May 31, 2011

West Elm Summer 2011


I couldn't resist sharing this with you all. Take a peek at some of the wares
West Elm has to offer this summertime. I'm loving the nautical blue hues and everything looks so dreamy and lovely. Anything by Ditte Isager always gives me pause.

I hope everyone is having a great week so far. Now that my mini break is over it's back to work this week and I'm as busy as ever. This beautiful, summery production has me dreaming of casual wine and cheese parties, close friends,  picnic weather and white sandy beaches. 
What are you most looking forward to going/doing this summer???


xxx





May 30, 2011

Its Beginning to look a lot like Summer.




I'm dreaming of the bright colors of summer and of plenty of sunshine. I'm on the hunt for  new additions to my summer closet. What about you? Yellow has never been a color I've had a lot of in my closet but I'm thinking seriously of a pair of yellow sandals. Wouldn't that be great with some brightly colored nail polish. Or maybe some bangles...sigh. I can't wait to experiment. Happy Holiday everyone. Much Love Lisa.


xxx

May 29, 2011

Blue and White...Just Divine!


House Beautiful

House to Home

"Built by Wendy" Mini Dress

Madison Magazine

Geoffrey Bradfield Decor

Roberto Cavalli

My Home Ideas

Wedgewood. Staffordshire Blue

I adore blue and white and I have a feeling I'm rekindling a lost passion with this post.


Happy Sunday everyone, stay safe.



xxx






May 24, 2011

Interview by HER. (A Featured Blogger Series) Fancy Designs.


When did you start blogging and why?
I started blogging, very badly might I add, in 2008. I had very little interest in it and I was doing it halfheartedly. I still don't consider myself the best blogger but I can see I've improved greatly! I wasn't "being myself" then. I was cutting out the person I really was because I was scared of "how people would see me." I'm not a very serious person and I didn't want people to think that meant I wasn't serious about my passions and my career path, because I am. I'm just naturally silly and I would cut that out, which left my blog very stiff and unenjoyable. Initially I started blogging to share my work with my friends and family and now I've decided that I can do that and share a little bit about myself, what I find interesting, share my favorite recipes and just left my blog reflect a bit about myself without being completely silly or as dry as the Mojave!


What inspires you to blog???
I feel like blogging about what I'm doing or working on encourages me to push through and work a little harder tomorrow. I know I'm supposed to say that I blog because I want other people to enjoy it, and that's true! I want people to enjoy my blog, I want to share my experiences, my trials, triumphs and failures and hope it inspires others to follow their dreams and to not give up but ultimately, if no one wanted to read my blog, it's still there for me to look back on in 10 years. I like to think that one day I could be sharing the link with my children!





Tell us a little about your business and how you got started?
My business got started when I realized how fed up I was with working for really terrible people. One morning I checked my email and I saw close to 20 emails from my, at the time, boss and they were all huge projects that she expected me to have to her within the day. This was nothing new. In her world I had no life, I was always on call. The pay was bad, the hours were...well basically 24/7, and I was tired hearing that she was taking credit for my work. I knew there was no way I could have my own business at that time but I also knew that I couldn't keep working like that. I was burned out, abused and I was starting to question whether or not being a designer was what I wanted. I decided since I already had a pretty small client base through the internet, maybe an online business was the way to start.

I purchased a domain and with TONS of help from my web savvy friend, Ashley Pennington, Fancy Designs went from being a pipe dream to an actual website! (Thankfully she is still here for me and all my 2000 website questions!)

Once my website was REAL, I started looking into selling on Etsy. That didn't fit me well. I would get the occasional custom order here and there and thanks to word of mouth I was making a few more repeat clients but it wasn't working. I continued to focus on local sales and those went fairly well but, even coupled with my small online sales, that just wasn't enough.


One day a friend of mine told me about a website she found called  Zazzle.com. I looked into it and saw raving reviews and I jumped right into it. I was done hesitating. I was either going to sink or swim and sinking wasn't an option. 

