Pop-Up Shop Coming to York

When approached to create a pop-up shop for the former Woolworth’s store in downtown York, PA, my fellow graphic designer Jeremy and I couldn’t resist.

Upon accepting the design challenge, we started sketching and developed a framework for our display, which we began calling, “creative spaces.”  Each of our three windows would portray the space of a creative person… that of a writer, a fashion designer, and a musician.

We wanted all of the spaces to feel personal, and lived-in, so we designed each in a different color pallet. The writer’s window would be a mod office, set in warm tones of red, yellow and orange, with splashes of teal and aqua. The fashion designer’s space would encompass two rooms; first the bedroom will emerge as an urban inspired paradise with neutrals and metallic accents. The designer’s adjoining closet will be full of animal prints and naturally inspired elements. Lastly, the musician’s living room will be draped in cool blues, greens and purples with accents of gold and natural materials.

We reused and repurposed a lot of materials for the window displays including this retro bike which we painted purple. The original Woolworth's sign still hangs above the main entrance. Jeremy getting ready to spray paint.
We reused and repurposed a lot of materials for the window displays including this retro bike which we painted purple. The original Woolworth’s sign still hangs above the main entrance. Jeremy getting ready to spray paint.

With a tribe of helpers, we were able to load, unload, assemble and place 75% of the window displays in just one day!  Our pop up shop window exhibit will be revealed today, Friday, November 6th, 2015, as part of downtown York’s First Friday.  We are excited for everyone to see the vigettes once we rip the brown craft paper from the windows revealing these creative spaces… stay tuned to see pictures of our display once it’s complete in just a few hours!

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Hauntingly Haute

Now that the fall season is back in full swing- my outdoorsy family and I have been spending evenings having family time indoors. We love to lazily gather around the dining table, sip tea and chat about our days. It’s a great time of year.

However, with only a week away from Halloween- I haven’t decorated or hung a single thing. As we pulled out a few of the Halloween decorations we’ve collected, it was evident that most of our accessories have finally slipped past the “worn in look” and have fallen into the “time to toss” phase.

My daughter Tori noticed too, frowned, shrugged, and said “Mama… don’t worry. We can make decorations together! Let’s create something fun!” So my daughter and I pulled out the iPad and went straight to Pinterest.

We stumbled upon these easy to create bats and got to work. Tori suggested we put them on the wallpaper we recently hung in our dining room. The new wall is outfitted in a Candice Olson wallpaper that is gray and sparkly and simply perfect. Our stack of leftover wallpaper samples were stowed away in the front closet.  We thumbed through them and found the perfect one, and Voila! We ordered the paper the next day, and when I picked it up I could hardly wait to get home to start making these!

A Candice Olson pattern called Modern Lace (DE8807). Black and edgy with a touch of vintage, I’ve loved this pattern since I first saw it.
A Candice Olson pattern called Modern Lace (DE8807). Black and edgy with a touch of vintage, I’ve loved this pattern since I first saw it.

Within minutes we created many wallpaper bats, and had started sticking them to the wall. Having so much fun, we just kept cutting and taping as we sat and chatted about our days, and the upcoming holiday.

It was the perfect craft to be handmade with the perfect little girl. I hope you find some time this holiday season to slow down and enjoy the pretty little things.

Follow this link to find out how to make your wallpaper bats!
https://goo.gl/51pPWZ

Pictured is the before and after accent wall in Candice Olson's pattern, Dazzled DE8860. It glimmers with glitter and sand. The wallpaper complements the bats well, offering a hauntingly beautiful background. Last pic is of my little girl, Tori, posing after her hard work.
Pictured is the before and after accent wall in Candice Olson’s pattern, Dazzled DE8860. It glimmers with glitter and sand. The wallpaper complements the bats well, offering a hauntingly beautiful background. Last pic is of my little girl, Tori, posing after her hard work.

 

 

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Blog for a Dog

In celebration of the American Humane Association’s Adopt-A-Dog Month, and Halloween, this post is dedicated to all of our fur-loving followers! 

The American Humane Association has been at the forefront in protecting children, pets and farm animals from abuse and neglect.
The American Humane Association has been at the forefront in protecting children, pets and farm animals from abuse and neglect.

Fall is hands down, my favorite season.  I love the warm, rich colors of fall, feeling the crisp air hit your face, wrapping yourself up in layers of plaid and wool, and of course, the food.  I am in no way, shape or form, a foodie, but I do enjoy eating (almost anything), and so does our Australian Cattle dog, Indy.

For many of us, our pets are our children; myself included… so, it’s important that we give our pets a happy place for them to call home.  From home décor to toys and special treats welcoming a new pet is a delightful, giving experience.

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Here’s a sneak peak of our new dog toile, simple 3-ingredient dog biscuits that you can make at home, and last but not least, Indy, our four legged fur-baby.

My husband and I do our best to feed our fur-baby healthy snacks, (minus the occasional scoop of vanilla bean ice cream) so when I saw this 3-ingredient recipe for peanut putter and pumpkin dog treats, I had to try it!  I hope that your pooch enjoys them as much as mine has!

3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Pumpkin Homemade Dog Treats

1/2 cup Natural Peanut Butter
1 cup 100% Pure Pumpkin Puree, canned
1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour (I used Whole Grain Brown Rice Flour)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

2. In a large bowl, stir together peanut butter and pumpkin. Stir in the flour 1/4 cup at a time just until dough is no longer sticky.

3. Roll the dough out between two sheets of parchment paper to 1/4″ thick. Use a cookie cutter to cut out the dough, then place on the prepared pan.

4. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 8-10 minutes. Let cool completely. Store in an airtight container or freeze for up to 3 months.

 

 

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