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SURTEX 2016

SURTEX 2016

The countdown is on for SURTEX 2016, May 15-17 in New York. Our agent will be there showcasing all of our new work. We hope you get a chance to stop by and visit – Jewel Branding Booth 417. We have lots of new greeting cards, great patterns for fabric and our super Sassy Sayings Collection. That’s a tongue twister 🙂 Check them out, I think they’d make great wall art, cocktail napkins, journal covers, the sky’s the limit! What do you think?  #surtex #surtex2016...
Happy Easter and Freebies!

Happy Easter and Freebies!

Hope you have a fun and relaxing Easter planned with lots of chocolate bunnies and easter eggs! I usually try to make French Toast Casserole for brunch at Easter. I got the recipe from Paula Deen and it is delicious! Well worth the overload of sugar and extra calories, isn’t that what Holidays are for? 🙂 If you are looking for other recipes, I have a bunch of good ones posted to our Pinterest page, check them out here. Also, here are some free tags to download and decorate goodie bags or gifts with and also free coloring pages to keep your kids busy! Just print out on plain paper or cover stock and you are set. Click here for Tags, Frog Coloring Page and Lady Bug Coloring...
Introducing Simon+Kabuki Calendars

Introducing Simon+Kabuki Calendars

Our new 2016 desk calendars are here! These cute CD calendars are perfect for your chic desk. They are approx. 5″ x 4″ and come with the CD case for display. I think they’d make the perfect xmas gift. To see our whole collection from Checks in the Mail, including checks, debit wallets and wristlets, click here. Seasonal Calendar Patterns Calendar Retro...
Simon+Kabuki Wallpaper and Bed Frames

Simon+Kabuki Wallpaper and Bed Frames

Have you checked out Guildery.com yet? If not you should stop reading and head on over there! With Guildery you are able to have a perfectly color coordinated home with the most beautiful fabrics, furniture and paint. They make it easy and eliminate the guesswork. Everything is super high-quality and manufactured in the USA. The founders are Shane Reilly (founder of Decorati, acquired by Gilt Groupe), and Kelly Berger (co-founder of Tiny Prints, acquired by Shutterfly) so they know what they are doing. S+K is so happy to be a part of this group. You can check out our Swing Time Collection and have some fun mixing and matching. They’ve just launched headboards and wallpaper, see some selections below! So pretty and so many options. Have...
New Simon+Kabuki Calendars

New Simon+Kabuki Calendars

    I’m heading off to Huntington Beach for a fun beach vacation but before I head out I wanted to show you a sneak peek of some fun calendars we recently designed. They should be live in August at Checks in the Mail. I’ll post a link when they are. I also wanted to give a big shout out to our Women’s National Team that just won the Women’s World Cup in Canada. If you didn’t watch the game check out these goal highlights, they’re pretty amazing! Also let’s try to chill on all of the anti-women comments. Women playing sports and being good at them will not end the world or men’s sports. We can both be good at it and people can enjoy watching...
Ready for SURTEX? Introducing Geometric Flair

Ready for SURTEX? Introducing Geometric Flair

SURTEX is right around the corner, May 17-19, and we’ve been spending a lot of time preparing new artwork. We have lots of fun new collections to debut and a snazzy new website that’s almost ready! We’d love for you to drop by and see our work at our agent’s booth, Jewel Branding, Booth 417. If you do stop by make sure to ask for a cute S+K...
New Simon+Kabuki Note Pads

New Simon+Kabuki Note Pads

We have some new notepads on Finestationery.com that we are excited to show you. There are the longer note pads perfect for to-do lists and grocery lists or the rectangle note pads which would be great for thank you notes. Coming soon matching journals and notebooks. We hope you can stop by and visit our agent, Jewel Branding, at Surtex, May 17-19. She will be at booth 417. We have some cute S+K note pads that you can pick up while you are there looking at some of our new...

What’s New Wednesday – Bright Bouquet

We are working on some fun new design collections. Here’s a sneak peek of Bright Bouquet. We are working on applying them to school supplies and other fun kids stuff. Check back next week to see journals, binders, notebooks, stickers, personalized cards and...

Pantone Color of the Year and Cool Designer Gifts

Every year Pantone chooses it’s color of the year. This year the color Marsala was chosen. Here is how Pantone describes Marsala, “Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness. This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors.” I’m not sure about all of that but I do know that it is a major transition from the colors over the past few years which were brighter, happier colors. Are we seeing a trend back towards earthier colors over the next few years? Is Avocado Green next? 🙂 Pantone also has some really fun gifts that any designer on your list will drool over! Check them out...

