My sister and I recently ate at Stanley Restaurant, a cute little place in Jackson Square, New Orleans. We decided to share the Bananas Foster French Toast and the Breaux Bridge Benedict. They split the dishes for us and they were both SO amazing! I’d like to visit Chef Scott Boswell’s fine-dining counterpart, Stella! next.
I have been home in New Orleans for over two weeks and it has only been cold for one day. Even though I’m sitting here with the AC on, I can’t help to think of how to stay warm once I head back to Boston. This winter, I’d like to spend time bundled up, drinking tea and coffee and cooking lots of delicious things!
After a much needed break I am ready for 2012! The new year always sparks a sense of inspiration in me and this year instead of picking one resolution for 2012 I decided to make a 30 before 30 list of both professional and personal goals. This works out well since my birthday is on New Years Eve.
01 // create an inspiring studio space at home – in progress
02 // website/blog makeover – in progress
03 // create a better home/work balance and learn to take real days off work
04 // travel to Austin or San Francisco
05 // more tangible artwork
06 // learn to plan better for blog posts and focus on unique and meaningful content
07 // read more books
08 // create a stationery and art print line and online shop
09 // use camera in manual mode more than auto
10 // serious purge of closet and create a coherent wardrobe
11 // design and send out Christmas cards
12 // refinish living room table
13 // explore new places in Boston
14 // more DIY projects
15 // week-long camping trip
16 // visit Salem during October/Halloween
17 // guest posts and/or collaborate with other bloggers
18 // buy another lens for my camera
19 // visit Boston Harbor Islands
20 // host a fabulous dinner party
21 // create a regular exercise program
22 // update my design portfolio
take a self-portrait Done.
24 // go ice skating
try a “what I wore” post – BBQ in January // Wandering the Big Easy and more to come!
26 // learn Zander’s pizza recipe and work on cooking skills
27 // leave the house more (easier said than done when working from home)
28 // one date night a month
throw a special bridal shower/bachelorette party for my BFF – Inspiration Board // Invitations // Party Survival Kit, Food and Photobooth
30 // less online time
In the coming months I will be sharing with you my progress, along with lots of other DIY projects, photography, home decor, arts and crafts, inspired living and all things graphic design! It’s going to be a busy year but I can’t wait! ♥ Ciera
December brought a few changes my way. I am officially back to full-time freelance and because of that I am taking a long trip home to New Orleans! Also in December, I announced that the blog will now be accepting sponsors. I thought a lot about this and decided that it was time! In case you missed some posts throughout the month, here are my favorites:
1 // In My Bag
2 // Sultry & Sweet Holiday Looks
3 // Perfect Holiday Packaging
4 // Simple Afternoon Snack Recipe
5 // Maine Antiquing & A Coffee Table
6 // Homemade Gifts & Washi Tape Cards
7 // Ciera Design is Now Accepting Sponsors
8 // Christmas Brunch
I have a lot planned for January but if you have any special requests just let me know! xo Ciera
The blog just celebrated 2 years and as it continues to grow I receive more inquiries about advertising and sponsorship opportunities. I’ve been holding off on that for a while because it’s important to me that advertising does not influence my content. I wanted to concentrate on creating unique ideas and give the blog time to develop.
Now that the blog is on a steady track and I’m back to working full-time freelance I have decided to open the blog up to sponsorship in order to dedicate more time towards creating original content. Sponsorships also help to build great relationships in the web world and allows me to share all of these new friends with you!
I have simplified my sidebar and reserved spaces just waiting to be filled with potential sponsors. If you’re interested in sponsoring please check out my advertising page and we can get started!
Here are some simple DIY holiday cards using washi tape that match the gift-in-a-jar ideas that I shared last Friday!
Still in need of a few last minute presents? Glass jars are great for repurposing as gifts. This idea works for everyone on your list since it is totally customizable! Just decorate the jars and fill them with something unique for each person.
Displaying gifts in a jar gives a clean appearance that lets the present last long after the holidays. I decorated my jars with washi tape and printed customized tags and labels for them.
One of my favorite things to fill the jars with is homemade granola. It is delicious and keeps for months. If granola is not your thing, try other homemade items such as jam, cocoa or chai tea mix, candy or mixed nuts. The jars can also be filled with non-edible items such as bath salts, mini terrarium, snow globe, craft or sewing kit supplies… and as you can see, the possibilities are almost endless!
Gifts in a jar are a favorite homemade holiday gift of mine because they are easy, inexpensive and one-of-a-kind! I’ll be posting matching washi tape greeting cards and envelopes next week so subscribe to the Ciera Design RSS feed if you don’t want to miss out!
Washi tape from Pretty Tape.