a personalized graduation gift

It's graduation week at Silverbox! Here's a sneak peek of what's to come at our Pinterest Graduation Party Wednesday evening. The gift of personalized stationery for that special graduate. Would you like to join us? Here are the details... WHAT ~ Our First Virtual Pinterest Party ~ (Graduation-themed) WHEN ~ May 1st at 9:00pm EST WHERE ~ In privacy of your own home. WHO ~ Hosted by Silverbox Creative Studio and Corlee Graphics Photography

To participate, simply follow our Pinterest Board here, which is dedicated to this event. The board will be empty until the party starts, and all you have to do is be on the board at 9pm.  Refresh your screen to see new ideas being pinned by an expert designer and photographer. Of course, they'll be giveaways and live interaction for your chance to win some free things! "See" you Wednesday!

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celebrating life and love

I created this video for a pocket full of reasons. One being the most obvious...to capture a moment in time and to relive a weekend that will go down as my favorite to date.

I feel the other reasons hold a little more substance in my decision to do so. It's was so important for me to share it with you and serve as inspiration to do it yourself. Really...think about it. We live on this planet for such a short time, so why not live it to it's fullest. You never know what tomorrow is going to bring. Quite honestly, I had a tinge of feeling a little presumptuous at the start, but now that it's past, I can honestly say, it was one of the best things I've ever done for myself. It doesn't have to be in NYC or even in a ball gown. It should reflect you.

I must tell you that Kevin York, our photographer, said I was a difficult subject matter to deal with until I surrendered myself to the camera, as it was quite tricky being on the other side of the lens. It took some doing and a glass of champagne here and there, (I may start serving champagne at the studio on photo session days) but Kevin has such an underlying talent of pulling passion out of people. While I know I'm not a young gal on her wedding day, Kevin made me feel like the most beautiful woman on this planet, and Ted, well, he makes me feel that way every day.

My main reason for preserving this weekend was to have a keepsake for my children and to show them what love looks like after twenty years of marriage. Oh, life and marriage can be oh-so-bumpy at times, but if you buckle up and ride it together, you'll find yourself on this beautiful road with the wind in your hair. My hope is that when Ted and I are long gone, a photo book that was created and filled with so much love, back in 2012, will sit somewhere on a coffee table of one of our grandchildren to remind them how it's never to late to celebrate life and love.

Signed, A gal who completely fell in love with her husband all over again after 20 years of marriage

new years hostess gift printable

New Years Eve...my favorite holiday. Here's a free 6x4"printable label to attach to your Champagne Bottle. It makes a great hostess gift and conversation piece. You simply need to download a QR reader on your smart phone and scan the code on the label. It will take you to a video montage of the last 35 years of New Year's countdown celebrations at Times Square, New York. Enjoy!