Sunday, October 31, 2010

Halloween Edition Pug Crush 14/365 {Cineca, Dreamin' N Details Design}

BOOOOO. Welcome to the Halloween Edition of the Pug Crush Project.

Spooky crush 14/365: Cineca, Dreamin' N Details Design

I met Cineca on the CPN a few months ago. Cineca recently launced a full service party planning business. She offers unique themes, invitations, decorations, partyware and custom dessert pops. Her focus is on creating the perfect party to make dreams come true. Extremely talented and an even sweeter person. She is very friendly and supportive of others. And she is super hilarious. I expect to see great things from Cineca. She's a dreamer and a detail chick and definitely a perfect Pug Crush for this fine Halloween:)


Fascinating Cineca trivia:

favorite color?-pink, red, black

favorite team?-University of Arkansas!! Go Hogs!!

if you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?-mexican food!! i could live on queso & salsa (but i love a good steak & sushi)

party trend you are crushing on? I am a hardcore sugar-aholic so i love mini desserts, anything on a stick, and do-it yourself bars

party trend you are so over?-honestly, im not really over anything...i just like to put my own spin on "trends" and keep things from being too "traditional"

favorite aisle in the craft store?-oh how do i choose...paint, ribbon, holiday, the clearance aisle :)

do you wear Uggs?-pink fuzzy ones...but only at home

do you really exercise?-no but chasing around a 2 year old is great cardio...i would love some time to do yoga again :)

minivan or non minivan driving?-NO minivan! i have a Land Cruiser that i love love love!!

favorite holiday?-Valentine's Day & Birthdays!!

favorite smell?-vanilla, cinnamon, garlic, coconut

do you color your hair?-nope...brunette baby!!

do you think you’re cool?-guilty! ;)

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Pug Crush Lucky 13/365 {Michelle, A Theme 2 Remember}

Welcome to the Saturday Edition of the Pug Crush Series. The day before Halloween..BOOOOOO:)

Crush of the day: Michelle, A Theme 2 Remember

I met Michelle on the CPN a little while back. She is launching a new event planning business. She oozes talent and creativity. She is a detail chick for sure. She is a queen of DIY party projects-which I love. What I adore even more about her is this little post I stumbled upon. I was clicking through her profile on the CPN and traveled to her blog and had to lol and smile. Message here is-just because you are new to blogging or event planning or whatever else your dream is, does not mean no one will ever notice you in this big ocean of party girls. I notice everything. Everybody was "the new girl" at one time. Michelle's talent and random act of kindness towards me and the CPN landed her as Lucky Number 13 Crush in the Experiment of Nice:) Oh, and she is Peruvian. A random fact about me: I seriously crush on anything and everything related to Peru. But this feature is not about me..LOL! Oh, and Michelle listed "cerulean" as her fave color. Could she be any cooler? Totally crushing on her.



Fascinating Michelle Trivia:

favorite color?'s a color you can find in a crayon box =)

favorite team? I could only bare to watch being from the SF area, I'm a Golden State Warriors fan

if you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? This is definitely a tough one, anyone that knows me knows I have a love affair with food, so I'll go with what I've been craving for the last few weeks and that is Peruvian ceviche. (I'm peruvian)

party trend you are crushing on? I pretty much have a crush on everything, but I guess if I had to choose one it would have to be Candy Tables. Growing up as a little girl, my aunt would be the one to set up the "main cake table" with candies, popcorn etc Its the one memory I vividly remember from my childhood

party trend you are so over? I'm pretty much over the every day pre made/pre printed supplies from stores. I think every event especially for children should be memorable and unique....some lack creativity, in my opinion.

favorite aisle in the craft store? OMG definitely the discounted section because I could always find things in bulk and I could combine things and make something really cute! I once found "ingredient cards" with 50's women on them and cute little sayings...and used those for my wedding (pin up style wedding) for guests to give advice, well wishes and etc. Best section ever!

do you wear Uggs? I'm as frugal as they come, so no, I refuse to own them just because I'm not that into things fashion as I thought I would be. I get the "fake" uggs and they dont last a whole winter season! haha I guess I don't pick up my feet so much when I walk. =\

do you really exercise? haha! NO! I mean I tried to do the INSANITY workout but that didn't last very long. I love food too much....too much!

