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Keeping It Local / Maggie Louise Confections

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I came across Maggie Louise Confections a few months ago and I knew I had to work with them in some way.  They take the basic box of chocolate to the next level–chocolate couture.  We recently worked together to create a box as a thank you  for the Tribeza office and I was so pleased with how it turned out (see below).  More eye candy  (literally) below…

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This is the box we had made.  B+W Splatter Painted Geodes, Color Block Squares, Metallic Gold Letters, + Spheres.  So impressed with what they created!

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Modern Holiday Gifting by Stone Textile

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We have a ton of holiday parties coming up and this year I wanted to create a few modern gift boxes to bring as host/hostess gifts.  Above are the pieces I have collected for this “game night” themed gift box.  The Goods:  Personalized Playing Cards /  I saw these on Instagram a few weeks ago and ordered a bunch for the holiday season.  Such a great gift idea from Social Monograms.  Stone Textile Diamond Coaster Set / had to throw a set of these in there.  This coaster set has been our best seller this holiday season.  Vintage Domino Set /  I love the packaging more the the actual game — I know that most of you reading this post will understand that!  Bottle Of Wine / Ferrari Carano is one of my favorites and the packaging is also great.  A win win in my book.

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Metallic spec tissue paper + thick black ribbon will help tie it all together.

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The finished gift box.

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A Minted Holiday…

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It’s that time of year….The holiday season is fast approaching!  Before Thanksgiving, we always start thinking about our company holiday cards.  I love doing something different each year.  This year, we are working with Minted.  They have so many great customizable options  to choose from.  We have  showcased a few favorites on our new diamond chalk wall in the studio.  Make sure to take a look at all of the corporate holiday card options that Minted has to offer here.

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I love this color block one.  The letter-pressed foil boarder card is beautiful in person.

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Look at all of these patterns!  You can also choose from 100′s of patterned backs for your holiday card.

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How great are these gold metallic envelope liners?

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Some favorites below…

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This post is sponsored by Minted.

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DIFFA: Picnic By Design / Table Pictures…

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Professional photos are always best….I love how photographer Jake Holt captured our DIFFA Picnic table.  Last Thursday’s event was a big success and I am so glad I will have these photos to remember the evening with.  The theme of my table was “modern garden” .  RoseHip Flora helped turn my vision into a reality with the lucite floral boxes.  They made such a statement.  Layers of florals were created using different materials…fabric, paper, actual flowers.  Brass + metallic accents were splahed throughout our modern garden.  It was such an honor to participate in this event!  See more table photos here.

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I love tis shot of the floral color block table cloth we had made.

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The place settings were composed of vintage + modern accessories.  Dinnerware / vintage, Napkins / Stone Textile, Glassware / vintage, Placemats / custom.

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A great view of the floral paper wrapped boxes + the lucite floral boxes.

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A few images that I took during set up and at the event….

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DIFFA / Picnic By Design

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(A sneak peek at our table design…)

Today is the day!  We have been working since March to create the first ever Picnic By Design event in Austin.  It has been such a wonderful thing to see the creative community come together to support the Aids Services Of Austin (ASA) and it has been a pleasure working with a talented group of men + women on the event committee.    I am really looking forward to seeing what my designer friends have done to their picnic tables and celebrating this evening.  Follow along on Instagram for updates and to see the table designs using  #Diffapicnic —I will be posting detailed photos of the event and the Stone Textile table next week.

 

 

 

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Featured On / Camille Styles

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A couple weeks ago I had the pleasure of working with the team at Camille Styles on a fun Entertaining With feature.  I invited some friends over for a little mexican fiesta complete with smoky lentil tacos, lemoncello cupcakes, + of course margaritas (I made a special mock tail for myself!)  Here are a few of my favorite shots from the party.  Big thank you to the Camille Styles team for stopping by!

The Stone Textile Scale Print napkins featured above.

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The bar set up.

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Cucumber / jalapeño margaritas…so good.

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Prepping the chopped kale + brussels sprout salad.

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Smokey lentil tacos.

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My new favorite party game / Cards Against Humanity.  Its a must get, I actually went to High School with the creators of this game.

All images / Chelsea Fullerton for Camille Styles

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Collaborate: Stone Textile + The Distillery Austin

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Last week we did a little photo collaboration with one of our favorite Austin based online vintage resources, The Distillery.   Catelyn and I thought it would be fun to combine some of their vintage barware with our Stone Textile tabletop accessories.  Make sure to check out The Distillery blog for more photos + the cocktail recipe we tried for the shoot.

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Stone Textile Diamond Cut Coasters + Diamond Print Napkins

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All Images / Clif for The Distillery  

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Birthday At Josephine House

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This year was a big birthday year for me and I wanted to do something special.  Josephine House is one of my favorite restaurants in Austin and I knew it would be the perfect spot to celebrate my 30th birthday with family and friends.  Big thank you to Amy V. Cooper photography, Butterface Bakeshop, Rose Hip Flora, and Josephine House for making the event a night I will always remember.  Here are some favorites from the evening…

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The invites:  Marble paper, rose gold metallic letter press.  The marble paper was inspired by the venue’s gorgeous marble bar (image below).

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The bar at Josephine house.

