New Product on Etsy!

I’m so excited! Today, I finally got the next item up on Etsy!

Summer is coming and that means lots of parties happening, which means LOTS of planning and organization. With that in mind, I’ve created the Invitee List. This sheet is great and I can’t wait to use it this summer with the rest of the party sheets.

Invitee List – the new guest list!

What makes the Invitee List amazing is all the features that you normally don’t find on a simple guest list. This sheet features space for your guests addresses, but its so much more than that. Their are spaces for the number of people in each family that you’ve invited and how many will be actually attending. How many times do you invite a family, but due to scheduling one can’t make it? Keep track! There are also great check boxes to note if your guest has R.S.V.P.’d or not. And, since I think Thank You notes are important, their is a check box for keeping track of that as well!

Crisp, clean, organized, nautical!

I love the esthetic of this sheet as well. Its simple, lots of white space for extra notes if you need, but has a simple, yet modern nautical flair!

Perfect for small gatherings, large weddings and everything in between.

This Invitee List works great with the other party sheets we have on Etsy as well. Since, this sheet is a printable download, if your guest list keeps growing, just print out more sheets!

Check out the latest Invitee List at my shop at RogueWaveDesignsCo on Etsy today!

The Party Collection
Thank You List, Party Planner & Recipe Card

Prepping for Puppy!

I am so excited… today we adopt our puppy! (Keep an eye on my Instagram (@roguewavedesigns) for first pictures!) My husband and I have been married 12+ years and this is our first dog together. Growing up we each had dogs, but very different experiences with them. Together we’ve had a cat and for the last number of years children… who have been begging for a puppy. Well, their dreams are about to come true. I’m excited, but I know how much work is coming my way with the little fur ball. So, to make it more fun for me, I got to go shopping with one of my closest friends who has a couple fur-babies of her own to help me figure out what I need and don’t need.

We hit, Home Goods, PetCo and a few other places in addition to Amazon to find what I needed. I learned that their is A LOT of items out there and I look forward to learning more about some of them, but I tried to just stick to the basics… although, I’m pretty sure a puppy life jacket will be showing up for summer! (Any recommendations???) Here’s some of what I got:

Poop Bag Container, Kong and Dental Chew
My 6 year old picked out some toys!
Poop Bags, Travel Water Bottle & Nail Clipper

Are you planning on getting a puppy soon? In celebration of our little guy, I’m giving away a free download of a puppy supply list. Hopefully this will help you find what you need and be prepared as well. You can download the PDF here.

Get your FREE Puppy Supply List!

Some of the items I have were gifts from family and friends. But since I do love to shop and look around, here are some great finds, that I might just be splurging on in the near future!

One of my favorite brands, Kiel James Patrick, just came out with a pet collection that I’m totally lusting over! Here are some of their items and totally worth checking out:

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Hand Painted Leather Dog Collar from KJP

Hand Painted Leather Dog Lead from KJP.

The following are some fun, nautical items I found on Amazon.

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And don’t forget PetSmart’s collection too!

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Large Dog Life Vest for days on the kayak or sailboat!

Adorable dog bowl with stunning stripes from the ED Ellen Degeneres Collection.

Puppy Treat Wristlet

Fetch of the Day Dog Toys

As I begin to use these products and find other great ones, I’ll be sure to share them with you too!

Happy puppy shopping!

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New for April!

Sometimes life gets busy… really busy! Over the last few weeks things have been really crazy in my house. The kids were on spring break, but then they both got sick, passed the germs back and forth a few times until they landed on me. Needless to say, I got a little behind on my work, but I’m so glad that I stayed organized, because I was able to hand stuff off to my husband to help.

Since my first child was born (8 years ago!), I’ve become a huge fan of meal planning for a week. I found that I wasn’t so stressed when dinner time came around and it saved me many trips to the grocery store. Over the years, I’ve tried various ways to plan meals for the family: plain white paper, calendar, multiple list pads, sticky-notes and more! What I found, was that their wasn’t enough room, or I had too many little pieces to keep together, so I created my own and after a few tweaks and making it look aesthetically pleasing, I’m happy to release it to my Etsy shop today!

