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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?

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

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