Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Watercolor & Ink

I'm finishing up a new project involving watercolor (something for holiday 2013 if you can believe it!) and it's been a great reminder to keep working in watercolor & ink. The variation in ink saturation and form make me so happy.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Friends Featured

Since I'm playing a bit of catch up, I thought I'd share two good friends' work that have been featured in prominent magazines this summer. First up - my friend Lizzy, who wrote the Brooklyn Breakfast story in Kinfolk, along with the beautiful shot by Karen Mordechai - styled by both of them.

Well done, Lizzy & Karen!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

We're baaaaack!

Sorry for the super long hiatus. I didn't mean to leave you so abrubtly or for so long. But sometimes life tells you to just take a break. A big ol break.

And that's what we did. 

We had Popsicle Night every night.
 We learned a whole new set of vocabulary - all related to things of the beach. Correctly identifying a mahi mahi not excluded.

 We got our first haircut at a barber shop. (Thanks to a lolipop.)

 We became obsessed with surfing. On the sand or in the kitchen. Didn't matter. It was surfing.

 We shared our dessert.

 And sometimes ate that dessert with sand. No matter. It was sugar!

 We explored.

We took a big time out without even really realizing that we needed it. A lot has happened in the past couple months since I left you hanging, so I'll fill you in a bit.

We moved. Not far - about a mile away - but a move nonetheless. A pack up everything, get rid of everything, unpack everything, get rid of more of everything kind of move. The next day, John's mom passed away, rather unexpectedly. And our lives changed. As it goes when you lose people you love. My brother & sisters and I agree that it's the finality of death, of being gone, of not being here, that is so hard to accept. One day they are there, the next they are not. One day you can call them, and the next day you can't. Time passes, and it kills you because it's further away from that person actually being there - you count the days, the weeks, the months, the birthdays. Last month, I celebrated my first birthday without my dad. His birthday is the day before mine & we had celebrated together every year of my life. My birthday also happens to be John's mom's birthday, so it was even harder and more surreal.

But one little (or sorta big) piece of good news & happiness has come into our lives recently. I am expecting our second child! News we were fortunate to share with John's mom before she passed - her 14th grandchild. We are so excited (and also a little nervous to have two!), and I am especially happy that the first few months of nausea are behind me. As I'm sure are the people around me:) I'm due in January, which means Griffin has about five months to figure out what big brother means. And we have five months to get some sleep.

In the meantime, we're happy to be back at work (there's something so benignly right about getting back into a routine after life changing events) & gearing up for the release of the new products we debuted at the National Stationery Show this May. So stay tuned. And if you haven't done so, sign up for our newsletter (by entering your email on the right) so you can be the first to get the news of the launch, as well as upcoming launch discounts.

Many thanks for reading & supporting. I don't intend to weigh down this blog too much with my personal life, but it's comforting for me to be able to share all of this - from the not so good to the great. So thank you.