Monday, October 31, 2011

Treat Yo Self

The love I have for Aziz Ansari cannot be denied.

Treat yo self to another take here.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Holiday Cards: 15% off

Psst. Minted is taking 15% off your holiday cards if you order by October 31. Just use code MERRYAFF at checkout. And the best part is, you can buy them now & upload your photo later. Genius.

The samples of the ones I designed came in the mail last week. The one above is my favorite.

Go see more here.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Good Shirts

Wants For Sale was started in July 2007 by Christine & Justin Gignac. All of the paintings on Wants For Sale are the price of the actual item shown in the painting, whether that’s “A Slice of Pepperoni Pizza” for $3.00 or “A Gold Watch” for $287.19 - or a "First Night in Vegas" for $299, shown above.

Needs for Sale is its charitable counterpart where the items shown are donated to charity. Good Shirts is a collaboration between UNICEF, BBH New York, and Threadless. The design on each shirt symbolizes the type of aid UNICEF is delivering in the Horn of Africa. T-shirts shown here are Therapeutic Milk for $85.75, Deworming Tablets for $36.10, and Cargo Flight for $300,000. 100% of your donation will go to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF to support life-saving relief efforts for children. Pretty great concept. See all 12 shirts for sale here.

[images courtesy of Wants for Sale and Threadless]

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Winners & Congrats

The Rikshaw Seahorse Sundress goes to Heather!
The Letterpress Calendar goes to Jodie D!
The Watercolor Calendar goes to Sarah H!

Congratulations to our winners. We'll email you for shipping info.

Thanks to everyone who participated! We'll be doing more giveaways leading up to the holidays, so be sure to stay tuned.

Friday, October 21, 2011

From the {Studio} Fridays: Paper Quilt #2

Here is the other paper quilt I made recently - lighter & brighter than the other one. The custom-made oak frame from Bellboy is gorgeous & a perfect compliment in color & in form. I think this quilt could look great in a lot of different spaces - in a nursery or above a guest bed are my first thoughts, but I think it could really cozy up an otherwise sparse dining room or add color & warmth to an entryway. For now, it'll be warming up my mantle:)

I hope to continue making more paper quilts. These first two are about 2.5' x 2.5' but I hope to make some that are twice as big, if not bigger. The challenge will be to find a space to fit it, but I can't get it out of my head, so it's gotta happen. Stay tuned!

Happy Friday, everyone!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Two Giveaways: Rikshaw + L&H

We don't do giveaways very often, but if it's good, I'm in! And today, I'm excited to announce that we have two great giveaways for you to enter. The first is this adorable girls Seahorse Sundress ($58) from Rikshaw Design. I'd love to give this to one of my nieces. It's so darn cute! To enter, first leave a comment below and then go 'like' Rikshaw on Facebook here. You have to do both to be officially entered.

The next giveaway is from us & our first 2012 calendar giveaway! Two lucky readers will win each win one of our 2012 calendars (one letterpress & one watercolor). You might already have one, but does your friend or co-worker or mother in law? Gifts, people. Gifts! Don't wait til December 24th. It's just not as fun then. Trust me. To enter, just 'like' us on Facebook here and complete the quick sign-up. (Your e-mail address will only be used for this giveaway and nothing else.)

For both giveaways, you must enter by next Tuesday October 25. We'll announce the winners on Wednesday October 26.

Good luck!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

New Wedding Invites: Please Vote!

I recently submitted nine designs to Minted's Wedding Invitation design challenge. As you know, I've discontinued my custom invitation work, so for me to be able to offer new wedding work in this way is a real thrill. And since I sometimes feel like I work in a vacuum, it's also really gratifying to receive feedback from other designers during the voting stage and then from Minted's customers via sales. But of course, none of these will ever go on sale if they don't get the votes! So, here goes my shameless plug: if you like any of these invitations, please click on it to vote for me! And leave comments below, too! Would love to hear what you like! Many many thanks for your support in this new venture.


Friday, October 14, 2011

From the Desk Fridays: Work in Progress

 A few things I'm working on - trying out some colored pencil, some quilting & some stamping.  Stay tuned for more on all this next week. Have a great weekend!

[all images copyright Linda & Harriett]

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

L&H for minted & 15% Off

I cut back on custom work about a year ago to free up my schedule for other projects & parent-time. It's turned out to be one of the best decisions I've ever made, but I can't help but feel like I'm letting people down when they ask for custom work & I don't have anything to offer.

Until now. Thanks to some kind persuasion, I started submitting designs for minted's design challenges - a platform that allows anyone to submit a design to be chosen by the public, as well as minted's employees & guest judges. Five of my designs were chosen as Editor's Picks, all shown above. The bottom one came in #15 place overall. Everything I've ever received from minted has been beautifully designed & printed, so I'm thrilled to have joined the minted community to be able to offer my work in this new way. And as long as my designs keep doing well, this is where you'll be able to find me for custom work. Check out the holiday card selection by clicking on the image above or right here.

AND! Use code EARLYBIRD15 for 15% off when you order by Monday, October 17! Happy holiday card shopping & thank you for supporting L&H!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

A Visit: Blue Hill at Stone Barns

John & I had our 5 year wedding anniversary a few weeks ago and to celebrate, we treated ourselves to a night away at an inn about an hour north of the city. On the way, we stopped at Blue Hill at Stone Barns. We've never toured the property before & it was fantastic. Almost every part of their farm is open to visitors, so you can see all the food up close - the arugula, the herbs, the pigs, the chicken & the turkeys (getting ready for Thanksgiving!). It was a great day - I'd highly recommend a visit. The night away was great as well - and also highly recommended:)

[photos: my new hot pink shoes!, the coop tower, library books, cuddly sheep in the pasture]

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

1st Birthday: A Few Pictures

Thought I'd share a few pics from Griffin's first birthday yesterday. It was SO much fun - for Griffin and his parents! We sang Happy Birthday in English & Swedish several times throughout the day (I couldn't help myself!), we opened gifts & made lots of oooh & ahhh sounds, and we ate (sort of) cake. The biggest surprise of the day came with said (sort of) cake-eating part. Not only did Griffin not face-plant into his cake like we thought (& were hoping for), but he barely got a thumbprint-taste of icing and gagged. Fruit didn't fall from this tree on that one. He had Cheerios instead. Icing gagging incident aside, a fantastic first birthday.


Tuesday, October 4, 2011


I can't believe it. My little baby is a whole year old today. We're celebrating with a few toys, some cake (for hands & face, mostly) and his new favorite thing: balloons.

I love you so much, Buster.