Dec 8, 2009

Holiday Goodie Bags

I came across these cute little "Merry Christmas"gift bags on Etsy this morning and just had to share. Loving these as gift card holders, favor bags, or to hold any little Holiday surprise. Visit the Creative Chics to pick these up, they are on-hand for immediate shipment.

Bagnesia Giveaway Winner -

and the winner is... Courtney, who said "Plastic bags are a BAD idea all around. I recently lived in Scotland for a bit where the grocery stores stopped offering plastic bags and I LOVED it, they also offered reward points for returning unused ones. When I returned to the States I was shocked that this practice was not as wide spread as I had hoped. Switching to re-useable bags saves energy and is so much healthier for the environment and it is one easy way we can each feel like we're making difference. I vote "YES'' for re-useable bags!!!" Thanks Courtney and Congratulations!


Dec 7, 2009

Stylish Giving has a lovely new look!

Thank you to Edub Graphic Art and Design for creating our lovely new look. Erin Williams, work-at-home mommy, is the creative designer behind Edub. She is so great to work with! This is not our first project, Erin also designed my Vintage Bakeshop logo and all of our new baking mix label designs that I absolutely love. Take a peek at Edub's Etsy shop and blog to view her portfolio and a full list of all her design services and prices. Thanks Erin!

Nov 30, 2009

Grab Your Bags - Bagnesia Giveaway!

Can't Remember your reusable bags, you must have Bagnesia! Committed to helping people live more lightly on the earth, Bagnesia simply reminds us to grab our reusable bags. Lucky us, they are giving away a Reusable Bag Reminder Kit to one Stylish Giving reader. Just in time for the holidays, these make perfect stocking stuffers, teacher gifts, secret Santa gifts, hostess gifts... a thoughtful, long lasting gift that truly keeps on giving.

To enter, tell us one reason plastic and paper bags are bad for the environment and post it in a comment below. Not sure, simply choose one from Bagnesia's list of Envirofacts. Don't forget to include your e-mail address so I can contact you if you win. The winner will be announced on Friday, December 4th.

Don't forget to take a peek at Bagnesia's full line of enviromentally friendly products.

Nov 23, 2009

Perfectly practical lap desks your kids will love!

Finding practical gifts that my kids would be excited about is not an easy task, that is why I love these storage lap desks from Pottery Barn Teen. With plenty of storage for school supplies, they will have pencil and paper at their finger tips. I'm always on the lookout for ways to make homework a little less torturous. They can even be personalized, now that is even bordering on fun! Visit PBTeen for details.


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About Stylish Giving

 Hi, my name is Tawnya. I AM - the number one daughter of five girls (yes, the oldest), the lucky sister of four amazing women, the mother of three beautiful daughters and married to my best friend. I LOVE baking and HATE cooking. I enjoy seeking out creativity and sharing it with others, ice cream, being challenged, a cold beer on a hot day, family get-togethers, making progress, living in Orange County (my entire life), catching up with old friends, the mall, learning new things, chocolate, new shoes, talking on the phone, having my own business, frosting, and my husband making dinner.

Stylish Giving is an on-line guide to stylish favor and gift ideas for life's next big events, sprinkled with a little inspiration for everyday happenings. Thanks for stopping by... please visit often and enjoy!

Nov 21, 2009

Stylish Holiday Gift Guide {The Silver Poppy}

It's holiday gift giving time again. Time to find the perfect gift for that special someone on your list. When I am looking for something truly special I always turn to Etsy. I love this stamped little bird pendant by The Silver Poppy. Designer Louisa Gibson uses organic materials, fine silver, and natural stones in her unique pieces. She will even create custom pieces. Visit The Silver Poppy and scratch someone off your list.

Little Bird Pendant

Nov 18, 2009

Gumby and Pokey Will Never Go Out of Style

In this high tech world of fast paced video games and computers lets not forget the little guys. Over dinner tonight my husband mentioned Gumby, not our usual dinner conversation. We were terribly troubled when our three daughters {11, 13 & 17} had never heard of our long lost friends. We set out on an on-line adventure to track them down. Well, we found them, and WOW! celebrating their 50 year anniversary. Now, feeling very young, I vowed to buy them for every child on my list. Perfect Stocking Stuffers. You can buy them at Glamma Toys for only $5.95 each. Help us save Gumby and Pokey!

