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Traditions + Resolutions

New Year's Tradition
Everyone has a quirky tradition of some sorts, right? My tradition is related to new years day.

Here’s the backstory: It was new year’s day 2012 (my first year in LA), and my roommate and I were unloading her car. We had forgotten about the full champagne bottle that was stowed in her trunk. Now, her trunk was a hatchback, and as you know, bottles roll. Well, we opened the trunk, and out rolled the champagne bottle that proceeded to shatter all over our parking garage.  We both kind of stood there for a minute, staring at the bottle and each other, thinking, “Well, shoot, this isn’t the best start to the new year!” We cleaned up the bottle and went upstairs (and probably back to bed).

Several weeks later, we both realized that really awesome things kept happening to us. Now, I’m not a suspicious person, but we both independently attributed our strokes of good luck to the breaking of the champagne bottle. Ever since then, it has been our tradition to break a bottle on new year’s day for good luck. Although her and I no longer live together, this year we FaceTimed while we watched the other smash the bottle. (We have a whole set up now…bottle goes into plastic bag, which then goes into a brown, paper bag and we smash with a hammer to make sure we don’t hurt ourselves or get glass everywhere).

So there you have it. Third year in a row that we have upheld this tradition, and every year, it reminds us that though things may seem to not be going the way you would like, take it in stride, and good things will come.
Now, on to my new year’s resolutions. This year, I decided to stray away from making specific resolutions (ex: do more yoga, or sketch more.) I have found that my success rate tends to be lower and ultimately leads to me feeling a little down come February when I realize nothing is different. I opted for vague and general resolutions this year.  This means I can practice all said resolutions in more aspects of my life. Take a look below:
New Years Resolutions 2014
All of my resolutions follow a common thread of positivity and optimism: for myself, my well-being and for those around me. None are specific, but instead, can translate to every aspect of my life. We all have ruts and times we are down, but I think by upholding my new year’s resolutions, it will help me focus on the good, and how wonderful life really is.

I hope you all are having a great 2014. Do you have any fun New Year’s Eve/Day traditions, or any resolutions? Share them with me!

Gift Tags

Last minute gift tags? Sure! I felt inspired by a pixel design on a bag I was given and decided to translate it to various gift tags for your presents. Take a look, and download below!

Like what you see? DOWNLOAD HERE!

Font Friday 3.8

I don’t know about you, but when I get home from work, I look forward to watching the 25 days of Christmas on TV. Home Alone has been playing a lot lately (I’m not complaining!) and has one of my favorite movie lines of all time. Thank you Kevin McCallister, for inspiring today’s Font Friday.
Home Alone Type
I like this slab typeface that comes in a variety of weights. Josefin Slab has 5 weights, and italic options for each.  Any free font that has thin–bold and italic options is a win in my book. Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Three Holiday Cocktails

Holiday Inspired Cocktails
A couple weeks ago, I decided to bring on my good friend Beth to be the cocktail contributor for From Rain to Shine. Expect to see some delicious cocktail recipes coming up in 2014! Beth works for ONEHOPE wine, an awesome company who donates parts of their proceeds to various non-profit organizations. She came up with these three holiday cocktails inspired by the season to make your festivities a bit more holly and jolly.
Santa's Cider Cocktail
Santa's Cider Cocktail
Santa's Cider Cocktail
Santa's Cider Cocktail
Santa Cider Cocktail
Ingredients need:
• 2 cups sparkling wine or champagne
• 2 cups pear juice
• 2 cups apple cider
• 4 oz. whiskey (any of your favorites!)
• Cinnamon + sugar (to line the rim)

• To line the rim, dip the rim of the flute in water and place into your cinnamon and sugar mixture. Be careful of sugar clumps!
• Add equal parts pear juice, apple cider + sparkling wine.
• Enjoy with your friends and family!

Spiked Coffee Cocktail
Spiked Coffee Cocktail

Spiked Hot Coffee
Spiked Coffee
Spiked Hot Coffee
• Fresh brewed coffee
• Bailey’s Irish Cream
• Whipped cream
• Edible red sparkles
• Crushed candy cane
• Sugar (to line rim)

• Line the rim of your mug with sugar (dip rim into water and then into sugar bowl)
• Brew coffee and pour into mugs
• Add equal amount of Bailey’s to the coffee
• Top with whipped cream
• Add sprinkles and peppermint for decor
• Enjoy by the fire

Sparkling Pomegranate
Sparkling Pomegranate Cocktail
Sparkling Pomegranate Cocktail
Sparkling Pomegranate Cocktail
Sparkling Pomegranate Cocktail
Sparkling Pomegranate Cocktail

• 2 cups sparkling wine (we used ONEHOPE)
• 2 tbs Rose grenadine
• 3 sugar cubes
• Pomegranate seeds

• Add rose grenadine and sparkling wine
• Slowly add several sugar cubes to each glass
• Garnish with pomegranate seeds
• Bring in Christmas or the new year with this festive cocktail

A very special thank you to ONEHOPE for letting us use your incredible space, and to Beth Phillips for helping prepare/style/hand model and taste test the cocktails! Enjoy these festive beverages and have a wonderful holiday season, and I highly recommend checking out ONEHOPE and all the great things they do!
[All photos taken by Jess]

Target Holiday Finds

It seems like in the past year, Target has been putting out more and more well-designed products in great packaging. Anytime I go to Target, it is a minimum of a 45 minute excursion, even if I only need two things.  This year especially, their holiday collections have been very well curated and awesome. I applaud the creative team behind it! Take a look at my favorites below.
Target Holiday
1: Loving these antlers, and would totally leave them up well into January
2: I love the slight sheen these woodgrain plates have, adding another level of dimension
3: These adorable reindeer salt and pepper shakers look great, and can double as decor on your holiday table
4: I get a “Chronicles of Narnia” feel from these wine toppers, with three variations to choose from
5: The shaker, martini glass and napkins look great together, or as individual items to create a perfect drink
6: How awesome are these wine bottles?! No gift wrapping needed. Check out this wine created by Alexis Swanson Traina for Target

What about you? What are your Target holiday favorites??