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The outdoor patio set up.  Custom Stone Textile Pillows + flowers by Rose Hip Flora.  The pillows matched the marble paper from the invites and the Josephine House Bar.

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Wine tasting station.

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The cocktail napkins matched the invites and we thought using the Roman Numeral for “30″ would be a fun twist.

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How great are these mini cakes by Butter Face Bakeshop?  I told my friend Rachel to keep the StoneTextile aesthetic in mind and she killed it.  I LOVE how they geometric cakes turned out!  They also taste as good as they look.

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It was my photographer’s idea to use the Gold Edge Polaroid Film to give the party a retro feel–such a fun idea.

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Thank you to all of my friends and family that celebrated with us!  XX Elizabeth

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The Kitchen Files / Quinoa Pad Thai

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I will be honest here…I do not enjoy cooking. The kitchen kind of intimates me.  I am lucky because my husband is an amazing cook and enjoys it more then I do (which means I end up always cleaning up).  This is something I am going to be working on in 2014 and I thought it would be fun to share my experiences and recipes with you in a new series called The Kitchen Files.  The goal here is try one or two fun, healthy, and semi-easy recipes each week.  Since 2014 is going to be a healthy year for us and I love Thai Food, I made Quinoa Pad Thai.  Really good, easy, and filling.  NOTES:  I forgot the coleslaw mix at the store (this is always something I am working on…) + washing and rinsing quinoa is messy if you do not have a cheesecloth….see recipe below!

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Bowl: Juliska, Napkin: Stone Textile, Chopsticks: purchased on our trip to Asia last year

RECIPE

What you need:

1 cup quinoa, rinsed
1-3/4 cups chicken broth
2 teaspoons peanut oil, divided
1 large chicken breast (6oz), thinly sliced
salt and pepper
1 cup coleslaw mix
1/2 cup frozen shelled edamame
2 green onions, chopped
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
1/2 cup salted peanuts, chopped and divided

For the Thai Peanut Sauce:
1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup rice vinegar
2 Tablespoons water
1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon sugar
1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon peanut butter
2 teaspoons chili garlic sauce

What do to:

Bring chicken broth to a boil in a saucepan then add rinsed quinoa. Place a lid on top then lower heat and cook until quinoa has absorbed chicken broth, about 15 minutes. Fluff with a fork then set aside. (Can be done ahead of time.)
Combine all sauce ingredients in a microwave-safe bowl then microwave for 20 seconds.Stir until smooth then set aside. Whisk together egg and sesame oil in a small bowl then set aside.
Heat 1 teaspoon peanut oil in a wok or large skillet over high heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper then add to wok and stir fry until no longer pink. Remove to a plate then set aside.
Heat remaining teaspoon peanut oil in wok then add coleslaw mix, frozen edamame, and green onions. Stir fry until tender, 2-3 minutes, then push to outsides of wok, creating a clear space in the center. Add egg whisked with sesame oil to center of wok then stir fry until soft scrambled.
Add cooked chicken, quinoa, sauce, and half the chopped peanuts to wok then toss to combine. Serve with remaining chopped peanuts.

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New Years Eve / The Barcart + Last Minute Styling Tips

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A few weeks ago I was asked by the local Austin news to style a bar cart for New Years Eve (details soon).  The timing was perfect because I had just purchased a barcart / accent table from Society Social.  I love how the black onyx python material adds texture to my space.  Since the bar is in the dining room and we have an open floor plan, it was important to immerse it with our current design.

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A few styling tips…

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We made some Stone Textile Cocktail napkins for this shoot–will be available on the shop site soon!  Please email if interested: info@stonetextilestudio.com

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An easy signature cocktail is a fun hands-on way to get your guests involved.  I chose a simple champagne cocktail:

  • Drop a small sugar cube into the bottom of your champagne glass
  • Pour champagne into glass (to avoid spillage tilt your glass when pouring)
  • Add 4 drops of bitters (I chose Peychauds red bitters to add a bit of color, Angostura also works)
  • Add raspberry on top for garnish.  EASY.

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Something sweet always works well with champagne.  I asked my friend Rachel at Butterface Bakeshop to create some “Stone Textile” inspired sweets for this shoot and she killed it.  Color Block Meringues + Metallic Truffles.   How perfect are these?  They taste as good as they look!

Happy New Year!

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Getting Crafty / A Modern Holiday Wreath

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This week I was invited to a wreath making party (yes, that is a thing here in Texas…)  I was slightly skeptical as I have never actually made a wreath before.  After a few glasses of mulled wine, which our fabulous host made from scratch, I got really into it (as I do with most craft projects).  I stayed true to the Stone Textile aesthetic and created a B+W fabric wreath for our office.  It turned out to be a really fun little craft night!  The process is VERY easy….see steps below:

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Steps: 1.  I used 1/2 a yard of left over fabric from an upholstery project.  2.  Cut a slit with fabric scissors and tear the fabric into strips (1 inch or 1/2 works, I did some of both) 3.  Tie the strips on to a Styrofoam circle (can be found at a craft store like Hobby Lobby or Michaels)  4. To be festive,  I wrapped metallic cording around the finished wreath (detail shot below).

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Since this wreath is a little untraditional, I chose to hang it inside and not on the front door…Happy Holidays!

 

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