Thursday, November 12, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Well, it finally feels like fall...some days, but we'll take what we can get.
We were delighted to discover that HH's friend Meredith had written a blog post about her little boy's birthday party and had pictures of several items we did for the occasion. The invitations, stickers on the treat bags, and thank you notes are all HH Design House creations. The logo we created was also used on the t-shirts she had made. How cute!! Check out the rest of the party details!
Here are some more fall inspired creations! Scroll down to check out how fall lent it's style to couples shower, bridal shower, and wedding invitations. Plus, birthday party, other fun invites, and stationery! WOW!! who knew there were so many ways to capture the season??
Don't forget, you can still get the online 10% discount on your Holiday Cards if you place your order now through October 31st. Visit our website, http://www.hayleyhardcastle.com/ for more details or scroll down and reread the past few blog posts! The PSA stamper order special is also going on through October 31st. You can place your order by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
We are offering a great discount on our Holiday PSA Essential Stampers! From now until October 31st, you can order them for just $35.00!! Wow, what a deal!!!
Scroll down to check out a few different styles of address stampers and other holiday stamps, such as gift tags. Visit our website, http://www.hayleyhardcastle.com/ for the complete collection. To order, email us at email@example.com .
Hurry and pick your favorite, October 31st will be here before you know it!
Don't forget, from now until October 31st we are offering 10% off all online orders of Holiday Cards. You can choose from our "hassle free holiday" line or opt for custom design...all online! Simply enter the code "earlyorder" when you place your order.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
For anyone really perplexed right now, Kashmir is HH's dog, although we don't use that word around here...Kashmir is just one of "the gang". She "helps" us in the Studio and is quite the guard dog...if someone could be loved-to-death. Yesterday was her birthday and I'm not sure any pup has every been celebrated as much (except perhaps my Clara).
So how did Kashmir spend her big day? Aside from the usual...sleeping...wandering over for a little pat or bite of our snack...sleeping...getting a pat....and sleeping, she got a new toy and some bacon! What more could a girl ask for???
Don't forget, now until October 31st receive 10% off all Holiday Card orders!
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
In keeping with the theme of last week's post we are still in Christmas mode around here!
If the cards we featured last week, along with the rest shown on the shopping cart page on the website, weren't exactly what you had in mind...don't forget, we also offer a Custom Design option! If a one-of-a-kind creation is what makes you merry just let us know! We love working with new ideas!! Scroll down to see some past custom creations. More custom examples can be viewed on our website under the "Haute Holiday" gallery.
For more information regarding ordering your Custom Designed Holiday Card, go to "Order Holiday Cards Online" on our website (hayleyhardcastle.com) and click "product". The very first sample gives more info on placing a custom order.
Remember, place your order now through October 31st and receive 10% off!!!!
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
*Many paper & envelope options!
So grab a cup of hot chocolate (and perhaps turn on a fan), nibble on a candy cane, and scroll down as we serenade you with "12 Designs of Christmas!!!"
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Actually, being late is kind of the theme of this blog post as it is about the anniversary of last year's Hurricane Ike, which was this past Sunday. However, since we didn't think to blog Sunday, here you go...
We are of course not celebrating Ike, but celebrating and remembering to be thankful for how far we have come in a year. This time last year HH and I were not even able to get back to our neighborhood to see the damages to our homes. This year we sit working in the newly remodeled HH Design House Studio and are both so grateful for the roof over our heads.
Oh the stories we've heard and things we've seen, even personally experienced...but when we stop to look around we see so much beauty and growth. The resilience is amazing...inspiring. Throughout this year we watched businesses in Galveston re-open one by one...we eagerly anticipated patroning our favorite restaurants and shops. Excitedly watched new ones open up...not daunted to be launching a business in a recently hurricane ravaged location. We watched as our neighborhoods came back to life and all the "pieces put back together again".
So today, even if Ike did not affect you personally at all...take a minute to pause and reflect.
Remember to be thankful!!
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
We have some "movers and shakers" in our midst!
In an economy where we hear so much negativity about the real estate market, we are pleased as punch for these happy new homeowners! As a former Realtor, I know the hunt for the perfect house can be a long, stressful, and tedious process, so congratulations!! While I personally hate moving, I love the decorating and rearranging part...getting new stuff or seeing how your old is suddenly revitalized by a "new look" in a new home.
HH recently created several "just moved" cards for different clients. Scroll on down to take a peek. One of them is actually an invitation to a going away party, but it still relates to moving and was just too cute not to include!
This is a great, not to mention cute, way to get the word out to friends and family that you have moved. I personally love receiving them because it is also an excellent reminder to update my Christmas Card List!
Nothing quite as exciting as your first home!
And for those that are moving, their friends are honoring them with a special farewell. We did the coordinating cards for friends to share a blessing for the leaving couple.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Labor Day became a national holiday in 1894, although it dates back to 1882 in New York. Always on the first Monday of September, it provides one last "hoorah" for the summer.
This holiday is celebrated many different ways. For some it's out on the lake or lying on the beach...others it's a picnic or barbeque... still others it's floating in a pool or hanging out at the house. In any scenario, Labor Day for most involves good food and an extra day of relaxation.