Let’s get Crafty!

I had this really cool pillow that I loved but after a couple of years the burlap backing was tattered and torn so I decided to re-purpose it. I bought a decorative chipboard shape at Hobby Lobby a while ago. At the time I just thought it was cool and that it would come in handy some day. I was originally thinking to mount a watercolor photo on it and I may need to go back and get another one for that project but in the meantime it worked great for this project. Let’s get Started You will need Mod Podge, a sponge applicator or brush, an old credit card and any surface for mounting. You could use old barn wood, maybe glass, cork – just use your imagination! I figured out approximately where I wanted the bird to be and then cut down my fabric to be just slightly larger. Apply a generous amount of mod podge and apply fabric. Use your credit card to smooth out any bubbles. I then used mod podge on the sides and attached the fabric there as well. You could cut it out to be the exact shape and finish with a ribbon trim or paint also. These would make great Christmas gifts and easy enough for your kids to do for their friends. You could also buy pre-made cork squares and cover those for a cute cork board....

A Few of my Favorite Things

I love discovering new stuff. These are a few of my new favorites. Have you heard of or tried the app Waterlogue? It’s not a free app, it’s $2.99, but so worth it. It turns your ordinary photos into beautiful watercolors. I love the results and these would look beautiful printed on watercolor paper and framed. Here are a few examples from my photo library (before and afters), aren’t they dreamy? I also just discovered a super cool new font collection, Harman. The collection can be bought from Creative Market, which in itself is a super cool site. The collection comes with several fonts in script, inline, regular and some fun extras. Great fonts for all of our stationery designing! Last, but certainly not least and certainly not a new discovery, DISNEYLAND! Yep, I’m going in a couple of weeks. Can’t wait. It’s my favorite place on earth! What will be new for me is that I am going to go to Disney’s Halloween Party and also taking a day to go to Universal Studios. Plus I have not been to Disney since they opened Cars. Super Excited! Have you been to the party before, any advice? Oh and if my kids are good I might bring them with me....

Simon+Kabuki Gift Collections

I thought I would share some of our gift collections with you today. We’ve designed lots of fun stuff using some of our favorite S+K patterns. I wish it would rain around here so I could get a pair of cool rain boots or a fun umbrella. Next up some of our kids collections. To see our full gift catalogs for both adult and kids please contact our agent Julie Newman of Jewel Branding.      ...

Simon+Kabuki featured on Guildery.com

Have you had a chance to check out our new home decor collection, Swing Time, on Guildery.com? We are so happy to be a part of Guildery and their launch. We are also super excited to be featured today on their blog and homepage. If you haven’t checked it out yet head on over to get an idea of how our ideas come to life and grab a super cool pillow while you’re there! Right now you can enjoy free shipping and you can also buy our fabric by the yard. Here are our links: Blog Post...

Guildery.com and Simon+Kabuki

Have you had a chance to check out the just launched Guildery.com? They have some amazingly beautiful home decor items using custom fabric from some great textile designers. Here are some additional pieces from our line I thought I’d highlight, hope you like them! Love the gold lamp, you must see a close up of the detail! So happy to be partnering with them. If you get a chance head on over. Use code PREVIEW for 20% off until August 31st. I think they are also doing free shipping right...

Inspiration – Sassy Stripes

Stripe 1. a relatively long, narrow band of a different color, appearance, weave, material, or nature from the rest of a surface or thing: the stripes of a zebra. 2. a fabric or material containing such a band or bands. 3. a strip of braid, tape, or the like. Stripes are an easy way to add either a bit of zing to your decorating or wardrobe or a way to add a soft texture. Here are a few great examples of stripes. I love that you can add anything to stripes (florals, polka dots, etc.) and it matches. No guesswork involved. Who would have thought that the lowly line could do so...

What’s New Wednesday – Rockin’ Robin Collection

Our Rockin’ Robin collection isn’t exactly new, it’s one of the first collections we worked on when we started our licensing career. It’s since been used on many fun products. It seems that birds and the brown, blue and pink combo are here to stay. There is a very funny video from Portlandia about birds on everything, if you have not seen it you must check it out! Click here to watch....

