As a side note, Lizzie has a company called Treat Designs. I encourage you to add follow her company on Facebook. She has many darling things coming out from her darling company.

12/5/11

{Holiday Show}



Hello! If you are in Denver, come and visit me this Friday night or Saturday at my friend Tiff's house. I have been doing this show at Tiffanys house now for several years. She is one of the coolest people I know, and so is her house. The deal is, if you are selling something, you bring a bottle of wine and some food, and then you set up shop and chat with a bunch of fabulous people all weekend. It is a lot of fun. It is great for me as I haven't started shopping yet!



I will be selling some amazing goods this time around. Fern and Flora will also have some lovely goods on hand as well. I will be selling note cards, holiday cards, vintage ornaments, fabulous candles, Recipes Cards, Vintage Aprons, Lace Bowls and so much more. I am in the mood to clear some items out so the prices will be super affordable. Plus there are lots of other Denver vendors selling fabulous handmade goods. Please join me for relaxing, pressure free shopping! I would love to see you!

11/29/11

{tis the season}

{photo by moi, at 5 Green Boxes, Denver Colorado}


It seems that the discussion of Christmas is being happening earlier and earlier these days. As a crafter and business owner, I am always starting holiday designs and prep very early, which makes me feel like Christmas is tomorrow. {but it isn't}
I, on the other hand, do not feel ready to start shopping for Christmas gifts. I guess I need to start feeling ready! I am getting there however.
1. Last weekend I bought 2 large bags of vintage Christmas ornaments for $4 total {thrifting while on a road trip} Some to keep, some to sell, some to give as gifts to my friends who love that kind of thing.
2. I am compiling my Christmas wish list slowly but surely.
3. I am thinking of great gifts I can get for the loved ones in my life.
4.I am finishing up with holiday custom orders which is a great feeling. {however it isn't too late to order something custom from me for the holidays!}

So I am getting there. A little reminder for you, get some of those Christmas gifts crossed off your list by shopping my sale. You can receive 20% off your entire order by entering Holiday at the point of sale. Recipe Cards, Note Cards, Cupcake Sticks, Christmas Gift Labels, etc!


go here!

11/21/11

{Patina} a Denver Treasure

In Denver, we have a wonderful assortment of boutiques, and shops that I adore. Patina is one of them. I don't visit as often as I would like, but I plan on visiting more now. When I visited last time, the shop had been transformed into a Holiday Wonderland, full of mercury glass, ornaments and glitter. They also have my holiday cards in stock. {Yay!}


While you are there you might run into vintage postcards and darling flashcards, sweet charms for necklaces, vintage microscopes and cameras, Spools of twine {those get me every time}, and so much more.

Why don't you come on out to Denver and join me! After shopping we will go across the street and visit Sazza for some scrumptious pizza and salad. It will be so fun, I promise!

11/16/11

{Happy Cakes}

I am so proud to have had my cupcake cards at Denver's best cupcake shop, Happy Cakes for many years now, since they first opened. Just recently, they started carrying my line of Cupcake Sticks.
Recently they had a Holiday Open house and featured my ice skate cupcake sticks in Cream and Blue and also my Mitten Cupcake sticks. I also made a Garland for them to hang over their display. I added a little glitter to a few of the sticks and they turned out so pretty.
This photo was sent to me by one of the owners as I wasn't able to make it that day. My holiday Cupcake Sticks and Stir Sticks are now available by special order at Happy Cakes. Below is the sample sheet I did for special orders for Happy Cakes for my Cupcake and Stir Sticks.



(forgive the crooked image!)


Once again these aren't in my shop but if you see a design above that you would like for a Cupcake Stick set(s) or Stir Sticks for the holidays, just email me at hello@kararosenberry.com. I have been too busy to add items to my Etsy shop lately!


Happy (cup)Cakes to you!


xo kara


11/14/11

sparkle & shine




Recently I filled an order for a local Denver shop, Patina. The owner, Joy, wanted me add glitter to my designs which I usually never do, to keep things simple. Well I went ahead with the glitter request purchasing some Martha Stewart glitter and glue. I also drew up these two new designs, a snowflake trio and a pinecone. Due to many other orders that week I had one night to add glitter to 72 cards. Wow, I will never do that again. I did perfect the art of adding glitter to my work that night and will continue to offer that service.


I haven't added these to my shop yet but aren't they pretty?


xo

kara

11/8/11

{life is sweet}

life is sweet in so many ways




time with friends


talking with my sister on the phone {almost everyday}


a delicious dinner out and a long chat


a day of crafty ideas and future plans with a like minded friend


antipation of the upcoming holidays


cupcakes, always cupcakes


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bittersweet times make the sweet times all the more special:


my good friend lost her mom suddenly this week.


her mom was her best friend and my friend is lost.




all of this has me thinking about the moments we take for granted.


x's and o's



kara

11/4/11

{all the latest}




1, First of all, Hello and Happy Friday!


