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The Big Egg Hunt is ON!

Thursday, 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.

School’s Out for Summer!

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

inv_icecreamcone_textTomorrow is the last full day of school here. It’s also the first day of final exams, which stretch themselves unpleasantly through Tuesday, but we’re talking about summer here.

Summer means lazy days of ice cream and friends. I love this photo of the ice cream truck. I think about the evenings our ice cream truck used to pass through the neighborhood. It wasn’t often, but when it did, you ran for it.

Making your own ice cream is even more fun that chasing down the ice cream truck. Here’s an old recipe from my great-grandmother from Kentucky.

3 in 1 Sherbet by Mrs. William B. Loughridge

1 cup orange juice

1/2 cup lemon juice

1 cup mashed ripe banana pulp

2 cups sugar

2 cups water

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 egg whites beaten

Boil sugar and water 2 minutes. Cool. Add fruit juices, banana pulp and salt. Pour into sterilized freezer and crank a bit, then add egg whites and crank until stiff.

If desired this sherbet can be frozen in *refrigerator, adding whites of eggs when mixture begins to freeze. Remove tray at least 4 times during freezing process and beat mixture thoroughly. It just isn’t as good as freezing in a “crank” type freezer.

Try my great-grandmother’s recipe or try our stationery with the ice cream cone design. Either one will bring smiles during your summer!

*These words are from my great-grandmother so I’m guessing her term of refrigerator is really what you and I would refer to as our freezer.

Tea for Two or Just You

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

inv_teapot_textThe chill of January is upon us all. Even those of us out west are feeling the drop in temperature and the days can’t get longer fast enough. The fires are burning and the tea is brewing.

Years ago, I came across the neatest teapot gift that I’d like to share with you. Blooming teas are made and sold by a little company in Georgia, Rariteas. You just have to see it to believe how beautiful these teas can be. The blossoms open when the steaming water is poured over them, into the glass teapot that comes with your teabags.

I think it’s the perfect gift for someone to show how much you care and give them a little treat to enjoy with a friend or just by themselves.

The Letters from Lilly teapot design comes with flowers too. Even though our flowers are painted and not real, like those from Rariteas, you can still send it to bring friends together.

Rock On!

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

inv_rockinghorse_textThe rocking horse has been around for centuries, dating back to the days of ancient Egypt and Greece. While the first toys with horses were crude wooden heads on a stick, they developed into fabulously elaborate horses with rich manes of hair and shining glass eyes.

Did you have a rocking horse as a child? Does your child or grandchild have one now?

The horses on a stick, that were seen hundreds of years ago, developed into horses on wheels and then runners as time passed. The runners were favored simply because they took up less space to ride. Children were even taught to ride properly, preparing for the day when they could mount a real pony or horse.

These toy horses continued to be popular until the war when their production slowed for the mere reason that there were no men to produce them. Then the depression began and resources were used elsewhere.

Look at the largest rocking horse, as of today…

Our rocking horse is chosen for baby boys announcements or baby showers. The invitation above is for an expected little boy who will soon be rocking his horse for sure! The rocking horse is available on stickers, pads, stationery notes and any of the Letters from Lilly items offered.

We have a Sensitive Relationship

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

inv_pottedorchid_textOrchids are a sensitive subject to me. I have two beautiful orchids in my home right now. They were both gifts from dear friends, as I would never dare to purchase one for myself.

One is a stellar, white orchid donning seven perfect blossoms down it’s stem. The other is a yellow and red beauty that looks as perfect as the day it was delivered to me. See it in the picture below?

Both of them were gifts during Christmas. My secret is this; I’m afraid of them. Yes, I can hardly look at them. I have to steal glances of their perfection because if I even look at them, they will die.

I have a friend in San Francisco (who will remain nameless, but you know who you are) who has given me fabulous orchids and I’d tend to them,img_3253 but not often, knowing that they like to be left on their own.  I did invest in the special food for them. I kept track of when they might need the food or a tiny bit of water. They always died. She’d come to visit and I’d have lots of pots of green leaves, no flowers. I visit her and see her lush, amazing orchids with friendly blossoms dripping down their stems.

