Introducing: That Darling Boutique

On Friday I teased about a big announcement. I’ve been holding my breath all weekend, excited to tell you: I’ve gone and done it! I’ve opened my very own Etsy shop. I’m happy to introduce my new baby, MY store: That Darling Boutique.

I am open for business and am selling handmade ribbon pennant banners, high chair banners, tie banners, name banners, as well as all sorts of invites and other party stationary available for digital download. 

I’m full of fear, excitement, anxiety, and joy! This has been a long time coming. It’s something I’ve talked about for at least 4 years, but my fear of failure and the fear of starting always got the best of me.

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Earlier this summer I hosted my brother in law’s girlfriend’s baby shower. I know that most people roll their eyes at showers – at the tedious decorations, the details, the food, the silly games, the ceremony of opening gifts, but I love them.

I believe we should always jump on the chance to celebrating with loved ones. And regarding showers; I believe that supporting other women as they enter a new chapter in their lives should only be met with grace and joy. 

So, when I was asked to do the decorations for my soon to be niece’s shower I jumped on it! I couldn’t wait to pick out a theme and get started crafting.

It’s relaxing for me, creating something beautiful with my hands. I find pleasure in knowing that although this decor will only be temporary, the smile it may bring to the guest’s face or the added unique burst of color it will add to a fun celebration makes it all worthwhile. 

So I decided to open up a shop. To share my lovely custom designs with everyone.

Each piece is made with love and each piece can be custom-made. I soon hope to receive messages like, “I’m throwing a whale themed party, can you help me out?” Are you that person that is too busy to handle the details of a party you are hosting or just don’t know where to begin? Let me help!

In the meantime I’ve been working away on creating a variety of banners. My living room is full of ribbon and it just makes me smile!

Life is always worth celebrating! Whether it’s a birthday, retirement or graduation party, bridal or baby shower, or simply a fun summer get together, why not make it extra special? Why waste your money on vinyl or cheap paper decorations when you can get a quality custom-made piece (that you could also use again and again?) for just a little bit more money? 

Please check out and share my shop

And also follow along on Facebook.

I’m offering 15% off any order for my “Grand Opening” with the code “celebrate15” until August 15.

Thank you so much for your support!

Sweet Treat For Yourself: beso handbags

beso handbags roxy wristlet Raise your hand if you’re MORE than ready for Spring!

One of the worse things about winter is the fact that style pretty much goes out the window (or hidden under layers upon layers). My hair and skin are dry and my clothes feel boring and over worn. I’m desperate for some new style and some new feminine touches. Anything besides snow boots and puffer coats!

That’s why I was so happy when I stumbled upon the shop beso handbags. These adorable handmade handbags add a much-needed pop of color to your winter wardrobe (and can be used throughout the spring and summer too).

Johanna, the owner of beso handbags, combines modern style with vintage inspired fabric to create one of a kind bags. They come in various shapes and styles and an array of fabric designs that is sure to fit many personal styles.

I fell in love with this Roxy wristlet in coral and white chevron print with aqua ruffle detail. I think it’s the perfect piece to make my outfit pop in the Winter but it will also transition perfectly into Spring and Summer. 

beso hand bags Johnanna’s craftsmanship is suburb and the fabric is high quality.The inside is lined with a soft yet rich feeling teal faux suede. I don’t use a lot of wristlets because I worry that they won’t fit anything. But this size was ideal – I could fit my wallet, iPhone, lip stick, keys, and mini brush. The wrist strap is also detachable so it can used as a basic hand-held clutch as well.

beso handbags roxy wristlet beso handbags beso handbags also carries a few jewelry items as well! Check out this darling vintage inspired rose pendant!
beso hand bags petite bloom necklace  I love the bright teal color of the Petite In Bloom pendant and the way it makes an outfit of winter neutrals complete. The rose pendants is about the size of a dime and hangs on a 18 inch antiquated brass chain.

Why not treat yourself this week? To help you to add some new life into you winter wardrobe beso handbags is offering you 20% off any purchase with the code ADVENTURES20

Better yet, enter to win a   $30 credit to the online shop to buy whatever you want!

The 20% off code is good through Friday February 14, 2014

Enter the giveaway below – you must enter to win by the end of the day February 14, 2014.

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Caring Cowls – a special discount for you!

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I’m so excited to share this post with you today! A few weeks back I linked to the amazing online shop, Caring Cowls, highlighting it as a shop offering perfect gifts that gives back.