Nov 17, 2009

Chocolate Mint Cupcake Mix {cocoa's new best friend}

Chocolate Mint Cupcake Mix, won't Santa be surprised! These enchanting Chocolate Mint Cupcakes greet your taste buds with rich smooth chocolate and then surprise you with a hint of fresh mint. Enjoy them plain, or top them with a dollop of our favorite buttercream frosting (recipe included). The mix makes one dozen cupcakes.

Nov 2, 2009

Ginger Spice Cupcake Mix - Meet our newest member

Vintage Bakeshop is excited to introduce to you the newest member of our cupcake mix family. Ginger and Spice and everything nice, that is what these luxurious cupcakes are made of. They are infused with the perfect combination of the spices of the season. So flavorful you can enjoy them hot out of the oven or bring out their best with a layer of our favorite cream cheese frosting (recipe included). The mix makes one dozen

Nov 1, 2009

Personalized Holiday Gifts {Baking Mix Gifts}

Order your personalized holiday baking mix gifts early. Visit

Oct 30, 2009

Holiday Baking Mix Gifts

Treat your friends and family to a Vintage Bakeshop all natural baking mix this holiday season. Choose from any of our six delicious cupcake mixes including Vanilla , Red Velvet , Chocolate, our signature flavor Champagne, or our two new flavors Ginger Spice and Chocolate Mint. You can also choose one of our gourmet specialty mixes, Cinnamon Streusel Cake, Scone, Fudge Brownie and Sugar Cookie. Personalize your gifts with our large variety of designer labels or order our perfectly prepackaged mixes from our everyday pantry. Order early and receive 10% off by entering code VB10 at checkout. Offer expires November 30, 2009.

Oct 29, 2009

Thank you Martha Stewart!

Thank you to Martha Stewart's Dreamers into Doers for accepting us into your unique organization. We are so excited to part of it.

Oct 19, 2009

A Very Stylish Way to Promote Your Business!

Create a little sweet talk for your business, organization or product with our custom label baking mixes. Our custom label baking mixes are a unique and fun way to promote. They are perfect for trade shows, corporate events and product promotions. Upload your company logo or artwork, personalize one of our custom designer templates with a message to your recipients, or let us design a custom label for you. Choose from any of our ten delicious gourmet baking mixes. Each mix is made using the finest ingredients available including Nielsen-Massey pure Madagascar bourbon vanilla. They are all natural with no artificial flavors or preservatives. Simply combine with fresh ingredients from your kitchen, bake and enjoy!

We are very excited about teaming up with Egmont Publishing to promote their new book Scones & Sensibility by author Lindsay Eland. Coming to a book store near you December 22, 2009. Pre-order you copy now.

Please contact me to discuss the many customization options we have to offer. E-mail me at or call me at 877-626-6399.

Oct 13, 2009

Halloween Cupcake Kabobs - Stylish "BOO"ing!

We had fun with our "BOO" treats this year by decorating mini cupcakes and stacking them on kabob sticks with sugar wafers and halloween candy. For those of you that are not familiar with "BOO"ing. You secretyly deliver a halloween treat to a few friends with a "BOO" sign that they hang on their front door and a note to pass it on. They are then to deliver a treat to a few of their friends and so on, until everyone in the neighborhood has been "BOO"ed. Sort of a halloween treat chain letter. Silly yes, but fun. If you would like a copy of the "BOO" sign and letter, just e-mail me and I will send it to you.
Happy "BOO"ing!

Oct 12, 2009

A little sweet talk for our Champagne Cupcake Mix Favors

Our Champagne Cupcake Mix Favors were named one of the 7 Favorite Things in the this months issue of Get Married Magazine. Proud moment. Take a peek on line or request a free copy.

Oct 9, 2009

A happy little giveaway! {Happy Girl Greetings}

Happy Girl Greetings has so generously offered up 100 personalized calling cards for one lucky reader. Inspired by the rich pen & ink drawings found in old dictionaries and encyclopedias Happy Girl Greetings incorporates these images into stationery to create a look of simple vintage sophistication. I have been wanting some cards printed with all of our family's information. With 5 cell phones, a home phone, 5 e-mail addresses and our home address, it would be so nice to have some pretty little mommy cards to hand to people with all of our info on it. There are so many great ways to use these stylish cards, you must be asking, how do I enter. Just let us know how you would use your calling cards in a comment at the bottom of this post. Don't forget to check out all of the other great products offered by Happy Girl Greetings.
The winner will be announced next Friday the 16th. Don't forget to leave your e-mail address in you post so we can contact you if you win. Good Luck!

