Thursday, September 29, 2011

Friday Freebie! Sweet Swagbucks!

Who doesn't love something that's FREE?!

Who doesn't love something that's FREE and EASY?

We've decided that on the last Friday of every month we'll offer you guys a little something free. Yup, I said it: FREE...starting with September!...and we'll offer this little freebie one day early.

Search & Win

Thanks to MoneySavingMom's Blog we were recently introduced to Swag Bucks... a lovely search engine like Google that offers you bucks for doing what we do so well during our day...searching the internet. It's great because it's incredibly easy to sign-up for and it's FREE.

In fact, it takes all of about one minute. There are no fees, no credit card required and no phone number or address requested.

After that, you are credited with 30 points to your account. Download the toolbar and every day as you’re searching online, you’ll earn 10 to 20 more points. After only 450 points earned, you can get a free $5 Amazon gift card. There are dozens of other prizes, too. MSM talks of one friend who quickly wrapped up enough points to earn gift cards for all of her Holiday shopping here. So in essence, you get paid to surf!

We'll call this the free gift that keeps on giving... :)

Just click on our referral link here to sign up...and of course, we'll get credit for your signing up...but even better, so will you. You can then encourage your friends to sign up as well and earn bucks for free items like Amazon Gift cards, which will definitely come in handy for the Holidays!

Happy surfing!

Thankful Thursdays: To-ma-to, To-mah-to Part II

Here we go again...One might think, what on Earth could a tomato have to do with Heaven Sown Event Planning? Allow me enlighten you.

A while back we shared a testimony about our amazement after finding a volunteer Roma Tomato plant in our flower bed. Well, last night, we decided to go straight Southern with our salmon croquettes, buttered white rice, and fried green tomaters. :)

As I sat there frying my lucious tomatoes while my 3 little angels drooled in the kitchen, I remember thinking...I'm actually enjoying the fruit of minimal labor in our now, garden mound. I reflected on my excitement over finding our jewels in the garden...and thought...Ok, God, yes, I see how you're making provision even in small things.

I was reminded that yes, He knows exactly what we need when we need it...even if we might not agree at that very moment....and in due time when the timing is just right, when we least expect it, a seed that was planted will bring forth fruit..and in our case, our tomato plant has almost taken over our mound!

And with that, I was contented...with knowing that:
our God orders our footsteps when we allow Him to
He shows us where to plant....or in our case, plants for us
He nurtures the seeds that are planted.
He makes things bloom in the perfect timing....
and when we're ready, we can partake in His blessings

So, today, I'm incredibly grateful to God for:
the seeds He's giving us...
the direction He's giving us...
and prayerfully, our ability to follow His direction in due time and due season.

If our small business never becomes one able to solely provide for our household, I'm slowly growing ok with that. Allow me to be transparant when I say that I so want "this" that I truly enjoy...from the baby bibs and toddler books to our floral designs and my hubby's cheesecakes be a full-time opportunity to show how God can honor giftings that I think we've been given. Especially when I see how my oldest son gravitates to the creativity we express with everything that leaves our virtual office. I want to be an example that following your dreams actually gets you somewhere....but for now, I'll just keep listening, sowing, and praying, while we enjoy our fried green tomatoes.

I thought it might be fitting to share the recipe with you....oh and by the way, these tomoatoes are scrupmtious with a good bottle of remoulade....maybe its the Cajun in me. Enjoy!

My Mooched Fried Green Tomato Recipe taken from my favorite recipe site: Allrecipes Thanks Diana Swenson-Siegel for sharing this awesome southern dish!! Ingredients:
4 large green tomatoes
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup bread crumbs (I sub with Townhouse crackers)
2 teaspoons coarse kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 quart vegetable oil for frying

1.Slice tomatoes 1/2 inch thick. Discard the ends.
2.Whisk eggs and milk together in a medium-size bowl. Scoop flour onto a plate. Mix cornmeal, bread crumbs and salt and pepper on another plate. Dip tomatoes into flour to coat. Then dip the tomatoes into milk and egg mixture. Dredge in breadcrumbs to completely coat.
3.In a large skillet, pour vegetable oil (enough so that there is 1/2 inch of oil in the pan) and heat over a medium heat. Place tomatoes into the frying pan in batches of 4 or 5, depending on the size of your skillet. Do not crowd the tomatoes, they should not touch each other. When the tomatoes are browned, flip and fry them on the other side. Drain them on paper towels.

