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Going to a friend’s summer house? We have the perfect hostess gift!

May 21st, 2009

Yellow Stripe

Yellow Stripe

It’s that time again, when everyone will be heading to the beach or the lake (if you’re not scared of them like I am) for the summer.   If you A) are lucky enough to have friends and family like ours who will let you crash at their vacation home, and B) have a mother who taught you never to go to someone’s house empty-handed, then you are always looking for things to bring as hostess gifts.   Of course there are the old standbys:  beer, wine, cookies, and candy.  But if you want something different, may we suggest a set of personalized note cards.  Our Beach Towel Stripe is a perfect summer style, and something with their name on it shows you care!  Choose one of four bright color combos, or get a multi-colored mix.

Here are some other Etsy finds that would make hostess gifts this summer…

Pure Ocean Salty Soy soap

Pure Ocean Salty Soy soap

Pure Ocean Salty Soy Bar soap from Oliba has sea salt, kelp, and coconut shreds to help get all of that sunblock off.  I’m sure it smells great too.

Seaglass Earrings

Seaglass Earrings

These beautiful seaglass earrings from Beach Glass Memories will remind your lovely hostess of the beach all year round.  And if you are planning to stay for a while, you can always spring for a necklace & earring set.

Flip Flop Coasters

Flip Flop Coasters

And if you do decide to bring that bottle of wine, these flip flop stemware coasters from ircrafty will make the perfect pair.

Let summer begin, and have a great Memorial Day weekend!

Zigs and Zags and Zebras, Oh My!

May 16th, 2009

Zig Zag Zebra

I just posted a treasury on Etsy of fun zig zag patterened items, including this cute little guy.  Head on over and check it out!

I found it on Etsy… My notes have a new home!

May 8th, 2009

I like to keep all of my to-do lists, random thoughts, and brilliant ideas in a notebook that I carry with me everywhere.  However, I get flustered when different topics and time frames are all mixed in together, and as my lists get longer, I feel like I need to add pages.  So, I started looking for a binder where I could add and remove pages wherever I needed.  I searched Etsy for a binder, and I found something even better!  See, the problem with a binder is that I can’t fold the cover back on itself.  But, with these ring-bound journals, I can fold the cover back, and add pages, and move pages around to suit my whims.  And, they are super cute!  I narrowed it down to these four, and weighed the pros and cons…
This one (from lauralou) is just insane (I don’t see Bo Diddley as a beach party kind of guy) and so much fun!  However, it definitely don’t fit in my purse.

Bo Diddley's Beach Party?

This one (from BlueBeeDesigns) is cute and quirky, but I think it would get destroyed with the way I’m constantly shoving it in my bag and such.

Binder Bingo

This one (from CrownBindery) has a great motivational message, and a durable cover, and isn’t too bulky.


But ultimately I went with this one from Cluttershop.  It’s got a great cover made from a recycled book, and comes with a pocket.  It seems fairly sturdy, and the cover is hard so I can lean on it to write, which is a big deal for a lefty.  I can’t wait for it to get here!

The Festive Winner!

The Festive Winner!

Come see us this Saturday, May 2nd - Belmar, NJ Craft Show

April 30th, 2009

Belmar Beach, NJThis Saturday, May 2nd, we are going to be at the Woman’s Club Arts and Crafts Festival at the Taylor Pavilion in Belmar, New Jersey. We will be selling our personalized note card sets, printed right on the spot, and some holiday cards.  We will also be displaying some of our custom invitations, so this is a great chance to see our work in person.

It’s on the beach, but indoors, so don’t let that rainy morning forecast scare you away. If you’re in the area, stop by and pick up some Mother’s Day gifts, teacher gifts, or something for yourself!

Here is the show info. Hope to see you there!

The Belmar Woman’s Club Arts and Crafts Festival

Saturday, May 02, 2009, 9:00 AM

Taylor Pavilion, 5th & Ocean Ave., Belmar, NJ

Giveaway on Sweetie Pie Pumpkin Noodle

April 27th, 2009

Sweetie Pie Pumpkin Noodle

Sweetie Pie Pumpkin Noodle

Today we are being featured on a great blog called Sweetie Pie Pumpkin Noodle.  In addition to the creative name, Jackie always manages to find different things that I haven’t seen on every other design blog already.  Believe me, it’s not an easy task!

We’re having a giveaway of one of our sets of personalized note cards, so visit her blog and look around, and don’t forget to leave a comment with which set you would like to win.

BRIGHT Spring Things: Our first Etsy treasury

April 9th, 2009

Etsy "Color Me Flower" print from Marnon

Etsy "Color Me Flower" print from Marnon

I just posted our first Etsy treasury.  A treasury is a collection of items on sale at Etsy, created by another Etsy person.  It’s not for self promotion, and only features items from other shops besides your own.  They only allow 333 treasuries at a time, so it’s a waiting game to get one.

I used the “pounce” feature, which shows shops with recently posted items and no sales yet, and I found some fun bright spring things.  Can you tell where my head is right now?

Darling Damask - Classic Shower or Birthday Party Invitation

April 6th, 2009

Darling Damask Pink and Brown Invitation

Darling Damask Blue and Yellow InvitationCheck out our new designs posted on Etsy and 1000 Markets.  “Darling Damask” is show in in blue and yellow, or pink and brown, but can be made in any color combination to match your party.  It features a Damask/Brocade pattern, and is shown with script fonts.

This classic style is perfect for a tea party, baby shower, or bridal shower.  Or, add a picture of your newborn for an adorable birth announcement!

Check Out Our flickr Photostream

April 3rd, 2009

flickr logoI just spent a LONG time updating our Flickr photostream.  You can see it at www.flickr.com/photos/anastelladesign.

There are a lot of items posted on there that aren’t on our website, Etsy, or 1000 Markets, and I still have a lot more photos to add and tag.

While you are there, take a look around.  There is a lot of beautiful photography and some great inspiration.  I recommend searching with a random word and seeing what comes up.

We’re on Twitter!

March 30th, 2009



AnaStella is now on twitter.  So I guess now we’re a bunch of twits!  Follow us at www.twitter.com/AnaStellaDesign for quick updates, thoughts, and tips from us, 140 characters at a time.

New Design - Cherry Blossom Branch & Birds

March 25th, 2009

Cherry Blossom Branches & Bird Wedding Invitation

Cherry Blossom Branches & Bird Wedding Invitation

This is our newest wedding invitation design, featuring a cherry blossom tree with two lovebirds perched on a branch.  It was designed for the wedding of our childhood neighbor, Pauline.  A description of the pieces and pricing is posted in our Etsy shop, and our 1000 Markets shop.  Let us know what you think of it!