Tuesday, October 27, 2009

3 new items in my shop!

I'm so happy to announce that I have 3 new products available in my shop!

First off, new Holiday cards with room for a photo! It's always fun to include a photo with your holiday greeting, and this new card allows you to do just that. You'll get Pretty Smitten style...a little sparkle from our signature Swarovski crystal, your pick of holiday motif and the ability to personalize them with your choice of colors, font and text. We leave room for you to simply attach a 2x3" wallet size photo (double sided tape works great). Return address labels and coordinating colored envelopes are also included. Happy Holidays!

And also new in our shop? Our alphabet note card series! I love our Pretty Smitten Alphabet Prints and just wanted to do more with my favorite 26 letters! In this series, each letter is paired with one of our favorite motifs. And then you have two options...in our Personalized Alphabet Note Cards, you pick one letter, add a personalized name and customize them with your choice of colors and font. In the second option, you get the entire alphabet! Both make adorable stationery for any little one, mommy or mommy to-be.

Would love to hear what you think of these new products! Hope you like them as much as I do.

Happy Tuesday everyone!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Pretty Smitten with Etsy shop Olive

Hello and Happy Monday everyone! Hope you had a great weekend. A while back I was catching up on my blog reading and cruising through OhDeeDoh...what did I find? Etsy seller Olive and her fantastic house pillows!! Love love love them. We have a large playroom upstairs and I'm always on the lookout for unique and fun decorative items. These are PERFECT! Finally getting around the sharing them with you, hope you love them as much as I do...and how cute is the one below with the Christmas lights??

Friday, October 23, 2009

And the winner is.....

A winner has been generated by random.org.....comment #4 by Jeny at summerstyle is our winner!!! Jeny said:

i agree, you are most talented, have a beautiful baby and i would be honored to be chosen for this giveaway. i am honored either way, your work is perfect!!
jeny at

Congratulations Jeny!! I will email you to discuss the details for your calling cards!

Thank you to everyone for participating. Just last Friday I was at 150 sales and now I'm at 169. So keep an eye out for the giveaway at 200! I am thrilled with the success of my little shop and it is all because of you guys, my customers. A big THANK YOU and Happy Friday!!

Pretty Smitten Print on Spearmint Baby!

I received an email from a recent buyer, Carly, who had purchased a You Are My Sunshine print from my shop. Her nursery was featured on Spearmint Baby and my little print made the cut in her beautiful collection of pictures! She has created an amazing nursery for her daughter. I love the wall treatment!! In her own words, here's how she did it...."semi gloss paint (wall is in flat paint so the semi gloss stands out) in white - photocopied the pattern from the bedding onto clear sheet, then used a projector to project it onto the wall and then painted it in." Now that's some great DIY. The blue is Sherwin Williams Bouyant Blue. My other favorite part? Her hair clip holder from Etsy seller candicenkatiesart. Enjoy!

Up next....results from our latest giveaway. Stay tuned!!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Don't forget about our giveaway!

Don't forget about our giveaway...enter to win a set of calling cards! The winner will be announced tomorrow morning. Yippee for 150 sales!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

J Crew - Fall Fashion Finds

I'm a J Crew girl. It's my go-to place for chic little pieces that are easy to throw on, look good, and wear with an 11 month old in tow. Here are some of my favorites for fall....

Kelsey Ruffle Top in cinnamon spice
LOVE THIS. I have a similar top from JCrew with ruffles at top in a pretty light pool color and I wear it all the time. This one would be a great fall option. Layer it under cardigans and blazers or wear alone for date night with hubby!

Such a cute alternative to the longer coats. Throw is on and you're ready to go. Love the yellow option too, but navy is classic and I know I'd wear it all the time!

I have the JCrew Minnie pants and they are such a great fit. I imagine these are too! Wonderful with flats or heels. And how easy would it to be to pull on a pair of boots over them? No worries about stuffing in the pant leg.

