family, work and slowing down...

First, hello.  I have missed the Sunny Slide Up blog!  It has always been a fun, creative outlet for me. I’m so happy to be back. What have I been up to?  Wow.  Where do I start?  I can’t believe it has been a year since posting last here!  And at the same time – it seems like time has flown by.  My dad got very sick at the end of last year.  It was very scary and I dropped everything to help him.  I was happy to do so.  That’s what you do when your family needs you.  Especially your parents that helped you through so much of your life. I am happy to report that my dad is doing amazingly well now.   The whole experience brought us so much closer together.  Love you Dad! (source)   Can you believe that is it already November? The holidays last year were a complete blur with everything going on.  Then before you know it the new year was here.  Unfortunately, I found less and less time for my creative outlets like this blog and I was working nonstop.  My business was going really well, so I can’t complain…but I needed to slow down.  I sometimes think I am superwoman and I can do it all.  Don’t we all, ha.  Well I am trying to be more realistic these days and stop over-commiting!  It is a fault of mine. I stopped saying yes to everything and started adding more turnaround time to by work projects.  I schedule my downtime.  I need a lazy Sunday every once in a while…or every week.  It is amazing how refreshing a day at home with no project deadlines and plans can be!   (source)   This past summer flew...

giveaway with dry ink designs...

This week you heard from Mandi and her etsy shop… Well, you are in luck as one of our readers will win a hand painted quote handmade by Mandi herself! As Mandi talked about here, she has found a new love for hand lettering and experimenting with new pens, ink and paint.  Her post on easy calligraphy from last year has been a huge hit on our blog! And now, to the Giveaway….       This one-of-a-kind hand lettered water color print can be yours! ($35 dollar value)   TO BE ENTERED TO WIN, you must… Be subscribed to our blog.  To subscribe, enter your email address in the space on the sidebar where is says “subscribe to blog via email”. Leave a comment below with what your favorite thing to do on a sunny day is FOR EXTRA ENTRIES….. Follow Sunny Slide Up on Facebook Follow Sunny Slide Up on Instagram Follow Sunny Slide Up on Pinterest Follow Sunny Slide Up on Twitter Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on 11/5/15. Winner will be chosen at random and announced on the morning of 11/6/15 on this blog and social media. Winner must provide shipping address within the continental United States....

new shops, baby, and life… oh my...

Hey guys! It’s Mandi… We are so excited to be back here on Sunny Slide Up!  We took a little time away, but I will tell you it was for good reason.  We all had a full plate and today I am happy to be able to share with you what I had going on. As you all know, I have been running my own graphic design business, Dry Ink Designs, for almost 4 years now!  It has been an amazing journey that continues to grow.  I love design, I love everything logo and brand, and I love working with clients of all shapes and sizes to communicate their best selves graphically. However, in my free time (we all have plenty of that, right) I caught myself drawing, experimenting with new pens, ink and paint.  I continued to push my hand lettering and calligraphy. I wanted an outlet to be able to share these with others and Etsy felt like the right fit!  It is a platform that allows me to easily sell world wide and I have had the most amazing luck so far!  Please go and like my page for all new items that I put up there! As we get closer to the holiday season, I have had many people ordering these custom gifts for babies with first christmas, for loved ones with quotes and as gifts!  They turn out great who doesn’t love custom, one-of-a-kind items!   I love packing off things to ship to their new homes, I love getting custom orders and work with people on making something special for their home! I have also partnered with Little Ornery to do custom shirts for mamas and babies!  These are just to cute and you are going to...

