Fat Tuesday

Today is my 4th time missing Mardi Gras in 29 years. The second time missing it as an adult. Needless to say, that makes me a little homesick today. I baked a king cake last night and can’t wait to share it with friends tonight but really wishing I was down in New Orleans with these crazies!

Mayan beauty


Beatin' a drum

Flower lady


Happy people

Colorful people

Heading to the square


All of these photos are by my very talented friend, James Shaw. Look at what I was doing two years ago on Mardi Gras day, who could have imagined I would be in Boston a year later?

Carolyna is Kinda Great [Friday Favorites]

A new favorite font for you today! Carolyna, a charming new font by the Emily Lime foundry is meant to be formal, yet whimsical so that you can achieve a modern calligraphy feel.

Carolyna Pro uses OpenType features to assist with letter flow and to give each creation that spontaneous, hand-lettered touch. With over 1,000 characters, there are many stylistic alternates and fun swashes to choose from. Carolyna also has a bolder and sassy sibling, Carolyna Pro Black that was just released. So go grab them from MyFonts and create something beautiful!

Halfway Through February Photo A Day Challenge

This month I am participating in a February Photo A Day Challenge. I’m REALLY enjoying having a daily photo prompt and checking out what everyone else has done! It is a great way to get inspired to photograph something that may not be in your normal comfort zone. Here are my photos from day 1-14.

my view today / words / hands / a stranger / 10 AM / dinner / button / sun / front door / self portrait / makes me happy / inside my closet / blue / heart

You can follow along with the February photo a day challenge with me on instagram, facebook or flickr!

You Light Up My Life

Happy Valentine’s Day! I like to think of Valentine’s Day as a day to make the special people in your life feel loved, not just a day for couples. So I’d like to take a sec to tell you how much I appreciate all of your comments and support here on the blog and I hope you all feel loved today!!! xoxo Ciera


* I was planning to post a delicious Valentine’s Day dessert today but yesterday while finishing up Z’s v-day gift I cut my finger pretty badly with an exacto knife and didn’t get around to cooking. Guess I’ll have to save that post for next year :)

A Red Hot Valentine

Hey guys, I have a very simple Valentine’s treat that is perfect for passing out to friends, classmates or secret crushes. All you need is chalkboard paint, match boxes, chalk and red hots or any small candy of your choice. Just paint the match boxes (I used a foam brush), let dry, write your personal messages, fill with candy and deliver!

Red Hot Valentine 1

Red Hot Valentine 2

Red Hot Valentine 3

Red Hot Valentine 5

Red Hot Valentine 6

Red Hot Valentine 7

Red Hot Valentine 8

*Chalboard paint takes a few days to cure, so don’t wait til the last minute!

Peacock Party Invites

I am so excited to share this invitation suite that I designed for my best friend’s bridal shower and bachelorette party! Even though the events were on the same day, each party was a special celebration, so I decided to design two separate cards that complemented each other. While the wedding colors are inspired by peacock feathers in a more subtle way, I wanted to be bright and bold for these invitations! I printed them at home and mailed the cards together in teal envelopes lined with chartreuse paper. I am really happy with the outcome and they definitely helped set the tone for our party marathon! Check out some of the event details, including a party survival kit!

Peacock Party Invitations 1

Peacock Party Invitations 2

Peacock Party Invitations 3

Peacock Party Invitations 4

If you are interested in customizing these design for your peacock themed event let me know and I’ll get to work on them for you! UPDATE: These are now available as printables on Etsy!