boat update

ok, so yes, the boat does float! This weekend we got it back from the real fixing place aka marina, and my does it fly. Our friends P & K visited from CA with their children and we had an awesome time on the intertube. The boat runs beautifully! The weather was fantastic. Picture perfect in the northeast. I only hope it holds for the bookgroup "meeting"aka wine club! I will show you some boat pics soon-I promise. Meanwhile, we have had a productive few days of work with kiddos back at school. I am amazed at the organizational skills of some people: PR and KL you know who you are! Already the holiday card orders are coming in as well as pre-orders for teacher gift items. It's never too early to start planning for those holidays!! xo shawn

It's here!

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

5 days and counting...........

Yes, normally this time of year I'd be singing "it's the most wonderful time of the year....." right along with the staples commercial except somehow, this year, I am sad the summer is nearing the end. Don't get me wrong, I love the fall more than any homegrown New Englander ever did, but this summer has been spectacular. I have spent more time playing monopoly, teaching my kids the game of hearts, swimming, kayaking and reading than I have EVER done since childhood. It truly has been a blissful I can't help but feel a little sad to see it go. I wonder if anyone else is feeling the same way?? 5 more days to go and I plan to live 'em up with the kiddos!

Exciting new things ahead!

I am so excited about the new products we're offering this fall. I have been working like crazy to come up with fun new things with the fabulous paper offerings this year. I promise to show some sneak peaks!! There are some GREAT new holiday lines and beautiful fall colors. Very sophisticated patterns and fun and whimsical. The manufacturers and their artists just never cease to amaze me! I love the way they make every day items more fun!

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!!!

I guess it's time for dinner. My little one is asking, "mom, what's for dinner?" Hmm, I don't know........


Jingle Bells.............

Ok, seriously, I am ALREADY thinking about the holidays!! There is just something about the fall coming, back to school, shorter days, longer shadows, cooler nights.....I digress....oh yeah and MOST IMPORTANTLY-the great new paper releases recently!!!! I am sooo excited for the creative options for you this holiday season I just can't wait to share them with you. I am now booking appointments for holiday card consultations. Please allow 45 minutes to look over samples and get ideas for your card creation from our extensive custom collection. If you don't have your photos yet, come and get ideas and see what we have. After our meeting you will be ready to arrange your photo shoot whether you are the one taking it or a professional. Check the website: for some holiday samples. Be sure to sign up for my newsletter (hint, hint: valuable coupon!) Happy um er, back to school????
xo shawn

As promised..................

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.