Why can’t I make an orchid bloom again? And with this being true, why are these two still living? I think because I do nothing to them. I have never fed them. I have never watered them. I have never even touched them. I only look at them when I am walking past them and even then, I walk quickly.

This weekend I’m going to San Francisco to see this friend. She’s taking me to The San Francisco Orchid Society’s Pacific Orchid Exposition. I’m very excited. I’m going to stare at all the orchids. I’m going to take pictures and dare them to die on the spot. I’m going to try to learn something about these fragile, mysterious flowers that are so gentle and beautiful.

Do you see how the yellow and red orchid, in the photograph, has a Christmas ribbon woven though it as part of the arrangement design? If I play my cards right, it will still be alive this summer, Christmas ribbon and all because I’m afraid to touch it!

The orchid I can really look at is the one on our papers. The potted orchid is shown above on our invitation and is great for a spring occasion you are planning in the near future.

Have Fun over the Holidays

Friday, December 18th, 2009

Last weekend was the weekend that the holidays really began. Christmas parties are in full swing. They’ll continue tonight and through next week, and the following week as well!

Do I have enougann_door_texth outfits to get me through or will my husband tire of the same black outfits that are classic, comfortable, and get me through cocktail parties, dinner parties, and any holiday occasion that keeps me wondering… what am I supposed to wear?

Oh, is your holiday calendar not full?

If you aren’t having your own Christmas party, I’m not sure you can complain. When was the last time you entertained? Come on! Get in the spirit!

It’s easy to sit down and write a list of friends you’d like to see. Depending on the number, plan an Open House or an intimate dinner party. Entertaining in your home is “in” right now as we all pull in the reins (brings thoughts of Santa’s reindeer). I have 7 couples coming over next week. I’m throwing a roast in the oven, pouring some fine wine, and hoping to reconnect with friends I don’t see often enough. Plus, I love any excuse to set a formal dinner table, especially during the holidays.

I can hear you now, “But it’s too late to do something.”

Phooey, plan a New Year’s midnight brunch, a Valentine’s Sweetheart party, or a dinner for 6 or 8 with no holiday in mind.81171-main_full1

Make the list, order the invitations, start planning. That’s the fun part. If you need ideas on what to wear, there are a lot of great dresses right around the corner! And do dress up. It is the holidays after all.

And use the china? Absolutely, what are you saving it for?

The invitation I receive in the mail is how I decide to dress. Keep this in mind when ordering your own invitations. The invitation sets the tone.

A script typestyle will tell your guests it’s a more formal occasion. A printed, light hearted font will express playful, casual times. Whatever the typestyle, get going, have some fun and get together with friends you want to see.

When you open your home to others, they will remember to share special times with you as well. That’s what holidays are all about anyway. Sharing time with friends.

The announcement is shown above with a Merry Christmas tree trimming party. We recommend the holiday door design for any occasion this time of year. It absolutely is available with matching stickers for return address… and any of our other great stationery items.

Autumn Bouquet

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

inv_autumnbouquet_text1Field flowers are some of my favorites. I’m not a big fan of roses or other natural flowers that closely resemble their plastic immitators. Honestly, my favorite bouquets are the least expensive ones that can be found in the grocery store. Luckily for my husband, I never wish for a dozen roses. Nope, my heart skips a beat when he brings me a bunch of simple, yet stunning sunflowers.

 This bouquet, to the left, is perfect for any fall occasion. Whether it’s a wedding, rehearsal dinner or another occasion coming up for you and your family this fall.lindsay021

With autumn here, I’m reminded of the beautiful leaves that fall and line our streets with color. That’s all great until you get the autumn rain and with it comes… mud.

