Posts Tagged ‘fold over note’

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?

Lilly at The White House

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

flagThis past week was full of excitement after we received a call from The White House. Lilly’s submission to the Student Film Festival had received honorable mention and she was therefore invited to the event taking place at The White House. 2014LDG WhiteHouse

If you ever need a shot of pride for your country, take a visit to DC and walk through the monuments that pay respect to those that have served us as citizens. Be it a President or a soldier, there are monuments to pay respect to each.

After The White House, we strolled through the Smithsonian where we saw the Genome; Unlocking Life’s Code exhibit, featuring our friends, the Beery family. If you want to see more visit

Show your patriotic spirit with Letters from Lilly stationery and the flag design. You can use it for personal notes… a thank you to the President for having us perhaps.

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.

Moving Monkey

Monday, June 17th, 2013

NOTE_monkeybananas_textAs you pack up to move your belongings to camp, college, or a new home, don’t let the stuff overwhelm you. Use this move as an opportunity to seriously consider downsizing and sharing some gently used items with others. Don’t take the whole house with you. Do you really need all those shoes, coats, books and toys or could you pass them along to someone else?

There are a lot of organizations that will donate your books for you. Kids and adults alike love reading and you can enrich multiple lives by sharing the books on your shelves.

Have clothing you could share? Your new closet will be more organized and full of things you actually wear if you share what you don’t wear.

Do you have housewares or toys not being used? The Vietnam Veterans will come pick up your things for you. It can’t be easier than that!

So don’t pull those extra bananas along with you into the next chapter of your life, share them and make someone’s life that much richer.

The fold over note showing the monkey pulling a wagon of bananas is used for all kinds of occasions; moving, new baby, or just for giggles. I’m a fan of all our monkey designs. Go see all of them on our site.

The Olympics!

Friday, July 27th, 2012

flag’s that fabulous time again. In just over an hour, The Olympics will begin. I’m excited to watch them wherever I am, at any given time. This is the first year in our history that we can watch The Olympics on the go; literally.

Just 4 years ago, there were no iphones or ipads. How did we survive? Now we can carry our American pride with us and watch Michael Phelps, and others, win gold while we shop, wait for an appointment, or eat dinner on the beach. There will be 1 billion people watching the Opening Ceremonies today, many on handheld devices. The official site

I remember as a kid, my brother and I would hurry to eat dinner and get in our pajamas so we could settle into the shag carpeting, on our stomachs, side by side, with our chins in our hands watching the gymnastics, swimming, sculling, sailing and more. I loved the stories about the athletes, their training and learning about the hometown that we’d never heard of until they won gold.

There is a great video showing the Olympic feat the city of London has had to endure to get ready for so many athletes and spectators. There are actually 11 webcams set up around the Olympic village where you can tune in to see current action.

I’m sure my future posts will continue to share Olympic memories. I’ll be waving  my American flag, but I really cheer for all the athletes because I love their dedication and determination. The Olympics to me are the one time the world comes together to compete together, having fun all the while.countries homepage

Our American flag design is perfect to show your American pride during the Olympics or any of the other holidays where we fly the red, white and blue.

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.

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.

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

Tubing is NOT Like It Used to Be

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

note_monkeyswimming_textIt was one of those moments when you say to yourself, “This might not have been a good idea.”

I was recently on vacation and while watching kids whip around the lake on tubes and other floatation fun, I slipped back into my sixteen year old self. Why not?

So when the boat driver said, “Who’s next?” I put my hand high in the air, with confidence, remembering that I’d had fun with this many times. What I didn’t put into the equation was the decades that have since passed.

Climbing off the stern of the boat, my biggest concern was keeping my bathing suit bottom on. Too late now, I wasn’t about to do the walk of shame back into the boat.

Let me preface my ride results with a few changes that have happened in tubing since “my” day in the sun. First of all, there is room for three people. Wasn’t I happy when two other mothers followed me onto the tube; bookends of safety.lake2011

Secondly, the tube is now cushy. It has padded handles. Don’t you remember the tubes we had to use?! My parents stopped by a trucking company to get our tubes. They were real tubes, fully equipped with the air spout that was sure to cut your arm many times over the summer, if not rip a hole in it. We didn’t care. It was just part of the game (be sure the tube is flipped to the right side). The black color of our tubes attracted horse flies on really hot days in upstate New York; luckily we had the Finger Lakes to cool us down.

So back to my tubing, taking place just four days ago. I gingerly hopped onto the tube, friends followed and we took our places. Within 15 seconds I was saying to my self, “This might not have been a good idea.” It quickly followed with thoughts like, “How long can this last?” And on to “I think I’ll just do this once.”

We all made it back onto the boat, with our bathing suit bottoms on and intact. I shook my head and said, “That was FUN!”

Back on the dock there was a small group of sixteen year old kids. I couldn’t help overhearing them talking about how sore they were from yesterday’s tubing. “Oh no.” Today is day four and I’m just feeling like myself again.

Our monkey is very popular with our stationery friends. The monkey can be found in the swimming tube, shown above, as well as under an umbrella, pulling a wagon of bananas, hanging from a chandelier and even balancing on a pile of Christmas gifts for the holidays. Let the monkey keep you company at your desk. Like all our designs, the monkey is available on all our products.

Paper Dresses Seen at the Oscars?

Monday, February 28th, 2011

note_fivedresses_textIt’s the morning after the Oscars and everywhere you turn people are talking about who and what they saw last night on television, specifically at the Oscars.

This would be the ideal time for me to disclose the fact that I never even turned them on.

Nope, not a glimpse. I didn’t have big plans that kept me away. I have just never found the flame that burns within to watch hours of people giving awards. Dare I say it’s a little slow for me.

What I will admit to is looking at the pretty dresses. I’m not as interested in who wore the dress, but I do like to see them.  I enjoy the party, the dress up, the glitz and glitter and all that goes along with the g-o-i-n-g to the Oscars. Perhaps if I were invited to attend, I might pay better attention to folks getting trophies.collarjpg

So on that note of dresses, I’m sharing a fabulous article that was submitted to me by one of my favorite customers in northern California. It’s about a display of PAPER dresses and these are fabulous!

If you live in the area or have the opportunity to be in San Francisco between now and June, go see these spectacular paper dresses created by Isabelle de Borchgrave. She is inspired by days gone by but brings them back to life with the detail and intricacies of the finest fabrics and enhancements.

I will be in San Francisco in May and plan to see them for myself. Now our five dresses design isn’t quite as elaborate as Isabelle’s dresses, but ours are quite snappy for that summer social coming in a few months. The Letters from Lilly five dresses design is available on all our stationery products, just like all our designs at Letters from Lilly.

This exhibit can be viewed at San Francisco’s Legion of Honor and runs through June 5, 2011.  The artist will be at the Legion on Saturday demonstrating her techniques for transforming paper into couture for all interested.