Monday, December 29, 2014

END OF THE YEAR THOUGHTS

 As this year winds down I am looking forward to the many changes I plan on making in the coming year. I chose this card image, perhaps our most popular note card for a reason. I am looking forward to a little "Afternoon Tea" myself. A small break is needed and a fresh start for the shop as well. With 4 kinds, a house to run and a business, sometimes I'm not sure whether I am coming or going! I am excited to make the changes to Noelle Garrett Designs in the coming weeks that will make it easier for me to manage and also provide an excellent variety of special items for my customers. There will be more details to come soon about the changes and new items which will be available!

Here are some recent photos of my family from the holidays. We are enjoying the time off with the kiddos and also will be doing some painting to my favorite room, our dinning room in next week! I will try and share some shots as we go. I hope you all have a very Happy New Year and in case you missed it we are still having our BIG SALE through the 1st of January. ALL items are reduced and then they will be gone! 
Happy Creating!

~Carrie

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Dog Days of Summer

 Starting to bake here in Southern California as the temps are rising along with the humidity (which I despise)I have been passing the time by staying in the cool A/C creating and organizing.


 I have been making little art kits out of old canning jars.

 
 I love these Paris inspired envelopes!

 Cute little treat bags

 
 More fun envelopes!

My two youngest seem to be growing like weeds lately! Little Luca will be 6 months old in a few days and Evangeline is quickly approaching 3. 
Time sure does fly when you are having fun!

Happy Creating!
~Carrie~

Monday, June 2, 2014

Reopening!

We are happy to announce we are slowly reopening our shop Noelle Garrett Designs! To celebrate we are having a sale on our tags and cards! We have really been enjoying these last 4 1/2 months with our new little guy! I thought I would share a few pictures and of course gush a bit about my kiddos! The older two are on summer break here so my house is very busy and much louder than usual! LOL
 
 Here is a picture of little Luca. He is such a charmer and truly has momma wrapped around his little finger!

 Our oldest daughter Francesca has been busy playing soccer and we have had a great time hanging out at her games! So proud of her, she gives her all at every game!

 I am so very proud of our oldest, Julian. He has promoted from 6th grade and is on his way to Jr. High! He received 2 presidential medals for excellence in both Math and Language Arts. Time is passing by so fast! I can't believe he is going to be 12 soon!


 
Last but certainly not least is our sweet Evangeline. She is so in love with her little brother and is such a big help to me! She is our little Shirley Temple.   :) 
I hope to update the blog on a more regular basis now and we hope you will stop by and visit the shop! 

Warm regards,
Carrie

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Baby Luca

 When I sat down to write this I didn't realize it had been so long since I had posted anything. It was a very long and busy Fall and holiday for me. This pregnancy, my 4th was a surprise and not the easiest on my body. I am however happy to say it was worth every ache, pain and sickness, and I would do it all again in a heartbeat just to get my little Luca. 
 
 While my other babies arrived a bit early, around 38 weeks, days passed and then weeks. I was beginning to think he would never get here and I felt like I would be pregnant forever! As you can imagine the holidays were pretty uncomfortable for me! LOL I guess this little man just wanted to be punctual and he arrived exactly on his due date, January 18th. Luca Nicolas was 7lb 16oz and 21in. long with a full head of reddish brown hair.  

 It was a quick delivery, just a few hours once we arrived at the hospital, and all natural (drug free). I am a big believer in natural childbirth and the strength women have to endure pain when faced with it. It has been a fairly quick recovery and little Luca was so alert from the moment he arrived. 
 
Believe it or not he can roll over to his back when placed on his tummy and manages quite well when holding his head up. :) He is quite the active little guy for just under a month old.

 He is a very happy baby and has fit right in to our family. His big brother and sisters just adore him and while I do have my hands full right now it is such a joyful time for us. 

 Here is one more picture of him from Valentine's Day. I can't believe how much he is changing already. Such a little love! 

* A note to all of our customers*
Thank you for your patience these past months. After giving it serious thought, we have decided to take a bit more time off in order to enjoy this little addition to the family and revamp the business a bit. We are aiming to be open again by late Spring/early Summer. 
We want to be able to provide you with the best service and products so we feel in order to do that we need to temporarily close down Noelle Garrett Designs.  Thank you so much for your understanding and we are anxious to return with new products and designs after taking some much needed rest. We will keep you updated with our blog and newsletter as to our grand reopening! 

~Warm regards,
Carrie

Monday, October 21, 2013

Finding Inspiration Again

 Blogging has been pretty low on my list as of late. Come to think of it, everything has been pretty overlooked these past months . . .

 I guess that's what happens when you are a soon to be mother of four who is 7 months pregnant and feels ready to pop any minute! This sweet baby boy growing away is scheduled to arrive anytime around the holidays this year. I am officially due on Jan. 8th but my last two were both 2 weeks early so we are looking at a very special Christmas this year! 

 This has been an especially challenging pregnancy for me. I have asthma and as baby grows it gets much worse. I find myself often spending my days napping, catching up on movies and having tea parties with little Miss Evangeline. 

 As for the business, I have had to really slow down and just work as I am able. I did however find some inspiration for these new creations from simply spending some time looking through pictures of our goodies from the past years. These and many others are now available on our site! It felt so good to create again after what felt like a long, dreary break.

Here is a recent photo of Evangeline's 2nd birthday trip to the Museum of Natural History. She is very much into dinosaurs these days and we had a great time! My babies are growing up so fast! It's hard to believe soon we will have another baby boy to complete our family. I just have to remember to slow down and always take the time to cherish each moment together.

Have a wonderful week!
~Carie

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

A Little Bit of Autumn

It has been really hot here in Southern California the last few wees and there doesn't appear to be any end in sight. I am so anxious for a bit of Fall that I made these cute little vintage lace and burlap pumpkins today. Just a spur of the moment kind of thing but they were so much fun! They are now available for purchase on our site. Here's to hoping cooler weather comes our way soon!

~Happy Creating~
Carrie

Friday, August 9, 2013

Journals

When my Mom and I first started our business, embellished journals were the first things we created. Over the years we have created hundreds of them. While they are one of my favorite things to make, as of late they have been pushed by the wayside.

 This week however, we made the time to get back to our roots so to speak and made a few new ones for the shop.

 It was so much fun playing around with pretty papers and layers of lace that I can't wait to make more of them!

 These are currently available on our site.

We have plans to list another half dozen or so in the coming week! 

Happy Creating!
Carrie