Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year from my family to yours!!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

January sneak peek & how to get the Dec. kit FREE!

We have a special promotion going on right now at Cocoa Daisy; if you sign up for a 6-month subscription you will get the December kit for FREE! This is a special offer to NEW subscribers only and normal shipping rates apply for the December kit. This promo ends on the 20th or until the December kit is sold out. I think this is the perfect Christmas gift to give to yourself :0)

Now on to January! Can you believe we are talking about the January kit already! I can’t get over how quickly time is flying by. Well, I am really enjoying being in my new home; decorating, cooking and just making it feel “homey” and that is what January’s kit is all about. January’s kit is the translation of “comfort food” into scrappy goodness! The cozy, yet bright colors and fun embellishments just make you feel good. They also make me want to scrap those special everyday moments like dinner time and bits of our everyday routine.
So here is a little sneak peek at January’s kit “Domestic Bliss”:

And a little peak at the add-ons "Milkman" and "Sack of flour":

Thanks for stopping by! I'll be posting some of the pages of my December Daily real soon!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

December Cocoa Daisy layouts

I'm in the middle of getting all the December kits out the door so here is a quick post to show you my creations using the fab "Winter Magpie" and it's add-ons. The add-ons are all sold out except for the Ekster add-on which I used to create this pretty piece of wall art. I took an inexpensive frame, removed the glass and covered the backer board with a nubby linen fabric. I tinted some gesso with cream paint and swiped it across the tags for a bit of texture. I then splattered some silver paint on the tags and added a bit of the mica snow from the main kit to a few of the tags. After everything was dry I created the layers on the tags using the stamp set from the Ekster add-on and leftover bits and scraps from the main kit. I think it turned out so pretty!

And here are my Design Team projects:

I am hoping to have time this weekend to really dig into my December Daily - have a great rest of the week!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Cocoa Daisy's Guest Designer Lisa Pace's online workshop

I wanted to pass along this information about our guest designer this month (and yeah she's my travel buddy too!)
Lisa is starting a new "All Things Winter" online workshop. It features 10 winter and holiday themed projects from her book. If you want to learn how to create AMAZING things for the Holidays then you need to sign up for this workshop!

Here is the link and the information:

This workshop includes 10 winter and holiday themed projects from my book "Delight In The Details". The workshop officially starts December 1st. Once registered you have immediate access to the supply list. Each week in December you will be provided with step-by-step instructions for three projects, along with color photos and a few tips until all ten are completed.

Projects Included
Page 15 Merry & Bright Ornament
Page 26 Joy Banner
Page 30 Joy Mini Album
Page 42 Snow Day Layout
Page 44 Winter of 78 Layout
Page 72 Gift Tag
Page 76 Christmas Cookies Layout
Page 91 Silent Night Christmas Card
Page 95 Christmas Greetings Christmas Card
Page 125 Santa Baby Layout

The cost for this workshop is $19.95.

In the "Sign Up Code" field at the bottom of the signup page, enter the Case Sensitive characters below to get a $5 discount:


The adjusted price of $14.95 will be shown on the payment page before you complete your order.

You will have instant lifetime access when you complete your registration.

FYI, I will not be teaching the techniques detailed in the book-- just instructions and tips to make recreating these projects a little simpler.

I also have two Christmas workshop Coupon Codes that can be used.

Code: 70A29
$5 off either Christmas workshop (14.95)

Code: 091CA
Both workshops for the price of one (Christmas Package 19.95)*

* Note: Christmas Package is normally $34.95, coupon gives an additional $15 off

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The twists and turns of life.

It's really amazing to me how life is a tapestry, we see the threads, some of the colors we find beautiful others not so much. We can never see how these threads will mesh and what they will turn into until AFTER we experience them. Only then do we realize the richness of the final product, how the melding of all those threads produces something beautiful and so much stronger. There is a master weaver and we just need to have faith in how beautiful our pattern is going to be.

