Archive for ‘Life’

December 7, 2010

Good Things Coming!

{Image from 29BlackStreet}

Dearest Blog,

You have been so much fun and a great place to come to to post about work, design, and life! I enjoyed the time we spent, but it’s time to move on…there are things coming…really good things coming!

For one thing, I felt it was time to clear things up and simplify life. My freelance design company is Kori Clark Designs, which owns Paper & Pigtails. Kori Clark Designs works with a few select corporations on a regular basis, where as Paper & Pigtails is a stationary side of the business that creates party designs. This said, Kori Clark Designs simply doesn’t have the need for a blog to showcase my corporate work as those are a case by case basis, but Paper & Pigtails does need a blog to showcase designs and new products, so I have developed a new blog…that eventually will grow into a portfolio as well, so everything will be in one place. This will still be mainly a product blog, though I do like to share personal things from time to time. You can also still find all posts here on the new blog as well!

I made the choice to leave you now sweet blog, as there are A LOT of good things coming with the new year and I wanted to be prepared! I have new party designs lining up to get added to the shop, new photos to share, and a whole new product line to announce very soon!

Check out my new blog, www.paperandpigtailsparty.com and let me know what you think!! If you are subscribed to this blog, your subscription will be valid on the new blog. If you aren’t yet, you should be!!

I hope good things are coming to each and every one of you!!

November 30, 2010

Mini Apple Mincemeat Pies

I usually only post design related things (and a little family too) but these Mini Pie Bites were too wonderful not to share!!

My husband’s family is British, and his grandmother has been making mincemeat pies all of his life. When we were visiting her last year, she made some just for him and I have to admit…I was a little nervous….I mean “meat” in a pie? Coming from Louisiana I am familiar with all foods being cooked together in one big pot and throwing everything into your cooking, so I tried one. Guess what, it’s not meat!! Yes, I am sure most of you know this already, but mincemeat DID have meat in it long ago, however today’s version is a tasty blend of pippin apples, raisins, and spices. Great Granny BWI {British West Indies} makes hers more like turnovers and I knew my hubby liked being able to pick them up and eat them. When he requested them for Thanksgiving (and Christmas) I decided to find a way to make them my own.

I wanted to add apples, so ran a search and came across this recipe on Gourmet Girl.It looks tasty, right? I loved the idea of essentially having an “apple pie” layered with a “mincemeat pie”. I decided to go a little Sandra Lee and use a pie crust mix, so my pies were “Semi Homemade”, but I didn’t have any complaints!  I made a few changes to the recipe Gourmet Girl posted based on what I had and fitting it to the mini pies….so here is what I came up with.

Pie Crust: 2 Boxes Jiffy Pie crust mix, if you prefer going all the way, see the Gourmet Girl Post for a recipe and instructions.

Apple Filling:

5 cups apples (Jonathan), peeled and sliced into smaller pieces
3 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon organic whole milk (or heavy cream)
1 (26-ounce) jar mincemeat (We use Crosse & Blackwell)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

For the pie crusts:

In a large bowl, prepare mix per directions.Use 2 disks when making this pie. Roll out dough on floured surface and use round cookie cutters to cut out small pie shells. You will need a larger circle for the bottom of the mini pies and a smaller one for the top. (NOTE: I used 2 cups instead, turning them upside down to cut out two different sized circles) Place the larger circles in the bottom of a muffin/cupcake tin with the edges running up the side to form the mini pie shells. Mine only came about half way up the muffin tin sides.
For the apple filling:

Combine the apples, butter and lemon juice in a saucepan over medium heat and cook for about 6 minutes. Cool slightly.

In a medium bowl combine the sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, and a pinch of salt. Add slightly cooled apples and mix well. Stir in vanilla and milk. Place a spoon of apple mixture into the bottom of each mini shell, spreading evenly.

Add a spoonful of the mincemeat on top of apple filling in each mini pie. Then use the smaller dough disk and adjust over each mini pie. Vent the tops and brush with melted butter and a sprinkle of sugar.