minivan or non minivan driving? non minivan at the moment, but actually in the process of looking into one.

favorite holiday? Christmas!!! it has always been Christmas. My mom used to be soooo into decorating the entire house! down to the bathroom! eh she still does! And she would make Christmas come to life & I would always look forward to it.

favorite smell? Rain!!! I don't know how to describe it but I just looooove the smell of rain.

do you color your hair? No, I used to but it damaged my hair so I stopped.

do you think you’re cool? Hmmm....I'd like to think so =)

Thank you, so much fun =)


Friday, October 29, 2010

The Friday Pug Crush 12/365 {Lelan, Good Gravy}

Hello, Good Gravy!

Crush number 12/365 on this fine Friday:)

The Crush: Lelan, Goody Gravy Designs

Lelan is not so much a party chick, but a serious paper chick. She designs stationery and paper goods with clean lines and high style. She is one of the last handcrafting paper girls and  I simply adore her and her work. Lelan is ridiculously funny, sarcastic and intelligent. I totally LOL at her blog posts. She is clever & witty. I even don't mind that one of her kids has the same name as one of my kids. {note: same kid name as my kid's name usually makes me edgy..LOL!}
I highly recommend you check out the Good Gravy girl and her beautiful work and her side splitting blog. This girl rocks:)



(additional note: Lelan is too rockstar-ish for Twitter and Facebook:)

Fascinating Lelan Trivia:

• favorite color? Pink

• favorite team? New England Patriots (hello, Tom Brady!)

• if you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? Candy corn, no doubt about it.

• party trend you are crushing on? Food table couture (cupcake toppers, wine labels, descriptive tent cards)

• party trend you are so over? Monochromatic, as in all pieces must match the exact same shade of one color. Too often I hear, "It needs to be pink, but not pink-pink, and not too pink, but make it pink."

• favorite aisle in the craft store? Packaging aisle. I love all those little boxes and bags.

• do you wear Uggs? No, because I would be too afraid to use them at the price I'd probably pay. I'd be the person carrying their Uggs through the snow while wearing other snow boots in order to keep my Uggs "nice."

• do you really exercise? I've self-diagnosed myself as being "allergic to exercise." I bank on good genes to keep me in decent shape, but I know eventually that account will run dry.

• minivan or non minivan driving? I appreciate all the qualities of a mini, but have no plans to ever make the leap. Friends say to me, "But what about when you need to drive the soccer team somewhere?" to which I answer: "But I don't want to drive the soccer team anywhere."

• favorite holiday? I actually enjoy the in-between days of Thanksgiving and Christmas; the celebration of family at Thanksgiving and then the excitement Christmas thereafter.

• favorite smell? Cinnamon. Hands-down.

• do you color your hair? Not *yet.* Though, my 2.5 year old will make me go prematurely gray, I'm sure.

• do you think you’re cool? I think I'm kind of funny, but I don't know if I'm "cool." But I'm okay being me, cool or not.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

East Coast V West Coast Tablescape Challenge News Flash:)

The Children's Party Network's First Team Challenge is in full swing and it is getting so close to SHOWTIME!
Fo those of you that are tardy to the party, here is a quick recap: The Children's Party Network was launched about 6 weeks ago. We {Natalie & I} decided an East Coast V West Coast Tablescape Challenge would be a fun and novel way to break the party girl ice and work together in the name of creative party styling. Team West is headed by Natalie, {Little Shindigs Events and President of the CPN} and Team East is chaired by little ol' me {Vice Pug of the CPN}. Each team has about 25 members which consist of party planners, graphic designers, partyware designers, bloggers, bakers and party loving Mamas. The teams were both given a theme for the challenge-Black and White Children's New Year's Eve Party was chosen..SO...Team East and Team West have been secretly plotting, planning, scheming and designing killer tablescapes. Once completed, tablescapes will be photographed and showcased to the world to see who will be crowned tablescape champion. {note: Team East is taking this. Totally}

Natalie and I then decided it would be amazing to be able to have someone deserving benefit from everyone's hard work. We will be auctioning off the completed tablescapes and all net proceeds will be donated to Project Night Night. Project Night Night is a charitable organization that gives a tote, blanket, book and teddy bear to kids in homeless shelters. We could not think of a more fitting cause:) That's the beauty of the challenge in a glittery nutshell..

