Love Is All You Need – Free Valentine’s Day Printable

Valentine's Day  Pattern Printable on Chalkboard

Cristin of Simplified Bee asked me to design a Valentine’s freebie for her blog readers based around some super cute pencils that she had. I decided to create some simple patterns using slightly different colors than your average red and pink. Head over to her blog to download this freebie and to see how you can add feathers to the pencils for an extra special touch!

Valentine's Day Printable Freebies with Personalized Pencils

Valentine's Day Printable Freebies with Personalized Pencils

Valentine's Day Patterns

DIY New Year’s Eve

I know I’m supposed to be on a blogging break, but sometimes I just can’t help myself! Have you guys heard of Darby Smart? Well if not, you should know about them! They make awesome DIY kits and send them right to your house! I just received my first two kits and can’t wait to make them! I got the Chic Striped Vase Kit and the Having a Ball Cocktail Decor Kit which are both shown below along with a bunch of other DIY project that would be perfect for New Year’s Eve or any other party!  They also have tons of jewelry and home decor projects, so go check out all of the awesome kits!

Make Your Own Marquee Sign DIY for New Years Eve

Having A Ball Drink Stirrers DIY

Gold White Black Tassel Chic Vase DIY

Gilded Lucite Acrylic Tray With Script Cheers

Gold Gilded Candle Votives

Chain Rhinestone Bracelet DIY

Bubbly Champagne Flute Toasters DIY

Bar Cart and Cocktail DIY

All projects show are available as DIY kits from Darby Smart!

My Favorite Gift Ideas for the Home Office Employee

I know a lot of people who have recently made the switch from a full time office job, to working from home or from their own studio. Here are some great items that I love having in my home office and wouldn’t think twice about getting them for a fellow ‘home office employee’ as a gift!

Home Office Employee Gift Guide

iPhone Handset Talking on your cell phone gets old fast so a handset is very useful especially when I am trying to multitask.

Lap Desk Since I don’t always work from my desk having a lap desk is great, my laptop gets ridiculously hot.

Bronzing Lotion Working from home sometimes I don’t get enough sun. This lotion is amazing for a quick, natural glow.

Stickygrams I love using my Instagram photos to liven up my home office.

Neu Year Wall Calendar In order to keep organized, I need to see the upcoming weeks at a glance. I discovered this huge wall calendar last year and already got my 2014 one ready to hang!

Flannel Slippers Let’s face it, most days I work in my pajamas and slippers!

Office Chair Everyone can use a nice comfy office chair.

Beverage Warmer This is seriously my favorite thing in my office, nice warm coffee or tea all day long!

Monogram Mug It’s nice to add a little personal touch to my desk

The Made In Mind Social Presents A Cozy Cabin Holiday Party

December Social Evite

The holidays are quickly approaching and Jasmine and I have a special Made In Mind December meetup planned! We are teaming up with A Little Happy for one big holiday party! What’s a better way to share some holiday cheer than with some amazing wine and creative minds? Our cozy cabin party will be held at Pearl Wine Co. on Thursday December 12th from 6-9 PM.

Pearl Wine Co. offers the largest wine selection in the City of New Orleans with over 600 different labels. “It is my hope that Pearl Wine Co. will be a place the community can call home.  I want to create an environment where people feel comfortable, relaxed and intrigued by wine” says the owner, Leora Pearl Madden.

Mrs. Vintage will be helping us bring our cozy cabin to life with some of her amazing vintage decor and Kaylynn Marie Photography will be joining us again to capture the fun! Along with your wine, you will be able to enjoy some bites from Zea Rotisserie & Grill!

And of course, we’ll have some door prizes and swag bags for the first 20 guests with goodies from Dry Bar BleuPassion LilieLoomed NOLARiseLipscape CosmeticsE. Sabrie Studio and Kismet Cosmetics!

We hope you can fit us in to your hectic holiday schedule for a night of networking, wine and some holiday fun!


Want to partner with The Made In Mind Social for a future event? Find details here.

The Best Memories Are Handmade

Can you believe that it is December already?! I seriously can’t! The holiday season can be stressful when you start to think about all of the shopping that needs to be done but remember that it really is the thought that counts! The holidays are what you make of them and some of the best memories and gifts are handmade! The new design is available for download on WhimseyBox’s blog! Hope you enjoy December’s design for your devices!

The Best Memories Are Handmade by Ciera Design

WhimseyBox has a ton a great gifts and ideas, including DIY kits and other supplies to help make your holidays handmade! Whimseybox is the original subscription for DIY and craft lovers. Each month WhimseyBox sends subscribers a box full of craft projects along with a project idea. If you sign up through this link, you’ll get $5 off!

5 Tips For Getting Your Holiday Cards Ready

Hello! I’m Sylvia the designer from {via}vacious Designs. I’m so happy to be guest posting today and sharing my passion for stationery with you! It’s that time of the year when your mailbox is overflowing with beautiful, colorful holiday cards. I want to share some of my top tips for getting your own holiday cards ready to be sent to your loved ones.

5 Tips For Getting Your Holiday Cards Ready

1. Order and send your holiday cards early

By getting them done early, you can focus on the other fun holiday festivities you have planned. Did you move recently? Sending your cards early also helps those on your holiday card list recognize you have a new home address.  

2. Proof for grammatical errors

We all have oversights during this busy season, even stationery designers, so be sure to thoroughly look at your proof to ensure everything is correct. One of the most common typographical errors I see during the holidays happens while signing cards. When signing your holiday card, there is no need to put an apostrophe in your name. So for example, when signing our card this year we’ll use The Stremmings not The Stremming’s. The apostrophe shows ownership, which is not the case when signing your card (correct example: Santa’s cookies).

3. Be candid

If you want a photo card, but didn’t have time to get any family photos taken this year, don’t worry! Your photo(s) doesn’t have to be professionally taken. The candid photos from throughout the year are many times the best and show personality.

4. Use your time wisely

If you write a personal message, have a goal to do a certain amount a night. Tackling your holiday cards this way will keep you from being too overwhelmed with your long list of friends and family members. You will also be able to get the rest of your holiday chores done, too!

5. Be efficient

Holiday cards don’t have to be expensive! There are many discounts available during the holiday season as well as shops where you can buy the digital file and print as many as you need. If money is tight for gifts, opt for a photo card—a picture says a thousand words.

I hope these tips help make your holidays a little less stressful so you can focus more on being with your family! To put these tips to use, I’m offering 20% off to Ciera Design blog readers with the coupon code CIERADESIGN20 good through Dec. 31, 2013. Happy Holidays! Find {via}vacious Designs on Etsy and on Facebook.