we’re back

Surprised to see us?  We took a year vacation!  Just kidding.  Life gets busy.  People have babies and start a handmade gift ETSY shop (Mandi!), people design kids clothes for the cutest online shop (Jenn!)…. So, as you can see we have had a lot going on.   But, we still get around 1,000 visits a day to our blog and some of you have expressed missing us….so we are back!   We are going to be realistic here and not promise posts every week….but we promise to not go MIA for a whole year again.  We have missed our Sunny Slide Up friends!   To celebrate being back on the blog and our 3rd birthday, we will be hosting a special giveaway.  More details to come later this week!   We have made some updates to our “Meet The Crew” page – take a look.  And to recap, we thought it would be fun to take a look at our most visited blog posts since we started about three years ago….      1. chicken pot pie cupcakes  Our chicken pot pie recipe is perfect for this time of year and with over a half of a million visits, we know you will enjoy these!   2. 10 easy fall appetizers The cold weather is coming in, so don’t miss out on our ever popular 10 Easy Apps for Fall.     3. cheddar jalapeno chicken burgers with guacamole  You guys love our recipes and this one is not to be missed!   This is one of Heather’s favorite meals.   4. easy calligraphy anyone can do Mandi is a pro at calligraphy and she shares some great tips here.   5. flowers that come back each year Is it too...

winner of borelli scarves giveaway...

We hope you have had a chance to enter our Borelli Design Giveaway.   Before we announce the winner, let us tell you a little more about the awesomeness of Marissa Borelli and her company Borelli Designs. Marissa Borelli’s fascination with combining fashion and athletics led her to work for companies such as lululemon athletica, Ralph Lauren, Swiss Army Victorinox, K-Active by Kerri Walsh and Green Apple Active. In 2011, she founded her own line of activewear, BORELLI Design. Borelli Design debuted in 2011 with a high-performance, multi-use wrap that keeps active people warm, dry and looking stylish all day long. Enthusiastic customers soon asked for more Borelli styles for their everyday wardrobe. So they launched a second product — the Borelli Wrap Dress — in early 2012. It’s the perfect choice for everything from traveling or daycare pick-ups to date night with heels. Most recently, inspired by Marissa’s far-flung travels to India, St Barth and Vietnam, Borelli Design has introduced a second line — Drift — as a complement to the drirelease™ products. Now you can choose the one that best fits your life and sense of style. Borelli Design’s mission is to help active people rock it. They believe fashion and fitness are better together. They design products to help busy, fit people look their best while getting their glow on. When she’s not helping clients build healthy brands, Marissa competes in half marathons and triathlons. She also loves to travel, bake for neighbors, and practice yoga. With an aesthetic that could be described as global, energetic and modern, Marissa brings a fresh and innovative approach to the active lifestyle market.   More recently, Marissa became a mom to two adorable little boys!   The new fall line has some beautiful patterns.  ...

borelli design scarves giveaway...

We have a great giveaway here for you to wrap up our birthday month celebrations!  One lucky person will win the two Marissa Borelli scarves below.       These are not your average scarves people!  This is a giveaway you don’t want to miss out on!  The winner will receive both of the following:    GALLOWAY CHEVRON GOLD LUREX INFINITY SCARF – $59 value Love something sparkly? Love the chevron print? So do we! This scarf has the best of both worlds. The front is a heavy weight Gold, Brown and Tan chevron print while the backside is mainly Brown with a hint of Gold sparkle. Wear the print side, the sparkle side or swirl them together. Infinity scarf, easy to wear, just toss, twist and go! Details: – Gold/Brown/Tan Chevron knit – French seam detail – Raw edges – Cold wash, lay flat to dry – Do not use machine dryer – Rayon/Lurex Blend – MADE IN CALIFORNIA USA BORELLI ACTIVE PERFORMANCE SCARF FOUNDERS BLUE – $38 value High-performance, multi-use wrap that keeps you warm, dry and cool all day long. Can be worn as a dress, skirt, wrap, scarf, blanket or yoga mat carrier. Details: Made with drirelease‡: – permanent performance – dries 4x faster than cotton – up to 7°F skin temperature reduction – Freshguard controls odor – Preshrunk, machine washable & dryer safe – Lightweight and easy to pack – BORELLI screen print logo – MADE IN CALIFORNIA USA! – 29″ x 72″  Check out all the awesome ways you can wear this scarf  in the How To Wear Your BORELLI video here:   Ok…..now how do you enter? Don’t forget to follow Marissa Borelli and Sunny Slide Up too!  Giveaway ends Sunday, 11/2/14 at 11:59pm EST.  Winner...

southern belle dixie peaches couture giveaway...