Now, even more seriously exciting news!

Some fabulous sponsors have come onboard to donate goods to our Tablescape Throw Down...We are so grateful and touched beyond words. Thank you a million times over for being so supportive and generous of our little adventure.

Thank you for your amazing genorosity.

May Arts~Beautiful & quality ribbon has been donated to both teams.

Plates and Napkins~Gorgeous paper partyware, napkins, plates, cutlery and accessories have been donated to both teams for styling and for auction.

Dough A Deer~Has graciously DOUGHnated delicious and adorable mini donuts for both tablescapes, as well as, for both auction winners.

Thank you to everyone involved in this extraordinary experiment. We cannot wait for the Throw Down Show Down:)

The Pug crushes on the Pig 11/365 {Do, Piggy Bank Parties}

Thursday is a fine day for the Pug to crush on a Pig, don't ya think? Day 11/365 in the Experiment in Nice:)

Crush: Do, Piggy Bank Parties

Do is talented, clever, witty and a whole lot of fun:) She designs unique printable partyware. She dreams of inspiring you to create beautiful and memorable parties on a Piggy Bank Budget! Totally love that! Do is also my biggest 365 project cheerleader. She gives me a rundown and countdown every day of how many crushes I have left to go to finish up the project..LOL. She is simply awesome.
I also want to give a special shout out to the Piggy's Mama, Audrey, who turns 80 today:) Happy Birthday Audrey.  You made one very amazing and inspiring party loving daughter:)


Do fascinating trivia:)

• favorite color? Red! {Ha! You thought I'd say pink!}

• favorite team? West Coast Crew on CPN!{I follow parties more than sports these days!}

• if you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? Cupcakes! They contain the four food groups--the cake...grain...the eggs...protein...the buttercream frosting...dairy and the bananas or carrots...fruits and veges!

• party trend you are crushing on? Baby bunting! "Create-Your-Own Mini Banners" will be in our shop, The Market, later this week!

• party trend you are so over? Giant lollipops! A few are great for decor but, in my opinion, a waste of money on sweets tables. Have you ever seen anybody finish one?

• favorite aisle in the craft store? Ribbon! I get "wrapped" up in all the colors, textures and patterns!

• do you wear Uggs? No! Has anyone ever looked attractive in them? {Except you, of course!}

• do you really exercise? No...but it's on our schedule this week...and last week...and the week before...

• minivan or non minivan driving? Non-minivan driving...forever and always!

• favorite holiday? Christmas--I love traditions! My family still reads, "'Twas a Night Before Christmas" on Christmas Eve {Of course, my sisters moan and roll their eyes when I pull out the 'ole book! But I don't's a tradition!}

• favorite smell? Fresh baked bread--I love when the aroma fills the house and it brings back so many memories from my childhood.

• do you color your hair? Yes...since I was in my 20s!

• do you think you’re cool? Sometimes...but most of the time I still feel like the same dork I was in the 7th grade!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Pug Crush 10/365 {Jen, Posh Tot Events}

The Pug Crushes have entered into the double digits! Number 10/365:)

Crush of the day: Jen, Posh Tot Events

Jen is the Founder and President of Posh Tot Events. Her brilliant business creates unique and upscale parties for kids and moms. Her signature, Posh Partyscapes, are one-of-a-kind, full-service celebations and way beyond fabulous. Oh, and she is a detail freak. Incredible down to the very tiniest of details. Jen is also intelligent, creative and witty. She tells it like it is...She makes me laugh.
Extarordinary parties and events for tots, amazing woman behind those spectacular parties. Very Posh, indeed.


Jen Fascinating Trivia:

• favorite color? Blue to wear - brings out my eyes, yellow to look at - it makes me happy

• favorite team? Not much of a sports fan but if I had to pick it would be The Atlanta Braves since my husband is a big fan and I like baseball over other sports.

