New Stamps for Summer

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National Letter-Writing Month is over, but the U.S. Postal Service is offering an incentive to keep up with letter-writing in the form of well-designed new stamps.  The "From Me to You" stamps are still my current favorites, but there are some new offerings that I really love.  First, the design of the Coastal Birds stamps is so clean and the colors make me think of summer.  You can read about the creation of these stamps here - they were designed by Always with Honor out of Portland, which does really cool, streamlined work.  Second, there are the Summer Harvest stamps, which depict vintage produce advertisements.  These make me want to run to my local farmer's market!  Finally, purple forget-me-nots adorn the Missing Children stamps, which are intended to make the public more aware of the search for missing children.  Now I need to get back to letter-writing!

The USPS also has a neat "guide" called "Style Meets Sentiment" that talks about creative ways to make your letters stand out.  Check it out!


Sword & Plough

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Last week, I spied the cutest tote on the arm of someone and had to follow up with them to get the details.  The tote was made by Sword & Plough, a company headquartered in Colorado and started by two sisters.  While in college, one of the sisters (who was an active-duty officer) realized that the armed forces generates a massive amount of waste from used gear and clothing.  She created these high-end bags from this "waste" and  the company relies on a veteran work force and donates ten percent of their profits to initiatives that benefit veterans and their families.  Inc. did a neat profile of the company that you can read here.  The Signature Tote is my favorite item, but if I hadn't found a solid Weekender Bag earlier this year, I'd have my eye on one of those, too.


Emily McDowell's Sympathy Cards

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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

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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...

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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! 



Write_On

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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.