I’m THRILLED to announce a that we have a Mochatini birthday giveaway! YAY!!! Remember the bee-you-tee-ful chandelier notecards from Pink Lily Press, featured here a few days ago?  Weren’t they so pretty? Well, Jennifer, the talented owner of Pink Lily Press has generously sponsored a set of 10 notecards of YOUR choice.  You lucky lucky readers YOU!







Jennifer was recently Esty’s featured seller, which comes as no surprise when you look at her lovely designs. She also has a very sweet blog, simply pink lily. Hop over and say hello wont you?

Ok so how do you win this giveaway? Go to her stores on Etsy and 1000 markets and pick your favorite notecard design. Then, come back here and leave a comment on this post telling us which of her designs you would like. Then on May 5, I will pick a winner and announce it here! Mochatini will take the responsibility to ship internationally, so my global readers, this giveaway is open to you too!

Think about your very own personalized notecards. Think, thank you notes! Think about your Mama or your best friend or your neighbor that recently gave you cupcakes. And what about the hostess from last weekend dinner party? Think how awesome a personalized thank you notecard from you will make them feel!

If you didn’t take the time to check out her gorgeous collections earlier {shame}, do it now now now!

Thank you Jennifer for this fantastic giveaway.

Happy Birthday Mochatini





I cant believe it has been a year already. Wow! Time DOES fly when you’re having fun!

Wasn’t it a fantastic year? I have enjoyed sharing my inspirations, experiments and dreams with you. I have made so many new friends.  Thank you for coming back to Mochatini and leaving me sweet notes! I cant tell you how much I look forward to reading your comments. With each post {185 counting this one}, each comment {167 + 42 that I deleted by accident}, each Tweet and FB comment, I have felt such a connection with YOU.


My life is richer with support from friends like you – old and new! You all know who you are and I love you! Bloggers and non-bloggers. {Thank you DTI, Design for Mankind, Dwellings and Decor, HWTM, Life in a Venti Cup, Design Tavern, An Indian Summer, Coco+Kelley} Designers and artists. Renters and home owners. Fashionistas and remodelistas. Friends from literally all corners of the world! Each one of you has been a source of  inspiration to me. It is mostly because of your encouragement that I come back each day and post on Mochatini.

This past year, both Mochatini and I have grown a lot. Changes in Mochatini are apparent {design, topics, readers,etc}. Mochatini also has two siblings – Twilight Saga Style and A Bloom in Time.

Blogging on Mochatini has given me the confidence to trust my creative instincts.  I know a lot more about design, decoration, styling and photography and am not afraid to experiment. I am really enjoying learning photography from Paul and the photographers I feature. I realized I might get into interior styling and love flowers. I am better at writing and communicating my ideas than I was a year ago. {I have had a lifelong struggle with words so any development is HUGE for me}. My web design skills are way better too. I have also become a super multi-tasker! {Full time work, three blogs, contributing blogger at 2modern, life, travel, relationships, networking, home making….} But most of all I realized how much I really enjoy blogging.


Here’s to many many more! Thank you for reading Mochatini. Salud!

PS: I had forgotten the date until Paul reminded me and said he wanted to take me out to dinner to celebrate!

A VERY special thank you to Paul, my awesome husband. Thank you for being YOU. For reading my blog. For your support!  For encouraging me on days when my visitor counts fell. Patiently listening being a shoulder to cry on when I felt down. For cheering me up! For the wonderful dinners when I was totally consumed with work. For helping me pursue my creative endeavors. For loving me, just as I am! I love you!


pps: I wanted to give away some goodies to mark Mochatini’s birthday, but that will have to wait a bit. {generous sponsors welcome}.

Images: MDH -private, magpietango, dom perignon, pia ulin, ellen silverman