• if you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? A really good cheeseburger with fries (extra crispy)

• party trend you are crushing on? Hand made bunting and party hats

• party trend you are so over? Candy/Dessert buffets....enough already

• favorite aisle in the craft store? Punches and gadgets. I don't own a Cricut but I covet them.

• do you wear Uggs? I despise UGGS.

• do you really exercise? I go through phases, right now the answer is no. :-(

• minivan or non minivan driving? I don't have one, but I am not opposed to them, especially the new souped up versions!

• favorite holiday? Thanksgiving. I love turkey!

• favorite smell? Lilacs and Lavender

• do you color your hair? I'm 38, what do you think??

• do you think you’re cool? Most days, yes, but I do have my moments...

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Tuesday Pug Crush 9/365 {Claudia, Tini Posh}

Day 9/365. The experiment in nice continues.

Crush: Claudia, Tini Posh

I met Claudia through the Children's Party Network. She just shines. She is sweet, charming and always upbeat. She creates fabulous partyware, styles posh parties and is a tutu maker:) She's funny and so down to Earth. She actually answers emails. LOL!
She loves to chat and will be the PPGNO chat hostess tonight, so mosey on over to the chat and say "chello." Claudia=one very cool, charming, chatty and creative crush:)

Oh and Claudia and I have something very important in common-she and I both seriously crush on Fabuloso cleaning supplies..Come on, you know that's funny....


Claudia fascinating trivia:)

favorite color? Turquoise

favorite team? Team Crafty Mamas..LOL! I don't watch sports..sorry!

if you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? Easy..Tortilla Chips!!

party trend you are crushing on? Vintage parties with a modern twist

party trend you are so over? Mass produced party hand and home made decorations

favorite aisle in the craft store? It's a tie I LOVE the Fabric and Scrapbook sections

do you wear Uggs? Yes!!

do you really exercise? Only my fingers...I really should : )

minivan or non minivan driving? Volvo XC90 is this considered a mini van???

favorite holiday? Christmas

favorite smell? LOL!! Cleaning product called Fabuloso!!

do you color your hair? No..again I should : )

do you think you’re cool? I think I am cool mama...

Monday, October 25, 2010

Pug Crush, Week 2, 8/365 {Kim, Party Frosting}

Week two of Pug Crushes starts now. I can't believe I have only been doing this for a week. LOL! Today 8/365.

Crush: Kim, Party Frosting {formerly known as Frost Me, but she decided to change the name to make me redo my post brand herself with a more accurate description of her fabulousness}
Kim is my bloggy soul sister. We both started our blogs at about the same time last year. We were both new and somewhat confused little fishies in the big blogging sea, but we managed to swim, survive and laugh the entire year away. Kim blogs about anything and everything you can imagine party and/or entertaining related. She is hyper organized and just has the knack for finding the best ideas and inspirations around. She is totally famous for her "Shopping Saturday" excursions where she shops, snaps pics of coolness and shares them with her readers. She is supportive, kind, adventurous, hilarious, finishing a thesis,  planning a wedding, managing about a million people at her high powered day job, lover of all things bird related, a good friend to someone who is not a lover of all things bird related, a smartie, an extraordinary person. Totally crushing on the Party Frosting girl.


Fascinating Kim trivia:

13 questions because that’s more interesting than 10.

favorite color? neutrals - I can't pick just one! best so that you can do a splash of color and never change the base!

favorite team? East Coast! and Team Mondo! (project runway luv'a!)

if you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? nachos - omg, I am such a bar food kind of gal - can dress me up... but...

party trend you are crushing on? I know it has been on the rise for a while, but well designed dessert/buffet tables make me art form!

party trend you are so over? I call it the 2'x2' party - table is great for photo ops, but what do you have planned for the kids/adults? Remember to do things that are FUN! Not just photogenic!

favorite aisle in the craft store? clearance, I am drawn in by the lure of a red price tag ;o)

• do you wear Uggs? nope - probably because I heard that round toes and flats make you look shorter and wider rofl... though I am very tall (5'9 1/2) gasp! I need all the help with the skinnier "illusion"