Bake for 15 minutes.

I hope you can find the time to make these this holiday season! My husband has already requested we have them for Christmas, to take in to his co-workers, and to wrap up with a Happy Holiday gift tag for friends….

SIDE NOTE: although we made these for Thanksgiving Dinner…we ended up eating them for Thanksgiving breakfast…and they are perfect with coffee! You can also easily adapt this recipe to allergy free with Gluten Free Pie Crust, subbing Rice milk for the milk, and omitting the butter on top.

November 19, 2010

This, That, and Thanksgiving

This year, I have a lot to be thankful for, like these loves of my life –

I had our family photos done a few weeks ago, and I wanted to share a few of them with you for several reasons

1) Um, what mom doesn’t want to whip out the wallet full of photos at every chance? Well…this is kinda my wallet!

2) My daughter’s dress and jacket, and my son’s tie were made by the AMAZING Georgia Grace Designs and YOU still have time to win a $50 credit to her shop for a few more hours…the cuteness is overwhelming! Go to this POST to enter…. Winner will be announced later today around 4:30pm EST!

3) I LOVE every opportunity to showcase the work of my dear friend and amazing artist – Courtney Vickers {Photography} We had so much fun spending the morning with her, and the photos prove it! What do you think??

Of course, my princess {3} is a fan of making the cheese face for photos! I love the “faces of C”

You may have also noticed that Thanksgiving is next week….and I don’t have Thanksgiving printables in the shop….. There are a few reasons for this as well….

1) I thought about it, and though it is my FAVORITE HOLIDAY, there are quite a few beautiful sets available, both free and for sale! There are several BEAUTIFUL sets free through Operation Shower that you can use for your holiday festivities and raise a few dollars to help a mom have an amazing baby shower!!!

2) If you all don’t know this about me, I do still work in freelance graphic design as well. I work for a number of Large hotels around the states and I have been busy working on holiday items for them, working on some branding packages for clients, as well as some TOP SECRET and AMAZING Paper & Pigtails projects!

So, something had to give, and it was the Thanksgiving set I planned. I am OK with it, I figure no one will go without printables just because of me {GASP}!! Now, I can move on to being Thankful… And I am so Thankful….for so much…and I am so thankful for all of the support I have received from all of you!

I hope you all have an amazing Friday and don’t forget to check back later today to see if you won!!

November 8, 2010

Operation Give Thanks {Reminders and Ideas}

I am so thrilled to see the downloads and support for Operation Give Thanks! It is such a beautiful cause. Being able to support women who spend so much time away from loved ones, as their loved ones defend every one of us (and the moms who spend time away to defend us too)…well, it’s pretty amazing what all of these ladies do. If there is a good time to show support, it’s now, and it’s with Operation Give Thanks – Operation Shower.

Danielle Smith of Extraordinary Mommy joined up with LeAnn of Operation Shower to shoot this short video of the Operation Give Thanks printables in action.

I love their idea of using my printables for a spa party!!! Seriously cute! You can check it out on the operation shower site – HERE.

If you aren’t able to host a party, there are other ways I have seen to use these printables to raise money, such as:

– Use the water bottle label to wrap on a jar, with a tag tied on a ribbon around the top. Bring the jar to work or anywhere you think people may donate, and collect money!

– Use the circles as cupcake toppers and thank you tags to wrap baggies and offer to host a charity bake sale at your child’s school.

– Use the table Tent cards as placecards at a dinner and ask each guest to leave something small underneath.

– Decorate little Holiday bags for friends and family using the tags, and simply write the website on the back of the tags, and ask them to look into the cause.

If you haven’t downloaded my FREE PRINTABLES yet, get them HERE !!

If you have any other ideas, you can share them here, or join in the Operation Give Thanks Network to share!

Thank you for the continued support for Operation Shower!

