Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Happy Hump Day: "Vacation All I Ever Wanted"

Today's Happy Hump Day post is going to be a bit brief compared to most of our posts...neither HH or myself are in the Studio! HH is out, belatedly celebrating her anniversary (which I previously blogged about...scroll down to view), and I am helping my husband catch up on projects around the house.

Never fear though, we will both be back and busy, busy, busy on Thursday!

How's that for short and sweet??

Happy Hump Day!!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Happy Hump Day:Sharing the Love!

If you are a Abbey Hanson Photography Blog Stalker (and we ALL should be!) You might have realized a bunch of posts lately that are featuring HH Design House! We LOVE our loyal fans, and wanted to in-turn, post some of Abbey's work, and introduce you to our Studio! Abbey does far more amazing work than photographing papers, but hey, we LOVE our papers! Scroll down and enjoy a little behind-the-scenes look "from our house to yours!"

Where the Magic happens...our meeting and display area
Samples and Customer Letters! We just can't do all the shapes, colors and textures justice online...come in to see them all!

And oh, how we love Stella & Dot! The jewels are inspiring!
Samples Everywhere....Sensory Overload!!!!

AND, of course!!!! Our favorite thing down here -- Our very own Paper Pup!!! This is our sweet Kashmir. Yes, she's soft like Cashmere, but her Daddy named her after a Led Zeppelin song.

Thanks for stopping in to our house...To stop by in person, just give us a ring at 409.908.0189 or a click at info@hhdesignhouse.com!

Thanks, Abbey for the photo shoot and all the props! xoxo

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Don't Tease Me Stella!

As promised, below are a few "teasers" from the new Stella and Dot Fall Line. Be sure to check out the entire collection on our website, www.hayleyhardcastle.com . From our site select the "jewelry tab" and then click "What's New".

With so many new styles to choose from, you're sure to "fall" in love!!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Happy Hump Day:Oh, Stella!

Anyone else out there with an anniversary, birthday, or other gift worthy occasion? Perhaps you just want to treat yourself...We have just the suggestion for you!

In keeping with our "Love" theme this week we wanted to share our favorite pieces of Stella & Dot, the jewelry line HH is a stylist for.

We also have a little tidbit to share for something to look forward to..This week is also "Hoopla", the Stella & Dot convention in San Fransisco where the new fall line will be unveiled. We'll be sure to share when the new products are available! We can't wait!!

We LOVE Stella & Dot so much! Looking for that perfect bracelet that completes your ensemble...necklace to make a bold statement...a fabulous pair of earrings combined with your necklace for a matched set, or earrings for everyday wear that will quickly become a favorite...With so many different pieces to choose from, there's a little something for everyone! You can browse through the entire collection on our website, under the jewelry tab!

L O V E: Happy Anniversary Hardcastle's!

L is for the way you look at me...

Something's in the air...and it's not just the heat! It's love!! On this day in history, July 14th , 2007, two people in love tied "the knot".

Happy Anniversary to HH Design House's HH and her sweet hubby!

HH's wedding was featured in the article "18 Stunning Texas Weddings", The Knot Magazine's Texas Fall/Winter 2008 edition. If anyone wants to take a walk down the proverbial memory lane, or in the case the memory aisle...scroll on down.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Lisa & Luke: A Navy and Chartreuse Wedding in Downtown Dallas

Lisa and Luke recently pledged "till death do us part" and HH Design House was elated to have played a role in their special day.

The vows were exchanged in a morning ceremony at Old Red Courthouse in Downtown Dallas. A merry reception followed at the same site. This venue, which obviously no longer funtions as courthouse, offers a breathtaking location for functions such as the lovely wedding of Lisa & Luke!

The wedding colors of navy and chartreuse were used throughout, from the invitations to the co-ordinating postage stamps, to the table linens and chair covers. These eye catching hues contributed to the fun and modern vibe of the celebration. The damask pattern used on the products by HH Design House was also replicated on the wedding cake, which was a stunning 5 tiered confection.