• do you really exercise? I just joined a zumba class in my area about 2 months ago, I am addicted! Something about shaking my behind (though when I go right, it goes left) is fun! (p.s. it's helping with all the nacho intake)

minivan or non minivan driving? nope, though I just went to a four door... stepper vehicle, I have heard... before I know it,I'll be rockin the mini

favorite holiday? besides my bday?!? ;o) Thanksgiving... no gifts, no pressure... just endless justified calories!

favorite smell? honeysuckle. I think cause me and my dad would walk along the baseball field my brother would play and pick it and suck the ends, very sweet memories...awwwwww

do you color your hair? only my natural color to cover the 10,no, 20,no 50 - well, a few gray hairs I have ;o)

do you think you’re cool? "cool" in the way your friends respond when you tell them something the aren't sure what to say, but "cool"


Sunday, October 24, 2010

Pug Crush 7/365 Jersey Girls Weekend Continues {Crista, Creations by CristaMarie}

Jersey Girls Edition Crush Weekend continues.

7/365 Crush of the day: Crista, Creations by Crista Marie

Crista is creative, crafty and clever. She is the founder and designer of unique and super cute party favors, centerpieces, placecards and accessories to add something special to any occasion. Her custom, personalized giftbags are beyond charming. She is an advertising & marketing pro and a contributing writer to She is friendly and sweet.. Seriously smart, creative and way cool. Perfect Sunday Crush.


Crista trivia:)

• favorite color?- Green

• favorite team?- My NY Yankees of course!

• if you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? I gotta go with Pizza...but only the super-great, thin-crust, brick-oven kind

• party trend you are crushing on? Anything on a skewer (!)...cupcakes, candy...whatever; I just did Halloween Pumpkin Peeps on skewers...haha

• party trend you are so over? Although I am always the first person in line for them...I must say chocolate fountains

• favorite aisle in the craft store? Ribbons!

• do you wear Uggs? No...sorry if I offend anyone, but I'm one of those people that thinks Ugg should be short for 'ugly' (!)

• do you really exercise? Oh yeah- Zumba at least twice a week!

• minivan or non minivan driving? Non. Definitely.

• favorite holiday? Christmas!

• favorite smell? Lavendar

• do you color your hair? Nope

• do you think you’re cool? Well, you only feature the coolest of the cool here, so yes, I think I must be incredibly cool :)

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Pug Crush 6/365 {The Party Muse}

Welcome to the weekend edition of the Pug Crush Experiment in Nice. Crush today 6/365.

This weekend I will be featuring Jersey Girls:) The creative and talented kind.

Crush of the day: Khaliah, The Party Muse

I met Khaliah a few months back and I am in love with her. She is insanely talented, extremely sweet, a smartie and she says OMG at almost everything:) Adorable and genuine. She is also supportive and kind to all of her party peeps. She recently opened up an etsy shop and she will be taking the party world by storm. Creative partyware designer, extraordinary event planner and a funny & sunny personality. Total crush.


Khaliah Triva:

• favorite color? Pink...any pink but especially hot pink

• favorite team? The one with the best colors :)

• if you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? Pizza with thin crunchy crust

• party trend you are crushing on? Hard to pick one but I really love using inside furniture outside.  Dressers, armoires, and drawers to hold goodies is so creative and looks great!

• party trend you are so over? Big elaborate expensive parties without any creative over!

• favorite aisle in the craft store? I could spend hours in the paper aisle looking at all the paper and card stock.  I love paper :)

• do you wear Uggs? I'm pretty frugal so I've never had Uggs...I may get some knock-offs this season

• do you really exercise? Definitely NOT...I dabble, lol

• minivan or non minivan driving? Non-mini van for now but I do luv them and hope to have one

• favorite holiday? Thanksgiving

• favorite smell? Bacon

• do you color your hair? No

• do you think you’re cool? Yea, the coolest : )

I love this idea Kristy, thanks for including me!


Friday, October 22, 2010

Pug Super Crush of the day 5/365 {Genevieve a/k/a Superchick}

celebrate today

Day 5 of the experiment in nice.

