D. I. E.........
Where it all started......
This is the piece that got my brain twirling with ideas. I needed new stationery to write thank you notes to people I interviewed with in New York as I tried to find an internship for last summer (I had matching business cards, too!). Luckily, I did get an internship and was able to live in the city for a few months.
Once it came time for graduation this past May, I decided to make similar cards for a few of my friends. It was then that I decided to try to make a career out of a hobby. Stay tuned to see where it takes me!
at 8:34 PM
It's Christmas time!
Christmas for me starts the day after Halloween. Our house it usually decorated that weekend following Halloween. However, this year, we have been in the process of a major renovation. SO we have not put up a SINGLE Christmas decoration. uuugggggg. It's almost Thanksgiving....we're running out of time!
Anyways, instead of harping on that, I decided to tell you MY favorite things about Christmas (this is just a few, because really it's the best time of the year!)
Top 10 of the moment (in no particular order):
1. Starbuck's Christmas cups
2. Miracle on 34th Street & Christmas Vacation
3. Other Christmas movies: Prancer, Home Alone, The Polar Express, It's a Wonderful Life, The Holiday, Love Actually (I watch the last two year-round)
4. Christmasy candles....especially this one Aromatique scent.... cinnamon spice or something like that
5. SNOW...though I've never had a "white" Christmas
6. Peppermint mochas and Caramel Apple Spice from Star$
7. My Pandora station consisting of Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Burl Ives, Perry Como and other old-school fabulous Christmas carolers......and Michael Buble
8. Overly-decorated front yards loaded with tacky inflatable snowmen and santas, etc.
9. The Rockette's
10. Presents, presents, presents!!
11. (This should have been first), but of course, the REAL reason for the season!
(this snowman deserves an award for it's size!)
at 11:51 AM
Is anyone else in love with Crewcuts like I am? Could the clothes AND the kids be any cuter? I think not. The catalog came in the mail the other day, and though I have no children and have no plans for children in the near future, I obsess over it! I look through it numerous times picking out my favorite outfits wishing I could wear them and look as cute.
Case and point:
They make these boots in adult sizes. I have them. I don't look as cute in them.
I can't figure out which I want more: to be one of the kids in the catalog, or to be the designer and creative director that puts this whole catalog together. How fun would it be to play with kids clothes all day and put these outfits together?
I want to be the Crewcuts designer!!! It puts me in the mood for Christmas and SNOW, which we never get here in Nashville. Maybe this year will be the year for it!
Merry early Christmas!
at 12:04 PM
Last Thursday, I was asked to participate in the grand opening of Velocity in the Gulch in Nashville, TN. It is a new condominium building that is soooo fabulous along with the other building Bristol Development Group built, Icon in the Gulch. If you're looking for a new place to live in Nashville, either one of these would be my top pick.
See for yourself:
Anyways, the event was a huge success and I am so grateful for the opportunity to participate. I met so many people that gave me such great advice and ideas of what I should do next!
A snapshot of my little setup:
at 11:45 AM
I started my own stationery company! FINALLY! This project has been in the works for about 5 and half months (really is started before that, but I "got serious" about it after I graduated from college in May). Honestly, trying to start and write a blog has been harder than starting a company. I've started over like 3 times.
Anyways, how did I get here? I always thought I wanted to be a clothing designer, and I guess I am still pursuing this passion. I have always loved to draw and I love all things related to fashion.....one day I put the two together and found my niche. I printed my own stationery a couple of years ago to write thank you notes to those I interviewed with in NYC trying to get an internship. I did get an internship, actually I got two, and I LOVED it so much (best summer of my life living in New York). I learned more than I ever did in 20+ years of school. While I was there, I discovered that New York was not the place for me. I love it, I love visiting it, and I will continue to go back as frequently as I can. However, Nashville is home to me!
So why did I decide to focus on paper instead of clothing? I haven't ruled out the idea of branching out into getting my designs made one day. Not today though. I HATE to sew. I don't have the drive to sit behind a sewing machine to get a clothing line started. I feel more strongly about sharing my designs with people to spread the joy of note-writing. It's almost a lost art with the online world these days. I've been the one keeping the stationery companies in business lately. I have always collected loads of stationery....I've got quite the collection. I'm the one who always writes thank you notes and pointless notes just to say hi. Despite the increase in stamp prices, I love sending mail and I hope you will, too!
This blog is designed to be a inside glance into the world of a stationery connoisseur, if I can even call myself that. However, as those closest to me can tell you, I am a sponge for pointless information. Eventually, it's all going to come out somewhere.
For now, please visit me in the online world....
I love feedback, suggestions, ideas, etc. Please contact me with any information you want to share!
That's enough for now......
at 11:00 PM