I opened shoppe January 1st of 2010 and by February of 2010 I figured I had made a HUGE mistake. My earnings for those first two months was $22. I told my new designer friends I had met through Zazzle that I was throwing in the towel. I wished them all luck but Zazzle just wasn't for me. They encouraged me to hang in just a little longer and I'm so thankful that I did. By March my sales had went up by 500% and I'm so blessed that I have an ever growing repeat client base and my sales continue to grow and grow! In 2011 Fancy Designs was asked to join a celebrity gifting group, The Artisan Group, and in September of 2011 we will have one of our iPhone 4 cases on display at the Emmy Awards Gift Lounge for celebrities to pose for pictures with, as well as our stationery sets in the swag bags!

Can we peek at your award winning paper products. 
 
 The thing I love most about what I do is…
knowing that my designs really put a smile on someone's face. My favorite part of the day is when someone tells me that their order arrived and it was even better than they expected!



Who inspires you to be the person you are today?
I really can't say that any one person inspires me because I have so much inspiration in my life.


Who are some of your favorite blogs? Give Links.
- http://younghouselove.com/
- http://iheartorganizing.blogspot.com/
- http://www.cloverstonedesigns.com/
- http://www.laughlovelattes.com/
-http://the-fairest.blogspot.com/



I’m currently obsessed with…
http://pinterest.com/fancybelle/ (this website is KILLING my daily productivity but constantly inspiring me!)



What would you be found doing on any Saturday afternoon?
I'd say that 60% of our Saturday afternoons are spent at rodeos but when we aren't at a rodeo you will either find us with our friends or maybe I'm curled up with a book while the boyfriend plays PS3. Recently my Saturday afternoons are spent preparing my swag bags for the Emmy Awards.


Where do you see yourself in 5 years.?
I hope that my business is still running smoothly and we have a more permanent residence since our current location is temporary. My ultimate plan is to be opening my first boutique around that time.



Favorite Quote…Productivity is never an accident, it is always the result of commitment to excellence, intelligent planning and focused effort. - P. Meyer

I hope everyone loved Ashley's interview and her paper merchandise, visit her blog here to get to know her better. 
Take care Ashley and thank you so much for a wonderful interview. 


xxx



May 20, 2011

Vacation is ON!!!!


 Hello, everyone it has been another whirlwind week for me, but with lots of happy moments. As you know Wednesday was my SITS day and a big thank you to Francesca and the team at SITS. I have had the honor to meet some awesome women bloggers this week and a warm welcome to my new followers. I'm also planning another series of interviews so stay tuned, its going to be incredible meeting some very diverse women from the blogsphere.


So I'm on vacation for a week, Yipppeeee, I can't wait to wear these styles and of course filmy maxi dresses with soft fabric swaying around my feet. I can even smell the sea and surf and long cool nights sitting under the stars.
I might  also book a massage if my pennies stretch that far. 
Of course I'm hoping for lots of sunshine everywhere. 



Catching up on my reading would also be in order while sipping on little 
drinks with colorful umbrellas and a nice tan to return 
with as proof of a week well spent. 
Are you planning any vacation time soon, if so how will you be spending it????


Anyway have a great weekend my Lovlies. Much love to all.


xxx


images via pinterest




May 17, 2011

My Day at SITS.

I'm so thrilled, you have no idea, this is such a great honor to be your featured blogger today over at The SITS girls.

 


If you're just stopping by from SITS, Welcome, Welcome!  
I look forward to meeting and becoming friends with you all and responding to all your comments.


I am very grateful to have had each and everyone of you my lovely friends, followers and visitors to my blog. There has been so much I have learned this past year and I could not have done it without the encouragement of the many comments I have received.  I have made some mistakes and regretfully I have had to learn somethings the hard way.  Your graciousness has been evident in this regard as well.

Blogging has been a tremendous opportunity however, for me to meet some the most creative writers, crafters, artists, photographers, decorators and those who defy being defined. SITS has been a great encouragement and support and has introduced me to some of the most incredible women bloggers. I look forward to meeting many more of you today through SITS.


My hubby and I, next week would be 14 years of marriage. God has truly blessed.

 my lovely compliant son.

my lovely strong-willed daughter

Lastly, I do hope "Lesapea Musings" will continue to be a source of joy and inspiration to many as my journey continues and know that all this would be meaningless without my family and each of you.


