what measures success?

Kate spade round box regift blog 001

kate spade boxes via agiftwrappedlife.blogspot.com

hi guys, i hope your weekend has kicked off right and you’re enjoying some down time. i’ve had a pretty rough few days truth be known, and ny’s dramas are still on my heels. i tried a walk on the beach to clear my head, a nap, meditation! nothing worked but blogging. why is that?

well nested

well nested

i think it’s cause this is a place we can get away and feel supported no matter what. haven’t you read a comment left where someone felt better after reading a post or even a comment? i just can’t overstate the force blogging has become in my life.



anyway by now you may be wondering what these delicious packages are. they’re masterpieces created by sande of a gift wrapped life. it’s actually a bit of a story and i guess i should start at the beginning since have no tv or dvd, no one’s home and my phone just died.

earth friendly

it started with janet, one of my fairy godmothers. (the other is lynn). they’re the ones who convinced me to take sponsors and ads on my blog which i debated. i finally set it up with their guidance and their ads were the first.

french blue

on friday sande wrote to let me know janet written a ridiculously adorable post all about it. to say it was humbling was an understatement. the comments were so supportive that i offered a free quarter of ad space to one of her blog friends who left a comment. word spread via sande’s post,

a gift wrapped life

and another by a-la-parisienne.

DSCN9554 A la Parisienne Banner wide tulle copy




and newromantic-1000markets.blogspot.com

and now i want to take it further. we all have platforms where we’re able to promote each other. if adding a link to a boutique can help grow a business it’s the perfect way to work together in a bad economy. for the first 4 commenters who have a blog and web business, i’m offering a free month of ad space. (just have to pay my web-gal her $60 fee). i’ll also offer space in my web boutique to carry your gorgeous items, you brilliant artists!

having you in my life is what i call success, you so have my back and i have yours.

janet’s drawing is on monday. if you have a blog and a boutique go to her site for the 3 month drawing. if you have something you think would sell in the boutique please let me know. i have stationery and textile sections just waiting to be macked!


speaking of advertising, i was fortunate to be included in this month’s house beautiful magazine and wanted to make a couple points. first, i’m honored cause it’s house beautiful and my mom gets it :)


but also, it was just a simple handle that was featured, nothing major. but this is what i mean about measuring success. it’s only a handle. but in this economy my handles have been good to me.


i guess i’m saying success is how you look at things. if i looked at my biz the way i did last year i’d be out. but having a little something like this can be an entire business. what’s your ‘widget’ and how are you promoting it? send it to editors and bloggers to review by email or with an actual sample.

by the by, the hb page was written by samantha emmerling if you’d like to send her something, and why not? magazines and blogs need content and you’ve got the goods! her email is: semmerling@hearst.com


so that’s it for tonight. i did get to see my lil muffy man for a minute yesterday when i picked up my car at liz’s. she and i both have to move yet again. it’s always like this with us. weird. i’m going to start looking tomorrow for that place i crave!


these were the only shots i got of the not so little guy. the good news is now he can hang in or out. what a man. well, c’est tout pour moi, bon nuit and bon weekend!

May 31, 2009. Uncategorized.


  1. Damaris replied:

    i love your cat…he looks so nice…i love pets. i have a dog, i love him!

    i hope you have a better week, just enjoy the day, the life and the good things. the rest…leave it!

    Greetings…from Chile!

    I love your blog!


  2. debbie ragan replied:



  3. jae replied:

    What measures success is how well others speak of you….and from reading this post and the one at French Blue, I can see you are hugely successful. I arrived via g. at ticklish from a distance and will be staying.
    jae x


  4. FrenchBlue replied:

    Oh my gosh! What a beautiful opportunity for our blog-planet! Thank you for all the strength you carry. Our world has become a world of sharing…And we all lived happily ever after…
    p.s. Have fun looking for your new haven:)


  5. theparisapartment replied:

    morning guys! thanks for that jae, that’s a really sweet thing to say! i’m glad you’re here. thanks debbie too, i went to pink saturday, what a force!


  6. A Gift Wrapped Life replied:

    I thought I had mistakenly reposted my own post this morning when I saw the Kate Sade regifts on my bloglist. But I went from confused to thrilled pretty quick – Lol!
    (it’s a legitimate fear, I’ve done it more than a few times). Thank you for your fabulous mention and getting to know you is an absolute pleasure. You gals are having way too much fun and I am just happy, happy to be part of it. It must be that constant sunshine that gives you gals such a lovely glow (from the inside). Thanks Claudia! you are a most gracious woman and I think your new home/direction is going to lead you somewhere very interesting. If it hasn’t already.


  7. theparisapartment replied:

    hey janet, you made this all happen, so you’re the power! i think that’s a great way to put it, bloggers are special people. they’re into sharing and creating and growing. whether it’s ideas, businesses or a support system, there’s always someone there to lend a hand. how could we not live happily ever after with friends like that?


  8. Melissa replied:


    Congratulations on the House Beautiful press – and what house wouldn’t look beautiful with that gorgeous handle! Love it!

    Again, in the midst of your home search and mind settling, you choose to give and share your success tips with us. A humble soul and guiding light you are for this world! Thank you.

