Emily McDowell's Sympathy Cards

by Darcy in ,

I've found that the older I get, the more occasions I have for sending sympathy cards. I wish it were not the case, but if I learned anything from the difficult times we've had it is that one of the worst things you can do is to say nothing at all.  Emily McDowell released a thoughtful, sometimes funny line of cards last week that are perfect for sending to your friends or family when the are down and out.  Emily is a cancer survivor and she created these cards based on what she would have liked to receive when she was sick.  You don't want to have to order any of these cards, but if the occasion arises, I'm glad to know cards with an appropriate message exist.

Mother's Day Cards

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It's not too late to order a special card for your Mom, mother-in-law, or one of your momma friends to send before May 10th.   I know it is May and National Letter-writing Month is over, but why not continue and brighten someone's day with a hand-written note?  Below are a few of my favorites.  How did the letter-writing go?  I missed a few days of writing during April, but I definitely sent at least 30 cards and enjoyed sitting down most nights to write a note or two.  The best part has been the notes I received from people -  thanks!

Speaking of Mother's Day, if you haven't seen this video of blindfolded children identifying their mother, you should watch it.  Warning - it is a tearjerker!


Crab & Cleek Totes

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I love a designer bag as much as the next woman, but the classic canvas boat tote from L.L. Bean will always have a special place in my heart - and my closet.  They are functional, durable, preppy and always in style and I find that I reach for those totes much more often than any other bags we own.  Even Blythe is the proud owner of a L.L. Bean tote bearing her name!  I recently stumbled upon a fun version of the tote that is emblazoned with preppy logos from Crab & Cleek.  For summer, the French sailor shirt and the lobster caught my eye, and I adore the thermos and the Woody tote for fall and winter.  With Mother's Day just around the corner, you could order one for your Mom and fill it with some of her favorite goodies and a bottle of wine?

The totes are 22" wide, 14" tall and 10" deep. 

All images credit to Crab & Cleek.

Serena & Lily Capsule Collection has Launched

by Darcy in ,

I previously posted that Serena & Lily was going to launch its first line of women's clothing and it did so today.  Unsurprisingly, the pieces are timeless, tailored, and a bit pricey.  I'm coveting the Jane Striped Shirtdress (I have a thing for shirtdresses and stripes), the heart-print pajamas (they'd make a nice Mother's Day present), and I adore the fabric in the Alice Party Dress, although it would be too short on me.  Do you see anything that catches your eye?

How is the letter writing?

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It's the 4th day of April and so far I've managed to write a letter each day.  Only 26 more to go!  I've enjoyed taking a few minutes to myself each day after Blythe goes to sleep to write a note and to reflect on what we've been up to, what's on my mind, etc.

My Write_On notecards and pen arrived, as did my new stamps!  I'm really digging the "From me to You" stamps!  Did anyone else order (and receive) their free cards?  

Rifle Paper Co. + Paper Crown Collaboration

by Darcy

Happy April Fool's Day!  Did you mail your first letter today?

Jackie left a comment reminding me about the collaboration between Paper Crown and Rifle Paper Co. that includes some seriously cute pieces in darling prints.  I adore Rifle Paper Co.'s stationery and the designer, Anna Bond, collaborated with Paper Crown to bring her illustrations to life as fabric.  

I first read about the collaboration on the blog of a favorite shop of mine on Beacon Hill in Boston, Holiday.  They are carrying a few pieces from the collection and I managed to snag a skirt in the Spanish Rose print.  You can buy select pieces online at Anthropologie, as well as at TuckernuckProper Topper and Penelope's.  I've included images of a few of the pieces below - the Spanish Rose print (the navy floral) is my favorite).

And then there were three...

by Darcy in ,

It is with the greatest joy that I share that we became a family of three on December 28th when our daughter, Blythe Eden, arrived.  I haven't felt this happy since the day I married Rob.

Blythe at one week old

Blythe at one week old

This blog has been in flux for the last year and a half.  You see, I was pregnant in 2013 as well.  Rob and I were thrilled to be expecting a girl, due in April 2014.  Those of you who know us personally know that Quinn was stillborn.  In the wake of losing Quinn, I was not interested in cooking, taking photos, and sharing fun finds.  I was really just incredibly sad.  I have more to share on this subject, but that is for another post.  

Oh, hey!  It is nice to meet you all.

Oh, hey!  It is nice to meet you all.