Meal Planning with Grocery List

There are so many things about this sheet that I love. Of course, I love the nautical touches (what can I say, sailing is always on my mind!), I love the simplicity of it (so much white space for extra notes!), but unlike so many other meal planners, there is room for breakfast and lunch NOT just dinner. Also, you’ll see a small line to the right, that is for your extra notes. I created it to write down which cookbook and page number I could find my recipe on. I got tired of writing down “Pot Roast” but then forgetting which cookbook recipe I wanted to make… problem solved!

Then off to the right is for your grocery list. When creating my meal plan with my cookbook right in front of me, it is quite easy to create my grocery list. I wanted space just for that so when I am ready to hit the store, I could just trim it out and know that my list is complete.

But that’s not all! I’m also happy to announce, that now you can order my Modern Nautical Recipe Cards on Etsy already printed! They are being sold in sets of 10 ($8.00) or 20 ($15.00). These make great gifts for yourself, your favorite hostess, or that special bride!

Printed 10 pk Recipe Cards

Check out all my listings at RogueWaveDesignsCo on Etsy!

Nautical Mugs & Cups

You may have picked up from my Instagram posts, that I love coffee and tea. Every Monday, well almost every Monday, I try to post my mug for #MugMonday as well. Whenever I go shopping, I find that I’m checking out mugs, so here I am sharing some of my favorite finds.

Coastal Life Crab Mug in Teal Blue from Bed Bath and Beyond

Coastal Life Crab Mug from Bed Bath & Beyond

Come to the Tusk Mug from ModCloth (currently on sale for 30% off)

Come to the Tusk Mug from ModCloth

Shark Week Cookie Mug on Etsy

Shark Week Cookie Mug on Etsy

Larabee Dot Mug by Kate Spade

Larabee Dot Mug by Kate Spade

From the Deep Cup & Saucer from Anthropologie

From the Deep from Anthropologie

Spiral Cup & Saucer from Ekaterinas

Spiral Cup & Saucer from Ekaterinas

Do you have a favorite mug?

Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram and Pinterest for other great ideas!

 

Pens, Pens, Pens. I love Pen.

Though technology is great for many things, I find their are times when paper and pen are just better. I’ve tried changing over to a digital calendar, but my paper planner is just better. I’ve tried saving my recipes on my tablet and using my iPad as a cookbook, but that didn’t work so well. My paper cookbook never dims, never sleeps, never needs to be refreshed nor looses its page.

With all the paper I use, I’ve been able to try a variety of pens as well. Some had too think of a line, others had splotchy pigment and uneven ink flow, but others were just right. So to help you find which pen is the right one for you, here are my favorites.

Assortment of my favorite pens.
Just a couple of sets I have.

(Just click the name or the image to check them out on Amazon.)

1. Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Marker Pen. I’m not going to lie, these are my all-time favorites. I have three sets in the house for just myself and had to buy another because my husband kept taking them! They work great on a variety of papers and don’t bleed through. They have a nice fine tip and the ink doesn’t spread or smear. They also come in tons of colors and at some art stores you can even buy them individually instead of a set.

2. Paper-Mate InkJoy Ballpoint 300RT 1.0 M. These you will find all over my house as well. They are inexpensive and come in 10 bright colors. Since I share these with my kids, I like that they are retractable so they don’t loose caps and being ballpoints, they are great for check writing when you need to use a little extra pressure on the paper. They write really smooth and the kids haven’t been able to destroy them!

3. Jot Ballpoint Pens. If you want a truly inexpensive pen, head to the DollarTree. These pens don’t last as long as others, but they have a really smooth ink and come in variety of ink colors. So if you are apt to loose pens, you won’t go wrong with this 6 pack of pens for a buck!

Great inexpensive pens!

4. Pilot G-2 Gel Pen. This is my favorite gel pen. It writes incredibly smooth, so much so, that when I let others use it, they always comment on it as well. They come in 15 colors in a variety of packages.

5. Pilot Varsity Disposable Fountain Pen. Not too many people use a fountain pen, but I enjoy it. They aren’t my go-to for every day things, but when writing a thank you note or something that I want a little more flair with, I grab the Varsity. As all fountain pens, if you are not used to writing with them allow yourself some time and practice. The ink flow can be fast and can create splotches, but using the right pressure of pen on paper, these pens will up your correspondence game! They come in 7 colors.

