Our Favorites for 2013!

“When angels visit us, we do not hear the rustle of wings, nor feel the feathery touch of the breast of a dove; but we know their presence by the love they create in our hearts.”

– Mary Baker Eddy

 Happy Holidays Friends of The Huestudio + Company!

IMG_2823The bold and festive color – Chartreuse – was selected for December 2013! This color, halfway between green and yellow, serves as inspiration for Our Favorites for 2013!  

The color Chartreuse was named due to its resemblance to the French liqueur called green chartreuse, introduced in 1764. Known as the Elixir of Long Life, Chartreuse dates back to the early 1600’s when a monastery out of Vauvert, France started crafting the complex recipe using natural plants and herbs. Intended as a cure-all, rather than a beverage, monks adapted the formula in 1764 to make what is know today as “Green Chartreuse” liqueur. The recipe is still very much a secret, and to this day, only two monks know how to identify, blend and distill the 130 plants and herbs needed to produce Chartreuse.

As we close out 2013 and begin a new year in 2014, we are honored to share select preferred partners who have become Our Favorites for 2013!

Their products, services and offerings reflect the excellence and exceptional high standards that clients have come to expect of The Huestudio + Company, LLC. Share our joy and love for these special organizations and small businesses and visit our Preferred Partner section for more!


We love Discovery Arts!

ImageThis amazing non-profit organization brings art, dance, drama and music to children with cancer and life threatening illnesses while in the hospital receiving treatment. Miracles are witnessed everyday, as sick children get out of bed and delight in “Arts Adventures” filled with fun, creativity and joy. All programs and services are free and Discovery Arts relies on the generosity of individuals, corporations and foundations to survive and grow. Cathy Rigby is their spokesperson and board member and The Huestudio + Company is proud to support Discovery Arts through select products for sale in our online store.

Recently on an adventure to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, we visited Tabitha Foundation Cambodia and were captivated!

Image 8Their mission is to recognize and develop inherent skills and resources which bring dignity and respect to the people and country of Cambodia. Tabitha Foundation Cambodia provides a regular income for widowed mothers, landmine victims, street women, AIDS sufferers, orphaned singled women, drought victims and other poorest of the poor through hand-crafted products and offerings.

In early 2014, our online store will begin featuring select products which use local Cambodian materials such as hand-dyed and locally woven silks. These unique and special offerings will allow people to purchase food, clothing, medicine, place children into schools, and buy land to build small, but sturdy homes.

In the spirit and generosity of the holiday season, if you’d like to donate to either Discovery Arts or Tabitha Cambodia, contact us for more information. May you be blessed with the joys of Our Favorites for 2013, and beyond!

Image 1Throughout 2013, The Huestudio + Company has been honored to highlight the vibrant, multi-colored bangles from Jan Lewis Designs. Spotlighting the color chartreuse for December 2013, Jan’s coriander multi triangle bangle is a perfect choice! This unique bangle may be worn by itself or paired and stacked with Jan’s twenty six (26) newest designs in her collection!

ImageVisit her website to view all designs and take advantage of special holiday pricing! 

Stay tuned for more exciting news from Jan Lewis Designs in 2014, including The Huestudio + Company’s “Circle of Colors” collaboration on two new and colorful bangles that are sure to delight!

Capturing Moments

Photography, at its best, is a powerful language which speaks directly to our emotions. This allows us to tell a story and show others our insights and perspectives of the world around us. Photographs tell us what is important. They are part of our legacy. They allow us to share and to communicate. They make us artists. Photography has the power to move us.


Maggie Rife Ponce is a preferred photographer of The Huestudio + Company, LLC. She is a storytelling wedding, portrait and travel photographer looking to capture magical moments in time, like bottling lightning bugs in a jar. Her subjects range from the father of the bride to indigenous natives on the other side of our world. Whatever she is photographing, Maggie’s sensitive nature and desire to understand her subjects fully, leads to still frames eternalizing the simple human exchanges and emotions of everyday life. Simply said, her photographs are amazing works of art. Visit her website for more spectacular photographs!


As a preferred photographer, Phyllis Delaney of The Peddler’s Den in Woodland Park, Colorado, loves taking pictures of all things in nature. This gives her a sense of peace and connectedness to something bigger than the craziness that sometimes surrounds us.

Image 3With the enhancement of our online store in 2014, The Huestudio + Company will collaborate with The Peddler’s Den on unique “Circle of Colors” offerings for simple gift giving and unique guest favors that can be customized with desired color palettes.

Contact Phyllis for more offerings and stay tuned for exciting items in early 2014!

Cupcakes + Cookies

Two perennial favorites for The Huestudio + Company throughout 2013 are Swirlz Cupcakes and Chicago Butter Cookies. Both small businesses have exceptional product offerings, are adored and beloved by clients and are always delightful to work with for any event, wedding celebration or special occasion!

Image 2Swirlz Cupcakes, located in Chicago’s Lincoln Park, are baked from scratch daily using only the finest ingredients. Artfully decorated with luscious two-tone frosting combinations + topped with Swirlz house-made delicacies, you immediately forget you’re indulging in a delicious guilty pleasure.

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In addition to their full-size cupcakes, Swirlz Cupcakes also bakes bite size mini-cupcakes which are perfect for weddings, sweet tables and adorable guest favors. Their unique and creative 6″ or 8″ cakes features 4 layers of cake and 3 layers of filling, not to mention, playfully elegant presentations. Their special “cupcake cake” is a delight, but then again, all offerings are simply deliciously divine! Visit their website for additional offerings and flavors! 

Image 14Chicago Butter Cookies are simply delicious! These light-as-a-feather, heart-shaped butter cookies are sinfully scrumptious treats that sure to warm the hearts of all who indulge.