    You are so right, the blog world is a wonderful support network as well as a dreamy place to indulge in so many beautiful photos, inspirational words, and outstanding talent.

    Have a great Sunday!


  9. Paul replied:

    Great idea, Claudia, best of luck with this!
    I love that cat :-)


  10. Courtney replied:

    This was such a wonderful post to read! Thank you for it!! Thanks also for such a wonderful comment over on my blog- it made my weekend!

    Hope you’re doing well!


  11. Gale replied:

    Thank you Claudia…your generosity is so appreciated.

    Just when we wonder if any of our solo little voices have any chance of being heard amid the throng, here you are offering your ‘giving back the love’ gesture. You are what makes the world a better place.

    Thank you, for the lovely opp’ and big {{hugs}} to you!


  12. Sinead replied:

    I really needed to read your words today, Claudia. Stress has been my constant companion of late. (I own a small business in Detroit. Need I say more?) Thank you for helping me to adjust my perspective. The world needs many more people like you!


  13. theparisapartment replied:

    wow, hi you guys, i’m blown away as usual. you mean a lot to me and it’s my pleasure and honor to do anything at all to help each other succeed!


  14. Mandy replied:

    First of all, if I had not been in a mad dash to get that post where I mentioned your giveaway posted, I would’ve written a HUGE paragraph about how highly I regard you and how greatly you’ve influenced my decorating style over the past years.
    Although I know very little about the business world and about what “makes a business person a success,” I do know that one must NOT be a successful business person in order to be a successful person. There are so many huge companies out there who definitely raise the bar for the requirements of a successful business, but they are not always admirable companies: they lie, cheat, undermine, outsource, exploit, in order to make millions of dollars. I really like this quote from the Bible “What profits a man to gain the whole world and lose his own soul?” I think a true successful business person is one who can go to bed at night with a peace in her heart that she was honest, determined, and kind in her business affairs even if this peace doesn’t always bring monetary rewards; it at least brings the reward of respect that honest people have for you. You, Claudia, are a HUGE success in my opinion and I respect you greatly for the way that you treat others and for the GREAT talent that you have and your willingness to help others in their own businesses.


  15. lora replied:

    Well, first let me say that I simply love your kitty! He’s just the sweetest thing, but I may be prejudiced. I love cats. Don’t quite trust anyone who doesn’t. ;-)

    Claudia you’re just the sweetest soul to gift 4 business ladies with a spot on your blog. I was the third ad on your list, although I can’t call myself a sponsor. I was also the first lucky lady to be the recipient of your generosity. Thanks so much for taking a chance on me and my jewelry. I love The Paris Apartment and am so sad not to feel a part of it anymore, but when things turn around (and I might have a whisper in the wind) I’ll be back.

    Have a simply lovely rest of the weekend and know that whatever upsets happen in the B&M of life, you’re an inspiring and well loved force in cyber space!


  16. theparisapartment replied:

    lora please do come back whenever you’re ready! i loved seeing your pretty pics! now that you mention it, i’ll extend it to anyone who wants a month free. why limit it to four?


  17. Sandy replied:

    I know what you mean that blogging is sometimes the BEST remedy! A huge congratulations on your piece being in that awesome magazine!!!

    Sandy xox


  18. Julie replied:

    Claudia, I love everything you wrote here. The idea of bloggers helping each other is so relevent and real and right and wonderful. I’m totally ready to do my part! Meanwhile I’ll enter the two contests you suggest and I’m sending lots of great vibes your way! Congrats on House Beautiful…that must have given you such a lift.


  19. Di Overton replied:

    I can’t believe you are moving again. You are like a gypsy :)


  20. rochambeau replied:

    Dear Claudia,
    Congrats on all that is New and Wonderful. You deserve all these pretty boxes and more. I wonder about sponsors. So, it’s interesting to hear your take. Glad you went for it!



  21. Fifi Flowers replied:

    I will be advertising with you when I can!!!


  22. Fifi Flowers replied:

    Ooooh and I forgot… I stole the photo of your cat with pillow in chair… will be back with a painting SOON!


  23. Ingrid Mida replied:

    How generous of you to share all this information! Your blog is fabulous and you deserve all the accolades written about it.


  24. Judith replied:

    Hi Claudia,
    First Congratulations on your House Beautiful spread! Wow! Second, I love all of the women you mentioned in this post! Remarkable is not strong enough of a word to use for them :) And, finally, third…measuring success is so difficult, however, if a person is well loved, respected, good hearted, and following their passion and dreams, To me that is success. The rest will fall into place when the time is right. You live a life we all dream about (of course the grass is always Greener…but it’s just as hard to mow) Paris, NY, Miami, and the insane amount of talent and vision you have. But in the end it’s about who you are not what you and your AMAZING!!!! Have a wonderful week!


  25. le petit cabinet de curiosites replied:

    What a success ! BRAVO !
    Love your cat ! Love the women and their blogs …Thanks for your generosity !You are a gem


  26. Gwendolyn replied:

    beautiful blog. have you ever seen Ladurèe wrapping paper or wallpaper?


  27. jotirarys replied:

    Has any one else ever been on this medicine to help with your lack of energy due to depression. Also, if so did it cause you to have Anxiety.!!!free generic…
    100mg generic


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