Okay I love heels. But lets face it, I wear flats pretty much everyday. That doesn't mean I can't have cute flats though! Love these modern yet classic ones. Would go great with the above mentioned toothpick jeans and Minnie pants!

Heirloom Flora Earrings in butterscotch
My son is getting over the 'pulling on Mommy's earrings' stage and I've started wearing hoops and dangly earrings again. Hooray! I want to celebrate with a pair of these!

Duchess Stone Necklace in soft pumpkin
Necklaces still interest my son, but they don't come with the danger of ripping Mommy's earlobe off so I still wear them! Besides, they can provide some much needed entertainment in the grocery store line.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

I love Fall!

On Saturday we went up to Apple Hill with my parents to do a little pumpkin picking! I don't often share personal photos on this blog, but after downloading the photos this morning I just had to post a few. Some of the places at Apple Hill can be crowded and touristy, but we found Cardinnini pumpkin patch and it was completely idyllic! We put Owen in a wagon and set off to find our pumpkin. I just love how his little hands held onto the side. He definitely loved the ride. We found a couple pumpkins and just had fun enjoying the beautiful outdoors!

Happy Tuesday everyone! And don't forget to enter our GIVEAWAY!

Monday, October 19, 2009


Happy Monday! Here at Pretty Smitten we hit 150 Etsy sales last week in our shop. Hooray! Time to continue the tradition of a giveaway at every 50 sales...this time up for grabs? A set of our adorable calling cards! 24 cards packaged in our signature tin. Throw them in your bag and they'll come in handy at your child's school and playdates. Or know a new Mommy? They make a great gift! Just leave a comment and you'll be entered to win. A winner will be announced Friday. Be sure to include your email address in the comment or remember to check back on Friday to see if you've won! Thanks to everyone for helping make Pretty Smitten a success.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Yippeee 150 Sales!

Yay! Yesterday I hit 150 sales and I'm thrilled! Check back Monday for our next giveway...what's up for grabs? You'll have to wait and see! For now I'm off to a playdate with Owen. Happy Friday everyone!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Pretty Smitten with Pixie Dust

My husband is on a business trip for a couple of days so the other evening after I put my little guy to bed, I sat down on the couch with a glass of wine in hand and did one of my favorite things....click, click, clicked my way through the internet to see what I could find! And what did I find? Pixie Dust!! Pixie Dust Decor is a textile and children's decor design studio. On their site you can find the sweetest crib bedding, bibs and blankets. My favorite though? The poufs and tuffets! They just look so fantastic to keep in the nursery or playroom. Great little lounging pillows to snuggle up with your little one and his or her favorite book. Fabrics are sold by the yard and there's even a custom shop, so the options are endless! Definitely Smitten with Pixie Dust!

Poufs! Love. Them.

Tuffets, so sweet and girly!

Crib bedding


Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Cupcake Cars!

Customized Cupcake Cars!! Too funny, what will they come up with next? We watch the Today Show for about an hour every morning while we get our morning tasks done and this morning they had a segment on Neiman Marcus' 2009 Holiday Catalog. Okay, so I'll I need is 25k and I'll be cruising through my neighborhood looking like a huge cupcake. I'm thinking I'd have to go all out girly and get the pink one!

OKL Find - Natural Curiosities

Good morning all! Survived the big storm and waking up to a cloudy morning but no rain. Just a very wet backyard. Just browsing through my favorite morning emails and here's another find from One Kings Lane....prints from Natural Curiosities! This Los Angeles
based company takes a modern twist on an old time favorite - botanicals. One of my favorites is shown below, but more can be found on OKL's site. How great would these looked all framed and hung on your wall? And for only $59, it's some pretty affordable art. Need an invite to become a member of One Kings Lane? Just email me at prettysmitten@yahoo.com.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The storm has hit!

Okay the weather guys weren't kidding, we really are in for a storm! It's raining like mad and the wind is whipping around like crazy out there. Good thing I brought in our patio umbrella, I'm pretty sure if I hadn't it would be in the neighbors yard. But I love it, we don't get that many real stormy days around here and it's a great chance to stay cozy indoors all day.

