Stephanie Creekmur Exclusively for Papeleria

October 30, 2013

I am so excited to share today's news! If you're our friend over on Facebook than you may have already figured this one out, but we have partnered with a fabulous stationery shop in Nebraska to bring you an exclusive line of Christmas cards. Papeleria is a quaint and stylish shop in the heart of Kearney, Nebraska and we collaborated with the store's owner, Amy to create 8 Christmas cards (6 photo, 2 non-photo) that I hope you will love as much as we do! Four of the options feature my hand-lettering which makes my heart so happy! I've been a doodler since forever (I get that from my Momma!) and to now see my lettering on tangible products is so fun!

I will not be offering any Christmas cards this year so if you want to send some Christmas cheer with a Stephanie Creekmur flair, Amy is the girl you need to get in touch with! You will be able to purchase your Christmas cards on the Papeleria website next week! Be sure to become a fan of Papeleria over on Facebook so you can see photos of the cards that our available! :)

I'm having a hard time deciding which card is my favorite but I think it's the one pictured above!

I'd love to know - which card is your favorite? Leave me a comment with your top choice!

That's all for today but next week lots of fun things are coming your way! The new and improved shop will be launching on Monday along with lots of new products! Follow along on Instagram for behind the scene sneak peeks! Hope you all have a wonderful rest of the week! :)

Entertaining | Fall Dinner Party

October 20, 2013
I don't know about y'all, but today I have plain enjoyed myself. There is just something so wonderful about a lazy Sunday, especially when the weather turns cooler! As I sit here snuggled up under the covers with my furbaby Bella, I am realizing that our days outside are numbered. My sister and I moved into a new house at the beginning of the month and it has a really great outside area in the back (complete with stone fireplace!) and we are so excited to entertain! While I was searching Pinterest for "party on the porch" type get togethers, I actually came across a dinner party my aunt and I styled for Sterling Wine's, Ultimate Host Challenge. They partnered with one of our favorites, Pizzazzerie to find the Ultimate Host! We only had one day to put it all together because Christie was leaving for Hawaii. Lucky her, right? :) Bad news is we didn't win. Good news is we had a great time and now I have a gorgeous fall tablescape to share with y'all. 

September here in Tennessee is still very pleasant so we decided to set up the dinner party out on the screened in porch. We only had 4 dining room chairs so we used those (only 2 shown here for better viewing of the table) and put two patio chairs on the ends. Work with what you have. Mixing and matching adds layer, texture, and interest to your event!

Although you can't read the window in the photos, it was a big hit. Each pane featured a greeting to guests, the menu, quotes about wine and good friends (i.e. Friends don't let friends drink bad wine.) and a showcasing of the wine served for the evening.

 Because the challenge was being hosted by a vineyard we wanted to make sure the wine was front and center so we made it our centerpiece! The apple basket was the perfect fall decoration to accompany the wine in the centerpiece. We tied shipping tags with twine to our wine bottles.The tags stated "drink me" and "drink and be merry". It was a fun added little detail to the dinner!

We only had 4 green pates and thought they looked great with the brown table cloth, so we set 4 places with those and anchored the table with 2 white square plates at the heads of the table. It switched things up a bit and added another texture. Seriously y'all, use what you have! :)

We had some shipping tags left over from Christmas wrapping so we used a gold scrapbooking pen to write each guests name on them! We took our Martha Stewart Edger Punch to create the doily trim and tied a bow with some left over twine! For napkins we went through our fabric scraps and were lucky enough to find just enough of this fall floral to use. They weren't all exactly the same size but when folded up you couldn't tell! Again, use what you have!

This last photo isn't the greatest quality (it was taken with my iPhone) but it was the photo that showed the glowing candles the best. To make our table feel more grounded and more, I'm supposed to be here sort of thing, we decided to create a mason jar chandelier. It was super easy. All we needed were some s hooks, twine, mason jars, votive candles, and some sand to anchor the candles. It was really beautiful and it was sad to take it down but it worked perfectly to make our fall tablescape just a little more cozy.

Have you done any entertaining outside in the fall? I'd love to see as I gather inspiration! :)

Checking In!

October 15, 2013
Hello friends! I hope your week is off to a wonderful start! It's been awhile since I have posted so I thought I'd pop in and update you on what's been going on! These are all Instagram photos so if you follow me there, humor me, because you're already up to date! :)

First up, there are some minor website updates happening! Well, actually some pretty major updates, but before I get you all worked up, it's mostly behind the scenes stuff. I will be switching my eCommerce platform from Big Cartel to Shopify - more on all that later! The look and feel of the site will remain about the same because I am still in love with it! There will just be fun little surprises throughout the site and I'm hoping to offer a more enjoyable shopping experience! I will say that what you see below has already slightly changed again - so it will be a surprise! 

This next tidbit of information is something I'm pretty excited about but I'm not quite ready to let the cat out of the bag just yet! The below sketch was a pretty big hit on Instagram and it's the only hint I'm giving out today! What do you think it will be?

Last Tuesday, I headed home to one of my favorite places on Earth - Smalltown, USA. I love this time of year in my small little hometown! Harvest time was definitely in full affect every where you turned and the leaves were starting to change! It's just perfect and it was so refreshing to have a few days at home with the people I love oh so much!

Luckily, my high school's Homecoming game happened to be the same weekend I was coming home so I was able to cheer with the alumni cheerleaders! We had so much fun getting back under those Friday night lights! This is just a handful of us who were there, but these are the girls I cheered with my Senior year! 

And lastly, we moved. My sister and I have a cute little ranch house (rental) that we've been having so much fun fixing up - more pictures to come soon! That also means that our studio has a new home! If you follow on Instagram, you probably have seen the before picture and you know that the space we started with was less than desirable. It is completely lined with Cedar and we aren't allowed to paint or drywall - not exactly what my natural light and bright color loving self had in mind but we are making it work. Below are just a few of the details so far! I can't wait to reveal the end result because it's something we're pretty proud of!

Well, that's all for now folks! I have many blog posts in the works (including a new installment in the Selling on Etsy series!) so hopefully it won't be too long before I'm popping back in! That being said, I'm not making any promises - the holidays are upon us and we have lots of new things hitting the shop (on top of our website updates) so if it's quiet around here bare with us! We're still here, just working hard! :)