Featuring: The Confetti Bar

Who doesn’t love confetti? How about handmade, unique, and sometimes custom confetti?? I can’t imagine many people who don’t love it, confetti is just so happy. Meet Jessica, the founder, Chief Confetti Thrower, Expert Confetti Mixologist and all around awesome girl behind The Confetti Bar. I wanted to pick her brain and ask some questions about her business and what motivates her.
Winter Wonderland Confetti

1. What inspired you to create this company?
Honestly, I just wanted to do something that I was passionate about and that was me. I always knew I wanted to do something creative, and while I’ve dabbled in this and that, everything just seemed to make sense to turn confetti into my dream job.  I mean, sure, it’s a pretty sweet deal to get to play with pretty paper all day, but at the very core I wanted this business to be about celebration and happiness, and taking a moment to remember that’s what it’s really all about.

2. Where do you find inspiration when creating a new product?
I know it’s a little boring to say everything, but it’s true! I can be looking at a picture online, someone will make a silly comment, or I’ll be in the shower and a new idea will just pop into my head! There’s really no rhyme or reason, but I look to get inspiration from anything and everything.

3. Which confetti is your favorite right now?
Ahh, tough choice! I love all my confetti equally! But, if I had to choose, I think my current favorite is Unicorn Dandruff!
Unicorn Dandruff Confetti

4. Favorite holiday or celebration?
I love each any every chance to celebrate in a different, yet pretty equal, way. I love how each holiday or birthday or party comes with its own set of traditions and themes!

5. What is the craziest confetti cocktail you have created so far?
I think collectively the craziest, most time consuming project I’ve taken on is to create an entire bar car filled with all sorts of confetti cocktails – all the colors and glasses were inspired by real, old fashioned cocktails and they even had real garnishes!
Cookie Sprtiz Confetti

6. Favorite quote?
“Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway” – Earl Nightingale

For some reason this quote always seems to stick with me. I can be a pretty impatient person, so I have to constantly remind myself that time will pass no matter what, so I might as well take the time to see something through. I’ve been getting better at taking things one step at a time, and enjoying as much as possible along the way!

7. What helps you stay motivated and manage all that you do?
First and foremost, I wouldn’t be able to do any of this without the constant help and support of my husband, who not only handles most of the digital stuff for the business, but also tries to keep me sane! In addition to his encouragement – and that of my entire family, of course – I am constantly motivated by the amazing comments and support of everyone who believes in my little confetti-filled world. Knowing I might have made someone’s day by simply sending a little bit of handmade happiness makes me feel like the luckiest girl!

The Confetti Bar has some awesome holiday themed confetti, and is always introducing new items to her shop. I can’t wait to see what she does next! Check out her blog to see some of the custom confetti, and other fun ideas. The next time I throw a party, I know I will add some of this to my decorating list. Check out some of my holiday favorites below.
Hanukkah Confetti
Hanukkah O Hanukkah Confetti
O Christmas Tree O Christmas Tree
Peppermint Swirl Confetti
Peppermint Swirl

[All photos provided by The Confetti Bar]

Festive Packaging Highlights

Festive Holiday Packaging
The holidays provide such a great opportunity for special, unique and seasonal packaging. I thought I’d take a minute to show some of my favorites. It seems that every year, holiday designs and special holiday edition items get better and better designed. Enjoy this year’s round up. Honorable Mention: Trader Joe’s. Um, hello, have you seen what they have been producing lately!? So colorful, eye catching and really well designed. They have also been experimenting with many different typography treatments, and though not all are my favorite, they are very visually interesting.

1: Starbucks. Because who doesn’t wait until Nov. 1 to get those red cups.
2: Mr. Boddington’s Holiday Soaps. They never disappoint with their colorful, illustrated packaging.
3: Method Soaps. Their packaging is awesome 365 days a year, and their holiday-inspired line is really just the sparkler on top.
4: Bath & Body Works. Different holiday scents inspire their candles, room fresheners and their packaging.
5: Winter Jack: Take me to the scene illustrated on the bottle!
6: Theo: Each illustration and color palette is so well done, and looks great as a cohesive group.

Send Some Cheer!

Favorite Foil Holiday Cards

I love the holiday season, and I have a major soft spot for stationery, so it was only natural that I put together [several] posts about my favorite cards of the year. Today’s round up is gold + silver foiled cards. There are so many beautiful, creative and well done cards that I would be here for DAYS showing you them all, but these are the ones that caught my eye [in this category]. Stay tuned for more cards as we get closer to the New Year!

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 |

Font Friday 3.5

Greetings from Seattle, and Happy Thanksgivingukkah (or day after Thanksgiving.) I’m so happy to be spending some time with my family in Seattle, and celebrating two special holidays! Hope you all have a great weekend!
Altast Font Friday
I love Altast Greeting, and think it works well on a card, or print. It is a very happy and welcoming script, and the thicks and thins are subtle, yet well done. Enjoy!
[image from flikr]

Gobble Gobble

Have a great holiday!
Happy Thanksgiving