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Pink Ribbon Story. Me? Really?

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

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In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, I am both celebrating my first year of cancer free health and taking the opportunity to remind you to get your mammogram.

A portion of the following was printed recently in Stationery Trends, Summer 2011 Issue.

I added the pink ribbon in support of breast cancer awareness years ago when a best friend from high school started her own battle at the young age of 37. I felt it was the best way for me to help, given the position I had within my company, to make a difference in awareness and at the same time contribute financially to the cause. Never did I think that the cause I encouraged others to support would turn and bear its ugly head towards me.

“These cards are in honor of my dear friend Jeanne,” it shows in all our stationery albums, “A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Jeannebean Dream Team to continue research, education, and support to those fighting breast cancer.”

Over the years I’ve watched orders come through from women who band together to meet before races, or to give information for a speaker on the disease, still others are simply a name on a piece of stationery including the pink ribbon. My favorite order came about a year ago. It was for stationery with a woman’s name at the top and then at the bottom it said “Get a mammogram, it saved my life.”

I’ve always been a good patient, going for yearly mammograms, taking good care of my health and well being. Sure, I overwork, overstress, and over do like many women who run their own businesses. It’s just the way I am. So imagine my surprise when I was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer the spring of 2010.

I have come forward with my diagnosis for two reasons.note_pinkribbon_text

First, I want to remind you that it can happen to any woman. One out of eight women will get breast cancer in her lifetime. It’s not in my family. I was only 43 when diagnosed. I worked out every single day and ate organic meat, fruit, and vegetables. I went for yearly mammograms. Over 95 percent of my customers are women and it is you who I want to remind to go, get a mammogram.

I’m lucky. Even at stage 2, mine was caught early enough that with multiple surgeries and my body make up, I didn’t need chemotherapy or radiation. I might not have been this lucky because I threw away my mammogram Rx. I was going on spring break, I was busy, and I always had to go back a second time and I just didn’t have time for it. I don’t know what made me pull the yellow Rx out of the trash can and go. Probably my type A personality knocking, but I went. I now know that if I had not gone, the cancer that was too deep in my body to feel, would be taking over my body. The mammogram showed a small tumor; surgery discovered a tumor twice that size. Catching my cancer before it entered my lymph nodes means that I have a much different treatment plan than I might have, had I let it go.

The second reason I am sharing such a personal aspect of my life is that I want to remind us that as business owners, we can make a difference. We can contribute to causes that are important to us through our work and I encourage you to do so.

Most importantly, if I can convince one person to go get a mammogram, coming forth with my own diagnosis has been worth it.

Please share this information with friends and family and remind them to get tested.

-Gay Grossman, Owner of Letters from Lilly lives in La Jolla, CA with her husband and 14 year old daughter, Lilly. She is now fully recovered from multiple surgeries for breast cancer.

Daughters are Ruffling Dad’s Feathers!

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

enc_dryfly_textDid you spend your Father’s Day tying flies or did you spend it with your daughter in a salon having feathers put in her hair?

Yes, hair.

Your daughter might just take the feathers out of your tackle box; beware.feather1

In March Lilly went on her 8th grade east coast trip, complete with feathers in her hair. In Boston she met up with her life long friends from Wellesley who looked at her a little funny. “What is in your hair Lilly?” Lilly glowed and swished the feathers in her hair to show the latest California trend that is now reaching the other coast thanks to TV shows and social media conversations.

So anglers, keep your tackle box close by, at least away from your teenage daughter.

Our dryfly design came along way before the hair trend and is popular year round with men and women alike.

Royal and Magical Creature

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

enc_seahorse_text Who has thin skin and blushes bright colors when hanging around their friends?

Need another hint? Okay.

Who is like no other, having a crown so distinct that it is as different as one fingerprint to the next?

I’m not referring to the royal wedding here. Give up?

A seahorse.

To me a seahorse is as magical as a unicorn. They are such a fragile, quiet little creature that they don’t seem real in our world.

Fifty species of seahorses fill our seas. Strange they are in the fish family since they swim upright. They really aren’t very good swimmers. Seahorses just bob along in shallow, tropical waters and coral reefs. They are as small as an inch and as large as 12 inches. The tiny eyes they have are independent of one another and  rings are in place of bones inside their S shaped bodies. Their fragile body make up doesn’t even seem strong enough to endure the oceans.seahorse1

The males tend to stick around their natural habitat keeping well within one single square meter while the females will wander 100 times that distance. It’s a good thing the males stick around since they are the ones who carry and have the babies. It’s true. After courting for a few days, the females deposit over 1,000 eggs into the pouch of a male where they stay for anywhere from nine to forty-five days. When they are ready, fully developed seahorses emerge, ready to care for themselves. By the next morning, the male is ready to carry another batch.

Now that’s efficient! They are beautiful little creatures for sure, which is why we include them on each an every stationery item we offer. With summer coming up, they are the perfect design to choose for stationery notes or party invitations.