Last week I received my cowl and am thrilled with the quality and craftsmanship. All cowls are handmade by Sarah. She was the sweetest person to work with and replied to all my questions in a very timely matter. I can’t get over how beautiful this handmade item is.

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All cowls are handmade by Sarah. She was the sweetest person to work with and replied to all my questions in a very timely matter. The quality is amazing and it is so soft. I can’t wait to bundle up with it under my coat this winter. The best part? 100% of the proceeds go to charity! 

From Sarah – the founder and owner of Caring Cowls:

“Caring Cowls is a nonprofit organization that raises money for various charities and organizations. All proceeds from sales are donated (minus material and shipping costs). So far, Caring Cowls has donated $300 to the American Red Cross, American Cancer Society, Action Against Hunger, and the International Rescue Committee. Currently, Caring Cowls is funding for the Polaris Project. Caring Cowls offers a large variety of styles, colors, and patterns, and you can view them on our Etsy Store, blog, or contact Sarah at caringcowls@live.com

Caring Cowls is offering all my readers a 20% discount off all cowls with the code: ABLA20

Any of these cowls would make a great gift for any special females in your life.

Check out all the cowls here:
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xoxo katie

5 Friday Favorites – Gifts that Give Back

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It’s November 1, and do you know what that means? It’s officially okay to start thinking about Christmas! It’s been trying to push its way to the forefront of our minds since early October. Which even I can agree is a little to early. Give pumpkins a chance! But now that Halloween is over – it’s time to get ready for the most magical time of the year!

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We love Christmas around here. In fact, I caught Ryan listening to Christmas music last Sunday while prepping dinner and lately every time I trek down into our basement, I swear I can hear the Christmas decorations begging me to take them out to play!

I’ve already started my Christmas shopping and thought I’d share some of my finds from stores that give back to charitable organizations. You’re going to be buying gifts anyways – why not give a gift that also gives support to those desperately in need? The benefits are three-fold – you’ll feel good about purchasing the gift, the receiver will receive a unique gift, and someone in need will be receiving support and motivation. Spread the love this holiday season!

There are SO many charitable organizations that sell gifts whose proceeds benefit their cause. It was hard to select my top 5. I based them all on the level of their donation. All of the products below donate at least 50% of the proceeds to their cause.  Here are 5 amazing organizations to add to your holiday shopping list!

1. Haiti Babi

 Baby Blankets – Perfect for the new mother

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Did you know that 1 in 10 children in Haiti live in an orphanage? Each purchase of a baby blanket employs a woman in Haiti in order for her to care for and educate her own children so they do not have to be sent to an orphanage. Help empower women whose empowerement will impact their family and community.  

2. Caring Cowls

Beautiful homemade  and fashionable acrylic scarves

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Caring Cowls is a small Etsy shop that made trendy and made to order scarves. All proceeds go to a charity. Currently, Caring Cowls is funding for Action Against Hunger. (A different charity is selected each year) I’ve ordered a scarf for myself and can’t wait to receive it!

3. One Hope Wine

Moderately priced wine

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The perfect hostess gift of item to buy for that hard to shop for boss or friend who has it all – wine! One Hope sells a plethora of moderately priced wine and donates 50% of the proceeds go to charitable organizations and causes including:  breast cancer prevention and treatment, pediatric AIDS prevention and treatment, Autism research and treatment , US forest preservation and protection, and ending childhood hunger.  Since 2007, 1 million dollars have been raised. Drink up!

4. The Giving Keys

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The Giving KeysThe Giving Key is a organziation who employs and aids those who are looking to transition out of homelessness. They collect used keys and hand stamp them with motivational words, like Fearless, Believe, Hope, Love, and Breathe. When the wearer of the key encounters someone else who needs the message on the key, they give it away and then send us the story of their key being paid forward.

Founder Caitlin Crosby sums it up best, “I think its fascinating that pounding out positive words, over and over for hours can improve a persons well-being, hope and motivation. And when you know that each unique key is being paid forward and passed around the world to people who need a little inspiration… well, that makes all of us feel so grateful; makes us understand that we are part of a love movement.”

5. Threads by The Shine Project 

The Shine Project Threads by The Shine Project sells trendy and beautiful jewelry hand-made by at risk youths. 1 in 5 American children live in poverty. The Shine Project focus is on education. They employ at risk youth that wish to break the cycle and to attend college. Your purchase will directly impact a student. Each purchase helps to fund a young adult’s college education and empowers them to have hope and strive to accomplish their dreams.

Together, we can bring change! What other charitable organizations do you love to shop at? Please share and happy holidays.

Love each other.

xoxo katie