2. Isn't the above piece by Cori Dantini just amazing! I LOVE her work. You can see more here. Cori used to live in denver and I remember seing her work around town at least 15 years ago. I have always admired her work but she has really evolved thru the years and her work now , well WOW is all I can say.


3. I hand glittered 72 cards last night for an order. Thought it would be a breeze and go fast. Hmm, not so much. I am traumatized and exhausted today. (traumatized might be a strong word but I am keeping it in there)


4. I am not doing any holiday shows this season, okay maybe just one at my friend Tiffany's house. This is the first time in 7 years that I won't be doing any shows. Freedom feels good but a little sad sometimes as it is something I am so used to doing.


5. I am concentrating on online and retails orders, which so far have been keeping me very busy.


6. I have been cooking a lot lately.


This week I made Quinoa Risotto with chicken. (Made the sauce with a little skim milk, parm cheese, garlic and a dab of flour. Add thyme, sea salt, whatever else and YUM) Make up a big batch of Quinoa before hand and put it in the fridge. Add the quinoa to the sauce and let it heat up. add Chicken or Shrimp or whatever. Very Good!


I made these recipes up myself so everything is kind of done to taste.


I also made Smashed Apples. Chop up apples, add them to a mix of water with agave nector and cinnamon. Let them boil until the apples get soft and then take a masher and mash them up.

Great for breakfast, a snack or dessert and Delish!





7. Hope you have a lovely weekend. I cannot wait for Sunday, a day to relax finally!


xo

kara

10/26/11

{Holiday Items in Shop & Sale!}

I usually offer great deals to my customers when I do trunk shows and now, I am offering those great deals to you! Enter the code Holiday at the point of sale and save 20% shop wide!

This includes all holiday note card designs!

This also includes custom orders.



Recipe Cards are new this year and would make a great gift! Notecards are fabulous for gifts too.

Teachers Gifts

Hostess Gifts

a gift for a girlfriend...

So many fun options.


Start shopping now.
Go
here!

10/14/11

{wishful thinking}





Anyone that has been around me knows I have a thing for accessories. usually necklaces,


usually chunky and always statement makers. I love the one above because you could wear it with so many different things.




I have this friend Tiffany Beach, that can whip up a beauty like this in a jiffy. I have a bunch of vintage buttons that need a home. This is going to be my next request to Tiffany.




What do you think? Lovely, right?




10/3/11

{Market Saturday}




Hello friends. It has been way too long since I have blogged. this past weekend, my pal from Fern and Flora-Emily, and I, did the horseshoe Market, here in Denver Colorado. We were hoping for a crisp and cool fall day. That didn't happen. It was very warm and sadly we couldn't wear scarves and boots and drink hot cocoa. Instead, we opted for summery clothes and ice water.


Outdoor markets are just hard. They depend on the weather for a good outcome and it is hard to know how the weather is going to be. Almost 12 hours of work on little sleep isn't easy. {do you see the circles under my eyes in the photo above?} I have been doing shows/ markets for about 7 years now but the outdoor ones, they aren't my favorite.




All in all, we had a nice day. Our booth looked pretty and we got to chat with lots of friends, meet new people and we had the most delicious Thai Chicken Pizza for lunch. Yum. Most importantly, Emily and I got to catch up on all the latest. Next time I think we should just meet at Starbucks and save ourselves the the hassle.


Have a great week folks!


kara

9/21/11

{fall in love}


I tried to convince myself that the upcoming change of seasons doesn't thrill me, but it does.

I love fall. It is the return of sweaters, boots, scarves, and cool weather. Pumpkins, hot lattes and crunchy leaves. It is my favorite and I will no longer deny it.

Is fall your favorite season, or not so much?


9/16/11

Happy Weekend, and a winner!

hello and happy weekend! Friday never felt so good!


Congrats to the winner of my {not so} recent giveaway.

Kimberly W.... I will be sending you an email so that you can

make your selection. Congrats!



Also, there is a sale in my shop, get 15% off on any item{s} when

you enter SEPTEMBER at the point of sale in the coupon section.

{start stocking up on holiday gifts NOW!}



Happy Weekend to you!

kara

9/6/11

{Merci Beaucoup} and a sale!

{just added} {these will be added soon, cute right?}





its late on Tuesday night and today I am grateful for...

a wonderful 3 day weekend spent seeing a movie,shopping, and having coffee with a dear friend


grilling out and relaxin and some fro yo....


a wonderful girls night last Thursday at the fabulous home of Jeanne Oliver. another blog post to come about this. Simply Amazing!!!


a bunch of new items in my shop. I just added about 10 more items. This shop is stocked full of new recipe cards, cupcake sticks.

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By the way, the new line of recipe cards would be great for stocking stuffers, and are perfect for teacher, hostess, holiday, and shower gifts. Also perfect for that baker or cook in your life.


Stock up on these lovelies! They are darling and so well priced. {if I do say so myself}


I had an amazing giveaway last week and want to finish adding items to my shop before I announce the winner so they have a bunch of items to pick from. The winner announcement is coming soon. Thank you to all my new followers and to the people who left the most lovely comments.