Trains, Planes, Automobiles

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

enc_train_textnote_airplane_textcorr_redcar_textTrains, Planes and Automobiles are having a tough time tonight in the Midwest and on the East Coast. Nothing is moving except the snow!

My friend in Chicago left work at 2:00 this afternoon in anticipation of ice, cold and snow. She’s packed her laptop and plans to work from home.

My mom, in upstate New York told me today she has stocked up on milk, eggs and bread so she won’t have to travel too far from home in the next few days.

Another friend in Boston called today to tell me she just “Can’t take the gray skies any longer!” Shortly after that call a text came in from Ohio saying “Wishing I was in La Jolla with you, this weather is getting 2 me.”

Who keeps track of all this weather history and when did it all began? In 1849 there were over 150 volunteers who would submit weather findings to the Smithsonian Institution. It’s continued over the years with only brief interruptions for things like… the Civil War. In 1960 the first weather satellite was launched.

You are all making history!

It seems you’ve all had enough of it. So hop on that train, plane or automobile (maybe that last mode of transportation isn’t a good choice these days) and come out to the sunshine.

Shown here are the train, airplane and red car offered on all Letters from Lilly Stationery products.

Hang On! It’s a Whole New Year

Monday, January 10th, 2011

I’m finding it very easy to roll into 2011. It’s quick to write, simple to remember and easy to say. I am confident that things are looking up for lots of reasons. People sent more cards this past holiday than previously and they continue to send them for the new year. If you haven’t sent your greetings, it’s not too late. The party is just beginning.

Just in Januarenc_monkeychandelier_texty alone, look at all the holidays you might not have considered, until now.

  • National Bath Safety Month
  • National Blood Donor Month
  • National Braille Literacy Month
  • National Hobby Month
  • Hot Tea Month
  • National Oatmeal Month
  • National Soup Month

Now I admit, I have never celebrated these holidays before, but it’s interesting to know they exist. Some of them at least.

It’s good to know that it’s National Blood Donor Month; go donate. You can check out the Blue Cross site to make an appointment to donate blood. Start the year off by doing something good for others.

There is actually a site for unusual holidays that you might want to check every month, just to keep abreast on the holidays. You never know when you will receive an invitation in the mail in celebration of National Soup Month. You wouldn’t ever know if I hadn’t told you. Now you know.

The monkey in the chandelier is a popular design for an occasion, especially any of the unusual holidays in January.

Happy New Year!

Santa Clause is coming to Town!

Saturday, December 11th, 2010

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One of my favorite tasks for Christmas is setting out the cookies, carrots and reindeer food for Santa and his reindeer. You can either sit up and wait for Santa OR you can track him (using your netbook under your covers if necessary).

So settle in and keep a watch on where he is and when he’ll arrive in your neighborhood. On Christmas Eve, this promo will be the actual tracking of Santa Clause.

Shown above is our gift enclosure card with our Santa design. I’m told it’s so popular because it looks like the real Santa.

During the holidays, remember to cherish the good health of your family and friends, keep things in perspective and enjoy the memories you are creating.

Pansy for your thoughts?

Monday, October 4th, 2010

enc_pansies_textThere is no mistake that I chose the black and gold pansies for a Letters from Lilly design.

Did you know pansy petals and leaves are edible as well as high in vitamins A and C? If you are having a bridal shower, just bake a white cake, frost with white frosting, and put on the pretty and edible crystallized pansies. You can purchase them or make them yourself.

Here’s how you make them:

To crystallize pansies, wait for a dry, clear day. If possible, work in an air-conditioned room. Cut the flowers and place their stems in a glass of water. Dilute one egg white with a few drops of water. Fill a small bowl with superfine sugar and cover a baking sheet with parchment paper. You’ll also need to use a pair of small, sharp scissors and tweezers.

Cut the flower stem as close to the base of the flower head as possible. Cut off the sepals (the green flaps on the back of the flower head). Hold the remaining portion of the stem with the tweezers. Use your fingers to coat the flower with the egg white-water mixture, pressing the egg white into the petals and lifting the petals to get the egg white into those hard-to-reach areas. Lay the flower head face down on a work surface to smooth it out and to remove any excess egg white.cake

Holding the base again with the tweezers, hold the flower face up over the bowl of sugar and sprinkle the sugar over the flower generously once over the flower. Turn the flower over immediately. Sprinkle the sugar over the back of the flower once or twice. It is essential that every bit of the flower is coated with sugar; this sugar shell preserves the flower. Place the flower face up on the baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Set the baking sheet in a cool, dry place to dry for about eight hours, or until the flowers feel crisp to the touch.

Crystallized flowers can keep up to one year. Line a plastic, airtight container with bubble wrap, then lay a piece of soft tulle on top. Arrange crystallized pansies in one layer on the tulle, then cover with another piece of tulle. Add more layers of crystallized pansies and tulle until the container is full. Cover and store at room temperature until ready to use.

