Thursday, September 29, 2011

100 Likes Giveaway!

Hi friends, old and new! I am proud to announce I have reached my first goal of 100 "LIKES" on Facebook… yippee!! Thanks to all of YOU, my blog ( and Etsy shop are getting more traffic and I hope to continue making more and more friends in the near future.

If you are new to my blog, thank you for reading. My main goal here is to inspire. I love being inspired by different blogs and artists out there and I have so many random thoughts jumbled in my head, I decided to start putting them down on "cyber paper" (I totally just made that up) so A) I could remember them later because I have one heck of a horrible memory, and B) to SHARE! I love seeing others' creativity and I like to use this space not only to (hopefully) run a successful etsy shop, but to help people think outside the box and share where my inspiration comes from. Our awesome God has given me this talent and I am so blessed to be able to actually make a living off of it, so why not help all of you unleash your inner artist, too?!

Anyway, on to the good stuff… I had so much fun putting this prize together!

One lucky winner will receive this goody bag:

The prize includes the following:

• A turquoise craft tote with lots of pockets… I love pockets!

• An It's Hue I Love "It's All About Love" 4-Card Set

• An It's Hue I Love Hair Adornment with 3 fabric flowers and feathers on a clip

• A 3x5 kraft moleskin (lined inside), hand stamped on the cover

• A set of small alphabet stamps (same font I used to stamp the cover of the moleskin)
• 2 small ink pads - white and blue

Pretty awesome, right?! I don't know about you, but I would love to win something like this :)

So, here's how it works… you need to do 2 things to be eligible:
1. go to my It's Hue I Love facebook page and "Like" it if you haven't already
2. comment on this blog post (below)

If you want to share the love, tell your friends and have them do the same!

Then on Friday, October 7, I will use to select a winner at random.

If you have any questions, feel free to email me at katieoreagan (at) gmail (dot) com.

Good Luck!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

FREE Printable Notecards

Here's a fun printable for you, just because!

This 8.5 x 11 has 4 - 5x3 notecards with some little reminders on them.
You can make as many as you'd like… Just CLICK HERE, download, print, cut them out and enjoy :)

Give them as a gift, use them as gift tags, bookmarks, grocery lists, honey-do lists, love notes, etc. :)

Thanks for reading, friends!

terms of use: for personal use only, not for commercial use. please do not edit and/or redistribute these notecards without permission from {itshueilove}. if you want to mention these notecards on your blog or fb, please link to the  {itshueilove} blog, do not put the file to download from your blog. thank you!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Bite, bite, bite? No, no, no!

Everyone's been bit at least once in their life. Whether it happened as a child or even as an adult, it doesn't feel good. I was recently bit by a friend (in a totally loving way, I'm sure), but I know everything happens for a reason. As much as it hurt, it inspired me to make this cute little poster! So, thank you, friend who's name I won't mention, for inspiring me in your drunken stuper :)

We should all spread this message loud and clear. Yo Gabba Gabba already is…

Monday, September 19, 2011

29 ways to stay creative

I came across this on pinterest (if you're not on pinterest, you should be!) and then did a little searching for the source. I LOVE being inspired by other people and I LOVE finding new ways to stay creative.

And then I found this video that compliments it.

Pretty awesome, right? 

Some ways I like to stay creative are:
• craft with friends
• (spend way too much time on)
• read blogs
• travel to new places
• listen to music
• watch inspiring movies
• try new things and prepare to fail… that's how you learn!
• step AWAY from the computer - this is SO hard for me
• join others in projects like this
• make lists
• make inspiration boards
• go to church - just learning about God and being close to Him makes me feel creative!
• make gifts instead of buy them

What are ways YOU stay creative?

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Best Pumpkin Bread Ever

I embraced fall today. Oh boy, did I! I LOVE this time of year… crisp, cool air outside, windows open, chili in the crockpot, pumpkin candle lit, hubs watching football, building forts with the littlest, crafting and… PUMPKIN BREAD!! It gets me so giddy :)

This morning I decided to take a walk with Amelie to the grocery store to grab some produce and a few cans of pumpkin. You don't even know how disappointed I was when they told me they didn't have ANY. Seriously? And the lady even told me that they wouldn't have it until Oct 1. I'm sorry nice Kroger lady, but I really don't believe you. And if that's right, then I'll take my business to the publix to get my pumpkin NOW. But today I really wasn't feeling like driving all the way to the publix to get a can of pumpkin. My fabulous friend Maggie came to the rescue and dropped a can off at our place and she seriously saved the day! I've learned my lesson… always be stocked with pumpkin puree. Always.