I am doing a sale in my shop because of all the new items. Enter September at the point of sale for 15% off.


see you back here soon! kara

8/29/11

shop update and giveaway

{dans le cuisine de....recipe cards}



{nest gift or favor tags}



{nest cupcake sticks}



{strawberry recipe cards}



{bee recipe cards in pink}

Yesterday I added lots of new items to the shop. I still have more to add.


I am doing a giveaway and the winner will receive a sweet little package
with 2 packages of recipe cards, 2 packages of gift and favor tags

and 2 packages of cupcake sticks.


{the winner gets to pick the items they want}


to enter:
leave me a comment and say hello.

for additional entries:

1. become a follower of my blog and leave another comment.
If you are a follower already, let me know with a comment.

2. spread the word on your blog, facebook or twitter. this will earn you 2 extra entries.
leave a comment with the link please!

The giveaway will end on Monday September 5th and will be announced soon after.

xo
kara

8/16/11

{the makings of a vignette}

this is one if the little vignettes I have created on a shelf in my apartment.



I find the colors very soothing yet glamorous.
vintage chalkboard. estate sale{$2}
Sparkly K. Talulah Jones Denver
Eiffel Tower {christmas ornament} a gift that I use year round
Sea Green Vintage Book. Estate Sale
Mini Vintage Camera. A Parker Colorado Antique Shop
Mini Potted Flower. hmmm, I don't recall!
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I have a lot of favorite items that I have collected thru the years.
what is your favorite item in my vignette?

8/12/11

{fabulous finds Friday: vintage graphic heaven}

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This week I died and went to vintage graphic heaven. Oh my goodness.




Have you been to the website Vintage Fairy Grapics? found here.



I cannot believe I didn't know about this before. It is full of amazing vintage graphics. It is really quite amazing. I hope you go and visit because you won't be disappointed.


Have a great weekend! My plans include very little work and a whole lot of sleep and relaxing.

xo

kara

8/10/11

{butterfly in the sky}

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Last week, while in the midst of getting ready for the Horseshoe Market,

I had a custom order to finish for a butterfly party for 3 year old Ava.

I already did her invitations with corresponding stickers but I had to finish her
thank you notes and also made some favor tags as an added bonus.

I think they turned out to be pretty sweet. The will be available in my Etsy Shop soon! I think I also need to design a butterfly for grown ups too.
Maybe something a little more sophisticated.

xo kara

8/5/11

{horsehoe fever}

It's almost market time! I will be joining Fern and Flora at the Horseshoe Market

tomorrow in Denver from 9-4 at 46th and Tennyson.

we will be selling fabulous candles, note cards, cupcake sticks and recipe cards, vintage inpired accessories (headbands, necklaces and ruffle rings) milk glass, vintage goods,

handmade table runners, & doily bowls.

We are so excited and we hope to see you there!

{I have so much to do before tomorrow and am pretty tired at this point. Hoping I can

soar above my fatigue and make this happen.}

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Happy Weekend to you and if you are in Denver, please visit us!

kara

8/3/11

{to keep or to sell?}

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Help! I cannot decide what to do! Part of the hard part about collecting and selling vintage items is that you want to keep everything you find. I do pretty well with selling items but once and a while I find something that is hard to part with. Like this Cake Tin that I scored for a steal of a deal at the goodwill last week.

I saw it on the shelf and swooped in like someone else was after it too. I looked around after I grabbed and realized no one else was interested. I felt a little silly but none the less, I got what I wanted.


So now, I don't know if I can part with it! After adding a price tag on the handle, I put it on my white farmhouse table next to my eiffel tower pillow and now I really don't know if I can sell it! What would you do? Money in the pocket or a pretty on the table?

I have to decide by Saturday.
Put your 2 cents in, pretty please!

8/1/11

{recipe cards, a new item!}

My friend Emily B. has been asking me to make these for years, and finally with her help and a little nudge, I am going to start carrying recipe cards!!! I have about 10 different designs so far {chandelier, cupcake, bee, girly circus, etc.} and cannot wait to post them on Etsy. There are even some special creations for all you "I love anything French" fans!


I am going to start selling them at the upcoming Horseshoe Market on Saturday. Speaking of the Market, it is going to be a busy week getting ready, but I am up for the challenge. If you are in Denver, please come. It is the best outdoor market of the summer.

Have a great week!

kara

7/18/11

{summertime weekend}

Farmer's Market Apricots and Basil.
***As a side note, the lady who sold us the Apricots spoke a little French and insisted that we sample a perfect Apricot. We didn't say no and enjoyed the most perfect sweet and juicy Apricot and made a new friend. Love when that happens.




the most beautiful carrots I have ever seen at the Farmers Market.


Girls Day: birthday brunch and shopping. oh and then Pinkberry.

This was my Pork Belly Eggs Benedict with 5 Spice Hollandaise Sauce that I want to try and make sometime.