October 27, 2010

Nesting in Damask – {New} Printables Set


Recently, I had the pleasure of designing a custom set for a friend and incredibly sweet friend. When the shower hosts told me they wanted to do a nesting shower and use damask, I was so happy to oblige. We worked together to come up with a bird that had a vintage vibe and sweet look. I love to create patterns, especially damask, so that was fun of course!

This set is so perfect for both baby showers and wedding showers as both require a time to “nest”!  This would also be a sweet design for a get together with friends!

Check out the Nesting In Damask Set NOW AVAILABLE in the shop!

October 15, 2010

Little LadyBug {Real Party}

When Andrea from Pocket Full Of Parties first let me in on her design idea for her daughter’s second birthday, I knew it would be so sweet! She wanted to combine the pattern from the Spring Sing Collection with the Little Lady Bug Collection (from the Etsy Shop) with an array of colors and design style! She then pulled in details from all over to tie everything together in an amazing and adorable way!! Andrea is a friend of mine, so I was so thrilled I actually got to see this party in person!

How sweet and colorful was the kids table! She had loads of activities on hand, from decorating frames to a bounce house!

And could the birthday girl be any more adorable?

HAPPY BIRTHDAY KIRA!

Andrea had some amazing vendors, here are her descriptions –

Our photographer was the renowned Gary Kaplan
(http://www.garykaplanphotography.com/home.html).  Gary brought
with him his assistant Natasha, as well as NYC photographer Javier
Gomez (http://www.javiergomezstudio.com/).

1.  Party Invites and Printables: Kori Clark of Paper and Pigtails on
Etsy (http://www.etsy.com/shop/PaperandPigtails)
2.  Party Favors: Collen of Happy Little Art on Etsy
(http://www.etsy.com/shop/HappyLittleArt)
3.  Party Door Signs: Party Pops on Etsy (http://www.etsy.com/shop/PartyPops)
4.  Poms: Pom Love on Etsy (http://www.etsy.com/shop/PomLove)
5.  Candy Kabobs: Marie of Sweets Indeed
(http://www.etsy.com/shop/SweetsIndeed or
http://www.sweetsindeed.com/)
6.  Custom Sugar Cookies: Abigail’s Bake Shop (http://www.abigailsbakeshop.com/)

Great Job Andrea!! I know Kira loved it so much, as we all did!

October 13, 2010

Operation Give Thanks – {FREE DOWNLOAD}

Alright Party Lovers, It’s time to {PARTY} for a great cause!!! That’s right, you throw a party using these {FREE} Party Printables and raise money for Operation Give Thanks, A Star is Born. I can’t think of a better reason to celebrate! Whether you use these printables to host a Shower, a dinner party for friends, or even a playdate, (I have included invites for a shower, or just a party) you can be a part of this amazing fund-raising effort!

If you don’t have time to party, you can still donate on the Operation Shower Website!  Here is the description of Operation Give Thanks from the source!

What Is Operation Give Thanks?
Operation Give Thanks is a nation-wide fund-raising party to help Operation Shower continue our mission to throw amazing baby showers for military families to ease the burden of deployment.
We are often asked how to best help Operation Shower.   We decided that since Operation Shower gives back to our military families through parties, so can YOU !
We are asking people across the nation to host a party between now and the end of the year to raise money for Operation Shower.  What a wonderful way to express your gratitude and thanks at this special time of year.
Our long-term goal is to reach every military base in the nation. Our short-term goal is to raise $50,000 through Operation Give Thanks to enable us to shower over 200 more moms-to-be ! That’s right, if you
raise $250 for Operation Shower, that enables us to throw a full amazing baby shower with gifts for a military mom to be whose spouse is deployed!

If you decide to host a party, please email us at lena@operationshower.org or amy@operationshower.org and we will help guide you as well and provide more information!