Crush: Genevieve {Celebrate Today The Superchick Way}

Gen is the definition of SUPERCHICK. She is here, there, creating, designing, party styling, cracking jokes, on Facebook, off Facebook, leaving drive by comments and zipping around the web like the Flash. In a purple cape....Chick so fly she needs the looongest blog title ever to describe her fabulousness.Oh, and one fine day, girlfriend just thought up and created Kandy Kones (patent pending-for real!). She is vivacious, hilarious , unique and moves at the speed of light. I just adore this Superchick.


The Superchick-All Access

• favorite color? Purple! Duh!

• favorite team? Team Edward of course! Why am I covered in feathers?! ;)

• if you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? That's easy! Cabernet! Damn, that's not a "food"! ok then, grapes!

• party trend you are crushing on? Kinda LOVING those little Kandy Kones!!! You know, those posh paper kones on a stick?! They're totally HOT! HeeHee

• party trend you are so over? I'm soooo over the cupcake "party circle" craze!

• favorite aisle in the craft store? Paper! Paper! Paper!

• do you wear Uggs? Dude! Who doesn't! What else would I wear with my short little dresses!

• do you really exercise? I run like the wind!

• minivan or non minivan driving? I totally rock my mini! Black Odyssey all the way home!

• favorite holiday? I celebrate TODAY! So I gotta go with I love them ALL! ;-)

• favorite smell? Mmmmm berries!

• do you color your hair? No comment!

• do you think you’re cool? Bahahahahahaha FO SHO! They don't call me a superchick for noffin!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

pug love crush of the day 4/365 {amy-stem parties}

Day Four: First Thursday of the Experiment in Nice.

Serious crush of the day: Amy, Stem Parties

Here is what you will find in the Pugster's Collegiate Dictionary 39th Edition:

Stem: verb: to originate. Example: Beautiful parties and inspiration stem from Amy's unbelievably creative mind. The fabulousness and kindness we know as Operation Shower, stems from the passion, love and devotion of Chief Event Organizer-Amy.

Extraordinary party girl, wickedly funny and a stellar human being. Seriously crushing on the Stem Chick.

{operation shower}

Amy's Q&A. She may just start a party girl riot with her pom answer-LOL!

13 questions because that’s way more interesting than 10.

• favorite color? peacock blue

• favorite team? OU Sooners. Like, a lot. I like them a lot. Borderline stupid amounts.

• if you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? Delicious food. I would only eat delicious food. Or Sweet Potatoes if you're gonna be strict about this, KRISTY.

• party trend you are crushing on? The vintage trend makes me happy. Says the girl that has yet to do one single vintage party. Ahem.

• party trend you are so over? Poms. Ducking...sorry.

• favorite aisle in the craft store? Scrapbook paper or the sale aisle.

• do you wear Uggs? Nay. And neither should Pamela Anderson with her cutoffs and ratty T's.

• do you really exercise? Yes. Some weeks more than others but I like to move it move it.

• minivan or non minivan driving? No. You're welcome everyone else on the road in St. Louis!

• favorite holiday? Christmas, I suppose.

• favorite smell? My husband's hair/pillow. Awwww.

• do you color your hair? Oh, but yes. I'm all about the hair.

• do you think you’re cool? As cool as one can be while still being a huge dork.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

pug crush 3/365 {grey grey on a wednesday}

Day 3..First Wednesday of this experiment in nice.

Crush: Brittany, Grey Grey Designs

Brittany is one seriously talented event planner. She likes the challenging themes and she loves to make everything herself for the parties she styles. She is clever and finds creative party uses for everyday objects. Girlfriend can turn PVC pipe into a work of art. She is funny and wicked smart. Probably speaks with a thick Southern accent too;) I adore this chick. You will too. Oh, and purple is her favorite color. Coolest. Chick. Ever.


Brittany Fascinating Facts:

OMG you are TOOOOO CUTE! Love this idea! Here are my answers....

• favorite color? Well, PURPLE of course! All the awesome girls have purple as a favorite color.

• favorite team? I'm not really sporty, but I will have to go with my Alumnus, University of Memphis Basketball! Go Tigers GO! Plus, my hubby, who played soccer there, would want me to say the U of M soccer team, of course!

• if you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? Goat cheese. Random, I know. Why is it so good? Or maybe peanut butter.

