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A Long Overdue Update

Big things are happening here at Peacock Printing.

I scored myself a new office (to be shared with the incomparable talents of Teri Fiske and Michael Hanlon of Hanlon Weddings, Brady Dillsworth of Dillsworth Photography, Tomas Flint of Flint Weddings, and Dennis Allen, videographer, of Dawns Photography and Video Productions). I’m so excited about this I can barely contain myself. Finally having a place to meet with local clients will be nice, and teaming up with such a talented group of people can only be good.

There have been tons of new additions to my shop lately – to show off a few:

 

I’ve added several different styles of programs, menus, place cards, in addition to blank notecards (these make great gifts!).

Making an appearance in my shop are some custom designs I’ve done that I thought other people might like! Included are the Cinco de Mayo paper flags, as well as the Skyline Invitation (any major city is also available), and Nautical Invitation (all pictured above), but there are also some hydrangeas, lovebirds, peacocks, swirls, a bicycle, some music themed… the list goes on. Check out my Etsy Shop to see them and let me know what you think! Coming up – the Barn invitation! This one was a labor of love, and I ended up with a huge girl crush on the bride I designed it for, but that leads me into my very next announcement:

I’ve recently teamed up with Boxcar Press in Syracuse, NY to begin offering Letterpress invitations! I’m very excited about this. The Bailey Barn invitation will be my first Letterpress job, and I am SO HAPPY to begin offering this option to other brides! I have a full price list available to anyone interested in turning their invitations into something textured and extra special and should have some photos posted soon!

Here’s to a wonderfully successful summer full of endless possibilities!

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Kupcake wednesday.

My cousin Kristy started a blog about cupcakes. You can find it HERE. This amazes me for a number of reasons:

1. I remember when Kristy was BORN. So the fact that she’s even literate is weird to me – her sister and my sister were born 6 months apart, so they were thick as thieves, and as a result Kristy and I used to hang out at all the family functions even though she’s much younger than me. As a result I feel a certain connection to Kristy that I don’t have with many of my other cousins on the other side of my family. I think she’ll probably always be that little kid to me in some way.

2. Kristy is a grad student at Rutgers University, she goes to a lot of concerts, has a flourishing social life. How does she have time to blog about cupcakes? She must REALLY love cupcakes.

3. I had no idea that she loved cupcakes enough to blog bout them. Of course, who doesn’t love cupcakes, but how many people take the time to blog about them? (actually, a quick wordpress search led me to 180,298 results for “cupcake,” so it seems that lots of people are blogging about them.

4. She is also the cutest little thing – I’m shocked that she ever eats at all, let alone chows down on cupcakes. If I even LOOK at a cupcake I gain a little weight. Some people have all the luck.

All of this led me to ask myself how many other people are obsessed with cupcakes. So today, in honor of my cousin Kristy, I present to you my Kupcake Wednesday post, which will be full of cute cupcake things, a couple recipes, and other baking related items that are sure to revitalize your love for cupcakes as well! Please click the links at the end of this post for more info on these amazing finds.

CLICK HERE for lots of cupcake decorating ideas from Wilton!

l.o.v.e.

 

Yummm!!

Coconut Cupcakes with Seven Minute Frosting and Coconut Flakes
from Martha Stewart, queen of the cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup packed sweetened shredded coconut
  • 6 ounces (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs, plus 2 large egg whites
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • Seven-Minute Frosting (click HERE for recipe)
  • 1 1/3 cups large-flake unsweetened coconut

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line standard muffin tins with paper liners. Whisk dry ingredients (including sweetened coconut) in a large bowl. Cream butter and sugar with a mixer until light and fluffy.
  2. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating after each addition.
  3. Reduce speed to low. Mix any remaining wet ingredients in a bowl if needed. Add dry ingredients to butter mixture in 3 additions, alternating with wet ingredients and ending with dry. Scrape sides of bowl. Divide batter among muffin cups, filling each 2/3 full.
  4. Bake cupcakes until testers inserted into centers come out clean, about 20 minutes. Let cool in tins on wire racks. Cupcakes will keep, covered, for up to 3 days, unless otherwise noted.
  5. Once cupcakes are cool, mound frosting on tops. Sprinkle with unsweetened coconut. Serve immediately.

I hope this post has made you hungry, or better yet inspired you to do some baking (or shopping)! Please remember to check out Kristy’s blog from time to time for new and exciting cupcake news.

Featured Images:
Cupcake False Eyelashes from EyelashJewelry on Etsy

Lace Cupcake Wrappers by SundayRabbit on Etsy

Happily Ever After Cupcake Flags by GoAgainstTheGrain on Etsy

Will Run for Cupcakes Charm by JessicasGifts on Etsy

Custom Birthday Cupcake Stand by vesselsandwares on Etsy

Sexy Cupcake Apron by ApronsByVittoria

Coconut Cupcakes from Martha Stewart

Fondant Moustaches by parkersflourpatch on Etsy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pinterest – DO IT!