This summer has shown me where certain threads were leading me, why they were necessary and to trust where they will go. The weight of my decision to leave my marriage, knowing I had to didn't make it any easier or less stressful. Needing to find a job and moving into my parents house, wanting the boys and I have a home to call our own, it all added to that weight that I carried around with me all summer long. In fact I was at my lowest when I stepped on the plane to Greece in September, I even passed out in the aisle of the plane, poor Lisa - I was supposed to take care of her! I think Ronda was right -I just shut down, kinda like a computer needs to reboot. In a way Greece saved me this summer. In Mykonos I was roomies with Ronda Palazzari, Lisa Pace and Emily Rose. I have never laughed so hard in my life, honestly my cheeks hurt all week and to say that my trip there and the time I spent with my friends old and new was life changing would be an under statement, it all happened when I needed it to happen the most and that’s really the only way I can explain it

Somehow everything fell into place (not that I didn't constantly question and worry), moving in with my Mom and Dad turned out to be the best way to transition for the boys and I not to mention all the help, love and support that my Mom and Dad gave me. We found the perfect home for us - I really couldn't love this house more! And as for a job - well that fell into place perfectly too! And the job - well talk about timing! Tricia is expecting her third child, was moving to CO and felt it was time to have less on her plate. I approached her about taking over Cocoa Daisy, I needed a job, the boys were going to be in school full time and it was something I knew I would love doing. It really was the perfect solution for both of us. Remember those threads I talked about - who would have known that being on the Cocoa Daisy Design Team and putting together the project kits would have led to me owning the business. Not only did it bring me this opportunity but it brought me a wonderful friend! I will miss having Tricia as my roomie when we are at CHA, but now I have an excuse to visit Colorado and I get to have a little "baby fix" when I am there too! I know that I could not have started on this journey without Tricia’s help and encouragement and I thank her so much for that! Sometimes she just knew when to call me when I needed it the most. I also know I couldn't be doing this without Ronda's help -she does so much more than just keep the Design Team going, she is my cheerleader and my friend and she holds a very special place in my heart.

As for Cocoa Daisy, I have made a few changes, the new Cocoa Daisy boxes and packaging, which I must say it makes me smile whenever it is shipping day and they are all stacked up ready to be mailed out. I am striving to keep the same quality kits and customer service that the Cocoa Daisy customers are used to. It's a lot of work, long long hours and except for some help from my Mom it's all being done by me - but I am LOVING IT! If you are a subscriber or have any questions about Cocoa Daisy please email me at

I also wanted to share a few pictures of our new home:

This is the entry way, complete with welcoming Magpie:

Mom and I found this antique watchmakers table at a local antique store, holds my 1920's typewriter and apothecary jars perfectly.

Most of the upper floor is all open so you get this great loft like feeling:

The kitchen:

My bedroom is done in a nice calm palette; whites, beiges, blacks and a bit of green:

We found this little treasure at a local antique store as well - only $6!!

I don't have pics of the basement yet - need to get the curtains up once that is done I will share that area of the house with you. So that is where I am right now - busy summer huh :)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Cocoa Daisy December sneak peeks!

Here is a little sneak peek at Cocoa Daisy's December kit “Winter Magpie”.

Combine a little bit of vintage and a little bit of bright whimsy and you get Cocoa Daisy’s December kit “Winter Magpie”. Full of new releases from My Mind’s Eye, Girls’ Paperie, Glitz, Making Memories and 7gypsies you will love creating with this soft, whimsical kit! We have even thrown in some Mica Snow Flakes for you to play with.

And here are a few peeks at the add-ons:
“Shiny bits”

“Feather your nest”


Make sure to check back with us on November 28th for the full reveal!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Cocoa Daisy November kits and layouts.

Just a quick post to show you all the fabulousness that is in the store this November at Cocoa Daisy. Not only is there a bright eclectic main kit but also a special "Countdown to Christmas" project kit! Both Ronda and I will be making examples with this project kit so you will have plenty of inspiration as you work on your Holiday album. You can find all of them HERE.

Here is the November main kit and add-ons:

Countdown to Christmas project kit:

The completer set add-on:

And my November layouts:

Have a great week!