Thursday, December 23, 2010

Thankful Thursdays...Whew!!!

We have been can-you-say overwhelmed by all of the orders from our faithful fans, clients, and supporters this holiday season! We can't say thanks enough for keeping us on your wish list for 2010 and we're looking forward to exceeding your expectations in 2011!!!

As we end this prosperous year, we just wanted to send a quick thank you for continuing to multiply our visions and dreams! Now we can dream about gumdrops and sugarplums....

See you next year!

Nat & Ebony

G8tr Enterprises

Monday, December 13, 2010

On the 12th Day of Christmas My True Love Gave To Me...

This week only,purchase our own premium spa holiday basket and receive a delectable, gift-wrapped dessert: OUR ORIGINAL gourmet cheesecake,FREE!

Our Premium Spa Gift Basket includes:

-Boca Terry® Ivory Velour Wrap (single-inital embroidery included)
-2-sided pedi brush
-Extended Handle spa body buffer
-Yankee Candle® aromatherapy candle
-Massage wand
-10 Lavare® mini bath bars
-Saratoga® Sparkling water
-Sedona Spa Relaxation CD
-B&BW® Twilight Woods Body Butter
-B&BW® Vanilla Noir Bubble Bath and
-more!!! Offer ends Friday, December 17th, midnight E.S.T

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Thankful Thursdays: Giving the Goods!

We love to offer great tips on how to show YOU how to do things yourself! Over the next few weeks, we understand that several of you who are planning weddings may try to catch up on some DIY projects in your time off from work...and the rest of you may start dilly-dallying with ideas for your very own house parties.
Well, we thought we'd offer some of our favorite DIY tips and pics to inspire you for your holiday entertaining. Remember, the point here is not to overwhelm you but to give you a little eye candy so that even if you AREN'T getting married right now, or planning the NYE party of the year, you can take from these and embellish to make your event that much greater whenever you do decide to have one!

1. Our favorite DIY Do-able, DESSERT BARS!

This Darling PINK Nutcracker Suite Ballet Party has SO many nuggets to tickle any girls' fancy!
Complimenting colors,an inspiration photo, and a great use of texture made this backdrop a HIT!

and this Glam SnowGirls Holiday Dessert Party reminded us that 'girls just wanna have fun'!
Really simple touches with coconut, snowflakes (hole-punch! hint, hint), and edible confetti, make this get-up as fun for the hostess as the recipients.

and here's a glorious spread on a healthy kick! Take a peak at her blog: She has great tips, from start to finish on how to recreate this same tantalizing display!
It's simply amazing the difference a nice backdrop can make!

2. A close 2nd DIY Do-able, PERSONALIZED NAPKINS!

Anything personalized always resonates with us. This tip from Twig and Thistle, reminded us how easy it is to offer a little pizazz with the tiniest detail.

Custom Napkins provided by Amy Atlas' DIY
Materials Needed:
The PicnicNapkin_DIY_Template!
Paper Napkins
1.5″ Circle Punch
Iron-on Transfers
Ink Jet Printer

1. Download table number’s PDF and print onto Iron-on transfer paper as directed. Depending on what transfer paper you use you made need to revers the template before you print so take special note. Trim each circle out using a 1.5″ circle punch taking extra care to line up the edges. If you don’t have a 1.5″ circle punch than a craft knife can be used instead.
2. Determine where you’d like the design to appear on your napkin and place carefully on your napkin. Follow the instructions that come with the transfer paper to adhere the art work.
3. Ta-da! Unique and custom napkins without the cost!

3. Yet another DIY Do-able, RADICAL ROSETTES & RUFFLES, oh my!

Rachel, over at Heart of Light, came up with a simply splended way to add flair to go from simple to simply sophisticated This ruffle accent can be used to adorn a cardigan, make a headband, wrist corsage. YOU NAME IT!
Quality ribbon - as wide as you’d like your belt to be. We used 1.5 inch grosgrain for our project, but you could certainly use a pretty double satin or something else entirely. Just make sure it will lay nicely on your waist.
Fabric - We used four different types/tones for this project. Rachel chose a few different silks and a tulle. Different textures and weights make for nice variation when they’re all mixed together. The remnants bin of your local fabric store is a great place to start if you’re looking for inspiration.
How to:
1. Find the center point of your belt/ribbon and start there. We’d recommend cutting your belt longer than you think so you can accommodate for an off center finished product and/or for a big bow in the back.
2. For the complete tutorial, we’re going to point you towards Rachel’s detailed explanation of a similar headband on her blog. But the gist is this…