Image 15As President and Chief Cookie Officer, Mary Astor Smithe has been perfecting her Croatian grandmother’s butter cookie recipe for years. Each wholesome cookie contains high-quality, all natural ingredients. While the original butter variety is delicious, tempt your palette with the effects of chocolate and seal salt, a hint of orange zest, or chocolate and mint in Mary’s fun and playful packaging. Clever box names of The Chicago Signature, The Pier, The Orange Line and The Gold Coast are a nod to many of Chicago’s favorite areas.  

Contact us to plan your next event or occasion with Chicago Butter Cookies + visit their website for more!

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In the spirit of uniqueness and rarities, we are proud to feature these amazing chartreuse-inspired art glass pieces from Bloyd Art Glass. The blown, sculpted and textured glass heart is ground on one side for unique displays. Recently viewed at Chicago’s One of a Kind Show, these stunning pieces are works of fine art that are featured in galleries and collections around the world. Contact us for unique gifts for special events, weddings and celebrations.

Image 11We also feature and spotlight the highly creative and colorful Mirabelle Studio as another one of Our Favorites for 2013! Owner and artist Judy Lynn likes to mix things up when she designs her books, boxes and prints. She combines her own block print images and exquisite papers with traditional book art techniques to create pieces of art that are striking and functional. Her background in graphic design and smallest, attention-to-details are evident in every items she crafts.

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In early 2014, The Huestudio + Company will collaborate with Mirabelle Studio on a distinctive “Circle of Colors” offering for our enhanced online store. Stay tuned!

From all of us at The Huestudio + Company, we hope you will share our joy and love for these special organizations and small businesses this holiday season and into 2014, and beyond. Visit our Preferred Partner section for more!

Photography Credits: Alyssa the Angel | © 2013, Discovery Arts; Hand-crafted Cambodian Silk Mobile Phone Pouches | © 2013, Tabitha Foundation Cambodia; Jan Lewis Designs logo | © 2013, Jan Lewis Designs; Coriander multi triangle bangle in narrow | © 2013, Jan Lewis Designs; Chartreuse Champagne Cocktail | © 2013, Rife Ponce Photography; Chartreuse Mojito with Pepper Garnish | © 2013, Rife Ponce Photography; Butterflies are Free| © 2013, Phyllis Delaney of The Peddler’s Den; Specialty Cakes by Swirlz Cupcakes | © 2013, Swirlz Cupcakes; The Signature by Chicago Butter Cookies | © 2013, Chicago Butter Cookies, LLC; Portrait of President and Chief Cookie Officer Mary Astor Smithe | © 2013, Chicago Butter Cookies, LLC; Chartreuse Hand-blown Heart | © 2013, Bloyd Art Glass; Chartreuse Hand-blown Vessels | © 2013, Bloyd Art Glass; Hand-crafted journals | © 2013, Mirabelle Studio; Hand-designed bird prints | © 2013, Mirabelle Studio.

Inspired by Indigo

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover.

– Mark Twain

ImageThe Huestudio + Company is proud to feature indigo-inspired photographs from one of our favorite destinations for magical weddings, unique special events and magical experiences – Colorado!

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.

– Robert Frost

Image 2These gorgeous images are from our dear and cherished friend and talented photographer, Phyllis Delaney of The Peddler’s Den.

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.  Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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“Remember that happiness is a way of travel, not a destination.”

– Roy Goodman

Contact Phyllis for more interesting and colorful works of art for your home or office.  

Photography Credit: Maroon Bells, just outside of Aspen, Colorado | © 2013, Phyllis Delaney of The Peddler’s Den; Ice Palace in Silverthorn, Colorado | © 2013, Phyllis Delaney of The Peddler’s Den.


A Gold Standard

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.”

– Helen Keller

It’s been almost thirty years since I first met Phyllis and Richard DeMey in Woodland Park, Colorado. They had a cool address of Star Route # [ with numbers and letters behind them ], which signaled where the post office delivered their mail in the lovely woods. Located close to the beauty and splendor of Pikes Peak, it did feel as though the stars did align in meeting them, but especially with Phyllis! She was – and still is today – a strong, passionate, creative woman, who at that time, had four small children under the age of 10.

Times change, people grow up, and new lives are created. During my time living with them briefly, I learned a great deal about myself. I still keep up on their ever-changing lives through Facebook, Twitter and blogs. Dan, Michelle, Ben and Becky have all grown up to be exceptional adults. Each one has their own unique and distinctive personalities, loving families and friends, and all have caring and compassionate attributes. Phyllis and Dick did an amazing job! As their honorary “fifth child”, they have taught unconditional love, abundant blessings, strong values, and a core belief that anything is possible! They set a gold standard of how to live one’s life!

iStock_000020246714_ExtraSmallThis past April 17, 2012, Michelle turned 39 and stepped into her 40’s. She consciously used her birthday as a celebration and began a first day of a more artistic life. Inspired by an exercise that a friend experienced in a class, Michelle created a blog titled, “Thank you, it’s true.” This was based on the only response allowed when giving compliments to one another. As Michelle thought, “Wouldn’t it seem conceited to respond in that way? But, why shouldn’t we be allowed to rejoice in something good about ourselves?” 

So, as March 2013 begins, be inspired today by Michelle’s recent blog post and set your own gold standard for yourself and others.

Here’s to creating an exceptional March 2013…you deserve it! Bu, when April 17, 2013 comes around, connect with Michelle and wish her a very Happy Birthday! Here’s to many, many more!

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Photography Credits:  Gold Bars ©iStockphoto.com/gmutlu | Original Nine Roses Custom Arrangement © Wayne Slezak Photography for The Huestudio + Company, LLC.