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I have started my second love letter to Pittsburgh. (The first love letter was a project for Wendell August Forge and I’ll certainly shout from the rooftops when it’s complete.)

It is no secret that I am in love with this place. I love most everything about it and I think it’s absolutely gorgeous and, more importantly, filled with some of the nicest people I’ve ever met.

So I’ve had this idea flitting around in my head ever since I was lucky enough to have an exhibit at Wildcard (awesome shop if you haven’t been there – and if you have, you know of what I speak!) and since I’m an ace procrastinator it’s taken me this long to get on it. But I did get on it. Today. And I think I’ll even have a few pieces done in time for Handmade Arcade this weekend. Stop by the L2 Design Collective table and say hello, will you?

 

 

 

 

 

Oh, little orphan blog. I haven’t forgotten but I have been wrapped up in living. Whistle and I took a week-long trip to New York and upon our return I jumped into preparing for the National Stationery Show next month. And Spring is springing so I’m constantly outside checking out the progress of the perennials.

The sort-of-secret project I was working on is coming to fruition and I hope to have some new photos and info about that soon.

I also swear that we have been making progress on the house. I just have been terribly remiss at posting pictures. Well, actually I’ve been remiss at cleaning enough to take pictures. No sooner than we get a room “done” we fill it with our messy life.

So – thanks for your patience and I swear to get busy on this soon. In the meantime, some NYC photos.

Whistle took this one.

(and this one)

It’s been a wild summer around here. As you know, I work for this fine group and we exhibited at the National Stationery Show this past May. All went well and we came home with a suitcase full of orders for our cards and such so I’ve been packing and shipping like a mad woman since then. As such, we took a little break from house projects. I am feeling the itch though so I’m dipping my toe into the water this month.

We painted the bannister this weekend (don’t yell at me for painting over wood – it’s been painted a bunch before and the wood isn’t in terrific shape and we don’t have it in us to strip the newel posts and spindles and such!) and that feels major.

Not sure if you remember the upstairs kitchen? Here it is:

I considered it the cutest room in the house when we bought it. Our plan is to turn it into Whistle’s Big Boy Room so I started by tearing out the cabinets and sink because no four year old needs a stainless sink in his room. My husband hates demo. I love it. This wasn’t truly demo since we put the whole thing on craigslist and soon had a bidding war on our hands. So we gingerly removed the units from the crooked wall and some nice guy hauled them away AND gave us cash. What a wonderful world.

Look what caused such a ruckus on Craigslist:

I’m not sure what’s next. We’ve put a few things on hold until next year (rebuilding the retaining wall, building some raised beds for gardens, etc) but this year’s list still looms large.

I have Fall Fever like crazy and I thin I’m sort of “feathering the nest” for Winter. Our first delivery of firewood happens this Thursday. It’s really happening…

Lure Design/L2 Design Collective will be included in what looks to be an awesome poster show in Pittsburgh, PA. The show opens this Friday so come on by and check out all of the gorgeous work.

This is it – tomorrow is the big day. It’s time for another Handmade Arcade and I can’t wait. Hours and hours of meeting new people and being surrounded by so much handmade awesome. I’ll be at the L2 Design Collective booth showcasing our holiday cards and banners, totes and gift tags and whatever else we happen to make today (this morning I’ve just put the last coat of varnish on these little test print boxes, for instance).

Stop on by (and I wouldn’t be too too upset if you brought a cup of hot chocolate with you) and say hey.

And here’s one more little idea – this Christmas when you’re thinking of how to spend your money, think handmade.

I love these things. I can’t help it. I love the idea and the letters and the design and the craftiness of it all. We strung one together for our first Open House last week and I’m definitely going to string one up in the boy’s room sometime soon. You can get your very own here (fully customizable).

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Full disclosure: I work for L2. I love these guys  – always have, always will. No one is more willing to indulge my whims and give support to my ideas. This is a super busy time of year for us – thankfully. The Stationery Show in NYC was a success and now we have tons of orders to fill. Get printing, little print gnomes, people want their goodies.

 

Sketch for Beatrice's Birthmark series

Sketch for Beatrice's Birthmark series

Two days ago we had our first picnic up on the Overlook and today woke to snow on the ground and more coming down. I keep  laughing because it seems odd and dream-like. This is a “sketch” (in collage) for one of the main images in the Beatrice’s Birthmark series. The final illustrations had to be trimmed down to three colors in order to be able to screenprint them  – by hand. But I still love the sketches as much as the finals. Happy snow day, everyone!

Oh, here is the final illustration on a greeting card. They sell these over at L2 Design Collective, by the way.

 

Girl in Snow - greeting card

Girl in Snow - greeting card

and I like it. No, I love it. Every year I wonder, do I love Spring or Fall better? I think the winner is Fall but I am in love with Spring right now. Everything is a riot of life. Life finds a way, no matter what. The frozen ground still begets tiny, bright green shoots that will eventually be amazing, strong things that take over our yard. Unreal.

I’m feeling excited to make some new pieces and I have stacks of bare boxes and piles of scraps and bits of things to make make make. I am currently working on a series of alphabet cards for a new product for L2 – stay tuned for more details on that. We’re heading to NYC in May for the National Stationery Show so now begins the flurry of pre-show activity for us.

Here are some pics in honor of Spring and honeybees and hopefulness.

yellow beehive

yellow beehive

 

stack of birds and bees pieces

stack of birds and bees pieces

 

 

 

wall of ideas and inspiration

wall of ideas and inspiration