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Equestrianism in The Olympic Games

Wednesday, 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.

Window Boxes = Smiles

Monday, July 9th, 2012

note_windowbox_textEvery once in a while, I get the opportunity to do a feel good project. What is a feel good project you ask? A feel good project is something like planting a tree or doing a project in your home that just feels good. I know you can relate to the necessary project. Those are things like fixing a leaky roof, buying a dehumidifier, replacing your furnace. I don’t like those projects. As a matter of fact, I remember saying to my husband, when I was new to owning a home, “I just think that dehumidifiers should be free.” He laughed. Honestly, they are no fun. Yes, they collect unnecessary humidity in your basement but they are loud, they get in the way, they need to be emptied and they are money spent out of necessity, not enjoyment.windowbox

I like the feel good projects. Putting window boxes on my house recently was my feel good project. I have always pictured this house with flower boxes, but I received an added bonus when these went up. I knew I’d like them from the outside, but I had no idea how amazing they are from the inside! Now when I look out my kitchen window, I see flowers right outside my window.

If you are working on necessary projects, it’s really ok, just get some of our Letters from Lilly stationery with the window box design. It will bring you smiles too.

The Circus of Social Media

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

gf_circustentLife is a circus! I am telling you, my days have changed! When I started my business in 2005, I had a computer, a few printers, a copy machine, a fax and a desk top telephone. My days were filled with meeting with customers by phone or in person and filling orders. Life was simple.

Somewhere between 2004 and today, I have been thrown into the circus ring of social media.  At first it was fun to connect with customers and friends and have a resource to get my business out and in front of people who might not otherwise see Letters from Lilly stationery.

Today I am not feeling the fun. I made a list of all my social media responsibilities and it stopped me in my tracks. Someone might tell me to hire someone to do it for me. I like to update information myself because I do want my customers getting my impressions of the industry and my take on the images, but sweet elephants! It’s taking up a big portion of my day.

Don’t worry, your orders come first, but the constant pull to update, refresh and keep up is … tiring. I’m new to Pinterest (this is where I ask you to go check out my boards. I’m under Letters from Lilly).  I’ve made my boards and have really had fun doing it, honestly, but then I came across a site to “help you organize your Pinterest boards.” Are you kidding me?

That is for another day.

Now that I’ve updated my blog, I need to post it to Facebook. I can’t forget to post it on the Letters from Lilly page (please connect here) and my personal page too. Then I’ll have to Tweet it on Twitter (please follow me here) so that’s up to the minute with my fun.

This is truly a circus.

Dear Tooth Fairy,

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

stkr_redtopfairy_textnote_redtopfairy_textDear Tooth Fairy,

Since 2003 you brought such joy to our home. The way you would flit in and out so magically, leaving just a touch of fairy dust on the window sill, making us all believe in your magic.

The three of us would gather in Lilly’s room, with the gift of her tooth. All the tiny boxes would be brought out and she would take time to decide which special box she would put the tooth in; for you. Once the tooth was in the box, she’d let out a shriek of excitement, knowing your visit would be soon. Under the pillow went the pretty box. On the pillow went her precious head. The waiting began, for all of us.

I know she’d stay awake for hours waiting for you. She’d urge us to go to bed, so you would come. I’d hear her giggles and her trips to the bathroom until finally late into the night, the whole house would be quiet.

The next morning would be full of smiles and confirmation that all is good in the world because the Tooth Fairy had come. On some of those special nights, you’d leave a note. Over the years we learned that your name is Blossom. How excited we all were when the first tooth fell out in California and we left a note to see if you had followed us from Ohio or whether we’d be assigned a new fairy. There was so much to consider. Did you follow children or did you have an assigned territory? She was thrilled when you brought your magic from Ohio to California. I knew you came all that way just for Lilly.

Now Lilly is in high school and has finished her experience of braces. The pretty boxes have been replaced by a plastic retainer case. No more visits from you.

I miss your magic, Blossom and I just wanted to say hello.