Oct 7, 2009

Vintage Inspired Halloween Treat Tags {by Bluebird Lane}

I love these Halloween Tags! These are so perfect to tie on those handmade treats I give to those few special trick-or-treaters every year. We gotta let mom and dad know where they came from. Obviously perfect for Halloween party favors, but I will also use them for our Boo packages this year (a silly little tradition where you leave a package of Halloween treats on your friends front porch, because the kids aren't getting enough treats).
You have to check out Bluebird Lane's entire line of French, Cottage and Shabby style gift tags. Halloween is just the beginning, their Christmas tags are oh so cute.

Sep 29, 2009

Halloween Rice Krispy Treats...
a fun and festive twist on an old favorite

Step 1: Combine 6 cups marshmallows and 6 tablspoons of butter in microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high in one minute increments, stirring after each minute, until smooth. Add 12 cups of crispy rice cereal and stir until well coated. Cool slightly.
Step 2: Add your favorite fall treats or try one of my favorite combinations:
  • Caramel Apple - Add 1 cup chopped dried apples and 1 cup chopped caramels
  • Fall Crunch - Use chocolate crispy rice cereal and add 1/3 cup chopped pecans, 1/3 cup chocolate chips and 1/3 cup chopped caramels. {yum! these are my favorite}
  • Candy Corn - Use 2 cups candy corn or any favorite halloween candy.

Step 3: Press into greased 9X13 pan, paying attention that the mix-in's get distributed evenly.

Step 4: Remove from pan and cut into 3 inch squares.
Step 5: Wrap them in cellophane bags and dress them up for Halloween with ribbon and spider rings.
Trick or Treat!
Check out my ariticle in this months issue of The OC Gazette Magazine. Sign up to get your free copy.

Sep 27, 2009

Take a peek at our brand new look...

I am so excited to introduce the colorful new look of Vintage Bakeshop... our new retail baking mix line. Our packaging has been redesigned with bold new graphics and a colorful new logo. As always, our mixes are all natural with no artificial flavors or preservatives. We individually handcraft each of our mixes with the finest ingredients available, including pure Madagascar bourbon vanilla. One bite and you will agree... they are just like mom used to make, maybe even better. Take 20% off any order through October 31, 2009. Enter code VINTAGEBAKESHOP at checkout.
Our all natural baking mixes are available in eight delicious flavors, with two new flavors coming out in October. Join our mailing list to receive new product announcements and promotions.

Aug 30, 2009

Snippet and Ink Board #423 So. Much. Color

Thank you to Snippet & Ink for this cheery inspiration board. These bold colors are so much fun! Loving this combo for a baby shower, or party, but not really wedding material.

Aug 21, 2009

Our giveaway winner is!!!

Jessica who said "I love the owl". Congratulations Jessica!

Aug 17, 2009

Navy and Lavender... the art of Gifting

In search of favors or gifts with a touch of class, look no further, Navy & Lavender is a fine gifts and favors company focusing on weddings and other special occasions. With its distinctive charm and personalized details, the company offers a unique and stylish assortment of the ideal gifts for every event. The brand’s artful aesthetic is expressed through its creative packaging, from decorative party favors to exceptional gifts wrapped in the company’s signature navy box and stitched ribbon. The name Navy & Lavender comes from the brand’s sophisticated yet whimsical style. The deep navy represents the company’s polished, refined side, while the elegant lavender speaks to its softer, more romantic sensibility – together they form the perfect balance.

Favor Cake: Eat Drink & Be Married

Take a peek at their entire line of lovely gifts and favors at Navy and Lavender.

Aug 14, 2009

Great Summer Giveaway {Tadpoles & Tutus}

Calling all moms, grandma's, aunts, uncles, our anyone who knows a little one. Tadpoles and Tutus has so generously offered up one of their darling appliqued onesies of the winners choice. I just absolutely love this Etsy shop, their items are so well made and very unique.
To Enter ...

  • Browse their darling etsy shop and choose your favorite onesie
  • Post it in a comment at the bottom of this post

It's that simple!

Be sure to include your name and email address so I can contact you if you win. The winner will be announced next Friday and another great giveaway will begin. Thanks for entering.

This weeks giveaway winner is ...

C in VA who said "I love her orchid hair clips! They come in so many fabulous colors!" Check back in a few... another great giveaway is on it's way!

Aug 11, 2009

a little inspiration {kraft paper and twine}

A little inspiration from Snippet & Ink, Board #414: Kraft Paper and Twine. Kathryn's comments are what bring this lovely theme to life. Thanks for inspiring us.