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

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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

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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!

Peacock Party Inspiration Board

Two weeks ago my friends and I threw an awesome day-o-fun (shower & bachelorette party) celebrating Chelsea’s engagement! I had been collecting images on a Peacock Party pinboard and planning for months and it finally all came together. Here are some of my favorite inspirational images and I’ll be sharing the invites and fun event details soon!

Peacock Party Pins

Another item crossed off of my 30 before 30 list! Be sure to subscribe to the Ciera Design RSS feed or follow me on Twitter so that you don’t miss out when I post the invites and party pics! Visit my Peacock Party pinboard for image credits.

Go Red

My January featured sponsor, Sequin Crush, is helping to spread the awareness of National Wear Red Day and the Go Red For Women movement who’s goal is to share the truth about heart disease, the number one killer of women.

The facts are clear. More women die of heart disease than all forms of cancer combined. Unfortunately, the killer isn’t as easy to see. Heart disease is often silent, hidden and misunderstood. The truth is, we can stop our number one killer together by sharing the truth. Make it your mission to fight heart disease in women on National Wear Red Day, Friday, February 3rd, 2012.

If you’re like me and not sure how to pull off a red outfit, it’s our lucky day! Jasmine at Sequin Crush has put together a post with three awesome ways to go red.

Head on over to Sequin Crush to get the details on these looks!

Favorite Posts of January

January was full of family, friends, setting goals… and my first outfit post!  In case you missed anything throughout the month, here are my favorite posts:


1 // Instagram Week In Photos
2 // 30 Before 30 – A Year of Goals
3 // Keep Me Warm by the Fire
4 // Stanley Restaurant New Orleans
5 // Custom Notecards
6 // A Very Special Quilt
7 // What I Wore – BBQ in January
8 // Island Creek Oyster Bar Identity

I have a lot planned for February but if you have any special requests just let me know! xo Ciera

Intention Setting and Managing Your Online Life

I am sharing some tips on Kyla’s blog for staying connected, engaged and inspired online without it taking over your life!

 Some of my approaches included: creating a list, coming up with a realistic online schedule, unfollowing negative people or blogs and interacting with people instead of just following. Head over to Kyla’s blog to read more about intention setting, managing your online life and honoring your differences and what some fellow bloggers have to say as well.

Update: I wrote an expanded post on this here.