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!

 

Cupcakes + Beer or Champagne = LOVE!

Their are two things I love and when you put them together, goodness happens. First is Pinterest and the second is cupcakes. There are so many unique cake recipes on Pinterest it’s going to be hard to try them all. I’ve tried a few so far, some have worked out and others haven’t. I recently tried the following two recipes for a gathering, both turned out great and I was even asked for the recipes!

(Don’t forget to get your Modern Nautical Recipe Cards over at RogueWaveDesignsCo on Etsy!)

Modern Nautical Recipe Cards
Of course you need these for cupcakes!

Guinness Cupcakes with Bailey’s Frosting

These turned out so good with just a sprinkle of chocolate on the top. Sometimes simple is just better.

So simple. So good.

Recipe can be found on my Pinterest board “Mouth-Watering recipes“.

Champagne Cupcakes with Champagne Frosting

Be warned, they are sweet! For a little pop of color, I topped the cupcakes with gold colored sugar crystals.

Recipe can be found on my Pinterest board “Mouth-Watering recipes.

You’ll want to keep these cupcake recipes handy. So don’t forget to transfer them over to these Modern Nautical Recipe Cards, found at my shop on Etsy.

Happy baking!

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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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Happy Pi(e) Day!

This is one day I just find fun. How can you go wrong for celebrating math by eating pie?!  So in celebrating this day, here are some of my favorite pie pans, in no particular order:

Emile Henry Made In France HR Modern Classics Pie Dish, 9″, Blue

ComputerGear Pi Day Pie Plate Math Mathematical Symbol Stoneware Pan Dish 10″

Pyrex Watercolor Collection Blue Lagoon 9.5″ Pie Plate

Polish Pottery Dish Pie Plate 10″ From Zaklady Ceramiczne Boleslawiec 879-1085a Classic Pattern, Height: 1.8″ Diameter: 10″

So, what kind of pie are you having today?

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Miami, Key West and Palm Beach in a Week!

I can’t believe it was just last week that I was in warm and sunny Florida! I’ve been to Florida before, but this was my first time to Miami, Key West and Palm Beach… I’m in love!  We, my mom and I on a girls trip, packed a lot into just 4 days!

We flew into Miami and stayed at the DoubleTree Grand Biscayne Bay. Our room was beautiful and overlooked the bay. It was so nice to go to bed with the bridges lit and wake up to see the water with beautiful boats below.

One of many bridges in Miami.
Morning wake up at the DoubleTree Grand Biscayne Bay.

The second day we checked out and headed south towards Key West. On the way, we stopped and toured Viscaya.  It was amazing and if you are in the area, I recommend it! The architecture, décor, ocean views, tea house and gardens were just beautiful. We could have spent more time there meandering through the property, but we wanted to see the sunset at Mallory Square so we had to go.

Beautiful stained glass at Viscaya.
Replica of Ponce de Leon’s ship at Viscaya.
Just one of many orchids on the grounds.
Concrete detail found at Viscaya.

The drive to Key West, though long was lovely. Lots of traffic getting around Miami, but once we hit the first bridge, I couldn’t put my camera down. The turquoise water and the boats held my interest the rest of the way.

The beautiful ocean and islands on the way to Key West.

We finally checked into the DoubleTree Resort Key West and took the shuttle down to Mallory Square just in time to see the sunset. Naturally, there was a band of clouds low over the horizon, so not much of a sunset was seen, but that’s okay. We walked through the rest of Mallory Square and enjoyed people watching and the performers.

Sunset Pier next to Mallory Square.
One of the many performers at Mallory Square.
One of the many ships out on the ocean trying to catch the sunset.

The third day, we went back to the historical area of Key West to walk Duvall Street, tour Hemingway’s house, go to the Southernmost Point, eat Key Lime Pie, check out the marina and just enjoy the Key for the day.

Key West Lighthouse
Hemingway’s Home
At the marina in Key West.
Smather’s Beach

In the afternoon, we headed back to Miami and stayed at the Marriott Biscayne Bay. This time, our room view had the best of both worlds… the bay and the city. Both were just gorgeous lit up at night.

City at night from the hotel room.
Bridges at night back in Miami.

The fourth and final day, we hopped in the car and toured South Beach. I loved all the Art Deco buildings, it is such a neat place.

Bright and sunny Leslie!
The Breakwater at South Beach.

Then we headed north to Palm Beach to tour Whitehall… again, I highly recommend it. A gilded mansion right on Lake Worth! We toured the whole house, saw the private train car and had afternoon tea overlooking the lake while drooling over the yachts!

Walking up to Whitehall.
Private rail car at Whitehall.
Enjoyed afternoon tea here.

Afterwards, we drove through Palm Beach, checked out the Breakers and the ocean front then headed back to the airport. I have no idea how many miles we put on our rental car, but it was a great week and I look forward to going back.

Of course, when planning and packing for the trip, I used my Packing List, saved so much time and I was confident I had everything I needed. Check it out at my store on Etsy.

Travel Collection
Packing List

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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