4. Lastly, our final DIY Do-able for the week, to catch all of the frolic on film, a DIY photo booth!

My Bride Story is filled to the brim with great DIY ideas, not to mention this DIY photo booth and how to pull it off on a budget.
With a little preplanning and forethought, this accent might just end up being the highlight of your evening! It's great at keeping everyone entertained in the 'in-betweenst' times.
Must-have items: You can wish to invest in a photo printer OR you can buy poloroid films (hurry! they're gonna stop making poloroid film soon) to recreate the photo booth experience. Printers be purchased on the low-low on ebay, craigslist, or staples for under $150 dollars and the photo paper & the ink cartridege for about $30 dollars.
Now, all that's left is:
1) a fabric backdrop (you can purchase it at IKEA or Joann's and attach to PVC pipes or you can try hanging it somehow :) ***Make sure to iron the fabric or else it will be very distracting in the background if you don't. Use a simple print or solid color print.
2)props! - think feather boa, crazy hats, maybe some stick-on mustaches, wigs
3) a faithful shift of friends to be in charge of the camera and a digital photo printer. Please provide a tripod!!
Renting a booth, can be pretty pricey, depending on which ones you rent and your location. So, if it isn't in the budget, this could definitely serve as a nice plan B!
Happy DIY-ing!!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Santa, let us explain...

We've tried to be really good! REALLY! Time has just gotten away from us....potty training toddlers, fourth grade multiplication facts, wrapping corporate gifts, sewing baby gifts, pin-pricked fingers, unassembled Christmas trees, and monogrammed towels, sheets, and throws have taken the place of gumdrops and sugarplums in our dreams. So, no we haven't quite finished our Christmas list.

Yes, it is December 3rd already and shhhh! As a matter of fact, we haven't really started it. We know your elves are feverishly working to meet the demands of our little angels, so we thought we'd take a little time to showcase our own (and some of our favorite) small businesses who are working feverishly to offer gifts MADE IN THE USA for our dedicated followers to enjoy!

So...please forgive us, Santa, we'll have our complete list ready and sent to you soon! But seriously,'ve gotta admit, these shops offer some goodies even YOU hadn't thought of!

Of course there's our latest round of corporate gifts...any secret santa gift seekers out there? Hurry quickly before our best sellers are going, going, GONE!

and then some of our other handmade faves:

The Belle & The Beau's Modern Boys' and Toddler Ties:

KC SoapsNMore's Goat Milk Sugar Scrub Soaps:

Mermaid's Dream Clutches:

Designs By Randi:

Chenille Treasures' Teddies, Bunnies, and Blankies:

Boutique Mia's Reversible Cloaks:

DDots Handmade Stationery:

Our very own Reversible Ultra-Absorbent Bibs & Burpies!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Thankful day early: N.A.N.A!

There's just something about know, those women who support you whole-heartedly, pushing you into prosperity, always reassuring you that everything will be fine, and that they'll always be there, regardless.....

My mom is the best and today on her glorious birthday, at Heaven Sown, we're grateful. Not only did she encourage me to obtain an engineering degree for my Plan A eh-hem, several years ago, but she also bought me my first sewing machine once I decided on my Plan B. She's always been there to nudge me along. Learning how to talk to God, drive a stick, graduations, pledging, buying my first car, buying my first home, marrying the love of my life, teaching me everything I know about flowers, and now tending to my little angels, "Chunk", "PT" and "Duke". Today I'm incredibly thankful for the one and only Deborah Ann. There's just none like her and will never be!

Nana, in between, fourth grade multiplication homework, potty training, 9 to 5s, and the after-5's we managed to drop something in the mail for you, but in the interim, the boys wanted to do a little something for you since we don't get to see you as often as we'd like. Let me tell you, it took several "takes". We can laugh over those out-takes and a good helping of sweet potato pudding later. :)
Nana's Bday Video

We love you,
are incredibly thankful for you,
realize we would be nothing without you, and
today we celebrate you on your glorious birthday!

xoxo and we look forward to seeing you soon!