Here is a how to video.

When I did this, I made the white cake and white frosting from scratch and ordered my pansies by mail. Oh, and there was no mistake on the black and gold pansies because I’m a Theta.

Shown here is our enclosure card with matching lining, just like all our stationery products.

Written directions for crystallized pansies from suite101.com.

Feeding Puppies, One Bag at a Time

Saturday, September 18th, 2010

enc_puppies_textIt’s no secret that I love dogs. I’ve had a Labrador since I was born. First I had a black Labrador named Chester. He could hold 5 tennis balls in his mouth at once.  Then came Teddie, who was also a black Lab and lived with us from the time I was in 3rd grade almost through my college years. He would push his front paws straight out in front of him when you asked him to bow. “Bow Teddie” and down he’d go. We had a refrigerator with a freezer on the bottom and he’d sit in front of it, enjoying the heat from below. When we’d come by and open it, he’d duck just enough so that it would clear his head. We’d never have to tell him to be careful or watch out; he just knew to shrug his shoulders just enough to fit under the swing of the door.

When I got married, Rex came into our lives. Our first baby. He was yellow and lived for 14 years and 4 months. He could catch a Frisbee 60 or 70 yards. He loved Frisbees more than anything.hatteras-2003-004

Since moving to California, we have yet to try to replace Rex. We still talk about him all the time, like he’s still here with us. I could tell you more stories, but you’d think I was very strange. For sure.

Due to my love of dogs, I am blogging about the Pedigree’s “Write a Post, Help a Dog” promotion going on now. The deal is, if you blog about the promotion, they will give a 25 pound bag of dog food to a shelter. So I’ve helped get a bag of dog food to a shelter just for mentioning the promotion here. Their website also has a lot of great information about adopting pets in your area.

On that note, there is the Letters from Lilly puppies design showing 3 Labradors. I especially like the orders we get for pet birthday parties and announcements as additions to a new family. Pictured below is Rex in his favorite place after chasing Frisbees one day.

Ok, he was a little spoiled, but well loved.

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Ever Wanted Your Own Little, Red Golf Cart?

Monday, May 24th, 2010

enc_golfcart_textFor those of you who love our little, red golf cart, you can buy your youngster one of their very own. Wouldn’t it be fun to tool around in this little thing? Perfect for spring and if you add an American flag, you could ride it in your local parade!

So if you decide to buy one of these, be sure to get the Letters from Lilly stationery to match! Shown here are our gift enclosure cards – great for birthday party gifts.  Our red golf cart is also a

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popular design for Father’s Day gifts. Give your favorite golfer some note cards, whether he’s a big or small guy.

P.S. Just in case I need to say so, Letters from Lilly has absolutely nothing to do with any golf cart other than the one drawn on our papers. Any craziness you decide to partake in, is up to you and is your responsibility. I don’t own one and I’ve never ordered from the company that sells them. You are responsible for your actions… all you tigers out there.

P.P.S. Yes, I know I blogged about the golf cart last time, but we’ve had a lot of attention paid to it recently and when I came across the real thing, I just had to share!

Spring! Get your Home in Tip Top Shape

Monday, April 19th, 2010

enc_dollhouse_textThe time of year has arrived to take inventory of our homes, make a list of repairs, sift through closets, and tidy up so that when the kids are out of school we can all enjoy the summer.

I’m happy to say that I have recently gone through my front hall closet, my own clothing and shoe closet, and my home office. Not only have I made space for the things I use, but I’ve taken a few trips to Goodwill so that others can use what I am not.

When I went through my home office, I had bags of paper that I wanted to get rid of, but wanted to shred for security reasons. Even though I shred as I go, getting rid of old files that I no longer need means more space for me. Rather then spending time shredding these papers, I took them to my local Goodwill where they shred a file box for under $10.00. Time saver and supporting a good cause.

If you are overwhelmed and don’t know where to begin, here is a place where you can get a checklist by room for spring cleaning. One room at a time.

Two of my favorite tips from Organic House Cleaning:

*Use Cloth Rags-Don’t use the new “Disposable Wipes.” Such products are bleached, and are therefore toxins. Recycle old clothing, sheets and towels into rags.

*Recycle Paper and Plastic Bags-  Use the bags that you get from the grocery store to dispose of household garbage. Invest in cloth bags to use for groceries. Paper bhome-sweet-home-hamperags are the most environmentally friendly, however most cities have ordinances against using paper bags for weekly trash pick-ups. Minimize your use of plastic.

If you want to make your own organic cleaning supplies, click on this link to see how.

An organized space makes it easier for your children to concentrate and do their homework. Less clutter makes a more enjoyable space for your whole family. You might not get your home as organized as Lilly’s dollhouse, but she doesn’t keep files and clothes in there so she has an unfair advantage. Use Letters from Lilly stationery with the dollhouse design for your little girl’s thank you notes or gift enclosures (shown above) for birthday parties she attends.