April 10th, 2014

NOTE_balletslippers_textThere is a really beautiful and special photography exhibit opening in Saratoga Springs, New York this month.

Photograph by Richard Calmes

Photography by Richard Calmes

On May 30, 2014 The National Museum of Dance will hold a reception for this exhibition. You’d be a fool not to take a look at this event as it’s free and open to the public.

We often find ourselves literally running through life. Slow down and take some time to enjoy things in your city. Many exhibits are free of charge and showcase marvelous talent. When you are too tired to dance (literally and figuratively), just stop and stroll through an exhibit like this, even if it’s online.

If you live close enough, The National Museum of Dance is located at 99 South Broadway in Saratoga Spring, NY. For more information about the Museum and its programs, visit their website or call 518-584-2225.

Our ballet slippers are always leaping from one mailbox to the next, notifying friends of birthday celebrations, other parties, or just to say hi. After all, isn’t that the best kind of mail to receive?

The Big Egg Hunt is ON!

April 3rd, 2014

INV_bluebutterfly_textSpring is here! Flowers will be blooming! Butterflies will soon follow!

Have you heard about the Big Egg Hunt in NYC? Fabergé is sponsoring the hunt that will benefit both NYC school children through Studio in a School and international conservation efforts with Elephant Family, an organization aimed at protecting the endangered Asian elephant and its habitat. The highest bid for a particular egg, when writing this blog, is $11,000. This benefit is sure to be a success, even if you don’t tally in the fun.

The egg hunt started April 1st and you’ll have until the 25th to find all 250 eggs around the five boroughs. The really neat thing about this egg hunt is that there are apps to download so you can search for the eggs using your smartphone. Genius. This ensures kids and adults stay engaged in the game.

They did this same7 hunt last year in London and it was such a success, they brought it to NYC.

Check out some of the photos of these eggs; they are incredible. I haven’t seen more than a dozen, but this one to the left is my favorite so far.

So if you live in NYC or even close, I think this is worth a visit to the big city.

We are getting ready for spring here at Letters from Lilly and think that our butterfly design is great for graduation parties, birthdays, engagement parties or any other spring gathering for that matter. See all our designs at Letters from Lilly.

Lilly at The White House

March 3rd, 2014

flagThis past week was full of excitement after we received a call from The White House. Lilly’s submission to the Student Film Festival had received honorable mention and she was therefore invited to the event taking place at The White House. 2014LDG WhiteHouse

If you ever need a shot of pride for your country, take a visit to DC and walk through the monuments that pay respect to those that have served us as citizens. Be it a President or a soldier, there are monuments to pay respect to each.

After The White House, we strolled through the Smithsonian where we saw the Genome; Unlocking Life’s Code exhibit, featuring our friends, the Beery family. If you want to see more visit www.unlockinglifescode.org.

Show your patriotic spirit with Letters from Lilly stationery and the flag design. You can use it for personal notes… a thank you to the President for having us perhaps.

Did you know Rudolph has Blue Eyes?

December 11th, 2013

NOTE_reindeerDid you know that Rudolph has blue eyes? At least this is true in the winter. Even more interesting, did you know that his eyes change to gold depending on the season? You can read all about the blue and gold changing retinas in reindeer in this article.

For an animal that is so familiar to us in winter, it’s probably one animal you don’t think about in the summer too often. It’s not like we see reindeer in our natural habitat.

When it’s winter, you think about Santa and then Rudolph comes to mind soon after. Can you name all Santa’s reindeer?

You can learn all about each one of Santa’s reindeer here. This is where I learned that Vixon has a crush on Cupid and hopes to marry him someday. Who knew?

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If after reading this post about reindeer, you decide you’d like one of your own, you can do that… right here. I don’t recommend it. Just connect with Santa’s reindeer on Facebook. Yes, they have their own page.

It’s easier to own some Letters from Lilly stationery with the reindeer design on it. Our reindeer won’t eat your garden and you won’t have to clean up after it each day.

Growing Hospitality

August 27th, 2013

NOTE_pineapple_textThere is all kinds of history associated with the ever popular pineapple. When I first think of pineapples, a sugary drink comes to mind, as even the freshest pineapple is full of sugar. Next, pineapples bring to mind a symbol to welcome visiting guests, displayed just outside someone’s door. My third thought of pineapples would have to be the friendly image repeated on luscious fabric covering an antique chair. Dead last, I would imagine a pineapple like the one below.

 

This is the largest, most grand pineapple known. It is from  18th c. Britain – the Earl of Dunmore’s fanciful 1761 garden pavilion. I came across a fun blog with this information while researching information on pineapples. Anyone interested in history, reading, writing and old stuff might find it interesting. You can find the blog here.

If you want to grow your own pineapples inside, check out this video for step by step instructions.

You can order any Letters from Lilly stationery products with the pineapple and personalize it too. Stationery that is personalized makes a nice gift for someone moving into a new home. If you are moving into a new home yourself, consider using this design to notify family and friends of your new contact information.

Moving Monkey

June 17th, 2013

NOTE_monkeybananas_textAs you pack up to move your belongings to camp, college, or a new home, don’t let the stuff overwhelm you. Use this move as an opportunity to seriously consider downsizing and sharing some gently used items with others. Don’t take the whole house with you. Do you really need all those shoes, coats, books and toys or could you pass them along to someone else?

There are a lot of organizations that will donate your books for you. Kids and adults alike love reading and you can enrich multiple lives by sharing the books on your shelves.

Have clothing you could share? Your new closet will be more organized and full of things you actually wear if you share what you don’t wear.

