Archive for April, 2009

15 Years! Where has the time gone?

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Fifteen years ago, I was getting ready to go to my first National Stationery Show in New York. 

I wasn’t going as Letters from Lilly (yet) and I wasn’t even going as a retailer (yet). I was going as just me.  I was going as someone who loved stationery and wanted to begin a retail business and needed the necessary tools to do it. 

Soon after, I started my own retail business offering all kinds of beautiful papers to my customers.  Each year I would return to the National Stationery Show to find more, new, and different products that would entice my customers in the months ahead. This is a photo from my retail space.

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I never would have predicted that my first customer, in 1995, would take the reins ten years later.  This enabled me to continue my career from retailer to wholesaler.

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Today we have grown to have over 1,700 products that are sold worldwide.  We focus our marketing efforts differently now and althought we no longer display at the National Stationery Show, it’s a show to see.

I hope I will see many of you there as I celebrate 15 years of my career in the stationery industry.

enc_logofairy_textHere is our well known logo fairy, the design that introduced Letters from Lilly years back and continues to represent the announcement of new designs, products and stationery items on the horizon.

Enclosure cards make great hostess gifts and of course come with our signature, lined envelopes.

National Park Week, April 18-26, 2009

Monday, April 20th, 2009

You’ve probably heard that Earth Day is on Wednesday.  Did you know that it’s National Park Week all week long?

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It’s true. Check out www.nps.gov for all kinds of activities and information about thing going on this week around our country.

If you have kids, they can check out becoming a Junior Ranger.

There’s a great map on the home page that you can hover your cursor over any state and see National Parks within that state.

In 1962, when the idea of Earth Day started forming in Gaylord Nelson’s mind, I wonder if he ever imagined that we would be where we are in 2009.

I am one who tries very hard to look at the glass half full.  I like hearing stories about the earth being more than 70% ocean. Our largest National Park is 20,000 square miles (Wrangell-St. Elias, in southcentral Alaska) and all the National Parks make up 84 million acres.  Numbers like these give me hope that we haven’t crushed the planet.

This is a good week to start some of those habits that really can turn into things you do all the time, without even thinking.

-Keep reusable grocery bags in your car. Put them on the floor of the front seat if that helps you remember to use them.   Don’ t just use them in the grocery store, use them wherever you shop.

-Recycle in your home. It really doesn’t take that much effort. Consider cutting back your newspaper subscription to only the days you read it.

-Use cloth napkins, not paper. They are more colorful, last a very long time, can be used for rags when they start to look like them and they really don’t make that much laundry.

-Put this as a tag line on your email.  Remind others to be mindful every time you press send.

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So there are four things that we can all do, to do our part in keeping what we have beautiful.

Enjoy the National Parks Week, do something on Earth Day http://www.earthday.net/ and relish the outdoors all year long with our pinetrees gatefold notecards.

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Lilly’s Playhouse

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

img_18311I get this question every once in a while about Lilly’s playhouse. “Is there really a Lilly’s playhouse like the design you offer?”

Actually, there is.  It’s a dreamy escape for any little girl, but the tween Lilly is enjoying it more as a retreat from her parents, especially when friends come over.  “It’s a place to go that no one can hear us,” shared Lilly with me, with a giggle.

She has it fully equipped with electricity which lights up the inside with twinkle lights and the outside with Christmas lights, which Lilly feels should be kept up all year long.  It also keeps her refrigerator running so that she can serve cold drinks to her friends. (Don’t get any ideas here, it’s apple juice, I’m the one who fills it).

There’s an IPod for the ever necessary tunes to play a little Hannah Montana, High School Musical or other necessary sounds anyann_lillyshouse_text1 tween enjoys.

 The design of Lilly’s playhouse was originally just for Lilly, but I’ve found that lots of people like Lilly’s playhouse for notes.  We have sent some very creative moving announcements using this design as well as house warming parties and baby announcements like the one shown.

It’s the playhouse I would have dreamed of as a child. A place to go that’s quiet and my own.  Maybe I should consider using it while she’s at school!

Here’s a sneak peak at the inside!img_0262 Yes, there’s even wireless service…

Things are starting to Buzz…zz

Friday, April 10th, 2009

There is all kinds of activity around here.  People are buzzing, the air is buzzing. Our bees are certainly buzzing louder than anything!  We have orders coming in for retirement parties (how lovely), bridal showers (how grand), surprise birthday parties (how fun) and my favorite was the elopement (how fabulous)! All asking to use our bumble bee for their special occasions! I love that!

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I must say that I love our bumble bees, but only on paper and fabrics or on things like these planters below.  Aren’t they nice? I also adore bumble bee pins.

It might surprise you to know that I have an entire wall, in my house, full of honeycomb.  Right.  Bees make me panic because when I see a bee, I know they are searching out my walls.  We don’t have snow removal here, we have bee removal.  We have taken out bricks in our chimney and had huge honeycombs pulled out.  The first time it was REALLY cool, now… not so much.

So let’s keep the bees to pretty things like planters, stickers, and stationery and keep them far from… me, unless it’s the jewelry… honey.

Buzzz…

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