AND NOW….The FREE “A STAR IS BORN” Party Set

Included :

Invitations – Baby Shower or General Party

Party Circles

Tented Labels and/or Placecards

Straw Flags

Bottle Labels

2 Patterned Bunting Banner Pages

(alternate to create bunting)

Candy Bar Wrapper

2 Tented Table Signs

(For the Favor Table and Sweets Table)

Here are a few of the files you will see :

We ask that if you download this set, that you contribute to Operation Give Thanks in one of two ways

1) THROW A PARTY!!! – use these for a party to host a fundraiser and contact  lena@operationshower.org or amy@operationshower.org for more info and resources OR

2) Donate to the cause!!! – Make a donation for Operation Give Thanks, to help ensure that a mommy-to-be has the shower she deserves while waiting for her spouse to return from deployment. ANY AMOUNT counts!

DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE PRINTABLE SET HERE

Any attention we can raise for this cause is a benefit, so if you have any ideas or can share how you are using your printables, I would love to hear about it!

Now, go check out the other amazing FREE sets created to benefit Operation Shower from some incredibly talented designing women: The TomKat Studio, Paper & Cake, Parties by Hardie and Hostess With The Mostess! Once you are finished….GO JOIN the online network being set up by Operation Shower to exchange ideas, photos, and fun!

October 11, 2010

Welcome Fall

Fall is my favorite season. Fall is something different to each one of us. Living in Florida, we don’t see the leaves changing color, and we don’t always feel a chill to the air…but we do have plenty of reasons to love Fall! One of those for me, is the food of the season. I LOVE Fall food…the richness, spice, and warmth of the flavors are my absolute favorite. I start the season with a family favorite, stuffed acorn squash. When I brought these pretty ladies home from the grocery, my husband’s eyes lit up! Think wild rice, acorn squash, cranberries, cinnamon, and ground sausage….Oh…so….good.

I will post the recipe soon, but just wanted to say that while I adore fall, this one is already booked solid! It’s hard to believe that in mid October, I am booked with custom design work through the new year..but it’s a great thing too. I have several corporate clients aside from Paper & Pigtails, and other business opportunities that have arisen as well as hosting a house warming party, shower, and birthday party, and the traditional holiday fun. This season is bound to be full of warmth, love, and CHAOS! Bring on the Holidays!

October 5, 2010

Sneak Peek – Operation Shower Free Downloads

Last Friday I told you I had been working on some exciting events, and this is one I CAN. NOT. WAIT. to share with you!!! Here is the {SNEAK PEEK}

When I first heard of Operation Shower, I thought how beautiful and amazing the concept was. Operation Shower is non-profit organization that recognizes and honors the sacrifices military families make by producing and coordinating unit-wide baby showers and “showers in a box” for pregnant or expecting military families in a deployment or high stress situation.

Having had amazing showers when I had both of my children, I feel this is so important to making the new mom feel support and love for both herself and the baby she is soon to meet. I remember after my shower with my daughter thinking “WOW, people love this baby so much already…and she isn’t even here yet”. We should help every new mom to feel that way!

When Amy from Stem Parties, and Chief Event Organizer for Operation Shower reached out about creating a printables collection for upcoming fundraising event, I was honored and over joyed to jump on board! They have joined with March of Dimes to create this nationwide fundraiser titled ” Operation Give Thanks, A Star is Born” !!

This entire printable collection will be available very soon for FREE DOWNLOAD and you can get involved in supporting this amazing cause!!

There will also be sets available from some other amazing designers including; Hostess With the Mostess, The TomKat Studio, Paper and Cake, and Parties By Hardie. I hope you all will keep your eyes peeled and get involved!!

October 1, 2010

Oops

I just realized I posted on Monday….and today is Friday….Oops! I should get better about that!
I have had a wonderful week (few weeks really) that have been very busy and full of great moments! Aside from my little guy starting to stand (assisted of course) and sprouting his first tooth, and taking my daughter to her first real play, I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to work with THREE amazing charities! I can’t wait to share more about these wonderful organizations with you.

Here is a sneak peek at one of the projects I have been working on!

NOW, Happy Friday everyone! Enjoy your weekend!