Do you have housewares or toys not being used? The Vietnam Veterans will come pick up your things for you. It can’t be easier than that!

So don’t pull those extra bananas along with you into the next chapter of your life, share them and make someone’s life that much richer.

The fold over note showing the monkey pulling a wagon of bananas is used for all kinds of occasions; moving, new baby, or just for giggles. I’m a fan of all our monkey designs. Go see all of them on our site.

Puppy! Tugging me Away

March 26th, 2013

There’s a new puppy in the house. Allie joined our family last Saturday. She’s weighing in at 2 pounds, 1 ounce. Being a Labrador Retriever person, this is a new deal for me. She is a lap dog in every sense of the word. She loves people and immediately falls asleep when she’s on any lap in town.Allie

Yesterday was our first trip to the vet. I immediately declared myself a large dog person and went on and on about my 14 year old lab that we still miss terribly, even after him being gone 8 years. I told her that even people who don’t like dogs liked our Rex. He loved to play frisbee, swim in the lake and ocean, carry huge logs and truly thought he was a person. I’m not the only one to say that either.

She looked at me and nodded. “I understand you are a big dog person, but do you know this is NOT ever going to be a big dog?” Then I explained that this dog is really for Lilly and that we wanted a dog that would always be able to sit on her lap, even in her wheelchair. She gave a huge nod, understanding.

Then she dove into my list of to dos to take care of this little dog. Cleaning because they are low to the ground, brushing teeth because little dogs get gum disease, extracting teeth because they often get extras, multiple feedings during the day because they are small, lots of water because their little bodies can seize with too much activity. Seriously? Then she said, “The most important thing I can tell you is to keep this dog on a leash, even in your backyard, especially at night. There are owls waiting in the trees to snap her up and I don’t want your daughter losing her lap dog to an owl.”

Holy moly, what have I gotten myself into? The she wrapped up the visit by asking if I wanted her micro chipped. “Why, so we can find the owl?”

Holiday Photo Cards, Stress?

November 23rd, 2012

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I lucked out this year. We needed to get a family photograph taken this summer and I was able to use one of them for our holiday Christmas cards. For being something pretty low on the list of important things in life, I allow it to take up more space in my brain that the process deserves. The fact is that my own priorities switch from my family’s cards to my customers as the holidays get closer. If my cards aren’t finished by Thanksgiving, it’s not going to happen.

There are all kinds of things we could do, but don’t to make getting the perfect family photo easier. Things like, we could take pictures all year long and get a good one while we have some color on our cheeks and spring in our step with the good weather. We could invite a friend over to snap some shots of the family during Thanksgiving, while the whole family is in town. Since most of us have iPhones in our back pockets, is there any reason we can’t take a lot of photos everywhere we go?

So here are some site with tips, if you haven’t taken your holiday photo yet. I think the best tip is to not let it get the best of you.

Digital Photography School

Pinterest

Simple Mom

Remember you can upload your photo directly to the Letters from Lilly site and make adjustments to end up with the perfect greeting for your family and friends this holiday season.

Equestrianism in The Olympic Games

August 1st, 2012

equestrian1One of my favorite parts of watching The Olympics is seeing the background stories of people. I love to see where they come from, what they have endured to reach their ultimate goal, and their emotional journey along the way.

Boyd Martin, originally from Australia, now makes his home in Pennsylvania. It was here in America where he met, transformed, and then saved his horse. Martin’s history is also interesting because both of his parents are Olympians. His mother, Toy Dorgan, was an Olympic speed skater and his father, Ross Martin, a cross country Olympic skier. They met at the 1968 Olympic Games.

Martin truly loves his sport. It’s fun to learn about, follow and enjoy his success.

In Paris, France equestrianism was added to The Olympic Games. It then disappeared until 1912, but has appeared since then at every Summer Olympic Games. The current Olympic equestrian disciplines are Dressage, Eventing, and Jumping. In each discipline, both individual and team medals are awarded. Women and men compete together on equal terms.

The equestrian design is new to the Letters from Lilly stationery line. Whether you enjoy riding or watching it on The Olympics, enjoy our full range of stationery items with the equestrian design.

The Olympics!

July 27th, 2012

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http://www.techdigest.tv/olympic-apps-thumb.jpgIt’s that fabulous time again. In just over an hour, The Olympics will begin. I’m excited to watch them wherever I am, at any given time. This is the first year in our history that we can watch The Olympics on the go; literally.

Just 4 years ago, there were no iphones or ipads. How did we survive? Now we can carry our American pride with us and watch Michael Phelps, and others, win gold while we shop, wait for an appointment, or eat dinner on the beach. There will be 1 billion people watching the Opening Ceremonies today, many on handheld devices. The official site www.london2012.com.

I remember as a kid, my brother and I would hurry to eat dinner and get in our pajamas so we could settle into the shag carpeting, on our stomachs, side by side, with our chins in our hands watching the gymnastics, swimming, sculling, sailing and more. I loved the stories about the athletes, their training and learning about the hometown that we’d never heard of until they won gold.

There is a great video showing the Olympic feat the city of London has had to endure to get ready for so many athletes and spectators. There are actually 11 webcams set up around the Olympic village where you can tune in to see current action.

I’m sure my future posts will continue to share Olympic memories. I’ll be waving  my American flag, but I really cheer for all the athletes because I love their dedication and determination. The Olympics to me are the one time the world comes together to compete together, having fun all the while.countries homepage

Our American flag design is perfect to show your American pride during the Olympics or any of the other holidays where we fly the red, white and blue.