Author Archives: Laura Bray

Personalized Gifts

Laura Kelly Christmas Peeps

Today, while I was wandering the stores, fighting through crowds and browsing through meaningless gifts, I became frustrated with the holiday tradition of gift giving. Don't get me wrong. I LOVE to give gifts, I just don't love to buy gifts for the mere sake of buying them. I don't want to give the people I love a candle or a gift set of bubble bath. I want to give them something that fits at least one these criteria:

  • It's functional. I want them to be able to wear it or cook with it, or somehow use it their daily lives.
  • I want it to be personal. I want my friends and family to know that I picked up something especially for them, based on their personality and interests.
  • I want it to be special. Not something I bought in bulk and handed out to everyone I know.

And that's why, when Laura Kelly asked me to do a post about her stationery line at Expressionary, I agreed. I mean personalized stationery? Does that not fit everyone of my awesome gift criteria? It's functional products like notecards, notepads, and address labels. Who can't use those? It's definitely personal. Not only can I put my loved ones' names on the products, I can even personalize Laura's "Peeps" to look like them, and that's pretty special.

Peeps Xmas

And you are special too, so I get to offer you a discount on the stationery. Go to and personalize away.Then use the promo code of PEEPS for a 30% discount (it's good site wide so check out all the different lines!). The deadline for ordering for Christmas is December 19th, but be sure to check their shipping information to ensure you get it in time, ok? I hope this might help you with your Christmas shopping. Although it is a sponsored post, please know that I have the stationery from Expressionery and it's high quality. I wouldn't recommend it if it wasn't.


Faux Chalkboard DIY Holiday Gift Tags

Faux Chalkboard DIY Holiday Gift Tags

This week the holiday madness begins. While I'm trying to be very careful to keep things down to a dull roar around here, it's a very busy week. I don't know about you, but I'm really trying not to say yes to everything. I stop before I commit and make sure it's something I reallyContinue Reading

Doodle Ornaments

Doodle Ornaments with

As many you know, I'm the on the Smoothfoam Design Team. This month we were all challenged to use the Smoothfoam balls to create beautiful ornaments. There are about million ways to create an ornament from a Smoothfoam ball, but I finally settled on simply painting and doodling on mine. I kind of love it.Continue Reading

What I Learned on Vacation


I just returned from a lovely vacation in Maui with my family. Whenever I go on vacation, I find that I bring something back with me. Not just souvenirs or a head cold, but a new mindset. This trip was especially powerful for me as it coincided with my 45 birthday-a birthday that I haveContinue Reading

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!

I just wanted to take a minute and thank each and every person who takes the time to visit me on my blog. Because of you, I am able to live the creative life of my dreams. I hope you have a wonderful holiday! I'll be back with tons of holiday tutorials in December!

Lamp Makeover with Krylon

Makeover a Lamp with Spray Paint:

Can you believe this lamp makeover? The lamp used to be "Shabby Chic". It had an off-white, crackle kind of finish and pink shade. It used to live in my daughter's nursery. She outgrew the lamp and so did I. I found it in the garage the other day and just happened to have aContinue Reading

Terrarium Kits

Terrarium Kits:

I'm a little crazy about terrariums right now. I found this great gift idea on Wit and Whistle,and so I'm making terrarium kits for teachers' gifts. Then I had to do a little drawing for a gift tag of a little girl with terrarium in her dress. Which then lead to another version in dollContinue Reading

DIY Memo Board

DIY Memo

I had an old painting of flowers laying around my studio. It was okay, but it didn't really make sense as a painting by itself. It rolled around the studio, getting moved from place to place. Then one day, I piled a piece of cork on top it. I walked by a few minutes laterContinue Reading

Family Adventures: La Brea Tar Pits & Page Museum

Tips for Your Visit to the La Brea Tar Pits and Page Museum:

We have recently dedicated ourselves to going on at least one family adventure each month. Although it can sometimes feel hard to get out of the house on the weekends, we find that we're always much more refreshed if we push ourselves to get out and explore. This weekend, we went to the La BreaContinue Reading

Washi Tape Dispenser

Make a Washi Tape

I've had a very old, ugly tape dispenser rolling around my house for years. I think my husband brought it with him when we moved in together 20 years ago. It was boring and ugly to start with and, after all those years, it looked even worse. I was in the mood this weekend toContinue Reading