Sunday, August 29, 2010

sneak peek

here's a little sneak peek for the sweet dunkin family. it includes one of their first photos as a family of 5, aren't they cute? we had a great time playing at the park and i got to hold baby alex!thanks dunkins, more pics to come!
xo, carly

Friday, August 27, 2010

friday creative

today we're making little decorated labels for jars that we can fill with sweet end of summer jams and other goodies to give to loved ones. and i've made a jar label pdf to go with it!supplies:
-white sticker paper (i like avery brand)
-jars & lids
-yummy things to fill jars like cookies & jam
-paper trimmer or scissors
-jar labels pdf (find it here)
-embellishments if desired (like fabric & ribbon)

how to:
-print pdf on sticker paper and cut out.
-cut photos to fit labels, (i cut my photos 1.5x1.5 to fit the small label and 2x2.75 to fit the large label).
-adhere the photos to the labels.
-place labels on the jars and fill the jars with goodies.
-add fabric and ribbon if desired.
-give to family and friends!

happy friday!
xo, carly

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

a little party

last weekend we had a little end of summer dinner party. i know it's sad that it's almost that time but there's a tree changing color in our yard! plus any excuse for a party right?

so i just wanted to share a few shots from our shindig...

we had a vintage hankie table runner, bright pretty sunflowers and we used one of our carly tee wire photo stands for a menu holder. we also used our carly tee dessert tin photo holder for placecards.
the food was tasty, my hubby made his world famous ribs but by far the most fun was had when we made table top s'mores! all you need are s'mores fixings, a can of sterno, some sand and a heat safe bowl. place the sand and sterno in the bowl and it's like a mini campfire on your table! super fun!thanks for letting me share, hope you're having a great day!
xo, carly

Sunday, August 22, 2010


this yummy little pint of goodness is not only my new favorite treat but it is also inspiration for some upcoming photo shoots. stay tuned!
xo, carly

p.s. hope you're having a great weekend!

Friday, August 20, 2010

friday creative

have you been seeing vintage rackets everywhere? me too! i've seen some of the cutest home decor projects, like 3 or 4 vintage rackets lined up over beds over sofas as art pieces and of course i wanted to add a photo! so today's friday creative is a mini bulletin board on a vintage tennis racket! supplies:
-vintage tennis racket (you can actually purchase today's sample racket in our carly tee design shop or look for them at estate sales and in antique stores)
-clip (we used a little paperclip with a button glued to the top)

how to:
-just clip your photo to your racket and hang it on the wall!

my cute friend kelly has a fun blog about her sewing creations & life as a denver foodie (she's adorable and a very cute writer, you should check it out) and she does this fun feature where she asks "need a bigger helping?" so here's a "bigger helping" about using vintage rackets for home decor projects...

diy vintage tennis racket mirrors courtesy of apartment therapy & country living

happy friday!
xo, carly

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

more new products

here's a little peek at more of the new vintage products we've added to our shop today!hope you're having a great day!
xo, carly

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

new products

here are just the first couple of new vintage products we are adding to our store this week...stay tuned for more as the week goes on!
xo, carly

Saturday, August 14, 2010

mini studio tour

just wanted to share a little peek of my studio today. my desk is perpetually piled with papers and there are boxes to ship out sitting on my floor so it's just a mini tour today of one of my favorite things, my chalkboard shelves!
of course i have cameras, most of which came from my grandpa's collection. then i have some numbers and letters because i, like many of you, am obsessed with type. i also have a vintage hanger with my favorite photo of my handsome hubby. the hanger is a past friday creative that has really won a spot in my heart and on my wall...a lot of them don't last because i'm fickle and i like to change things around often. here are a few more details...
here's one of the carly tee designs wire photo stands. i just added a little vintage bottlecap magnet and one of the only wedding photos i like.
here is a vintage jar filled with some game pieces and a origami crane that a busker made for me last june while i was at the farm chicks show. he said it would bring me good fortune. he actually made one for each kelly, tammy & i and it was such a great memory and sweet gift that i had to preserve it.
and here is the first framed metal clip strip we ever made! it's always going to be mine because it has lots of sentimental value. right now i'm using it for my studio inspiration board.
thanks for taking the mini tour. hope you're having a great saturday!
xo, carly

Friday, August 13, 2010

friday creative

today's project is very deconstructed, very shabby and very carly! it makes a great shelf or table top display, a lampshade display...
-sandpaper (optional)
-paint (optional)

how to:
-strip fabric from lampshade, exposing the metal frame.
-sand for more distressed look if desired. or apply a light coat acrylic paint if desired.
-then all you have to do is clip your photos and memorabilia to your lampshade frame. ta-da!
-in case you're wondering, i gave my lampshade a quick coat of light cream paint and topped it with my new m ball.

happy friday!
xo, carly

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

oatmeal cookies = all better!

alright, i'm finally back on my feet after what was kinda a rough week. summer flus are no fun! but today i made cookies because everything is better with a little sugar and we sent out our very first carly tee design shop newsletter, yay! don't worry if you missed it, just head on over and sign up for our mailing list because you will totally want to get the scoop on new products, events and fun specials too!

happy wednesday!
xo, carly

Friday, August 6, 2010

under the weather...

i'm afraid friday creative will have to be rescheduled this week, i'm a little bit under the weather. (i promise it wasn't the ice cream).

xo, carly

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

we celebrated with ice cream!

to celebrate the opening of our shop yesterday, i made ice cream. it was delicious if i do say so myself but don't be too impressed at my culinary skills. it's a healthy recipe from good housekeeping that only has 4 ingredients & only takes about 10 minutes to put together. if i can do it, anyone can! here's the recipe in case you want to make your own batch:healthy strawberry ice cream
1 lb. frozen strawberries
1 cup 2% plain greek yogurt
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

-in a food processor, pulse 1 cup of strawberries until finely chopped. transfer chopped berries to a large metal bowl.
-in food processor, puree yogurt, sugar, vanilla and remaining berries until smooth. transfer to bowl with strawberries and stir until combined. cover and freeze until firm but not hard.
-and get this, each serving has only 70 calories & less than 1/2 gram of saturated fat compared to about 282 calories & 12 grams of fat in traditional strawberry ice cream.

hope you're having a great day!
xo, carly

Monday, August 2, 2010

it's here!

the carly tee design shop is here! and we are so excited! here's a little sneak peek at a few of the items in our shop...just click on our shop link to the right to see the rest and stay tuned because we will be adding items often!

thanks so much!
xo, carly & the rest carly tee design team