We love us some Dixie Peaches Couture here over a Sunny Slide Up.  They helped us out with a giveaway last year during our birthday celebrations, and now they are back with another bundle of goodies for one of our lucky fans!  One lucky person will win one of all of the items below…. “In the south, pearls are a girl’s best friend.” Southern Belle T-Shirt (your choice of color) “Southern Traditions Start Here” Elephant Decal “Southern Traditions Start Here” Elephant Koozie   To be entered to win, you must: 1) Follow on Instagram @SunnySlideUp – www.instagram.com/sunnyslideup @dixiepeachescouture – www.instagram.com/dixiepeachescouture AND 2) Repost the image below to your Instagram account with the hashtag #ssugiveaway Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on 10/23/14. Winner will be chosen at random and announced on the morning of 10/24/14. Winner must provide shipping address within the continental United States.     Dixie Peaches was established in October 2008 and launched their brand to the public in November 2011. Since launching, they now ship T’s all over the United States and are sold in 10 states from Georgia to Oklahoma! Dixie Peaches is family owned and operated.  They are committed to not only keeping production in Athens, Ga, but also being able to give back to our community. One way they give back is through the sale of  the “Bailey” items, where a portion of sales is donated to Athens Canine Rescue. Dixie Peaches Couture’s goal is to offer high quality Southern inspired preppy designs that their customers will enjoy wearing over and over again. Their designs are hand created and original – they strive to offer designs different from any other southern t-shirt brand on the market. Dixie – that is where they located. Peaches – that is what they are. Couture -one of a kind...

meet corey from sans map...

Thanks to everyone that entered our Instagram Giveaway with Sans Map!  Congratulations to @rockstrmum for winning this awesome bag! Let’s get to know Corey, creator of Sans Map! Q:  You have such an interesting name for your company.  Where did that come from? A:  The name Sans Map, ‘sans’ meaning ‘without’ in French, means Without A Map. I’ve travelled a great deal and have lived in many different places (and countries) which has greatly influenced many aspects of who I am. My husband is French so a big part of my life is speaking the language and enjoying French culture. I’ve always lived in a way that isn’t overly planned or mapped out…living life as it comes, enjoying and embracing the unexpected paths in life! Q: How do you choose the fabrics for your bags? A: I am always drawn to certain fabrics like wools, tweeds, natural fibers and woven fabrics. I often drive my decisions not by sight alone but by touch as well…Vintage fabrics (and garments that I repurpose) have a certain tactile quality to them that is hard to find in a fabric shop. I love searching for the diamonds in the rough. Q: What’s your most popular, best-selling item? A: My most popular item is my Messenger Bag. The perfect size and versatile to carry everyday! Q: You used to live in Brooklyn, NY.  What brought you to the south? A: We really loved living in Brooklyn and were sad when we said our goodbyes…But life in the south offers us sunnier skies, more space to run and play and the opportunity to pursue our passions in a way that we couldn’t have in NY. Happy to have our feet land on this southern soil and...

sans map bag giveaway

Happy Birthday to us!  Here is a another gift for you!  A fabulous bag from Sans Map…. This zippered pouch is made from a vintage Pendleton wool skirt in purple plaid. Lined with organic grey cotton, it’s a great size for makeup or cosmetics and could have many other storage uses. – Pendleton wool exterior (repurposed) – Turquoise fabric accent – Organic grey cotton interior – Ykk brass zipper – Leather zipper pull 9.5″ W x 5.5″ H Sans Map specializes in handcrafted bags made from vintage, repurposed, reclaimed and eco-conscious fabrics and leathers.  Each and every bag is designed, cut and sewn from start to finish by owner Corey in her sunny studio in Charlotte, NC.  Want to find out more? Visit www.etsy.com/shop/sansmap   To be entered to win, you must: 1) Follow @SunnySlideUp – www.instagram.com/sunnyslideup AND @sans_map_bags – www.instagram.com/sans_map_bags on Instagram. AND 2) Repost the image below to your Instagram account with the hashtag #ssugiveaway Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on 10/16/14.  Winner will be chosen at random and announced on the morning of 10/17/14 on this blog.  Winner must provide shipping address within the continental United States.  ...