At last count I (LG) have 11 magazines subscriptions...I know, I know - this seems like quite a topic jump, but bare with me for just a minute. While many months they pile up beside my bed, I love to steal some quiet time with a magazine (or good book for that matter). They never get tossed without reading, although some do wait awhile for their turn. I was roaming the recipes on the site for my Better Homes and Garden magazine when I noticed all their "Labor Day Recipes" and decided to share.
This Labor Day weekend I plan on making a dent in my bedside magazine stack, catching some last rays of summer (with SPF of course!), and enjoying something yummy from the grill.
What are your Labor Day plans? What's your favorite magazine?
This weekend remember to Read something fun, enjoy a good Recipe, and spend some time Relaxing.
Scroll on down to view these tasty sounding recipes from Better Homes and Gardens.
Reggae Baby Back Ribs
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons finely shredded lime peel
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 pounds pork loin back ribs, cut into 6- to 8-rib portions
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup dark rum
3 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon cooking oil or olive oil
1 small fresh habanero chile pepper, finely chopped*
Mango-Guava BBQ Sauce
1. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, ginger, salt, lime peel, cumin, and cinnamon. Sprinkle mixture evenly over ribs; rub in with your fingers. Place ribs in a resealable plastic bag; seal bag. Marinate in the refrigerator for 8 to 24 hours.
2. For mop sauce: In a medium bowl, combine broth, rum, lime juice, oil, and habanero pepper. Cover and chill for 8 to 24 hours.
3. For a charcoal grill, arrange medium-hot coals around a drip pan in a grill with a cover. Test for medium heat above pan. Place ribs, bone sides down, on the grill rack over pan. (Or place ribs in a rib rack; place on grill rack). Cover and grill for 1-1/2 to 1 3/4 hours or until ribs are tender, brushing with mop sauce every 15 to 20 minutes. (For a gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Adjust for indirect cooking. Cover and grill as above, except place ribs in a roasting pan.)
4. While ribs are cooking, prepare Mango-Guava BBQ Sauce. About 15 minutes before ribs are done, brush some of the mango sauce over ribs. Pass the remaining sauce. Makes 4 large servings.
Mango-Guava BBQ Sauce: In a small saucepan, combine 1 1/3 cups chopped mangoes; 2/3 cup packed brown sugar; 2/3 cup chopped onion; 1/3 cup lime juice; 1/4 cup olive oil; 1/4 cup guava paste; 3 tablespoons honey; 2 tablespoons tomato paste; 2 cloves garlic, minced; and 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Cool slightly. Transfer to a food processor or blender. Cover and process or blend until slightly chunky.
Margarita Grilled Corn
8 ears fresh corn in husks
4 tsp. finely shredded lime peel (peel from 2 to 3 limes)
2 tsp. kosher salt or sea salt
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 tsp. chili powder
Small Limes (optional)
1. Carefully peel back corn husks, but do not remove. Scrub ears with stiff brush to remove silks. Rinse ears. Pull husks back up around corn. Place in large pot; cover with water. Soak 2 to 4 hours; drain well. Peel back husks and pat corn dry with paper towels.
2. For lime salt, in small bowl stir together lime peel and salt. Brush some of the butter on corn. Sprinkle lightly with lime salt and chili powder. Fold husks back around ears. Tie husk tops with strips of corn husk or 100% cotton kitchen string.
3. For charcoal grill, grill corn on rack of uncovered grill directly over medium coals for 25 to 30 minutes or until tender, turning and rearranging occasionally. (For gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Place corn on grill rack over heat. Cover; grill as above.)
4. To serve, remove ties from corn; peel back husks. Pass remaining butter, lime salt, chili powder, and limes for squeezing.
Creamy Cherry Cobbler with Pound Cake Topper
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
6 cups fresh or frozen unsweetened pitted tart red cherries
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 of an 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 of a 10.75-ounce loaf frozen pound cake, thawed and coarsely crumbled
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1. In a large saucepan combine granulated sugar and cornstarch; stir in cherries. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Remove from heat and stir in almond extract.
2. In a small bowl beat together cream cheese, brown sugar, and lemon juice with an electric mixer on low to medium speed until smooth.
3. Spoon about half of the fruit mixture into a 2-quart disposable foil pan. Dollop cream cheese mixture over fruit mixture in the foil pan. Spoon remaining fruit mixture over the cream cheese mixture. Cover pan tightly with foil.
4. For a charcoal grill, arrange medium-hot coals around edge of grill. Test for medium heat over center of grill. Place foil pan on rack in the center of grill. Cover; grill for 15 minutes. Uncover pan. Sprinkle top of fruit mixture with cake pieces and drizzle with butter. Keep pan uncovered. Cover grill; grill for 10 minutes more.
(For a gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Adjust for indirect cooking. Place foil pan on grill rack over burner that is off. Grill as above.)
Cool on wire rack for 30 minutes. Serve warm. Makes 6 servings.
*All recipes are taken from Better Homes & Garden Magazine
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Being surrounded by a house of ALL boys, Christi jumped at the opportunity to host a girly event and we settled on a color-scheme of pink and purple, inspired by her too-cute ottomans pictured below!
Christi does not overlook a detail, and we helped her create the invitations, number cards, drink sign, Rice Krispy Flags, Shopping Bag Decals, and Drink Flags!
Thanks, Christi, for allowing us to party with you and for always just being plain fabulous!
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Photos thanks to Ellen Johnson.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Stampers & Labels
Cute napkins to spice up your kiddos lunchbox
Scroll down to enjoy our "back to school supplies"!