New Year’s Eve

It is not like me to be a Debbie Downer, but I have never been a fan of New Year’s Eve.  It always seems like you are chasing a good time.  Last year, I was in North Carolina with Meg and we had a blast hanging out at her parent’s house drinking champagne and predicting what would happen in 2013.  This year, I will be celebrating with friends eating stone crabs and watching fireworks all around the Miami skyline from a well-placed balcony.  These milestone dates are frustrating when you are not where you think you would be from one year to the next.  I am famous for clocking my progress around Valentine’s Day.  I can’t help myself but to say “by next Valentine’s Day, I will be….”  It is usually a word revolving around having a boyfriend, something that I never have had on the actual date of Valentine’s Day.  I started dating someone this year on January 31st and wouldn’t you know it, we got into a little fight around February 11th.  I cannot express to you how mad I was to miss out yet again.  We got back together the day after my birthday on the about good timing on his end-so frustrating.  I am all about looking ahead and am very ready to put 2013 in my rear view.  Today is my last day at my job, having been an unfortunate casualty of layoffs a few months ago.  I never in a million years thought this would happen to me, but in Corporate America, you are never irreplaceable.  When budgets need trimming, head count is the first to go.  After 7 years of pretending to be Julie McCoy, I am hanging up my clipboard and saying Bon Voyage!  I will be focusing on my business full time and couldn’t be more excited about all the possibilities ahead.  After my health issues these past few months, I am ready for 2014 and have a renewed priority list for myself, health being at the very top of my list.  By the way, I am feeling quite like the Bionic Woman after my Cataract surgery last week and am in awe of how much clearer I am seeing things, It is amazing! 
Cheers to New Year’s Eve!

Hoping to be kissed at midnight,
xoxo kp

2014 Calendars

Calendars are one of my favorite gifts to receive.  Not only are they useful for date purposes, but then I use them in my photo albums to mark the months for pictures. Last year, I sold Stevie Streck calendars and one graced my counter in my kitchen all year long.  I loved changing the months and seeing a new design each month.  This year, I haven’t locked down which calendar I will use..I am leaning on the Sesame Letterpress one.  It’s not too late to order these…
The fanciest of them all, the Mrs. John L. Strong’s petite calendar.  This was my calendar of choice for several years before I branched out and made a switch.  The paper is thick and the designs are engraved beautifully.  $125
Sesame Letterpress Letterpress Calendar $20

Sugar Paper Kate Calendar $52

Floral Calendar by KTF Design $15

12 Adorable Dogs Calendar by squarepaisleydesign $16

Paper Source Foil Desk Calendar $19.95

Icon 2014 Easel Calendar $24.95

2014 Letterpress Coaster Calendar from Kate’s Paperie $18.17

Cookie Classics Calendar $17.50

Touch of Glitter Calendar $22

Honestly, I didn’t realize I was running out of time until last week to get my calendar.  Mine will be a tad late, but the good thing is now, some are on sale!

Counting the days…
xoxo, kp

The Preppy Cookbook

One of my favorite gifts this Christmas is the Preppy Cookbook by Christine E. Nunn.  It is so funny and filled with great recipes for meals and cocktails.   

This page stuck out, I love it’s simplicity…
The cookbook is also filled with adorable illustrations..

And…the recipe that will most likely be tested by me asap is the Grilled Cheese Casserole.
Grilled Cheese Casserole
Serves 4

8 Slices American cheese, cut into 2-inch strips
4 or 5 Ripe Tomatoes, such as Jersey beefsteak, cut into 2-inch wedges, no need to be accurate
10 Slices of Pullman or other white bread, cut into 2-inch cubes
3 Tablespoons butter, cut into small cubes
1 Teaspoon salt
1 Teaspoon pepper

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Generously butter a 9 x 13-inch Pyrex or similar glass baking dish.  In a large bowl, combine the cheese, tomatoes and bread.  Lightly press the bread mixture into the casserole, and dot the top with the butter cubes.  

Bake for 15 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and starting to turn golden brown.  Let rest 5 minutes before serving.

*the author suggests most cheese will work for this recipe, but highly recommends American cheese.

Trying to cook more in 2014, 
xoxo kp

‘Tis the Season

Hope your holidays have been as fun as mine.  My parents arrived on Monday so my apartment was full all week.  I loved seeing Christmas pictures online of friends with snow but it was in the 80s in Miami!  That is nothing new..I can only remember a few cold Christmas’ in the past.  

Our friend Grimsley came in town and we had a little dinner for her last week.  It was so fun..this is my old lunch crew.

Christmas afternoon, we headed down to my brother’s house…

My niece Taylor and I.

Me and my parents.

The next morning, I had Cataract surgery!  It went well and was over by 11:15 am.  I went to lunch with my Mom and did a little shopping and then got the thumbs up from my Doctor and went on my way.  Everything is so clear, I really can’t believe it.  Now, I can read the guide on my television for the channels, I used to have to squint.

Lots of fun things ahead…I can’t wait!
Winding down 2013,
xoxo kp

2013 Christmas Card

So.. this is my 2013 Christmas Card.  I sent it out at the beginning of December, the earliest I have ever sent my cards.  This is the first time in years that my card isn’t pink and green..I went a little different.  I am in LOVE with  They really know what they are doing.  After my proof was approved, they arrived a couple days later, packaged so nicely and the quality was amazing.

