Me: "Regan, what do you want for Christmas?"
Regan: "Hmmm, I don't know..."
Me: "You should think about it and write it down for Santa."
Regan: "I know, when I do, he always brings me what I want."
Me: "Well then, we should really think about what you want."
Regan: "But I like your gifts better because you always surprise me."
Hmmm.....I thought for an almost 7 year old that this was pretty profound. Our kids don't need everything on their "list" to feel the magic of the season...we simply need to surprise them....I am going to try to remember this and make this season magical. I am going to find something special to surprise them with!
There is just something about pork and apples that remind me of fall. This is dinner two nights ago. Cajun style pork grilled on BBQ, Sauteed apples with cinnamon and cardamom and grilled asparagus! YUMMMY!
Okay, I admit it.......sometimes I have tree envy. This is my neighbor's tree and it is SPECTACULAR!!! Every fall I catch afternoon glimpses of it as the sunlight hits it just right. Fortunately I have a little fireplace and sitting area to enjoy the vista!!
And here are the new six pax of book marks. My daughter is dying for some! With SIX you can have one for every BOOK you are reading!!
I absolutely LOVE this line!!!
Ahhhh, a lovely sight to see all that paper in one spot. I feel VERY inspired. Can you believe after four whole racks of paper I still need more? (racks, not paper) Oh, who am I kidding? I'll always need more PAPER!!! Some of my first paper shipments are coming in and ohh, they are fantastic. I can't wait to make some goodies out of it. I am also beginning to work on some holiday cards and I am very EXCITED with how they are turning out. I can't show you until after the holidays, but some are edgy!!! And lovely! A client recently described my holiday cards as "presents" all wrapped up. I do think of holiday cards as a way to reach out to friends and family and what better way than to GIVE them a beautiful holiday card with a family photo all wrapped upwith a beautiful ribbon-just like a present! I'm feeling a bit anxious that our dog must get a cyst removed tomorrow. Keep us in your thoughts.
Some new goodies-finally! It was a good day of cleaning out the studio (some) and working on new fun things (lots!) One of my favorite new papers on a handmade card with a new product: envelope seals. The perfect way to top off your correspondence! The other is a hot new paper for holiay cards!! Ahhh, I love fall.
On the business side of things: A HUGE thank-you to Peggy Garbus Photography for mentioning me in her newsletter. I have received several emails from it and greatly appreciate the exposure and all the new fun people I'm meeting! If you have not seen Peggy's website, be sure to check it out. She has an amazing eye that captures the essence of her subjects! . She's booking up, so be sure to call soon to secure your spot! Also, I am booking now for Holiday Cards. Spots fill quickly so please call when you are ready to discuss your holiday card.
The first day of school has finally come. It seems way too early for school to start. Although, after driving around town I have definitely noticed that some of the trees are turning! A few of my friends have taken their children to college. I can't imagine the feeling of dropping off your "little" one who is not so little anymore. As a little "hint" to write, consider a gift of pre-stamped notecards.......might make hearing from them a little easier!! I am looking forward to having more creative time in the studio. With our Annual Fall Trunk Show almost here, I need to get production in gear!!! Gone are those lazy days of summer! But hello to those beautiful fall mornings and evenings, fires in the fireplace, hot cocoa, oranges, blacks, greys, purples, spiders, witches.........Halloween will be here before we know it. I saw in the market just the other day "100 Halloween tips...." Do they know it is still August?????? I know, blink and it will be here and it always pays to prepare! xo
I had my meeting with a local photographer today and man, was I blown away by her photography!!!! She is THAT good. Such an eye with black and white. I hope to get some clients of hers for my holiday cards. They would look great with her work!! Her website is linked but if you are in the Wilton, CT area, you must go by her studio!
I guess we just missed a tornado here in Wilton...thought that just happened in Kansas! Skies were black, I was saving work......thankfully nothing so far but hubby stuck in traffic and I listened as hail was hitting the car....fun!!!
I guess it's time for dinner. My little one is asking, "mom, what's for dinner?" Hmm, I don't know........
Some photos from the lake. I still haven't taken many-I have been kayaking, swimming, reading.....enjoying the beautiful setting and spending time with friends and family. Isn't that what it's all about?! I know we made the right decision when the kids are sad to leave and tell me that they are having the best summer EVER! Can't wait to get back......
On the business side, I am working with local photographer Peggy Garbus (see her link to the right) to offer holiday cards with her stunning photos. She has a unique style and I feel that she really catches her subjects beautifully and artfully! August is the perfect month to consider a family photo: no sports, easy schedules, beautiful sun-kissed skin, and a relaxed attitude all make for the perfect family shot. Consider booking your photo appointment now so that you can avoid that crazy holiday rush and enjoy the season. Until then, just enjoy the summer and all that it has to offer! Be sure to click on the link below for the events coming up at the studio.
This beautiful shot taken by Maryle Brauer of ishootphotography is simply stunning. Check out her link to the right. The photo with a beautiful sepia tone paired with sea-glass colored paper is a modern take on a holiday card. Simply elegant.