Note: Use only egg whites to ensure they came out super crispy and crunchy. Egg yolks can make fried foods a little greasy and sometimes soggy.

Interested in reviewing our Part I testimony? Click here.

Invites by Love vs. Design...

Here at Heaven Sown, we LOVE DIY...especially when it offers an opportunity to showcase our own creativity. For those of you who feel the same way, we recently ran across a site that offers printable invitations with a custom and personalized feel. Not so cookie-cutter, if you will. One on-time feature is that they offer the option for your own DIY printing or they'll print for you as well! What's not to like about getting a custom look for less?

Their mantra is simply Pick it.Personalize it. Print it.

Yup, it's just that simple!

1. Pick it:
From quirky to elegant, they have a design that fits your style. Browse their gallery to find a design you like, then you can begin your customization.

2. Personalize it:
Enter the wording for your design, such as name, event date and location. You also have the option to add your own personal touch. For an additional fee, you can customize the color, font, and size for any design you choose. Use their WORDING AND SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FIELD to enter your personalized content and details. Their design team will customize your order and send over a PDF proof within 3 days.

3. Print it:
Once you receive your ready-to-print PDF proof, there are several printing options available: Digital, Letterpress and Printing from home (please note that not all designs are available for letterpress).

See!? Told ya...just THAT simple!

They even have Photo Save the Date cards as well!

In addition to there offerings on their website, Love vs. Design offered a FREE printable party invitation on HGTV's website here. Not only can you download their design for FREE, but there are 16 additional creations that are sure to suit your fancy!

We thought a few of their designs might just come in handy as a few of you anticipate holiday proposals :) This will give you an opportunity to peruse...yeah, just browse, what's out there for the immediate future.


Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Creativity in Flowers....Yes! Yes! Yes!

I just love when fashion and function meet! Style Me of the most fashionable wedding sites we know and Hatch Creative of the most creative designers we know when it comes to flowers have crossed paths yet again! and boy are we grateful!

From the touching is this?!: " From the Bride…We fell in love with the venue because it was a beautiful all white space, and we wanted to embrace the stark whiteness of it, the blank canvas, but add some accents and warmth. Lots of little candles everywhere. We wanted to express the beauty of the urban environment, and take advantage of the rawness of the studio space in a cool industrial chic way. But still beautiful, and a little unexpected. We wanted our guests to feel a sense of delight. We wanted the venue to feel very New York, but “our” New York. On the roof of the venue (Studio 450) there are two giant water towers, and water towers became a design element that we used in our Save The Date, Invitations, Website, our ‘logo,’ and embossed by hand on the cover of our programs. It’s hard to explain why we like watertowers so much — style, functionality, and unexpected beauty. They invite you to look up, and once you do, you see the city in an entirely new way. There’s a metaphor in there for marriage somewhere!

The paper chain idea was to make a beautiful mess of paper chains behind the ceremony space. We like the symbolism of the chains, joining links, as we join our lives together, as a couple, but also with our family and community. But we also liked the idea of taking a very common and humble material like paper and transforming it into something unique and beautiful. Barb and Nelson took this little seed of an idea, and transformed it into an incredible installation that far exceeded our expectations. It wasn’t just a backdrop for our ceremony … it became part of our ceremony. It became a representation of our community, and all the different friendships and relationships that had collectively brought us to this moment in our lives. What started as design idea has now taken on a life of its own. After getting married we formed a production company together: Paper Chain Productions. The name now represents to us not only our wedding, but our partnership, our connected community of friends and family, and the idea that you can build something beautiful and inspiring, from a simple scrap of paper.

