This week I happened to wander into Staples in the misdt of Back-to-School Shopping mayhem. While I was cursing my timing and waiting in a line that wrapped around the store, I was annoyed but at the same time kinda nostalgic. I remembered the thrill of getting new school supplies: that new-plastic smell of a Trapper Keeper, lined notebooks with plenty of blank ruled pages, a fresh box of crayons with nicely sharpened tips…But then I snapped out of it and remembered how lucky I am not to have to take Algebra ever again!
For those of us who no longer need a supply of No. 2 pencils, here’s something fresh for Back-to-School Season:
Dalton Ghetti is a Brazillian born, self-taught artist and carpenter by trade, living in Connecticut. He gives a whole new meaning to pencil sharpening. Postcards & Prints of these miniature sculptures are sold on his website, check it out!
August 26th is National Dog Day!
In honor of the day Tyler and I went on a nice long walk and a few illegal swims at his favorite resevoir.
Then I baked him a batch of homemade dog cookies. Which he was very excited about despite the fact they were not too awesome! Anything for food.
But enough about my spoiled old lab. In the spirit of National Dog Day I wanted to share one of my favorite illustrators, Canadian born, Marc Tetro. Guess what Marc’s best known for.. yup his pictures of dogs and favored by me for his illustrations of Labs! I discovered Marc’s work a few years back when I purchased a great picture of 3 labs at an ice cream stand. It has proudly been hanging in Tyler’s food nook since I bought it- yes dogs need art too!
So it is no wonder I was delighted to stumble upon a dedicated section of Marc’s work in Macy’s flag ship Herald Square store in Manhattan. The collection for Macy’s is adorable, of course, and the displays were stopping shoppers in their tracks. There were great little gift items; journals, notes, bags, pads, pens, key rings… you name it! The bold graphics and vivid color further enhance the beloved subject matter in a perfect trifecta.
Of course I had to pick up another perfect picture for the nook….
For those of you, like me, who are constantly fighting a battle with your messy desks and cluttered craft rooms, here are some brilliant organizing ideas I found out there:
Love the color combo, love the lighting, love the clever use of spice rack shelving! P.S. check out the retro telephone!
If you want some tips on how to get yourself organized, and to see some beautiful and functional creative spaces, read Jo Packham’s The Art Of Creating Order, available at Amazon & other fine booksellers.
As summer draws to a close my just heart breaks and I am just down right angry about the fact that it went so fast and was too short… however…
I have found the silver lining. It is TOMATO SEASON!
I grow my own mini supply of container tomatoes each summer which I delightfully eat as soon as they are ripe, but this year I have signed up for a “tomato lovers” crop share at a local farm, Sienna Farms in Sudbury MA. I stumbled upon this wonder via daily candy and was shocked when one of the farms they were talking about was right in my home town. I never knew! So I signed myself up and yesterday I picked up my first of a 6 week installment of tomates. OMG! I am so excited.
I have never been a part of a crop share before. I don’t know why because it is such a fantastic thing. Not only do you get to gorge on Nature’s best at it’s best, but you also help support local farms. People we need local farms. Big industries should not be making our food… that’s all I am gonna say about that, you think about it!
It’s all on an honor system- no check out, no receipts, no weighing, just SHARING. I love that! These people are so nice and everyone I met picking up their share was super kind too- can’t always say that about my trips to other big name food outlets.
I also did a little peeking around during my pick up, came across these characters who had a whole lot to say … them, not so super nice…
and these beautiful fields about to take a well deserved winter nap.
Now I just need to get creative with all these ‘maters. Personally I have no issue just to eat them as God intended, but I do feel like I should use this as a learning experience- maybe broaden my culinary skills! The well daily sent me a canning how to just this past week.. how did they know I would need that?
(Those that know me well may just die if I actually CAN something.)
So I will keep you all posted on my ‘Matering but if anyone has any good (easy) recipes send them my way!! Tonight I am thinking pizza!
As Aimee posted last week, it has been a time of purge here in the studio! But what to do with all this stuff! It’s great stuff. We can’t just throw it out!
No, we take great pride in donating it to worthy causes. One of our favorite annual donatees is The Special Olympics.
6 summers ago a great young high school girl worked with us. Alison has a cousin who is a Special Olympics Athlete and she hooked us up with her aunt who does an amazing job fundraising for the organization.
Well, here it has been 6 years, that young high school girl has gone through grad school, and we still give a ring to Aunt Ginny each year to help her with her fundraising efforts. It’s a bit heartwarming to think Team Gift Wrap does a little good for another amazing team.
Yup, that brings home the gold, silver and bronze!
We recently performed the dreaded task of the annual “inventory purge”. Which happens not exactly annually, but when we run out of room for sample storage and we have to somehow get rid of past season product before boxes of gift bags and record books crush us to death. We were lucky this year donate our baby themed products to find a wonderful, worthy charity, right here in Boston!
Room To Grow is a organization that assists local babies and parents by providing education & support along with the all the necessities and niceties it takes to make a happy healthy youngster.
“The mission of Room to Grow is to enrich the lives of babies born into poverty throughout their critical first three years of development”- roomtogrow.org
To Elizabeth Chernack and all the good people at Room to Grow, keep up the good work! To all the new moms, dads and babies out there, enjoy our products, they were designed with love and are now happy to be a part of your lives!
I came across this picture the other day, not even sure where it was (sorry to cheat anyone of their props) but it just blew me away.
Everything about this picture is just fantastic– the woman, the man, the photography, the colors….OMG! So modern, yet it is over 50 years old. Just had to share!