The Magical art of Dr. Seuss

Yesterday was Dr. Seuss’ birthday. He would have been 110! We all know what a brilliant writer he was, I think we all have at least one or two of his classics. I’ve always loved Horton hears a Who – the idea that there is a planet on a spec of dust, amazing! It kept me from walking on the grass as a child in fear that I would crush multitudes of tiny unknown planets! As good of a writer as he was, I think people tend to forget what an amazing artist he was. His imaginative artwork is beautiful – I love the colors and playfulness. Plus it makes me smile whenever I look at it! Here are a few of his pieces and I encourage you to check out more of his art and a bit more info about him, click here....

New S+K Design Collections

We are working on several new floral collections. Here’s a sneak peek of some bits and pieces. We were going for a vintage lace and floral look on the patterns below. Kind of reminds me of wallpaper in my grandmas house. With the floral above we were thinking we’d mix it with fun sayings and stripes, chevrons and polka dots. I think they’d be perfect for a new card collection. They are still a work in progress. What do you think, any...

Simon+Kabuki Nesting Tableware

I am doing some Spring cleaning on my computer and came across some of our original tabletop designs. These designs have not been picked up yet but I sure hope they do. I love the colors and pattern combos and burlap is still a big trend. And I don’t think we will ever get rid of the bird trend! 🙂...

Pantone Color of the Year

Each year the folks at Pantone pick a new color that they predict will be the hot color of the year. This year they chose Radian Orchid. Here is Pantone’s description of Radiant Orchid, “Radiant Orchid blooms with confidence and magical warmth that intrigues the eye and sparks the imagination. It is an expressive, creative and embracing purple—one that draws you in with its beguiling charm. A captivating harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid emanates great joy, love and health.” They definitely have a way with words – doesn’t that color sound awesome! Truth be told, I’m not a huge fan of purple. I see things in purple either in fashion, home decor or stationery and think it looks pretty but not for me. I guess it’s too flashy for me! But I do love it in the garden! Check out their Pinterest Board for some great ideas. Here’s a few to get you started and some previous Pantone color of the year choices, love the...

Eat at Moms Fabric Collection

Our Eat at Moms dishes were a big hit at stores. And now we’ve been asked to design a new collection along the same lines. We are working on that now and it’s looking pretty sassy! But we are super excited that our Eat at Moms collection is also coming out as a fabric line. Now you can have a super coordinated kitchen! The fabric line should be in stores (Hobby Lobby) in 2014. It’s always fun to see a design collection across multiple products. Check out some of the fabric swatches...

Fabulous Fall Color – Orange

  Orange is not just for Halloween. Used in home decor it adds a great pop of happy brightness to any room. It’s easy to update for fall with pillows and rugs or you can add orange into your decor all year round. I love the all white kitchen with the orange hanging lights or the orange front door and the orange barn door! Plus if you keep everything else neutral it’s really easy to switch out colors with the seasons, trends or your latest whims. A super easy update using orange just add some pumpkins to your decor either inside or out. For great inspiration check out Houzz.com, Better Homes and Gardens or...

New Back to School Collection

Another summer over so quickly. It feels like each year they get shorter and shorter! My kids started on Wednesday and they were not happy campers. Made me yearn for home schooling or no schooling. 😉 But… we are really excited about our newest collection for Back to School. Our Rainbow Chevron Collection is available on Frecklebox.com. It comes in lots of fun products for school, like lunch boxes, binders, note books, etc. If you haven’t picked up school supplies yet make your kid’s day with personalized products. Use code SHIPFREE and get free shipping through August...

Aloha Baby!

For the next two weeks the blog will be mostly quiet because I’m heading off to Oahu! I’m so excited. I have a list a mile long of fun things I want to do, see or eat. I might need to move there to get everything done. In reality, I’ll probably only tick 3-4 things off my list because I really don’t want to spend my vacation in the car when I can be lazing away my days on the beach or in the pool. So far I have hiking to a waterfall, snorkeling, shave ice, a hawaiian plate, the swap meet, Pear Harbor, Diamond Head, kayaking, and much more on the list! I’ll take lots of pictures and I’m already thinking of doing a fun Hawaiian theme collection. Got any great tips or must sees for me? Please pass them...

Engagement Party Inspiration Board

Red, white and black are perfect colors for any party. You can dress it up or down. It is the perfect vibrant color combination and makes a bold statement. Invitation Cake Bunting Table Setting Mason...