Wednesday, January 25, 2012

macarons anyone?


macaron is a sweet meringue-based confectionery made with egg whitesicing sugar, granulated sugar, almond powder or ground almond, and food coloring. The macaron is commonly filled with buttercream or jam filling sandwiched between two cookies.


A couple weekends ago, all 3 of us had a free Saturday afternoon and we decided to have a Macaron Making Day. This was our first attempt. Glad we had an entire afternoon free because it took us quite some time. We had a grand time! We tuned into French singer, Charles Trenet, on Pandora in the kitchen and imagined we were in a Parisian boulangerie...a girl can dream...


a little music to set the mood

 macaron anyone??

 piping our first batch

setting up

 we were happy to see macaron 'feet' come out of the oven

 we filled our pink macarons with chocolate ganache

we decided we needed to make our next 2 batches a little larger and with lemon curd filling...yumm!!

then we took them out to our bakery's window display...
...just kidding!

 Though I do wish we could pick up a little treat at Angelina La Masion in Paris right now! :)


It was a sweet afternoon!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Our studio in Pixtromatic


Welcome to our studio!

I have been playing with Pixtromatic, a free app, that I downloaded. There are so many fun choices for your photos to give them a completely different look. You can add unusual borders and effects like rainbows, glitter, rain, antique, etc. I started snapping away in our studio this morning, here is a look:

 books & buttons in cubicles

"Norma", a purchase at the Canton Flea Market

desk that we stripped, scraped, sanded and painted

 our inspiration board

 closet shelves that need some tidying

 curtains and seashells

 waiting for a home


surfing the web

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

love is in the cards!

We are less than a month away from St. Valentine's Day! This lovely holiday is filled with red and pink, chocolates, cards, Cupid's arrows, roses, sweets, xoxo, etc. A day to celebrate LOVE with your loved ones. We have stocked our etsy shop with Valentines! 


send this sweet little boy to your Valentine

touch someone's hand and heart with this card

don't send a tweet, send this real card to your lovebird

you'll drool over this sweet little puppy love Valentine

Send your love the old-fashioned way- with a stamp!

Make sure you head over to www.inthiswonderfullife.com before Sunday to enter our first giveaway for a FREE custom map!


Monday, January 16, 2012

Around the World with ElizaJane

Over the past year we have had the pleasure of designing maps for all parts of the world! It is such fun to transport ourselves to another part of the globe while researching places/sights for a custom map- it's almost like taking a vacation! Here is a peek at some of those maps:








This journey has opened up other possibilites for maps. Maybe there isn't a wedding in your future, but possibly a special trip, a new baby, a college graduation, or you just want to highlight your hometown and what makes it special to you! Here's what we mean...






Wherever you are in the world and whatever the occasion you're celebrating, let ElizaJane map your memory. 





Saturday, January 14, 2012

Happy Birthday Finn!


Today Finn Darragh turns the big 2!! He is our nephew/cousin and the lone boy in a family of girls. How exciting when we finally had a sweet little boy among us and it is so much fun to see even at such a young age how boys are just boys. Those big blue eyes make your heart melt.... look out girls, and he likes to get a laugh out of you whatever it takes. He has always been enthralled with the remote control but has now moved on to the i-phone. It amazes me how he navigates it at such a young age. He loves his big sister, chocolate ice cream and cars, trucks & trains. He likes to cuddle and does not like to be still for long. 





Have a fun day Finn and eat as much chocolate ice cream as you can!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Queen of hearts

We have Valentines on our minds and have been making some fun heart banners the past few days.  The fabric and burlap banner is available on our etsy site (click on the button on the sidebar to your right). It is made up of various fabrics, ribbons, buttons and a pretty fabric rose. It is just $20 plus shipping and we can customize it to specific colors for you. The felt banner consists of 7 cute little hearts handstitched and joined with ribbon and can be purchased for $15 plus shipping. It also can be made in custom colors. I heartily recommend it!




Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Shiny & bright

We stumbled in to one of our favorite little shops, Windsor Market - http://www.windsormarket.com/,  in town after the holidays to see what bargains we might discover. This room was full of baubles and glasses that shine and fabrics made in to quilts and aprons that pop with colors. It just makes you feel good to soak up all of that color and prettiness.