So the Mac n' Cheese last night? Well I chose the John Legend's Macaroni and Cheese from Martha Stewart mainly because I had most of the ingredients and the prep was easy. I substituted whole wheat penne for the elbow macaroni but other then that followed the directions exactly. To be honest? Thought it was a little runny. Maybe a little less liquid next time? Or the whole wheat pasta doesn't soak it up as much? It sure is easy though and deserves another shot. Meant to take pictures but in the last minute scramble to get dinner on the table didn't have a chance. Bad blogger! Sorry folks, next time I promise.

Have a great Tuesday. I'll be in my comfy clothes, playing with my son and watching the rain!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Monday with Martha...ready for some comfort food!

Here in Northern CA we are expecting our first big storm of the season...it's cloudy and cold today and tomorrow comes the wind and rain! Now I'm sure it's nothing like what other parts of the country experience, but for us, it's a storm! Snow is expected in nearby Tahoe and I love it. So what do I want for dinner tonight? Comfort food! Something warm and yummy. Macaroni and cheese fits the bill so I turned to Martha for a recipe....

Turns out there are a few to choose from!

Macaroni and Cheese with Slow Roasted Tomato Slices
recipe here

A Classic - Macaroni and Cheese with Ham
recipe here

John Legend's Macaroni and Cheese
recipe here

Okay so none of these too healthy, but you have to admit they all look yummy right? I'll let you know which one I end up making tomorrow! Have a great Monday.

Friday, October 9, 2009

A Sneak Peek...Circus Themed 1st Birthday Party!

Our little boy is nearing his 1st birthday and I'm hard at work organizing his circus themed party! You will get to see more as I continue to plan, and then of course pictures from the big day....but for now, here is the invitation that went out this week! Our address and phone number have been changed, not that I don't want you at the party or anything, but I can only make so many cupcakes :)


Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Pretty Smitten with One Kings Lane

Have you heard of One Kings Lane? It's a fantastic members only shopping site that offers significant discounts on home decor products and accessories. New sales are launched daily so there is always something new...and at up to 70% off retail! I've become addicted to checking the site daily to see the latest and greatest. Below is a Riedel sale added today. Want in on the action? Email me at prettysmitten@yahoo.com and I will send you an invitation!

Fun Reidel champagne glasses - $18 for a set of 2 (compare to $30 retail)

Love these and love their name! Happy O stemless wine glasses - $39 for a set of 4 (compared to $60 retail)
And the classic Riedel stemless wine glass set...$62 for the set (compare to $89 retail)

Email me for your invite! prettysmitten@yahoo.com

Happy Wednesday!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Monday with Martha...Halloween ideas

Amazingly enough, we are in October already and over here at the Johnson house we are gearing up for our first Halloween with our little guy. Last year at this time I was VERY pregnant so didn't participate too much in the Halloween festivities! Not this year though...Owen has his Halloween costume all ready to go (Dalmation puppy costume from Pottery Barn Kids) and we are starting to put up our fall decorations. So who do I look to for some inspiration? Martha of course! As you can tell from my Halloween invitations, cupcake toppers and favor tags in my shop, I'm not one for too dark and spooky. So here are some of my Martha favorites from her more adorable side ...

For the ever important pumpkins.....

I saw these animal pumpkins in an issue of Martha Stewart Living long ago, and what do you know they are still featured on her website too. Looks to me that it would take a week to create, I have the time for that right??? But I love them! So cute and fun.
click here for directions on how to make the owl pumpkins

click here for directions on how to make the porcupines

click here for directions on how to make the snake

Some cute favor bags...wouldn't they look great with a Pretty Smitten Halloween tag around them? :)
get directions here

get directions here

And for the ever popular candy buffet...check out these labels you can print at home. I love the all black candy theme, but I think orange and black, or orange and brown would look great too!
print labels and see directions here