10 easy diy party decor ideas...

You know we all love a party over here on Sunny Slide Up!  Since we are celebrating our birthday, I thought it was only appropriate to gather some easy DIY party decor ideas.   Check out our Pinterest board “Party On” for even more great ideas!   10 Easy DIY Party Decor Ideas 1. DIY Tissue Paper Tassel Garland – Creative Bag   2. DIY Ribbon Chandelier – Every Last Detail 3. DIY Metallic Stroke Balloons – Design Love Fest 4. DIY Blooming Letters – Urbanic Paper 5. DIY Paper Chain Background – Floridian 6. DIY Spray Painted Metal Folding Chairs – The Moon and Me 7. DIY – Pom Pom Branches – Wayaiulandia 8. DIY Number (or Letter) Photo Display – Just Imagine  9. DIY Sidewalk/Driveway Party Art – Guerrilla Weddings 10.  Washi Tape Everything! – I Heart Nap Time You know how I love washi tape so much. I’m in the mood to throw a party now!  Speaking of parties, we are throwing one big party here on Sunny Slide Up for the month of October as our blog turns 2!  Be sure to keep a lookout for giveaways all month...

george&fran giveaway...

Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don’t. And then sometimes, you start your own clothing line. First things first, I’d like to ask your forgiveness for such a desolate existence on our Sunny Slide Up blog but when you’re being a nut, or not, it’s easy to lose sight of what’s really important – you guys. Having said that, I’d like to introduce you to www.georgeandfran.com That’s right, I did it. I feel like Andy Samberg when he was on that boat – anything is possible. Of course, I couldn’t have done it alone so let me get my “thank yous” out of the way. Without my two beautiful models, Dyce Danger and Decker Darling there would be no one to try my clothes on and take pictures of. Perhaps the best part of their support is the fact that they have no choice. And, without the love/support/charming-good-looks of my husband, Brad, there would be no one there to listen to me tell stories of how difficult designing (and sewing) clothes can actually be. Plus all those irresistible little drawings you see on our website… straight from his dome. We went live on September 1st and without question this has been the most nerve-wracking/stressful/soulful/exciting/rewarding month of my life. I love writing and it’s always been such a great outlet for me but I couldn’t help but feel like something was missing. Having gone to college to study the fine arts I wanted something people could see, not just read. I never thought of myself as a great writer but then again, I never thought of myself as a great sewer either. So, left armed with nothing more than desire and commitment I set out to develop a...

it’s our birthday! let’s celebrate...

October is here, and that means it’s our Sunny Slide Up birthday month!  Our blog turns 2 this year – and what an awesome past two years it has been.  You remember what we did last year?  We like to celebrate by giving gifts to YOU, our fans …..so let’s celebrate with a month of giveaways!   Be sure to subscribe to the blog (see top left of sidebar) and follow us on social media –  Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. Be on the lookout for giveaway announcements all month long!   We have some great goodies planned to gift to you.   Over 475,000 visits to our blog! Top 5 posts: Chicken Pot Pie Cupcakes Cheddar Jalapeno Chicken Burgers with Guacamole 10 Easy Appetizers For The Fall Cook Like A Pro Jello Shots Everyone loves the recipes so much, you would think we were only running a food blog here!   We love our fans!  Some social stats: 604 Facebook Friends 1,997 Pinterest Friends 286 Instagram Friends 330 Twitter Friends We still owe a lot of our success to chicken pot pies.  The blog post Heather did back in October 2012  has blown up on Pinterest and now Google.  Just this week we had our chicken pot pies featured on the Huffington Post! YAY!  If you haven’t tried the recipe yet, you should!   Stay tuned this month for giveaway news!...
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