I’ll try to keep this one short and sweet. Just a few words about Pinterest.

For those of you who have been living under a rock, Pinterest is this new website (well, maybe not entirely new anymore, but still kind of exclusive – you need to be invited to join (this sounds a lot more hoity-toity than it really is – if you need an invite, just ask)) where you can keep collections of items you find anywhere online. You post these items onto a “pinboard” – sort of like an old-fashioned cork board you used to have in your bedroom growing up (mine had a gold star chart, probably pictures of unicorns and all things sparkly, and the random Highlights magazine article).  Let me explain how it works:

So you’re obsessed with, say, giraffes. You’re cruising the internet highway in search of the perfect giraffe tattoo. When lo and behold, you come upon this:

 

It’s perfect. It’s just the tattoo you’ve always talked about since you were a little girl (when connect the dots was the epitome of “art”). But before you commit to it, you see this one:

This one suits your adult personality a lot better and you think it would go over a lot better at work and with your parents. Plus you wouldn’t have to worry about your kids drawing all over your legs while you’re asleep. Well with Pinterest, you can not only store them together in one place (thereby not cluttering precious hard drive space with scattered giraffe images), but you can also share those images with others – and FIND images from others who share your interests. Hence – Pinterest.

This is a PERFECT resource for someone planning a wedding and trying to organize the various themes they’re considering. Or a place to gather inspiration if they are feeling overwhelmed or stressed out. It’s also perfect when you’re thinking about reorganization, crafting, redecorating, traveling, or if you just like art, fashion, cool stuff, photography, animals… which I would hope covers most people. If you don’t find yourself included in any of those categories, then you may as well stop reading right now and crawl back under that rock.

So how it works is this: you sign up (email, password, the usual). Then you can link your twitter and Facebook accounts and find your friends. Then you and all your friends can “follow” each other’s pinboards (and the boards of anyone else whose collection you come upon and notice that they have the same exquisite taste in giraffes as you do). You can create as many boards as you’d like. You can pin as many things to each board as you’d like. You can re-pin things that others have pinned. Plus, each time you log in, you are brought to a homepage where you can see what your friends and those you are following have recently pinned. I’m not going to go into further detail because I’m assuming that by now you’re either a) already signed up or b) in the process of sending me an email requesting an invite.

You can follow me by clicking on this link. I have a bunch of boards dedicated to wedding stuff (and peacocks) because those are the things that I find myself obsessed about the most. I’ve also started a cross promotion with the EtsyWeddingTeam where a new theme is featured each week (this week it’s Vintage Weddings) so if you follow me (or any of us) you may find yourself inspired by a variety of items that would work for your wedding or someone you know.

Happy pinning!

Cabbages and Kings

I came across this poem today after not having heard it for years. I’ll stick it at the bottom of the post. In the meantime, I was inspired to create an Etsy treasury (which you can find here) to go along with it. Please enjoy =)

Cabbage Rose Boutonniere by AccentsandPetals2

Bridal Crown Wrap Bracelet by Serrelynda

Mon Petit Chou tote by PluckedandPlumed

Walrus and the Oysters necklace by fairytalesbybluebird

Flying Piggy toy by andreavida

Moonstone Crown Ring by SugarCity

 

I Am The Walrus painting by poordogfarm

Cabbage Watercolor Print by carolspaintingroom

Oyster Bowl ring by lajoailliere

Cabbage Patch Scarf by BGVintageMart

Fairy Tale Throne Necklace by spacepearls

Cabbage Rose Photography Print by dolcechic

The Boiling Surf print by EnvisionePhotography

Flying Pig print by sharethebeauty

Shabby Rustic Crown Hook by CamillaCotton

Walrus and the Carpenter Shell Bracelet by rhymeswithluck

The Walrus and the Carpenter

The sun was shining on the sea,
Shining with all his might:
He did his very best to make
The billows smooth and bright —
And this was odd, because it was
The middle of the night.

T
he moon was shining sulkily,
Because she thought the sun
Had got no business to be there
After the day was done —
‘It’s very rude of him,’ she said,
“To come and spoil the fun!’

The sea was wet as wet could be,
The sands were dry as dry.
You could not see a cloud, because
No cloud was in the sky:
No birds were flying overhead —
There were no birds to fly.

The Walrus and the Carpenter
Were walking close at hand;
They wept like anything to see
Such quantities of sand:
‘If this were only cleared away,’
They said, ‘it would be grand!’

‘If seven maids with seven mops
Swept it for half a year,
Do you suppose,’ the Walrus said,
“That they could get it clear?’
‘I doubt it,’ said the Carpenter,
And shed a bitter tear.

‘O Oysters, come and walk with us!’
The Walrus did beseech.
‘A pleasant walk, a pleasant talk,
Along the briny beach:
We cannot do with more than four,
To give a hand to each.

The eldest Oyster looked at him,
But never a word he said:
The eldest Oyster winked his eye,
And shook his heavy head —
Meaning to say he did not choose
To leave the oyster bed.

