Posts Tagged ‘baby shower’

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?

Gardens in Bloom with Flowers and Friends

Monday, May 21st, 2012

note_dragonfly_textOne of the best things about spring, to me, is the garden tours that are available in our community. There is literally one per weekend starting in mid-April and going through May. This weekend was the La Jolla Secret Garden Tour, benefiting the local Historical Society.

It’s inspiring to see what people do with spaces. The best thing about gardening is that you don’t need to have a lot of space to make something beautiful and enjoyable to you and the friends who visit. When I say friends, I mean your friends and family, but also birds, dragonflies, hummingbirds, bumble bees and even critters who keep your soil lush. Dragonflies love mosquitoes so they are a welcome guest in any garden. A gray cat visits my yard and patrols img_1156my garden. I appreciate her help in keeping things at bay.

This is a photograph of one of the front walkways I saw this weekend. I particularly like how the juniper vine is growing up over the window and the lilies are below.

Our dragonfly design flies out of here on stationery, invitations and stationery sheets. Each one carrying a message to a special friend.

Entertainment in a Tent

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

stkr_circustent_textI know, I’m using the same design image as a month ago, but is there another one as fitting to tell you about the newest Cirque du Soleil show I saw on Friday?

Totem opened last weekend and like other Cirque du Soleil shows, it did not disappoint. It’s only the second one I have seen. The other, Iris, was in a theater in Los Angeles with a high ceiling and lots of places for cables and platforms for the performs propelling themselves through the air. Totem is in a circus tent at the cirque-du-soleil_totem1Del Mar Fairgrounds. The seating is almost in a full circle and the performers come out on an elevated platform that slopes down to a circular stage. I’ve noticed that I spend a lot of time trying to figure out just how they do things.

Then the other time is spent asking myself, “Are they really doing that or is it just an illusion?” They are doing it.totemThe conversation on the way home always starts with someone saying, “Is it too late in life to start training for that because I’d like to be in a show?” By the time we make the ten minute drive home, we’ve all convinced ourselves that even if it weren’t too late, the stunts are too scary, elevated high up in the tip of the circus tent, and the movements too fast. Especially for someone who had an enchilada for dinner that night.

Letters from Lilly circus design is safe at any height. Use it for birthdays or any other occasion that sure to be full of fun.

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.

Flowers Feed Our Souls

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

gf_bridalbouquetLast week, I was lucky enough to see a lecture and demonstration by Shane Connolly. You might not know this floral designer unless I add the fact that he was the Artistic Director of Flowers for the Wedding of The Royal Highness the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Those 15′ maple trees lining the aisle of the Abbey were his doing. Shane shared the initial plans of blooming trees and how this idea all seemed quite perfect for a princess until the warm spring forced all trees to bloom early. By the time of the wedding, there were no blooming trees to be found. As he shared this, I imagined people on the phones, day and night, trying to solve the crisis of no blooming trees and the looming wedding. Luckily, he said knew he was working with a flexible princess and she found the img_09351green maples to be just right with or without the blossoms. After the wedding, Shane looked back and felt the blooming trees might have been too predictable and was glad with the way the day turned out.

He’s quite a quick wit,  just what you would expect from a sharp Irishman. He was on stage with two long tables, identically draped in black. He started behind one table with luscious lilacs and quickly whipped up a masterpiece of an arrangement, then snapped right over to the next table doing the same with peach blossom branches sprouting out of a tall, glass cylinder and then wrapping jasmine around the outer, bottom base. For two hours, he took what looked like dull, commonplace containers and made them magically transform, all the while encouraging us that we too could do the same at home. With every flower he touched, he taught us the meaning of each flower reminding us that “flowers feed our souls.”

Back in the day, men and women couldn’t be seen talking with one another so flowers were sent and depending on the flower, you could be delivered a message of love, despair or the symbol of true friendship. Pink roses mean perfect happiness and red roses express passion and love. Flowers were used for communication, much as writing papers are used today.

I walked away learning things that were elementary to him, but keepsake suggestions I will use myself; bunch like flowers in arrangements rather than polka dotting them within, use containers of interest, and have fun with it. Rather than forcing flowers to hang a certain way, let them fall where they may. They will be happier and you’ll end up with a more natural and beautiful display.

Above, see our bridal bouquet design on Letters from Lilly gatefold stationery, resembling the arrangement by Shane in the photograph, which is full of luscious lavenders to use for any event from birthday celebrations to weddings.

P.S. Shane got to see “the dress” before any of us!

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.

There is a Garden Party Coming Soon

Monday, May 16th, 2011

Spring is fighting to come into the yards and gardens this year, but I am told that even you in the Midwest and note_pinktableandchairs_texteast will find sunshine and warmth someday soon.  Until that day arrives, warm yourself with thoughts of entertaining your little girl in your own magical garden.

There are some fabulous ideas out there to get your ideas flowing for making up your own special day or making a special day even more special.

Here are some of my own ideas that I have used in the past.new-picture-1

- Use small tables of four to encourage guests to get to know one another.

-Print place card names on both sides so that names are easy for everyone to read .

-Use all white linens and all pink flowers so that your floral arrangements really pop.

-Tie your teacups with pretty grosgrain ribbons with polka dots, stripes and plaids…all the same colors but different patterns.

-Put a candy surprise in the teacup.

-Print tiny cards with a “did you know” about the guest of honor. Scatter them on the tables for conversation starters. Things that makes her wonderful like “Did you know Sarah ran her first 5K this year!”

-Get pretty keepsake containers and fill them with pink, white, fuchsia jellybeans for the guests to take home.

I hope this sparks some creativity in you. Our pink table and chair design would be perfect for the occasion you and I are planning together (above). Remember to email me a photo of your tea party so I can share it with our readers.

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.

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.

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.

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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.