Thank you for coming by today!!!!



  
Proverbs 3:3
Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.

xxx 






May 16, 2011

Healthy Habits that Anyone Can Follow.


Breakfast Cereal with Fruit


Developing healthy habits can be overwhelming if you do not know where to start. A lot of people fail at healthy living simply because they try too many things at the same time and they end up not sticking to anything. They get back to their double cheeseburgers and “exciting” evenings in front of the TV and keep getting bigger as their health problems increase.
Developing healthy habits that stick is not that complicated if you choose the simple ones and progress slowly. Here are a few healthy eating habits that you can choose from.

Sliced Fruit

  1. Always eat a big breakfast.
  2. Add 1/2 cup of fruits to your breakfast.
  3. Drink 8 glasses of water and carry a bottle of water with you all the time.
  4. Start a food diary and track how much you are actually eating. The general guidelines are 1600 calories for women and 2200 for men (active people would obviously need more).
  5. Substitute fresh and dried fruits and berries for candies and granola bar.
  6. Eat fish on most days of the week. Choose fatty fish like salmon, herring and trout as often as possible.
  7. Eat only whole grain cereal. Look for at least 3 g of fiber and not more than 10g of sugar in one serving
  8. Add walnuts to your breakfast or salad to increase your omega-3 consumption.
  9. Add sunflower seeds, almonds and hazelnuts to your meals to increase your vitamin E consumption.
  10. Eat red meat once a week or less.
  11. Choose only lean meat and poultry.
  12. Do not fry shrimp or any other shellfish. Grill, boil or bake it to reduce cholesterol.
  13. Eat fresh fruits as snacks between meals.
  14. Eat at least one apple daily.
Salmon with Creamy Leeks

Grapefruit Spritzer

Inspired by Anastasiya. Pictures are via pinterest.

Have a great start to your week everyone. Love to all my followers.
xxx




May 14, 2011

Taste the Rainbow. The Colour Files.

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Left to Right: SAKURA Coral Suede Platform Court Shoes, Isharya Florentine 18-karat gold-plated cocktail ring, Mulberry accessories GREEN, Christopher Kane Skinny Neon Belt, Promise Shoes Lipa - Mustard, Mulberry Grape Mitzy East West Hobo.


Here's the deal, this season a shot of colour can definitely brighten your look. But if you 're like me and you are short of the necessary pennies, not to worry. Take some time to find those irresistible designer knock offs  and thrift deals. Besides all you need is a great shoe, a go anywhere bag and a few statement pieces of  jewellery.  I recently purchased a pair of electric blue shoes, needless to say this was stepping out of my comfort zone.  It was special to hear my 3 year old daughter say..."cool shoes Mom!" ...that was enough for me.


Happy Weekend!


xxx



May 13, 2011

Friday and The Beauty of Tea.











After a another hectic week of proposals and presentations, 
I'm off to have a spot of tea and unwind to greet the weekend.
Then it's off to the drive-in cinema with hubby and a late dinner.

Take care everyone and have a great weekend, whatever you do.


xxx





May 11, 2011

John Legend - Show Me






Last night I got to see the phenomenal John Legend in concert. The entire 100 minute concert was a resounding success to all who attended. A big thank you to my hubby who surprised me with tickets for our date night. I love you hunny, you are truly awesome.


xox

May 09, 2011

Trend Inspiration: Tie Dye.

 L.A.M.B Spring 2011

 Silk Tie Dye Etsy.com



 
LE’BULGA $560

 Freepeople


Glamour Magazine

shadders.net


Tie dye is making huge waves in the sea of fashion these days, look what I found. Personally I think one or two  pieces would be quite enough for my own sense of  style.  Well a  girl can't have too much of a good thing, but I'm crazy in love with the LeBulga bag.  I could rock that bag all summer long.
How are you feeling about this trend??? Yup, definitely not for the conservative of heart.
Maybe, just maybe I'll try this as my next DIY fashion project and see what I come up with...Hmmmmph!!!! Stay tuned my Lovies.



xxx








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