Photos by Lizzy Flanagan

New Traditions

Photos and journal

This year, the two major gift shows that usually fall just about a week apart, fell nearly two whole weeks apart. Though a very slight schedule change, its results were profound for me.

I found a week. FOUND. A. WEEK.

It's quite honestly better than any amount of money that you could find in a jacket you haven't worn since last year or under a seat at the movie theater. (I did actually find $60 once in a parking lot....it's even better than that.) Time, it seems, is our most precious commodity. It is one of the very few things we cannot buy and that we have absolutely no control over. I found 4 whole week days and one long(ish) weekend! WIN!

So, in an effort to relish and be responsible with this bright and shiny gift, I naturally made a list of projects I wanted to accomplish. Obviously. Most of them were around the house, making it unnecessary for me to get out of my pajamas, or you know, wash my hair. You're welcome honey.

My husband called it my 'week of Sundays'. He would come in after work, look around at the mess I had undoubtedly created and say: 'Mmmmmm! Smells like a Sunday in here!" Fortunately for him, I cleaned a few things (the fridge!) and made him my White Bean Chicken Chili.

One of my projects was to go through, edit and organize my photos from last year with the intention of printing a few and perhaps making a book or two.

None of those things happened, but I did get pretty distracted by watching the previous 12 months of my life go by and remembering all the fun stuff, and the little moments. There is a whole lot that I forgot to write about and a bunch of stuff I meant to share...so I thought I would go about that here for a bit. I will go backwards, cause somehow that makes sense to me, and start with our Christmas card.

Ironically, I have never, not once in my life sent out a Christmas card. It's slightly embarrassing, as someone who MAKES Christmas cards and is a member of the Greeting Card Association for Pete's sake...but frankly, as a wholesaler/retailer and person who usually has to travel to see her family at Christmas, I have never quite had the time or the energy.

But I LOVE receiving people's cards and the photos they put in them... I hang them up in the house and then feel appropriately terrible about throwing them out in, ahem, March....

It makes me feel like I know for a moment what is going on with everyone, what they look like now, how many kids or dogs they have, It makes me feel a little bit loved. And I wanted to participate in that. I wanted that to be a tradition that Coach and I did. I wanted to be able to look back at a bunch of years of our family Christmas cards and see how goofy we were. So, fortunately for me, I have a professional photographer at my beck and call (I have to bribe her with snacks and smelly candles) and a very photogenic dog-child.

Since the Mini was one of my very favorite things about this year, she had to be in the family photo! Only one shot got to be included in the card, but there were a bunch of good out-takes that I thought I would share. Since I am so often behind the camera, it is rare to have a decent photo of myself. Thanks to Lizzy, we have some from Christmas 2012 to look back on!

Contrary to my list of projects for this 'found' week, this was one list-item that actually got stamped, mailed and crossed off the list! Those of you who have been following this blog for awhile will also be relieved to know that our Christmas tree (pictured) was on the curb the first week of January. I didn't even cry this year.

So there you are, tradition started. Here's hoping it makes the list this year! Heh.

What would YOU do with a found week??

xoxo

By Leigh 01.25.2013 – 10:16 am

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A Peachy Little Baby Shower

Photos and journal and She's Crafty

My dear friend Kate is just days away from delivering her first baby and I am so excited about it, I have had to work on 'projects' to distract myself! I have been being crafty, and depending how that goes, I will share the results with you later. In the mean time, I thought I would share some photos of her sweet baby shower that I helped throw a few weeks ago.

We had the totally handy (and special) opportunity to host it at one of the restaurants she and her husband own (and where he is the chef!) which made it both roomy and staffed ( perk-city!) as well as took care of the menu with delicious food!  I was in charge of decor (naturally....), and since the happy parents-to-be have referred to their growing bump as 'The Peach" I decided to go with that as a theme.

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I was glad to find some 'springy' flowers at the flower market to keep the color pallet light. I arranged them in bushel baskets and fruit crates filled with ball jars and topped them off with some Chinese paper fans I found to accent the peach color theme. We toasted with peach bellinis and Kate's darling Mom had these delicious cupcakes made up as peachy as could be, by the lovely folks at White Mountain Cupcakery (who, P.S. WON the "Cupcake Wars"!) They were so cute and tasted so good, I was a little conflicted as to whether to look at them or eat them!

I used fruit baskets filled with peach candies or apricots (which look like baby peaches) and tied them off with a pretty peach silk ribbon. As a little 'thank you' for the guests (who showered our girl with adorable gifts) I picked macarons in pinky/peachy shades (and coordinating delicious flavors) and wrapped them up in little polka dot bags, tying them up with some green paper ribbon, which I cut to look like leaves. I painted an Avery sticker sheet with little peaches and hand wrote little 'thank you' messages on each sticker, then color copied the sheet onto other sheets to make the labels for the macaron favors.

The day was lovely from top to bottom, the mamma-to-be was surrounded by love and friends and lots and lots of tiny cute things! Surely a perfect way to usher in a beautiful new addition to our lives! I would even go so far as to say it was 'peach perfect'.

Can't wait to meet this little person!

xoxo

By Leigh 01.24.2013 – 2:19 pm

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New Product Release - Demdaco

Photos and The Biz

Hello! I am back for a moment on a pit-stop from tradeshow season. This is one of a few times a year when we travel around like nomads presenting our product to the world of buyers. Buyers that own shops on Main Street and everywhere, that take all of our beautiful things back to their beautiful stores so that you can discover them! It is both hectic and exhilarating and the circus-cast of friends we have collected over the years is one of the finest rewards.

Another great part of the shows for me, as a licensed artist with a few companies, is that I get to see the beautiful product that they have developed over the past year in all of it's glory in their various show rooms. It is sort of like the 'reveal' on one of those "HGTV" shows ...I never know what it's going to look like, but it usually makes me say: "Wooooooooow". This year was no different!

I have been working with Demdaco for almost 5 years now and they never cease to amaze me! Their showroom is one of the most well curated showrooms in the whole market (in no small part thanks to their visual manager Cory! Great job Cory!) This year, they have done a sweet little release of some big-impact product and I am thrilled to the max with it!

We have already gotten this in to our warehouse and up on the site (which is a small miracle - thanks Lauren!) so it is ready to be scooped up! You will also see that our new "Just Our Type" line of cards and posters is up and ready! Exciting stuff!

The above beautiful, bright and completely lovable pieces are just a sampling, but are as follows:

1.) "Wine with Friends" Cutting Board: $24

2.) "Cape & Tiara" Paper Lantern: $22

3.) "Wine with Friends" Layered Wall Art: $42

4.) "Peacock" Mobile: $32

5.) "Hug You" Squiggle Plaque: $10

6.) "Mermaid" Squiggle Plaque: $10

7.) "Welcome to This World" Frame: $26

8.) "Mermaid" Layered Wall Art: $35

What do you love? Any favorites? I would love to hear!
More licensor product releases coming soon...

xox

By Leigh 01.16.2013 – 1:18 pm

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