Lilly’s mom

Cow Jumping Over the Moon

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

ann_cowoverthemoon_text1Hey diddle diddle,

The Cat and the Fiddle,

The Cow jump’d over the Moon,

The little dog laugh’d to see such Craft,

And the Dish ran away with the Spoon.

This simple rhyme goes back to the 1500′s when even then, parents taught their children poems and songs to introduce them to language. Nursery rhymes are important to young children because they learn culture, musical awareness, and memory when learning the rhymes.


Seen here is our Cow Jumping Over the Moon design that is so often used to announce a new baby to family and friends. As I always say, this and all our designs are available on all Letters from Lilly products.

I’m Flipping over Summer

Monday, August 9th, 2010

There is sostkr_flipflops_textmething about the flip, flip, flip, flip sound that my flip flops make that say summer. I wear flip flops almost every day. They go with everything and follow along with every mood (at least during summer). They make me smile.

I don’t include controversial topics in my blog for a lot of reasons, but the biggest one is because I simply want to share some interesting details about Letters from Lilly designs. I want it to be fun to write and enjoyable to read.

And who would have guessed that flip flops would carry controversy? In the short time I researched flip flops, all I found was information that made me go “huh?”

First, there are families arguing about WHO really invented the flip flop. One says their ancestor was the genius responsible for bringing us the flip flop and another says their ancestor did it a decade earlier. Is it really possible that anflipfloppdfyone other than a caveman invented them?

Second, because so many are made out of crude oil, they are snubbed by environmentalists. Geez, I’m glad that the companies are starting to make them from recycled tires. Am I?

Third, they are a safety concern. Now I do know that if I hit just a little bit of water on a slick floor, I will FLY across the floor. Igf_flipflops know they don’t have an arch and give zero support. So yes, they can be dangerous, but so is hand-gliding and sitting in the sun.

Ugh, all this negative energy makes me tired, which is NOT what this blog is about. If you want to have environmentally friendly and safe flip flops, simply order ours on Letters from Lilly stationery.  Use them in the safety of your home.

Shown above is the sticker, which looks great on the back or front of your envelope. Lots of folks order them for birthday party or wedding favor bags. You also see our gatefold note to the left which is perfect for beach parties or any other occasion you are pulling together this summer.

Live on the edge, wear flip flops.

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


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.

Bouncing Baby Buggy

Monday, February 8th, 2010


The history of the baby buggy goes way back 300 years. Even back then, every mother enjoyed a stroll in the sunshine with her baby, but it wasn’t always as easy as it is today.

It is said that William Kent, a garden engineer, invented the first baby buggy for the third Duke of Devonshire. It even had springs so the baby could ride in comfort while pulled by a goat!

The buggy used to be large and cumbersome. It wasn’t until a daughter complained to her father about lugging her stroller from America to England that a collapsible one was invented.

Our baby buggy is one of the original designs of Letters from Lilly and used for expected little boys and girls alike. It’s wonderful for the baby showers when you don’t know what to expect! Available on all our stationery products.

P.S. Yes, this photograph is Lilly, at 5 months.

Tea Time

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010


With the wind whipping and the snow falling (I know, I can’t see it, but it’s all we hear about from you that do), it’s the perfect time to pour a cup of tea and take a breather.

It’s tea time; anytime.

Earl Grey Tea Madeleines with Honey

There is actually ‘Afternoon Tea’ and ‘High Tea,’ both giving us the opportunity to enjoy a cup of hot tea with milk and honey.

Afternoon Tea is from 3:00 to 5:00 and High Tea is from 5:00 until 6:00 in the evening. Since High Tea has been replaced by our dinner hour, the Afternoon Tea allows just enough time to get in a bit of relaxation before the dinner hour is looming.

So light a fire, pour a cup of tea, and try some of these Earl Gray Tea Madeleines. Oh, and use your fine china. If you don’t enjoy it, who will?

The teacup design is available on all of our stationery products and is the perfect design to use when you want to have a tea party. Have fun, be a little formal,  invite some friends over for a cup of tea. You’ll be glad you did.