chrysanthemums are the most amazing flowers

chrysanthemums are the most amazing flowers

February 10, 2018 |  Category:   life

I’ve been sitting on these photos from the Chrysanthemum Show at the New York Botanical Garden for two months and finally got a chance to look through the images. This is a yearly event at the Garden and one I look forward to every November. The variety of specimens, colors and shapes are truly incredible, and the way the expert gardeners train the flowers into pyramids, lattices and other forms make for a dazzling display. I do appreciate the art of how these flowers are meticulously trained, but for me, the blooms themselves——which can grow as big as a very large grapefruit——are the real star.… CONTINUE READING

the new year

the new year

January 7, 2018 |  Category:   life

We’re settling into a deep winter slumber of cold weather hibernation that’s brought on partly from post-holiday let down and partly from unbearably cold temperatures. No need to bore you with details as I’m sure you’ve all seen the photos and memes of this atypical East Coast cold snap, but it’s been very cold, considering we had such a warm Fall. But I guess we were due for a cold winter after the string of recent mild ones. De-Christmasing the house (and I do kind of love that word, “de-Christmas”) is always a little bittersweet, but it felt really good to clean up and remove all traces of the holiday this morning. Not without wrangling the brittle tree, of course.… CONTINUE READING

That time I worked as an elf at Macy’s Santaland.

That time I worked as an elf at Macy’s Santaland.

December 22, 2017 |  Category:   favorite posts holidays me remembering

Happy holiday, friends! I wrote this piece on Medium last year and thought I might share it again here this holiday season. Enjoy, and see you in 2018. —– I was 19. Young, in art school, and living in the East Village. A friend of mine had told me about a seasonal job that he had for the past couple of years and recommended that I go in for an interview when Macy’s put out a casting call in November. It paid well, he said, and at $10 an hour the pay indeed seemed like a fortune at the time. Plus, if you did a good job being an elf, you were invited back every season and your pay increased… CONTINUE READING

The holidays are here and so is our sale

The holidays are here and so is our sale

November 24, 2017 |  Category:   holidays the biz

Now that Thanksgiving is over, we can turn all our attention to the holidays. Our Candy Cane Chocolate Crunch cookies are back in stock and we've got a new look for our gift boxes too. We previewed them on Mother's Day this year, but now all our gift boxes will feature sleep black boxes tied with luxurious double faced satin ribbon and a tag with our new logo. So in the spirit of giving, take 20% off your entire order on our website from now until Sunday, November 26 with code SHOPSMALL20. Happy holidays!… CONTINUE READING

Life lately, Fall edition

Life lately, Fall edition

November 17, 2017 |  Category:   life

Seemed like we kept waiting for Fall to happen here in New York. An endless string of 70 degree days, well into deep October, and the trees hadn’t gotten the memo to change colors. Then one day it did and it got cold overnight, and we pulled out our boots and scarves and wondered if that was it. I know it’s technically still Fall, but the darkness that settles amid the late afternoon shadows around 4:30 makes it feel like it’s already winter. It never got cold enough when it counted for the leaves to give us their usual show of colors and for that reason it feels like we got ripped off of our favorite season. This Fall has… CONTINUE READING

Driving the Cascade Loop

Driving the Cascade Loop

October 16, 2017 |  Category:   Seattle & the NW travels

This summer in Washington, we took a road trip on a route called “The Cascade Loop”, a 440 mile drive through some of the most diverse landscapes in the Northwest Washington. Leaving from our stay in Lummi Island, we headed towards North Cascades National Park with a few planned stops along the way before lodging for a night roughly halfway through our drive near a town called Winthrop. Our first stop: Diablo Lake. Seeing photos of the mesmerizing green-blue color of this expansive lake doesn’t really prepare you for what it looks like in real life. The color is indescribable——a brilliant turquoise that gets its hue from glaciers that are ground into a fine powder by rocks and suspended on… CONTINUE READING

Eat more cookies and help us raise money for hurricane recovery efforts

Eat more cookies and help us raise money for hurricane recovery efforts

October 4, 2017 |  Category:   the biz

It's been a devastating month of news. I hope all of you are hanging in while trying to make sense of recent events, but to be honest, the world doesn't make much sense right now. It seems we just keep reeling from one tragedy to the next. If you have personally been affected by the hurricanes or the shootings in Las Vegas, we are so sorry. The only thing we can do is help in anyway we can. We'll be donating 25% of all sales from our website the first two weeks of October to Unicef and United for Puerto Rico to help in the recovery efforts. Hang in there, friends. … CONTINUE READING

An evening at The Willow’s Inn

An evening at The Willow’s Inn

September 25, 2017 |  Category:   dining out Seattle & the NW travels

There are certain meals in your life that will always be remembered (a milestone birthday at Eleven Madison Park a number of years ago comes to mind, for example). It's not necessarily a fancy meal at a restaurant that makes an evening memorable–—so many factors can make a meal special, but this summer we were fortunate enough to dine at The Willows Inn on Lummi Island. Mark's family had been talking about this restaurant for years, and we decided that this summer would be the year that we finally make a reservation. While the food was spectacular, the location was equally special, and the company even more so. It's the sort of trip that our family will… CONTINUE READING

FALL SALE + other biz news

FALL SALE + other biz news

September 13, 2017 |  Category:   the biz

It's been awhile, hasn't it? And I do want to tell you about our annual trip out to the NW, but first things first: a Fall sale to kick off our favorite season. Take 20% off our entire inventory on our website with code FALLYAY17 through September 15 (sale prices are automatically priced on our Etsy shop). It's been a hectic return to NYC (have we only been back a week? It feels like our travels were a month ago!), but we are finally settled back into routines and despite a crazy Fall schedule this year, very much looking forward to the new season.… CONTINUE READING

Summer’s midpoint

Summer’s midpoint

August 4, 2017 |  Category:   life

Like a broken record, we all collectively wonder…where did the summer go? We’re technically at summer’s midpoint and there are still 5 weeks left before school starts, but psychologically, August feels like the beginning of the end. Why is that? There’s been a very familiar rhythm to our lives for quite some time. Familiar routines and schedules, just different years. While in one sense it’s comforting and even desired when you’re raising kids, it’s also oddly suffocating. I know that sounds contradictory, but all I can say is that I’m ready for some sort of shake up in my life – and not the bad kind that has plagued our family recently, but the good kind…the exciting and scary kind.… CONTINUE READING

Last call clearance sale on kitchen conversion prints

Last call clearance sale on kitchen conversion prints

July 21, 2017 |  Category:   the biz

When we first introduced these kitchen conversion prints 6 years ago, it was a bit of a revelation because it was the first time we added non-food items to our product line. I also printed these on tea towels for a few years (who remembers those?). It was a great run and we sold a few thousand of these posters and prints, but it's time to retire them now and move on. We'll be discontinuing the kitchen conversion posters after August 13, so here's your last chance to get them – and save 20% too! Use code: LASTCALL. Available on our website or on Etsy. … CONTINUE READING

A new instagram account

A new instagram account

July 17, 2017 |  Category:   art + design

I started a new Instagram account just for art a few months ago. The idea to create a separate account was not without much consideration since I didn’t want to be spending any more time on Instagram than I already was. But I must admit – it’s nice to see all the work grouped together in one place. I also wanted something to hold me accountable since my intention is to draw or paint a few times a week and track progress, but I find it nearly impossible to keep up when my workload becomes tough. Posting in the last 6 weeks have been sparse because of deadlines, but I hope to start it up again this summer. I admire… CONTINUE READING

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