pencil shavings studio giveaway

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

GREAT NEWS, friends!

i am delighted to team up with rachel of PENCIL SHAVINGS STUDIO for a generous $ 50 store credit giveaway as a shopping treat just in time for the holiday season. rachel is a graphic designer who opened and started pencil shavings studio at the beginning of the year and it has become one of my favorite etsy shops for customizable gifts. her shop boasts of modern stylish stationery, invitations and gifts for all ages!

yuletide gift giving season is upon us, so, let's go ahead and check out some of the goodies from her store :

laminated custom placemats in tons of adorable patterns and colors

lots of pretty iphone and ipod covers to choose from

cutest personalized lunch boxes for the kiddos 

here are a few ways to join (up to 5 entries) :

1) browse PENCIL SHAVINGS STUDIO etsy shop and leave a comment telling me what's your favorite item from the shop

2) be a fan of PENCIL SHAVINGS STUDIO in FACEBOOK & leave a comment here that you did

3)  be a fan of SWANKY::CHIC::FETE in FACEBOOK & leave a comment here that you did

4) be a google connect/blogger follower of my blog & leave me another comment here

5) lastly, leave me a comment if you shared this giveaway via TWITTER, FACEBOOK or if you BLOG about this giveaway!

one lucky winner will be picked (via and announced Dec. 5!
(note : giveaway is for US residents only)

and more exciting news : we are sharing a 10% discount code THANKS10 exclusively for  S::C::F readers to get you started on your holiday shopping!


**THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. thank you all for joining**

season's eatings!

Monday, November 28, 2011


holiday decor or ready-to-eat christmas treats? these christmas trees don't need extra lights to catch your attention! obviously pretty but i'm sure it's delicious too! 

Source: via LiliPaz on Pinterest

have you tried making any of these? YUM!

linking to :

its beginning to look a lot like christmas

Friday, November 25, 2011

so, how was your thanksgiving dinner feast? i'm sure it was lovely.

we are out of town but i've kicked up gear last weekend and started decorating before we left town.

it's a lime green kind of christmas this year! 

Lime green tree

Mini trees!

Reindeer pillow from friend Meredith!

Tree by the front window!

Dining room

fa la la la la !

give thanks

Thursday, November 24, 2011


Source: via Katie on Pinterest

i hope you're all having a wonderful time with your loved ones!

leftover turkey

Monday, November 21, 2011

sorry to have jumped the gun and getting ready for the expected leftover turkey from thanksgiving dinner. i won't be cooking turkey this year but allow me to share a few recipes for you to transform those yummy leftover turkey meat!

paula deen's turkey cranberry monte cristo, recipe HERE

Source: via Joy on Pinterest

leftover turkey pho, recipe from healthy green kitchen

found a recipe for turkey cranchiladas over at pink parsley

and lastly, roast turkey and prosciutto pizza from cooking light

i am assuming it will be a pretty hectic yet exciting week for everyone, i am just thankful for the many blessings i have been showered. there's my family, so many friendships and ever faithful readers who have supported this little blog. i am wishing...... 


pink and yellow birthday party

Friday, November 18, 2011

it is such a treat to feature amanda's daughter's birthday in the blog today. amanda is a talented interior designer here in texas and i have been stalking her blog (and twitter) and just be amazed by her beautiful work. naturally, her daughter's 9th birthday party was darling and i am so excited to share them here today! 

her daughter invited a few girlfriends for some girly fun time and cupcakes. 
for a sweet soiree ambiance, amanda used decor already existing in her home with some additonal details such as the damask fabric used for the dessert table backdrop. even her lamps get to be dressed up for the occasion and were used to achor the table!

she lined up pretty daisies arranged in pink vases (can't get over the fact they are from the dollar store) on a striped tablerunner for a really feminine touch perfect for the color scheme and party theme! 

to coordinate with the color scheme, she served pink and yellow sweet treats in elegant glasswares!

i just love this color palette and works very well for a baby or bridal shower!



cupcakes + candies : local grocery store

yellow and white damask fabric for backdrop :

pink striped fabric for runner :

gold M initial + pink ribbon + pink latern : hobby lobby

pink glass vases : dollar store

for more party pictures, please visit amanda's blog!
thank you amanda for allowing me to share!


holiday card display

Thursday, November 17, 2011

we all collect beautiful family holiday cards throughout the years and i keep them all! 

year after year, i love to browse and go over pictures of family and friends especially whom we have not seen over a period of time. last year, i decided to display them hanging on twine by our buffet in the dining room and i think i'd do that again this year. it's just a wonderful way of displaying them instead of leaving them inside their envelopes. and as i receive them in the mail, i keep adding them! 

christmas cards

christmas cards

christmas cards

how do you display the holiday cards you receive? 

holiday photo ideas

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

still have not booked your photographer for your holiday photo session? here's a quick roundup for some really adorable photo ideas to feature your precious family in your holiday cards or to frame up as gifts to grandparents or loved ones who are miles away! 

i have pinned these photos in pinterest (pinterest has been my google) and i just absolutely LOVE them!

and i just added this last one as i thought it was hilarious! 


tutus and ties birthday party

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

we were so bummed to have missed my nephew's daughter, aria's third birthday party. from what i saw, it was such a cute party with the most adorable theme -- a tutus and ties birthday party! 

here's the invitation design by paper cupcake design. i love the girly pink and orange color scheme! 

a sparkly pair of shoes is a must-have to celebrate in style! 

darling ties and tutus garland as decor! such a lovely idea! 

the pretty celebrant aria, face-painted and all! 

handsome little fellas sporting their ties! 

delicious caramel apples were made by aria's mom, candace! 

happy birthday ARIA

invitations : paper cupcake design
cupcake toppers : it's party time 
party favor stickers + water bottle labels : so sweet party shop