• party trend you are crushing on? I am loving seeing all these Art parties lately. I majored in Art History, so some of these parties where they art-based are like my dream party.

• party trend you are so over? Milk shots. Seriously, I need my milk to be super cold and thinking about a warm milk shot on a buffet makes me gag a little in my mouth.

• favorite aisle in the craft store? Ooooo.....a toughie. I think it would be the paint aisle or the little wooden craft aisle. I can always think of tons of fun stuff to do with those little raw wooden shapes. Oh, and the Christmas aisles when that's applicable. But, when I am in the beginning planning stages of an event, I try to go down EVERY aisle because you never know when inspiration might strike.

• do you wear Uggs? NO NO NO. I have an aversion to them. Plus, in Memphis, it NEVER gets cold enough to wear any sort of sheepskin.

• do you really exercise? Another gigantic no. I have no idea how I lost my baby weight. As my very Southern mother says..."We don't sweat." Seriously. I like to eat oreos and watch The Biggest Loser.

• minivan or non minivan driving? Hilariously, I have a Jeep, but my husband drives a minivan! His company car is a minivan and it's SEXY because it's free.

• favorite holiday? Is my anniversary a holiday? I will count it because I get gifts. Plus, my favorite month is October and that's the month I got married. I love Christmas, but that's a pretty cliche answer.

• favorite smell? The Bath and Body Works fall candle--Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin. Also, coffee brewing, Aqua Di Gio on my hubs, and a clean baby right out of the bath.

• do you color your hair? No, I'm 100% natural brunette and proud of it!

• do you think you’re cool? Duh.

Please show some love for this Pug Crush:)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

pug crush 2/365 {that little shindigs girl}

Day two.

Meet the pug crush: Natalie, Presidente of The Children's Party Network, Event Planner-Little Shindigs

I have known Natalie for a year or so. She is a gifted and amazing children's party planner. Lover of all things kitschy & vintage.  She could not find any interesting party forums online specifically for childrens' parties, so she. created. her. own. network. Totally true story-the girl dreams BIG! I simply adore her. She is hilarious, offbeat and one of a kind. She is a peacoack in a room full of pigeons:)

{children's party network}

Some Natalie trivia:)

favorite color? Robins nest egg blue

favorite team? I always root for the under dog.

if you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? Sushi

party trend you are crushing on? Story book themes

party trend you are so over? Bounce houses

favorite aisle in the craft store? Seasonal

do you wear Uggs? NO! I am a flip flop kind of girl:)

do you really exercise? Nope...but I am starting on Monday!(maybe)
minivan or non minivan driving? Former minivan

favorite holiday? Halloween!

favorite smell? Rain

do you color your hair? No

do you think you’re cool? No...but I do think I am pretty RAD!

Go check her out! She is a shiny star:)

Monday, October 18, 2010

pug love crush 1/365

And so it begins...

Number one...Amy, 3 Cupcakes Blog Design

Amazingly talented and gifted blog and web designer. She was responsible for my web overhaul, Twitter designs and all the ridiculously adorable buttons and banners you see magically appear on my sites. I ask her for cute purple pug something or other, tell her "no rush," and about 5 or 6 minutes later, there is a design in my inbox. She is the best. And she shares my insane love for Napoleon Dynamite. Enough said.

Check her out:  
{portfolio & sales}

the purple pug crush of the day
{365 days of creative coolness}

13 questions because that’s
way more interesting than 10.

Some fascinating Amy trivia:

1.favorite color? Pink

2.favorite team? The Hubs would want me to answer with Steelers, but I don't really have one. I cheer for the Seahawks just to drive him crazy.

3.if you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? oooh good one...I would have to say pizza trend you are crushing on? cake bunting trend you are so over? The perfectly spaced/organized tablescape...mess it up a little bit people! Sure they make for a great photo but I can't imagine the table looks like that the entire party!

6.favorite aisle in the craft store? The packaging aisle you wear Uggs? uh ya of course...but not in public because that's just annoying. I have a beige and purple pair I wear around the house. you really exercise? Oh yes...3-5 times a week. We love our gym!

9.minivan or non minivan driving? my black x-terra!

