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posted by Jamie - Monday, February 22, 2010  |  Newsworthy

We (kindly) interrupt your Monday afternoon to share this special announcement: Meg Baisden Photography was the proud recipient of a 2010 Silver ADDY Award!!!

As some of you may or may not know, I wear a few hats here at MBP and one of them is "graphic designer." Recently, Meg Baisden Photography has undergone a rebranding overhaul and business cards were at the tippy-top of the to-do list. I created several concepts for Meg and this cute and quirky, vintage-inspired design won her approval! We then found an amazing letterpress printer out in Utah that printed my design onto doubly-thick premium paper stock and added the pop of blue to the edges. The design coupled with this printing technique proved to be a winning combination!

We were all so proud of the end-product that we thought we should enter it into our local AdFed's ADDY Award competition. The Gala was held last Friday night at the Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front. It was an exciting evening, and though I felt a bit like a little fish in a big pond, I was delighted to be amongst Pensacola's best and brightest creative professionals representing the best and brightest photography studio this side of the Mississippi!

The AdFed put together a great night complete with a showcase of all the entries, a (winner winner) chicken dinner and the award presentation emceed by a couple of local area news anchors, Jaimee Lee and Bree Sison. The winners' name and piece was displayed on a projection screen and they were presented a framed certificate. It was a *really* cool experience to walk up and accept the award! I also want to mention that Charles won for his photography work with Ideawörks, a local ad agency here. Congrats to you, Charles!

Without further ado, have a look at the award-winning Meg Baisden Photography business card...


Meg and Charles, thank you so much for entering the card into the competition! It was absolutely wonderful getting recognized for a sampling of the fun, creative projects I get to design for you! :)
















posted by Jamie - Friday, February 12, 2010  |  Three To Share

Hello everyone! Happy TGIF to you! Every other Friday, I try to come up with some fabulous finds for your mind, body and soul. That's my goal and I'm stickin' to it! I've got some great gems to share with you for this eighth edition. Enjoy!!! :)

Music is a big part of my day. I feel like I can't work without it! My iTunes library is continually expanding and I also check out Yahoo! Music and Pandora for even more variety. I LOVE discovering new artists and sounds. I'm really excited to share this talented singer/songwriter with you: Zee Avi.

From her website: "Zee Avi is just 23 but she's an old soul. A huge talent in a petite frame bringing a universal message from the unlikely birthplace of Borneo, an ancient island east of Malaysia which remains an untouched, natural paradise, an apt description of her songs."

To me, she's like a female Jack Johnson. The acoustic music is sweet and soothing and keeps me happy. Preview her album on iTunes or Amazon and prepare to be transported to a hammock on a tropical island! (That sounds really nice, especially with the record-breaking winter most of us are experiencing!)


For the detail-oriented in all of us, I'd like to share a very clever company that's making baking so much sweeter! Ticings are are thin sheets of edible icing printed with contemporary designs using food-grade inks. Oh, imagine the possibilities!


I have a HUGE crush on joojoo (aka Afsaneh from Toronto)! She is the creator of all things cute and lovely. This indie artist sells adorable miniature clay figurines, beautifully illustrated prints and sweet jewelry pieces in her various Etsy shops. Check her out, you may find that perfect gift for someone special or even for yourself! :)

















posted by Jamie - Friday, January 29, 2010  |  Three To Share

Happy Friday, everyone! Hope you all had a wonderfully fresh start to 2010! Can you believe that we're already heading into February? Hope you enjoy this installment of Three to Share.

The Loveliest Day of the year is just around the corner. I must say I disagree with those who say that Valentine's Day was invented by the card and candy companies. Though, it is hard to believe that when I saw speckles of frilly pink and red just beyond the Christmas decorations in the stores last month. This is where my New Year's Resolution comes into play: D.I.Y. Gifting. Yep, I thought it would be better for my soul and for my wallet if instead of running to the store every time there's a holiday or life event, I would try my best to make (or bake) something unique and special. First up, V-Day!

