About Calyer Designs

Marketing + Designs • mabel by Calyer Designs
Calyer Designs is a small marketing + design company with big ideas. Our mission is to help our clients stand out from the rest–whether you’re a small business just opening your doors or an established company looking for a change.

We make it a point to listen to your ideas and turn them into a reality, and pride ourselves in customization. Whether you’re in need of social media support, website development, graphic design, marketing direction or branding, we’ve got your back. Calyer Designs has worked with a variety of clients: from hay farms and farm breweries, to non-profits and government affairs agencies, to lifestyle + athlete brands.

In June 2018, Calyer Designs launched Mabel by Calyer Designs, a sub-brand focusing specifically on hand lettering, design, and wedding + event stationery.

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Monday - Friday 09:00AM-5:00PM
Saturday - Sunday CLOSED

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And the Oscar Goes To …

I owe it to my sister for even getting me excited for the Oscars … and for getting me to spend all of my Oscar Sunday cleaning my apartment, rearranging furniture, and prepping apps for the 10-15 people who come glammed up in sweats for my Annual Oscar Party. And on a “school night?!” Thanks, Kels.

 

But to be honest, it’s my second favorite party to host, the first being Boos & Booze (annual Halloween Party). It’s a fun way to get friends together, binge watch the nominated movies and get a little competition going with ballots and leading actor/actress squares — think Super Bowl squares. How we do it? Wine’s involved, obviously. My guests bring a bottle of wine if they want in on filling out a ballot. As we watch, we score the ballots and the loser gets their bottle of wine back, runner up gets their bottle +1 and the winner walks away with the remaining balance. Twelve bottles of wine? I’ll take it … For the squares, you pay $5/per and place you names on an unmarked grid. Right before the night kicks off, we pick the headers out of a hat — just to give everyone a fair chance at winning.

 

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DOWNLOAD YOUR OSCAR BALLOT

 

It’s always fun to try and incorporate some of the movies into what you’re serving, so my attempt was a cocktail “City of Stars” inspired by La La Land, because after all, they’re slated to be the big winners.

 

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RECIPE

1 bottle dry Prosecco
Juice of two lemons
1L Seltzer
2oz Simple Syrup
bitters to taste

 

I chose to forgo a baked good, one: because I really don’t care for baking, and two: because chocolate is SO much better. I picked up some of the movie-candy favorites (mostly chocolate, but threw in some Swedish Fish for a friend) and put them in gold mini-cupcake tins.

 

I try and change up the menu from party to party, but you can pretty much guarantee you’ll always have a Cheese/Charcuterie Board and Crockpot Meatballs.

 

Tonight’s menu includes:
  • Crockpot Meatball (see recipe below)
  • Cheese/Charcuterie Board: Manchego, Trader Joe’s Chianti Toscano, Prosciutto, Soppressata, Trader Joe’s Fig Butter and honey
  • Endive Boats: Endive piped with a 1:1 mixture of plain cream cheese and goat cheese, walnuts and finished with a drizzle of honey
  • Ina’s Onion Dip & Kettle Chips (see recipe below)
  • Popcorn: Made in a pot with coconut oil

 

RECIPES

Crockpot Meatballs
Ina’s Onion Dip

Art of a Sign

I’m sure this isn’t the first place you’ve seen a piece of wood, stained that deep, rich espresso color with that flowy white modern day calligraphy, right? So what’s so special? First off, the project gives me time in the wood shop with my unbelievably talented dad, and affords me the opportunity to switch things up a bit …

What’s the process? Well, I leave the heavy duty machinery-operating to him, e.g. planing or cutting down the wood, and I pitch in with the hand sanders and the staining. Each sign starts as a piece of 1″ x 6″ x 24″ poplar wood that he cuts down to my standard, or not so standard sizes, depending on the project specifications. This is usually pretty simple, but, the perfectionists in both of us sometimes leads to planing of the wood to rid any imperfections. Then we sand, with THREE different grits of sand paper to make sure they’re smooth. Next comes the stain. We’re torn here … sometimes we love the richness of a deep espresso color die we mix with denatured alcohol, while other times we’re happy with our MINWAX espresso stain. Regardless, our standard signs are a deep color so that the white paint stand outs.

From there, I use a white chalk pencil to draw out the last name, word or saying on the board and will tweak it until it’s just right. My favorite paint is the white Elmer’s Paint Pen with a medium tip. Once the paint has dried, I go in with an eraser to make sure all of the chalk is cleaned up, and they’re ready to go.

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