Friday, October 29, 2010

Friday Etsy Faves

Today's picks are soft and romantic. You can find more in the treasury I created entitled "Romantic Gift Guide." Enjoy and Happy Friday to all!

Serving Fork by Alices Looking Glass
LOVE Little House Village by The Little Red Door

Sweet Pink Pearl and Crystal, Wire Knit Mesh Bracelet by Lapis Beach

Bon Voyage

It is always exciting to see one of my cards on the front page of Etsy. A huge thank you to The Vintage Apartment for taking me there. I hope you enjoy my bon voyage card below and the treasury it was featured in entitled "a happy place" that made it to the front page of Etsy.
Bon Voyage Greeting Card by Fiona Designs
A Happy Place by The Vintage Apartment

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Fall Color


Treasury Front Page Fun

I just realized this morning that this lovely treasury created by Meetalls called "take a look... or two, or three, or four ... or sixteen !!!!" made it to the front page of Etsy. It features my greeting card sampler of 12 cards of your choice. A big thank you to Meetalls for including me in this great treasury!

Your choice of 12 Greeting Cards

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Dog Silhouettes

For those of you who don't know already I am a huge dog fan. We have two dogs that were both adopted from a rescue group in Texas called The Woodlands Dog Club Park. I was honored to create a custom thank you note for this group. I wanted to share the designs with you. What do you think? I am considering adding pet silhouette cards to my shop on etsy.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Road Trip

Harney Tea is a delightful spot in Millerton, New York. Not only do they have a Tea Shop as you would expect but they also have a wonderful cafe and Tea Tasting Room. The cafe serves an assortment of delectable sandwiches, soups and salads as well as sweets for tea time. My husband and I enjoyed lunch and a cup of delicious "Hunan Black Buds" tea with our meal. I was so excited that they had the option of serving their sandwiches on gluten free bread - a huge plus for those of use with celiac. After lunch we headed around the corner to the tasting room which gives you the opportunity to consult with one of their expert staff, who know everything about each and every tea, and can help you pick one just to your liking. We had so much fun tasting and of course visited the gift shop and were able to take our favorite teas home with us. 

Enjoy my photos from that day, all of which I took with my iphone as my camera is broken. I tried to give them all a bit of a vintage feel. 

Friday, October 22, 2010

Cheetos and M&M's

Okay, so why you ask, cheetos and m&m's? 

Well I have had a rather difficult month and a half health wise. Wasn't quite sure what was wrong and finally found out I have celiac disease. This means that I have to eat a very strict gluten free diet for the rest of my life. I only found out 11 days okay and am slowly getting used to the idea. There is so much to learn - I had no idea how many items contain gluten from the obvious like bread to the ones that are not so obvious. It is definitely a learning experience and I am trying all kinds of new food products. Some that I love and some well - not so much. I eat a relatively healthy diet but do enjoy the occasional junk food which seem to all contain gluten.....

So back to the cheetos and m&m's - well I had a wonderful surprise when I found out they are gluten free! So I have treated myself today to some cheetos and m&m's!!!!
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Friday Etsy Faves

Cheery artistic finds to brighten this cloudy and chilly October day - enjoy! And Happy Friday to all.

Nebbiolo Wine Earrings by Kosmika
"Friend" Reproduction Art Print by Michele Maule
Somewhere between LARGE by theater clouds

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Nameless Silhouettes in the Rain

It was a rainy day when I curated this treasury below on Etsy and was excited to see it turned into a Lovely Cluster on Rachel's fabulous site of the same name.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Monday, October 18, 2010

Monday Loves

Enjoy my new treasury created for this Monday morning full of delightful finds.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

You Capture - Animals

I couldn't resist posting this shot of my dog Logan taken with an iphone!


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Etsy Featured Artisan - Sunset And Vine

Brooke of Sunset and Vine is not only an extremely talented jewelry designer but a lovely friend too! I am excited to share with you her background and her fabulous jewelry that she lovingly creates by hand. 
Kristin II - Red Aventurine and Bali Silver Bracelet

Having received a degree in psychology from The Ohio State University, Brooke worked with children that had behavioral problems. Presently she is enjoying being a stay at home mom and focusing on turning her passion of jewelry making into a successful business on etsy

Her generosity of spirit is evident in all that she does. She shares her creative knowledge, through how-to-tutorials. Her latest is on how to create your own hoop earrings which offers you the insight into the time it takes to make her fabulous creations, and gives you the chance to try it yourself! She is also currently running a very special promotion in her store. Any piece of jewelry that is ordered that resembles the color pink during the month of October will be supporting the Susan G. Komen Foundations For the Cure Campaign. Brooke is generously giving 10% of the proceeds to this fantastic cause. On top of that she also has a wonderful giveaway running in which you can win a $25.00 gift certificate to her lovely store.
Charlotte - Pink Freshwater Pearls on Oxidized Sterling Hoops

As she writes on her blog: "There is nothing that I love more than creating beautiful, organic jewelry with quality metals and gemstones. Sending it off to be loved by someone who will enjoy the piece as much as I do is the only thing that equals it. "

Lila - Hills Tribe Flower and Prasiolite Wrapped Sterling Necklace

Don't forget to enter her generous giveaway at for a chance to win a $25 dollar gift certificate that you can use on any item in her store!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The Garden is My Sanctuary

Gardens have always been a place where I find refuge. It's so peaceful enjoying the beauty of nature. I created the treasury below on etsy in honor of the garden and was thrilled that it made it to the front page of

Monday, October 11, 2010

Gorgeous Fall Flowers

How stunning is this flower arrangement by Hatch Creative Studio? I couldn't help but post and share the delightful fall colors with all of you.

Photo by Jen Huang

Saturday, October 9, 2010

The Lovely Blogger List

Lovely Clusters truly lives up to its name of being lovely! There are so many fab finds here and I am a huge fan of the site and blogRachel of Lovely Clusters has created a blogger list featuring all types of artisans. It is a great way to get to know other creatives and puruse their offerings. 

Boxed Set of 10 Lavender Merci Notes

I wanted to share with you a little bit about myself. As you probably have guessed by now my name is Fiona and I adore all things paper. I am passionate about designing in general but especially stationery and greeting cards. I have had the opportunity to design custom stationery for many a friend, as well as the greeting cards found in my store. Not only do I design the greetings but I also love coming up with the sayings for each card. 

Happy Happy Birthday Greeting Card

So many things inspire me - the loved ones in my life especially - many of the sentiments on the cards were created with them in mind. From a visual perspective I am constantly inspired and in awe of nature, flowers, birds, landscapes, you name it. I love taking photographs that you can see here on my blog. Knitting and painting pet portraits in acrylics also really sparks my creativity.

Learn more about me and Fiona Designs by visiting any of the following:

Love From Santa Greeting Card

Friday, October 8, 2010

Friday Etsy Faves

A Peaceful Afternoon Dress by Sarahseven
Etsy is a wonderful place to find all sorts of treasures. As a fun Friday feature I thought I would share a few of my favorite finds from this week. There is always something new and delightful to discover. Do you spend any time on etsy? If so - do you have a favorite shop or item you would like to share?

Creme Brulee Wedding Statement Necklace by Flora Bond

Soft Pink Magnolia Photo Print by Gandolophoto

Thursday, October 7, 2010


I love the texture of old neglected wood and tin. This side of an old dilapidated house caught my eye. The rust adds an interesting dimension to this photo, perfect for before and after.


Sunday, October 3, 2010

Road Trip

East Haddam, Connecticut is so picturesque and last Wednesday was a perfect day for a road trip. It was a joy to enjoy the beautiful scenery and explore Gillette Castle.