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Thursday, 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?

Growing Hospitality

Tuesday, 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.

Crown to Cockpit

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

note_airplane_textLast week, Lilly and I had the opportunity to meet Patricia Ann Murray who went from being Miss California to a pilot flying in Baghdad. Her life stories are entertaining and insightful, all the while reinforcing the belief that you must pursue your own dreams and not get sidetracked by what others are doing.

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“Run your own race, let the others catch you” was the title of her talk addressed to middle school and high school girls. She talked about the importance of knowing your strengths, sharpening your skills and keeping your eyes focused ahead rather than off to the side, concerned with what others are doing.

Patricia knew at a young age that she wanted to be a pilot. After her guidance counselor told her “Girls like you don’t do that,” she was more determined than ever to pursue her dream. Needing money for flight school, she was industrious and entered pageants knowing they awarded scholarships. The title of Miss California came with the scholarship she needed for flight school and off she went!

She has a book coming out called Crown to Cockpit, coming out this summer. Letters from Lilly has an airplane design, although Lilly and I don’t know how to fly…maybe someday.

Fairytale Wedding Includes a Cake

Friday, April 29th, 2011

gf_weddingcakeIt seems fitting that today’s blog posting refer to the royal wedding that happened this morning and will continue with celebration for days.

Although we have all seen the fabulously elegant wedding dress, the understated and beautiful flowers, and the hats… oh, the hats… we have yet to see the cake Kate chose for her day. (Perhaps by the time I finish writing this post, we will have seen it).

Willliam is my kind of guy, choosing a chocolate mulit-tiered biscuikissjpgt cake. A McVities chocolate biscuit cake to be specific. It is a fabulous sounding cake that he has loved since he was a young lad.

You and I aren’t going to get any closer to this cake recipe than we are to Kate and William since it’s made by a baker who has been baking for the royal family since the 1800′s.

The wedding cake is said to be a centerpiece to the reception with eight tiers and bearing the initials of the royal couple, being revealed at the reception.

Kate will now be officially Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, but I think that she is like Diana and will remain Kate to us all.

The Letters from Lilly wedding cake is a fun design for anyone planning a big day in the future. As always, available on our stickers and all our fun stationery items.

Ladybugs are a Blessing

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

stkr_ladybug_textLadybugs are one of the least expensive way to keep aphids and other critters away from your garden flowers.

If you find that you don’t have lady bugs naturally, you can actually order them online or pick them up at the closest Home Depot. If you are using nitrogen on your plants, be careful. Aphids love that and the 1/8″ long bugs will suck your plants silly in no time. They reproduce quickly making it possible for a plant to have hundreds of thousands of these bugs in just a few weeks!

This is where the ladybugs come to your rescue. ladybug-feeding-on-aphidsRelease them in your yard and they will quickly go to work on the aphids and other insects that aren’t helpful to your gardening efforts.

Who knew that such a cute little bug was also so helpful? I found an adorable elementary school site that will teach you all kinds of fun facts about ladybugs such as; a ladybugs beat her wings 85 times a second when she flies.

Yes, only female ladybugs fly. The school site also taught me that all ladybugs are born black and will later develop a varied pattern of spots, letting us know what kind of ladybug it is.

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The ladybug design is also a symbol of good luck, especially in the Chinese adoption world. For this reason and more, we get lots of requests for baby announcements to be printed on our ladybug design.

All sixteen products from Letters from Lilly can be printed with our ladybug design. To see all our products, just go to our website.

See you in the garden!

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.

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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.

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.

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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New Valentine’s Day Design

Monday, January 26th, 2009

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We are very excited to start 2009 with a Blog for you.  This is a space we will use to share our designs and products in a way that will expand your thinking. We’ll share fun facts and tasty tidbits about communicating and about things you might never have known without us sharing.

Introducing our new HEART design, just in time for Valentine’s Day.  Did you know…according to one legend, Valentine actually sent the first ‘valentine’ greeting himself. While in prison, it is believed that Valentine fell in love with a young girl — who may have been his jailor’s daughter — who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter, which he signed ‘From your Valentine,’ an expression that is still in use today.

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