I've made a lot of pumpkin bread. It always comes out super yummy, but today I changed a few things around to make it a little healthy (and just because it's fun to change things up and experiement). This bread was my ALL TIME FAVORITE to date! I got it from my little Nestle cookbook, but here is my revised version of that recipe:

Preparation Time: 10 mins Cooking Time: 1 hr Cooling Time: 30 mins cooling 

Servings: 24 slices (12 slices per loaf)

2 cups all-purpose flour 
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice 
2 teaspoons baking soda 
1 1/2 teaspoons salt 
3 cups organic granulated sugar 
1 can (15 ounces) LIBBY'S® 100% Pure Pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling) 
4 large eggs 
1 cup applesauce (no sugar added)
1/2 cup orange juice or applejuice (water will do, but this adds a little 'bam!') 
1 cup sweetened dried, fresh or frozen cranberries (I only had a half cup of fresh, so I used half fresh and half dried)

PREHEAT oven to 350° F. Grease and flour two 9 x 5-inch loaf pans. (I used a bundt pan)

COMBINE flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Combine sugar, pumpkin, eggs, oil and juice in large mixer bowl; beat until just blended. Add pumpkin mixture to flour mixture; stir just until moistened. Fold in cranberries. Spoon batter into prepared loaf pans.

BAKE for 60 to 65 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. 

Recipe makes two loaves or 1 large bundt.

FOR THREE 8 x 4-INCH LOAF PANS:PREPARE as above. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes. 


PREPARE as above. Bake for 50 to 55 minutes.

We had our friend Sara over for dinner and her and I both decided that the bread would be good with some sort of cream cheese something on it, so last minute, I whipped up a delicious topping to go on it! 

Cream cheese topping:

1pkg (8oz) cream cheese (I used 1/3 fat)
2 tbsp butter
1/2 cup powdered sugar (less or more to your liking)

Cream butter and cream cheese together, slowly add powdered sugar until it tastes super yummy! Spread all over the delish pumpkin bread and enjoy :)

As my mom would say, "Happy Fall, Y'all!"

Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Elevated Envelope Project

I just had the honor of participating in an awesomely fun project called The Elevated Envelope. Tara over at Ephemera headed up this summer themed endeavor to "bring back" the joy of snail mail. I, for one, am a HUGE fan of snail mail. I love paper, texture and envelopes too much to do away with it. Yes, it's more costly, and it can definitely be a time-suck, but doesn't it put a smile on your face when you receive a pretty, tangible thing in the mail? :)

So, Tara challenged all participants to refrain from using the computer as much as we could to make our envelopes, using the theme of Summer as mentioned above. And we all know how much I love handmade, so I was so excited to jump in to this!

I absolutely love finding ways to use my fabric scraps I have laying around, so this was a perfect opportunity. I decided to make each envelope different for some variety. In order for the fabric to hold it's shape, I used some coordinating scrapbook paper for the inside.

Inside I included this cute card:

along with a pack of flower seeds that Amelie helped me pick out :) and then tied it together with some bakers twine (LOVE me some bakers twine!)

On the front, I doodled on a piece of cardstock for the address label (just cause it was fun!) and then used some washi tape (LOVE me some washi tape!) to stick everything together.

On the back, I sealed it with my return address label (LOVE me some kraft paper labels!) and

(I might have done some praying that they would stay together in the mail first.)

So, in a nutshell, I pretty much used a BUNCH of my favorite things for this project. I hope everyone in my group enjoyed their snail mail from me. I challenged myself to try something new and I loved it! I also got some awesome envelopes in the mail from everyone in my group as well. I will blog about those soon!

If you're interested in participating in the next go-around, Tara will be having another Elevated Envelope "event" in January, so stay tuned to her blog for more info on that!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

New in the shop… Eclectic Hair Adornments!

Check out some new items in the shop…

The top 4 images are from the Coastal Kids photo shoot I worked on with the amazing Michelle Morris from www.michellelmorrisphotography. The bottom one is from a Classic Kids clothing line (also photographed by Michelle). Amelie happens to be one of the models in the Fall & Winter line!
Thank you, Michelle for capturing such beautiful pictures of these pieces!

All of these are available in my ETSY shop now… I'm also taking custom orders if you'd like to switch up the colors a bit!