When we found out we were pregnant again, we were so hopeful, but also quite anxious.  We no longer equated pregnancy with having a living, breathing baby, and while I posted a few times in the months leading up to Blythe's birth, my heart just wasn't in it.  It has only been in the last few weeks that I've found myself thinking about how I want to share some cute stationery line or product launch or a new recipe, so I am going to try to start posting again, and aspire to do so with some regularity.  Thank you to those of you who are still reading.

Three months old already - time flies! 

Three months old already - time flies! 


by Darcy in ,

Write_On is a campaign to inspire people to write 30 hand-written letters over 30 days in the month of April, which is National Letter-writing Month.  The campaign was inspired by Tess Darrow's (founder of Egg Press) personal challenge to write a letter each day and the official campaign launched in 2014.  To inspire you to start writing, you can sign up for a free kit containing 4 letterpress cards and a Gelly Roll pen here.  I am always interested in receiving free letterpress cards!

A sample of the Write_On Free Kit.  Image credit to Write_On.

A sample of the Write_On Free Kit.  Image credit to Write_On.

We'll see if I actually write a note every day in April, but I'm going to do my best.  Any one else up to the challenge?  The Write_On website even provides a list of "Reasons to Write in 2015."  The ideas are pretty creative and quirky... and I got a chuckle out of "To save the US Postal Service."  Thanks to V for telling me about this!

If you need stamps for mailing your notes, how about some of the new releases from the USPS?  My favorites are the Vintage Rosethe "Gift of Friendship," (to be released April 10th), and the "From Me to You," stamps pictured below.  

Images credit to the US Postal Service.

Grove Street Press

by Darcy in ,

The November issue of Matchbook Magazine introduced me to a fabulous letterpress studio out of New Orleans called Grove Street Press.  Visiting their studio and shop will be on my list of things to do when I finally get to New Orleans someday (Louisiana will be my 50th state!).   The designs are classy and whimsical - I think You are the Bee's Knees and Drop You a Line are my favorites.  How about you?   

All images credit to Grove Street Press.

Cliff Engle Vintage Sweaters

by Darcy in ,

In the last few years, I've become an avid football fan.  This year, I even started an all women's fantasy football league, which I'm enjoying mostly because of the hilarious e-mail exchanges amongst the nine of us.  I grew up a Broncos fan, but my years on the east coast and being married to Rob have turned me into a Patriots fan.  When I saw these sweaters on Tuckernuck, I knew I needed to add one to my football-watching wardrobe.

The sweaters are made by Cliff Engle, which was apparently a popular sweater brand in the 1980s made famous by Mike Ditka who used to rock his Chicago Bears sweater.  Alas, the sweaters were available in a very limited quantity on Tuckernuck and have sold out with very few exceptions (the Atlanta Falcons, I think).  You can track vintage versions down on eBay and on the Cliff Engle site, but I'm hoping Tuckernuck will restock for the holiday season.   Not only do I want one, but I think these would make great gifts for football-loving significant others.

All images credit to Tuckernuck.

Holiday Stamps 2014

by Darcy in ,

I know, I know... it was just Halloween.  That said, the holidays will be here before you know it and I love one of new offerings from the USPS this year called "Winter Fun."  It contains four designs (three of which I like - there is something about the tiny heads on the skaters that looks weird to me):

There are some other new stamp releases for the holidays including a Rudolph series (pictured below), an international Silver Bells Wreath, and the Christmas Magi.  Is anyone thinking about this yet or am I too early? I know at least two of you are because we had an e-mail exchange today on this very subject (you know who you are).

All images credit to the USPS.

Fabric by Minted

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Minted, my favorite shop for custom photo cards and stationery, has just started selling fabric!  I've purchased custom-designed fabric from Spoonflower before with success and look forward to trying out these designs from Minted.  We are currently revamping our living room and I can see a few of these working well to recover throw pillows.  Below are a few of my favorite patterns, most of which are available in a range of color schemes.  All images credit to Minted.

Father's Day Cards

by Darcy in ,

Why is it that most father's day cards tend to have something to do with work?  There's a tie... or a briefcase... or a man wearing a tie with a briefcase.  If you're lucky, you might find one with something to do with grilling.  Is that what Dads do?  Work and grill?  I've tried to find a few cards that have fun messages or have to do with some other interest your father might have so that you don't have to remind him that on the day after father's day, he has to go back to work.  Have you picked up a great father's day card yet?  If so, where is it from?  I'd love to know.

All images credited as linked.