 

Do you have a favorite pen? Please share in the comments below!

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Now live on Etsy!

I am so excited to share with you some of what I’ve been working on!

When I first started Rogue Wave Designs years ago, I was doing freelance graphic design work… but then children came, sidelining the business. During the years that my kids were home (pre-Kindergarten), I found that keeping things simple and organized helped to keep life from getting too stressful and allowed me to spend the most amount of time with my family and friends. I found that I kept creating similar lists over and over or thought, ‘if I only had something like…’, so I decided to design it. Then when I needed a certain sheet, I just had to print it out and everything I need was right there… no wasted time! But, the side-effect of being a graphic designer, is I wanted it to look pretty too. So I refined the look and now I’m making it available to you!

The sheets that I have created (so far) are now available on Etsy! I have, what I’m calling the “Party Collection” and the “Travel Collection”, available right now.

The Party Collection, currently features the sheets: Party Planner, Thank You List and Recipe Card. All are instant downloads and can be printed on your home printer. All feature a coordinated, modern, nautical feel with plenty of white space to write your own notes.

The Party Collection
Thank You List, Party Planner & Recipe Card

 

The Thank You List has spaces to write down the gifts received, from who and even a checkbox to help you keep track of sending thank you notes. The Party Planner, has areas for keeping track of your guest list and RSVPs, planning your menu and a prep schedule to make sure everything gets done so you can enjoy your company! The Recipe Card has room for  all the ingredients and directions while giving your recipe collection a cool nautical feel.

The Travel Collection, features the Packing List. I found that whether I was going away for a week or a weekend, I seemed to always pack the same things. Then packing for two little kids on top of it, I was constantly writing out the same check list… now I just print out three copies and we are good to go!

Travel Collection
Packing List

The Packing List has sections for Clothes, Medical, Toiletries, Electronics, Misc. with plenty of extra lines and space for you to add your own items as well.

As mentioned this is what I have ready for you so far. I’m working on refining more organizational sheets and will be releasing them soon. Please sign up for our newsletter (on the right) so you can be in the know for when we release new products and other Rogue Wave Designs news!

I’d love to hear from you, so please leave a comment or send me an email at rwd@roguewavedesigns.com. You can also follow me on Instagram  and Pinterest.

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Sailing Lit

Today is not going quite the way I planned, so while I’m stuck home sick, I thought I’d share some of my favorite nautical books. I find that when my little boat comes out of the water and the lakes begin to freeze, the nautical books come out.

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I’m currently reading “Sextant” by David Barrie. Its full of history and sailing adventure. I’m enjoying reading about Barrie’s own sailing across “the pond” and he interjects nautical history and the technological advances that developed through the ages.

Sextant: A Young Man's Daring Sea Voyage and the Men Who Mapped the World's Oceans

For a quick interesting read, I suggest “Salty Dog Talk: The Nautical Expressions of Everyday Life”, by Bill Beavis. I was surprised how many sayings and items come from nautical terms. Did you know that “Blazer” is a nautical term? I did not!

Salty Dog Talk: The Nautical Origins of Everyday Expressions

For those who want a little history thrown in, check out “Victura: The Kennedys, a Sailboat and the Sea”, by James Graham.

Victura: The Kennedys, a Sailboat, and the Sea

 

If you ever wanted to know what its like to sail as a couple with no sailing experience, try “The Box Wine Sailors: Misadventures of a Broke Young Couple at Sea”, by Amy McCullough.

The Box Wine Sailors: Misadventures of a Broke Young Couple at Sea

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Welcome to the new Rogue Wave Designs!

Nautically inspired design.

Hello everyone!  I’m so excited for all the changes coming to Rogue Wave Designs this year. Not all things are ready yet, but I’m so excited I just had to share a few things.

First, you’ll notice this blog and our redesigned logo. Blogging is quite new to me, but I feel its important to connect with you. So leave comments and ask questions! (Please keep it all clean though!) Through this blog I’ll be announcing new products from Rogue Wave! Yes, you heard that right, and that’s the second big announcement. Rogue Wave is in the process of finalizing some great, nautically inspired items to help keep you organized and inspired as you go about your day.  The third change is that you can now follow us on Instagram (@roguewavedesigns) too!

So, please pardon our dust as we make changes and grow!

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