While perusing the blogosphere, I found all sorts of lovely ideas to share:
Handmade or Etsy Valentine's Day cards
• Date night at home with dinner and a movie
• Homemade Valentine's Day gifts

Hope those links help you create a Valentine's Day that is truly from the heart! :)


It's Mardi Gras time! Being back in Pensacola makes this celebration a lot closer to home – we're only 3 hours from New Orleans! I have never celebrated this stateside Carnival over in the Big Easy and my husband has yet to experience that wonderful city. Soooo, I think this is our year!

To get in the festive mood, Meg has transformed her Christmas Tree into a Mardi Gras Tree and it is stunning! And I've decided to make King Cake – a sweet, colorful, Brioche-like confection. I'm very excited about this. I'd like to share the recipe I'm going to attempt:

King Cake Recipe Courtesy of Emeril Lagasse

Ingredients

* 1/2 cup warm water (105 to 115 degrees)
* 2 packages dry yeast
* 2 teaspoons sugar
* 4 to 5 cups flour
* 1/2 cup sugar
* 2 teaspoons salt
* 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
* 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
* 1/2 cup warm milk (105 to 115 degrees)
* 1/2 cup melted unsalted butter, cooled
* 5 egg yolks
* 1/2 cup finely chopped candied citron
* 1 pecan half, uncooked dried bean or King Cake Baby

Glaze:

* 2 cups sifted powdered sugar
* 2 tablespoons lemon juice
* 2 tablespoons water
* Purple, green and gold sugar crystals

Directions

Preheat the oven 350 degrees. Combine the warm water, yeast and 2 teaspoons sugar in a small bowl. Mix well and set aside to a warm place for about 10 minutes. Combine the 4 cups of flour, 1/2 cup sugar, salt, nutmeg, lemon rind and add warm milk, melted butter, egg yolks and yeast mixture. Beat until smooth. Turn dough out on a lightly floured surface. Knead in enough remaining flour until the dough is no longer sticky. Continue kneading until the dough is smooth and elastic (about 10 minutes). Place the dough in a well-greased bowl. Turn once so greased surface is on top.

Cover the dough and let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk (about 1 1/2 hours). Punch the dough down and place on a lightly floured surface. Sprinkle with the citron and knead until the citron is evenly distributed. Shape the dough into a cylinder, about 30 inches long. Place the cylinder on a buttered baking sheet. Shape into a ring, pinching ends together to seal. Place a well-greased 2-pound coffee can or shortening can in the center of the ring to maintain shape during baking. Press the King Cake Baby, pecan half or dried bean into the ring from the bottom so that it is completely hidden by the dough. Cover the ring with a towel, and let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, about 45 minutes.

Bake for 30 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove the coffee can immediately. Allow the cake to cool. For the glaze: Combine the ingredients and beat until smooth. To assemble, drizzle cake with the glaze. Sprinkle with sugar crystals, alternating colors. Cut into the cake and hope you do not get the baby. 10-12 servings

(image: Southern, eh?)



Coming soon, to an internet browser near you: Nonpareil Magazine! I'm sure all the brides-to-be will benefit from this online collaboration brought to us by Maddy from the Inspired Bride & Kristen from Papercrave. Their respective blogs are absolutely worth subscribing to if you have not already.

The online-only magazine will focus on inspirational craft and d.i.y. projects as well as and tips and tricks that you can translate and customize for your special day, regardless of your budget or skill level. The first issue will be launching soon, so be sure to join their mailing list to receive the latest news!

















posted by Jamie - Friday, January 15, 2010  |  Three To Share

Greetings and TGIF, blog buddies! :) Can't believe this month is already halfway into the new year and the new decade! Time already seems to be moving at a bit of a clip. But I hope this installment of Three to Share will give you some virtual candy for your mind, body and soul and help you take a moment for yourself and enjoy life's little offerings.