The gorgeous flower arrangements of cymbidium orchids varied in heights and were draped with crystals. Also adorning the tables were favors every guest could use and enjoy! Playing cards in the navy & chartreuse wedding colors and damask pattern for everyone to take home...go ahead and bet on this couple...They're the real deal!!!

Best Wishes to this special couple...may your marriage be blessed with much happiness!

Items Created by HH Design House:

Save the Dates, Wedding Invitation Ensemble, Postage, Programs, Napkins, Playing Cards, and Thank You Notes

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Happy Hump Day: Here's the Scoop!

"There's nothing wrong with me a little ice cream won't fix" - Author Unknown

Or in this case frozen yogurt...As sort of a follow up to the "sweet" post I wrote last week, I wanted to share a new (or new to me) spot I tried recently. Am I the only one who bemoans the seemingly rapid decline of the T.C.B.Y. chain??? I love T.C.B.Y. and the only one I know of around the Bay Area is one in Friendswood. Every so often I can convince Sheldon to make the trek there in hopes that they may have my favorite, raspberry sorbet. I like it side by side with the white chocolate. To this day we have yet to make it on the week they have the raspberry!

With that in mind imagine my delight when after grocery shopping the other day, we decided to pop in this new place we had been noticing in the shopping center strip.

In what seems to be a new trend, it is a self-serve, soft-serve set-up. You can select from a number of palette pleasing flavors and top them yourself from a variety of toppings. Whatever you want, your payment is based on the weight. What a treat!
So if you're looking for a way to beat the heat, try out The Yogurt Bear! And if you decide your party plans should include this frozen concoction of deliciousness, consider our signature pull-out invitation design shown up top, "Here's the Scoop!"
I Scream, You Scream, we all Scream for....fabulous Paper Goods!
xoxo Happy Hump-Day!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Happy Hump Day: This Takes the Cake!

Happy Hump Day all you candy girls and honey bunnies! Have we got something sweet for you to drool over...

It is such a great compliment to us when people like our paper creations so much they decide to have a confectionery creation made to match! Scroll down for a sweet trip to the candy shop and see what we have cooked up for today's Happy Hump Day post.

"Patty Cake, Patty Cake bakers man, bake me a cake as fast as you can..."

These shower invitations for new bouncing babies were turned into sweet treats, perfectly transforming the paper diaper bag and bassinet into sugary replications of our invites.

Ah, Sugar Sugar...These kiddos celebrated their birthday in style! Check out how their party invites were converted into saccharine goodies.

This little cowboy celebrated western style with a cake reflecting his invitation right down to the rope initials and star emblem also used on the water bottles, napkins, and thank you notes! But would you expect anything less from this party-planning mama...the mastermind behind "P is for Party?!?" I'm sure this provided tasty tidbits for the tots attending this barbeque bash!

Creepy crawlies suddenly aren't so scary anymore! I bet Little Miss Muffet would gladly throw down the "curds and whey" and stick around to snack with this sugary spider!

"Sugar and spice and everything nice, that's what little girls are made of!" These little sweeties had a butterfly garden party that was the "Icing on the Cake"...literally.

These next two cakes were both created by Nadine Moon of http://www.whomadethecake.com/ , whose delicious confections we can personally vouch for as she made HH's wedding cake!

"If I knew you were coming I'd have baked a cake"...This 40th birthday party may have been a surprise for the honoree, but the party planners made sure cake was on the menu. The invitation and cake displayed a few of his favorite things.

If your sweet tooth hasn't been sending you an SOS just keep reading! This Texas themed party produced by Swift +Co also had a cake by Nadine Moon, which mirrored our invitation.

It's a Piece of Cake...The petit fours at this wedding shower in Sugar Land, TX gave a new meaning to "Everything's sweeter in Sugar Land"! These dainty little delights were not only scrumptious, but also matched the logo from the invitation perfectly!

"How Sweet it is..."This elegantly decorated cake was a delectable version of the lovely bridal brunch invitation. Doesn't it just look like a recipe for love!

We don't even have to sugar coat it...any way you slice it, with delightful invitations and sugary sweet replicas, you can have your cake and eat it too!