Friday, December 28, 2007
I spent the holidays at my brother's house. My aunt Linda and uncle Pete hosted our Christmas Eve celebration. The whole family was there, and we celebrated with great food, a little wine and our traditional Secret Santa. (And to my Secret Santa, if you're reading, thank you very much. I love my gift, but I wish you'd reveal yourself to me!) Christmas dinner was at my brother and sister-in-law's house. We ate, drank and were very merry, all day long. Our dinner was wonderful (John and Dawn are great cooks) and we had a fun and relaxing day together.
Now I'm taking some time to relax a bit, and working on getting myself organized, in my studio, and beyond.
Hope you are enjoying the holidays, and wishing you a Happy New Year!
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Today I'm finally finishing up my cards, so I can get them in the mail before the holiday.... I can't believe it's just over a week away.
I'm also planning to put up my tree - it's the perfect day for it, since there's a nor'easter keeping me inside today. I love having snow in December - it's so much easier to get into the holiday spirit!
I still have some Christmas shopping to do, and am anxiously waiting for a few packages that I ordered from some fabulous indie businesses to arrive. Unfortunately, I think I'll have to make one trip to the mall this coming week, but up until now, I've managed to avoid it. And then there's wrapping, and cooking, and - YIKES - I've got a lot to do, better get back at it and away from the computer!
Saturday, December 15, 2007
I've received two lovely ornaments already, and am looking forward to the rest of the goodies from my fellow swappers. I'll post a pic for you when they're all here and on the tree.
In the mean time, you can check out the holiday ornament swap flickr group and see all the wonderful ornaments. I'm in such awe of all the creativity!
Friday, December 14, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
On Friday, we have the (now) traditional second Thanksgiving at my brother John's house, usually featuring 2 turkeys (1 roasted, 1 deep fried) and all the trimmings, and my sister-in-law Dawn's homemade ice cream with the pie for dessert. We usually see my sister-in-law's family on Friday, as well as some friends, and a few cousins or aunts and uncles - who can resist a repeat of a perfect dinner!
And then there's the leftovers.....
I'm so thankful for these lovely traditions and for my family and friends...and this year there is an extra little something to be thankful for - my cousin Kristen and her husband Craig have a new baby girl, Lily Katherine (welcome sweet baby girl!).
Hope you all have as wonderful a holiday as I know I will!
Sunday, November 18, 2007
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Monday, October 22, 2007
To shopping easier, some of the fabulous indie bloggers are providing gift guides to help us on our quest for the perfect gift. Modish is one of the first to come out - you can see great gift ideas from Artful Sentiments and many other indie businesses in the Modish Holiday Gift Guide. Happy Shopping!
Sunday, October 21, 2007
These posters are reproductions of a British WWII poster, and they're popping up all over the Internet - you can find whole shops with Keep Calm merchandise. I guess lots of us need that little reminder - I know I do, especially through the crazy holiday season!
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Monday, September 10, 2007
Sunday, September 09, 2007
The fall Boston Gift Show runs from September 15 - 18, and I'll be in the Handmade section again, booth 1309. At last fall's show, I was caught by surprise that there was such demand for coastal products - I wasn't really showing many since I had expected all the shops to be stocking up for the holidays. Fortunately I was able to adapt some of my standard coastal designs for the holiday season, and they've been a hit! I'll be showing those for sure this year, along with some new additions! (Stay tuned, you'll see them in the shop, too.)
I'm looking forward to seeing all the fabulous retailers from New England and beyond. Please stop by if you plan to be there! (Note that this show is open to the trade only.)
Friday, August 31, 2007
This is my first post of a series - I will offer you a little help in that department, by pairing some of my card designs with an example of what message would make them perfect for that special occasion. In honor of my brother's birthday, which is in just a couple of days, I'm going to start with some guy birthday card ideas!
(oh, and Happy Birthday Johnny!)
Thursday, August 30, 2007
I've designed several new holiday cards, and of course last year's favs are also available... Last year I sent the "chill" card to everyone on my list, it was a bit of an affirmation for me!
I've also been working with some other wonderful business owners in two coops, IndieFinds, a group of over 100 talented peeps with delightful online shops, and A Fresh Bunch, a group of fabulous stationery business owners who have joined forces to help promote eachother. Please check out both of these great groups.