As of today, Monday, December 23rd, I have one delivery left to make and then I am done with my orders.  There are a few sales to still be made for sure, but I am so happy to be caught up and not at 10 pm on Christmas Eve.  My parents arrive today, so yesterday was spent cleaning and straightening…luckily I had Helen to help me.  We finally secured my tree with cinder blocks and twine.  It was a serious operation, but I am pretty confident that my tree will stay upright until it gets hauled away on January 1st.

Winding things down for 2013..but lots of new adventures to come!

Happy to put 2013 in my rear view,
xoxo kp

#Xmas Jammies

viral [vayh-rul]
1. of, pertaining to, or caused by a virus.
2. pertaining to or involving the spreading of information and opinions about a product or     service from person to person, especially on the Internet or in e-mails: a clever viral ad.  See viral marketing.
3. becoming very popular by circulating quickly from person to person, especially through the Internet: the most memorable viral videos: This book is already viral two weeks before its official publication date.
4. pertaining to a computer virus.

It is truly crazy to see something go viral (see #2 and #3 above) and travel across the country in rapid speed.  Some friends in Raleigh put this video Christmas card online- Christmas Jammies-and the result has been amazing.  It was picked up by Good Morning America, Huffington Post, HLN and even Mashable.  The adorable Holderness family sums up their year to the tunes of Will Smith’s Miami and the end result is so fun and cute, I have watched it probably 10 times myself.  My little cousin in California just posted the link on Facebook sharing it with her friends after seeing it online from someone else.  

If you haven’t seen it, check it out…#XmasJammies

The Holidays….

It has been a little busy in my world, lots of shows and still at work-trying to keep up with it all and desperately afraid of missing an order along the way.  My two deadlines are looming this week, so I will be combing my order books to triple check I got everything faxed away.  My favorite show was this past Friday, the Beaux Arts Holiday Market.  It was at my friend Lisa’s house in her back yard on the tennis court, under a tent.  There were around 30 vendors and tons of delicious food.  This is my favorite market because all my friends come and bring their Moms-my original customers.

Nothing is more satisfying than to sell out of a new item. My new experimental necklace was a hit.  Long wood beads with a suede tassel for $25.  They were all gone by the end of the day. Some other new designs sold well, so I know I am on the right track, thankfully.

I spent the rest of the weekend decorating my apartment.  For the first time ever, I got my tree on the early side.  I am usually too busy to get it and put ornaments on it.  When it got up to my apartment, I realized it was a little crooked but figured I would fix it later.

After I put all the lights on it and all the ornaments, tied my pink bows and got it just right, I was so happy to sit and admire my tree.

It looked so great.  I sat on my couch and watched TV while making some jewels.  Out of nowhere, the tree came crashing down right towards me.  It scared the hell out of me!  Unbelievably, no ornaments broke but all my lights got jostled and the water spilled everywhere.  I couldn’t lift it up at first but finally got it upright. I had to put the table right in front of it to keep it stable and tonight, have to figure a way to secure it to something.  What a mess!

On a more personal note, today marks two weeks since my last surgery and I am finally feeling better.  Yesterday was the first pain-med free day I have had in weeks.  I am finally able to see a light at the end of the tunnel.  I have heard it said so many times but it doesn’t ring true until your health is in peril, but you are nothing without your health!!!  I will never take mine for granted again.

Feeling cheery for the holidays,
xoxo kp

Backtracking to Baltimore and New York

Trying to catch up with some posts from the last few weeks.  Almost a month ago, I flew up to Baltimore with Hoby and Christina for a weekend with Dede, Hoby’s Mom.  I always love going to her house and it is so fun to explore Baltimore.  On Sunday of that weekend, Dede hosted a trunk show for me and it was amazing.

Dede had delicious snacks, which we ate all day…

The show was so much fun..lots of nice people and Hoby’s family came by.

The next morning..we boarded a train heading to New York.
and we arrived just in time for me to set up at my next event…this was the only part of New York that I saw in the daylight…
The 28th Annual Great Sport Legends Dinner benefiting the Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis was my next stop at the Waldorf.  .I set up my table and had just enough time to change before it was about to start..

Once it started, it was a crazy whirlwind.  So many nice people looking for things to purchase to support this amazing charity.  I sold so much stuff, it was shocking.  if I had help with me, I probably would have sold more..note to self!

Once the auction was over, I packed up my stuff and headed to the ballroom to join my friends.  I barely missed a thing.  On my way in, I loved seeing this big sign explaining that you had to wear one of Hoby’s CauseLets for entrance into the ballroom.  So fun!

After a bunch of amazing speeches by the Legends, an unbelievable Live Auction with spontaneous items being offered off the cuff, the program was so great, the icing on the cake was the Jersey Boys.

So proud of Stephanie and her Mom for another over the top event!

The next morning, I was zooming through the Park on the way to the airport…I wish I could have stayed longer!

This trip was so fun..can’t wait to go back!
xoxo, kp