For your mind – Colorstrology is a fascinating blend of astrology, numerology, and color theory that offers exciting new insights about our lives and relationships. The book features 366 "birthday colors" that illustrate who we are and how we behave, complete with Pantone color codes for reference. It also includes 366 perforated swatches so you can take your birthday color wherever you go.

I find the zodiac and astrology thing kind of interesting and at the very least, entertaining. I loved that this book that put a design 'spin' to it all. Just for fun at a family gathering, I gave each person a Colorstrology reading and it was actually quite insightful and made for good conversation. I also use the book for inspiration for design projects – on the computer and in the home. The site also offers free e-cards so you can send a friend their birthday color. Mine is Delphinium Blue – a lovely shade of aqua, quite like the one seen on this very blog! ;)



For your body – I stumbled upon a clever and tasty way to customize a special event – be it a wedding, a birthday or a new baby. eCreamery is an online custom ice cream & gelato shop where you choose your own flavors, mix-ins, packaging, even your own ice cream name. Literally, how cool is that?!


For your soul – Zen Habits is a must read. Period.

Leo Babauta created this blog in early 2007 and it's all about "finding simplicity in the daily chaos of our lives. It’s about clearing the clutter so we can focus on what’s important, create something amazing, find happiness." Subscribe to his feed or buy his books today and you won't regret it. He has a very casual writing style that makes you feel like you're getting pragmatic advice from a cool older brother. Having been a subscriber for a couple of years now, I've learned about living with frugality, ways to get motivated, how to make the world a better place and so much more. I honestly look forward to his posts and absolutely feel like it's my mission to be a better person after reading them.

















posted by Jamie - Friday, January 1, 2010  |  Three To Share

Happy 2010! Also known as MMX; the 10th year of the 3rd millennium and of the 21st century; and the 1st of the 2010s decade. It's also the year of the Tiger – according to the Chinese Zodiac. Do you have big plans or resolutions for 2010? Here's hoping it's the best year yet and to help kick start it, read on...

I have a bevy of blogs that I subscribe to, and here are a few of my faves. The Sugar Network is comprised of 16 distinct lifestyle and entertainment sites covering topics that include celebrity, fashion, shopping, beauty, entertainment, food, health and much, much more.

If you've made any resolutions this year, I'm sure you will find some great resources on the Sugar blogs. Wanna get in shape? Let FitSugar be your virtual nutritionist and trainer. Watching your pennies? Save money with SavvySugar. Did you pledge to put yourself first? Beautify with BellaSugar. The articles are short and sweet and will inform and entertain you, pick one (or all of them) and subscribe today!


Another popular resolution is to eat better, right? It's easy to see the dilemma – the worst foods are tasty, fast and cheap! Well, author David Zinczenko is helping us all make better decisions by his no nonsense series of books, Eat This, Not That! and Cook This, Not That!

I own a few of these and they are great, handy tools that help me make smarter meal choices when I'm on the go and wiser decisions at the grocery store. The beauty of these books is that they don't restrict you from any kind of food, they simply spell out the benefits and disadvantages of competing brands. They're small enough to keep in your car or purse and the pictures are big and the articles are short – perfect for easy referencing. I highly recommend them!


Chinese take-out is a tradition on New Year's Eve in my husband's family. I've now adopted this delicious ritual for one particularly sweet reason: Fortune cookies happen to be my *favorite* cookie. Yes, I realize that may be outside the norm as far as faves go (chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin etc.), but that's how my cookie crumbles! I love their crisp, vanilla-y flavor and a lot of times they're FREE! Plus, what's better than a two-for-one? With a fortune cookie, you literally get some food for thought! :)

If you happen to be a fan of fortune cookies too, there are many fun ways to enjoy them. Make or bake your own and slip in a cute message for your special someone. If you're hosting a shower or need a unique gift, check out Beau-coup, Fancy Fortune Cookies or Good Fortunes.
















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