Thus the invention of the aisle runner in chuch for weddings! Did you ever wonder why they pull down the white runner just before the bride walks down the aisle? In the days gone by (and probably today) people drag in all kinds of things from the street.  To keep the bride’s dress beautiful, crisp and white, a runner is pulled down just for her.

Order a beautiful, linen aisle runner for your wedding for all the right reasons; it’s green (meaning green for the earth, not the color of green) so it can be shared. Donate it to your church.  It’s safer; you won’t get your heel caught in plastic (wouldn’t that be awful on the video), and it’s quiet. Have you ever been to a wedding where you can actually hear the bride swishing down the aisle on plastic… ohh. Get the linen, one of my high maintence requests for my own wedding day. But hey, I only ask for grocery store flowers so don’t get on me about the linen aisle runner decades ago! And the church is probably still using it today.

April Showers bring May flowers, May flowers bring June celebrations

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

2009-april-027April (Wedding) Showers, bring May flowers (in bouquets down the aisle), May flowimg_2693ers bring June gatherings; graduations, family reunions, birthday celebrations and all kinds of reasons to get together with family and friends.

These flowers you see above are from the Carlesbad Flower Fields where wholesalers, from all over the country, purchase their flowers.  March through May they are in full bloom.  It’s a pretty impressive sight.  When I say you’ll see rows and rows of flowers, I’m not kidding.

How about the birthday cake on the right, how cute is it? It’s beautifully made from flowers.  You can order one from 1-800-flowers and have it sent to someone special.  Lilly received this one from a special friend.  We all enjoyed it for a long time (and without calories I might add).

Flowers is the theme this week, so start your garden if you’re on the east coast, enjoy your garden on the west coast.  On either coast, take time to smell the flowers.


Shown here is our flower cart design. A great design for any spring and summer occasion. Here you see it as a Bridal Shower, but we encourage you to use it for family reunions as well as any warm weather celebration.

Packing my bags

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

It’s that time of year when I pack my bags and head east for the National Stationery Show. As I talked about (typed) earlier, it’s my fifteenth year attending the show.  It’s a great place to reconnect with the industry as a whole and get the creative juices flowing.  I always return home with a bag and brain full of ideas.

Don’t worry, it’s not all work.  I’ll be seeing high school friends and some college pals.  That’s the great thing about NYC, everyone knows someone in New York.  So tomorrow morning I get on a jet plane for my full day of travel.

Speaking of travel, below is our airplane design on a baby announcement.

The airplane is a great design not only for announcing the arrival of your little boy, but also for birthday parties and note cards.


Letters from Lilly is proud to be shown in the latest Stationery Trends magazine.  Our bridal bouquet is on page 13 as one of their Fresh Picks!  Be sure to pick up a copy at the National Stationery Show or on their site

A great publication for our industry and we’re proud to be mentioned in the latest issue! Thanks Stationery Trends.

Safe travels and I’ll be back in touch upon my return next week.

Travel Tip: Give your child a drink during take-off & landing. It’s the best things for their ears and they will also be relaxed.
If your child is big, then carry cotton or ask for earplugs as soon as you board the aircraft. Make use of them for take-off then save them for landing as the crew may not have any fresh ones left by then. This helps the kids tremendously if they don’t know how to pop their ears. For more tips, go to

Happy May Day!

Friday, May 1st, 2009

May Day is on May 1st and denotes the end of winter, a time to celebrate the beginning of spring, and the coming of summer.

It’s celebrated around the world by dancing around the May pole. In some villages part of the celebration comes from bringing the May pole in from the local forest and seeing how high the May pole will stand.  Other villages have permanent poles to stand tall throughout the year.

It is customary to celebrate May Day with flowers.  Just in time, we have a new design with spring flowers to share with you. The spring bouquet is shown below on an invitation.


Our spring bouquet is just the right design for any spring occasion; graduation, Mother’s Day brunch (or stationery as a gift), First Communion, baby announcement…the list goes on.



 So enjoy May Day and wash your face with some May Dew… another tradition from days gone by.