Friday, August 14, 2015

Saying Farewell. . .

I saw this and it struck a chord, but not in the obvious way. I'm not unhappy really, just not the kind of happy I want to be. Not the happy my kids and husband deserve. I have been grappling with this for quite some time now. It really is a lot of juggling, the business, house, 4 kids, 4 cats (okay, maybe not the cats- lol). I think it is just time for a change and to have more free time for my family and myself. I have a list of fun projects I want to do with my little ones and just never seem to find the time. I also want to continue to work on restoring our old home. I need to strike a better balance and enjoy my kiddos while I can. They are just growing up so fast and I want and need more time just for them!

This was one of the toughest decisions for me to make. My mother and I worked so hard to create Noelle Garrett Designs and I don't intend to give it up completely, I just think it needs to change forms for the time being. When Jean, my mom had to step down due to health reasons it was difficult for her to leave, but we managed to keep things going. The plan is to close down the website for now and move some operations over here to the blog. When things settle down and I feel inspired to create again I will be listing and selling one of kind items from the blog here. I also will continue to take custom order work and made to order art kits as well (please email me for more info). I will be sending out newsletters (you can sign up in the right hand column)  informing you of new creations, as well as use Facebook to spread the word. 
I also will set up the blog to showcase items that will be available to order anytime using our current methods of payment. 

Lastly, I want to thank you all so much for your emails, phone calls and kind words. I can't tell you how much it means to us. All of our wonderful customers have made Noelle Garrett Designs what it is today and we wouldn't be here without you! 

Monday, April 20, 2015

Open For Business!

 Time has gotten away from me once again! Here we are, the end of April already and I am envisioning Summer days on the horizon. While the break away from the business has been nice, I am happy to be reopening and with so many special treats! I hope you will stop by and see what's new. Most items are one of a kind and ready to ship immediately.
I have some great new mini art kits coming very soon as well. Be on the lookout for those!

Here is a little shot of my two youngest hamming it up! They are growing so fast. . . 

~ Carrie

Thursday, February 26, 2015

These are the final 4 days of our big item closeout sale! We will no longer be carrying the current designs on our site and will reopen soon with all new items! 
Today through Sunday take 50% off your order by using the code FINAL50 during checkout.  
Thank you as always and we will be back with more info on our reopening very soon!

Monday, December 29, 2014


 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!


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!

Monday, June 2, 2014


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,

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,