We were engaged for a year and a half, which is a super long time to be in the ‘planning stage’ of a wedding. By the time the wedding rolled around, we felt pretty planned out! So we decided it would be fun to have a moment of ‘planned spontaneity’ during our wedding ceremony, and we invited our lovely and fearless friends to help us execute it.

Two days before the wedding we sent out an email to a group of our friends, asking them to participate in an impromptu performance smack in the middle of our ceremony. We didn’t know what to call it at the time, but a ‘flash mob’ comes close. We didn’t ask anybody to rehearse, and we had no idea how many of our friends would actually participate, let alone if the idea would work. But that wasn’t the point. The point was to do something fun, and utterly in the moment. It was wonderful, and is one of our favorite memories of the day. At the end of the readings, a friend stood up in his chair, and belted out “It don’t mean a thing, if it ain’t got that swing.” Followed by 15 or so of our friends standing up and joining in “Doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah!” This happened twice, and the entire thing lasted maybe 30 seconds. It was perfect. Looking out to see our friends and relatives bravely standing up and “doo-wah-ing” and dancing their hearts out, seeing the surprised and delighted looks on every one else’s faces, and hearing the explosion of laughter…it was such a sweet release, and connected everyone with each other for the more serious moments that followed."

Credits: All wedding images and the beautiful bride's story courtesy of Style Me Pretty | Event Design

Seasonless Palette: Toffee, Rose Gold, and Slate

Who doesn't like seasonless pants....seasonless suits....seasonless wool? Well I'm kinda feelin' this seasonless palette...for those of you who love muted tones, I think you'll love it too!

Toffee, Rose Gold, and Slate Gray: an understated neutral, with a pop of elegance in an unexpected metallic hue. This palette could go from Miami Chic, to Brooklyn Bangin'...and back to Rustic Rodeo. :) Yep, I said it.

Let us know what you think?...or if you've already tried these same hues so that we can feature YOUR real event here!

And this oh-so-handy palette generator just may create a monster in you. With Big Huge Lab's handy site you can upload a picture and voila, it magically creates the palettes for you! How handy is THAT! See, you can go from this:

to THAT!

Imagine the possibilities...your wedding...your home design projects...sigh.
Special thanks to Junebug Weddings for this fantastic, tool. :) Happy creating!

Credits: Rose Gold Bridesmaid Dress | Rose Gold Statement Necklace | BCBG Champagne Ombre Gown | Caramel Apple Cake Shooters | Ombre Effect Wedding Cake | Zenadia Designs Wedding Invite | One Garnet Girl's Shop Rose Gold Gemstone Ring | Claire Pettibone Bridal Gown Spring 2011 faye | Festive Feather Frolic

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Our LABOR of love...

We're really excited to share one of our latest babies with you...yes, we're birthing another one...and this one has been in the works for sometime. After three boys, you'd think a girl would be overdue, right? Just joking...nope this is probably as close to our girl as we'll ever for our hopeful blog followers, don't get your hopes up too high!

This labor of love is really just another offering for YOU!

I know you're probably thinking Heaven Sown...when do you have time to do baby stuff, weddings,and cheesecakes...not to mention a new baby?!

Technically, this is just a little extension of our Blessed Beginnings Baby line and we love it so that we thought we'd share a rough image of our work...even before we get truly professional pictures.

So, you know how BIG we are on miracles around here, right?...maybe now you'll understand why. Here's a glimpse at our own definition.

This 18 x 22" burlap canvas perfectly expresses how we feel about:
  • each of our angels...
  • those surprising little blessings that cross our path ever so often, and even
  • those awe-inspiring testimonies that our friends share with us from time to time!

...perfect for a doctors' office, nursery, photographer's studio,or the home of any believer....this hand-painted gem is a daily reminder of God's handiwork.

It's featured here in a neutral burlap with copper lettering (although my el-cheapo digital doesn't quite pick up the glistening metallic finish), but can be tailored to perfectly accent any space. It's currently available in our Etsy shop here...soon to be offered on our BlessedBeginningsBaby site...and we'll keep you posted. In the meantime, we just had to share the good news with you!
Do YOU believe in miracles?