But four young Oysters hurried up,
All eager for the treat:
Their coats were brushed, their faces washed,
Their shoes were clean and neat —
And this was odd, because, you know,
Thay hadn’t any feet.

Four other Oysters followed them,
And yet another four;
And think and fast they came at last,
And more, and more, and more —
All hopping through the frothy waves,
And scrambling to the shore.

The Walrus and the Carpenter
Walked on a mile or so,
And then they rested on a rock
Conveniently low:
And all the little Oysters stood
And waited in a row.

“The time has come,’ the Walrus said,
“To talk of many things:
Of shoes — and ships — and sealing wax —
Of cabbages — and kings —
And why the sea is boiling hot —
And whether pigs have wings.’

‘But wait a bit,’ the Oysters cried,
‘Before we have our chat;
For some of us are out of breath,
And all of us are fat!’
‘No hurry!’ said the Carpenter.
They thanked him much for that.


‘A loaf of bread,’ the Walrus said,
‘Is what we chiefly need:
Pepper and vinegar besides
Are very good indeed —
Now, if you’re ready, Oysters dear,
We can begin to feed.’

‘But not on us!’ the Oysters cried,
Turning a little blue,
‘After such kindness, that would be
A dismal thing to do!’
‘The night is fine,’ the Walrus said,
‘Do you admire the view?


‘It was so kind of you to come!
And you are very nice!’
The Carpenter said nothing but
‘Cut us another slice.
I wish you were not quite so deaf —
I’ve had to ask you twice!’

‘It seems a shame,’ the Walrus said,
“To play them such a trick,
After we’ve brought them out so far,
And made them trot so quick!’
The Carpenter said nothing but
“The butter’s spread to thick!’

‘I weep for you,’ the Walrus said;
‘I deeply sympathize.’
With sobs and tears he sorted out
Those of the largest size,
Holding his pocket handkerchief
Before his streaming eyes.

‘O Oyster,’ said the Carpenter,
‘You’ve had a pleasant run!
Shall we be trotting home again?’
But answer came there none —
And this was scarcely odd, because
They’d eaten every one.”
–Lewis Carroll

Moustache Thursday – updated!

I spend a good deal of time on Etsy, making changes to my shop, browsing around for fun things I wish I could afford to buy for myself, or just looking for inspiration for upcoming projects.

A few months ago I created an Etsy Treasury featuring the moustache (if you don’t regularly check out the Treasury section, you should. It’s incredible. Of course, it may lead to all sorts of unplanned purchases). I think many people find the moustache to be creepy (ok, I sort of do too – probably too many episodes of “To Catch a Predator“), and I wanted to showcase the moustache in its non-creepy form. I think when moustaches are something other than a random tuft of hair growing on the middle of your face, they actually have the potential to be cute, vintage, and in many cases, quite comedic. For example:

This is Jeffrey Moustache, who won the silver medal in last year’s English Moustache competition. (photo by Jeffrey Moustache himself, taken from www.worldbeardchampionships.com).

This year, The World Beard and Moustache Championships will be held October 8th in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. I am not making this up, I’m taking this directly from their website:

“Beard Team USA, which represents the United States at the World Beard and Moustache Championships, is thrilled to be holding the championships in Amish Country, where the local Amish farmers have been growing beards for America for over 200 years.  As part of the festivities, contestants, their friends, and fans will have the opportunity to attend Amish Camp, where they can live with and like the Amish for 24 hours.”

Competitors can enter into eight different moustache categories. EIGHT. That doesn’t even count the goatee or the “Full Beard with Stylized Moustache” categories.

But it’s not all about the moustache, either. You can also head on over to beardoholic.com and read about NINE different beard competitions you can enter, as well as what the rules, rewards, and categories are, and how to enter! This is an awesome site for anyone interested in all things beard. The site is run by Zack Robbins, who authors most (if not all, there were so many I couldn’t check them all) of the articles and, while the topic is typically beards, the subject matter varies more than you’d think, even with a whole section devoted to “Beards From a Woman’s Perspective” (thank you, Zack. Nobody likes a prickly beard in their face). You can even stock up on accessories and gifts for the facial hair fanatic in your life.

I’m still waiting for the day when someone asks me to make a moustache wedding invitation for them. And I certainly will be thrilled to do it! Lots of people use moustaches in their photo booths at their wedding, but you can easily integrate them into your post-wedding life!

moustache ring by Isette

golden moustache necklace by kerenasaf

chocolate moustache lollipops by FiveSisterz

moustache travel mug by LennyMud

moustache decal by kathwren

MOONSTACHE, get it?
moonstache print by ilovedoodle

moustache keychain by DeeHewitt

I Moustache You a Question” painting by abandonedstache

moustache scarf by piprobins

Boy met Girl Wedding Invitation by vicentine

So, yeah, it can be creepy and weird (not to mention pedophilic), but I say if we embrace it into our lives, facial hair can be pretty fun.