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Pantone Color of the Year 2021

21 Jan

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If you haven’t already heard, the Pantone colors of the year for 2021 are Ultimate Gray and Illuminating (yellow).  We are absolutely in love with this inspiring combination that reflects a bright future and a sense of strength.

“As people look for ways to fortify themselves with energy, clarity, and hope to overcome the continuing uncertainty, spirited and emboldening shades satisfy our quest for vitality. PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating is a bright and cheerful yellow sparkling with vivacity, a warming yellow shade imbued with solar power. PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray is emblematic of solid and dependable elements which are everlasting and provide a firm foundation. The colors of pebbles on the beach and natural elements whose weathered appearance highlights an ability to stand the test of time, Ultimate Gray quietly assures, encouraging feelings of composure, steadiness and resilience,” according to the Pantone.com website.

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This energized color combination can be incorporated into home decor, fashion and more for a much needed pick-me-up.  You can add a colorful notepad to your desk, maybe a yellow planter or a gray and yellow throw to brighten up your space!  You can always find  inspiration on our Pinterest boards as well.

How do you see these colors in your life in 2021?

XO,

Jennifer

 

Best Valentine’s Day Treats

16 Jan

Valentine’s Day Treats

sugar-cookies

Valentine’s Day is a month away!  Valentine’s Day is a great time to let someone know how much you love them.  While we’re still in a pandemic, it’s more important than ever to reach out to friends and loved ones.  I think a homemade Valentine is a great gift.  Why not make your special someone homemade Valentine cookies with messages?  We have a terrific recipe from when we were featured on WGN-TV.  Of course, these look amazing in our personalized Valentine’s Day gable boxes.  They are the perfect treat to leave on a doorstep!  You could also fill the boxes with candy and little love notes.

The recipe below is also featured on our website in our Studio Insights.  You can find all types of tips from writing etiquette, personalized napkin tips to party accents.  

 

 

Sugar Cookie Recipe

Photo credit: Pinterest

1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1 egg
3 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add vanilla and egg.  Combine dry ingredients in separate bowl.  Add to butter mixture and mix to combine.  Roll out dough between two sheets of parchment to ¼ inch thickness.  Chill for 1 hour to overnight.  Cut into shapes and place on parchment lined baking sheet.  Chill again for 15-20 .  Bake at 350 for 7 minutes, rotate pans, then bake for approximately 3 minutes more until cookies are just beginning to turn golden brown.  Cool on wire racks until completely cool.

Cookie Glaze

3 ¾ – 4 cups powdered sugar
6 Tablespoons whole milk
1 tsp almond flavoring
6 Tablespoons corn syrup

Combine powdered sugar, milk, and flavoring.  Mix until smooth.  Add corn syrup.  Stir until combined and smooth.  If desired, add paste food coloring.

Tips

  • Chilling sugar cookie dough for rolled and cut sugar cookies hardens the butter in the dough so that the cookie dough rolls out more easily.  After cutting the cookies, you can chill them again so that the cookies retain their shape while baking.
  • Instead of store bought frosting, take time to make a cookie glaze which makes cookies look professional, smooth and dries hard for decorating.
  • Use paste food coloring to make vibrant colors for cookies.  Liquid food coloring may change consistency of glaze or royal frosting.  Experiment by combining different colors to make unique shades.
  • For a clean edge on the cookie, outline with royal frosting, then fill in with cookie glaze.  This stops the glaze from running down the sides of the cookie.
  • Great tip for decorating:  Use a squeeze bottle to “fill” surface with glaze.  Spread glaze to corners with toothpick or small knife.  You can purchase bottle at any craft store or Wal-Mart
  • Once the glaze is dry (can take several hours) decorate cookies with a pastry bag for a professional look.  Pastry bags are available at any craft store or in a pinch use a zip-loc bag.
  • Experiment with different types of sprinkles, sugars, and decorations.  For instance, make a border with pearl candies or large sprinkles and/or use sanding sugar for a sparkling effect.

Enjoy!

xoxo,

Jennifer

2021 Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

8 Jan

All You Need is L-O-V-E

With a little planning, Valentine’s Day can be just as special this year.  In fact, during a pandemic we could all use a little extra L-O-V-E right now.  We’ve put together some fun ideas to help you celebrate with family and friends.

For Kids

If your kids are still attending school in-person, Valentine’s Day exchange cards are still the go-to.  Personalized exchange cards are not only *extra*, but they are easy!  Just add a sweet treat and you’re done. If you’re not in-person, exchange cards are still a fun way to send a Valentine’s Day greeting to their friends and family.  Here are some of our favorite cards for 2021.

We love the Like the Way You Roll exchange card for a few reasons.  It’s gender neutral and oh-so-cute with the sushi theme.  We love the subtle nod to the pandemic with “the way you roll.”  You really can’t go wrong with this on-trend card.  Why not attach some cute gummy sushi candies to this exchange card to complete the theme?

The Pizza My Heart exchange card is so fun because … who doesn’t love pizza?  No matter what your favorite topping is, this card is sure to please everyone.

The Stuck on You exchange card is on-trend with all things cactus.  This would make a great card to attach to a succulent plant as a gift for a teacher, a neighbor or best friend.

For Neighbors & Friends

If you’re thinking about a sweet treat to give neighbors and friends on Valentine’s Day, why not bake some cookies to gift?  We have a great recipe for Valentine’s Day sugar cookies that would make a great treat to leave on doorsteps.  You can put your homemade treats in personalized gift boxes or personalized gift bags.  Add your own sweet note to make their day.

 

For Loved Ones Far Away


Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to send someone special a handwritten letter.  Take the time to tell them how much you love and appreciate them!  This is also the perfect time to reach out to loved ones that may be isolated during the pandemic and not able to have much contact.

 

For Someone Special

 

Not sure what to gift that someone special in your life?  We have great personalized gift ideas for men and women. Personalized wine glasses make a great Valentine’s gift idea.  Just add their favorite bottle of wine and you have a great gift you can enjoy that evening!

Working from home during the pandemic? Why not give them a personalized sticky memo cube that’s both practical and stylish (and hint-hint … maybe encourages them to write little love notes!)?

We’d love to hear your ideas for celebrating Valentine’s Day this year.  Please share in the comments below!

XO,

Jennifer