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

the start of summer (plus a sale)

the start of summer (plus a sale)

July 6, 2017 |  Category:   life parenting

First things first: we're having a 20% off marshmallow sale on our site until July 10th (use code: MARSHMALLOWS) and on Etsy (sale prices as marked). Summers always make me think of campfires (one of my favorite nostalgic smells ever), and no campfire experience is complete without roasting marshmallows on sticks gathered in the woods. It's summer. Now that July is here and we've settled into our schedule of camps for the kids and (hopefully) a slower pace for us during the summer months, I'm hoping to pick up the projects that I had to set aside for the last 2 months. June was one of those "heads down and work" kind of months for both… CONTINUE READING

rhubarb tart

rhubarb tart

July 3, 2017 |  Category:   baked goods + desserts recipes

July already? It's been awhile since I've posted here, but we baked a tart yesterday with some rhubarb found at the farmer's market over the weekend and wanted to share. Normally we'd use rhubarb to bake a pie, but as is often the case, Mark threw this together somewhat last minute – it came out well, though! It would make a great 4th of July dessert if you're looking for alternatives to pie, and it would pair well with ice cream too. Happy 4th of July, friends. Looking forward to posting a bit more regularly over the summer (June was a beast of a month). Rhubarb Tart Tart Dough 6 ounces cold butter 2 cups flour 5 tablespoons sugar ¼ teaspoon salt 1 egg 1 egg yolk Cut… CONTINUE READING

It’s almost June which means Father’s Day is around the corner

It’s almost June which means Father’s Day is around the corner

May 30, 2017 |  Category:   the biz

I saw someone mention something on social media the other day about how we're already halfway through 2017 and I nearly flipped out. But it's (almost) true. The end of May snuck up on us this year which means Father's Day snuck up on us this year too, but our gift boxes are now up and you can save 15% off if you pre-order your gift box by June 1st with code 15FOFDAD. I love this gift box as it has some of our bestsellers - the Hazelnut Whisky, and Massaman Curry Peanut Butter sandwich cookies, as well as bourbon marshmallows and the double chocolate cookies with smoked sea salt (which we hope to sell in packages in… CONTINUE READING

On sibling grief and becoming an only child

On sibling grief and becoming an only child

May 26, 2017 |  Category:   family me

Two years ago, on the first Mother’s Day after my brother died, my mom confided in me that she didn’t know how to answer the question,”how many children do you have?” I told her that the answer would always be two, no matter what. It’s definitely a question that gives you pause after losing an immediate family member. At best, it delivers a potentially awkward moment in the conversation; at worst it can catch you off guard and open up wounds. It’s a pretty innocent question after all – to ask someone if they have any siblings – yet the answer isn’t quite so clear for some people, is it? Do I still have a brother? Am I an only… CONTINUE READING

Spring – the flowers, the rain, the transitions

Spring – the flowers, the rain, the transitions

May 11, 2017 |  Category:   life nyc seasonal

I’ve been really enjoying this spring season after what felt like a winter spent in hibernation. It’s just way too easy when you’re working from home to fall into the trap of never leaving your house. The number of consecutive days I’ve spent doing that is just way too embarrassing a number to admit to anyone, let alone myself, but making an effort to get out of the apartment has been well worth it these days when you’re rewarded with all the flowers of spring. For a few weeks, New York City is swathed in fluffs of pink. Then, all the tiny buds on trees begin their life cycle and dot the branches with green haze like a pointillist painting… CONTINUE READING

Something new in this year’s Mother’s Day gift box

Something new in this year’s Mother’s Day gift box

April 26, 2017 |  Category:   art + design the biz

I've been drawing more lately and it's always been a goal to try and integrate a bit more of what I do into our business. There's the product photography and food styling, of course, but when we were thinking of this year's Mother's Day gift box it seemed like a perfect opportunity to introduce some artwork into our product line. So we're happy to announce that with this year's Mother's Day gift box, we are including a 5x7" greeting card featuring an original botanical illustration. This is the latest in a series of pen and ink drawings I've been working on. It's printed on 100% rag fine art paper and I'm so pleased with how it turned out… CONTINUE READING

The Charm of Quebec City. Like Europe, but closer

The Charm of Quebec City. Like Europe, but closer

April 23, 2017 |  Category:   travels

Quebec City has always been one of the places from my road trip travels during college days that I’ve always wanted to return to. It was just a short visit the last time I was there – a pit stop on our way towards a much longer camping trip somewhere in the woods along the Saint Lawrence River in Quebec, but what I do remember was that the city totally charmed me. The weather during our stay was cold and wet; old snow was still shoveled into piles along the sidewalk. It was a pretty shocking change to go back to winter weather from the previous day when we drove through Vermont in near 80 degree temperature. But there’s something… CONTINUE READING

Spring break and a sale

Spring break and a sale

April 11, 2017 |  Category:   the biz

I'm writing this post from the road as we make our way up North. It's been awhile since we've travelled and a change in scenery and pace is really welcome even though we're shutting down the business for a week (we're having a sale, by the way, over at the shop: 15% off with code SPRINGBREAK this week and orders will begin shipping again on the 17th upon our return). Being freelancers and business owners mean you don't get paid vacations, but you can't put a dollar amount on experiences and a mental break. … CONTINUE READING

Spring. At last.

Spring. At last.

April 5, 2017 |  Category:   life

Lighter days ahead in more ways than one. At least that’s where I hope we’re headed in the coming months. Current politics aside, it seems like this winter was a dark one for many. I suspect part of that is getting older and all the stuff that comes with it. Seems like many of my friends – ourselves included – are dealing with issues around elderly parents. Also on the forefront of our minds is career uncertainty because of ageism in certain fields (like ours). The retail landscape and business is also changing and we’re constantly trying to adapt. Reinventing yourself multiple times in your lifetime is now the norm. And even though it’s still years away (but really, not… CONTINUE READING

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