10.favorite holiday? Christmas

11.favorite smell? something with pumpkin or cinnamon you color your hair? Gray hair runs in the yes...I hate it but I refuse to be gray at my age. you think you’re cool? Hmmm...if I say yes does that make me uncool?

Please be nice to Amy! She rocks:)

the pug love crush 365 project {creative & clever girls rule}

This is a extraordinary and monumental Monday for me. Today I begin a year long adventure-a charming 365 day project I dreamed up where creative coolness & kindness rule. I will showcase an amazingly talented and creative person- Every. Single. Day. For an entire year. I know, I know-seems ridiculously crazy, but I really am going to do this. I have met hundreds of fabulous people online and every one of them has touched my life in some unique way. A little shout out each day to make someone happy, to get to know someone new and just to be supportive of another human being.

This is an experiment in nice.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

glittery, happy, shiny 1st blog birthday to me..and a grand giveaway...

birthday banner by

Number One. Today is my first blog anniversary....or is it birthday? I am simply amazed that it has been an entire year since I was first fumbling around the buttons and gadgets in Blogger. (BTW, totally still fumbling).

Rather than wax nostalgic about everything that has happened in my life this past year, I thought I would take a shiny minute and thank you. YOU= readers, fans, friends, followers, likers, rss feed subscribers, groupies, clients, email besties, fellow CPN girls, fellow party girls, party Mamas and my one sister who actually reads my blog. I have met some of the most extraordinary and inspiring women to ever grace the planet through my blog and social networking. All you girls should start a band-because-YOU ROCK...

Grateful. Honored. Lucky.

One of you is about to get even luckier...I have decided to host a Glittery Giveaway. One Grand Prize. A few amazing party girls I love and adore were gracious enough to donate to the sparkling cause...Kim, Jen, Pam, Gen, and Cari are my darling donating Dawg Pound:) Seriously love them.


Custom partyware package includes:

{The Purple Pug}
{Blush Printables}
  •  Custom designed envelope wraps to coordinate (printable, DIY file-will be emailed to you)
{Frost Me}
  • Custom created Frosting Kit (inspiration board filled with party ideas and photos-will be emailed to you)
{Party Starters}
{Socially Circled}
{Posh Party Pretties}

 The Dirty Deets:

You have 14 17 chances to enter..That's right..14 17 Fabulous Chances.
Just follow, fan, or like any or all of the links below and leave a comment telling us you did so:) If you are already a follower, fan or liker, leave a comment indicating that..

Contest will run through Sunday Night, October 17th @ 11:00pm EST

One lucky duck will be chosen at random to win this extraordinary prize package.

Follow, friend, fan or like:

******Editing post to add SUPERCHICK and her KOOL KANDY KONES TO THE PRIZE PACKAGE!!!!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Happy Kristy Columbus Day!

...Woke up to to serious fabulousness today.

My First Blog Anniversary is this week..That scheming Natalie over at the Children's Party Network will find any excuse to throw a party:) In honor of my anniversary, girlfriend is throwing a weeklong SURPRISE PARTY for me! How cool is that? The Children's Party Network will be "GOING PURPLE" for the week. I. am. in. love.

Second surprise of the morning...Brittany/Grey Grey Chick, posted her sneak peek pic of the Jungle Book Party she styled yesterday. I was lucky enough to make a few glittery things for this rave. Cannot wait to see the rest of the pics. Put some pressure on this clever girl to post the rest. Pretty please.

photo{ Grey Grey Designs}

Third surprise of the morning....Staci/Lizard and Ladybug's Crafty Motha, whipped up some Monster Spray Repellant-an idea I used a few years back for my son's Monsters, Mayhem & Mini Golf Party. Staci is wicked crafty. She also had the sweetest & glittery words for me:)

Happy Kristy Columbus Day to me:) And it's only 10:22am!

Friday, October 8, 2010

pacman fever {glitter style}

Custom cuteness for an amazing art studio's annual Halloween Bash. This year's genius theme is Pacman & Pumpkins...Ah, the fond memories of rollerskating rinks and playing Pacman in the arcade. Jordache jeans, feathered back hair and a comb in my back pocket..I am the definition of Old School..LOL!